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The 2018 Film Release Calendar: 2017 Holdovers

It’s January, which means it’s preview time up here at B+ Movie Blog.

I don’t really peruse other places, but if I were to guess, I would say I’m the only person that goes this deep on their preview coverage for a year. I go month to month based on what’s scheduled to come out, preview like 200 extra movies that you probably have never even heard about as of now, and then bring back all the stuff from last year and previous years that I’ve been tracking that hasn’t come out yet. I’m not the kind of person who just goes, “Oh my god, Avengers! Wrinkle in Time! (Insert other movies the studios are paying us to talk up to fit the narrative to get us more clicks)!” If you ever see a slideshow from me, then you know I’ve given up.

The reason I do this is purely for me, though I imagine anyone stumbling on this will get something out of it to. What I try to do is preview everything so I’m aware of it when it comes out, and, to make it interesting for myself, try to guess what I’m gonna think of it when I do see it. That way, I can see what films surprised me or disappointed me from every angle (before, during and after).

We finish with all the films I tracked last year that did not come out. Yet here I am.

6 Balloons

A woman (Jacobson) learns her brother (Franco) has relapsed on heroin.

Netflix movie. Dave Franco being dramatic. Hope it works. 3 stars.

55 Steps

When patients’ rights lawyer Colette Hughes goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese, a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, she has no idea that besides taking on an uphill legal battle to improve treatment for mental patients in hospitals, she is meeting a woman who will make it her mission to transform Colette’s workaholic life.

Trial movies are always interesting. Gonna say 3.5 stars, even though it might only be 3. Still, gotta give it the trial movie bump.

Above Suspicion

The chilling true story of a newly married FBI poster boy assigned to an Appalachian mountain town in Kentucky. There he is drawn into an illicit affair with an impoverished local woman who becomes his star informant. She sees in him her means of escape; instead, it’s a ticket to disaster for both of them. This scandal shook the foundations of the nation’s top law enforcement agency, ending in the first ever conviction of an FBI agent for murder.

Philip Noyce directs, who makes solid movies. Emilia Clarke stars. Sure. 3 stars.

An Actor Prepares

After suffering a heart attack, a world famous, hard-drinking actor is forced to drive across country with his estranged son (who testified against him in his parent’s divorce) on one last madcap adventure.

Jeremy Irons being in this is all I need.

3 stars.

The Aftermath

In the aftermath of World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post -war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who lives with them.

Directed by the guy who did Testament of Youth, which was solid, and stars Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke and Alexander Skarsgard.

3.5 stars. Sounds like it’ll be in the high 3/3.5 realm, so let’s take the positive route, especially since I love Keira.

Alex Strangelove

About high school senior Alex Truelove, whose quest to lose his virginity — eagerly awaited by his patient girlfriend, and cheered on by his rowdy friends — launches him into a hilarious and heartbreaking exploration of modern manhood.

Netflix movie. Netflix high school movies worry me. So 2.5 stars, and I hope I get something higher.

Amateur

A young basketball player struggles to fit in with his new team.

3 stars. I think the sports aspect should take it above 2.5.

Anon

Set in a world without anonymity or crime, a detective meets a woman who threatens their security.

Andrew Niccol wrote and directs, so I’m automatically in and 3.5 stars is the guess. After Gattaca, S1M0ne, Lord of War, In Time, The Host and Good Kill, 3.5 stars feels like the right baseline for him.

Based on a True Story

A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer.

Roman Polanski movie. 3 stars. Definitely will see it. His movies have been hit or miss lately with me.

The Bookshop

Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield.

Sounds like a lovely little British movie.

3 stars.

Braven

A logger defends his family from a group of dangerous drug runners.

Coming out on Friday, I think. Jason Momoa as a lumberjack. I’m down.

3 stars.

Breath

Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia. Two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.

Simon Baker directs. Still sounds solid.

3 stars.

The Brits Are Coming

In an effort to avoid paying off a massive gambling debt to a notorious mobster in England, a couple flees to Los Angeles and hatch a jewel theft plot.

Action movie. 3 stars.

Burden

Klu Klux Klansman, Mike Burden, opens the Redneck Shop and KKK museum in historic Laurens, SC. When Mike subsequently falls in love with a single mom, under her influence, he quits the Klan and is taken in by an African American Reverend.

Cool. Garrett Hedlund, Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker, Tom Wilkinson, Tess Harper… and Usher.

3 stars.

Burn Your Maps

A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany – He believes that he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder.

This got pushed from early last year and still has no release date. If I had to guess, it’ll be a VOD release first half of the year some time.

3 stars.

Cargo

A post apocalyptic thriller and an emotional story of a father trying to save his child at all costs.

3 stars. Still looks decent.

The Current War

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

This got pushed because of Weinstein and there’s no sign of when this’ll come out.

Cast is great, trailer didn’t look so good. Reviews have been mixed to negative, not that I care so much about those.

3.5 stars. I think it should at least be that with the people involved, but at this point I’m just hoping it comes out.

Cruise

Set in the 1980s, a young Italian-American from the “wrong side of the tracks” falls for a Jewish girl from Long Island.

This has been done and sitting on the shelf for like two years. No idea what the deal is.

3 stars, and this is the last year I track it, otherwise I’m out.

The Cured

A disease that turns people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.

Horror movie. Could be 28 Days Later, could be generic.

Sounds like it’s exploring race and bigotry ideas using zombies as a metaphor, so I’m willing to give it a shot.

3 stars.

Damsel

A businessman travels West to join his fiancée in the mountains.

Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska star in a semi-western directed by the guys who did Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. I am so, so in.

3.5 stars.

The Death and Life of John P. Donovan

A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

Xavier Dolan directs Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Kit Harrington, Thandie Newton, Sarah Gadon, Jacob Tremblay, Bella Thorne, Susan Sarandon, Michael Gambon and Kathy Bates. Which… hell of a cast.

3.5 stars. Have to go higher with that cast and hope it lives up to it.

The Death of Stalin

Follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

Armando Ianucci of In the Loop and Veep fame directs.

So excited this is finally coming out in April.

One of my most anticipated movies of the year.

4 stars.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Gus Van Sant directs. Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill star with Rooney Mara and Jack Black.

This sounds all sorts of my speed.

3.5 stars.

Should go 4, but I’m sticking with 3.5. I think it’ll be really solid no matter what.

Drunk Parents

Two drunk parents attempt to hide their ever increasing financial difficulties from their daughter and social circle through elaborate neighborhood schemes.

Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek. I hope this is not terrible.

3 stars.

Euphoria

Sisters in conflict traveling through Europe toward a mystery destination.

Alicia Vikander and Eva Green. I’m gonna see this.

3 stars.

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

The story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod, a fakir who tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an Ikea store.

This does still sound interesting.

3 stars.

Final Score

Some scores will never be settled.

Dave Bautista VOD movie? Okay.

2.5 stars.

Finding Steve McQueen

In 1972, a gang of close-knit thieves from Youngstown, Ohio attempt to steal $30 million in illegal contributions and blackmail money from President Richard Nixon’s secret fund.

Heist movie. I’ll still see it.

3 stars.

The Forgiven

After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.

Forest Whitaker as Desmond Tutu. Directed by Roland Joffé. Should be watchable.

3 stars.

Friday’s Child

A young drifter ages out of foster care at 18 and discovers the perils and temptations of a life apart. An unlikely friend must help our hero return to the right road.

Directed by a Terrence Malick editor, who also did The Better Angels, which I never saw. Stars Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Caleb Landry Jones and Jeffrey Wright.

Works for me.

3 stars.

Future World

A young boy searches a future world wasteland for a rumored cure for his dying mother.

The cast is insane, so sure, I’ll pay attention.

3 stars.

Gemini

A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant and her Hollywood starlet boss. As the assistant unravels the mystery, she must confront her own understanding of friendship, truth, and celebrity.

Looks interesting. 3 stars. Allegedly coming out end of March.

The Girl with the Curls

An unconventional biopic based on the life Mary Pickford. She was the first America’s Sweetheart, CoFounder of United Artists, and the only businesswoman in Hollywood. She is “The Girl with the Curls” before audiences know her name.

3 stars. No idea if it’ll be any good, but I’m interested nevertheless.

Going Places

A spin-off of The Big Lebowski centered on the notable bowler, Jesus Quintana.

I still have no idea why this exists, but I’m interested.

3.5 stars.

Golden Exits

An intersectional narrative of two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of unspoken unhappiness that occurs when a young foreign girl spending time abroad upsets the balance on both sides.

Alex Ross Perry movie. People have generally liked those. This will likely be my first, unless I see one of the previous ones before this.

3 stars.

Gotti

The story of crime boss John Gotti and his son.

This is a weird one because this was gonna come out in December and then they pulled it 12 days before and said they were gonna give it a theatrical, which makes zero sense, because absolutely no one will see it in a theater. But if that’s what they wanna do, sure.

3 stars.

Halo of Stars

Set against the backdrop of a small traveling circus, the pic centers on a European clown and his 5-year-old daughter as they lead each other through the everyday mysteries of love, magic and loss.

This sounds so interesting.

3 stars.

The Happy Prince

The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor.

Rupert Everett wrote, directs and stars. Not crazy about that combination, but I’ll give it a shot.

2.5 stars.

Hot Summer Nights

A boy comes of age during a summer he spends in Cape Cod.

Been excited about this for three years. This script was really good. Timothee Chalamet stars, which is a pull, that they got him before he broke.

3.5 stars. Very, very excited for this.

Hotel Mumbai

Hotel Mumbai tells the astonishing true story of the victims and survivors of the devastating attacks on Mumbai in 2008. A story which fearlessly tackles the defining global issues of our time. A story about ordinary people. Real people. People of all races, all colours, all creeds, binding together in a gruelling fight for survival. A story that celebrates humanity’s highest ideals – compassion, courage, resilience and an unwavering desire to live.

3 stars.

The House of Tomorrow

The film tells futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller’s incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school.

Cool, cool.

3 stars.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

An alien touring the galaxy breaks away from her group and meets two young inhabitants of the most dangerous place in the universe: the London suburb of Croydon.

Sounds fun.

3 stars.

I Kill Giants

Barbara Thorson struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters.

Trailer looks great.

3.5 stars.

So in.

I’m Not Here

A man struggles with the tragic memories of his past to make sense of his present, but soon realizes that time isn’t the enemy he thinks it is.

Sebastian Stan, Maika Monroe, J.K. Simmons. That’s all I need.

3 stars.

In Darkness

A blind musician hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs from hers that sends her down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld.

Natalie Dormer co-wrote and stars in this.

3 stars. Hope it’s very Hitchcockian.

Io

Sam, a teenage girl, is one of the last people on a post-cataclysmic Earth. With the final shuttle scheduled to leave the planet, she must decide whether to journey to the launch point and join the rest of humanity, or remain on Earth, a castaway in the only home she has ever known.

Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie and Danny Huston star. Pretty sure this is Netflix too.

3.5 stars. Betting on the cast.

Ismael’s Ghosts

The story follows a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover just as he is about to embark on the shoot of a new film.

This is by the guy who did My Golden Days. Stars Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

3 stars.

Journey’s End

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, variously awaiting their fate.

War movie. This should be a solid 3 stars exactly.

Juvenile

When an angry teenager (Blake Jenner) discovers a close friend has been killed, grief jeopardizes his future and he finds himself engulfed in danger.

2.5 stars.

Katie Says Goodbye

A kindhearted seventeen-year-old in the American Southwest turns to prostitution to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.

This still hasn’t come out. Yet Richard Says Goodbye was already shot.

3 stars. I’m still interested in this, but can they just put it out there sometime soon?

Keepers

Inspired by the Flannan Isle mystery. A small relief boat approaches the Isle, a tiny isolated island no bigger than a football pitch, 20 miles off a rugged coast. Its aim is to routinely replace the three lighthouse keepers, after 6 weeks alone manning the light. It nears the dock and none of the men greet them. The winch is broken. A call. Nothing. Experienced keepers Thomas, James and Donald have vanished. The lamps are clean and refilled; the table is laid for dinner. There is an upturned chair. Two sets of yellow oilskins are missing…The men were never found.

Cool, cool.

3 stars.

Kodachrome

Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

I heard good things about this.

Sticking with 3 stars, because it does feel very indie, and I don’t necessarily love the primary stars, but I think I can get something out of this.

Krystal

A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on a stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her.

Oh yeah. This movie. William H. Macy directs. His other movies haven’t been great, but maybe this one will be better.

3 stars.

LAbyrinth

The murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG spark an investigation.

Starring Johnny Depp.

Still can’t believe this happened.

I imagine it’ll come out by the end of the summer.

3 stars.

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

Jaden, a cool and confident sixth-grade boy, is supposed to be bonding with his father on a hunting trip, but Jaden wants to do anything but!

It’s Jody Hill, whose stuff I like.

3.5 stars.

Worried it hasn’t come out, but it might just be too fucked up for them to know what to do with. Observe and Report was like that. We’ll see.

The Little Mermaid

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.

I think Netflix has this?

2.5 stars. Gonna be hard to make me interested in this, but anything is possible.

Little Star

Abandoned by her friends and family and with her career in jeopardy, starlet Markey Marlowe is sequestered in a duplex with a reclusive landlord who just may be more dangerous than she is.

2.5 stars. Sounds like it’s the kind of thriller that I’m not usually interested in. But you never know.

Lizzie

A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Oh yeah, the lesbian Lizzie Borden movie with Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny.

3 stars.

The Long Home

A young contractor is hired to build a honky-tonk in Tennessee by the man who killed his father.

James Franco directed this, which means it’ll never come out, but that synopsis is too good to not follow.

2.5 stars.

Loving Pablo

A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Stars husband and wife Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Doubt it’ll be good, but the two of them should make it worthwhile enough.

3 stars.

Manhunt

Accused of heinous crimes he didn’t commit, a prosecutor sets out on a mission to clear his name.

John Woo film. I haven’t seen anything he’s done in like 15 years, but he’s still a great director, so 3 stars.

Mary Shelley

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.

I’m down. I hear it’s just okay, but just okay is all I need.

3 stars.

The Mercy

Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst’s disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.

Directed by James Marsh, who did The Theory of Everything, written by Scott Z. Burns, who wrote The Informant, Contagion and Side Effects, and stars Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz.

Sounds solid all around.

4 stars.

Metalhead

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.

Derek Cianfrance. I’ve been tracking this for a long time. Still hopeful it can come out.

4 stars.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

In 1993 a teenage girl named Cameron Post is caught having a sexual encounter with the prom queen. Cameron is then forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative aunt and uncle, who are her legal guardians.

This just won Sundance. Maybe I need to reevaluate this.

3.5 stars.

Mobile Homes

A young mother drifts from one motel to the next with her intoxicating boyfriend and her 8-year-old son. The makeshift family scrapes by, living one hustle at a time, until the discovery of a mobile home community offers an alternative life.

Imogen Poots stars, and I’ll see anything with her.

3 stars.

Monster

A teenager finds himself incarcerated at a New York juvenile detention center and charged with robbery and felony murder.

This just played Sundance. Heard mixed to positive things about it.

3 stars.

My Days of Mercy

The daughter of a man on death row falls in love with a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause.

Stars Kate Mara and Ellen Page.

Should go 3 stars here, but I’m going 2.5 stars. Feels like the right way to go.

Old Man and the Gun

An elderly bank robber, who had managed to escape from prison over a dozen times in his life before moving to a retirement community, looks to spice things up with another heist.

David Lowery directs. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints was very good, Pete’s Dragon was fine, A Ghost Story was interesting.

Robert Redford stars, in what I thought I heard was his final acting role. Casey Affleck, Elisabeth Moss, Danny Glover, Tom Waits and Keith Carradine star alongside him.

No reason to think I can’t get 4 stars out of this.

The Outsider

An epic set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza.

Jared Leto stars.

I guess 3 stars. No idea what this is gonna be.

Papillon

A prisoner detained on a remote island plots his escape.

Do we really need this?

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek play the MacQueen and Hoffman roles.

3 stars. Can’t assume more than that. Hope I can get 3.5, but I can’t assume this will come anywhere near the original.

The Professor and the Madman

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr William Minor.

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. This sounds great. 3.5 stars. Might never come out because of a lawsuit, but I’m still down.

Radegund

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Terrence Malick’s new movie. The first one away from that visual style he’s been using in his last couple of films. This is supposed to be a straight war film.

3.5 stars is the automatic Malick rating. Could be 4, but gotta stick with 3.5 until I see what I’m getting.

Redoubtable

During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her.

This came out in France. Supposed to be pretty solid.

Michel Hazanavicius directs. I think I can safely guess 3.5 stars here. I imagine I’ll be able to see it this year.

Renegades

A team of Navy SEALs discover an underwater treasure in a Bosnian lake.

I have a copy. Will see it soon. Sounds fun. Luc Besson co-wrote it.

3 stars.

Roma

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Alfonso Cuaron’s new movie.

Don’t know anything about it, but it’s Cuaron, so 4 stars automatically.

Roxanne Roxanne

In the early 1980s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita “Roxanne Shanté” Gooden was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets of the Queensbridge Projects in NYC.

I’ve been excited for this since I heard about it. I really want this to come out this year and be great.

3.5 stars.

Sadie

Sadie, a budding erotic novelist, is enticed by an ex-lover to join him and an enigmatic woman named Francesca at an Italian Villa. Once there, Sadie is confronted by the demons of her past as she becomes embroiled in a surreal game of murder and betrayal.

2.5 stars.

Not sure what I’m getting, but I’m intrigued.

The Seagull

An aging actress named Irina Arkidana pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, so the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way.

Not crazy about the play, or theatrical movies, but Saoirse Ronan stars, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

3.5 stars.

The Shadow Within

A private investigator must unravel the murder of her uncle while keeping the secret that she is a descendant from a line of werewolves.

This is a movie where Lindsay Lohan turns into a wolf.

2.5 stars. Sounds awful. Can’t wait.

Shock and Are

A group of journalists covering George Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has “weapons of mass destruction.”

Rob Reiner directs with a really solid cast.

LBJ was solid, no reason to think this won’t be either.

3.5 stars.

Sidney Hall

Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.

Trailer wasn’t great. A24 is putting it out, and I liked the director’s previous movie/short, Before I Disappear/Curfew.

I’ll go 3 stars. But I’m thinking I might get 2.5 out of this. The cast is nice, so I think they’ll keep it over the top.

Slice

When a pizza delivery driver is murdered on the job, the city searches for someone to blame: ghosts? drug dealers? a disgraced werewolf?

This is so A24. Chance the Rapper stars as a pizza delivery man.

The marketing looks crazy. I’m sure the movie won’t live up to the hype, but fuck it. Weird is good.

3.5 stars.

Small Town Crime

An alcoholic ex-cop (Hawkes) finds the body of a young woman and, through an act of self-redemption, becomes hell-bent on finding the killer but unwittingly puts his family in danger and gets caught up with several dark characters along the way.

I have a copy of this, so I’ll see it soon.

I like these interesting little John Hawkes movies.

3 stars.

State Like Sleep

A woman grapples with the consequences of her celebrity husband’s double life after he commits suicide.

Anything with Michael Shannon in it, really.

3 stars.

Stephanie

An orphaned young girl with unworldly powers is taken in by a man and woman who claim to be her parents.

Akiva Goldsman directs. That didn’t work out too well the first time, and this movie sounds like something I will not like.

2.5 stars.

Stuck

An original pop musical film about six strangers who get stuck on a New York City subway together and change each others lives in unexpected ways.

3 stars. Original musical overcomes anything that might sound not great about this. If anything it’ll be a broadway musical in ten years.

Submergence

In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, an Englishman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.

Wim Wenders directs, James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander star. Coming out in April, supposedly.

3 stars.

Sun Dogs

Intellectually limited from an accident at birth, Ned Chipley has failed time and time again at achieving his dream of ‘saving lives’. After a fourth thwarted attempt to join the marines, he pairs up with a young run away, Tally Peterson. Together they surveil a group of young men who they mistake as terrorists. Ned and Tally accidentally make the most improbable and unfortunate homeland security team. Their misadventures and misunderstandings lead to the unexpected discovery that sometimes the greatest purpose in life can present itself in the most unlikely of places.

3 stars.

Suspiria

A young American ballerina comes to train at a prestigious German dance academy and uncovers the school’s dark and menacing secrets.

Luca Guadagnino’s followup to Call Me By Your Name.

CAN. NOT. WAIT.

Cast is great, the movie will be somewhat different from the original, which it should be. No reason to think I won’t like this a lot, but in a different way from the original.

4 stars.

I am all about this movie.

The Tale

An investigation into one woman’s memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Written and directed by a woman, stars Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Common, Frances Conroy, Ellen Burstyn and John Heard. I’m down.

3 stars.

True Crimes

A murder investigation of a slain business man turns to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. Based on the 2008 article “True Crimes – A postmodern murder mystery” by David Grann.

This has been held over like two years now. Jim Carrey stars. They introduced this as his new film at the Golden Globes in like, 2016. And now here we are.

3 stars. I’m interested, but I don’t know if I’ll ever see this.

Under the Silver Lake

This is by the guy who did It Follows. It’s a noir starring Andrew Garfield.

I was in yesterday.

4 stars.

Unicorn Store

A woman named Kit receives a mysterious invitation that would fulfill her childhood dreams.

Brie Larson’s directorial debut. Cast is great. Keep wanting to go 3.5 stars, but I think I should stick with 3 stars. I feel like it’ll be cute, but I don’t know if it’ll be great. I hope so, but I can’t say for sure.

Untogether

A former teen prodigy turned heroin addict tries to be a writer now that she’s sober.

3 stars.

Valley of the Gods

Entwines Navajo lore with a reclusive trillionaire and his would-be biographer, creating a fascinating, mysterious and idiosyncratic vision of America.

Don’t know what this is, but it sounds interesting, so I’ll follow it.

3 stars.

Viena and the Fantomes

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

This has been held over for like two years.

3 stars. This might be the last year before I give up on it.

Warning Shot

A single mother and her young daughter struggle to make ends meet until they inherit their family’s farmhouse. When a business rival covets their water rights, the situation spirals out of control.

Looks generic, as much as I want to see it for James Earl Jones.

2.5 stars.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been hiding.

Sounds interesting.

3 stars.

Where Is Kyra?

In Brooklyn, New York, Kyra (Pfeiffer) loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother’s income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life.

3.5 stars. Interested for Michelle Pfeiffer. Probably overrating that a bit, but I still wanna see it.

The Wife

A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

3 stars. I’m in it for Glenn Close.

Wildlife

A boy witnesses his parents’ marriage falling apart after his mother finds another man.

Paul Dano’s directorial debut. Cast is great. Reviews are good. I want this to be great.

4 stars.

Woman Walks Ahead

Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land.

Jessica Chastain and Sam Rockwell. Written by Steven Knight.

Done.

4 stars.

The Yellow Birds

Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph’s mother before their deployment.

This hasn’t come out for about two years. Reviews were always mixed, but the cast seems like I can get 3 stars out of it, so let’s go with that.

You Were Never Really Here

A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Coming out in April. Trailer looks fun. Lynne Ramsey directing Joaquin Phoenix, who seems to be going on a Taken-type rampage.

That’s all I need.

3.5 stars.

Zeroville

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

Why do I track these Franco movies?

3 stars.

Zoe

Two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound.

3 stars.

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