2015: The Year in Reviews (Films That Didn’t Get Released)

We’ve gone over everything that came out (almost all of which I saw, in case I hadn’t mentioned). Now we’re gonna go over what didn’t.

This list is populated predominantly with indies that weren’t given release dates, many of which will end up on VOD at some point over the next year, films I’ve been tracking for over a year that still haven’t come out, or movies that got pushed into the new year, probably because of quality issues. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in some cases. Because it allows me to reevaluate. I can decide if I want to keep paying attention to it or drop it altogether.

These are all movies that either had dates and got moved, or are ones I talked about back in January that still haven’t come out. I’ll remind you what each film is about, tell you what the status of it is, and decide whether or not I want to continue paying attention to it for next year’s Film Release Calendar.

Here are the films of 2015 that didn’t get released:

About Ray

What I said about it back in January:

“Interesting idea. Will it translate?”

3 stars.”

Status:

It was scheduled for a late September release date and an Oscar push, and then the Weinsteins pulled it from the release calendar three weeks before it was scheduled. The reason? Probably the middling reviews it got out of Toronto. They promised it would come out this year, but of course they’ll say whatever they need to in order for the news cycle to turn over and for everyone to forget that this wasn’t going to come out. And now they’ll quietly dump it on VOD next year and no one will ever see this.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. I want to see how this handles the transgender theme.

The Adderall Diaries

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars.”

“Just… not a Franco fan. Might be good, but we’ll see.”

Status:

This played Tribeca and then disappeared off the face of the earth. Not even sure if it got picked up by a distributor. So far no release date in sight.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. If only for the cast.

Alive Alone

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay.”

“Hasn’t been shot yet, though. That can be bad for coming out this year.”

3 stars. If it comes out.”

Status:

This hasn’t been shot yet and has really fallen off the radar. Back in development hell. Which means no go on this.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. It needs to seem like it’s shooting or coming out for me to track it. This is going backwards.

The American Can

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. But it hasn’t shot, so I really doubt it comes out this year. But it’s good to know for the future.”

Status:

This never actually started shooting. It’s in pre-production as of August, and there’s a chance this could be waiting for Will Smith’s schedule to clear up. So I’m not immediately throwing this out. But it’s not looking promising.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. That is to say — if this does shoot, I don’t know if it comes out next year. I’d rather not track it and look to see if it gets anywhere for 2017. (Though we’ll keep the 3.5 star rating on the off chance it does come out in 2016.)

Anesthesia

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m still interested in this.”

3 stars.”

Status:

It was announced for a day and date 2016. I’ve seen a January 8th date reported, which would mean a VOD release next Friday, but I can’t confirm that as of yet.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Army of One

What I said about it back in January:

“This is based on a real guy (you can see him here on Letterman. But don’t click the link until you know the rest of the story. It’s better that way. I’ll tell you when to click it), who 100% believed that he was chosen by God to capture Osama Bin Laden. So he set out — 11 times — to try to capture Osama Bin Laden.”

“So they’re turning this into a movie. A satire. Because that’s the only way you can do it. It’s a real dark comedy.”

“To be directed by Larry Charles. Who did Borat. Which is both good and bad. Good, because you need someone comic, but bad, because I don’t know how subtle the comedy is going to be. Or maybe it’s only as subtle as the star (who we’ll get to in a second). I want this to be a real dark kind of funny movie. Hilarious, but not Sacha Baron Cohen over the top kind of comedy. I say this because…”

“They’re shooting it in the style of Borat, which means semi-scripted. So they’re gonna give everyone room to do what they want and let stuff happened. And the man playing the man character, who set out to capture Osama Bin Laden… is Nicolas Cage.”

“So Nicolas Cage is playing in a semi-scripted Borat style movie, where he gets to make whatever acting choices that he wants, and do whatever kind of improvisation that he wants, as a guy who decided he himself was fated to be the one to capture Osama Bin Laden, and was so utterly committed to doing so, he went out to Pakistan 11 times (armed with a sword from the Home Shopping Network) to do so.”

“Please tell me how that doesn’t sound like the greatest movie ever made.”

4 stars.”

“Don’t even care how unlikely it is that it’ll go that high. This automatically is something I want to see more than Star Wars.”

“I hope the man wins an Oscar for this movie.”

“I hope this is my #1 movie of the year.”

“I want this to be his most committed, best performance since Bad Lieutenant (which was on my top ten list for 2009, even though I didn’t have the blog then).”

“I hope we’re all now so excited for this movie that we keep checking on it every week or two just to make sure everything is still good.”

“I need this movie in my life.”

“America needs this movie.”

Status:

I thought they’d get this done in time to come out for awards season. Clearly this isn’t that kind of movie. Mostly I just wanted to see it. This should for sure come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Absofuckinglutely.

Basmati Blues

What I said about it back in January:

“This is actually a quasi-musical. Which excites me.”

“I have no idea what this movie is, but I’m kind of excited for it.”

“Let’s go 3.5 stars. I couldn’t tell you why, but I’m just really interested in seeing this movie.”

Status:

This was finished last year but never came out. Probably because they have no idea how to market it. I’d say there’s a solid chance this will come out this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Benefactor

What I said about it back in January:

“Hmm. Do I downgrade this? I think I might have to. Actually… no, let’s not.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Day and date for January 15th.

Will I keep tracking it?

Will be on the January Release Calendar.

A Bigger Splash

What I said about it back in January:

“This is directed by the guy who did I Am Love.”

“Let’s say 3 stars. Could be great. No idea. I don’t really respond well to sexual thrillers. It’s not my genre.”

Status:

Dated May 13th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

May Release Calendar

Bitter Harvest

What I said about it back in January:

“Still no plot, and I have no idea why I’m following it. But sure.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

It’s done. Has been done for a year. Still no release date in sight.

Will I keep tracking it?:

The fact that this isn’t a horror movie and is a war drama bought this another year. But if this doesn’t come out or have a solid date in a year, I’m done.

Bleed for This

What I said about it back in January:

“Huh. Miles Teller is starring in this.”

“Directed by the guy who did Boiler Room, too. What else has he done? Oh, that movie Prime. That wasn’t very good.”

“Nice cast, wondering how they manage to walk the line between good movie and inspirational story. Because it can turn into cliche really fast.”

“Miles Teller has actually been making really good decisions lately, and it’s because of that reason that I’m gonna go 3.5 stars.”

Status:

Didn’t come out last year, but that makes sense. This will come out next year for sure.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Blood Father

What I said about it back in January:

“Mel Gibson movie. That’s why I’m tracking this, that’s why I’m gonna see this. I love Mel Gibson movies. He’s one of my favorite actors. He makes entertaining movies.”

“I’m saying 3.5 stars. Maybe I get three, but I enjoy these types of movies, and I enjoy Mel Gibson movies. So I’m excited for this.”

Status:

Didn’t come out. Because it’s gonna get a VOD release date some time next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Blunderer

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s based on a Patricia Highsmith novel. Other novels of hers were turned into these movies: The Talented Mr. Ripley (and the subsequent Ripley books), The Two Faces of January, Carol (which is coming out this year), and Strangers on a Train. So that’s promising.”

“Seems like 3 stars is the way to go.”

Status:

This is now called A Kind of Murder. No idea if this will come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Born to Be King

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s about an extra on a movie set that looks exactly like the star. Almost like a Bowfinger, but not.”

“Still hasn’t been shot at all, though, and it’s not looking like it will anytime soon.”

“One more year on this. If there’s no movement on this by next year, it’s off the list until I see something.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Hasn’t shot yet. Not looking to shoot anytime soon.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope. It’s going backwards.

The Bronx Bull

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s the Raging Bull sequel that’s been in development/finished for years now that seems to never be actually coming out.”

“At this point, I’m committed. I have to see what this is.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Maybe 2016?

Will I keep tracking it?:

Pot committed at this point.

The Bronze

What I said about it back in January:

“I heard this is hilarious and fucked up.”

“I also hear that the thing that people didn’t like about it was that the main character is so despicably unlikable throughout the whole thing.”

“Which means that I should love it.”

3.5 stars.”

“Probably aiming high. Probably will be only 3. But I honestly want these things to succeed, and I want to like them. (And I also don’t give a fuck if I’m wrong.)”

Status:

March 11th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

By Way of Helena

What I said about it back in January:

“Western. Liking this. Really liking this.”

“Kind of excited for this.”

3.5 stars. Western bump.”

Status:

Completed, but no date. They’ll dump this on VOD next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Western. Of course.

Captain Fantastic

What I said about it back in January:

“The premise is interesting. Sounds like it can be good.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Finished. Probably coming out sometime next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

Cell

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

No date, but a prime VOD candidate.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Childhood of a Leader

What I said about it back in January:

“Wait, is this Hitler? Or is this a pastiche of Hitler-like people?”

“I just about-faced on this one. I didn’t think I wanted to even track this, originally. Now, I’m excited as shit for it.”

3.5 stars.”

“I hope this is great.”

Status:

Finished, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Collide

What I said about it back in January:

“This could be really fun.”

3.5 stars.”

“Is it weird that my instinct is to go high on these types of movies?”

Status:

Relativity lost it in the bankruptcy, Open Road picked it up, and are planning to release it on April 1st. No guarantee it comes out on April 1st, but it will come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

I’ll have it on the April Release Calendar.

Colonia

What I said about it back in January:

“Hmm…”

2.5 stars.”

“Sounds forgettable.”

“Though Emma Watson, in her few post-Potter choices, has displayed a relative amount of good taste. But it’s also borderline taste. So I’m not gonna go either way on that one. I’m gonna play instincts on the director and logline.”

Status:

This was at AFM. No idea if it was bought. But it’ll probably end up on VOD next year at some point.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

The Confirmation

What I said about it back in January:

“Could be good.”

3 stars.”

“Should go higher, but I’m nervous about subject matter and how this plays without a seasoned hand like Alexander Payne behind the camera.”

Status:

Completed. AFM movie. No idea if it got bought.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars.”

“The synopsis isn’t great. Like the title. But this is going VOD. Gotta downgrade a half-star from what my instinct says.”

Status:

This has allegedly been coming out for two years now. I’m over it.

Will I keep tracking it?:

One more year is all this gets.

A Country Called Home

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Played LA Film Festival and no sign of it since. Which probably means a VOD date next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yup.

The Creed of Violence

What I said about it back in January:

“Todd Field movie. But hasn’t shot yet. Still excited for it.”

4 stars.”

Status:

Hasn’t shot yet. But it’s too interesting to not follow.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. But I need some progress this year. I can’t keep chasing ghosts.

Criminal

What I said about it back in January:

“I really like this cast.”

“I’m sure this is gonna be one of those where I let myself go astray because of that cast, but it wouldn’t be a year if I didn’t let myself do that at least a few times.”

“So 3.5 stars. And I’m more excited for this than any of the other movies in August.”

Status:

April 15th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend

What I said about it back in January:

“Been hearing about this since last year. Weinstein announced they were gonna release it on Netflix.”

“I don’t love the first one. I think it’s beautifully directed by Ang Lee, but otherwise, I don’t really care about anything that happens. Take away that direction, and I don’t know how I feel about that movie.”

“So 2.5 stars. Might be 3, but I’m playing my gut on this one. I’m not that interested in this.”

Status:

February 8th on Netflix.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet

What I said about it back in January:

“This is delayed. But I’ll track it to see where we’re at for next year.”

3 stars.”

Status:

They still haven’t shot the rest of this. I’m done.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope.

Daughter of God

What I said about it back in January:

“Uhh… okay.”

“Written by someone whose only real credits on IMDB were as the trainers to Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway and Keanu Reeves.”

2.5 stars.”

“What other choice did I have there?”

Status:

Apparently a new trailer is referring to this as Exposed. A trailer is promising. Coming out VOD next month.

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

Dear Eleanor

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m still very interested in this story.”

3 stars.”

Status:

It’s been done for a year, but still no date. They have to release it next year, right?

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

Demolition

What I said about it back in January:

“Gotta figure a base 3.5 stars out of this. Gyllenhaal has been going quality lately, and Vallée, between Young Victoria, Dallas Buyers Club and Wild has been averaging around there. So we’ll go with that.”

Status:

April 8th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

The Disappointments Room

What I said about it back in January:

“Something tells me this might live up to its title.”

2.5 stars. Let’s assume I’ll go to indifference here. Since I’ve really been staying away from the 2 star ratings the last two years. I guess because it’s easier for me to just not care than to actively not like something.”

Status:

Got pulled from the schedule because of the Relativity fiasco.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It’s a horror movie that got dumped because the studio went bankrupt. No. But 2.5 stars in case it does sneak on VOD or something and I do see it.

The Dressmaker

What I said about it back in January:

“This… could be terrible. But maybe not?”

“I honestly couldn’t tell you.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

It’s done, but no date, but I feel certain it will for sure come out in 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Driftless Area

What I said about it back in January:

“Well, with that cast, I guess I have to go 3 stars.”

Status:

It played Tribeca, but then nothing. Though Sony just picked it up. That means they’ll put it out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Equals

What I said about it back in January:

“The joke here is that Kristen Stewart is starring in it.” (It’s about a society where people don’t have emotions.)

“The writer is the guy who did Moon.”

“Honestly, given the guy’s first two movies, I have to go 3.5 stars here. He’s good at emotional movies, and it’s an interesting high concept scenario.”

Status:

It’s finished, but no date. Next year seems likely.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Everybody Wants Some

What I said about it back in January:

“Richard Linklater. 3.5 stars. Automatic. Doesn’t matter who’s in it.”

Status:

April 15th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

Eye in the Sky

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

“Not particularly interested in drones, but what the hell?”

Status:

March 11th

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

A Fall from Grace

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s being directed by David Lynch’s daughter. I heard her first movie was nice and fucked up.”

“So let’s call it 3 stars.”

Status:

Still hasn’t shot yet.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. If it does shoot this year, it won’t come out this year. They’ll hold it into 2017. So we’ll let it go until it goes somewhere.

Fallen

What I said about it back in January:

“YA adaptation.”

2.5 stars.”

“It’s about angels. Did you really think this was getting 3?”

Status:

It’s been done, but it should come out this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

The Family Fang

What I said about it back in January:

“Jason Bateman is directing and starring. Playing his sister is Nicole Kidman. Playing his parents… well, I don’t know who’s playing his mother, but playing his father: Christopher Walken.”

“So I’m in no matter what.”

3 stars.”

Status:

It’s done. Will hit some festivals and get released later this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Fathers and Daughters

What I said about it back in January:

“The director is actually the guy who did the Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds. And Playing for Keeps. Not promising.”

“The cast, however, is promising.”

“Let’s call it 3 stars and see if it can go higher.”

Status:

This will come out next year. No date yet though.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Finest Hours

What I said about it back in January:

“The director is the guy who did Lars and the Real Girl… and then Fright Night and Million Dollar Arm. So we’re looking at a minimum 3 star movie.”

“I have no real way of knowing which way it’s gonna go, so I’ll give the release date the benefit of the doubt and say 3.5 stars. But this could easily disappoint.”

Status:

January 29th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

Flock of Dudes

What I said about it back in January:

“I was gonna stop paying attention to this, but it seems they’re testing it and are planning on actually putting it out at some point. So it’s here.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

It’s done, but no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It’s been two years. No. But 2.5 stars in case I see it this year.

Florence Foster Jenkins

What I said about it back in January:

“Hasn’t shot yet, so no guarantee it actually comes out this year (or ever. Though with this cast, I’m gonna say it probably gets made), but if it does, 3.5 stars.”

“How can you not assume some quality here?”

Status:

This will come out next year to get Meryl another Golden Globe nomination.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Flying Horse

What I said about it back in January:

“So fucking excited for this movie. Gary Oldman wrote and is directing, and it’s starring Ralph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Oldman and Amanda Seyfried.”

“So, so in for this.”

4 stars.”

Status:

Hasn’t shot. Not gonna be shot this year, most likely.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes and no. Not on here, but since I’m excited, I will check in occasionally. So 4 stars in case it comes out, 2016, and then I’ll check again next year to see if this has any chance of coming back on the list.

Forsaken

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s a western. That’s why I’m still tracking it even though they haven’t released it yet.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Currently dated February 19th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Frank and Lola

What I said about it back in January:

“Michael Shannon is Frank and Imogen Poots is Lola. Okay. I’m in.”

3 stars.”

“Sounds like it is more dark than fun. I was hoping for fun. But either way, I’m interested. I like the leads.”

Status:

Finished, no date. Probably VOD sometime next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Genius

What I said about it back in January:

“Good cast.”

“The question is — do we end up with something actually good, or something that ends up feeling like stunt casting?”

“I’m feeling generous, so I’ll say 3.5 stars. But I feel like this could fall flat.”

“Also, why are Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth suddenly in every movie together? Am I the only one who noticed that? (I might be, since it seems like a lot of their movies never see the light of day.)”

Status:

Completed, no date. Likely 2016 release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Get a Job

What I said about it back in January:

“This movie is done, but I don’t think it’ll ever come out due to financial stuff.”

“But I’ll track it for a while, just in case. Because it is done.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Been completed for two years, but apparently will never come out because of legal reasons or something with the distribution companies.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. But 3 stars in case it ever does come out.

 

Go with Me

What I said about it back in January:

“Not particularly interested.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Apparently coming out April 22nd.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

The Godmother

What I said about it back in January:

“So 3 stars. Doubtful it comes out this year. I’ll have time to get a better read on it.”

Status:

Pre-production. Still hasn’t shot yet.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. Let it actually shoot first. On the off chance it comes out 2016, 3 stars.

Gods Behaving Badly

What I said about it back in January:

“Is this ever going to come out? Because I’m still interested in seeing this.”

“Here’s how this works: Is Christopher Walken still playing Zeus? Then I’m still interested.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Been done for two years, still hasn’t come out. No idea why not.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. 3 stars in case it actually does. I’m still interested in seeing it, I just won’t chase it anymore.

Green Room

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s the guy who did Blue Ruin, so I’ll see this.”

3 stars. I need multiple movies over 3 to get a director to that level. But I’m interested in this. I hope it’s great.”

Status:

April 1st

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

Grimsby

What I said about it back in January:

“I… guess I can go 3 stars here. Sacha Baron Cohen… hit or miss for me.”

Status:

February 26th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Hands of Stone

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Why not? 2.5 seems like the lowest it can go.”

Status:

This had a December 2015 date for months but seemed very unlikely to keep it. Now it’s undated 2016. I imagine they’ll try for a festival premiere for a potential awards release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Hardcore

What I said about it back in January:

“This is an entire movie shot from the point of view of the main character. It’s a POV style action movie. Think GoldenEye, but you don’t have to do anything. You’re just along for the ride.”

“Tell me you’re not insanely excited to see this movie.”

“(Also check out his POV music video, which is also great.)”

4 stars.”

“This is gonna be great. I can’t wait to see this.”

Status:

It was picked up for a likely spring release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

FUCK YES.

High-Rise

What I said about it back in January:

“It sounds really good.”

3.5 stars. Hope this is great.”

Status:

Coming out in March in the UK, which means a likely fall release here.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yup.

The Hollars

What I said about it back in January:

“Great cast.”

3.5 stars. Gonna stick with the cast here.”

Status:

Now it’s called Like It Once Was. Which is such a shitty, generic title. It’ll come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yeah.

 

A Hologram for the King

What I said about it back in January:

“Not sure how this one turns out. Feeling like it could go either way.”

“But given the class behind it, gotta say 3.5 stars. Could go up, could go down.”

Status:

I’d be shocked if a Tom Hanks movie didn’t come out when it was ready.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Hunter’s Prayer

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars.”

“Sounds watchable, but not great.”

Status:

It’s done, but no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Do I have to? I’m gonna say no, but 2.5 stars just in case.

I Am Michael

What I said about it back in January:

“Sundance movie.”

“James Franco is staring.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Never got picked up for release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No.

I Saw the Light

What I said about it back in January:

Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams intrigues the shit out of me.”

“The guy who directed it also directed Flash of Genius, which no one (including me) saw. But he produced a bunch of really good movies.”

“That tells me this could end up not being something overly amazing.”

“So we’ll say 3 stars and let it be better.”

“Rooting for it, though.”

Status:

Pulled from Oscar release. Releasing March 25th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

In the Valley of Violence

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s a western! And I like those.”

3 stars.”

“Hope it can get to 3.5 stars.”

Status:

It’s done. Will for sure come out in 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Western. Of course.

Into the Forest

What I said about it back in January:

“No idea what this is gonna be. So we’ll say 3 stars.”

Status:

Debuted at Toronto, but no sign of a date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

Ithaca

What I said about it back in January:

“Is it bad that I saw Homer Macauley, my immediate reaction, without reading another word of that logline, was, ‘Oh shit, they’re remaking The Human Comedy?'”

“That is to say, is it bad that I recognized a remake of a (relatively obscure, nowadays) movie from 1943 based solely on the name of the main character and nothing else?”

“I don’t know how this is gonna translate to 2015. Especially in Meg Ryan’s hands. She hasn’t directed before, and this could turn out like Unbroken.”

“But I’ll still say 3.5 stars. I really like the source material. So even if they fuck this up, I should still like the movie to a certain extent.”

Status:

Played some small festivals, but no release date. Will likely come out 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Oh yeah.

Jane Got a Gun

What I said about it back in January:

“I’ve gone over the history of this movie so many times, I can’t even do it again. Needless to say, there have been a lot of production problems with this one, and it’s had its release date moved three times and is coming out over a year later than when it was originally scheduled to.”

But, it’s a western, which means I have to give it an obligatory western bump.”

“So I’m gonna say 3 stars even though there is no way in my right mind I should be doing so or have any cause to be doing so. But I am. Chances are the western bump puts it to 2.5. I don’t know.”

“But things are not looking good for this one at all.”

Status:

They say this will finally come out in February. Without a set date, I’m dubious. Plus, how many dates has this had already?

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Killing Winston Jones

What I said about it back in January:

“Richard Dreyfuss is Winston Jones. Which is the only reason I’m paying attention to this.”

3 stars.”

“Don’t care how forgettable and childish it sounds, I’ll watch Richard Dreyfuss in anything.”

Status:

It’s done, but no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

One more year.

Kidnap

What I said about it back in January:

“Is this what Halle Berry does now? Make shitty, forgettable thrillers?”

“Though maybe that’s what she always did. I remember these types of movies from her going back almost 15 years.”

“I got nothing for this. It sounds bad, I’m sure it is bad.”

2 stars.”

“2.5 is the ceiling for this one. Let’s assume it’s just not good at all. She has a history in this genre.”

Status:

February 26th

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Kiss Me

What I said about it back in January:

“Jeff Probst directed a movie. That’s just too interesting to pass up.”

“It’s gonna go VOD at some point this year, and I figure it’ll be 2.5 stars.”

Status:

Done, but no sign of ever coming out.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Been two years no. Can’t do it anymore. But 2.5 stars for if I do.

 

Kitchen Sink

What I said about it back in January:

“Weird cast.”

No idea what to make of this one, so I have to call it 2.5 stars. Seems like it’s gonna be goofy and over the top, which means even if it wins me over its looking at a maximum of 3 stars.”

Status:

Wait, allegedly this came out under the title Freaks of Nature? This slipped under everyone’s radar. Well, shit. Oh well, shit happens. I honestly had no idea.

Will I keep tracking it?:

How do I answer that?

Knight of Cups

What I said about it back in January:

“Apparently it’s coming out in December. If you can believe that.”

“It’s Malick, so you assume a base of 3.5 stars. I know nothing about this movie, so I have no idea where to guess past that.”

“It feels like Malick doing Malick again. I want it to be great, but I’m worried that if there’s no plot, it’ll end up being beautiful and incoherent like To the Wonder.”

Status:

March 4th

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Krystal

What I said about it back in January:

“This has no logline and is being directed by William H. Macy.”

3 stars.”

“Unlikely this will actually come out this year.”

Status:

Not shot, back in development.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope.

La La Land

What I said about it back in January:

“Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash, is making a musical as his next movie. It’s a musical.”

“It hasn’t shot yet, but this is automatically one of the most anticipated movies of my next year (or more, if it doesn’t come out this year).”

4.5 stars.”

“Top five most excited movie for me for 2015.”

Status:

July 15th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

July Release Calendar

Last Days in the Desert

What I said about it back in January:

“Ewan McGregor is playing Jesus.”

“Curious to see how this plays out. I’ll see it. Ewan McGregor has proven himself to be someone I like over the past few years.”

3 stars.”

Status:

May 13th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

May Release Calendar.

Life on the Line

What I said about it back in January:

“Travolta loves these kinds of movies, doesn’t he?”

“Uhh… 3 stars. Why not?”

Status:

Done, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

The Light Between Oceans

What I said about it back in January:

“At this point, I have no reason not to think Cianfrance isn’t good for 4 stars.”

“Extremely excited for this, and hope it ends up near the top of next year’s movies list.”

Status:

100% coming out in 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Lion

What I said about it back in January:

“Ehh.”

3 stars. Flat 3.”

Status:

In post. Either gonna dumped as an awards contender that wasn’t or be pushed for awards next year. It’s the Weinsteins, you never can tell.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

London Has Fallen

What I said about it back in January:

“This franchise is kind of like Die Hard, but instead of sarcastic remarks, it’s Gerard Butler stabbing people in the face.”

“Let’s stick with 3 stars. At worst it’s gonna be 2.5. It’s not high art, but these things at least result in me being at the very least indifferent and at the most engaged enough to go, “Okay.” So let’s figure they can hold my attention for one more.”

Status:

March 4th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Love Is All You Need?

What I said about it back in January:

“Set up is great.”

“No recognizable cast. Could not turn out great.”

“Let’s say 3 stars and see what the hell this is.”

Status:

Finished. No sign of a date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

One more year.

Maggie’s Plan

What I said about it back in January:

“Sounds good.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

May 20th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

May Release Calendar.

Man Down

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

“Wanted to go 3.5, but I feel like that’s a maximum, and this could just be an okay action movie. So we’ll go 3 and see what the movie is.”

Status:

Done, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Masterminds

What I said about it back in January:

“This used to be called Loomis Fargo. Which makes more sense when you hear who directed it.”

That would be Jared Hess. The guy who did Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre and Gentleman Broncos.”

“Oh, by the way… here’s the cast of this movie. If you enough about me, I won’t even have to tell you my reaction to it:”

“Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis.”

“There’s a word I’m looking for… can’t think of what it could be.”

“Well, whatever that word is, I’m sure there’s a very good chance this film has a likelihood of being it come December. I’ll figure it out by then.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Date got pulled due to Relativity mess. Currently in Limbo.

Will I keep tracking it?:

I don’t want to, but I think I have to.

Max Steel

What I said about it back in January:

“Is this not a $100 million movie? I thought those toys (or that show, or whatever) were popular?”

“Weird that it doesn’t have a date. That’s not promising.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Done, but I’m surprised this is even going to ever come out.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Honestly, no. But 2.5 stars.

Me Before You

What I said about it back in January:

“This hasn’t even shot yet. This won’t come out.”

“But just in case it does, 3 stars.”

Status:

March 4th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Me Him Her

What I said about it back in January:

“Since I have absolutely nothing to go on, I have to call it 3 stars and wait for more.”

“These are always the worst, when I have to completely guess blind, without a release date, synopsis or a real gauge on what the director is gonna give me.”

Status:

It’s done. Played LA Film Festival. Probably will come out 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Metalhead

What I said about it back in January:

“Derek Cianfrance is directing. And this could be something great.”

“Again, he’s never given me reason to not go 4 stars, so I will.”

“Also not sure this comes out this year, so I’ll probably have time to reevaluate and get more information about this.”

Status:

Filming, but no guarantee it comes out in 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Midnight Special

What I said about it back in January:

“Maybe I’m crazy, but 4 stars. I’m really excited for this. I feel like 3.5 is the minimum, based on his last two movies. So let’s go 4. I think this could be really special.”

Status:

March 18th

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Miles Ahead

What I said about it back in January:

“Don Cheadle is directing and starring. That’s not always a good sign.”

“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say 3 stars, but a guy who stars, directs and wrote a movie, who has never directed before… and it’s a passion project? That’s not always the best of signs.”

Status:

This will come out in 2016, I’m just not sure when.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Money Monster

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m thinking 3.5 stars. Gotta stay low, because I don’t know how really good or preachy it’s gonna be. So we’ll wait and see. But man, if this is as good as those movies they’re trying to be like, then yes, I’ll happily be off by a full star. But I want to wait and see what I get.”

“You know you’re getting a base 3.5 out of Clooney always. Foster hasn’t really directed anything that far over 4 stars, which is why I’m fluctuating in that 3.5/4 range for this.”

“Screw it. 4 stars. What the hell.”

Status:

April 8th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

A Monster Calls

What I said about it back in January:

“I heard this script is amazing. It was a Black List script.”

“Juan Antonio Bayona is directing. He did The Orphanage, which people loved, and The Impossible, which I LOVED.”

4.5 stars.”

“I’m so excited for this. It’s coming out October 2016, but I’m previewing it now because I’m that excited about it. I want people up on this now.”

Status:

This was always 2016. I’m just overly excited for it.

Will I keep tracking it?:

October Release Calendar.

Monster Trucks

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s called Monster Trucks. I think we have a general idea of what this is.”

“Though I have heard from test screenings there are aliens involved.”

“It seems to be part live-action, part animated.”

“Which is what’s keeping me from assuming 2 stars.”

“Because… Space Jam.”

2.5 stars. And I know that’s a bad idea. I should probably just say 2. But let’s go 2.5.”

“And my reasoning is Space Jam.”

Status:

They pushed it from March to Christmas 2015, to spring 2016 to January 2017. That tells me this is a fucking mess.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. Because it says 2017. So I don’t have to even think about this for another 12 months.

The Moon and the Sun

What I said about it back in January:

“Wait, what? And it’s not animated? Are you serious?”

2.5 stars. And I’m being nice.”

Status:

This was pulled from the schedule in March and never heard from again.

Will I keep tracking it?:

One more year.

Mr. Right

What I said about it back in January:

“Max Landis wrote this script. (He fucking writes everything now, doesn’t he?) And the director’s name is Paco. Which sounds like it can only be good.”

3.5 stars. Don’t know why I’m going so high, but I am. Maybe it’ll work out.”

Status:

It played Toronto. Which means a likely 2016 release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Nina

What I said about it back in January:

“Zoe Saldana is playing Nina Simone, which I’m interested in. This was pushed over a year and still doesn’t have a concrete release date, which I’m not interested in.”

“Let’s say 3 stars, even though this could end up like All Is By My Side.”

Status:

Still no date. This has to come out 2016, right?

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

What I said about it back in January:

“Could be good, could suck. Don’t know.”

3 stars.”

Status:

No word on a date for this.

Will I keep tracking it?:

One more year.

The Other Side of the Wind

What I said about it back in January:

“This is that lost Orson Welles movie that’s allegedly getting a release on May 6th. After being allegedly ready to release for like five years now.”

“I guess we call it 3.5 stars, but I have no idea. Can you rate a movie that was supposed to come out almost 40 years ago?”

Status:

I was tricked by this. The date they had was a kickstarter date. This is no closer to coming out at all.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. It doesn’t even really count as a current movie. So no. I’ll see it if they ever decide to release it.

Our Kind of Traitor

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. I trust Le Carré.”

Status:

Releasing in May in the UK, which means it’s basically coming out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

What I said about it back in January:

“Do we need a logline for this? Pretty sure it’s all there in the title.”

“This was gonna be Natalie Portman back in the day, and David O. Russell directing. Then it was Mike White. Then it was Craig Gillespie. Now it’s Burr Steers. You can tell a lot about the trajectory of a movie based on who was originally cast and attached to direct and who ends up in it.”

“I’ll still say 3 stars, because it sounds ridiculous. But it’s hard to not think about what David O. Russell would have done with this. Back in his fun days.”

Status:

February 5th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

The Program

What I said about it back in January:

“This could be really good.”

4 stars.”

“I’m excited for this. Maybe 3.5 was the smarter choice, but fuck it. Why not?”

Status:

Got fall releases everywhere but the US. No way this doesn’t come out in 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Queen of the Desert

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. I trust Herzog. Not crazy about the cast, but I trust Werner to make a worthwhile movie.”

Status:

2016 for sure.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Regression

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. I honestly don’t know what to expect out of this.”

Status:

February 5th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Revolt

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

“Hope it goes higher. Sounds like I could really like this.”

Status:

No update on a date. But it’s done.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Ehh, okay.

St. Sebastian

What I said about it back in January:

“Danny DeVito is directing. He hasn’t directed in a decade.”

3 stars.”

“Don’t know enough about it to say otherwise.”

Status:

Been in post for over a year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It’s on my Directors List. Technically I have to.

The Sea of Trees

What I said about it back in January:

“This has class written all over it.”

“And it was written by the guy who wrote Buried, which I loved as a script.”

4 stars. Easily. Gus Van Sant always makes worthwhile movies, and then, with a cast like this — this sounds terrific.”

Status:

Maybe they’re waiting for the stink of the Cannes reaction to wear off? How can this not come out?

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Search

What I said about it back in January:

“This is Michel Hazanavicius’ follow-up to The Artist. It’s a remake of the 1948 movie that got Montgomery Clift a Best Actor nomination and Fred Zinnemann a Best Director nomination.”

“The original is great. I’m worried about how this is gonna turn out, since this was originally meant to come out to be part of the current Oscar season, but then once November happened, it just disappeared. I heard it got not so great reviews out of Cannes, and then I heard he cut 20 minutes from it. But nothing since.”

“I can’t go higher than 3.5 stars, since they say the film is preachy and too serious. That’s a concern to me. I can do sentimental, but those two verbs concern me.”

Status:

Still shocked a movie that seemed go for an Oscars 2014 release still has not come out at all.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Secret Scripture

What I said about it back in January:

“Could end up bad, but I’ll give Rooney Mara the benefit of the doubt.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Up in the air because of Relativity, but this was unlikely to come out this year anyway. Should be a lock for 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Silence

What I said about it back in January:

“Martin Scorsese’s new movie. That’s all you need to know. What more is there to know?”

4 stars.”

“I should go higher, but these historical epics of his (think Kundun) are good, but I don’t always love them. So we’ll say 4.”

Status:

He didn’t finish in time, so for sure a late 2016 release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Scorsese, man.

Skiptrace

What I said about it back in January:

“I feel like Jackie Chan thinks this is what makes an American movie work. Pair him with a funny guy and just go.”

“They’re not all Rush Hour, dude. Sometimes they’re Bulletproof Monk.”

3 stars.”

“I feel like this could be dumb enough for me to enjoy.”

“Or I’ll feel like an idiot afterwards.”

“Both could be true.”

Status:

Seemed unlikely to come out this year, so probably next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Technically a Directors List movie.

Solace

What I said about it back in January:

“Colin Farrell is usually the sign of some quality. Anthony Hopkins is always watchable.”

3 stars. I typically am okay with these thrillers.”

Status:

Is this my second or third year on this? Will this ever come out?

Will I keep tracking it?:

The cast makes me have to. Patience is wearing thin, though.

Spinning Gold

What I said about it back in January:

“Hasn’t shot yet, but I’m excited.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Back in development. That’s a shame.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope. Need progress.

Spring Break ‘83

What I said about it back in January:

“This will probably never come out. For financial reasons.”

“But in case it does… 2.5 stars.”

Status:

Exactly what I said up there.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. But 2.5 stars. Just in case.

Stuck

What I said about it back in January:

“I like these kinds of movies, but they always end up disappointing.”

2.5 stars.”

“Not much of a known cast, that’s why I’m staying low.”

Status:

It’s done, but no word on a date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It’s a musical, which is the only reason I’ll give it one more year.

A Tale of Love and Darkness

What I said about it back in January:

“Is anybody surprised that Natalie Portman’s first directorial effort has to do with Israel?”

3 stars.”

Status:

No date, but it’s done. It’ll get a release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Term Life

What I said about it back in January:

“Based on a graphic novel. But what intrigues me is who directed this. Peter Billingsley.”

“Yes. That Peter Billingsley. The kid who shot his eye out.”

“It’s not his first movie. He’s directed before. (Couples Retreat. Not a good movie.)”

3.5 stars.”

“This is a drama, not a comedy. Don’t get fooled by that cast.”

“This could be good.”

Status:

It’ll likely come out in 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

31

What I said about it back in January:

“Hasn’t shot yet, though. Which means it might not come out.”

3 stars.”

Status:

It’s completed, but no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

The synopsis is too fucked up to not.

The Trap

What I said about it back in January:

“Harmony Korine’s next movie. Starring (allegedly) Benicio del Toro and Jamie Foxx.”

“Hasn’t shot yet. Doubtful to come out this year.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Hasn’t shot yet. Openly dated for 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. Let it start shooting first before I come back to it.

Triple Nine

What I said about it back in January:

“Heist movie. Always good.”

“Nice cast. And Hillcoat, while I can’t say I assume this will hit the top of my year end list, this should end up a solid entry for the year.”

3.5 stars. Hope it’s really good.”

Status:

February 26th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Tulip Fever

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Should come out in 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Tumbledown

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars.”

“VOD downgrade, standard indie… easy decision.”

Status:

February 12th

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Undrafted

What I said about it back in January:

“Could be good. Not sure, though.”

2.5 stars. Gonna give it the downgrade, even though I think it could end up at 3.”

Status:

No sign of release in sight.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. But 2.5 stars in case. Some movies get two years and then I’m out.

Untitled Warren Beatty Project

What I said about it back in January:

“Warren Beatty wrote and directed. God knows what this is gonna be. He hasn’t directed in fifteen years, and his last effort was a disaster. But he’s made some great movies in his time. So I hope this is pretty good.”

3.5 stars.”

“Beatty is usually good for quality, plus a cast, plus Howard Hughes… I’m interested. Could fall real flat, though. It’s been a while for him.”

Status:

It’s done, but it’s Beatty. Who knows when he’ll let it come out.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Urge

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Was at AFM. Probably going VOD next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Okay.

Viena and the Fantomes

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Should come out some time next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Vincent-n-Roxxy

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

In post, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Okay.

Voyage of Time

What I said about it back in January:

“Terrence Malick’s documentary that he shot with Tree of Life. So I’ve been tracking this since then.”

“This actually says it’s coming out in 2016. Still don’t buy it.”

3.5 stars. This shouldn’t come out this year. It’s been four years now. Doubtful he’s in any rush to put this out.”

Status:

They just announced that Morricone is scoring this. So that’s a step forward to a possible release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. I was actually ready to give up on this too.

War on Everyone

What I said about it back in January:

“Written and directed by John Michael McDonaugh. The guy who did The Guard and Calvary, which were both really solid films.”

3.5 stars.”

“Sounds great.”

Status:

Filming.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Oh fuck yeah. Might not come out til 2017, but I’m gonna track it.

Weightless

What I said about it back in January:

“The companion piece to Knight of Cups.”

“I guess 3.5 stars. We’ll go there and see where it ends up. This probably won’t even come out this year.”

Status:

It’s done, but it’s Malick. Probably won’t come out til 2017, if even then.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Whole Truth

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Done. Will come out 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Wild Oats

What I said about it back in January:

“Directed by the guy who did It Takes Two (I remember that movie!), Fools Rush In, Ever After, Anna and the King, Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch, Fool’s Gold, and The Bounty Hunter.”

“That’s… middling.”

3 stars.”

“I’ll give the cast the benefit of the doubt.”

Status:

Done. Seems it’ll end up some time 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Yoga Hosers

What I said about it back in January:

“Tusk was fucked up. So I’m sure this will be interesting.”

3 stars. Just gonna stick with the 3.”

Status:

For sure coming out 2016. Playing Sundance, will go VOD at some point.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Zeroville

What I said about it back in January:

“Directed by (but not written by) James Franco.”

“No idea what to think of this.”

“I hate that I’m about to say this… 3.5 stars.”

“I just… I don’t know. I’m insane.”

Status:

This will come out 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

What I said about it back in January:

“Well, this hasn’t shot yet. Which I noticed because there’s no director attached. So that’s good.”

4 stars.”

Status:

It’s filming. Will go 2016.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

– – – – – – – – – –

Tomorrow, we tally everything up.

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One response

  1. Kai

    STILL! WAITING! for Viena and the Fantomes!

    November 28, 2018 at 1:50 pm

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