Film Friday (7/18): This Week's New Movies & Trailers

  • Publish Date: July 18, 2014
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Opening this weekend

50 The Purge: Anarchy R ACTION/HORROR Trailer
It's another night when all criminal activity is legal in this slightly improved sequel to 2013's The Purge.
Nationwide releases
48 Planes: Fire and Rescue PG ANIMATION/FAMILY  
Disney's own cheap Pixar knockoff Planes gets a sequel that, too, is a slight upgrade over its predecessor.
37 Sex Tape R COMEDY Trailer
(PICTURED) The premise of this R-rated comedy from director Jake Kasdan is that everyone wants to see married couple Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz's misplaced sex video; the reality is that critics wished they had seen none of it.
7 Persecuted PG-13 ACTION/THRILLER  
This Christian action-thriller opens in more than 700 theaters nationwide; James Remar, Bruce Davison, and Dean Stockwell star.
71 Double Play: James Benning & Richard Linklater NR DOCUMENTARY Amazon iTunes
66 Alive Inside NR DOCUMENTARY  
56 I Origins R SCI-FI/DRAMA  
Mike Cahill's follow-up to Another Earth is another thought-provoking science fiction tale that divided critics at Sundance in January and continues to do so this week.
Michel Gondry's whimsical (perhaps overly so) romance gets a belated U.S. release, avec subtitles.
48 A Five Star Life NR FOREIGN/DRAMA  
42 Wish I Was Here R DRAMEDY  
Zach Braff's second directorial effort (after Garden State) opens in LA and NY today and other cities next week, though reviews suggest that you may not want to rush out to see it. At least there's a good soundtrack.
40 Video Games: The Movie NR DOCUMENTARY Amazon iTunes
Limited releases
33 Aftermath NR ACTION/THRILLER iTunes
9 Among Ravens NR DRAMEDY iTunes

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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Marvel gets animated in Disney's Big Hero 6

The first animated movie to come from Disney’s union with Marvel Comics is Big Hero 6, the story of robotics genius Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter) and his brother Tadashi’s creation, Baymax (Scott Adsit), a Healthcare Companion soon fitted to become a superhero. They team up with Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) to uncover a mysterious plot in the metropolis of San Fransokyo. Directed by Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) and Chris Williams (Bolt), Big Hero 6 comes to theaters on November 7th.

Three from Sundance

The One I Love, Laggies and God Help the Girl all premiered at Sundance to varying degrees of praise. With their release dates approaching, all three have new trailers to entice you into theaters.

The One I Love is the debut feature from Charlie McDowell, son of Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen, and stars Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss as a married couple who take a weekend holiday in hopes of saving their marriage. Look for it on VOD August 1 and in theaters August 22nd.

Opening in select theaters October 24th, Laggies is Lynn Shelton’s follow-up to the disappointing Touchy Feely and the first of her films she has not written herself (those duties fall to Andrea Seigel). Keira Knightley stars as an aimless 28-year-old who panics when her boyfriend proposes to her and decides to hide out in the home of a high school girl she recently met (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her single father (Sam Rockwell).

While it received mixed reviews, Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl did earn the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Performance at Sundance. The leader of Belle & Sebastian makes his debut as a writer-director with this Glasgow-set musical starring Emily Browning as Eve, a girl with surprising songwriting skills who forms a band with James (Olly Alexander) and Cass (Hannah Murray). The September 5th release should at least be interesting to fans of old sad bastard music.

An October horror trio

Here are new trailers for just three of the many horror films hoping to scare audiences this October.

Annabelle is a prequel/spinoff of The Conjuring featuring that film’s creepy doll. The October 3rd release stars Annabelle Wallis and Alfre Woodard and is directed by John R. Leonetti from a script by Gary Dauberman.

Co-produced by Michael Bay and Jason Blum, Ouija is the latest board game adaptation (yes, it’s from the Hasbro toy line, just like Battleship and Transformers). Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) is the young woman who leads her friends (Douglas Smith, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff and Bianca A. Santos) in an attempt to contact the soul of their deceased companion, Debbie (Shelley Hennig). Look for it in theaters October 24th.

In Horns, an adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel, Alexandre Aja (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3-D) directs Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish, a man who grows horns after being accused of murdering his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple). Ig soon discovers the horns have special powers, so he decides to use them to find Merrin’s killer. Horns hits select theaters and VOD on October 31st.


Kite is a live-action adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s classic anime film. Directed by Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema), the film stars India Eisley as a young woman looking to avenge her parents' deaths with a little help from Callan McAuliffe and Samuel L. Jackson. Look for it on DirecTV beginning August 28th and on VOD and in select theaters on October 10th.

Short takes

Early reviews of The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, Bruno Foranzi’s and Hélène Cattet’s follow-up to Amer, are as high as 100 and as low as 30. The first trailer for the August 29th release hints at how this could be a divisive film.

Xavier Dolan’s fifth film, Mommy, shared the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with Jean-Luc Godard’s first 3D feature, Goodbye to Language. Mommy doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, but here’s an early trailer, and yes, the aspect ratio is as intended.

20,000 Days on Earth is a portrait of musician/writer Nick Cave that received good reviews at Sundance this year. A proper U.S. release date has not been set, but Drafthouse Films has been holding special screenings across the country prior to its release.

News and notes

  • David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl will open the New York Film Festival on September 26th. - Variety
  • Martin Scorsese’s next film, Silence, the long-in-development adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about 17th century Jesuit priests starring Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Liam Neeson, will be released in November of 2015.
  • Kevin Smith’s horror film Tusk, starring Michael Parks, Justin Long, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment, will come to theaters on September 19th.
  • The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, will hit theaters on December 25, 2015.
  • Child 44, Daniel Espinosa’s follow-up to Safe House that stars Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Noomi Rapace, and Joel Kinnaman, will be be released on April 17, 2015.
  • Ron Howard will direct an authorized documentary on The Beatles’ touring years. has the press release.
  • Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, and Chris Zylka have joined James Franco in Michael, an adaptation of Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ article about Michael Glatze, an anti-gay minister who was once a homosexual. - Variety
  • Universal plans to “expand and unify” their stable of classic movie monsters with the help of Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6). - Deadline
  • Christian Bale is in early talks to play Travis McGee in James Mangold’s adaptation of the first book in John D. MacDonald’s McGee series of novels. - Variety
  • Ben Whishaw will replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington in the upcoming film that follows the Peruvian bear as he’s adopted by the Brown family. - The Daily Mail
  • Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day) has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. - Latino Review

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  • Duke_Challenger  

    Please do a faithful adaptation of Frankenstein for once.

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