Film Friday (2/6): This Week's New Movies & Trailers

  • Publish Date: February 6, 2015
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Opening this weekend

Nationwide releases
. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water PG FAMILY Trailers
This second SpongeBob film (and first in 11 years) brings the beloved Nickelodeon character above the surface (in a mix of live action and animation), where he tangles with a pirate (Antonio Banderas) over the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty.
. Jupiter Ascending PG-13 SCI-FI/ACTION-ADVENTURE Trailers
[PICTURED] The Wachowskis' first feature in three years is another big sci-fi epic, centering on Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a human who could change the balance of the universe by claiming a very large inheritance: Earth. Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, and James D’Arcy also star. Though at first it seemed that reviews would not be as bad as feared, it now looks like Jupiter could rival Speed Racer as the Wachowskis' worst film.
This long-delayed adaptation of Joseph Delaney’s The Spook’s Apprentice (titled The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch in the U.S.) stars Jeff Bridges as Master Gregory, a knight who must train Ben Barnes’ Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, to help him in his battle against Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), a witch with a grudge against humanity.
Notable limited and/or VOD releases
Marjane Satrapi's first English-language film is a departure stylistically from her previous features (Persepolis and Chicken with Plums), and the first of her films she hasn't also written. This horror comedy finds Ryan Reynolds starring as a troubled man whose anti-psychotic medication doesn't appear to be entirely effective: he hears his pets talking to him, and one of them is telling him to get stabbier.
Additional limited and/or VOD releases (in alphabetical order)
. 3 Nights in the Desert R DRAMA  
. Ballet 422 PG DOCUMENTARY  
. Call for Help NR DOCUMENTARY  
. Enter the Dangerous Mind NR THRILLER iTunes
. Losing Ground NR COMEDY  
. Love, Rosie R ROM-COM iTunes Amazon
. Lovesick NR COMEDY iTunes Amazon
. Mad As Hell NR DOCUMENTARY iTunes Amazon
. Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine NR DOCUMENTARY  
. One Small Hitch NR ROM-COM iTunes Amazon
. On the Way to School NR DOCUMENTARY  
. The Other Man: F.W. de Klerk and the End of Apartheid NR DOC  
. Pass the Light NR FAMILY  

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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Magic Mike XXL: Bigger, longer, and uncut?

Magic Mike was a surprise hit with audiences (and critics) during the summer of 2012, so maybe a sequel was inevitable, but there seemed to be little story left to tell. Writers Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum have tackled that problem by picking up the action three years later and going bigger (thus the title), with a road trip that finds Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez, and Gabriel Iglesias leaving the business their way—with one more blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach. Gregory Jacobs will be making his directorial debut after serving as assistant director on the first film, and Steven Soderbergh, while not directing, will return as cinematographer and editor. This trailer is dedicated to Ginuwine’s “Pony.” Magic Mike XXL comes to theaters July 3rd.

Furiouser and furiouser

In the seventh entry in the Fast & Furious franchise, the “Fast” has been dropped for a revenge story involving Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), brother of Fast & Furious 6 villain Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). James Wan takes over directing duties from Justin Lin, but the crew is back together: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker (whose role was completed with help from his brother), Tyrese, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, and Dwayne Johnson. Joining those folks and the usual assortment of flying cars are first-timers Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Djimon Hounsou, and Iggy Azalea. After a minute-long Super Bowl tease, the latest trailer is three minutes of over-the-top action. Furious 7 hits theaters and IMAX on April 3rd.

They're here ... again

Produced by Sam Raimi and directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), this remake of the classic 1982 horror film Poltergeist by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as the unsuspecting parents of a family whose new house is haunted. When their youngest daughter is taken, they seek the help of a ghost hunter played by Jared Harris. Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, and Kyle Catlett also star. Poltergeist haunts theaters beginning July 24th.

Little, yellow, and looking for someone to serve

The Despicable Me minions are back in this prequel to their adventures with Gru. It’s 1968, and the Minions are headed to Villain-Con in hopes of finding a new master. That they do—in the form of Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), the first-ever female supervillain. Co-directed by Kyle Balda (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax) and Pierre Coffin (Despicable Me 2) from a screenplay by Brian Lynch (Hop), Minions comes to theaters on July 10.

Back from the dead

In The Lazarus Effect, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Donald Glover, and Sarah Bolger make the mistake of bringing Olivia Wilde back from the dead. In a change of pace from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, director David Gelb helms his first narrative feature from a script by Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (2015’s The Fantastic Four). Look for Lazarus in theaters beginning February 27th.

Ned Rifle

Ned Rifle is Hal Hartley’s conclusion to a trilogy that began with Henry Fool and continued with Fay Grim. The film premiered at TIFF last year to good reviews and will show at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival. The new film focuses on Ned’s (Liam Aiken) attempt to kill his father, Henry (Thomas Jay Ryan), for all the trouble he’s caused his mother, Fay (Parker Posey). New to Hartley’s world is Aubrey Plaza as an obsessed fan of Henry’s. James Urbaniak also returns and Hartley regular Martin Donovan makes an appearance. Look for Ned Rifle on Vimeo this spring.

Ryan Gosling’s odd directorial debut

When it debuted at Cannes last year, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River took a pretty good drubbing from critics. Taking place in the abandoned city of Lost River, the story follows Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two who enters into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and keep her family together. Her teenage son Bones (Iain De Casestecker) discovers a mystery about the origins of Lost River that sets them on an unexpected journey. Joining them in Lost River are Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, and Ben Mendelsohn. Lost River comes to select theaters and VOD April 10th.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

David and Nathan Zellner follow 2012’s Kid-Thing with this story of a Japanese “office lady” (Rinko Kikuchi of Pacific Rim and Babel) who becomes so obsessed with finding the briefcase of money buried in the snow by Steve Buscemi in the Coen brothers' Fargo that she flies to Minnesota to search for it. Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Musical Score at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it also collected very good reviews. The film opens in New York on March 18th and in Los Angeles on March 20th.

Who doesn't love a good Blart joke?

This totally unnecessary sequel to 2009’s Paul Blart: Mall Cop finds Kevin James’ titular Blart heading to Vegas to attend a security guard convention with his college-bound daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez). When he stumbles on a heist led by Neal McDonough’s Vincent, it’s up to Blart and his fellow security guards to stop it. Directed by Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance) from a script by James and Nick Bakay, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 comes to theaters on April 17, 2015.

The Salvation

Former Dogme 95 director Kristian Levring (The King Is Alive) reverses course with this western starring Mads Mikkelsen as a Danish pioneer whose wife and young son are murdered, propelling him on a path of revenge that leads to a face-off with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s town terror. Eva Green factors into the proceedings as a scarred mute hoping for freedom. With mixed reviews from last year’s Cannes Film Festival, The Salvation hits theaters and VOD on February 27th.

Short takes

Here’s a red-band trailer for Unfinished Business, coming to theaters March 6th.

Desert Dancer tells the true story of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie). Look for it in theaters on April 10th.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is under the control of a cult in Faults, and Leland Orser’s Ansel Roth wants to deprogram her. See it in theaters beginning March 6th.

Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine play a game of cat and mouse in the Mojave desert in the April 17th release Beyond the Reach.

Food, Inc. director Robert Kenner’s latest documentary Merchants of Doubt has earned good early reviews. Look for it in select theaters beginning March 6th.

News and notes

  • Don't forget to make your picks in our annual Oscar prediction poll!
  • Steve Jobs, the biopic directed by Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple founder, will be released on October 9.
  • Ryan Coogler’s follow-up to Fruitvale Station is Creed, which follows Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa as he trains Apollo Creed’s grandson (Michael B. Jordan). It now opens on November 25th.
  • Felicity Jones is in talks to star in the Gareth Edwards Star Wars stand-alone movie. Aaron Paul and Edgar Ramirez are being looked at to play the male lead in the December 16, 2016 release. - Heat Vision
  • Terrence Malick’s documentary Voyage of Time will be released in two formats. An IMAX version will run 40 minutes and be narrated by Brad Pitt, while a feature-length 35mm version will be narrated by Cate Blanchett. - Broad Green Pictures
  • Peter Dinklage will star opposite Melissa McCarthy in her and her husband Ben Falcone’s comedy Michelle Darnell. - Variety
  • James Franco will star alongside Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, and Danny McBride in Franco's latest literary adaptation, John Steinbeck’s novel In Dubious Battle. - THR
  • The Last Days of Disco stars Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale will reunite with director Whit Stillman in Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan. - The Playlist
  • Peter Berg will replace director J.C. Chandor on Deepwater Horizon, starring Mark Wahlberg. - TheWrap
  • Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (The Guest, You’re Next) will team-up again on the horror story The Woods. - Heat Vision
  • Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan will star in The Silence director Baran Bo Odar’s Sleepless Night remake. - Variety
  • Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) will play a boy raised on Mars in writer Allan Loeb and director Peter Chelsom’s sci-fi adventure Out of This World. - THR
  • Milla Jovovich and Justin Chatwin will star in writer-director Constantin Werner’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s short stories, In the Lost Lands. - Heat Vision
  • Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks have joined Elle Fanning, Abbey Lee, Jena Malone, and Bella Heathcote in Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror film Neon Demon. - Variety
  • A John Wick sequel is in the works. -
  • Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt has added Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, and Tom Wilkinson. They would play Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and Ewen MacAskill, respectively. - TheWrap
  • Nicolas Cage will star as Capt. Charles Butler McVay in Men of Courage, director Mario Van Peebles’ film based on the USS Indianapolis tragedy. - Variety
  • Warner Bros. wants director Andy Muschietti (Mama) to helm its Robotech movie. - Deadline
  • Charlie Hunnam will replace Benedict Cumberbatch and star opposite Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller in James Grey’s The Lost City of Z. - THR

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