Welcome back for a new batch of upcoming releases.
“Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett,” is already streaming on Disney+ as a part of their continued special event/role out (see here) but you can see a tease here to tell for yourself whether it’s worth 20 minutes of your time!
Do-directed by Bradford Baruh and Brian Kwan, and produced by Jackson George, Kyle Rodri, Frank Chiocchi and Lynne Hale, this is available streaming on Disney+ right now.
“Mothering Sunday,” is then a striking change in tone and an exploration of romantic tension. It stars Odessa Young and Josh O’ Connor and features Olivia Colman and Colin Firth. The story is described as a maid/writer’s pursuit of a secret love before his marriage to another woman, and has been hailed as “sensual,” “moving,” and, “rare.” This is the sort of trailer that tells a story in it’s own way, so enjoy the two-minute adaptation of a story with a few secrets up its velvet sleeves:
Directed by Eva Husson, written by Alice Birch, and adapted from the novel by Graham Swift, this opens in the UK beginning in November and Sony Classics will release in select US theaters starting February 25th, 2022.
Baz Luhrmann has apparently been developing a project centered around Elvis Presley, and this week saw the release of our first look! (There’s no official title yet.)
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, written by Sam Bromell, Baz Luhrmann, and Craig Pearce, and produced by Gail Berman, Catherine Martin, Patrick McCormick, Andrew Mittman, Schuyler Weiss, and Baz Luhrmann, Warner Bros will release this in theaters on June 24th, 2022.
“Dog,“ stars Channing Tatum (who is also co-directing) in what starts to look like a militaristic “Turner and Hooch” before becoming the most charming and intriguing road-movie I’ve seen since last time. Surprise faces like Ethan Suplee and Bill Burr are scattered across genuinely fun moments where Tatum plays off of his co-star “Lulu”:
Co-directed by Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum, written by Reid Carolin and Brett Rodriguez, and produced by Gregory Jacobs, Peter Kiernan, Brett Rodriguez, and Channing Tatum, MGM will release this in theaters starting February 18th, 2022.
“Encounter” is a “genre-bending” emotional thriller led by Riz Ahmed, who stars as a father possibly hallucinating as he takes his children on a dangerous trip to rescue them from “an unhuman threat.”
Directed by Michael Pearce, written by Joe Barton and Michael Pearce, and produced by Dimitri Doganis, Derrin Schlesinger, and Piers Vellacott, Amazon will release this in select US theaters on December 3rd, 2021 then streaming on Prime Video December 10th, 2021. (‘Community’ Christmas)
“Carro Rei” (“King Car”) is a Brazilian sci-fi feature that explores the story of a boy who can communicate with cars and uses this ability to further a revolution against, “capitalism’s zombies.” If that doesn’t sound interesting I don’t know what does:
Directed by Renata Pinheiro and written by Sergio Oliveira, Renata Pinheiro and Leo Pyrata, Dark Star Pictures will release this in select US theaters and on VOD January 7th, 2022.
“Mergrete Queen Of the North” is a Scandinavian historical EPIC that gives off “Last Duel” and “Green Knight” vibes and is about the identity of the true king when a man claims to be the long-lost son of the titular queen. The blades, the castles, the grit…:
Directed by Charlotte Sieling, written by Jesper Fink, Maya Ilsøe, and Charlotte Sieling, Goldwyn Films will release this direct-to-VOD in the US on December 17th, 2021.
“Marry Me”… to end our update for the week, is a romantic comedy… adapted from a GRAPHIC NOVEL (that started as an online comic)… starring Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson… about how Jennifer Lopez is a famous singer… who marries Owen Wilson on stage one day (when her celebrity relationship partner is found to be cheating)… and then… stays married to Owen Wilson. There’s something… de-aged (?)… about this. But the tone is warm and it feels like a good end to a list:
Directed by Kat Coiro, written by Harper Dill, John Rogers, and Tami Sagher, and produced by Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, John Rogers, and Benny Medina, Universal will release this in theaters February 11th, 2022. (Just in time for Valentines Day!)