Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including The Comedian, The Space Between Us, Rings, The Lure, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
One last preview of Beauty and the Beast
Coming to theaters March 17th is Disney’s latest live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast. Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), the film stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast. Though it features three new songs and a new backstory for our heroine, the final trailer suggests that much of the story from the 1991 animated film remains the same. The strong supporting cast includes Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
The Lost City of Z
The latest from director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers) tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), a British explorer obsessed with finding a lost city deep in the Amazon. The decades long quest takes a toll on his reputation and his life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and children. Also starring Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, this April 21 release has earned good early reviews.
Ghost in the Shell & Transformers: The Last Knight teasers
The Super Bowl always provides a chance to see new trailers for major films, and this year will be no exception. Paramount has released two teasers already. The first is for director Rupert Sanders’ (Snow White and the Huntsman) live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson. The film opens March 31st.
Coming to theaters on June 23rd, Transformers: The Last Knight is the fifth film in the series and the second to star Mark Wahlberg, following Transformers: Age of Extinction. Director Michael Bay is back as well, but he has teased that he might not be back for six and seven.
In Headshot, Iko Uwais, star of The Raid and The Raid 2, plays a man who has lost his memory after recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. But when a bloody encounter triggers his memory, he seeks revenge on the crime lord who tried to kill him. Directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (Killers), this March 3 release has solid early reviews.
The final trailer for Fist Fight, coming to theaters February 17th, reveals it could have more laughs than expected from the first two trailers. Charlie Day stars as Andy Campbell, a mild-mannered English teacher who crosses the wrong colleague, the deeply feared Ron Strickland (Ice Cube), who challenges him to a fight after school. Unfortunately for Campbell, he doesn’t get much help from any of his fellow teachers (Tracy Morgan, Jillian Bell, Dean Norris, Christina Hendricks).
Director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday) turns his attention to the ladies with Girls Trip. This July 21 release follows four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—as they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival.
Coming to theaters May 12th, Lowriders stars Gabriel Chavarria as Danny, a street artist caught between his father (Demián Bichir), who obsesses over lowrider cars, and his brother (Theo Rossi), an ex-felon. Directed by Ricardo de Montreuil (La Mujer de Mi Hermano), the film also stars Eva Longoria, Tony Revolori, and Melissa Benoist.
Kris Avedisian writes, directs and stars as the title character in his debut feature, the story of Peter (Jesse Wakeman) who returns home to Warwick, Rhode Island to bury his grandmother. When he loses his wallet, Peter must rely on his former friend and next door neighbor, Donald, to help him out. With very good reviews from SXSW and other festivals last year, Donald Cried hits theaters on March 3rd.
This Beautiful Fantastic
In this contemporary fairy tale, Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil) stars as Bella Brown, a woman who dreams of writing a children’s book. When her landlord forces her to deal with her neglected garden, Bella, after several failures, enlists the help of her neighbor (Tom Wilkinson), who happens to be skilled in horticulture. With a supporting cast that includes Andrew Scott and Jeremy Irvine, This Beautiful Fantastic opens on March 10th.
In the March 24 release Bokeh, an American couple (Maika Monroe and Matt O'Leary) wake up in Iceland to discover everyone on earth has disappeared.
James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle hits theaters and VOD on February 17th. The cast is impressive, but reviews have been mixed so far.
In the February 24 release Kiki, director Sara Jordenö introduces viewers to some of Kiki culture’s most prominent personalities.
Finally, check out Batman/Bruce Wayne’s episode of Gotham Cribs:
News and notes
- Ben Affleck will not direct The Batman. Matt Reeves is the rumored favorite to replace him. - Variety & Deadline
- Brian Herbert confirmed that Denis Villeneuve will direct a reboot of the Dune book series written by Frank Herbert.
- Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are in talks to star in Locke writer-director Steven Knight’s thriller Serenity. - Deadline
- Nicole Kidman & Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are in early talks to play Aquaman’s mother and Aquaman villain Black Manta for director James Wan. - Heat Vision
- Colin Farrell is in talks to star alongside Denzel Washington in Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy’s thriller Inner City. - Variety
- Johnny Knoxville will star in Action Park, a comedy about an “irresponsibly designed and operated" theme park. - THR
- Viola Davis and Julia Roberts will star in an adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things. - Variety
- Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star in an adaptation of Stephan Talty’s The Black Hand, the true story of Joe Petrosino, an NYPD cop who battled the Italian mob at the turn of the 20th century. - Deadline
- Mel Gibson and John Lithgow might join Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in the sequel to Daddy’s Home. - Deadline
- Lian Neeson will star in Hard Powder, a remake of In Order of Disappearance. - THR
- Olivia Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson, Olivia Wilde and Antonio Banderas have joined Oscar Isaac in Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself. - THR
- Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn will star in Dragged Across Concrete, S. Craig Zahler's follow-up to Bone Tomahawk. - THR
- Keanu Reeves will star in Siberia, a romantic thriller from Frank & Lola director Matthew Ross. - Variety
- Dermot Mulroney has joined Kate Winslet and Idris Elba in director Hany Abu-Assad’s adaptation of Charles Martin’s bestselling novel The Mountain Between Us. - Deadline
- Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) will direct Overlord, a WWII story about two paratroopers who battle supernatural Nazi soldiers. - Variety
- Bel Powley will play Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in ’71 director Yann Demange’s White Boy Rick. Bruce Dern, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Rory Cochrane will also star. - THR
- Penélope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez will star in Todd Solondz’s Love Child, a dark comedy about an 11-year-old boy who is obsessed with his mother and wants to kill his abusive dad. - Deadline
- Zoe Saldana will star as an assassin in the action film Hummingbird. - THR
- Corin Hardy (The Hallow) will direct the The Conjuring 2 spin-off, The Nun. - Variety
- Ralph Fiennes will direct The White Crow from a screenplay by David Hare, who adapted Julie Kavanagh’s book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life. - Variety