The 2016 Film Release Calendar: 2015 Holdovers

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. I go through the existing release calendar, month by month, and guess how much or how little I’m going to like each of the films.

The major benefit is that it allows me, come the end of the year, to see which movies ended up surprising me for better or for worse, or which ones I had wildly disproportionate expectations for. It also gives me a chance to know what’s coming out and what to look forward to.

I also take all the films that are filming or in post and theoretically able to come out that year and preview those too, along with all the films from the previous year(s) that have yet to come out that I’ve been tracking. In all, I end up previewing more films than pretty much anyone else, I’ve been told.

About Ray

This is the transgender movie with Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon.

The Weinsteins pulled it weeks before it was supposed to come out in January and promised it would come out before the year was out. And then of course everyone forgot and they didn’t do that. So now they’re gonna quietly dump this on VOD in the first half of this year and no one will see it. That’s the Weinstein way with these movies.

3 stars.

I should give it a drop, but I won’t.

The Adderall Diaries

As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas.

This was a Tribeca movie last year. Still has no set date.

Stars James Franco, Ed Harris, Christian Slater, Amber Heard, Wilmer Valderrama, Cynthia Nixon.

I’m staying with it for the cast.

3 stars.

If it doesn’t have distribution, I probably should drop it, but I’ll be stupid.

Army of One

This is that movie about the guy who decided, on his own, to set out and hunt down Osama Bin Laden, and took about twelve trips to Afghanistan to look for him. Starring Nicolas Cage.

So I was in on this last year.

3.5 stars.

I hope this is great.

Basmati Blues

A brilliant scientist is plucked out of the company lab and sent to India to sell the genetically modified rice she created – which she doesn’t realize will destroy the farmers she thinks she’s helping.

It’s a pseudo-musical, I’m told. Starring Brie Larson, Donald Sutherland and Scott Bakula.

Still excited for it, despite being done for over a year and a half.

3.5 stars.

Bitter Harvest

Yuri (Max Irons), a Ukrainian Cossack, deals with the hardships of Stalin’s reign of terror and the invasion of the Red Army as he tries to win his family’s approval and find love.

I thought this was a horror movie for the longest time. The fact that it’s not gives it one more year.

2.5 stars. No faith in it to be good, but I’ll continue tracking.

Bleed for This

The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.

Directed by the guy who did Boiler Room and starring Miles Teller.

3.5 stars. Boxing movies are always worthwhile.

Blood Father

An ex-con reunites with his estranged wayward 16-year old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.

Mel Gibson movie.

3 stars.

I like his stuff. I hope I get 3.5 out of this.

The Bronx Bull

A combination “before the rage” and “after the rage” of world middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta’s tumultuous life and times.

This hasn’t come out for what, four years now? Five? I’ve been tracking this from the beginning. Still hasn’t come out, still no indication that it ever will.

After this year, I’m gonna give it a blanket 2.5 star rating and just see if it ever does get released. But for this year, we’ll keep an eye out for it.

By Way of Helena

A Texas Ranger investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.

WESTERN. Woody Harrelson western.

3.5 stars.

Crazy excited for this.

Captain Fantastic

In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Written and directed by actor Matt Ross, stars Viggo Mortensen.

It’s playing Sundance now.

3 stars.

Sounds like it’ll be good, but not great.


When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

Based on a Stephen King novel. Stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman.

The director did The Door in the Floor and Paranormal Activity 2.

3 stars. Again, I want to go 2.5, but I can’t bring myself to.

The Childhood of a Leader

A look at the childhood life of a a post-World War I leader.

Still really holding out hope that this is about Hitler.

Robert Pattinson, Berenice Bejo, Stacy Martin star.

3.5 stars.

Really want this to be good (and be about Hitler).


A young woman’s desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody ever escaped from.

Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl, Michael Nyqvist.

Seems generic.

2.5 stars.

The Confirmation

Eight year old Anthony is somewhat uneasy about spending the weekend with his alcoholic, down-on-his-luck carpenter dad Walt while his mom Bonnie and her new husband Kyle go to a Catholic retreat together. Walt is just as uneasy about spending time with Anthony, especially since their first day together is a series of characteristically unfortunate events, including his truck breaking down, his landlord locking him out of the house, and the theft of his toolbox, which he needs for an upcoming job. As Walt and Anthony set about finding the guy who stole the tools and improvise around their other misfortunes, they begin to discover a true connection with each other, causing Walt to become a better father and Anthony to reveal the promise and potential of the good man he will become.

Written and directed by Bob Nelson, who wrote Nebraska.

Clive Owen is Walt, Maria Bello is the mother, Matthew Modine is the new dad. Also in it are Patton Oswalt, Stephen Tobolowsky, Robert Forster and Tim Blake Nelson.

3.5 stars. I like this kind of movie.

A Country Called Home

After rudderless 26 year old Ellie learns that her estranged, alcoholic father has died, her world is disrupted and she begins a journey that takes her to small-town Texas, where she finds direction, family, and friendship in this most unexpected place.

Imogen Poots stars, and I like her, but after not coming out and that synopsis, I can’t not say 2.5 stars.

The Creed of Violence

Story takes place in 1910, as two men – an assassin and a government agent with a hidden connection to him – try to stop an organization behind an arms smuggling ring.

Todd Field movie. No cast, hasn’t shot. Doubtful it comes out. But I’m still interested.

4 stars.

Dear Eleanor

Two teenage girls travel across the U.S. in 1962, during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis, in search of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Kevin Connelly directs.

2.5 stars. Standard VOD drop. Especially after two years of no release.

The Dressmaker

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

This will for sure come out this year.

Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Judy Davis.

3 stars.

Sounds okay. Like Winslet’s recent period work.

The Driftless Area

A bartender comes back to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman and a violent criminal.

Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Aubrey Plaza.

3 stars. The cast is keeping this from 2.5


A futuristic love story set in a world where emotions have been eradicated.

Starring Kristen Stewart.

(That’s a punchline.)

Drake Doremus directs. I loved Like Crazy. The follow up was fair.

The writer wrote Moon.

No reason to think this won’t be 3 stars.


A young girl finds herself in a reform school after therapy since she was blamed for the death of a young boy. At the school she finds herself drawn to a fellow student, unaware that he is an angel, and has loved her for thousands of years.

YA shit.

2.5 stars.

Fathers and Daughters

A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

I have this, so I’ll see it soon.

Gabriele Muccino directs. He did The Pursuit of Happyness and Seven Pounds.

Stars Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger, Quvenzhane Wallis, Bruce Greenwood, Janet McTeer and Jane Fonda.

Cast is solid, so I can’t go below 3 stars.

The Family Fang

A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.

Jason Bateman directed this. Bad Words was good.

The guy who wrote this also wrote Rabbit Hole, Inkheart, Rise of the Guardians, Oz the Great and Powerful and Poltergeist. So there’s that.

Bateman, Kidman, Walken.

3 stars.

No idea what I’m getting with this. It debuted at Toronto and has no distribution. So that can’t be too promising.

Florence Foster Jenkins

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.


Stephen Frears directs.

I heart it’s not great. But Meryl usually makes movies that are at least 3 stars. So let’s stick with that.

Frank and Lola

Set in Las Vegas and Paris, this love story covers the full circle of emotions: love, obsession, sex, betrayal, revenge and eventually the search for redemption.

Stars Imogen Poots and Michael Shannon. I like them both.

3 stars. I want to go 3.5, but I’m nervous that it’s a thriller.

Go with Me

An ex-logger comes to the aid of a woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and finds herself harassed and stalked by a former cop turned crime lord.

Directed by the guy who did the last two Dragon Tattoo movies in Sweden and who also did Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, which was bland.

Stars Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles, Ray Liotta, Hal Holbrook.


3 stars.

Hands of Stone

The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other’s lives.

They’ve held this over since 2014.

3 stars. I like boxing movies, but you gotta release this. Holding it back makes me think it’s not great.


This is that POV action movie. I was in from the minute I heard about it.

4 stars.


Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Ben Wheatley directs. Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss and James Purefoy star.

Still in.

3.5 stars.

The Hollars

A man returns to his small hometown after learning that his mother has fallen ill and is about to undergo surgery.

John Krasinski directs.

Stars him, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Sharlto Copley, Richard Jenkins, Margo Martindale, Randall Park, Mary Kay Place, Josh Groban (?).

Oh, wow, a Sundance movie where a guy goes back to his hometown. Never seen that before.

3 stars. The cast would normally make me say 3.5, but the set up is so generic I don’t want to be let down when my gut tells me there’s a good chance that it will.

A Hologram for the King

A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.

Tom Tykwer wrote and directs. Tom Hanks stars.

Weird to see a Tom Hanks movie get held over into another year.

Still…it’s Hanks. How bad can it be?

3.5 stars.

In the Valley of Violence

A revenge Western film set in the 1890s, where a man arrives in a small town seeking vengeance for his murdered friend.


Will see this, no matter what.

3 stars.

Into the Forest

In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.

Stars Evan Rachel Wood and Ellen Page.

No idea what to make of this, but it sounds interesting enough.

3 stars.


This is the remake of The Human Comedy directed by Meg Ryan.

They’re planning on releasing it in October for Oscar season.

Sure thing.

It’s a 3 star movie at worst. I don’t know how good a director Meg Ryan is. I loved the original, so hopefully it’s worthwhile.

Jekyll Island

In the not so distant future, a team of white collar criminals are enlisted by the Federal government to thwart a cyber-attack that threatens to bankrupt the United States of America.

This has been on the shelf for over a year.

2.5 stars. After all this time, have to drop to 2.5. If it ever actually comes out.

Killing Winston Jones

Ethan Jones, a sixth grade English teacher is on a mission to get the newly constructed Junior High gymnasium named after his elderly father Winston, the old retired gym teacher, despite the fact that being dead is one of the requirements.

Only still tracking this because of Richard Dreyfuss.

2.5 stars.

A Kind of Murder

In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.

This used to be called The Blunderer.

Stars Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett, Eddie Marsan, Vincent Kartheiser.

I want to drop this down, but it is based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, so that makes me think I should stick with 3 stars.

Life on the Line

A crew of men who do the high-wire work of fixing the electrical grid are hit by a sudden deadly storm.

That’s right! I forgot about this movie.

Another Travolta. I really appreciate his commitment to working. He pretty much disappeared for a little while. He did one movie a year for a bit, and they were fairly high profile. But after Pelham, he was in Old Dogs (which bombed), From Paris with Love (which no one really saw), and then disappeared for two years and came back with Savages (which a lot of people forget). And now he’s been in at least one or two B movie thrillers a year, which I appreciate.

3 stars.

He’s starting to get his own ratings system, which is usually reserved for people like Nicolas Cage.

The Light Between Oceans

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Derek Cianfrance directs Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.

No reason to think this won’t be 4 stars.


A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman.

Another failed Weinstein Oscar movie.

Unless they’re gonna hold it until fall, which I doubt.

3 stars.

Love Is All You Need?

Prejudice. Human rights. Bullying. “Romeo and Juliet” meets “Crash” meets “Requiem for a Dream”…with a twist. Based on the multi-award winning short film of the same name.

What? That’s a shit synopsis.

Oh, right. This is that movie about people falling in love in the world where homosexuality is the norm.

I’m keeping this here for the premise. Don’t think it’ll be particularly good.

2.5 stars.

Man Down

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

Dito Montiel directs. Kate Mara, Shia LaBeouf and Jai Courtney.

This is like Franchise Survivors Anonymous.

And Gary Oldman too!

3 stars.

Montiel is usually good for 2.5 or 3. I’ll trust Shia, who has shown good taste these last few years.


Me Him Her

No idea what it’s about, only that Max Landis wrote it.

The key with him is to keep expectations down.

2.5 stars.

Oh, wait, there is a synopsis:

“Me Him Her” follows twenty-something drifter Corey as he arrives in Los Angeles to help his semi-famous TV star friend Brendan take his first steps out of the closet. As the media watches their every misstep, things get seriously complicated when Corey embarks on his own whirlwind, head-spinning, roller-coaster romance with the sharp-witted Gabbi, whose jealous ex is out for revenge.

I stand by my 2.5 star rating.


The story of a heavy metal drummer who blows his eardrums out and must learn to adapt to a world of silence. An introspective journey into the vortex of our senses, tinkering with cinema’s boundaries.

Cianfrance again. It’s filming now. So it probably won’t come out this year.

Still, 4 stars.

The Moon and the Sun

King Louis XIV’s quest for immortality leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s discovery of the creature.

This got pulled from the calendar weeks before its release. I thought it was animated and only realized about a month ago that it’s live-action.

Pierce Brosnan, William Hurt. Brosnan is Louis XIV. I kinda want to see this for that.

King Louis XIV wants to rape a mermaid, and it’s not animated. Sounds like something I’d want to check out.

2.5 stars.

Mr. Right

A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

If this sounded to you exactly like the kind of movie Max Landis would write, congratulations.

Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell star. And for them alone, I will stick with 3 stars.


The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

When a biopic sits on the shelf for over two years, something is very wrong.

It’s supposed to come out over the next two months. I’m guessing maybe to capitalize on the Nina Simone documentary being nominated at the Oscars.

Still… two years. What are they hiding?

2.5 stars.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax

A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.


The director did Horns, Piranha 3D, Mirrors, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension.

He’s committed, I’ll say that much.

2.5 stars.

I’m usually wrong on his movies, but it’s because the setups sound so bad.

Our Kind of Traitor

A couple find themselves lured into a Russian oligarch’s plans to defect are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.

Based on a John le Carré novel. Which is all I need.

3.5 stars. Movies based on his books are always worth watching.

The Program

It’s the Lance Armstrong movie. Which didn’t get put out last year in the states, which means they don’t have a lot of faith in it being an Oscar contender.

I have this, so I will see it soon. And even though it won’t be an Oscar film, I have faith that I can get 3.5 stars out of this still.

Queen of the Desert

Werner Herzog’s Gertude Bell movie. They held it for a full year, are releasing it in the next month or two, and I heard middling things about it.

Still, 3.5 stars. Gotta trust Werner. I’m sure it’ll be 3 and I’ll be wrong, but if you can’t trust a director with a track record, who can you trust?

I also have this, so I’ll see it in the next month or so.


The story of humankind’s last stand against a cataclysmic alien invasion. Set in the war-ravaged African countryside, a U.S. soldier and a French foreign aid worker team up to survive the alien onslaught. Their bond will be tested as they search for refuge across a crumbling world.


3 stars.

The Sea of Trees

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

Ever have a Cannes preview so bad you couldn’t have your film come out that year?

Actually, that’s happened before. And recently too. Ryan Gosling’s movie got shit on so bad they quietly dumped it on VOD the following year. That seems to be the fate of this movie. Which is crazy.

The script, I know, was highly touted. Gus Van Sant is directing. Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts are starring.

How bad can this really be?

3.5 stars.

The Search

Michel Hazanvicius’s follow up to The Artist. A remake of the Fred Zinnemann movie from 1948 with Montgomery Clift. Though it’s set in Chechnya. I heard it was overlong, too melodramatic, and the war scenes didn’t gel with the other stuff.

But I like Hazanavicius, I like the original film, and I heard he cut it down. So I’ll continue with 3.5 stars, even though I’m sure it’ll let me down.

The Secret Scripture

A woman keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital.

Jim Sheridan directs Rooney Mara.

I’m worried that this will fall flat, but I’m not counting the holdover against it, because it was part of the Relativity debacle.

3.5 stars.

This is my kind of subject matter.


In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

Martin Scorsese. ‘Nuff said.

4.5 stars.


A detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal.

Renny Harlin directs Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville.

I’m mandated to see this because of my Directors List.

3 stars.

Hoping for the best.


Chance and happenstance collide and strangers, who would probably never notice or speak to each other, get stuck together on a locked subway car beneath NYC. All of them have a story that reaches far beyond what is apparent on the surface.

And wait… apparently it’s a musical?


So in.

3 stars. Temper expectations. But otherwise, I’m in.

A Tale of Love and Darkness

Natlie Portman’s directorial debut.

If you thought it would have something to do with Israel and Judaism, congratulations, you win.

2.5 stars.

Don’t wanna be negative, but quite honestly, I just don’t care.

Term Life

A guy wanted around town by various hit men hopes to stay alive long enough for his life insurance policy to kick in and pay out for his estranged daughter.

Cool, cool. Coming out in March/April.

Peter Billingsley (aka Ralphie from A Christmas Story) directs. He also did Couples Retreat. Stars Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Also has Taraji P. Henson, Jon Favreau, Bill Paxton, Terrence Howard, Mike Epps, Shea Whigham.

3 stars.

Sounds solid.


After being kidnapped, five carnival workers are held hostage in a place where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of evil clowns.

Directed by Clint Eastwood.

No, not really. But wouldn’t that have been fucked up?

Rob Zombie is directing. He and Clint pretty much came up the same way.

3 stars.

It sounds too fucked up to not pay attention to.

Tulip Fever

An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.

Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevingne, Christoph Waltz, Jack O’Connell, Holiday Grainger, Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Dane DeHaan, Tom Hollander, Matthew Morrison.

Written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Justin Chadwick, who did The Other Boleyn Girl and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

3.5 stars. It’s got too much class on it to fail.

Untitled Warren Beatty Project

A story centered on an affair Howard Hughes had in the late years of his life with a younger woman.

Beatty’s back behind the camera after 15 years. He’s notorious for being a perfectionist, but I’m sure the studio will make him turn this in eventually.

Co-stars Lily Collins, Taissa Farmiga, Haley Bennett, Alec Baldwin, Ed Harris, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Alden Ehrenreich, Oliver Platt and Candice Bergen.

3.5 stars.

He’s good, and I hope time hasn’t passed him by. You gotta figure this will be worthwhile


A group of friends on holiday on an island experiment a new designer drug that makes them lose their ability to control their urges.

Justin Chatwin, Alexis Knapp, Ashley Greene, Pierce Brosnan, Alison Lohman, Bar Paly.

It sounds interesting. No idea if it’ll be any good.

3 stars. Slight concern about going that high, but fuck it.

Viena and the Fantomes

A roadie travels across North America with a punk band during the 1980s.

Zoe Kravitz, Dakota Fanning, Jon Bernthal, Evan Rachel Wood. The director made Miss Bala, which I’ve heard of.

3 stars.


A small town loner and a rebellious punk rocker unexpectedly fall in love as they are forced on the run and soon discover violence follows them everywhere.

Emile Hirsch, Zoe Kravitz, Zoey Deutch, Emory Cohen. Man, Emory Cohen is in everything all of a sudden, isn’t he? And back to back for Zoe Kravitz. Music movies.

3 stars.

Voyage of Time

This is Terrence Malick’s nature documentary thing that he shot concurrently with Tree of Life. I was ready to give up on this, but apparently there’s some movement on this. Ennio Morricone is gonna do the score. Which means there might be a chance this comes out in this decade.

3.5 stars.

War on Everyone

Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?

John Michael McDonagh’s next movie, after Cavalry and The Guard.

The premise sounds great.

Stars Theo James, Alexander Skarsgard, Tessa Thompson, Michael Pena.

3.5 stars. His movies always straddle the line between 3 and 3.5. I think this time he gets over the hump.


Terrence Malick’s movie. Not officially titled Weightless, but generally referred to as that. It’s easier than calling this Untitled Terrence Malick Project.

This has just about every famous person in the world in it. Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Benicio Del Toro, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara, Val Kilmer, Holly Hunter, Berenice Marlohe, Tom Sturridge, Haley Bennett, Clifton Collins Jr.

No idea what it’s about, but it’s Malick, so blanket 3.5 stars.

The Whole Truth

A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.

It stars Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger and Gugu-Mbatha Raw. Written by the guy who wrote Reversal of Fortune, Mobsters, Matilda (!!!), Fallen, Bicentennial Man and Enough, and directed by Courtney Hunt, who did Frozen River and absolutely nothing since.

3.5 stars.

I like trial movies, so at worst I’ll be a half-star wrong on this.

Wild Oats

Everything changes for Eva when she receives a social security check accidentally made out for $900,000 instead of the expected $900. She and her best friend take the money and head out for the adventure of a lifetime.

Stars Shirley MacLane, Jessica Lange, Demi Moore, Billy Connolly and Judd Hirsch.

The director made It Takes Two (yes, the Olsen twins movie. 90s up in here like a motherfucker), Fools Rush In, Ever After, Anna and the King, Sweet Home Alabama, Hitch, Fool’s Gold and The Bounty Hunter. So I think we know exactly what we’re getting out of this.

3 stars.

Yoga Hosers

Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.

A Kevin Smith horror movie. These get 3 stars.


A young actor arrives in Hollywood in 1969 during a transitional time in the Industry.

James Franco is directing, but there are a shit ton of famous people in this, and Seth Rogen is basically playing John Milius. Which is interesting to me.

3 stars. I still have no idea what Franco is like as a director, but I’ll see this one.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Finally shot. Jessica Chastain stars. Niki Caro (Whale Rider) directs. Actually, aside from Whale Rider, she also did North Country and McFarland, USA. So she’s got a solid resume there.

Chastain has good taste, so 3.5 stars. One of these years she’ll get that Oscar.

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I will also say, partially to myself for later this year, to reference the Films That Didn’t Get Released article from December, where I said I will stop tracking some of the films, but did leave ratings for the future in case I do see them. I just can’t keep an endless list of films I’m constantly looking for, so I’m starting to cut it off if films don’t come out or start shooting in a timely fashion. But now, I can have blanket ratings for them so I’m not at the end of the year with a bunch of films I didn’t preview yet had for a long time.

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And we’re done with the calendar. Based on my track record, there’s still gonna be a solid 80-100 films I won’t have previewed in this release calendar. Most of which will end up being foreign films or documentaries. The rest will be a combination of indies that pop up over the latter half of the year that I just didn’t see coming, or films that shifted release dates around to come out this year instead of next.

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