View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Finding Dory, Central Intelligence, and more.
With the release of Finding Dory this weekend, many families will get a glimpse at what the studios have in store for them the rest of the year. Here are three to look forward to:
Coming to theaters August 12th is director and co-writer David Lowery’s live-action adaptation of Pete’s Dragon. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Grace, a forest ranger whose father (Robert Redford) has always spun tales of a dragon living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Her skepticism toward his stories changes when she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a mysterious 10-year-old orphan who claims to live in the woods with a dragon named Elliot. This reimagining of the classic characters created by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field also stars Oona Lawrence, Wes Bentley, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Karl Urban.
Storks, coming to theaters September 23rd, tells the story of Junior (voiced by Andy Samberg). He’s the top delivery stork at the global internet giant Cornerstone, but he doesn’t deliver babies, just packages. Just as he’s about to be promoted, he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, and now, with the help of Tulip, the only human on Stork Island, he must deliver his first baby without his boss (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) finding out.
In the November 23 release Moana, Dwayne Johnson voices Maui, a demigod who teams up with the title character, a spirited teenage girl (voiced by Auli'i Cravalho), who must save her people by navigating the oceans and becoming a master wayfinder.
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Morris from America won two awards —the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and a Special Jury Award for Individual Performance for Craig Robinson. Writer-director Chad Hartigan’s follow-up to This Is Martin Bonner tells the story of a father (Robinson) and his 13-year-old son (Markees Christmas), who move to Heidelberg, Germany. As the only African-Americans in the town, the pair struggle to get a handle on their new lives. Look for it in select theaters beginning August 19th.
The first trailer for All Eyez on Me was released yesterday in honor of Tupac Shakur’s birthday. Directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air) and due in theaters on November 11th, the biopic stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, Danai Gurai as Tupac’s mother, Dominic L. Satana as Suge Knight, and Jamal Woolard (Notorious) as Biggie Smalls.
Writer-director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) has put together an impressive cast for his November 11 release, Almost Christmas. Danny Glover stars as the beloved patriarch of a family he hopes can spend five days together without killing one another. Those trying to keep the peace include Mo’Nique, Kimberly Elise, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, JB Smoove, Omar Epps, Nicole Ari Parker, and Jessie T. Usher.
Kevin Hart has four films coming out this year. Ride Along 2 came out January 15th. Today, Central Intelligence hits theaters, and on July 8th, Hart is the voice of Snowball in The Secret Life of Pets. His final film of the year is the stand-up concert Kevin Hart: What Now?, coming to theaters October 14th.
Rob Zombie’s latest splatterfest, 31 follows five carnival workers as they are kidnapped and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a game of life or death in which they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs for 12 hours. The film opens October 21st, but it already has some reviews—and they certainly aren't good ones.
At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, director Roger Ross Williams won the Documentary Directing Award for his film about Owen Suskind, an autistic young man who learned to communicate with his family through Disney animated films. Life, Animated comes to select theaters beginning July 1st.
Directed by Robert Cannan and Ross Adams, The Lovers and the Despot tells the true story of film director Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, major stars in South Korea before divorcing and being kidnapped in 1978 by the North Korean regime. After years of imprisonment, Kim Jong-il put them to work making films, and they did—17 in a little over two years—with the dictator as their producer. Mostly favorable reviews greeted this September 23 release when it premiered at Sundance this year.
The August 12 release Anthropoid stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan as Josef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, two Czech army soldiers who return to their homeland in 1941 with a mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the Reich's third in command. Directed by Sean Ellis (Metro Manila), the film also stars Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon and Harry Lloyd.
Rachel Weisz stars as Deborah E. Lipstadt in this adaptation of her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Timothy Spall plays David Irving, who accused Lipstadt of libel when she called him a Holocaust denier. Lipstadt went to court to prove that the Holocaust occurred. Directed by Mick Jackson (LA Story) from a script by David Hare (The Hours), Denial hits theaters September 30th.
Coming to theaters October 7th is Middle School:The Worst Years of My Life, based on the bestselling YA novel from author James Patterson.
Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, comes to theaters December 21st. Here’s a look at the making of the film.