Film Friday (8/22): This Week's New Movies & Trailers

  • Publish Date: August 22, 2014
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Opening this weekend

Nationwide releases
47 If I Stay PG-13 DRAMA Trailer
A music student (Chloë Grace Moretz) is caught between life and death after an accident in this adaptation of Gayle Forman's novel.
46 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For R ACTION/THRILLER Trailer
This belated sequel to 2005’s Sin City takes a pair of Frank Miller’s existing stories (“A Dame to Kill For” and “Just Another Saturday Night”) and combines them with two new tales. Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star.
41 When the Game Stands Tall PG DRAMA/SPORTS Trailer
Jim Caviezel stars in this based-on-a-true-story tale of a high school football team's record win streak.
Limited releases
85 Love Is Strange R DRAMA  
This well-reviewed Sundance entry from Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On) stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a married couple who face challenges when one of them loses his job.
66 Metro Manila NR FOREIGN/ACTION  
65 To Be Takei NR DOCUMENTARY iTunes Amazon
Star Trek star George Takei is the subject of a documentary that examines his life and long career.
64 The One I Love NR DRAMEDY iTunes Amazon
This semi-improvised rom-com-dram—with a surreal twist that we won't spoil—stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as a struggling married couple.
63 K2: Siren of the Himalayas NR DOCUMENTARY  
54 May in the Summer R FOREIGN/DRAMEDY  
51 Kabbalah Me NR DOCUMENTARY  
50 14 Blades R FOREIGN/ACTION iTunes Amazon
37 The Possession of Michael King R HORROR iTunes Amazon
35 Are You Here R COMEDY iTunes Amazon
The feature directorial debut from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is leaving critics underwhelmed despite a cast that features Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson, and Zach Galifianakis.
5 Jersey Shore Massacre R HORROR/COMEDY iTunes

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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children

Starring Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Emma Thompson, and Dennis Haysbert, Jason Reitman’s follow-up to the disappointing Labor Day looks at the ways the internet impacts the lives of a group of high school students and their parents. An adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel, co-scripted with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary), Men, Women & Children will premiere at TIFF before getting a limited release on October 3rd and expanding nationwide on October 17th.

White Bird in a Blizzard

Greg Araki’s follow-up to Kaboom is set in 1988 and based on Laura Kasischke's novel. The film stars Shailene Woodley as Kat Conners, a 17-year-old girl struggling with her mom’s mysterious disappearance. Eva Green plays her mom, and the rest of the cast includes Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Sheryl Lee, and Angela Bassett. When it premiered at Sundance this year, critics praised Woodley’s performance but found it hard to care about the central mystery. White Bird in a Blizzard will be available on VOD beginning September 25th and in theaters October 24th.


David Wnendt’s adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s novel has been described by the film’s U.S. distributor, Strand Releasing, as “an unapologetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce, first love and anal fissures.” That alone might determine if you’re game for this story of 18-year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri), who thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she forms an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski), while she hopes her stay will reconcile her divorced parents. With good early reviews, Wetlands arrives in select theaters beginning September 5th.

Studio Ghibli's latest

Coming to theaters October 17 is director Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Using a unique style, Takahata, the director of Grave of the Fireflies, tells the story of a tiny baby girl found in a stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. She grows into an exquisite young lady who enthralls all who encounter her, but she has a secret no one knows. The film has earned excellent early reviews and features the voices of Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, and Mary Steenburgen.

Kelly & Cal

Jen McGowan’s debut feature stars Juliette Lewis as a punk-rocker turned suburban mom who strikes up a friendship with Johnny Weston’s Cal, a 17-year-old confined to a wheelchair. Written by Amy Lowe Starbin and with a supporting cast that includes Cybill Shepherd, Lucy Owen, Margaret Colin, and Josh Hopkins, the film earned good reviews when it premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. Kelly & Cal will be available On Demand and in select theaters beginning September 5th.

I, Automaton

Set in 2044, Automata stars Antonio Banderas as Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent for a robotics corporation who investigates cases of robot manipulation. What he discovers forces him question what he has always believed about robots and makes him a target of Dylan McDermott’s Wallace. Gabe Ibáñez’s film also stars Melanie Griffith, Robert Forster, and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen. Look for it On Demand and in theaters beginning October 10th.

Stephen King's A Good Marriage

Written by Stephen King and based on one of his own short stories, A Good Marriage
follows what happens when Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) discovers that her husband of more than twenty years (Anthony LaPaglia) is a serial killer. Directed by Peter Askin (Certainty) and also starring Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) and Stephen Lang (Avatar), this thriller lands in theaters on October 3rd.

A second look at Nightcrawler

Writer Dan Gilroy (Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy) makes his directorial debut with this story about Lou Bloom, a go-getter who takes a liking to the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Bloom, and Rene Russo plays Nina, a local TV veteran who works with him. The action is amped up in this second trailer for Nightcrawler, now coming to theaters on October 31st (a few weeks later than originally announced).

Young Ones

Opening October 17th is Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones. Set in a future where water is scarce, the film stars Michael Shannon as the father of two kids played by Elle Fanning and Kodi Smit-McPhee. They come into contact with a young man who disrupts their lives, played by Nicolas Hoult. Early reviews tout the film’s visuals over its narrative.

Dolls: still creepy

If your husband buys you a doll, don’t accept it. If that doll magically appears in your new home after your home was invaded by a satanic cult, throw that doll in the fire. Those should be a few of the lessons learned by the mistakes of Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton) in Annabelle, a prequel/spinoff of The Conjuring that makes it clear that it’s never a good idea to buy a creepy doll. This October 3rd release also stars Alfre Woodard and is directed by John R. Leonetti from a script by Gary Dauberman.

Short takes

Coming to theaters February 27, 2015 is Outcast, starring Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen. The trailer from Deadline makes it look as ridiculous as you’d expect.

Kevin Kline plays an American who inherits a Parisian apartment and its resident (Maggie Smith) in My Old Lady. Look for it in select theaters beginning September 10th.

Miss Meadows stars Katie Holmes as an elementary school teacher who moonlights as a vigilante. Look for it in select theaters November 17th.

Nacho Vigalondo (Extraterrestrial) directs Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey in the voyeur thriller Open Windows, coming to VOD on October 2nd and theaters on November 7th.

Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus (Simpatico), tells the story of the gay and lesbian support given to the 1984 strike of the National Union of Mineworkers.

News and notes

  • Relativity Media has announced a sequel to the August 27th release The November Man.
  • Sorry folks: Milla Jovovich revealed that Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will be delayed because she and her husband, the film’s director Paul W.S. Anderson, are expecting a baby.
  • Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in J.C. Chandor’s Deepwater Horizon, based on the 2010 BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. - Deadline
  • Toby Kebbell (Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) is in talks to join Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver in Juan Antonio Bayona’s adaptation of A Monster Calls. - Heat Vision
  • David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter movies, is in talks to helm J.K. Rowling’s Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. - Variety
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, who will voice Shere Khan in the Andy Serkis-directed Jungle Book: Origins, has been joined by Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, and Rohan Chand. - Heat Vision
  • David Gordon Green will direct Sandra Bullock in a feature film adaptation of the documentary Our Brand Is Crisis. - Variety
  • Bradley Cooper will reunite with director Todd Phillips on a potential franchise based around Don Pendleton’s Mack Bolan series of novels. Shane Salerno, co-writer of Avatar 4, will write the script with hopes of creating a “relevant, grounded and gritty, real-world, PG-13 action-drama film series.” - Deadline
  • Kevin Smith will direct Johnny Depp, Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose Depp, and his own daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, in Yoga Hosers. They join Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Adam Brody, and Jason Mewes. - Heat Vision
  • Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia, and Abby Cornish are in talks to join Gerard Butler in Dean Devlin’s Geostorm. - Heat Vision
  • Shane Black will revive Remo Williams and direct Jim Uhls’ and James Mullaney’s script for a new adaptation of The Destroyer book series. -
  • Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) will direct Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, and Michael Angarano in a film based on the Stanford Prison Experiment. - TheWrap
  • Fredrick Bond (Charlie Countryman) will direct London Has Fallen, the Olympus Has Fallen sequel with returning stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman. - Heat Vision
  • Paul Giamatti will play N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller in Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray’s upcoming biopic about the rap group. - THR

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