Film Friday (2/13): This Week's New Movies & Trailers

  • Publish Date: February 13, 2015
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Opening this weekend

Nationwide releases
. Kingsman: The Secret Service R ACTION/COMEDY Trailers
Matthew Vaughn's (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) adaptation of the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons stars Colin Firth as a veteran spy of the Kingsman organization who recruits newcomer Taron Egerton into the agency’s training program. The pair, with an assist from Mark Strong and Michael Caine, face off against a lisping, twisted genius played by Samuel L. Jackson, and his blade-legged assistant (Sofia Boutella).
. Fifty Shades of Grey R DRAMA Trailers
It's obviously a bit kinkier than the usual Valentine's Day fare at the cineplex, but it does seem likely to connect with moviegoers. Already the fastest-selling R-rated movie in Fandango history, this adaptation of E.L. James's unlikely best-seller comes from screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) and director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan starring as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively.
Notable limited and/or VOD releases
. What We Do in the Shadows NR HORROR/COMEDY  
Think MTV’s The Real World, but with a house full of vampires. This well-reviewed New Zealand mockumentary, written and directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (the director and co-writer of the Clement-starring Eagle vs Shark), stars the two of them plus Jonathan Brugh and Ben Fransham.
. The Last Five Years PG-13 MUSICAL/DRAMA iTunes
Richard LaGravenese directs Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan in this screen adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s musical about the relationship between a struggling actress and a rising young novelist. Almost all of the story is told through song, but from dueling perspectives: one from the end of the relationship, the other, from the beginning.
. The Rewrite NR ROM-COM iTunes Amazon
Hugh Grant reunites with his Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Did You Hear About the Morgans? director Marc Lawrence for this romantic comedy about an award-winning but now struggling Hollywood screenwriter who takes a job as a guest professor at a university in upstate New York, where he finds himself becoming invested in his students lives—especially a single mom played by Marisa Tomei.
. Accidental Love PG-13 COMEDY — Pre-theatrical VOD release iTunes Amazon
Formerly known as Nailed, this odd political comedy adaptation of the novel Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore (yes, Al's daughter) was mostly filmed from 2008-10 by director David O. Russell as his follow-up to I Heart Huckabees. But recurring budget problems plagued the production, and Russell eventually abandoned and disowned the project. It was recently completed without Russell's involvement and will be released in theaters on March 20th without his name on it. (It's out this week on VOD.) Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Catherine Keener star.
Additional limited and/or VOD releases (in alphabetical order)
. Coast of Death NR FOREIGN/DOCUMENTARY  
. Cut! NR HORROR/THRILLER  
. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus NR HORROR/COMEDY Vimeo
. Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem NR FOREIGN/DRAMA  
. Girl House NR HORROR iTunes
. Hits NR COMEDY iTunes Amazon
. Humpback Whales NR DOCUMENTARY  
. The Lovers R ACTION-ADVENTURE/SCI-FI — Pre-theatrical VOD release iTunes Amazon
. Old Fashioned PG-13 DRAMA  
. Playing It Cool R ROM-COM  
. White Rabbit NR DRAMA  
. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead NR ACTION/HORROR  

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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Amy Schumer is a Trainwreck

Written by and starring Amy Schumer, and directed by Judd Apatow, Trainwreck follows Amy, a magazine writer who has always believed that monogamy isn’t realistic (thanks to an early lesson from her dad). But when she starts falling for a sports doctor (Bill Hader) whom she’s writing an article about, Amy wonders if she’s been missing out on something all along. Co-starring Vanessa Bayer, LeBron James, Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, Barkhad Abdi, Mike Birbiglia, Jon Glaser, John Cena, Ezra Miller, Method Man, Norman Lloyd, Jim Norton, Daniel Radcliffe, and Marisa Tomei, Trainwreck opens everywhere on July 17th. Watch the green- and red-band trailers below.

Straight Outta Compton

Directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job, Law Abiding Citizen) and starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr. and Aldis Hodge as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, respectively, Straight Outta Compton charts the rise and fall of 1980s rap pioneers N.W.A. Paul Giamatti plays their controversial manager, Jerry Heller, and Keith Stanfield is Snoop Dogg. Look for it in theaters August 14th.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. returns with style

The year is 1963. The Cold War is going strong, but there’s about to be a thaw thanks to a criminal organization with ties to the Nazis. It’s up to CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) to team up and stop them. Guy Ritchie directs this big-screen update of the 1960s television show, and the strong supporting cast includes Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, and Luca Calvani. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. hits theaters August 14th.

A second look at the second Pitch Perfect

This sequel to the surprise 2012 hit Pitch Perfect finds the Bellas taking on the world (especially the Germans) at an international a cappella competition. Original stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and Adam DeVine return, as do judges John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks (in what appear to be slightly more prominent roles). Banks also makes her feature directing debut from a script by Kay Cannon, who adapted the original film from Mickey Rapkin’s book. Pitch Perfect 2 opens on May 15th.

Say hello to Aloha

While some Sony executives don’t think much of Cameron Crowe’s latest, Aloha, let’s keep an open mind (even if his recent output does include Vanilla Sky, Elizabethtown, and We Bought a Zoo). The May 29 release stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who returns to Hawaii, where he reconnects with an ex (Rachel McAdams) and takes a liking to an Air Force liaison assigned to watch him (Emma Stone). The cast also includes Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

Hitman is back on the big screen

In 2007, Timothy Olyphant played Agent 47 in Xavier Gens’ Hitman. In 2015, Olyphant is wrapping up Justified, and now it’s Homeland star Rupert Friend’s turn to portray the iconic video game character. Rebooting the franchise alongside Friend are Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Hannah Ware, Thomas Kretschmann, Dan Bakkedahl, and first time feature director Aleksander Bach. Hitman: Agent 47 comes to theaters August 28th.

Hot Pursuit

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara go on the run in this comedy from director Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal, The Guilt Trip) and writers David Feeney (New Girl) and John Quaintance (Undateable). There’s a hint of The Heat in the dynamics between Witherspoon's uptight cop and the valuable witness (Vergara) she's assigned to protect and transport, but will Hot Pursuit prove to be successful enough to generate a sequel? Find out when it comes to theaters May 8th.

Another Cinderella

Kenneth Branagh directs this live-action take on the story of Cinderella. Downton Abbey’s Lily James plays the title character, named Ella before her evil stepsisters change it, and Cate Blanchett is her evil stepmother. The role of the fairy godmother is filled by Helena Bonham Carter. Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) plays the prince, Derek Jacobi the king, and Stellan Skarsgård the Grand Duke. Cinderella comes to theaters and IMAX on March 13.

Cut Bank

This thriller from director Matt Shakman and writer Roberto Patino follows Liam Hemsworth’s Dwayne McLaren as he tries to use a bad situation to get rich quick and get out of Cut Bank, Montana with his girlfriend Cassandra (Teresa Palmer). Let’s just say things don’t go as planned. Co-starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Oliver Platt, Cut Bank debuts on DirecTV on February 26 before reaching select theaters on April 3rd.

The Age of Adaline

Director Lee Toland Krieger’s follow-up to Celeste and Jesse Forever is The Age of Adaline, scripted by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz. Blake Lively stars as the title character, a woman who is born in 1908 but doesn’t age past 27 because of a magical car accident. Michiel Huisman, Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford, and Kathy Baker co-star in this April 24 release.

Spider-Man is Marvel ready

Sony and Marvel agreed this week that Spider-Man will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016) being his likely first appearance. A new solo Spider-Man movie is planned for July 28, 2017, pushing back Marvel’s other releases—Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans. Andrew Garfield is not expected to return, so speculation has already begun about the direction Marvel will take in introducing a new Spider-Man, with rumors having Peter Parker back in high school and early names including Logan Lerman and Dylan O’Brien.

Short takes

A fallen warrior (Clive Owen) rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master (Morgan Freeman) in Last Knights, coming to theaters and VOD April 3rd.

Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, starring Viggo Mortensen, earned good reviews when it premiered at Cannes last year. The story of a Danish engineer and his daughter who move to the Patagonian desert in 1882 will come to theaters on March 20th.

Ethan Hawke’s well-received documentary Seymour: An Introduction profiles concert pianist and teacher Seymour Bernstein.

Here’s the first behind the scenes footage from the next Bond film, SPECTRE.

Who does Vincent D’Onofrio play in Jurassic World? This viral video will tell you before the film is released on June 12th.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 comes to theaters next Friday. Here’s one last red-band clip.

George Tillman Jr. (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete) directs Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson in the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, The Longest Ride, an April 10th release.

Samuel Jackson is the President of the United States in the crazy (good?) trailer for Big Game, from director Jalmari Helander (Rare Exports). The film is currently without a U.S. release date.

News and notes

  • Need help making your Oscar predictions? Here's our look at several key races.
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  • Taylor Schilling, Morena Baccarin, Jessica De Gouw, Sarah Green, Crystal Reed, and Rebecca Rittenhouse will test for the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool. - Deadline
  • Director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) has cast Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers. Written by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange), the sci-fi story takes place on an interstellar journey when one passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else. - Variety
  • Brad Pitt will star in a WWII-set romantic epic directed by Robert Zemeckis from a script by Steven Knight (Locke). - TheWrap
  • Eric Bana will play Charlie Hunnam/King Arthur’s father in Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table. - Variety
  • Jason Momoa is in talks to star in The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. - TheWrap
  • Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton’s adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. - Deadline
  • New Line has hired Joe Swanberg to direct Work Wife, from writers Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins (of ABC’s canceled Trophy Wife). - TheWrap
  • Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages) will direct Peter Dinklage in the “is he or is he not a leprechaun” comedy O’Lucky Day. - Deadline
  • New Line will remake the well-reviewed New Zealand horror-comedy Housebound. - THR
  • Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina have joined Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Nicholas Braun, Christopher Abbott, Sheila Vand, Stephen Peacocke, and Evan Jonigkeit in the adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. - Variety
  • Jeff Bridges will star in the adaptation of Claire Messud's best-selling novel, Emperor’s Children. Lake Bell will direct from a script by Noah Baumbach. - THR
  • Keri Russell and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) have joined Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Gary Ross’ Civil War drama The Free State of Jones. - TheWrap
  • Kathy Bates will reunite with her Tammy castmate, Melissa McCarthy, in Michelle Darnell, the comedy from McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone. - THR
  • Latino Review reports that Dave Bautista will play The Kurgan (Clancy Brown’s role in the original) in the Highlander reboot from director Cedric Nicolas Troyan.
  • Willem Dafoe has joined Matt Damon in The Great Wall. Zhang Yimou is directing the period action film set around the building of China’s famous landmark. - Heat Vision
  • Miles Teller will star with Jonah Hill in Todd Phillips’ Arms and the Dude, based on Guy Lawson’s Rolling Stone article about two unlikely arms dealers. - Deadline

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