6 items from 2017
This ranking includes only new theatrical releases viewed for the awards year of 2016 (for eligibility for the Academy Awards and the Ofcs and Awfj awards); some films released in the UK without Us releases (and so ineligible for those awards this year) may also be included, for my own bookkeeping purposes. Links go to my review. Numbers after each entry are Date First Viewed/NYC Release Date/London Release Date; year is 2016 unless otherwise noted.
01.03.17: This ranking is not quite final; I will continue to add films and links to reviews through the awards season that ends with the Oscars ceremony on February 26th.
worth paying multiplex prices for
La La Land (10.07/12.09/01.13.17)
A Monster Calls (10.06/12.23/01.01.17)
The Lobster (07.16.15/05.13/10.16.15)
Zootropolis (aka Zootopia) (02.22/03.04/03.25)
A Bigger Splash (10.08.15/05.04/02.12)
Miss Sloane (11.20/11.25/02.24.17)
London Road (06.03.15/09.09/06.12.15)
The Girl with All the Gifts (07.26/Tba/09.23)
I, Daniel Blake (10.22/12.23/10.21)
Hidden Figures (12.14/12.25/02.17.17)
A United Kingdom (10.05/02.17.17/11.25)
Eye in the Sky (04.07/03.11/04.15)
- MaryAnn Johanson
Et’s Carly Steel caught up with the funny duo on Wednesday during the red carpet for the 43rd People's Choice Awards, where they talked about how the original cast has taken to the reboot.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Erik Estrada, who co-starred in the original series, was not thrilled about the new film. But, Peña and Shepard set the record straight, revealing that they received Estrada's blessing.
"Somebody said that Eric Estrada said something bad about it [but] it was great that he corrected them," Peña said.
"Yeah he tweeted me today," Shepard chimed in.
Estrada, indeed, tweeted about the film on Wednesday, writing, "Just watched the Chips trailer n laughed. Shepard n Pena r great. Cool stunts »
This March, a new generation will be introduced to the inner-workings of the California Highway Patrol with Dax Shepard’s upcoming film “CHIPs,” based on the 1970s TV series of the same name. Written, directed and starring Shepard as Officer Jon Baker and Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, the first trailer for the buddy cop movie was released Wednesday night during “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Watch the trailer and check out the poster below.
The film follows two middle-aged Los Angeles motorcycle cops who, after they’e tasked with highway patrol, find themselves in a sticky situation when a sadistic ex-cop and his hitmen wreak havoc throughout the city. It co-stars Kirsten Bell, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Brody, Rosa Salazar and Maya Rudolph, with a potential special appearance by original “CHiPs” star Erik Estrada.
- Liz Calvario
Zoe Saldana is a busy bee. Between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequels and, potentially, a role in Star Trek 4, the prolific actress has filled her slate with a host of exciting roles for years to come, and we now have word of another project to add to the collection.
Per Variety, Saldana has officially saddled up for the My Little Pony movie, Lionsgate’s cutesy animation helmed by Jayson Thiessen. Little is known about Saldana’s character at the moment, but we understand the so-hot-right-now actress will be joined in the voice booth by Kristin Chenoweth, Emily Blunt, Taye Diggs, Liev Schreiber, Sia, Uzo Aduba, and War on Everyone star Michael Peña. The addition of the Guardians actress comes hand-in-hand with the film’s official and suitably radiant logo, which you can find below.
- Michael Briers
Get ready to re-enter the “Moon-iverse.” Filmmaker Duncan Jones’ long-teased and much anticipated feature “Mute” is finally, finally about to hit the screen after years of starts and stops, promises and just plain old wishin’ and hopin’. Back in June, Jones told us, “I’ve always wanted to make ‘Mute,’ and I’ve been on ‘Mute”’ for about 14 years. I’m determined, no matter what happens, I’m going to get that movie made, at some point.”
Netflix is producing the sci-fi thriller, offering Jones — who is coming off the disappointment of another long-gestating project, the video game adaptation “Warcraft” — the chance to get back in the filmmaking saddle with what sounds like his dream project. Netflix has now unveiled a first look at the film, including a look at the sci-fi universe it inhabits, along with its three principal stars.
- Kate Erbland
This year, John Michael McDonagh’s third feature film will finally receive a release after spending all last year on the festival circuit. His new film “War On Everyone” follows two crooked cops — Terry (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bob (Michael Peña) — who frame and blackmail criminals all over town. Looking for the ultimate pay-off, they try to extort a strip-club manager (Caleb Landry Jones) and his eccentric, junkie boss (Theo James), but get more than they bargained for when their hair-brained scheme uncovers a bigger secret. The film co-stars Malcolm Barrett (“Timeless”), Tessa Thompson (“Dear White People”), David Wilmot (“Six Shooter”), Stephanie Sigman (“Narcos”) and Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
- Vikram Murthi
6 items from 2017
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