International Trailer For THOR: RAGNAROCK Adds Another Marvel Hero (VIDEO)

The latest Thor installment is now basically a half-Avengers movie. I guess pretty much every MCU flick produced solely by Marvel Studios will be at this point, with the Sony-partnered Spider-Man series swapping out extended cameos as well. Thor: Ragnarock opens on November 4, 2017.


Adam Sandler Gets Serious In THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES On Netflix (VIDEO/IMAGES)

The Netflix/Adam Sandler partnership has been a disastrous collaboration. It looks like that’s about to change with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected).

Sandler co-stars with Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson in the new dysfunctional family drama from a filmmaker who knows how to make them, writer/director Noah Baumbach.

A frequent writing partner on Wes Anderson‘s films, Baumbach is more hit-and-miss with his own movies. But when he hits – in gems like Frances Ha or The Squid and the Whale (his best) – his well-observed character ensembles are some of the best New York stories this side of Woody Allen.

Following its premiere to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival this past spring, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) will debut on Netflix and in select theaters on October 13, 2017.

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New WONDER Trailer And “Choose Kind” Resources (VIDEO/LINKS)

Between this and Goodbye Christopher Robin, the fall of 2017 should be providing us with our welcome share of tears and feels.

Based on the New York Times bestseller and starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, and Jacob Tremblay as the boy with the deformed face, Wonder opens on November 17, 2017.

To learn more about the #ChooseKind movement, or access teaching resources related to the book and movie, click on the links below.

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New GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Trailer Teases Winnie The Pooh Origins (VIDEO)

Winnie the Pooh and his adventures in the 100 Acre Wood have brought joy and comfort to generations. The new film Goodbye Christopher Robin dramatizes how those stories were a healing response to trauma and pain for its creator A.A. Milne.

After fighting in the trenches of World War I, Milne sought rural retreat with his family to focus on his writing. As this new movie portrays, his literary pursuit lead somewhere he wasn’t expecting, one that impacted the world.

Domhnall Gleeson stars as A.A. Milne, Will Tilston as his son Christopher Robin (yes, the namesake of Pooh’s human friend), Margot Robbie as Milne’s wife Daphne, and Kelly MacDonald playing Christopher Robin’s nanny, Olive.

Bumped up from its November release, Goodbye Christopher Robin now opens on October 13th, 2017.


Trailer For THE STAR Is The First Christmas From The Animals’ Perspective (VIDEO/IMAGES)

Shrek’s donkey is out. Mary’s is in.

That humble steed, and a whole crew of other animals, takes us on the (animated) journey of the very first Christmas in The Star, coming this fall from Sony Pictures Animation. The faith-based entry puts a comedic yet still reverent spin on the birth of Christ in a family-friendly movie for all ages.

An all-star cast includes The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun as Bo the donkey, Zachary Levi (Tangled) as Joseph and (fittingly) as Mary, the star of TV’s Jane The Virgin Gina Rodriguez. Big names pepper the ensemble, too, from Oprah Winfrey to Tyler Perry, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Keegan-Michaely Key, Kelly Clarkson, Anthony Anderson, Tracy Morgan, Christopher Plummer, and more. (See some of the cast/character pairing in the gallery below.)

A co-production with Walden Media and Affirm Films, The Star arrives well before Christmas Eve when it hits theaters on November 10, 2017.


Something’s Not Right On Mainstreet U.S.A. In Clooney/Coen/Damon Dark Comedy SUBURBICON (VIDEO/POSTER)

Step aside Noah Hawley. When it comes to the Coenverse, George Clooney knows the territory as well as anybody.

While Hawley’s Fargo TV Series plays more like a mix between Coen Brothers quirk and what you’d expect from Prestige TV, the first trailer for Clooney’s Suburbicon could easily be mistaken for a new film directly from Joel & Ethan Coen. And it sort of is, as the original script was penned by the brothers before getting a rewrite from Clooney and producing/writing partner Grant Heslov.

Along for the ride in this mid-20th Century American dark comedy are other Coen vets: Matt Damon (True Grit), Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski), and Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis). Clooney, a Coen favorite from movies such as O Brother Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading, and Hail, Caesar!, stays strictly behind the camera this time around in the director’s chair (see set photos here), but don’t be surprised if he pops up in a well-placed cameo.

After playing the fall festival circuit, Suburbicon will open in theaters on October 27, 2017.


4K Restoration Of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS Hits Theaters This Fall For 40th Anniversary (VIDEO)

They’re heeeeere. Oh, wait, wrong Spielberg joint.

In 1977, the big sci-fi phenomenon was Star Wars, but where George Lucas went mythic his best friend Steven Spielberg went existential. Now for its 40th Anniversary, Columbia Pictures is re-releasing Close Encounters of the Third Kind back into theaters for a one-week run, digitally remastered in a 4K restoration.

Made for $20 million (a huge budget at the time, nearly twice that of Star Wars), Close Encounters earned $303 million worldwide and was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, winning Oscars for best cinematography and a special achievement in sound effects editing.

Last year in my Spielberg Retrospective, I ranked Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the Spielberg Canon as his second best movie ever, behind only Schindler’s List.

The short nationwide run will begin on September 1, 2017, followed by its premiere on blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on September 19.