Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Keeping Up with the Joneses, and this year's best-reviewed movie, Moonlight.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
Logan's run begins in March
Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine one last time in Logan. After directing 2013‘s The Wolverine, James Mangold returns for this March 3, 2017 release, which will be R-rated and find Wolverine aging and ailing, as his healing powers leave scars. Patrick Stewart will return as Charles Xavier, and Stephen Merchant will play the mutant Caliban. Boyd Holbrook will play the villain, Donald Pierce, and Richard E. Grant is Dr. Zander Rice. Dafne Keen plays a young girl who might have some of Wolverine’s powers.
A sneak peek of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
When it was released in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy was a pleasant surprise in the comic book movie universe. With Doctor Strange rolling out to theaters in Europe in just four days (look for the first reviews Sunday morning), returning director James Gunn has provided a tease of the further adventures of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The May 5, 2017 release will also return Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime. Joining the fun are Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Nathan Fillion, and Sylvester Stallone.
Assassin’s Creed heads to the big screen
Assassin’s Creed is the latest attempt to break the video game adaptation curse that has afflicted Hollywood for decades. The December 21 release reunites Macbeth director Justin Kurzel with his stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for a story that sends Fassbender’s Callum Lynch back to 15th Century Spain and into a mysterious secret society, the Assassins. The supporting players in this great adventure include Jeremy Irons, Michael Kenneth Williams, Ariane Labed, Brendan Gleeson, and Callum Turner.
Just a few more weeks until the Arrival
After looking at the drug war with his last film, Sicario, director Denis Villeneuve will jump into sci-fi with his next two projects— the November 11 release Arrival, and 2017’s sequel to Blade Runner. Following good reviews for the former from the fall film festivals, this final trailer focuses on language expert Louise Banks (Amy Adams) as she attempts to communicate with an alien race whose spaceships are hovering around the globe. Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg co-star.
A glimpse at Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals
After the success of A Single Man, writer-director-fashion mogul Tom Ford waited seven years to release his second film, an adaptation of Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan. Starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the winner of the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival is a romantic thriller that follows two stories. In one, Susan Morrow (Adams), a Los Angeles art dealer, receives a novel written by her ex-husband (Gyllenhaal) titled Nocturnal Animals. As she reads the novel, Ford dramatizes the action, a violent tale of revenge about a husband and father (also Gyllenhaal) whose wife and daughter are kidnapped as the family drives across West Texas. Nocturnal Animals opens in select theaters November 18th before expanding nationally December 9th.
Another look at the young Obama in Barry
Written by Adam Mansbach and directed by Vikram Gandhi, Barry was one of the surprises of the fall film festival circuit. Coming to Netflix on December 16, this biopic looks at 20-year-old Barack Obama’s first year as a transfer student at Columbia University. Like Southside with You, Barry is a glimpse at the man before he became president, but as portrayed by Australian actor Devon Terrell (in a lauded performance), he’s still searching and still calling himself Barry as he tries to find his place in 1981 New York City.
All's not well in A Cure for Wellness
Gore Verbinski’s eclectic career has included family (Mousehunt), romantic comedy (The Mexican), horror (The Ring), drama (The Weather Man), animation (Rango) and major franchise action-adventure films (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Lone Ranger). He returns to horror with his latest, the story of a young executive (Dane DeHaan) sent to retrieve his company's CEO from a wellness center in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's treatments are not what they seem, unraveling a terrifying secret. A Cure for Wellness opens on February 17, 2017.
Directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar 1, 2 and 3), Boss Baby tells the story of 7-year-old Tim and his impressions of his new baby brother (voiced by Alec Baldwin). This March 31, 2017 release features the voices of Miles Bahski, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Steve Buscemi.
Incarnate, coming to theaters December 2nd, stars Aaron Eckhart as a scientist who enters the subconscious minds of the possessed. When he tries to release a young boy from the grips of a demon, he encounters an entity so strong, he and the boy might not survive. Brad Peyton (San Andreas) directs a cast that includes Carice van Houten and Catalina Sandino Moreno.
In Always Shine, Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald play actresses (and friends) who go on a weekend getaway from Los Angeles to Big Sur. However, once they are alone, jealousy and resentment take over, creating a toxic environment. This December 2 release, directed by Sophia Takal from a script by Lawrence Michael Levine, has good early reviews.
Werner Herzog and volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer visit volcanoes across the globe in the documentary Into the Inferno. Find it on Netflix beginning October 28th.
Harry Benson: Shoot First documents the career of the photographer who initially gained fame for his photos of The Beatles. Look for it in select theaters December 9th.
Coming to select theaters November 11th, National Bird chronicles the journey of three U.S. military veteran whistleblowers determined to break the silence surrounding America’s secret drone war.
News and notes
- Manchester by the Sea led this year's nominees for the Gotham Awards, which were announced on Thursday. - Variety
- Colin Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, opposite Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda, in Mary Poppins Returns. - Variety
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw will play Dr. Murry alongside Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid in director Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. - Variety
- Tom Hardy will play explorer Ernest Shackleton in a planned biopic. - Deadline
- Kevin Costner is in talks to play Jessica Chastain’s father in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game. - THR
- Josh Gad will play Johnny Depp’s assistant in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. - Variety
- Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson have joined Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris, and Samuel Joslin in Paddington 2. - Variety
- Jesse Plemons has joined Dakota Fanning in The Bell Jar, Kirsten Dunst’s directorial debut. - Variety
- Peter Sarsgaard has joined Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in the biopic Escobar. - Variety
- Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Anna Camp will return for Pitch Perfect 3, directed by Trish Sie. - THR
- Aaron Paul and Olga Kurylenko will star in the sci-fi thriller Android, directed by Niall Johnson from a script co-written with Matt O’Reilly. - Variety
- Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage will star in I Think We're Alone Now,
director Reed Morano’s follow-up to Meadowland. - THR