On August 21, 2015, three young Americans thwarted a terrorist attack on a train headed for Paris. Clint Eastwood just directed the movie of their story, The 15:17 to Paris, and it stars those actual three men: Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone. As casting stunts go it may not pay off, but count me intrigued. It’s a daring move, and those are always worth trying, especially when you have the credibility capital of someone like Eastwood. If it captures the power of this trailer – fueled by the inspiring words of a preacher – then they’ll have succeeded. Co-starring Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, and Tony Hale, The 15:17 to Paris opens on February 9, 2018.
All Marvel movies should be required to have Japanese narration with subtitles, like in this Black Panther trailer for the Japan market. The cool quotient goes up instantly.
Whoa, this is heavy, Doc.
After a ten year break from big budget blockbusting, Steven Spielberg returns with Ready Player One, the adaptation of the popular YA novel phenomenon. Set in 2045, it’s a young man’s journey through OASIS, the future version of the internet that has gone full-blown VR.
In it, there’s an Easter Egg hunt that promises to be a golden ticket of sorts, but instead of a chocolate factory think of this as a dark dystopian Charlie and the Virtual Reality.
The book has been both beloved and derided as a 1980s nostalgia trip, yet true to late-Spielberg form (particularly post-Kubrick collaboration A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), the onetime wunderkind can’t help but infuse some heady contemplation into his tentpole spectacle, about where technology is taking us and what it’s doing to us.
Starring Tye Sheridan (whose elastic-length legs in the poster below have been the joke of new internet memes), Ready Player One – which co-stars recent Spielberg favorite Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, The BFG) as the Wonka-esque OASIS creator – hits theaters this spring on March 30, 2018.
Blockbusters find a way.
After the retro reboot Jurassic World became an unexpected box office behemoth, raking in over $200 million its opening weekend on its way to a mammoth haul of $652 million domestic (4th best ever) and $1.6 billion worldwide, nothing was going to make this franchise extinct any time soon.
But now, the dinosaurs themselves are in danger of just that in the second “World” movie and fifth “Jurassic” film overall, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as their characters go back to Isla Nublar. The island’s prehistoric resurrections are left by the world to experience a second extinction as volcanic devastation threatens their existence.
This first trailer doesn’t present anything particularly fresh, but with the return of Jeff Goldblum‘s Ian Malcolm and addition of Spanish director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage), the thrills look like they’ll have a darker edge and be on full cinematic throttle.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens next summer on June 22, 2018.
Well that didn’t take long. But then, to meet its December release date, it needed to be quick.
Following the public downfall of Kevin Spacey this November, director Ridley Scott made the bold move to entirely reshoot all of his scenes with actor legendary Christopher Plummer, for the new true story thriller All The Money In The World.
In just a few short weeks, we now see the first results.
They’re not only seamless; they’re better. You can tell as much by comparing it to the heavily made-up Spacey from the original trailer below.
Starring Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlbeg, All The Money In The World opens on December 22, 2017.
If ever there were a time to tell the story of Mary Magdalene, it may be for such a time as this.
Emerging from our culture’s watershed #MeToo moment, of no longer enabling sexual predators but rather believing their victims, comes a feature film about the troubled woman who would become a devout, faithful companion of Jesus Christ.
From the director of the Oscar-nominated Lion, Mary Magdalene focuses on the titular outcast (played by Rooney Mara), a Biblical figure who has, over time, been wrongly maligned as a one-time prostitute or slut. The Bible never defines her as either. In that sense alone, her reputation has been assaulted and abused.
What the Bible does describe, however, in both the book of Mark and Luke, is that Jesus cast seven demons out of her. This first trailer of this upcoming Easter release would seem to suggest that it will soft-peddle that account as a Salem Witch style superstition.
How many other liberties this dramatization will take with the Biblical text (or not) remains to be seen, but this first trailer does, at the very least, look like a serious, sincere work that’s worth considering.
Co-starring Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus (another reason to be intrigued), Mary Magdalene opens on March 30, 2018.