On paper, Jackie always seemed like little more than Oscar bait. With the arrival of an excellent teaser trailer and now a stunning full-length trailer, Pablo Larraín’s film rests easily among this writer’s most anticipated 2016 films yet to see release. Stéphane Fontaine’s stunning and moody period cinematography alone is enough to turn heads, but the trailer also showcases some excellent writing in addition to what promises to be a very compelling turn from Natalie Portman. Word of mouth is already very positive for the film, and it’s likely to having a strong showing when Awards season officially begins in the coming weeks.
Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast is going to make Disney a lot of money. An obvious statement, but one more solidified after the release of the film’s first full-length trailer. Disney seems to be lying heavily on nostalgia and fandom to sell its live action adaptation of the 1991 Oscar-winning animated film, highlighting an array of familiar scenes and characters that at first glance doesn’t really bring anything altering to the table. However, with people like Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) working on the script, I doubt that we’re in for just a straightforward remake.
We’re just over two months away from Gareth Edwards’ standalone Star Wars movie, and its latest trailer makes a very strong case that if this isn’t going to be one of the best Star Wars movies ever made it is easily going to be the most visually stunning. There’s a genuine, contagious sense of adventure and (dare a blockbuster be labeled so) fun in this new trailer. More backstory for our female lead, more look at the vibrant action scenes, and another tease for Vader. Star Wars isn’t going away any time soon, but when Disney and Lucasfilm promising us stuff like this, how is that a bad thing?
An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. Stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, and Aaron-Taylor Johnson. Directed by Tom Ford. Opens in limited release November 18.
Ben Wheatley follows up his 1975-set High Rise with another film set in the same decade. Free Fire, which is currently getting a festival run at TIFF, chronicles a meeting between two gangs in 1978 Boston that turns into an extended shootout. In what is arguably Wheatley’s most eclectic cast assembled yet, the film stars Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, and Jack Reynor.
After premiering at Sundance earlier this rare to roaringly positive reviews, the first trailer for Kenneth Lonergan third feature film has arrived. Written and directed by Lonergan, the star-studded Manchester by the Sea follows Lee Chandler, who is forced to return home after he is named guardian to his late brother’s son.
Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. Stars Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner. Directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Genevieve O’Reilly. Directed by Gareth Edwards. Screenplay by Chris Weitz. In theaters December 16, 2016.
A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home. Stars Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Opens in limited release June 17.
Tickets are officially on sale for Captain America: Civil War, and with it comes the arrival of the final trailer for Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster. Plenty of new footage abounds, and there’s lots to dissect. Whose side will you take when the film hits theaters May 6?