Film Friday (5/11): This Week's New Movie Trailers

  • Publish Date: May 11, 2018
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New trailers and updates for upcoming films

Shane Black v Predator

Writer-director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) played Hawkins in 1987’s Predator. Now he’s putting his own spin on the series with The Predator. Set between the Danny Glover-starring Predator 2 and Nimrod Antal’s Adrien Brody-starring Predators, this fourth film in the series (sorry, AVP: you are no longer cannon) takes place in suburbia when Jacob Tremblay accidentally summons the universe’s most lethal hunters to Earth. Written by Black and Fred Dekker, who previously teamed-up on The Monster Squad, the September 14 release stars Sterling K. Brown, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Yvonne Strahovski, Lochlyn Munro, Thomas Jane, Jake Busey, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, and Edward James Olmos.

It's hard to Google the Searching trailer, but we have it right here

Aneesh Chaganty’s debut feature Searching takes place entirely on computer screens as it follows a father’s search for his missing daughter (Michele La). John Cho stars as David Kim, a concerned father who uses his daughter’s laptop to aid in the investigation. Debra Messing plays the detective assigned to the case. Searching won the Audience Award in the NEXT section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it received excellent reviews. Find it in theaters beginning August 3rd.

Another Sundance hit: American Animals

Bart Layton’s debut narrative feature dramatizes the “Transy Book Heist” of 2004 when four Kentucky college students attempted to steal millions of dollars in rare books. The film still retains some of the documentary flourishes from his award-winning The Imposter. Layton cast Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson to play the college kids, but he also has their current day counterparts appear with them and comment on their actions. American Animals hits select theaters on June 1st.

Take a chance on the Mamma Mia sequel trailer

This sequel to the surprising 2008 hit Mamma Mia! (which grossed over $600 million worldwide) goes back and forth in time to show how the past resonates in the present. While Amanda Seyfried’s Sophie prepares to have a child, she reflects on her mother’s past. Lily James plays the young Donna (Meryl Streep in the first film) as she meets the younger versions of Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, and Colin Firth. Written and directed by Ol Parker (the writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), this July 20 release brings back Julie Walters and Christine Baranski as well and introduces Cher as Donna’s mother.


After tackling Everest, Baltasar Kormákur takes on the Pacific Ocean with another true tale of survival. Adrift tells the story of Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), two avid sailors who found themselves stranded after a category 5 hurricane wrecked their boat. Learn about their struggles to safely reach Hawaii when this incredible story comes to theaters June 1st.

The Spy Who Dumped Me

In The Spy Who Dumped Me, Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon) are best friends who are pulled into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) reveals that he’s a spy being hunted by deadly assassins. As they go on the run through Europe, Audrey and Morgan have to come up with a plan to save the world. Directed by Susanna Fogel from a script she wrote with David Iserson, the August 3 release features a supporting cast that includes Gillian Anderson, Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj, and Ivanna Sakhno.

Never Goin’ Back

Writer-director Augustine Frizzell’s debut feature follows Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone) as they try to scrounge enough money to escape their waitressing jobs at a Dallas diner and take a birthday trip to Galveston. With mixed reviews from Sundance and SXSW, Never Goin’ Back hits theaters August 3rd.

Dog Days

Actor Ken Marino’s directorial follow-up to How to Be a Latin Lover is an ensemble comedy about dog owners and their canine counterparts in Los Angeles. Dog Days stars Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Tone Bell, Thomas Lennon, Tig Notaro, Finn Wolfhard, and Ron Cephas Jones. Find it in theaters August 10th.

Alex Strangelove

Coming to Netflix on June 8th, Alex Strangelove tells the story of high school senior Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny). He has good grades, great friends, a girlfriend (Madeline Weinstein) and his virginity, but life gets complicated when he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale), who has no problem telling Alex he has a crush on him. Written and directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins), this tale of self and sexual discovery has good early reviews.

Short takes

Here’s a look inside Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, coming to theaters June 22nd.

News and notes

  • Burt Reynolds, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Timothy Olyphant, and Michael Madsen are in talks to join Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. - Deadline
  • Jordan Peele’s next film, Us, will hit theaters on March 15, 2019. Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke are in talks to star. - Heat Vision
  • Annette Bening will play Carol Danvers' mother in Captain Marvel. Danvers/Captain Marvel will be played by Brie Larson, and Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn and Gemma Chan are also in Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s March 8, 2019 release. - THR & Variety
  • 27 years after playing Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston Esq., Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reunite for Bill & Ted Face the Music. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) will direct from a script by original creators Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. The story will follow Bill & Ted and their daughters on another time-travel adventure in search of a song to save the universe.
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard will get a sequel titled The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. - THR
  • Vince Vaughn, Zazie Beetz, Tvan Attal, and Stephen Root have joined Kristen Stewart as actress Jean Seberg in Against All Enemies. - THR
  • Olivier Assayas will direct Edgar Ramirez and Pedro Pascal in Wasp Network, the true story of Cuban spies in Florida, based on Fernando Morais’ book, The Last Soldiers of the Cold War. - Variety
  • Cara Delevingne, Dab Stevens, Eric Stoltz, and Virginia Madsen have joined Elisabeth Moss, Amber Heard, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn in writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell. - Variety
  • Dan Stevens has joined Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Zazie Beetz in Noah Hawley’s Pale Blue Dot. - Variety
  • Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir) will direct Lea Seydoux and Joel Kinnaman in an adaptation of Rupert Isaacson’s best-selling novel The Horse Boy. - Variety
  • Bradley Cooper will star in and direct a biopic about composer Leonard Bernstein. This news comes a week after the announcement of The American, a Bernstein film starring Jake Gyllenhaal. - Deadline
  • Director David Gordon Green is in talks to direct a new movie based on Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights. - Variety

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