The 2020 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

This has been perhaps the strangest Release Calendar I’ve ever done. Because the Oscars were held a few weeks earlier than they usually are, I wasn’t able to fit in the majority of the calendar before them. Usually I get the whole thing done by late January. And now, we’re post-Oscars, and I’m only on March. And the only reason January and February got done is because I wanted to get them up before some of the films actually came out.

But, here we are, working our way through the rest of the calendar for all the films to look forward to. I think you all know how this works — I’m gonna preview everything that’s set to come out (and a lot more that isn’t), and then guess what I think I’m gonna rate them all when I do manage to see them. And then we’ll use this as evidence of my ineptitude come the December wrap-up articles. These are my own twenty-seven 8×10 colored glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

Today, we’re going over the many films that are yet to have release dates (or some that got dated for articles that already came out, because shit happens):

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

When Ma Rainey, the “Queen of the Blues,” makes a record in a studio in Chicago, 1927, tensions boil between her, her white agent and producer, and bandmates.

Stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.

I’m in.

3.5 stars.

Macbeth

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.

Joel Coen is directing without Ethan and it’s starring Denzel and Frances McDormand.

So, so in.

4 stars.

Made in Italy

A bohemian artist who travels from London to Italy with his estranged son to sell the house they inherited from his late wife.

Stars Liam Neeson.

Okay.

3 stars.

Magic Camp

Follows Andy, who, at the urging of his former mentor and Magic Camp owner Roy Preston, returns as a counselor to the camp of his youth hoping to reignite his career.

Disney+ movie.

Sounds bad.

2.5 stars.

The Main Event

After discovering a magical mask, an 11-year-old aspiring wrestler enters a competition to become the next WWE superstar.

Netflix movie. Sounds kiddie.

I guess 3 stars.

Mainstream

In this cautionary tale, three people struggle to preserve their identities as they form an eccentric love triangle within the fast-moving internet age.

Directed by Gia Coppola, whose last movie, Palo Alto, I did not particularly like.

Though Andrew Garfield is in this. So that’s nice.

I guess 3 stars. We’ll see what this is.

Mandibules

Two simple-minded friends discover a giant fly in the trunk of a car and decide to domesticate it to earn money with it.

From Quentin Dupieux, whose movies I enjoy for their general weirdness.

3 stars.

Mank

Follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz’s tumultuous development of Orson Welles’ iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane.

It’s David Fincher directing a script from his father, in black and white, and it stars Gary Oldman as Mankiewicz.

4.5 stars. Fincher alone leads me to 4.5. But you’re giving me Gary Oldman and black-and-white? Fuck yeah.

Marry Me

A pop superstar is jilted by her rock-star fiancé moments before their wedding at Madison Square Garden, so she marries a random guy from the crowd instead.

Stars Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson.

Oh boy.

2.5 stars.

Mayday

A young woman is transported to a dreamlike and dangerous land where she joins up with a band of female soldiers engaged in a never-ending war along a rugged coast. Though she finds strength in this exhilarating world, she comes to realize that she’s not the killer they want her to be and must use her newfound power to try to fight her way back to life.

Oh good, another metaphor.

3 stars.

Medieval

The story of fourteenth century Czech icon and warlord Jan Zizka, who defeated armies of the Teutonic Order and the Holy Roman Empire.

Ben Foster and Michael Caine are in this, and that’s the only reason I’m even going to see it.

3 stars.

Minari

A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.

This won Sundance, I think. It sounds interesting.

3.5 stars.

The Minuteman

A rancher on the Arizona border becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who’ve pursued him into the U.S.

Starring Liam Neeson. I think that’s all we really need to know.

3 stars.

Misbehaviour

A group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the 1970 Miss World beauty competition in London.

Stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley. Which — perfect cast.

3.5 stars. I’m in on this. Hope it’s great.

The Misfits

After being recruited by a group of unconventional thieves, renowned criminal Richard Pace finds himself caught up in an elaborate gold heist that promises to have far-reaching implications on his life and the lives of countless others.

Directed by Renny Harlin. Remember when he made real movies? Remember when he directed a Die Hard movie? Like, one of the good ones?

Stars Pierce Brosnan. Oh, so they’re doing a Thomas Crown thing? Okay, I can go with that.

3 stars.

Miss Juneteenth

A former beauty queen and single mom prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant.

This played Sundance. Reviews were positive. I guess 3 stars?

Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon

A girl with unusual powers escapes from a mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in New Orleans.

It’s Ana Lily Amirpour, which means automatic 3.5 stars and I’m in. I loved Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and I loved The Bad Batch. Can’t wait.

Mope

The tragic true story of best friends Steve Driver and Tom Dong, two low end porn actors who sought fame but gained infamy.

Oh yeah, the porn murder movie.

Guessing this isn’t out because no one knows how to sell it.

3 stars.

A Mouthful of Air

Julie is a new mom and children’s book author, who escapes into the bright Crayola-colored world of her creation in order to leave behind the darkness caused by her postpartum depression.

Stars Amanda Seyfried, and the writer wrote I Smile Back, which about tells me the kind of tone and movie I’m getting.

3 stars.

Moxie

A Texas teenager organizes a feminist revolution at her high school.

Amy Poehler directs. I did not like Wine Country at all.

2.5 stars, with hope that it can make it to 3.

Mr. Jones

A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

I have a copy of this. Vanessa Kirby, James Norton and Peter Sarsgaard star.

3 stars. Hard to go higher given the premise, but hey, I like the actors.

Music

Details the story of a sober drug dealer and their disabled sister.

Sia directed a movie.

That’s it. No idea what it’s gonna be, but I think we’re all intrigued.

3 stars.

My Zoe

A divorced mother looks to protect her daughter after an unexpected tragedy.

Julie Delpy wrote and directed, and her movies, by and large, have been solid 3 star movies.

Naked Singularity

When a successful New York public defender loses his first case, his life begins to unravel.

Nice cast: Bill Skarsgard, Olivia Cooke, Ed Skrein, Tim Blake Nelson, John Boyega.

I have no idea what this is gonna be, so I’ll just go 3 stars.

Needle in a Timestack

A husband whose marriage is destroyed by a time-travel rival will do whatever it takes to get his wife back.

John Ridley writes and directs.

Stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto. okay, then.

I guess 3.5 stars. I don’t know if it’ll only be 3, but it has a chance to be really solid.

Next Goal Wins

Adaptation of the 2014 British soccer documentary which follows Dutch coach Thomas Rongen who attempts the nearly impossible task of turning the American Samoa soccer team from perennial losers into winners.

Directed by Taika Waititi and starring Michael Fassbender. That’s really all I need.

4 stars.

Nightmare Alley

A corrupt con-man teams up with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins.

It’s Guillermo, which means automatic 4 stars.

The Nest

Life for an entrepreneur and his American family begin to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.

Directed by Sean Durkin, who did Martha Marcy May Marlene and stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon.

I see no reason not to go below 3.5 stars here.

The Night Clerk

Voyeuristic hotel clerk becomes the subject of a murder investigation.

This should have come out on Friday, if that date held.

This is the director’s first film in almost 20 years, it came out on VOD, and even though it has Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas, John Leguizamo and Helen Hunt, I can’t guess more than 3 stars. But I like those actors.

The Night House

A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.

Horror thriller. Stars Rebecca Hall.

I’m not really that interested, but maybe I can get 3 stars out of this.

Nine Days

A reclusive man conducts a series of interviews with human souls for a chance to be born.

Well that sounds like an intriguing premise.

I don’t know what I’m getting here, so I’ll say 3 stars, but I hope it’s good.

Nomadland

A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Directed by Chloe Zhao, who did The Rider and is doing Eternals for Marvel. Stars Frances McDormand and David Strathairn.

I mean, okay.

3 stars. Hope I get 3.5 out of this.

Now Is Everything

A grieving fashion photographer searches for his missing girlfriend.

Anthony Hopkins is in this, but it doesn’t look that good.

2.5 stars.

The Nowhere Inn

St. Vincent sets out to make a documentary about her music, but when she hires a close friend to direct, notions of reality, identity, and authenticity grow increasingly distorted and bizarre.

Uhh… sure?

3 stars. I have zero idea of what to make of this.

The Old Guard

Andy leads a small group of soldiers working as mercenaries through the ages.

From the director of Beyond the Lights. Stars Charlize Theron.

Okay.

3 stars.

Olympic Dreams

In the Olympic Athlete Village, a young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends.

This came out on VOD ten days ago.

It’s co-written by Olympic runner Alexi Pappas, who did Tracktown, which I quite enjoyed.

3 stars.

Once Upon a Time in Staten Island

Described as a coming of age family drama set in the summer of 1982 on Staten Island, New York.

This is by James DeMonaco, who created The Purge.

No idea what I’m getting here, so 3 stars.

On the Rocks

A young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.

It’s Sofia Coppola reuniting with Bill Murray. And it’s got Rashida Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jenny Slate and Marlon Wayans.

Sofia’s been pretty much a solid 3.5 star filmmaker over the past decade. I love Lost in Translation and I love Marie Antoinette, but everything since then has just been solid at best. So we’ll stick with that and hope we can get 4 stars out of this.

Operation Mincemeat

During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops.

Love this story. The Man Who Never Was is a great movie from 1956 about Mincemeat.

John Madden is directing (Shakespeare in Love director, not football coach), and the cast includes Colin Firth, Matthew Macfayden, Kelly Macdonald and Tom Wilkinson.

Sounds awesome.

3.5 stars.

Our Ladies

In 1990s Scotland, a group of Catholic school girls get an opportunity to go into Edinburgh for a choir competition, but they’re more interested in drinking, partying and hooking up than winning the competition.

Sounds fun.

3 stars.

Out of the Fire

Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he’s enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.

This used to be called Dhaka. Now apparently it’s called Extraction? The constant changing of the title is never a good sign.

Written by Joe Russo, directed by the Russo’ stunt coordinator. Stars Hemsworth.

Sounds like a standard 3 star action movie to me, so that’s where I’m going. That title change thing also doesn’t inspire much confidence.

The Outpost

A small team of U.S. soldiers battle against hundreds of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Directed by Rod Lurie, whose films are always more solid than you think they’re gonna be.

But also… Afghan war movie. So 3 stars has to be the guess. I’m almost never interested in these.

Outside the Wire

A drone pilot teams up with an android officer to locate a doomsday device in a deadly militarized zone.

Netflix movie starring Anthony Mackie.

Seems like standard action. 3 stars.

Over the Moon

Story about a girl who builds a rocket to travel to the moon in hopes of meeting the legendary Moon Goddess.

Wait, what? Oh, it’s animated. Got it. Oh shit, and Glen Keane is directing? THAT’S intriguing.

He’s never directed a feature before, but he did win an Oscar for Dear Basketball.

I’m hoping this is hand drawn and not CGI, and on that alone, I’m guessing 3.5 stars.

I’m so happy Glen Keane is getting his own movie.

Palm Springs

When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

This sold for some insane amount of money out of Sundance. People seem to love it.

I heard it was Andy Samberg, which usually worries me, but it’s not his Lonely Island crew who made it, so fortunately it shouldn’t be another Popstar.

I know nothing about it, which is apparently what I should be doing. So I guess 3.5 stars, based on the Sundance excitement. They don’t always work out, but there’s gotta be something to this people like, right?

Passing

Follows the unexpected reunion of two high school friends, whose renewed acquaintance ignites a mutual obsession that threatens both of their carefully constructed realities.

Rebecca Hall directed this and adapted the novel. I always like it when actors direct.

I like the stars, too. So I’ll go 3.5 stars on this. Why not?

Penguin Bloom

A family takes in an injured Magpie that makes a profound difference in their lives.

Stars Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver. And it sounds like a pure kids movie.

Sure. 3 stars.

Percy

A Canadian farmer takes on a giant corporation after their GMO’s interfere with his crops.

It stars Christopher Walken, which is why I want to see this.

3.5 stars. Can’t WAIT to see Walken get a starring role in something again.

The Perfect Candidate

A determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.

This is by Haifaa Al-Mansour, who did Wadjda, which I really liked. The premise sounds really good.

3.5 stars.

The Photograph

A series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.

I missed this one in February. It should have been out by now, if the date held.

It stars Lakeith Stanfield and Issa Rae. And Kelvin Harrison Jr and Teyonah Parris and Courtney B. Vance and Lil Rel Howrey. So yeah, that’s a nice cast.

Normally one these serious romance movies I go 2.5 stars, but with that cast I have to go 3 stars. How can I not?

Pieces of a Woman

A grieving woman embarks on an emotional journey after the loss of her baby.

From the director of White God. It stars Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Moly Barker, Benny Safdie, Iliza Shlesinger, Ellen Burstyn and Jimmie Falls.

Hell of a cast. Do I go 3.5? Fuck it. 3.5 stars. Let’s do this. Shia usually picks good material.

Pig

A truffle hunter who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.

Starring Nicolas Cage.

Oh yeah.

But like, this sounds like a real movie of his. Which intrigues me.

3 stars. Let’s do this. I like when Cage has chances to do some real acting.

At least I hope this is real acting. It’s labeled as a drama. It seems like it’s not some weird revenge movie thing. But who knows with Cage anymore.

Pink Skies Ahead

A young woman struggles with an anxiety disorder after dropping out of school.

This is playing SXSW.

3 stars. Seems pleasantly indie.

Pixie

To avenge her mother’s death, Pixie masterminds a heist but must flee across Ireland from gangsters, take on the patriarchy, and choose her own destiny.

Stars Olivia Cooke, and I’m in on that alone.

3 stars.

Possessor

Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies – ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Directed by David Cronenberg’s son. So that should be interesting.

3 stars.

Le prince oublié

Every night as Sofia falls asleep, her father Djibi takes her into “Storyland”, a fantasy film studio where their extraordinary fairy-tale adventures come to life starring Djibi in the lead role as the heroic Prince Charming.

Directed by Michel Hazanavicus, which is a bit of a departure for him, but an interesting one.

Seems like a straight family film he made for his kids, so I’ll only guess 3 stars, but hey, if he directed it, I’ll watch it.

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

When Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with Kevin, it’s up to her double Stacy to save the day before a new lookalike, party girl Fiona foils their plans.

Oh boy, more of this.

Generally the Vanessa Hudgens Netflix ones are the more watchable ones, but now there’s three of them? Typically the sequels don’t work as well, so I’m gonna say 2.5 stars on this. Honestly not sure why I’m gonna care about this.

Prisoner 760

A detainee at the U.S military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney for his release.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, who seems to only make 3 star movies now.

I like the cast, though — Zachary Levi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Jodie Foster.

It’s a legal drama, so maybe that, plus the cast, means I can go 3.5 stars on this.

Prisoners of the Ghostland

A notorious criminal must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl who has mysteriously disappeared.

Starring Nicolas Cage.

This sounds like it could be one of the good (read: insane) ones. So here’s hoping.

He said it might be the craziest one he’s made, which is good enough for me to guess 3.5 stars.

CAN’T WAIT.

The Prom

A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

Ryan Murphy is directing this. And I’m guessing it’ll be out around prom time in the spring.

Holy shit, though — look at this cast. Nicole Kidman, Meryl, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, James Corden.

This is a musical, too.

3.5 stars. Musical, that cast. Have to. Hope he pulls it off.

Power of the Dog

A pair of brothers who own a large ranch in Montana are pitted against each other when one of them gets married.

Jane Campion directs, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Keith Carradine star.

Sounds great.

3.5 stars. Hope it gets to 4.

The Quarry

A mysterious new minister takes up residence at a rundown church in a desolate Texas town. Despite the growing suspicions of the townsfolk – the hardened local police chief, the drug-dealing brothers caught in the chief’s cross-hairs, and the mournful woman who keeps up the church – the congregation grows. But how long can the minister keep his secrets safe, and who can be forgiven when the truth comes to light?

Sounds like 3 stars. But know that it stars Shea Whigham and Michael Shannon and Catalina Sandino Moren. So there’s that.

Radioactive

A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.

Amazon Marie Curie biopic with Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley.

Marjane Satrap, who did Persepolis and The Voices, directs. Reviews haven’t been too kind and the trailer makes it seem like a by-the-numbers, not-so-interesting biopic. So I’ll say 3 stars.

Rams

A decades-long feud between two sheep farming brothers comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks.

Sam Neill plays one of the brothers, so I’m in.

3 stars.

Rare Beasts

An anti rom-com about Mandy, a career-driven single mother, who falls in love with the charming, traditionalist Pete.

3 stars. Seems very indie.

Rebecca

A young newlywed finds herself in living in the shadow of her wealthy husband’s previous wife.

Remake of the novel. Gonna be hard to top Hitchcock, but hey, fuck it. Let’s try.

Ben Wheatley directs, who’s an interesting choice. He hasn’t had anything come out since Free Fire. Wasn’t he also gonna do a Wages of Fear movie? What happened to that? THAT’S the remake I wanna see.

This has Lily James and Armie Hammer and Kristin Scott Tomas as Mrs. Danvers.

The thing is… can you do this in an interesting way when it’s not 1940 and directed by Hitchcock?

I have to guess 3.5 stars, but there’s a good chance I only get 3 out of this.

Red, White and Water

A US soldier suffers a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan and struggles to adjust to life back home.

Stars Jennifer Lawrence, in her first real movie in like three years. Mother was 2017, and Red Sparrow was supposed to be 2017 and they pushed it to early 2018. Dark Phoenix doesn’t count, because she phoned that in. This is her first real movie since 2017. Wow.

3.5 stars. Let’s hope it’s good.

Reminiscence

A scientist discovers a way to relive your past and uses the technology to search for his long lost love.

Written and directed by Lisa Joy, who co-created Westworld. Stars Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandie Newton and Cliff Curtis.

That sounds like 4 stars to me. I generally trust Jackman in whatever he picks.

The Rental

Two couples rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.

Dave Franco is directing and co-writes with Joe Swanberg. Alison Brie and Dan Stevens star. And it’s a horror movie.

2.5 stars. I like it when actors direct, but this does not sound like my cup of tea at all.

Resistance

The story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Apparently it’s coming out March 27th.

Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramirez, Clemence Poesy and Geza Rohrig.

It’s from the director of Hands of Stone, which was fine. And seeing as they’re gonna dump it on VOD means I can’t really guess higher than 3 stars. Hope it’s better, but I can’t guess better.

Respect

The life story of legendary R&B singer, Aretha Franklin.

Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin. Sounds like a slam dunk, right?

They’re putting it out in August, apparently, which is that prime spot for something like this that they want to break out. The tone seems light enough to make a lot of money and they think they could sneak in some Oscar nominations. Put it out mid-August, build word of mouth and clean up all the way through Labor Day.

It sounds like it should be really good, but you never really know with something like this. I expect this to be like the Judy biopic, which was not a great movie, but people thought the performance was really good.

I have to guess 3.5 stars, but I feel like I’m only getting 3 stars out of this. But we’ll see. Maybe this will be worthwhile.

Rifkin’s Festival

It’s Woody Allen. So that means automatic 3 stars, and we’ll see him continuing to get old on screen and be so out of touch so as to make you wonder what anyone really ever saw in the majority of his films. But that’s a discussion for another time.

Plus, Steve Guttenberg is in this, and isn’t that really the talking point here?

Run Hide Fight

17-year-old Zoe Hull uses her wits, survival skills, and compassion to fight for her life, and those of her fellow classmates, against a group of live-streaming school shooters.

Oh… oh no. That sounds like a real bad idea of a movie.

They shot it in secret too. Which… well, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to this movie.

3 stars, just because I can’t see how you can’t make it exploitative. But we’ll see.

Run This Town

An emerging political scandal in Toronto in 2013 seen through the eyes of young staffers at city hall and a local newspaper.

Oh, this is about Rob ford smoking crack? Okay. Interesting.

I guess 3 stars. Trailer seemed interesting enough.

Safety

The story of Ray-Ray McElrathbey, a freshman football player for Clemson University, who secretly raised his younger brother on campus after his home life became too unsteady.

Directed by Reggie Hudlin.

Seems pretty standard fare. 3 stars.

Save Yourselves!

A young Brooklyn couple head upstate to disconnect from their phones and reconnect with themselves. Cut off from their devices, they miss the news that the planet is under attack.

Sounds fun. Sounds indie.

3 stars.

Seacole

The story of Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who sought to work with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War.

Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Sounds great.

As interesting as it sounds, though, I can only really guess 3 stars on it. Just because the director’s previous movie I did not like at all. I hope this is much better, but I can’t guess too high on it.

The Secret Garden

An orphaned girl discovers a magical garden hidden at her strict uncle’s estate.

Oh hey, they remade this.

3 stars. Automatic family movie rating.

The Secret Society of Second Born Royals

It follows Sam’s adventures at a top-secret training program for a new class of second-born royals tasked with saving the world.

Disney+ movie.

It’s either 2.5 or 3. The question is what kinda tone it’s gonna be. Let’s go 2.5 stars. It’s not going higher than 3 anyway. That much I know.

The Secrets We Keep

A pair of Holocaust survivors make a new life for themselves in New York after the war.

Stars Joel Kinnaman and Noomi Rapace. Director did The Operative last year… yeah, 3 stars. That should be pretty easy.

Sexual Healing

The film focuses on the later years of Marvin Gaye as he lived in Europe, putting his past drug abuse behind him and wrote his hit song Sexual Healing, along with promoter Freddy Cousaert.

Well, okay then.

Julian Temple directs. Which is nice. He’s not typically a fiction/feature guy. Unless you wanna count Earth Girls Are Easy.

Jesse L. Martin is playing Marvin Gaye, Vicky Krieps is playing his girlfriend and Dwight Henry is playing his father. Which… is good casting.

I guess we say 3 stars, even though I hope it can go higher.

Shadow in the Cloud

A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

Wait, what? So it’s just Locke, but a horror movie? Is that what I’m hearing?

Chloe Moretz is playing the pilot. Remember three years ago when she had like eight movies all coming out, all of which were generic? She seems to have scaled back on that.

Oh, WAIT. This was a Max Landis script. And they’ve rewritten it to take his name off of it, even though I’m not really sure you can totally get rid of his name, since it’s his story.

I’m gonna say 2.5 stars, just because it’s horror. But maybe they can make it worthwhile. We’ll see.

She Dies Tomorrow

Amy thinks she’s dying tomorrow…and it’s contagious.

That sounds awesome.

Amy Seimetz wrote and directed this.

3 stars. It sounds indie, but it could be really good.

Shirley

A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

This is directed by Josephine Decker, who did Madeline’s Madeline. Elisabeth Moss is playing Shirley Jackson and Michael Stuhlbarg is playing her husband. And I can only guess where this is going, knowing the director, so I’m completely in on this one.

3.5 stars. Bring it on.

Shithouse

A homesick college freshman goes to a party at Shithouse and ends up spending the night with his sophomore RA who’s had a shitty day and wants someone to hang out with.

It’s playing SXSW, and sounds like it could be a nice, charming little indie. I’m gonna go 3.5 stars, even though I feel like it could only be 3 in the end. But I like this sort of stuff.

Shiva Baby

At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy.

Seems short, like 75 minutes. But the premise is interesting. I’ll give it the indie 3 stars rating, but if it’s good, it could be 3.5.

The Show

A man’s search for a stolen artifact leads him to the haunted town filled with Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, Depression-era private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women.

Alan Moore wrote this, so I have no idea what the fuck I’m gonna get out of this.

Oh wait, and he stars in this?

3 stars. I’ve got no fucking idea what I’m getting with this, and that’s probably for the best.

Silk Road

Ross Ulbricht invents the Silk Road.

Stars Nick Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser, Alexandra Shipp and Jason Clarke. Nice cast, but no guarantee on the director or subject matter that this is really good.

3 stars has to be the guess.

Six Minutes to Midnight

Summer 1939. Influential families in Nazi Germany have sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town to learn the language and be ambassadors for a future looking National Socialist. A teacher there sees what is coming and is trying to raise the alarm. But the authorities believe he is the problem.

3 stars. Automatic. These kinds of movies never go higher than 3. Though it’s got Eddie Izzard, Judi Dench, James D’Arcy, Jim Broadbent and Carla Juri. So there’s that.

The Sleepover

When two siblings discover their seemingly normal mom is a former thief in witness protection who has been forced to pull one last job, they team up to rescue her over the course of an action-packed night.

Oh, that sounds fun.

3 stars.

Small Engine Repair

Former high school buddies Frank, Swaino and Packie – now past their prime – meet off-hours one night in Frank’s out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank seems to have a handle on. Enter Chad, a plugged-in, preppy college jock, whose arrival ignites a long simmering resentment that sets this taut, twisty, comic thriller on its breathless course.

John Bernthal and Shea Whigham are two of the three stars of this. The third is the guy who wrote and directed it.

3 stars, just because these movies have a tendency to not maybe capitalize on what they could and all go the same few routes.

Sorry We Missed You

Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.

This is Ken Loach. So that means either 3 or 3.5. Let’s go 3.5 stars. Why not.

Sorta Like a Rock Star

A teenage girl who, despite her difficult circumstances, is preternaturally optimistic about the world and her place in it and often helps those around her faces a devastating loss and can no longer ignore the challenges in her own life.

This is Bret Haley, who did I’ll See You in My Dreams, The Hero, Hearts Beat Loud and then All the Bright Places, which is out Friday.

I guess 3 stars has to be the guess, just because it could be YA stuff. But Haley’s made pretty solid movies to this point.

Sound of Freedom

The story of Tim Ballard, a former US government agent, who quits his job in order to devote his life to rescuing children from global sex traffickers.

From the director of Little Boy. A HA HA HA HA. Oh man, that movie sucked.

But Bill Camp is in this, so that’s intriguing.

3 stars on the generic action thing, but holy shit, I’m only seeing this for Bill Camp.

Sound of Metal

A heavy-metal drummer’s life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.

Stars Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke. And this sounds like a great premise (and one that I’m guessing is based on that abandoned Derek Cianfrance movie), so we’ll say 3.5 stars.

The Sound of Philadelphia

A grieving brother turns to his family’s criminal connections to seek revenge against the person who killed his sister.

Stars Joel Kinnaman, Maika Monroe Matthias Schoenaerts, Ryan Phillippe and Paul Schneider. That’s a nice cast.

Foreign director, crime movie, so I have to guess 3 stars, even though I hope I can get 3.5 out of this.

The Souvenir Part II

A young film student in the early 80s becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man.

It’s a continuation of the first one. The first one was 3.5 stars, so I can only assume this will be more of the same.

Spinning Gold

A biopic of 1970s record producer Neil Bogart, co-founder of Casablanca Records.

They finally got this made. Only problem is, the guy’s son is directing. Which is never usually a good sign. But Samuel L. Jackson is playing George Clinton, and I want to see it on that alone.

3 stars.

Spree

Thirsty for a following, Kurt Kunkle is a rideshare driver who has figured out a deadly plan to go viral.

This played Sundance. Feels like that kinda movie. 3 stars feels like the guess on this.

The Stand-In

The story of a disaffected comedy actress and her ambitious stand-in trading places.

So it’s Prince and the Pauper meets All About Eve? That could be intriguing. Who’s in it?

Drew Barrymore and Ellie Kemper. Okay, maybe not so much.

And seeing who wrote it and who directed it… 3 stars? I guess? Maybe 2.5, but it should be one or the other.

Standing Up, Falling Down

The unlikely friendship that kindles between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A., forced to move back home with his tail between his legs, and a tragically flawed, but charming and charismatic, alcoholic dermatologist.

This just came out on VOD on Friday.

It’s Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal, and on that alone, 3 stars. How can it not be watchable with those two?

Stardust

Will chronicle the young David Bowie’s first visit to the US in 1971 – a trip that inspired the invention of his iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

Oh boy. That’ll be interesting.

3 stars. Don’t know what I’m getting out of this, and given that I haven’t heard of the person directing it, I can’t have too high hopes for it.

The Starling

After Lilly suffers a loss, a combative Starling takes nest beside her quiet home. The feisty bird taunts and attacks the grief-stricken Lilly. On her journey to expel the Starling, she rediscovers her will to live and capacity for love.

By Ted Melfi, who did St. Vincent and Hidden Figures.

Stars Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olymphant, Laura Harrier and Daveed Diggs.

3.5 stars, just on Melfi alone being the one who made it.

Stowaway

A stowaway on a mission to Mars sets off a series of unintended consequences.

The director did Arctic, which I liked.

Stars Anna Kendrick as the stowaway. Okay, cool.

3 stars.

Sulphur and White

The film is based on the true story of City trader and mountaineer David Tait, a man whose professional success masks a series of traumatic secrets.

3 stars.

Summerland

A woman during World War II opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him.

Stars Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Okay, I’m in.

3 stars.

Superintelligence

Carol Peters’ life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by the world’s first superintelligence – a form of artificial intelligence that may or may not take over the world.

It’s Melissa McCarthy in a movie directed by her husband.

2 stars.

Their previous films together have been Tammy, The Boss and Life of the Party. I’m going 2 because I’ve reached the point of indifference, but I expect this movie to be awful.

Supernova

Sam and Tusker partners of 20 years, who are traveling across England in their old RV visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with early-onset dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.

Stars Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci.

FUCK YEAH.

Writer-director is an actor, though, which means I shouldn’t rush to go 3.5 stars on this. But man, I’m all in on anything with the Tucc.

3 stars.

Survive the Night

A disgraced doctor and his family are held hostage at their home by criminals on the run, when a robbery-gone-awry requires them to seek immediate medical attention.

Bruce Willis paycheck movie!

2.5 stars.

Swallow

Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.

Stars Haley Bennett. The premise is interesting as hell.

Tone looks tricky. But I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

3.5 stars.

Sweet Girl

A devastated husband vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter.

From the director of Braven, which I liked. Stars Jason Momoa and Isabela Merced.

Seems like an easy 3 stars. I like Momoa. I think this’ll be fun.

Sweetness in the Belly

An orphan in Ethiopia spins escapes as a refugee to England, where upon growing up she works to aid fellow immigrants and refugees in reuniting with their families.

3 stars.

I’ve been tracking this for far too long to mess around with it.

Swing

During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, a group of friends and crew teammates’ lives are changed forever when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing team.

Michael Shannon is in this, and he’s why I’ll be seeing it.

3 stars.

Sylvie’s Love

A woman working at her father’s record store in Harlem in the late 1950s meets an aspiring saxophone player.

Stars Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha.

3 stars. Hope it’s great.

Synchronic

Two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

This is by Benson and Moorehead. I love Spring and thought The Endless was really good too.

3.5 stars on that alone. I like how they make movies.

The Tax Collector

They still haven’t released any sort of information for this. All we know is that David Ayer wrote and directs and that it’s him getting back to his gritty crime stuff after Suicide Squad and Bright. Shia LaBeouf is in it and is all tatted up in that one photo they released from it.

All Ayer’s crime stuff has, for the most part, been at least 3.5 stars, so that’s what we’ll guess here. I can’t imagine he’s been completely ruined by the studio stuff. But we’ll see how this goes.

Teenage Badass

Follows a band when they score a shot to play on the local news. But as all of their dreams start to become a reality, the band’s egocentric singer/songwriter threatens to make them lose everything.

This sounds fun, and very indie.

3 stars.

Tesla

The intriguing life of Nikola Tesla, as a young man in NYC.

PLEASE make this a Sundance comedy. Oh holy shit, how amazing would that be? Him going around to a coffee shop to work on his designs, the barista flirting with him and that half-relationship ultimately leading him to never enter into a relationship and dedicate himself solely to his work. Oh my god, that would be so much better than whatever this is gonna be.

Ethan Hawke is playing Tesla, by the way. Kyle MacLachlan is Edison and Jim Gaffigan is Westinghouse. Michael Almereyda directs. He’s hit and miss for me, but does generally make watchable movies.

3 stars seems like the easy guess here. But man, imagine the New York indie version of Tesla’s life. How fucking amazing would that be?

There’s Somebody Inside Your House

A teenage girl is troubled by a series of murders occurring at her high school.

I can imagine anyone would be troubled by a series of murders at their high school.

It’s a horror thriller, and generally I don’t like those. Especially ones on Netflix. But I’ve been told it’s supposed to be like 80s slasher movies meets John Hughes. So, if they can pull that off, I’ll say 3 stars. But I’m not holding out too much hope, unless they’re doing straight pastiche.

Things Heard and Seen

An artist relocates to the Hudson Valley and begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals her new home’s history.

It’s a horror thriller, but the directors are Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who did American Splendor. Their output since then has not been as good, which is why I can’t go more than 3 stars on this, but I have to guess that the directors will make it worthwhile.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

A teenage murder witness finds himself pursued by twin assassins in the Montana wilderness with a survival expert tasked with protecting him — and a forest fire threatening to consume them all.

It’s a WESTERN.

Oh, and Taylor Sheridan is directing it.

Oh, and Angelina Jolie, Jon Bernthal, Nicholas Hoult and Tyler Perry are in this.

I’m so in.

4 stars. What has Sheridan written or directed that hasn’t been 4 stars to this point?

Thunder Force

This is yet another Melissa McCarthy movie directed by her husband.

On that alone, 2 stars.

He hasn’t made one I’ve been indifferent toward yet. I’ve hated all of them. So, we have to assume the norm until he proves otherwise.

Three Thousand Years of Longing

I don’t know what the plot is, but this is George Miller directing Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton. It seems like something that won’t come out this year, but it’s supposed to start shooting next month and it’s always good to have something like this on your radar.

4 stars, sight unseen.

Tick, Tick… Boom!

The story of an aspiring composer in New York City who is worried he made the wrong career choice. Based on the autobiographical musical by playwright Jonathan Larson.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is directing a movie about the guy who made Rent. Andrew Garfield is starring and it’s also got Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley Whitford and Alexandra Shipp.

This sounds like it should be at least solid. It hasn’t shot yet, but it’s gonna. There’s a chance it could come out this year.

I’ll say 3.5 stars, just until I can know more about it. But it sounds like it’ll be really good.

Tigertail

A multi-generational tale of one family from 1950’s Taiwan to present-day New York.

Sounds solid.

3.5 stars.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

An 11-year old boy who believes that he is the best detective in town runs the agency Total Failures with his best friend, an imaginary 1,200 pound polar bear.

Disney+ movie. I thought it was gonna come out in March, but apparently they dropped it a few weeks ago.

It’s Tom McCarthy, which leads me to believe it’ll be okay. And the trailer seemed cute enough, so we’ll go 3 stars. It should be able to do enough to get there.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever

Continuing the romantic life of the teenage girl and facing her good and hard times with her friends and family.

The second one is out already and this is the third. They shot them back to back. The question is whether I’m gonna completely not care by that point or will see enough in this to keep it to 3 stars.

The problem is the first one was really charming. But Netflix rom coms generally don’t do well on sequels. And third ones… I gotta go 2.5 stars, but I’m hopeful this can maintain 3.

Tonight at Noon

Lee and Mae are a couple trying to work out their differences. As Mae struggles with memories of a former flame, Lee, who is a writer, works through his frustration by forming his problems into a story in his mind. And that’s when everything starts shifting back and forth from reality to Lee’s imagination.

Michael Almereyda directed this. Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lauren Ambrose, along with Connie Nielsen, Rutger Hauer and Ethan Hawke. But honestly, given the director, I have to say 3 stars. He makes 3 star movies.

To the Stars

Under small town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.

Played Sundance. Feels like 3 stars.

Topside

Centers on a a five year-old girl who lives under the streets of New York City with her mother. After a police-mandated eviction, they are forced to flee and face the world above, threatening their future as mother and daughter.

It sounds interesting. It’s playing SXSW, so we’ll see what it is there.

I’ll say 3.5 stars, just because this is more appealing to me than most things, but it could just be very indie and only go 3.

The True Adventures of Wolfboy

Follows a young boy who runs away from home in the search of his estranged mother.

Sounds like an uplifting family kinda movie. Though this was finished last year and the fact that it’s no closer to ever coming out concerns me a bit. The cast is nice — Jaeden Martell, Eve Hewson, John Turturro, Chloe Sevigny. But while I’d normally think this would be really charming and want to guess 3.5 stars, I have to say 3 stars. If this really were as good as I think it could be, someone would have picked it up for release by now.

The True History of the Kelly Gang

Based on Peter Carey’s novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

I have a copy of this. I’m excited. Justin Kurzel, who did Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed, directs. And the cast is fantastic — George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Thomasin McKenzie, Charlie Hunnam and Russell Crowe!

3.5 stars. How can you not with that cast and that director?

This looks like The Proposition, and that’s only a good thing.

Twist

A Modern take on the classic tale of Oliver Twist.

Okay, I guess. Really the only reason I’m interested in seeing this is because Michael Caine is Fagin. And they swapped Sykes to a woman and Lena Headey is playing her. So that’s cool too. And Rita Ora is Artful Dodger, which… is also a thing.

3 stars. No idea what I’m getting, but I’ll see it.

Uncle Frank

In 1973, when Frank Bledsoe and his 18-year-old niece Beth take a road trip from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch’s funeral, they’re unexpectedly joined by Frank’s lover Walid.

Alan Ball wrote and directed this. And while American Beauty was a perfect script, I haven’t much cared for his output since.

So we’ll assume the standard indie 3 stars.

Uncorked

Elijah must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father’s expectations that he carry on the family’s Memphis BBQ joint.

Netflix movie. Sounds fun.

3 stars. Tone could be tricky and if it’s overly comedic it could drop to 2.5 very easily, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

Lee Daniels is directing. Is this his first movie since The Butler? It is.

3.5 stars. Sounds fun.

Unpregnant

This is with a 17-year old Missouri teen named Veronica discovering she has gotten pregnant, a development that threatens to end her dreams of matriculating at an Ivy League college, and the career that will follow.

Sounds very indie. 3 stars.

Untitled David O. Russell Movie

This made the rounds a few weeks ago, that they were looking for top level A-list cast and were gonna start shooting in April. I don’t see how that allows it to come out this year, but hey, if they’re gonna shoot it, it could, so I’ll track it.

No idea what it’s gonna be about, but it’s David O. Russell, and that means 4.5 stars automatic.

He’s that kinda filmmaker.

Untitled Body Swap Thriller

After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

This is by Christopher Landon who directed the Happy Death Day movies.

Sounds fun.

3 stars.

Untitled Henry & Rel Sci-Fi Project

This is by Joost and Schulman, who did Nerve, which was fun.

No plot details at all, so I can’t really guess higher than 3 stars, but I’ll see it.

Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project

Set in 1970s San Fernando Valley, the film follows a high school student, who is also a successful child actor.

Paul Thomas Anderson movie. Apparently it’s supposed to start shooting this month (if it hasn’t already).

Because it’s him, 5 stars. How can you not? What’s the worst I’m getting, 4.5, based on his other stuff?

Untitled Sandra Bullock/Nora Fingscheidt Project

Ruth Slater, a woman released from prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime and re-enters a society that refuses to forgive her past.

Chris McQuarrie wrote it, Bullock stars with Viola Davis, Jon Bernthal, Vincent D’Onofrio and Aisling Franciosi, who was great in The Nightingale last year.

3.5 stars. Sounds awesome.

Valley Girl

Set to a new wave ’80s soundtrack, a pair of young lovers from different backgrounds defy their parents and friends to stay together. A musical adaptation of the 1983 film.

Okay then. Hopefully it’s an original musical and not a jukebox musical. But whatever. Sounds fun as hell.

3.5 stars. I’m in for this.

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.

Is this ever coming out? This is for sure the last year of me tracking this, because it feels like it’s been about four already.

3 stars.

Vampires vs. The Bronx

A group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from gentrification…and vampires.

3 stars. Sounds fun.

The Vast of Night

In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

Amazon Prime is putting this out in a few weeks. Seems interesting. Clearly Roswell, that whole thing.

3 stars. Hope it goes higher, but based on the trailer I can’t fully tell what I’m getting.

Violence of Action

After being involuntarily discharged from the Marines, James Reed joins a paramilitary organization in order to support his family in the only way he knows how.

Chris Pine stars. No reason to think this won’t be anything other than 3 stars.

Violet

A film development executive realizes that “guiding voice” inside her head has been lying to her about everything.

That sounds fun.

3 stars.

Voyagers

Set in the near future, the film chronicles the odyssey of 30 young men and women who are sent deep into space on a multi-generational mission in search of a new home. The mission descends into madness, as the crew reverts to its most primal state, not knowing if the real threat they face is what’s outside the ship or who they’re becoming inside it.

Stars Colin Farrell, Lily-Rose Depp, Tye Sheridan, Fionn Whitehead. Neil Burger directs. He did The Illusionist, Limitless, Divergent and The Upside.

On that alone, 3 stars. That’s the level of movies he makes. No reason to think this will be anything other than that.

Waiting for the Barbarians

A Magistrate working in a distant outpost begins to question his loyalty to the empire.

Mark Rylance and Johnny Depp are in this. Which is cool. Can’t guess more than 3 stars, but it’s still cool.

Waldo

A disgraced ex-cop seeks solace by moving to the woods, but his quiet life comes to an end when a private eye recruits him to investigate a murder.

Stars Charlie Hunnam and Mel Gibson and Morena Baccarin. I’m completely in on this. This sounds awesome.

3.5 stars. I’m in on this.

Wally’s Wonderland

A quiet drifter is tricked into a janitorial job at the now condemned Wally’s Wonderland. The mundane tasks suddenly become an all-out fight for survival against wave after wave of demonic animatronics. Fists fly, kicks land, titans clash — and only one side will make it out alive.

Starring Nicolas Cage.

3.5 stars. Don’t care. This sounds amazing. Bring it on.

The War with Grandpa

Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.

This must be terrible if it’s still not out. But hey — De Niro and Walken are both in it. So I’ll see it based on that alone.

2.5 stars.

Wasp Network

The story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.

Oliver Assayas movie. Stars Ana de Armas, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Gael Garcia Bernal.

3 stars. I generally don’t love Assayas movies, but they’re usually fine.

The Water Man

A boy sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure said to have magical healing powers.

David Oyelowo directs, which is nice. I like it when actors direct.

3 stars. That feels like the baseline. Though the plot sounds like it could be really charming, I’ve got nothing that tells me it for sure will be.

We Can Be Heroes

A young girl who is the daughter of a retired superhero discovers that she has powers and puts together a group of other young heroes to help stop an alien invasion.

Robert Rodriguez directs. I’m guessing this is one of his kids movies. But those are usually fine. So 3 stars.

The Werewolf

About a police officer trying to prove that a spate of murders is not being committed by a werewolf.

This is by Jim Cummings, who did Thunder Road, which was fun, but indie. This sounds more of the same.

3 stars.

Wild Mountain Thyme

A pair of star-crossed lovers in Ireland get caught up in their family’s land dispute.

This is by John Patrick Shanley, who did Joe vs. the Volcano and Doubt and also wrote Moonstruck.

I’m all in.

3.5 stars.

Stars Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken.

I’m so fucking in on this.

The Willoughbys

Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family.

Netflix is putting this out.

The images I saw aren’t promising, so 2.5 stars has to be the guess. It’s hard for anything outside of Disney/Pixar to get above 3 stars maximum anyway, and most of the time I just don’t care.

Wolfwalkers

In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn, comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when Robyn saves a wild native girl, Mebh, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers and transform her into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

This is by Tomm Moore, who did Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, so on that alone, 3.5 stars. Should be great.

Words on Bathroom Walls

A teenager coping with paranoid schizophrenia hopes his new experimental drug treatment will help him navigate high school and the outside world.

YA movie, but the cast is okay, so 3 stars.

The World to Come

Somewhere along the mid-19th century American East Coast frontier, two neighboring couples battle hardship and isolation, witnessed by a splendid yet testing landscape, challenging them both physically and psychologically.

The cast is Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Casey Affleck and Christopher Abbott. If that can’t make something watchable, then something is very wrong.

3 stars. I can’t trust a synopsis that talks about feelings and doesn’t have a concrete plot.

Worth

An attorney in Washington D.C. battles against cynicism, bureaucracy and politics to help the victims of 9/11.

Directed by Sara Colangelo, who did Little Accidents, which I did not like, and The Kindergarten Teacher, which I also did not particularly like. The writer has done the Godzilla and Kong movies, but also wrote the Showtime Lakers pilot. And the cast is Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci and Amy Ryan.

So I’m gonna err on the side of the cast. 3.5 stars.

It’s 9/11 and stuff, so I can only go so high on this, but I’m interested. It’s not gonna be Spotlight, but it should be solid.

The Wrong Missy

A guy meets the woman of his dreams and invites her to his company’s corporate retreat, but realizes he sent the invite to the wrong person.

Netflix movie starring David Spade.

‘Nuff said.

2.5 stars.

Yes Day

Parents attempt to make it through an entire day by only saying, “yes” to their children’s requests.

Miguel Arteta directs, and this feels like another one of his Terrible Horrible No Good Day kids movies than his indies.

3 stars on premise, but this could easily go to 2.5.

You Can’t Win

A drama set in the 1920s hobo underworld and centered on the unusual friendship between an adventurer and a young prostitute.

1920s HOBO UNDERWORLD. How can you not want to see this movie?

3 stars.

Young Ahmed

A Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran.

This is the Dardennes, which means it should be solid.

3 stars.

You Should Have Left

A screenwriter travels to a remote house in the Alps with his family so that he can write the sequel to his big hit film, but he begins to regret his decision after suffering from a severe case of writer’s block.

This is David Koepp, whose history as a director is hit-and-miss. Secret Window, Mortdecai… not so great. Ghost Town, solid. Premium Rush I really liked.

This, unfortunately, seems like one of the not interesting ones. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say 3 stars, but I’m not sure I can hope for much more than that.

Zola

A stripper named Zola embarks on a wild road trip to Florida.

This played Sundance and seems to have gotten good reviews.

3.5 stars. I’m interested in this.

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