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Steven Spielberg’s follow-up to last year’s Bridge of Spies is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. In what will be his first live-action 3D movie, Spielberg directs Oscar-winner Mark Rylance for the second time in a row, but this time Rylance will be playing a very different character: the big friendly giant of the title. The story follows 10-year-old Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a London orphan, as she’s kidnapped by the BFG and taken to Giant Country, where the BFG lives, and Dream Country, where he works. Bill Hader and Jemaine Clement play not so friendly giants, and Penelope Wilton and Rebecca Hall play the Queen and her maid. The BFG opens on July 1st.
In this sequel to the 2014 hit Neighbors, Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne return as Mac and Kelly Radner. With a second child on the way, they are ready to move to the suburbs, but when the girls of Kappa Nu move in next door, they have another fight on their hands. With the help of Teddy (Zac Efron) and their friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo), the Radners face off against Shelby (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her sisters in a battle of parenthood versus sisterhood. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, directed by Nicholas Stoller, opens on May 20th.
At Sundance this year, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert won the directing award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition for what become known in the press as "the Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie." Yes, Daniel Radcliffe plays a corpse (who most assuredly farts), but, as the trailer details, he does plenty of other amazing things as well. (Thus the title, Swiss Army Man.) Paul Dano stars as Hank, a hopeless man stranded on an island who discovers Radcliffe’s corpse, turning him into a multi-purpose tool to help him get home to Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Sarah. The film split critics, with some embracing the continuous farting and others, like early audiences who walked out, finding the whole crazy enterprise puerile. Look for it in theaters June 17th.
Coming to theaters on June 3rd, The Bye Bye Man follows three Wisconsin college students who unleash the titular baddie when they move into the worst off-campus housing ever. Stacy Title (Hood of Horror) directs a cast that includes Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, Lucien Laviscount, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Faye Dunaway.
Director Daniel Alfredson reunites with his Kidnapping Mr. Heineken star, Anthony Hopkins, in Blackway, the story of an ex-logger, his young sidekick (Alexander Ludwig) and a young woman (Julia Stiles) who face off against the eponymous former cop turned crime lord (Ray Liotta). Find it on VOD or in select theaters June 10th.
Ricky Gervais revives his most famous character—David Brent from the classic UK comedy series The Office—for the upcoming feature David Brent: Life on the Road. A North American release date hasn’t been announced, but this teaser is a good reminder of Brent’s particular brand of buffoonery.
May 20 release Manhattan Night stars Adrien Brody as a writer who finds himself mixed up with a seductive stranger (Yvonne Strahovski) when she asks him to investigate her husband’s murder.
Kill Zone 2, starring Tony Jaa, will try to satisfy your need for hard-hitting action when it comes to theaters and VOD on May 13th.
May 13 release Search Party, the directing debut of Road Trip writer Scot Armstrong, stars Thomas Middleditch as Nardo and TJ Miller and Adam Pally as his friends who ruin his wedding but attempt to come to his rescue in Mexico.
The Ones Below, coming to theaters and VOD on May 27th, stars Clémence Poésy as an expecting mother whose downstairs neighbors are, well, kind of crazy.