A new weekend means new movies! Here’s what’s opening this weekend at a theater (or streaming service) near you.
Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch
Directed by: Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier
Written by: Michael LeSieur
Synopsis: A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Tristan O’Hare & Scarlett Estevez
Running time: 1 hr. 30 min.
Know this: This is Illumination’s first attempt at adapting an already existing IP. Other notable franchises they’ve got lined up include a reboot of Shrek and a Super Mario Bros. movie.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story
Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Written by: Jay Basu, Fede Alvarez & Steven Knight
Synopsis: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
Starring: Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Lakeith Stanfield & Stephen Merchant
Running time: 1 hr. 57 min.
Know this: Though this film is based on the same series of novels that inspired the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy as well as David Fincher’s American version back in 2011, The Girl in the Spider’s Web does not follow the continuity of either of those previous attempts. This is a fresh stab at rebooting the series.
Directed by: Julius Avery
Written by: Billy Ray & Mark L. Smith
Synopsis: The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day who uncover a viscous hoard of undead Nazis.
Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier & Pilou Asbæk
Running time: 1 hr. 49 min.
Know this: This is a standalone Bad Robot production and not another secret Cloverfield movie.
This weekend will also see the release of a couple noteworthy Netflix original features, which will drop on the streaming service this weekend in addition to playing in a few select theaters.
The Outlaw King
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Written by: Bathsheba Doran, David Mackenzie & James MacInnes
Synopsis: A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
Starring: Chris Pine,
Running time: 2 hr. 1 min.
Know this: Though he wasn’t the central figure, Robert The Bruce was also featured in Mel Gibbson’s Oscar-winning movie Braveheart.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Directed by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Written by: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Synopsis: An anthology film comprised of six stories, each dealing with a different aspect of life in the Old West.
Starring: Liam Neeson, James Franco
Running time: 2 hr. 12 min.
A couple of independent darlings are also seeing somewhat of a wider expansion to more theaters this weekend.
Directed by: Felix van Groeningen
Written by: Luke Davies & Felix van Groeningen
Synopsis: Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.
Starring: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney & Amy Ryan
Running time: 2 hr.
Know this: This film features some of the most buzzed-about performances of the year with particular recognition going to the two leads, Steve Carell & Timothee Chalamet.
Directed by: Paul Dano
Written by: Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan
Synopsis: A teenage boy must deal with his mother’s complicated responses after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould & Bill Camp
Running time: 1 hr. 44 min.
Know this: This is actor Paul Dano’s first time directing a feature film.
That’s what’s opening this weekend. Are you excited for any of these movies? If so, which ones? I want to hear from you so hit me up in the comments below!