Stories and characters loved by many are the stars of this week’s new releases. Two films based on popular books make their way onto the big screen this weekend. The latest installment in the Alien franchise is making its debut.
Couples aboard a spaceship set out to colonize a planet in Alien: Covenant. As they venture into the uncharted world, they discover that the seemingly isolated territory has deadly secrets. Ridley Scott directed the sci-fi adventure starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollet, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby and James Franco. The two hour and two minute action film is rated R for violence, language, sex and nudity.
The Heffley family hits the road in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. On the way to his grandmother’s 90’s birthday party, Greg has a mastermind plan to get his parents to detour to a video game convention. The PG comedy stars Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott and Alicia Silverstone. The film plays for one hour and thirty-one minutes.
A teenage girl suffers from a debilitating disease in which going outside her sterilized environment can make her deathly ill in Everything, Everything. A new neighbor opens up her heart and her world, making her want to risk sickness to experience life beyond the walls of her home. The one hour and thirty-six minute romantic drama is based on the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon. The film is rated PG-13.
More familiar characters are back on the big screen next week. The latest film in the Pirate of the Caribbean series and the Baywatch movie enter theaters on Memorial Day weekend.
Some serious topics give way to light hearted laughs with the new films hitting theaters this week. The Guardians are back for an all new adventure with the help of other Marvel characters.
Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Groot, Rocket and Yondu set out to safeguard the galaxy once again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In this sequel to the hit 2014 film, the gang faces the wrath of vengeful aliens after one of their own steals what they were hired to protect. During their mission, they discover the secret of Peter’s lineage. The PG-13 sci-fi adventure stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Kurt Russell. The film is playing in conventional, 3D and IMAX theaters for two hours and fifteen minutes.
A young woman decides to transition to a man in 3 Generations. Growing up with a houseful of women, her family struggles to come to terms with her gender identity issues. In order to make the full transition, she must get the consent of her estranged father. Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon, Tate Donovan and Sam Trammell star in the drama. The film is running in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-four minutes.
Tensions surmount at a meal between estranged brothers and their wives in The Dinner. The couples sit down to discuss the best way to handle their sons’ role in a terrible crime. As a politician running for governor, the oldest brother thinks it’s best to take their dark family secret public. The limited released suspense thriller is based on the novel by Herman Koch and stars Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny. The two hour drama is rated R for violence and language.
Another comedic action film will join Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters next week. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s Snatched is set to debut on May 12 alongside Charlie Hunnam’s action/adventure film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Audiences will be on the edge of their seats if they venture out to theaters to see this week’s new releases. The thrillers making their debut focus on the tensions brought about by secrets, crime and the lack of privacy from social media technology.
An enthusiastic young woman’s dream comes true when she is hired at a social media company in The Circle. As a rising star at the company, she is asked to participate in an experiment that ends up putting her life and the lives of those closest to her under a microscope. The PG-13 suspense thriller stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. It runs for one hour and fifty minutes.
A ladies man finds out that his rich, 80-year-old wife is leaving him for a younger man in How to Be a Latin Lover. Kicked out of the mansion he once called home, he stays with his estranged sister and her young son. While he searches for a new sugar mama, he teaches his nephew the art of seduction. Salma Hayek, Eugenio Derbez, Raphael Alejandro, Kristen Bell and Rob Lowe star in the PG-13 comedy. The limited released film plays for one hour and fifty-five minutes.
Following the death of his mother, a little boy becomes a mute in Voice from the Stone. A young nurse moves into his castle home, determined to cure him. As she tends to him, she is haunted by the mysteries that surround the castle. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke stars in the one hour and thirty minute suspense drama. The limited released film is rated R for sex and nudity.
Following the death of his parents, an aspiring street magician becomes responsible for his younger sister in Sleight. Struggling for money, he enters a life of crime to provide the means to care for her. When his sister is kidnapped, he uses his magic skills to get her back. The limited released drama is running in limited theaters for one hour and thirty minutes. It’s rated R for language, drugs and violence.
Next week, a cult favorite is back in theaters with a sequel. Stay tuned for next week’s Trailer Park for information on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Whether in love or intrigue, there’s a lot of passion among the characters in this week’s new releases. Katherine Heigl is devastated by a lost love in her new thriller. In other films, Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Humman is determined to prove that a lost civilization did in fact exist and a group of teens set out to confirm the existence of aliens.
A British adventurer is convinced that the Amazon jungle was the home to a developed civilization in The Lost City of Z . With much opposition, he sets out on an expedition to prove that the area was once previously inhabited. The PG-13 drama is based on a true story and stars Charlie Humman alongside Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. It runs for two hours and twenty minutes.
A scorned woman seeks revenge on her ex-husband’s fiancée in Unforgettable. Seeing his new love take what was once hers, she goes to great lengths to get her out of the picture and away from her family. Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson and Geoff Stults star in the one hour and forty minute psychological thriller. The suspenseful drama is rated R for sex, violence, language and nudity.
The Promise is a love story entangled with the destruction of war. Set in Constantinople during World War I, an Armenian student and an American journalist vie for the affection of an Armenian artist, all while fighting to stay alive in the war torn area. Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon star in the PG-13 drama. The limited released romance is based on real events. It plays for two hours and fourteen minutes.
Get a rarely seen glimpse into to the Chinese wilderness with Born in China. The one hour and nineteen minute documentary provides an inside look into the lives of a panda, golden monkey and snow leopard. The G-rated Disney Nature film is narrated by John Krasinski.
A weapons transaction between gang members and two Irishmen goes awry in Free Fire. Chaos ensues when shots are fired causing all involved to take cover. The one hour and thirty minute action comedy stars Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley and Noah Taylor. It’s rated R for violence, language, sex and drugs.
Unseen footage is uncovered twenty years after “The Phoenix Lights” in Phoenix Forgotten. Following the UFO sighting in 1997, three teenagers, with video camera in hand, go on a mission into the desert to investigate the truth behind what they really saw and have never been seen since. The PG-13 horror film is based on the real events that occurred on March 13, 1997. It’s running in limited theaters for one hour and twenty-seven minutes.
More thrillers are headed into theaters next week. Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s dramatic thriller, The Circle, enters theaters on April 28 alongside the sci-fi thriller Sleight.
Each of this week’s new releases touches on a different film genres. There’s an animated tale, a dramatic comedy, a biopic and a heart-pounding thrill ride. The newest installment in the Fast and the Furious series enters theaters with some new celebrity additions.
After tying the knot, Dom tries to live a normal life but is convinced to go back to a life of crime in The Fate of the Furious. An intriguing woman persuades him to go against his friends and participate in terrorist activities. The action packed PG-13 film takes viewers on a high speed adventure around the globe. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren star in the two hour and sixteen minute thriller.
A teenager with royal relatives tries to take back his home planet from the evil ruler who destroyed his family in Spark: A Space Tail. He soon discovers that the fate of the entire universe lies in his hands. The PG animated adventure features the voices of Jace Norman, Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart and Hilary Swank. The film is playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty minutes.
A lonely man goes to great lengths to try to make friends in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. His people pleasing ways start to pay off after he buys a pair of shoes for an up-and-coming politician. Finally getting noticed, he tries to take advantage of his new relationship. Richard Gere stars in the limited released dramatic comedy alongside Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Lior Ashkenazi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Hank Azaria and Josh Charles. The one hour and fifty-eight minute film is rated R for language.
The son of a caddy dreams of one day becoming a golfer in Tommy’s Honour. Determined to make his own path in life, he goes against societal norms and helps shape modern day golf. The PG drama is based on the true story of Scottish golfer Tommy Morris. The film is playing in limited theaters for one hour and fifty-two minutes.
The Fate of the Furious may have viewers on the edge of their seat this week, but there’s more action to come next week with the release of The Lost City of Z and Free Fire. Also scheduled to head into theaters on April 21 is the Katherine Heigel and Rosario Dawson led dramatic thriller Unforgettable.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez and director Werner Herzog each have two films entering theaters this weekend. Rodriguez, among many other celebrities, lends her voice to the latest Smurf film.
Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty go on a mission to find out if the legend and that there’s another town of Smurfs out there is true in Smurfs: The Lost Village. When they come in contact with the secret village, they must warn their newfound friends of the evil Gargamel. The PG animated adventure features the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Mandy Patinkin, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts, Gordon Ramsay, Gabriel Iglesias, Tituss Burgess, Jeff Dunham and Jake Johnson. It plays for one hour and thirty minutes.
Following his sister’s death, a man is entrusted to look after his 7-year-old niece with extraordinary mathematical abilities in Gifted. He is determined to give her a normal childhood, but when his mother finds out about her granddaughter’s genius, she tries to take her away from him to further the young girl’s academic skills. Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer star in the PG-13 drama. The film plays for one hour and forty-one minutes.
Three old friends, strapped for cash, contemplate robbing a bank in Going in Style. They set their sights on the financial institution that took away their pension fund. The PG-13 comedy stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King, Matt Dillon and Christopher Lloyd. The Zach Braff directed film plays for one hour and thirty-six minutes.
While the men are out serving in World War II, a British woman is given the opportunity to be a screenwriter for a propaganda film in Their Finest. With death and destruction surrounding them, the film crew forms a bond as they are tasked to promote hope during tough times. The comedic drama runs for one hour and fifty-seven minutes. It’s rated R for language and sex.
Queen of the Desert is the true story of Gertrude Bell, an early 20th century British woman who had a major role in the development of Iran after World War I. The two hour and eighteen minute drama shows her dangerous journey through the Middle East. Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Robert Pattinson star in the Werner Herzog directed film. The PG-13 biopic is available in limited theaters.
A doctor seeks revenge on the man who killed her brother in The Assignment. While under the knife, she turns him into a woman. Now, he’s out to seek retribution. Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia star in the limited released suspense film. It’s rated R for nudity, violence, sex, language and drugs.
After being fired from her job and booted from her apartment, a down-on-her-luck woman returns to her hometown in Colossal. She soon discovers that she has unknowingly taken the identity of a monster and that her actions have a major impact on the world. The limited released comedic adventure stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. The one hour and fifty minute film is rated R for language.
A man, on the verge of becoming a grandfather, finds out that his wife and daughter died in a plane accident in Aftermath. Distraught by the news, he feels that the best way to cope with the tragedy is to personally seek out an apology from the air traffic controller responsible for the accident. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the limited released dramatic thriller based on real events. The one hour and thirty-two minute film is rated R for violence.
A scientist is captured and left with two blind boys in the salt flats of Bolivia in Salt and Fire. The unrated thriller is directed by Werner Herzog stars Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal and Veronica Ferres. It’s playing in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-eight minutes.
A skeptical journalist sets out to find the truth behind Jesus’ crucifixion in The Case for Christ. He goes in search of historical evidence to prove whether or not the event that is the foundation of Christianity actually did take place. The PG drama is based on real events and Lee Strobel’s book. It runs for one hour and fifty-two minutes.
Michelle Rodriguez also has another film entering theaters next week, the newest installment in the The Fast and Furious series titled The Fate of the Furious. An animated monkey tale, Spark: A Space Tail is also being released on April 14.
There’s an interesting mix of films entering theaters this weekend, from a real life drama to a live action Japanese Manga and an animated talking baby. Alec Baldwin puts his Donald Trump impression to the side to be the voice of a baby in a suit.
Things change for a 7-year-old when his parents bring home a new baby in The Boss Baby. The new addition to the family is not the average newborn. He talks, wears a suit and starts a campaign against a puppy company CEO. The PG animated comedy features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow. It plays for one hour and thirty-seven minutes.
Following a crash, a woman is transformed into a robot in Ghost in the Shell. When a terrorist threatens to manipulate humanity, she realizes she must use her cyber abilities to try to stop the destruction. As she trains for battle, she uncovers the truth about her existence. Scarlett Johansson stars in the PG-13 action drama. The one hour and forty-six minute film is based on the Japanese Manga of the same name.
A woman, who takes care of the animals at the Warsaw Zoo, has a major impact on the lives of many Polish citizens in The Zookeeper’s Wife. During the German invasion of Poland in 1939, Antonina Żabińska put her life on the line to protect her neighbors from the Nazis by letting them hide in the zoo. The limited released drama stars Jessica Chastain and is based on real events. The two hour and five minute biopic is rated PG-13.
Strange things happen when two girls are left by themselves at their prep school during a break in The Blackcoat’s Daughter. During that same time, another young woman has a mysterious urge to get to the facility. Evil takes over as the two stories collide. Emma Roberts stars in the horror film alongside Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly and James Remar. It’s running in limited theaters for one hour and thirty-five minutes.
Another Roberts family member has a film debuting next week. Emma Roberts’ aunt, Julia, is one of the voices in the animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village, entering theaters on April 7. Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin’s latest, Going in Style, is also being released next week alongside Chris Evans’ drama Gifted.
The chilling trailer for the new movie remake of Stephen King’s It was released on Wednesday, March 29.
The trailer begins with a little boy chasing a paper boat down the street on a rainy day. After following the boat past a street barricade where it sinks into a sewer, the boy comes face to face with Pennywise the Clown.
From there, the film shows the famed Losers Club trying to track down the clown by watching old home movies only to realize the projector has been possessed by It. We’re also treated to a few other terrifying images including one of the Losers Club members hallucinating a little boy in a sewer. Not scary at all.
USA Today noted that the movie is set to be released Sept. 8 and stars Bill Skarsgard as the infamous monster.
You can watch the trailer below, but do yourself a favor. Learn from my mistakes and don’t watch it late at night in the dark.
The movie will follow a teenaged Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, as he struggles through high school while also dealing with his newfound superpowers. He gets help along the way from his friends, as well as some new allies, such as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., as Parker tries to prove himself worthy of a spot in the coveted Avengers squad.
The trailer shows Iron Man and Spider-Man working together to save New York City from The Vulture, played by Michael Keaton. This is the first time the villain will appear in a movie, as reported by E! News. The Vulture is an engineer-turned-villain who builds a suit capable of flight to take over the city. Will Spider-Man be able to stop him, with the help of Iron Man? We’ll just have to wait and see!
While Peter Parker and Tony Stark get majority of the screen time in the trailer, there are a few other faces as well, including a little cameo from Captain America. Zendaya is shown very little in the trailer, as her character, Michelle, is kept tightly under wraps until the film comes out. But one thing is for sure: Michele will not be the next girl-next-store, like Mary Jane Watson.
Astronauts come in contact with alien life and two popular TV shows make their way to the big screen this weekend. Dax Shepherd revamped a late 70’s TV comedy hit. The popular 90’s kids show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, gets an updated look.
A group of five teens uncover an old spaceship and gain special powers in Power Rangers. When aliens invade and threaten the earth, the high schoolers realize that it’s up to them to band together and use their newfound abilities to save the world. The PG-13 action adventure stars Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader. The sci-fi family film runs for two hours and four minutes.
A federal agent goes undercover within the California Highway Patrol to try to nab corrupt cops involved in a heist in Chips. He is teamed up with a former professional motor-biker turned rookie police officer. The two very different personalities must figure out how to work together if they’re ever going to catch the dirty cops. Dax Shepherd wrote and stars in the comedic action film alongside Michael Peña, Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell and Vincent D’Onofrio. The adventure plays for one hour and forty-one minutes. It’s rated R for sex, nudity, language, violence and drugs.
Astronauts orbiting in space on the International Space Station come in contact with life from another planet in Life. What starts out as a euphoric breakthrough turns into a fight for survival as they discover that the specimen in their possession is responsible for the end of life on Mars. Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the sci-fi thriller alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya. The one hour and forty-three minute film is rated R for language, violence and terror.
An eccentric man discovers that his ex-wife gave birth to a daughter and put her up for adoption 17 years ago in Wilson. Excited to learn more, he convinces his ex to join him as he searches for their child in the hopes of forming a relationship with her. Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Judy Greer, Cheryl Hines and Isabella Amara star in the one hour and thirty-four minute comedy based on Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel of the same name. The film is rated R for language and sex.
A young girl struggles with the loss of her brother in Dig Two Graves. She discovers that there may be a way to bring him back to life, but there’s a big price to pay. The unrated, limited released horror film runs for one hour and twenty-four minutes.
Another horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, is set to enter theaters next week. March 31 is also the release date for the biopic Zookeeper’s Wife, the anime-turned-live-action film Ghost in the Shell and the animated family comedy Boss Baby.