Film Friday (3/3): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: March 3, 2017
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Opening this weekend

View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Logan, Before I Fall, and more.

New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Another look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The big reveal in the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes at the end when Kurt Russell appears, but we also get the first extended footage of Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign. There are more surprises in store for fans of the original, but with this sequel, returning writer-director James Gunn is keeping the tone consistent with the first film, mixing action, comedy, and a soundtrack from the 1970s and focusing on the relationships between 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 release will also return Karen Gillan as Nebula, Michael Rooker as Yondu, and Glenn Close as Nova Prime.

You can definitely hear the screams in Alien: Covenant

Last week, we met the crew of the colony ship Covenant. This week, we get to see them run for their lives. Directed by Ridley Scott and coming to theaters on May 19th, Alien: Covenant follows 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 as they encounter a threat beyond their imagination.

The final trailer for next week's Kong: Skull Island

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Thomas Mann and Shea Whigham, Kong: Skull Island builds on Warner Bros. and Legendary’s 2014 release Godzilla. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), the March 10 release throws a team of explorers into an uncharted island in the Pacific that happens to be the domain of the mythic Kong. Early reviews have been mixed.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth (and reportedly final) film in the franchise which began in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and continued with 2006‘s Dead Man’s Chest and 2007‘s At World’s End, and (possibly) reached its nadir with 2011’s On Stranger Tides. This May 26 release finds Johnny Depp’s Sparrow dealing with ghost pirates led by Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). To battle his old nemesis, Captain Jack must find the Trident of Poseidon. Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush are back, while Kaya Scodelario, Brenton Thwaites, Golshifteh Farahani, and Paul McCartney join the series.

Meet the new Ponch and Jon

Michael Peña and Dax Shepard star as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and Jon Baker in this big screen version of the popular 1970’s TV show CHiPS. As members of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, Ponch and Jon are tasked with catching a gang of bike-riding bank robbers who might be members of their force. CHiPS hits theaters March 24th.

Preview five Netflix exclusives

The Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning I don’t feel at home in this world anymore. is already streaming on Netflix, and another Sundance film, Burning Sands, will premiere next Friday. But that’s just the beginning of Netflix’s big year as a feature film distributor. Here are five new teasers for films coming to Netflix this year.

David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) directs Brad Pitt as an American general in War Machine, a satire based on Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Coming to Netflix May 26th, the film also stars Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy, and Meg Tilly.

Coming to Netflix June 28th, Okja is director Bong Joon-ho’s first film since 2014‘s excellent Snowpiercer. The film stars Seo-Hyun Ahn as Mija, a young girl who risks her life to protect her best friend—a massive animal named Okja. The supporting cast includes Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun, and Giancarlo Esposito.

Will Smith re-teams with his Suicide Squad director, David Ayer, for Bright, a fantasy-action movie in which humans, orcs, elves and fairies all live together. Smith and Joel Edgerton play cops who encounter a strange force while out on a routine patrol one night. Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Margaret Cho, and Ike Barinholtz make up the supporting cast. Written by Max Landis (American Ultra), the film will premiere sometime in December.

In Sand Castle, Nicholas Hoult stars as Private Matt Ocre, who, along with his fellow soldiers, is ordered to repair a water pumping station on the outskirts of Baqubah, Iraq during the 2003 war. Directed by Fernando Coimbra (A Wolf at the Door), this April 21 release also stars Henry Cavill, Glen Powell, Logan Marshall-Green, Beau Knapp, Neil Brown Jr., and Parker Sawyers.

Coming to Netflix on March 31st, the documentary miniseries Five Came Back explores the work of five legendary directors (John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens) who went to World War II and changed filmmaking forever. Based on Mark Harris’ book, the three-part film is narrated by Meryl Streep and features interviews with Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan.

The Dinner

Written and directed by Oren Moverman (Time Out of Mind), The Dinner is an adaptation of Herman Koch’s best-selling 2009 novel. The May 5 release moves the action from Holland to the U.S. as a well-known politician (Richard Gere), his brother (Steve Coogan), and their wives (Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall) come to terms with a terrible crime perpetrated by their sons. The film earned mixed reviews when it premiered last month at the Berlin Film Festival.

Carrie Pilby

Based on a 2003 novel by Caren Lissner, Susan Johnson’s debut feature stars The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s Bel Powley as another precocious teenager. Carrie Pilby is a genius. She graduated from Harvard at 14. Now 19, Carrie, with the guidance of her therapist (Nathan Lane), sets out to get her life together, crossing paths with characters played by Jason Ritter, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer, and Colin O'Donoghue. Carrie Pilby opens on March 31st.

The Promise

When it premiered at TIFF last year, many critics expected director Terry George’s latest to be another powerful film about the horrors of genocide based on the strength of 2004’s Hotel Rwanda, but this look at the still unacknowledged extermination of Armenians by Turkish authorities failed to live up to his previous work. Oscar Isaac stars as Michael, an Armenian medical student; Christian Bale is Chris, a reporter or the Associated Press, and Charlotte Le Bon is the woman who comes between them. The Promise hits theaters on April 21st.

Short takes

With mixed early reviews, T2 Trainspotting hits theaters March 17th. Here’s a trailer that includes a few moments from the original to remind fans of what happened 20 years ago.

The latest trailer for Cars 3 introduces a new generation of car that pushes Lightning McQueen out of the sport he loves. Find out how he comes back beginning June 16th,

Coming to theaters April 14th, Spark: A Space Tail chronicles teenager Spark’s battle against the evil General Zhong.

News and notes

  • Vera Farmiga will play the wife of Kyle Chandler and mother of Millie Bobby Brown in director Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of Monsters. - Variety
  • Christopher Walken and Steve Coogan have joined Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman in Stephanie Laing’s Irreplaceable You. - THR
  • Connie Britton will star with Ben Mendelsohn, Thomas Mann, Edie Falco, and Hope Davis in Nicole Holofcener’s adaptation of Ted Thompson’s novel The Land of Steady Habits. - THR
  • Nicholas Hoult has joined Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ next film, The Favourite. - Deadline
  • Marc Webber has joined Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, and Jack Black in Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the story of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan. - Variety
  • Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) will move into live-action directing with Bumblebee, a spinoff of the Transformers franchise. - Deadline

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