View a guide to this weekend's new theatrical releases including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and more.
Previously titled Arms and the Dudes and based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson, War Dogs stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller as two friends who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. military contracts. They start small, but when they’re awarded a $300 million contract, they find themselves in over their heads. Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and featuring Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper, War Dogs hits theaters on August 19th.
After co-writing and directing Iron Man 3, Shane Black has returned with a film that more closely resembles his first directorial effort, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, The Nice Guys follows private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) as they reluctantly work together to solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. The cast of the May 20 release also includes Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, and Margaret Qualley.
On April 20th, 2010, the world’s largest man-made disaster occurred on the Deepwater Horizon, an oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. With Deepwater Horizon, director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) tells the story of the men and women whose heroism would save many on board and change everyone’s lives forever. Written by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Matthew Sand, the September 30 release stars Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Kate Hudson, Gina Rodriguez, and Dylan O’Brien.
Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Damsels in Distress) reunites his The Last Days of Disco stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny for this adaptation of Jane Austen’s early novella, Lady Susan. Beckinsale plays the book's titular character, a widow scheming to find suitors for herself and her daughter, Frederica (Morfydd Clark). Sevigny plays an American who is Beckinsale’s best (and maybe only) friend. Love & Friendship earned very good reviews when it premiered at Sundance and has a strong supporting cast that includes Stephen Fry as Sevigny’s husband and Tom Bennet as a rich but dim-witted potential husband. Look for it in select theaters May 13th.
Fans waited 14 years for another Big Fat Greek Wedding on the big screen, so a mere 12 years for a new Bridget Jones story isn’t too bad. While the first two films—2001‘s Bridget Jones’s Diary and 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason—were based on novels by Helen Fielding, this September 16 release has had at least three writers–Fielding, One Day author David Nicholls, and Emma Thompson (who also has a role in the film). While Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are back as Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy, Hugh Grant‘s Daniel Cleaver has been replaced by Patrick Dempsey’s billionaire American, Jack Qwant. In Bridget Jones’s Baby, Bridget finds herself expecting but unsure of who the baby’s father is.
The latest trailer for the Snow White and The Huntsman prequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War is as confusing as the first two, but it does sketch the origins of Blunt’s Ice Queen Freya (she lost a child), Charlize Theron’s Queen Ravenna (she was always evil and determined to be fairest of them all), and Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain’s warriors (raised to fight by Freya as substitute children). But really, this April 22 release is all about the visual effects by director (and the first film’s VFX supervisor) Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.
Coming to select theaters May 13th is Last Days in the Desert, writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s (Albert Nobbs and Mother and Child) take on the final days of Jesus’s 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. Ewan McGregor plays both Yeshua (the Hebrew pronunciation of Jesus) and the Devil that taunts him. His struggle involves the fate of a family—a father (Ciaran Hinds), a son (Tye Sheridan) and a dying mother (Ayelet Zurer).
Netflix has two more original feature films coming to its streaming service soon. Special Correspondents (April 29th), written and directed by and starring Ricky Gervais, tells the story of a radio journalist (Eric Bana) and his technician (Gervais) who fake their own kidnapping. The Do-Over (May 27th) is the second of Adam Sandler’s four-picture deal (The Ridiculous 6 being the first). It stars Sandler, David Spade, Paula Patton, Luis Guzman and Nick Swardson and follows a bank manager who is manipulated into faking his own death by an old friend.
Papa: Hemingway in Cuba follows journalist Denne Bart Petitclerc (Giovanni Ribisi) as he witnesses Ernest Hemingway’s (Adrian Sparks) decline into depression and alcoholism during the Cuban revolution. Find it in select theaters on April 29th.
Men & Chicken stars Mads Mikkelsen and David Dencik as socially-challenged siblings whose search for their true father takes them to the small, insular Danish island of Ork, where they discover they have half-brothers. Look for it in select theaters April 22nd.