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2016: 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 2016 that didn’t get released:

478

What I said about it back in January:

“Arnold Schwarzenegger stars along with an entire cast you’ve never heard of.”

“Revenge thriller — I’d like it better if he was the vilified air traffic controller who has to keep his shit together after a tragic mistake.”

“I’m gonna go against my immediate instinct and say 3 stars. Maybe the dramatic Schwarzenegger can get this just over the 3 threshold, like Maggie, which was otherwise boring.”

Status:

Now titled Aftermath. It was picked up by a UK distributor, but no release date set as of yet.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Not sure. Probably.

About Ray

What I said about it back in January:

“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.”

Status:

They didn’t even put it out this year. I knew how full of shit they were last year when they pulled it and were like, “Nah, we’re gonna release it!”

Will I keep tracking it?:

2.5 stars for whenever it does come out, but I’m not going out of my way on this.

All I See Is You

What I said about it back in January:

“Marc Forster is directing. It’s hard to get a read on him.”

“But, it’s Forster, and based on his track record, I have to say 3 stars. How can this not be at least watchable?”

Status:

Dated for August 4, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It will be on the August Release Calendar.

Alone in Berlin

What I said about it back in January:

“I like the premise.”

“I want to go higher, but based on the lack of a track record I can point to and the potential for failure… 3 stars.”

Status:

Dated for January 13th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It will be on the January Release Calendar.

Amityville: The Awakening

What I said about it back in January:

“I was automatically gonna say skip, but the cast is Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan and Thomas Mann. How’d they get that cast?”

“So maybe this isn’t an automatic skip, but it’s a likely skip. But I will say 2 stars in the event that it’s not a skip.”

Status:

They pushed it, and now it’s coming out in June. If they don’t push it again.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It will be on the June Release Calendar.

Amnesia

What I said about it back in January:

“This is a Barbet Schroeder movie, making it part of my Directors List, which means I have to see it. I accidentally watched some generic thriller called Amnesiac last year, thinking it was this movie.”

2.5 stars.”

“It doesn’t sound very good. But I’m going to see it.”

Status:

Not dated for US, but I have a copy, so I’ll see it next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No? Because I’ll have seen it?

Animal Crackers

What I said about it back in January:

“Well, one of the directors did Mulan. So there’s that.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Dated for April 21, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Will be on the April Release Calendar. Assuming that date’s legit.

Arrivals

What I said about it back in January:

“Director’s done nothing I’ve seen, but from the looks of it, none of it is promising.”

“But the premise is okay. So… 3 stars.”

Status:

Hasn’t shot yet. Not realistic.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope. Gotta shoot to be real. 3 stars in case, but probably this either never gets shot or gets tracked whenever it does shoot.

Basmati Blues

What I said about it back in January:

“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.”

Status:

Still finished. Still no date. Hopeful for 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Still gonna legit track this one because I want to see it.

Bastards

What I said about it back in January:

“Owen Wilson, Ed Helms.”

“Jesus.”

“The director was a DP on a lot of comedies, but hasn’t directed before.”

“The writer has scripts for Bad Teacher 2 and Baywatch coming out.”

“Anyone else thinking Unforgivable? Because I’m thinking Unforgivable.”

2.5 stars.”

“No faith in this to be good whatsoever.”

Status:

Dated for January 21st.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Will be on the January Release Calendar and on Unforgivable watch.

Before I Fall

What I said about it back in January:

“So high school Groundhog Day?”

2.5 stars.”

“Can’t get on board with a premise I’ve seen before in a classic movie. It has to prove itself.”

Status:

Dated for March 3, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Will be on the March Release Calendar.

Billionaire Boys Club

What I said about it back in January:

“One of the writers is named Captain Mauzner. I just needed to point that out.”

* * * (3 stars)

Status:

Not dated, but finished. Feels like a June VOD release. But I’m just guessing.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

Birth of the Dragon

What I said about it back in January:

“Normally I’d skip this, because it sounds like one of those movies that would never be good or come out, but George Nolfi is directing. He’s only directed one movie before, and it was The Adjustment Bureau, which I loved. He also wrote Ocean’s Twelve and Bourne Ultimatum. So on that alone, I’ll see this.”

3 stars.”

“No idea of the quality, but he’s earned my seeing this.”

Status:

Played Toronto, but hasn’t been picked up for release. Feels like a VOD release next year. September, November. Something like that. Supposed to be terrible.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. 2.5 stars in case, but not tracking it.

Bitter Harvest

What I said about it back in January:

“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.”

Status:

Dated for February 24, 2017. Wow. You mean I might finally get this off the books?

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

The Bleeder

What I said about it back in January:

“The real Chuck Wepner looks exactly like Gene Hackman. But that can’t happen. So I guess Liev Schreiber is okay.”

“I like boxing movies.”

3.5 stars.”

“Hard to think a boxing movie won’t go below 3 at worst.”

Status:

It played Venice and Toronto and has no current release date. I’m sure that means something.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Book of Henry

What I said about it back in January:

“No idea what to make of this, but Trevorrow has proven he can make a solid movie, so 3.5 stars.”

Status:

They pushed it to June 16, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

June Release Calendar.

Brain on Fire

What I said about it back in January:

“Chloe Moretz has made a lot of indies in the past five years. Only one of them went above 3 stars for me. So it’s hard for me to assume anything other than 3 stars, even though this has all the elements to go higher. It’s safer for me to say 3 though.”

Status:

It played Toronto but hasn’t been picked up outside of that. Likely VOD 2017 is my guess.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

Brimstone

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s a western. That’s cool.”

3 stars. If this is a western, it’ll have to be really boring to not get 3 stars out of me.”

Status:

All I’m seeing here is a vague “March” release date. Which usually means it’ll get a VOD release then.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Western. Absolutely.

The Brits Are Coming

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars. That plot is just so “generic bad comedy” sounding.”

Status:

Done, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sounds fun. Sure.

Burn Your Maps

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh-kay.”

“Though the director made Around the Bend, which I liked, and 3,2,1… Frankie Go Boom, which I really liked.”

“Tough call. I like his previous movies, but do I go higher than 3? I think not.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Dated February 24, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

The Bye Bye Man

What I said about it back in January:

“Hell of a title. Too bad it looks like a shitty horror movie. Doug Jones plays the Bye Bye Man. Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway (what?) are in it.”

2.5 stars. If I see it.”

Status:

Dated January 13th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

Carrie Pilby

What I said about it back in January:

“Stars Bel Powley, who has really come on as someone I want to see in things after the year she had.”

3 stars. Sounds like an indie, but I’m interested to see Bel Powley.”

Status:

Picked up by The Orchard. They say early 2017 release. So I’m figuring April or so.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

What I said about it back in January:

Can it really be possible that three movies they haven’t shot yet are gonna get shot and come out?”

“This one doesn’t even have a director.”

“No way this comes out. No way.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

It was dated but pushed because they never actually shot it. A few December movies were like that. Still not shot, which means…

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. Thank god.

CHiPs

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m sure this will be fine.”

3 stars.”

“Hard for me to have raised expectations for this.”

Status:

Dated March 24, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

The Circle

What I said about it back in January:

“Between Smashed, Spectacular Now and End of the Tour, what reason do I have to think this will be anything less than 3.5 stars? Shit, two out of those three were four for me. So I could even make the case for that. It’s a thriller though, so I won’t go overboard. He hasn’t done this genre yet. Hope it’s great though.”

Status:

Dated April 28, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

Coco

What I said about it back in January:

“RZA directed this by the way.”

“Kinda wanna see this just because of that.”

“I hope it’s good, but I’m not guessing anything more than 2.5 stars.”

“Show me something, RZA.”

Status:

Finished, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. But 2.5 stars in case.

The Coldest City

What I said about it back in January:

“Director was one of the John Wick team. The writer did both 300 movies.”

3.5 stars. Has to be. Cold War, John Wick guy, that cast. John Goodman. Excited as shit for this.”

Status:

Dated July 28, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

July Release Calendar

Collide

What I said about it back in January:

“This got pushed from fall because of the Relativity bankruptcy.”

“I’m gonna stick with 3 stars here, and not downgrade. Because this is a legal reason, and not a legitimate pushed date. This seems like the kind of action movie I enjoy.”

Status:

Dated February 3, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Colossal

What I said about it back in January:

“The director made a bunch of indie/sci fi thrillers, so nothing I can point to for this to be anything more than a good premise.”

3 stars. Premise is good, but no guarantee the movie is actually good.”

Status:

Played Toronto. Seems primed for a 2017 release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Crash Pad

What I said about it back in January:

“The director is Alexander Payne’s editor.”

3 stars. Could be higher, but I need to see that it has the Alexander Payne type of humor and not… you know… American comedy humor.”

Status:

Done. No date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

The Creed of Violence

What I said about it back in January:

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

4 stars.”

Status:

Still not shot. Gonna have to give up on this.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Not until they start shooting it. 4 stars in case it miraculously comes out this year. Seems unlikely.

Cruise

What I said about it back in January:

“The synopsis sounded like a crappy indie. And the only person I’ve heard of in the cast is Emily Ratajkowski. So nothing overly promising.”

“But the writer and director is Robert D. Siegel. He wrote The Wrestler, and he directed Big Fan, which was great. He also wrote The Founder, the McDonalds movie, that’s coming out this year. On those alone, how can you not give this a shot?”

3 stars.”

Status:

Done. No date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

A Cure for Wellness

What I said about it back in January:

“Gore Verbinski is directing. Apparently it’s a supernatural horror movie.”

“Verbinski did The Ring, so he’s been in the genre before. I just don’t like the genre.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Dated February 17, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Detour

What I said about it back in January:

“Sure.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Dated January 20, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

What I said about it back in January:

“I hope this is really good. The premise is solid. So fuck it, 3.5 stars.”

Status:

Retitled The Book of Love. Dated January 13th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

The Disaster Artist

What I said about it back in January:

“Fuck it. 3.5 stars. I hope Franco doesn’t let me down.”

Status:

Finished, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Have to.

Emperor

What I said about it back in January:

“Adrien Brody is the Emperor.”

3 stars.”

“This will probably be like Last Knights. Fine enough, but low budget and who cares, really, in the end.”

Status:

Finished, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. 3 stars if they ever dump this on VOD.

Fallen

What I said about it back in January:

“YA shit.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

They’ve held this over for two years now. Still no date in sight.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. They had their shot. 2.5 stars if they ever get their shit together and I watch it.

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

What I said about it back in January:

“Angelina Jolie’s next movie. She’s been prolific. Her third movie in three years. So far nothing outstanding, and this looks to be back to the vaguely political stuff her first movie was about.”

“I have to say 3 stars until she proves she can make a really good movie. Unbroken should have been better than it was (though I liked it) and By the Sea was… well, yeah.”

Status:

Picked up for Netflix for a 2017 release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Force

What I said about it back in January:

“This sounds like a Sundance movie.”

3 stars. This sounds like one of those movies that is a weird mix of drama, comedy and romance, but not quite anything in particular.”

Status:

Now titled Between Us. No date or sign of distribution.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. One more year.

The Foreigner

What I said about it back in January:

“Generic action movie.”

“It’s either gonna be 2.5 or 3. Let’s be optimistic.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Should come out some time in 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Part of my Directors List. Have to.

Freak Show

What I said about it back in January:

“Transgender movie.”

“Guessing this will not be great and be dumped on VOD.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Probably gonna get dumped on VOD the first half of this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Honestly, no. 2.5 stars. If it comes out, I’ll see it, but I’m not tracking it.

Free Fire

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. Has a lot of elements that make me think it’ll be good.”

Status:

Dated March 17, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Gifted

What I said about it back in January:

“The writer hasn’t written anything since the 90s, which is exactly what this plot sounds like.”

“I feel like I should guess 3.5 stars in the hopes that this is good. It’s gonna come down to the writing. I can’t think it’s not at least 3 with Webb directing, so let’s hope for the best case.”

Status:

Dated April 12, 2017.

Is that Tribeca? Feels like Tribeca.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. But maybe not on the April calendar. That feels like a Tribeca date and not a real date.

Going in Style

What I said about it back in January:

“The original was very fun. Martin Brest’s first movie. George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg.”

“Now, Zach Braff is directing. (Ugh.) And Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin are starring. That’s cool. Ann-Margret is in this. And Christopher Lloyd, and Matt Dillon.”

“I like the cast. I like the story. I’m willing to forgive the director because he didn’t write it.”

3 stars. Hope it’s 3.5.”

Status:

Dated April 7, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

Going Under

What I said about it back in January:

“Written by the Cullen brothers, who wrote Cop Out, and it’s also starring Bruce Willis. So this sounds exactly like a redo of Cop Out.”

“Bruce Willis and John Goodman, and a not-serious take on this kind of movie — I can’t not go 3 stars.”

Status:

Now titled Once Upon a Time in Venice. No date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

What I said about it back in January:

“Can’t believe this got a sequel.”

“The first one was solid.”

3 stars. Don’t even need to look at anything. 3.5 would be nice, but there’s no way this drops below 3.”

Status:

This will come out this year, just not sure when.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Great Wall

What I said about it back in January:

“They dropped over $100 million into this movie and it’s supposed to be a giant mess that will never make its money back.”

“I’m sure it’ll be fine, but still.”

“Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe are in this. Probably not a whole lot, but they’re in it.”

3 stars. No way of knowing what I’m getting with this.”

Status:

Dated February 17, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

The Headhunter’s Calling

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Gerard Butler, whose forays into drama do not end well.”

“I wanted to say 2.5 stars, but with that cast, there has to be something worthwhile here. So 3 stars.”

“The writer wrote The Accountant and The Judge. He sure does like professions, doesn’t he?”

Status:

Played Toronto, never came out. Guessing 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Uhh.. sure. But only this year.

HHhH

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. Have to imagine this will be solid based on all the people who wanted to be in it.”

Status:

Now called The Man with the Iron Heart. Probably coming out this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Hot Summer Nights

What I said about it back in January:

“I read this script. It’s really good. It’s a 4 star script. The writer is also directing it. Which doesn’t mean anything except that he’ll be true to his story. Though a 4 star script being turned into an independent feature means it’ll only end up being a 3.5 star movie. I’d like to get 4, but there’s always a drop off.”

“I’m thinking if this comes out, it’ll be one of the hidden gems of the year. Very excited for this.”

Status:

I hope it comes out this year. I’m excited.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Absolutely. Until it comes out, I’m looking out for this.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m in. How could I not be?”

“I don’t even care about the cast. 3.5 stars on what I know so far alone. 3 is the basement on this one. I’ll take a half-star wrong if that’s the case.”

Status:

This will come out in 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

In Dubious Battle

What I said about it back in January:

“James Franco directs. I’ve made the mistake of tracking one of these before.”

“I don’t like dealing with these Franco movies because they never come out and no one sees them and they all sound pretentious as shit.”

3 stars. It’s Steinbeck. How badly can he fuck it up?”

Status:

Never came out, shocker. Still haven’t seen a James Franco-directed movie. It’s pretty much him and Tyler Perry.

Will I keep tracking it?:

No. 2.5 stars. But no.

It’s Only the End of the World

What I said about it back in January:

“I might regret this, but 3.5 stars. Marion Cotillard has good taste.”

Status:

Technically hasn’t been released here even though it got shortlisted for the Oscar. If it gets nominated, I’ll see it, but it still won’t be til next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Good chance I’ll see this pretty early next year.

Jekyll Island

What I said about it back in January:

“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.”

Status:

Now called The Crash. Dated January 13th. Whoa! Getting old shit off the books!

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

John Wick 2

What I said about it back in January:

“I mean, yeah.”

3.5 stars, sight unseen. It’s filming, so it counts. Don’t even care who is or isn’t in this, I’m in. It’s John Wick. I can hope it’s almost as good as the first one and be happy.”

Status:

Dated February 10, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Katie Says Goodbye

What I said about it back in January:

“First time writer and director. The man’s resume is clean.”

3.5 stars. Maybe I’m overdoing it, but the synopsis intrigues me.”

Status:

Played Toronto. No date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Kidnap

What I said about it back in January:

“Another Halle Berry generic thriller. Oh boy.”

2.5 stars. Are there really any other options?”

Status:

Pushed to March 10, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Killing Winston Jones

What I said about it back in January:

“Only still tracking this because of Richard Dreyfuss.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Hasn’t come out in three years now.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope. Done. 2.5 stars.

The King’s Daughter

What I said about it back in January:

“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.”

“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.”

Status:

They pulled this a month before release and still no date. Guessing there’s legal troubles here.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope. But in case they get it sorted, 2.5 stars.

The Lake

What I said about it back in January:

“The reason I’m not skipping this is because J.K. Simmons is in it. And Luc Besson wrote it. Usually when he writes something, it’s okay.”

“I don’t know where this goes, so I have to say 3 stars and hope for the best. It’s probably gonna be either 2.5 or 3. Luc Besson written films tend to be in that range.”

Status:

Now titled Renegades. Dated February 3, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

The Last Face

What I said about it back in January:

“Sean Penn directs. Into the Wild was great. The Pledge was great. I haven’t seen his first two movies.”

“Based on his last two, I wanna go 4 stars, but the political overtones of this make me drop that to 3.5 stars. I’m thinking this goes either 3 or 3.5. I’ll give Penn the benefit of the doubt as a director.”

Status:

Played Cannes, got shit on, nothing since. Likely dumped in 2017 somewhere.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Part of my Directors List.

The Layover

What I said about it back in January:

“William H. Macy directs. So based on that alone, 3 stars. His last movie was 2.5, but this one is a road trip and not music/suicide related. So I’m thinking it’ll get to 3.”

Status:

Done, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. William H. Macy directed it.

LBJ

What I said about it back in January:

“This might be a return to form for Reiner.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Played Toronto. Probably will come out early awards season next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Part of my Directors List.

Leavey

What I said about it back in January:

“Why does this movie have a real cast when it sounds like the kind of movie that would be put out by those overly religious companies?”

“It’s being directed by the Blackfish director. The writer did Music of the Heart and Conviction. Which… how much more of a blueprint does one need?”

3 stars.”

“This movie has generic, overly sappy, complete non-Oscar bait written all over it.”

Status:

This should come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Let It Snow

What I said about it back in January:

“Based on the guy who did Fault in Our Stars and two other authors’ short stories. Three romances take place on Christmas Eve.”

“They haven’t cast this yet. How can they possibly get it done in time? We’ll see, I guess.”

3 stars. No real reason why.”

“No director on this. I don’t think this actually comes out.”

Status:

Another of those movies that weren’t shot but were dated that I had to track. Still not shot.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope. Done.

The Lost City of Z

What I said about it back in January:

“I mean… 3.5 stars. Kinda hoping for four. Sounds awesome.”

Status:

Dated April 21, 2017. Not sure if that’s legit.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Not sure if it’ll be in April, but I’ll track it.

Lovesong

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

“Sounds like it could be sneaky good.”

Status:

Dated February 17, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Loving Vincent

What I said about it back in January:

“This is an animated movie about Vincent Van Gogh. The key being that every single frame of this movie is a painting.”

“I am so in you wouldn’t believe.”

4 stars.”

Status:

Not done yet. Probably late 2017 UK release at best.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Oh hell yeah.

Metalhead

What I said about it back in January:

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

“Still, 4 stars.”

Status:

Maybe 2017?

Will I keep tracking it?:

Directors List. Fuck yeah.

November Criminals

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay, okay. I can go with this.”

“The director did Hitchcock, and wrote Henry’s Crime and The Terminal. The other writer wrote Locke. That’s solid.”

“Gonna say 3 stars, but I want to go 3.5. I’m worried it’s gonna be more about high school. You know, voiceover, that kind of shit. I don’t want to get my hopes up for nothing, despite the writers making this seem like an easy 3.5 stars.”

“You know what? Fuck it. 3.5 stars.”

Status:

This should come out in 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Other Half

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Getting a late 2016 Canada release, which means I should be able to see it by June or so.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Patient Zero

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars. I need this to prove to me it’s not generic.”

Status:

Dated February 17, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Personal Shopper

What I said about it back in January:

“I hope it’s more of a drama/fantasy than a thriller.”

“Maybe it’s Suspiria. (Which is supposed to actually shoot this year!) That would be kinda cool.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Dated March 10, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Planetarium

What I said about it back in January:

“No idea what to make of this.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Just got a late 2016 France release, so this should be available some time next year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

Please Stand By

What I said about it back in January:

“Seems baity.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Probably 2017. No date or anything.

Will I keep tracking it?:

… sure.

Pottersville

What I said about it back in January:

“All we know is that it’s a comedy starring Michael Shannon.”

“I found something that says it’s about a ‘man who gets swept up in a sighting of Bigfoot.'”

“So it’s not about the alternate It’s a Wonderful Life reality. That would also have been interesting.”

“Michael Shannon has good taste, so 3.5 stars. I want to see him in a comedy.”

Status:

Done but not dated.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Promise

What I said about it back in January:

“Terry George movie. Stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. And Charlotte Le Bon, Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Cromwell and Jean Reno.”

“Done. And it’s a period piece.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Played Toronto, not released. Allegedly April, but that doesn’t seem right.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Terry George. Directors List.

Revolt

What I said about it back in January:

“Sure.”

3 stars.”

Status:

This will probably come out this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Rings

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh great, another Ring movie. Still haven’t really seen the first one. (And by that I mean, I might have seen it when it came out, but can’t remember a goddamn thing about it except the parts that were parodied in all the Scary Movie films.)”

“So I’ll be skipping this.”

Status:

Dated

February 3rd.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release  Calendar.

The Runaround

What I said about it back in January:

“Not sure what tone this is gonna take. So let’s call it 3 stars and see what we get.”

Status:

2017 seems likely.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Salt and Fire

What I said about it back in January:

“Werner Herzog.”

3 stars.”

Status:

They’re gonna have to put this out at some point.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Herzog. Of course.

Same Kind of Different As Me

What I said about it back in January:

“I get nervous at the phrase ‘modern day slave.’ Especially when that character is Djimon Hounsou.”

“When’s the last time Renée Zellweger made a movie?”

“This doesn’t seem like it’s gonna be particularly good at all.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Dated February 3, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Sand Castle

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. I like war movies, but I’m not a fan of Iraq war movies. So we’ll split the difference.”

Status:

Probably 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Sure.

The Seagull

What I said about it back in January:

“Gotta trust the cast.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Done, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Secret Scripture

What I said about it back in January:

“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.”

Status:

Played Toronto, nothing since. Part of the Relativity debacle.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

The Shack

What I said about it back in January:

“Shake Shack?”

3 stars. No idea what to make of this.”

Status:

Dated March 3, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Shot Caller

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Based on Snitch, this feels like an easy 3.”

Status:

No idea. It’s done though.

Will I keep tracking it?:

One more year.

Sleepless Night

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

“It’s a thriller with solid actors. How can it be that bad?”

Status:

Dated January 13th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

Sleight

What I said about it back in January:

“This sounds awesome.”

“Sundance movie. So I should temper expectations. But fuck it.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Dated April 7, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

April Release Calendar.

The Space Between Us

What I said about it back in January:

“The director made Hector and the Search for Happiness, which was whatever, Shall We Dance, which I haven’t seen, and also Serendipity and Town and Country. So nothing overly outstanding.”

“Stars Asa Butterfield, Britt Roberston, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman and BD Wong.”

“Okay, sure. I’ll bite.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Dated February 3, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Strangers 2

What I said about it back in January:

“I’ll need to see the first one before I see this, otherwise it’s a skip.”

“But for now, 2.5 stars.”

Status:

They never shot this. Yet another December movie that never actually came out.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Nope. You gotta be shot to be tracked.

Stronger

What I said about it back in January:

“It hasn’t shot yet, but the same thing happened last year with a David Gordon Green film that hadn’t shot yet (Our Brand Is Crisis). So I won’t make that mistake twice.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

This will come out in 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Part of the Directors List.

Stuck

What I said about it back in January:

“And wait… apparently it’s a musical?”

“In.”

“So in.”

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

Status:

Done, no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

It’s a musical. Gotta stay in there a little while longer.

Super Troopers 2

What I said about it back in January:

“They’re finally making this. Is it too late? Probably not.”

3.5 stars. I’m in. I hope it doesn’t suck.”

“Bring it in. Bring it on right meow.”

Status:

They’re finishing up extra filming after a Kickstarter campaign to get it done. Should be out late this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Come on, meow.

Table 19

What I said about it back in January:

“Cool, cool.”

“Written by the Duplass brothers. Directed by the guy who did Rocket Science.”

“No reason to think less than 3 stars. Do I want to go 3.5? A little bit. But I think I’ll stick with 3.”

Status:

Dated March 3, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

Their Finest

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Why not? The subject matter makes me think it’ll be okay.”

Status:

Played Toronto, playing Sundance. Allegedly March 24, 2017. Not 100% on that.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Trespass Against Us

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.”

“In.”

3.5 stars.”

“Fassbender has shown impeccable taste. No reason to think otherwise.”

Status:

I have a copy of this, and put it in my January Year in Reviews article in the “Unreleased” section, but I’m still not sure it’ll get watched for 2016. If not, here it is. They’re supposedly putting it out quietly on January 20th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

True Crimes

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Jim Carrey, whose forays into thriller territory (The Number 23) have not been positive.”

3 stars. This doesn’t seem to be about a twist, and Carrey is playing the person investigating. So I’ll bite. Maybe it won’t be 2.5.”

Status:

Done, still no date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Tulip Fever

What I said about it back in January:

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

Status:

Dated February 24, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Two Lovers and a Bear

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Should be getting a VOD release on February 7, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

February Release Calendar.

Una

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Played Toronto, no date. Should be 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Underworld 5

What I said about it back in January:

“I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen any of these movies. So this will be a skip.”

“There’s a female director here, so that’s cool. But I still won’t see it. That’s the rule. If I haven’t seen the original film, I don’t watch the sequels.”

Status:

Coming out January 6th.

Will I keep tracking it?:

January Release Calendar.

Unlocked

What I said about it back in January:

“Sure. Sounds fair.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Likely getting a 2017 UK release at the very least.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Viena and the Fantomes

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

A 2017 VOD release seems likely.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Vier gegen die Bank

What I said about it back in January:

“Wolfgang Petersen made this as a TV movie 40 years ago. Now he’s remaking it as a feature.”

“What I’m gathering is that it’s one of those crime comedies about people robbing a bank.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Was always meant to be out Christmas 2016 in Germany. Which meant 2017 at the earliest anywhere else. Not that anyone will ever see this but me.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Part of my Directors List. Have to.

Vincent-n-Roxxy

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Played Tribeca and then disappeared. No idea when this comes out.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

War Machine

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m going 3.5 stars here. Probably could go 4.”

Status:

Picked up by Netflix for a 2017 release.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

War on Everyone

What I said about it back in January:

“The premise sounds great.”

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

Status:

Finally getting released on February 3rd.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Fuck yes.

Weightless

What I said about it back in January:

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

Status:

Allegedly March 17, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar. Only because that seems like the Terrence Malick dump date.

Wilson

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Because of Woody. Otherwise I’d have gone 2.5.”

Status:

Allegedly March 24, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes. Maybe not March calendar, but yes.

The Yellow Birds

What I said about it back in January:

“Let’s call it 3 stars. War movie. Could be all right.”

Status:

Playing Sundance. 50/50 on whether it comes out this year.

Will I keep tracking it?:

Yes.

Zeroville

What I said about it back in January:

“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.”

Status:

Done, but no sign of a date.

Will I keep tracking it?:

One last year, and then I’m done.

The Zookeeper’s Wife

What I said about it back in January:

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

Status:

Dated March 31, 2017.

Will I keep tracking it?:

March Release Calendar.

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2 responses

  1. lbruce09

    Reblogged this on Out of Me Head.

    December 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  2. When is the Unforgivable list coming out? I can’t wait to see it.

    December 29, 2016 at 9:41 am

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