Film Friday (2/24): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: February 24, 2017
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Alien: Covenant

Similar to the first teaser for The Martian, Fox has decided to introduce audiences to the crew of The Covenant before all hell breaks loose in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel. Directed by Luke Scott, Ridley’s son and director of Morgan, the new short gives a glimpse at the relationships between Michael Fassbender, James Franco, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby. Alien: Covenant opens on May 19th.

Terrence Malick goes Song to Song

Critical appreciation has diminished for Terrence Malick’s films since the release of The Tree of Life. Song to Song will be the last of a trio of tales set in modern America that began with To the Wonder and continued last year with Knight of Cups. The March 17 release will open this year's SXSW (in Austin, Texas, where it was filmed in 2012) and stars Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, and Michael Fassbender as two entangled couples caught up in the Austin music scene.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

After putting his twist on Sherlock Holmes, director Guy Ritchie tackles the story of King Arthur and Excalibur with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The latest trailer for this May 12 release features the music of Led Zeppelin as it follows Arthur (Charlie Hunnam), the born king, on his journey to battle the evil Vortigern (Jude Law). Also starring in the film are Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Annabelle Wallis, Eric Bana, and Aidan Gillen.

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

Graphic novelist Dash Shaw makes his directorial debut with this animated mash-up of high school comedy and disaster movie featuring the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Reggie Watts, Susan Sarandon, Maya Rudolph, Lena Dunham, and Alex Karpovsky. Best friends Dash (Schwartzman) and Assaf (Watts) are sophomores at Tides High when an earthquake sends it into the Pacific Ocean. Find out who will survive when My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea hits select theaters beginning April 14th.

The Discovery

The Discovery, writer-director Charlie McDowell and co-writer Justin Lader’s follow-up to 2014’s The One I Love, has an intriguing premise: what would people do if there were scientific proof of the afterlife? In this story, many people are in such a hurry to get there that they commit suicide, but for Will (Jason Segel), whose father (Robert Redford) discovered scientific evidence of the afterlife, and Isla (Rooney Mara), a suicidal girl he meets on the way to his father’s secluded mansion, their tragic pasts complicate matters. Jesse Plemons and Riley Keough also star in this March 31 Netflix release.

Their Finest

With Their Finest, director Lone Scherfig (An Education) and screenwriter Gaby Chiappe adapt Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half. Focusing on a group of filmmakers tasked with making an inspirational film during the Blitz, the April 7 release stars Gemma Arterton as a scriptwriter who is matched up with Sam Claflin to produce a film starring a pompous actor played by Bill Nighy.

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer

Footnote director Joseph Cedar's latest examination of Jewish life stars Richard Gere as the titular character, a hustler, whose gesture to an Israeli politician makes this rarely successful fixer an influential figure in the New York-Israeli community. As the title reveals, it’s not all roses for Gere’s Norman, but the actor has earned plenty of praise in early reviews. With a supporting cast that includes Lior Ashkenazi, Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens, Josh Charles, and Hank Azaria, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer opens in select theaters April 14th.

Frantz

The latest from writer-director François Ozon (The New Girlfriend, Young & Beautiful) is a loose adaptation of a play by Maurice Rostand that was also used as the basis for Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby. Paula Beer was named Best Young Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her portrayal of Anna, a German woman mourning the death of her fiancé in the aftermath of World War I. When a Frenchman arrives at her fiancé’s grave, she is pulled into a mystery involving her lost love. Frantz opens in select theaters on March 15th.

Cézanne et Moi

Daniele Thompson’s Cézanne et Moi follows the lives and careers of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and novelist Émile Zola (Guillaume Canet). Moving from classmates in Aix-en-Provence to working artists in Paris, the two take diverging paths as Zola enters the bourgeoisie and Cézanne rejects his wealthy family. Look for it in select theaters beginning April 7th.

Two from Grasshopper Film

In its first year, Grasshopper Film released some of the best reviewed movies of 2016 in Kaili Blues and Right Now, Wrong Then. Behemoth has already been released this year, and here are the trailers for two more upcoming titles. Eduardo Williams‘ The Human Surge (March 3) won Best First Feature and the Golden Leopard award at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival. The film begins in Argentina and travels around the world to Mozambique and the Philippines.

Winner of the Critics' Week Grand Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Oliver Laxe’s Mimosas follows a caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains and back to the village where he was born. Look for it in select theaters April 14th.

Burning Sands

Gerard McMurray’s debut feature is a look at fraternity hazing through the eyes of Zurich (Trevor Jackson), whose life outside the fraternity begins to dismantle with the intensity of Hell Week. With decent reviews from its Sundance premiere, Burning Sands streams on Netflix beginning March 10th.

Short takes

In Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, the fourth film in the series, the family takes a road trip to celebrate Meemaw's 90th birthday party. Hijinks ensue May 19th.

Graham Rogers, Billy Crudup, Stefanie Scott, Liana Liberato, and Tim Roth star in 1 Mile to You. Find it in select theaters April 7th.

News and notes

  • Warner Bros. announced that Matt Reeves (Dawn oft he Planet of the Apes) will direct The Batman. Ben Affleck is still signed on to play Bruce Wayne.
  • Donald Glover and James Earl Jones will provide the voices of Simba and Mufasa in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King. - Variety
  • Kyle Chandler will play Millie Bobby Brown’s father in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. - Variety
  • Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in Underwater, director Will Eubanks's follow-up to The Signal. - Heat Vision
  • Charlize Theron will produce and star in Need to Know, an adaptation of Karen Cleveland’s upcoming novel, a CIA thriller.- THR
  • Yvonne Strahovski has joined Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, and Olivia Munn in The Predator - Heat Vision
  • David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) is in talks to direct the Shazam! movie. Dwayne Johnson is attached to play Black Adam in the movie. - TheWrap
  • Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie will star in My Abandonment, an adaptation of Peter Rock’s novel and director Debra Granik’s follow-up to Winter’s Bone.
  • Martin Scorsese’s next film, The Irishman starring Robert De Niro, has been bought by Netflix. - Indiewire
  • Michelle Rodriguez has joined Rosa Salazar, Jennifer Connelly, Jackie Earle Haley, Christoph Waltz, Ed Skrein, Mahershala Ali, and Keean Johnson in the cast of Alita: Battle Angel. - EW
  • Chris McKay, the director of The LEGO Batman Movie, is in talks to helm a live-action Nightwing (aka Dick Grayson, aka Robin) movie. Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) is writing the script.- Heat Vision
  • Jonathan Levine (The Night Before) will direct Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron in the comedy Flarsky, written by Dan Sterling. - THR

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