Film Friday (1/20): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: January 20, 2017
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including 20th Century Women, Split, The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and more.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

A second look at Logan

After directing 2013‘s The Wolverine, James Mangold returns for Logan. This R-rated March 3 release finds Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine caring for Patrick Stewart’s ailing Charles Xavier when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, followed by villains played by Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant. Stephen Merchant will play the mutant Caliban in what is likely to be Jackman’s last appearance as Wolverine. Early buzz is good from those who have seen the film’s first act.

Power Rangers

Coming to theaters on March 24, Power Rangers follows five ordinary teenagers who must embrace their special powers (with the help of Bryan Cranston’s Zordon) when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove is threatened by an alien force. Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), the film stars Naomi Scott, Becky G., Ludi Lin, RJ Cyler, and Dacre Montgomery as the Rangers, Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5, and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.


Writer-director Eran Creevy’s follow-up to Welcome to the Punch stars Nicholas Hoult as Casey, a man who returns to a life of crime to save the love of his life, Juliette (Felicity Jones). Helping him in his endeavor is his former employer, Geran (Ben Kingsley hamming it up), a drug smuggler. Their nemesis is Hagen, a ruthless gang leader played by Anthony Hopkins (also having a bit of over-the-top fun). Collide hits theaters February 24th.


Based on Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel, Wilson stars Woody Harrelson as a neurotic and (maybe too) honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and learns that he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. The March 3 release, directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), features Judy Greer, Margo Martindale, and Cheryl Hines and will premiere at Sundance on Sunday.

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. Early reviews have been split on this March 17 release.

David Brent: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais revives David Brent from The Office in David Brent: Life on the Road. Now a traveling salesman, Brent chases his dreams of rock stardom by self-financing a tour with his band, Forgone Conclusion. According to critics, this February 10 release on Netflix doesn’t quite capture the magic of Brent’s original incarnation.

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

The Nut Job received poor reviews and wasn’t a great success at the box office (especially for a family film), but on August 18th The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature will arrive in theaters whether we like it or not. Will Arnett returns to voice Surly Squirrel, who leads his animal friends in a fight to save Liberty Park from the evil plans of the mayor of Oakton.

Coming to Sundance

Colossal, the latest from writer-director Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows), premiered at TIFF in September and will play at Sundance tonight before heading to theaters on April 7th. Early reviews show that critics are split on the film starring Anne Hathaway as hard-partying woman who discovers a strange connection between herself and a monster destroying Seoul, South Korea.

Actor Macon Blair (Blue Ruin, Green Room) makes his feature directing debut with I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore starring Melanie Lynskey as a nursing assistant who becomes determined to get her belongings back after she is robbed. She is joined on her quest by her martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood). Early reviews have been good for this February 24 Netflix release.

The Discovery, director Charlie McDowell’s follow-up to 2014’s The One I Love, has an enticing premise: what would people do if there were scientific proof of the afterlife? In this story, many kill themselves so they can get to the afterlife immediately. But for Will (Jason Segel) and Isla (Rooney Mara), their tragic pasts complicate matters. Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, and Riley Keough also star in this March 31 Netflix release.

Coming to theaters on March 3rd, Before I Fall stars Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!!, Why Him?) as a teenager who finds herself repeatedly living the same day. Yes, it’s Groundhog Day, but it’s based on Lauren Oliver’s novel and directed by Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks).

Short takes

Directed by Colin Hanks, Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) follows the band as they return to the Bataclan theater in Paris after the terrorist attack of November 13, 2015. Early reviews are good for this February 10 release that also comes to HBO on February 13th.

Coming to Netflix on April 14th is Sandy Wexler, the latest from Adam Sandler’s deal with the streaming service that has so far produced The Ridiculous 6 and The Do Over. Sandler stars as the title character, a talent manager in the 1990’s who has a group of eccentric clients.

Girlfriend’s Day stars Bob Odenkirk as Ray Wentworth, a down-on-his-luck greeting card writer who finds new inspiration and plenty of trouble when a new holiday is announced. Find it on Netflix beginning February 14th.

After their single mother ends up in jail, two teenage sisters begin robbing trains in Deidra & Laney Rob a Train. Look for it on Netflix beginning March 17th.

News and notes

  • Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) is in talks to join Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, and Olivia Munn in Shane Black’s Predator. - THR
  • Anne Hathaway has joined Rebel Wilson in Nasty Women, a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. - Deadline
  • Kenya Barris (Black-ish) will write and produce a remake of White Men Can’t Jump. - THR
  • Boston College Fix, the true story of a college basketball point-shaving scandal, will be directed by Seth Gordon and written by Robert Carlock. - Deadline
  • Julianne Nicholson has joined Margot Robbie in I, Tonya. She will play Harding’s first coach. - Variety
  • Dwayne Johnson will play DC anti-hero Black Adam in Shazam! and a Black Adam stand alone movie. - Deadline
  • Stephen Gaghan will direct Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain in an adaptation of Ubisoft’s video game The Division. - Variety
  • Jesse Plemons is in talks to join Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in the comedy Game Night. - Variety
  • Alia Shawkat has joined Ben Dickey in director Ethan Hawke’s Blaze, a biopic of country songwriter Blaze Foley. - THR

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