Opening this weekend
View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Ghost in the Shell, Boss Baby, The Blackcoat's Daughter, and more.
New trailers and updates for upcoming films
A second look at Spider-Man Homecoming
When Tom Holland made his first appearance as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, the emphasis was on the fact that Peter Parker was a teenager and not ready to do battle with the big boys. This theme continues in the latest trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming. Directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car), the July 7 release stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Michael Keaton as the villain Adrian Toomes/Vulture, Jacob Batalon as Peter Parker’s pal Ned Leeds, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, plus Zendaya, Donald Glover, Logan Marshall-Green, and Bokeem Woodbine.
Will the Justice League save the day?
The current state of the DC Comics movie universe is reflected in the descending Metascores for Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, but maybe hope is around the corner with the June 2 release of Wonder Woman. If not, director Zack Snyder will have a lot riding on Justice League. The November 17 release unites Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to battle Darkseid and his Parademons.
The headline for the trailer for the War for the Planet of the Apes
After revealing his origins in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and exploring his struggle to keep the peace in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes finds Caesar fighting for the survival of his species against a group of humans led by Woody Harrelson’s Colonel. For this July 14 release, Matt Reeves returns to direct, and Andy Serkis and Judy Greer reprise their motion-capture roles as Caesar and Cornelia.
After director Cary Fukunaga dropped out of his planned two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It, Andrés Muschietti (Mama) stepped in to helm the project. Bill Skarsgård plays the creepy clown Pennywise, a role Tim Curry played in the 1990 TV mini-series, and the young cast includes Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as well as Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Nicholas Hamilton. It arrives in theaters September 8th.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
It looks like fans of The Fifth Element will find plenty to like in writer-director Luc Besson’s adaptation of the the graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline. In Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne star as Valerian and Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories who are tasked with keeping the peace in Alpha, a giant metropolis formed by thousands of species from across the universe. Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rutger Hauer, and Kris Wu form the supporting cast of this July 21 release.
A look at the Sundance hit A Ghost Story
After wrapping the big budget Pete’s Dragon, director David Lowery returned to his indie roots to shoot this story of a man (Casey Affleck) who watches over his grieving wife (Rooney Mara) and, as time passes, haunts his former home. A Ghost Story was one of the best-reviewed movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. See it in theaters beginning July 7th.
Colin Trevorrow's low-key diversion
Director Colin Trevorrow’s post-Jurassic World and pre-Star Wars: Episode IX project The Book of Henry tells the story of a single mother (Naomi Watts) raising two boys—Henry, a genius played by Jaeden Lieberher, and Peter (Jacob Tremblay). After discovering Henry’s plan to right a wrong occurring in the house next door, Watt’s Susan takes it upon herself to enact the plan. Coming to theaters on June 16th, The Book of Henry also stars Maddie Ziegler, Dean Norris, Sarah Silverman, and Lee Pace.
Netflix has acquired a War Machine
David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) directs Brad Pitt as a successful four-star general who is taken down by his own hubris 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.
Director Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore) and screenwriter Shaun Grant’s (The Snowtown Murders) adaptation of Melanie Joosten’s novel stars Teresa Palmer as an Australian traveling in Berlin who falls for a schoolteacher (Max Riemelt) only to end up held captive by this seemingly nice man. Coming to select theaters beginning May 26th, Berlin Syndrome earned good reviews when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Another one of the best-reviewed movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Kitty Green’s latest documentary uses a local casting call to collect opinions, theories and performances from professional and non-professional actors auditioning to play members of the Ramsey family, resulting in a unique perspective on the mysterious death of the six-year-old pageant queen. Casting JonBenet comes to Netflix on April 28th.
Based on the classic children’s book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, the December 15 animated release Ferdinand tells the story of a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, the film features the voices of John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Daveed Diggs, Gabriel Iglesias, Bobby Cannavale, David Tennant, Anthony Anderson, Flula Borg, Jerrod Carmichael, Boris Kodjoe, and Raúl Esparza.
Queen of the Desert
Nicole Kidman stars as Gertrude Bell in this biopic about the writer, traveler, and archaeologist by director Werner Herzog. Coming to select theaters April 7th and VOD April 14th, Queen of the Desert has earned lukewarm reviews despite a cast that also includes James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence.
Paris Can Wait
Coming to select theaters on May 12th, Paris Can Wait is Eleanor Coppola's feature narrative directorial debut. Diane Lane stars as Anne, the wife of a successful movie producer (Alec Baldwin), who finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a two-day tour of fine food, wine, and beautiful countryside.
Folk Hero & Funny Guy, together again
Folk Hero & Funny Guy stars Wyatt Russell and Alex Karpoxsky as Jason and Paul, friends who have drifted apart but come back together when Jason offers Paul a chance to be the opening act on his upcoming solo tour. Coming to theaters and VOD May 12th, Jeff Grace’s directorial debut has good early reviews and a strong supporting cast that includes Meredith Hagner, Melanie Lynskey, Hannah Simone, Michael Ian Black, Heather Morris and David Cross.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
With fewer PowerPoint slides but just as much passion, Al Gore attempts to further educate the masses about climate change in this sequel to An Inconvenient Truth. With 10 more years of data, Gore and Audrie & Daisy directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (taking over for Davis Guggenheim) present their case as Gore prepares for the COP 21 climate conference held in Paris in late 2015. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power opens in select theaters July 28th.
The Pixar short Dante’s Lunch introduces viewers to Dante, the bone-obsessed canine in Coco, coming to theaters November 22nd.
Coming to theaters on July 14th, Wish Upon stars Joey King as a teenager who becomes obsessed with a mysterious box that fulfills her wishes.
Given the critical success of The Measure of a Man and Mademoiselle Chambon, the reviews for A Woman’s Life, Stéphane Brizé's adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s novel Une Vie, have been a disappointment. Look for it in select theaters beginning May 5th.
News and notes
- Joss Whedon will write, direct, and produce a Batgirl movie for Warner Bros. - Variety
- Moonlight's Barry Jenkins will write and direct an Amazon series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award-winning novel The Underground Railroad. - Variety
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to direct and star (with Channing Tatum) in an R-rated musical comedy currently titled Wingmen. The script by Michael Bacall follows two pilots in Las Vegas. - Variety
- Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg will team-up again on Mile 22, the story of a CIA agent transporting an informant to a plane 22 miles away. - Variety
- Edward James Olmos has joined Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Yvonne Strahovski, and Olivia Munn in Shane Black’s The Predator. - Heat Vision
- Colin Farrell is in talks to join Eva Green and Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo remake. - Deadline
- Director Jon Favreau wants Beyoncé to voice Nala in his live-action remake of The Lion King. - Variety
- Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) will direct, and Terry Rossio will write, an adaptation of the comic book Archer & Armstrong. - Heat Vision
- Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct the Eliot Ness biopic, Ness. - Deadline
- O’Shea Jackson Jr. is in talks to join Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, and Kyle Chandler in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. - Variety
- Henry Golding will star alongside Constance Wu in Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s book Crazy Rich Asians. - THR
- Zoey Deutch has joined her Everybody Wants Some!! co-star Glen Powell in Claire Scanlon’s romantic comedy Set It Up. - Variety
- Olivia Cooke will star in Courting Danger, the true story of tennis star turned World War II spy Alice Marble. - THR