Film Friday (12/2): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: December 2, 2016
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Jackie, Incarnate, and more.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Silence makes some noise in the Oscar race

Martin Scorsese’s latest, his first feature since 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, has been a passion project for the director since he read Shusaku Endo’s novel in 1989. Official reviews are still embargoed, but good early reactions on social media from its first screenings this week bode well for this intense drama about two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who travel to 17th century Japan, where Christianity is banned, in an attempt to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). As they travel the countryside, they witness the harsh persecution of Japanese Christians and are tortured themselves. Silence will get a limited awards-qualifying release on December 23rd before expanding nationwide in January.

Another look at Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In case you’re not one of the hundreds of thousands of people who bought tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when they went on sale Monday, here’s one final trailer for the film that hits theaters on December 16th. There’s new footage of Jyn and her rebel pals battling the Empire as well as a few moments of humor.

A look at potential Oscar contender Fences

Denzel Washington and Viola David reprise their Tony-award winning performances in this adaptation of August Wilson's Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play about a former baseball player (Washington) struggling with race relations in the United States during the 1950s while trying to raise his family. Washington himself directs. Early reviews have noted that the film feels like a play, but they have also praised the intense performances of Washington and Davis. Fences opens on December 25th.

Another look at the young Obama

Coming to Netflix and select iPic theaters on December 16, Barry follows 20-year-old Barack Obama (Devon Terrell in a much-praised performance) during his first year as a transfer student at Columbia University. He’s still calling himself Barry as he tries to find his place in 1981 New York City. Written by Adam Mansbach and directed by Vikram Gandhi, the film’s supporting cast includes The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy as a composite of three women Obama dated in college, and Boyhood’s Ellar Coltrane as Obama’s roommate.

The Belko Experiment

Written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and directed by Greg Mclean (Wolf Creek), The Belko Experiment stars John Gallagher Jr, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Sean Gunn, Josh Brener, David Dastmalchian, and Michael Rooker as American workers in Colombia who are locked inside their building and ordered to participate in an increasingly deadly game of kill or be killed. This March 17, 2017 release has earned mixed early reviews.


J.D. Dillard’s debut feature Sleight earned good reviews when it premiered at Sundance early this year. The April 7, 2017 release follows Bo, a street magician (Jacob Latimore) who begins to sell drugs for a local dealer (Dulé Hill) until he falls for a girl (Seychelle Gabriel). Bo’s attempt to escape the drug life is full of complications, but he does have a few special skills.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill, Marc-André Grondin, and Kim Coates all return for this sequel to 2012's Goon. After co-writing the original, Baruchel directs and co-writes this follow-up that finds hockey enforcer Doug Glatt returning to his former glory with the Highlanders. Coming to theaters sometime in 2017, Goon: Last of the Enforcers also stars Elisha Cuthbert and Wyatt Russel.

The Shack

Based on William P. Young’s best-selling novel, The Shack follows Mack Phillips (Sam Worthington) as he suffers a tragedy, spirals into a depression and questions his faith. When he receives a mysterious letter, Mack travels to a shack in the Oregon woods where he encounters three strangers led by a woman named Papa (Octavia Spencer) who help him understand the difficulties of his life. Look for it in theaters on March 3, 2017.

Short takes

If you are missing your Wes Anderson fix as he works on a new animated feature, check out this ad he directed for H&M:

Here’s a quick teaser for The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, and Russell Crowe. Look for the full trailer next week.

Coming to select theaters December 9th, Lost and Beautiful combines documentary and fiction to tell a unique story about man and beast in Italy.

News and notes

  • This week, the New York Film Critics Circle named La La Land the best film of 2016, while the National Board of Review opted for Manchester by the Sea. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association makes its pick on Sunday. View our updated Film Awards Scorecard for details on these and other recent awards announcements.
  • Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley will star in director Doug Liman’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel Chaos Walking. - Heat Vision
  • Kelly Reichardt told the L.A. Times her next film would be an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt’s novel Undermajordomo Minor, “a castle-set parable.”
  • Daniel Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) is in talks to direct a biopic of Harry Houdini written by Noah Oppenheim (Jackie). - Deadline
  • Jodie Foster will star in writer Drew Pearce’s directorial debut, Hotel Artemis, a “near-future thriller that is set in its own distinctive crime universe.” - THR
  • Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant might reunite for Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, a biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. - Variety
  • Bradley Cooper will star in Atlantic Wall, a WWII drama to be directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant). - THR
  • Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz will star in Kay Cannon’s directorial debut, The Pact. Cannon wrote Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2. - Variety
  • Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will direct the live-action Pokemon move Detective Pikachu. - Heat Vision
  • John Goodman will reunite with his The Gambler director, Rupert Wyatt, and star in the sci-fi tinged Captive State. - Variety

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