Film Friday (9/5): This Week's New Movies & Trailers

  • Publish Date: September 5, 2014
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Opening this weekend

82 Forrest Gump (1994) PG-13 DRAMA  
The Oscar-winning Tom Hanks film gets a one-week-only IMAX re-release in honor of its 20th anniversary.
Nationwide releases
26 The Identical PG DRAMA Trailer
[PICTURED] This week's sole new nationwide release is a Christian- and Elvis-themed musical starring Blake Rayne, Ray Liotta, and Ashley Judd.
Limited releases
83 Levitated Mass NRDOCUMENTARY  
82 Last Days in Vietnam NR DOCUMENTARY  
This controversial German coming of age/sexual awakening tale is designed to be shocking—and it unquestionably is—though many critics also find it funny and a strong showcase for star Carla Juri.
71 No No: A Dockumentary NR DOCUMENTARY iTunes Amazon
Dock Ellis may be the only pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter while high on LSD. This new documentary examines the life and career of the outspoken Pittsburgh Pirates star, and also looks at that fateful 1970 game.
66 Memphis NR DRAMA  
63 Kelly & Cal NR DRAMA/COMEDY  
58 Frontera PG-13 DRAMA iTunes Amazon
57 God Help the Girl NR MUSICAL/DRAMA iTunes
The directorial debut for Belle and Sebastian leader Stuart Murdoch is a Scottish musical starring Emily Browning.
47 Thunder and the House of Magic NR ANIMATION/FAMILY  
36 The Longest Week PG-13 ROM-COM iTunes
25 Innocence PG-13 HORROR  
  Falcon Rising R ACTION-ADVENTURE Amazon
  Gringo Trails NR DOCUMENTARY  
  Jason Nash Is Married NR COMEDY iTunes Amazon
  Once Upon a Time Veronica NR FOREIGN/DRAMA  

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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Horrible Bosses 2

In this sequel to 2011’s Horrible Bosses, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey return, but Sean Anders (That’s My Boy) takes over directing duties from Seth Gordon. The new story finds the hapless trio kidnapping Chris Pine in a ransom scheme to get back at his father, a shady investor played by Christoph Waltz. Horrible Bosses 2 opens on November 26th.

Denzel continues to Equalize

Denzel Washington reunites with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for this adaptation of the 1980s television show that starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, aka "The Equalizer." Washington’s version of McCall is a former black ops agent who faked his own death but comes out of retirement to help a girl played by Chloë Grace Moretz. She’s involved with the Russian mob, and soon McCall is too. The supporting cast includes Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas and Bill Pullman, and the latest trailer features a new song by Eminem and Sia. The Equalizer hits theaters on September 26th, and early buzz has been good as the film's premiere at TIFF approaches.

A portrait of Mr. Turner

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Timothy Spall won the best actor award for his portrayal of British landscape painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s lauded biopic Mr. Turner. This fifth collaboration between Leigh and Spall examines the last 25 years of Turner’s life as he struggles with depression after his father’s death. In addition to the leaps he made as a painter, the film focuses on his relationships with three important women in his life: the mother of his children (Ruth Sheen), his housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson), and a widow he romances (Marion Bailey). One of the best-reviewed movies of the year so far, Mr. Turner comes to North American theaters on December 19th.

The Humbling

Al Pacino stars as an actor suffering from a mental breakdown and suicidal thoughts in The Humbling, director Barry Levinson’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel. When he retreats to his house in Connecticut, he strikes up a relationship with a young lesbian played by Greta Gerwig. The comedy earned mixed reviews when it premiered in Venice. No release date has been set, but here’s the first trailer from Deadline.

A new take on Cymbeline

Director Michael Almereyda re-teams with his Hamlet star, Ethan Hawke, to reimagine Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in a modern criminal underworld of drugs and biker gangs. Ed Harris stars as the titular character, whose daughter, Imogen (Dakota Johnson), attracts trouble in the form of Penn Badgley. Anton Yelchin. Milla Jovovich, John Leguizamo, and Delroy Lindo also star. Early reviews out of Venice have been poor, but Lionsgate plans on releasing the film next spring.

The ABCs of Death 2 trailer is V(very)NSFW

ABCs of Death 2 will be available on iTunes and On Demand on October 2nd before hitting theaters on October 31st. This sequel to last year’s horror anthology The ABCs of Death once again features a variety of directors' takes on the horrific possibilities of his/her/their chosen letter. Contributors include Bill Plympton, Larry Fessenden (Beneath), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), and the Soska Sisters (American Mary).

Short takes

Here’s a new two-minute clip from Disney’s Big Hero 6, coming to theaters November 7th.

Director Ridley Scott explains why he decided to take on the challenge of the Moses story in this Exodus: Gods and Kings featurette.

The Muhammad Ali documentary I Am Ali comes to VOD and select theaters on October 10th. Here’s the official trailer.

Check out the U.K. trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ Monsters.

News and notes

  • How to Train Your Dragon 3 has been delayed until June 9, 2017.
  • Dwayne Johnson will play Black Adam in the adaptation of DC Comic’s Shazam. Darren Lemke (Jack the Giant Slayer) will write the film. - Variety
  • Sean Harris (Prometheus) is in talks to play the villain in the already shooting Mission Impossible 5. - Deadline
  • George Clooney will direct Hack Attack, based on Nick Davies’ investigation of the News Corp. UK phone hacking scandal. - Variety
  • Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are up for roles opposite Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. - Deadline
  • Vince Vaughn will star in the comedy The Politician for What If director Michael Dowse. - THR
  • Dax Shepard will write, direct and star in an adaptation of the TV series CHiPs. Michael Peña is attached to play Frank “Ponch” Poncherello. - Deadline
  • Margot Robbie is in talks to star in Rupert Sanders’ live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell. - TheWrap
  • Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin are in talks to star in director Thea Sharrock’s adaptation of Jojo Moyes' best-selling novel Me Before You. - Deadline
  • Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, and Kate Mara will star in Man Down for director Dito Montiel (A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints). - Variety
  • Johnny Knoxville has joined Jackie Chan and Fan Bing Bing in Renny Harlin’s action-comedy Skiptrace. - Deadline
  • Robot & Frank director Jake Schreier will helm the adaptation of John Green’s novel Paper Towns. - Variety
  • Charlie Hunnam and Margot Robbie are in talks to star in Paradise Now director Hany Abu-Assad’s adaptation of Charles Martin’s novel The Mountain Between Us. - Deadline
  • Mama helmer Andrés Muschietti will direct a film adaptation of the PlayStation video game Shadow of the Colossus. - Heat Vision
  • After starring as Batman, Ben Affleck will direct Live by Night, and he has already cast Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Elle Fanning as the female leads. - Deadline
  • Julia Roberts is in talks to join Gwyneth Paltrow and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Billy Ray’s remake of the Argentinian thriller The Secret in Their Eyes. - THR
  • Jesse Eisenberg and Shia LaBeouf are in talks to star in Todd Phillips’ Arms & The Dudes, the story of two stoners who become arms dealers in Afghanistan. - Deadline
  • William Hurt and Alice Braga have joined Woody Harrelson and Liam Hemsworth in By Way of Helena, an 1880s-set thriller by director Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here). - Variety
  • Zac Efron and Robert De Niro are in talks to star in Driving Dick Kelly (fka Dirty Grandpa) for I Give It a Year director Dan Mazer. - THR
  • Naomi Watts has joined Jake Gyllenhaal in Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition. - Deadline

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