Welcome to topsy-turvy world. In this strange, mixed-up place, Wes Anderson returns to stop-motion animation, Lara Croft isn’t played by Angelina Jolie, and Adam Sandler makes movies that might actually be good.
Admittedly, animation seems like an ideal medium for Anderson’s aesthetic, and Fantastic Mr. Fox was well-received, but it still feels odd to see the auteur’s words come out of talking animals instead of Adrien Brody.
Action fans may also get a shock at finally seeing Alicia Vikander step into the boots of Lara Croft for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. And as for Sandler, well… somewhere in the world a pig is taking its first tentative wing flaps and hell is a degree or two cooler.
See what else the week’s most noteworthy movie trailers have in store below.
The Meyerowitz Stories
From writer/director Noah Baumbach, The Meyerowitz Stories is the emotional and comic intergenerational tale of adult siblings (Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel) contending with the long shadow their strong-willed father (Dustin Hoffman) has cast over their lives. With an original screenplay by Baumbach, the film also stars Emma Thompson, Grace Van Patten, Adam Driver, Candice Bergen, Judd Hirsch, and Rebecca Miller.
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.
The Secret Scripture
Roseanne McNulty (Vanessa Redgrave/Rooney Mara), a once vibrant and lively beauty in her youth, has spent the majority of her adult life confined to a mental hospital in rural Ireland. She has been institutionalized for so long, no one seems to remember why she was hospitalized in the first place. When a new chief psychiatrist, Dr. Greene (Eric Bana), arrives, he takes a keen interest in Roseanne. He finds a hidden memoir, written over the course of decades by Roseanne, which unravels the mystery of her incarceration, as well as telling the tale of her passionate, yet tortured, life.
Isle Of Dogs
From director Wes Anderson, Isle Of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Murder On The Orient Express
A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. Everyone’s a suspect as Detective Hercule Poirot sifts through 13 strangers to find the killer before another person ends up dead. Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr., Tom Bateman, Lucy Boynton, Sir Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, Sergei Polunin, and Willem Dafoe.
Set in the war-ravaged African countryside, an American soldier (Lee Pace) and a French foreign aid worker (Berenice Marlohe) team up to survive the alien onslaught. As they journey through the battlefield in search of refuge, their bond will be tested when the soldier discovers his true identity.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
All I See Is You
Gina and her husband James have an almost perfect marriage. After being blinded as a child in a car crash that claimed her parents’ lives, Gina depends on James to be her eyes, and the two enjoy a colourful existence in Bangkok despite her disability. It seems the only real hardship this loving couple faces is difficulty conceiving a child, but when Gina is given a corneal transplant and regains her vision, their life and relationship are upended. Gina now sees the world with a new sense of wonder and independence that James finds threatening. It is only when Gina suddenly begins to lose her sight again that she finally realises the disturbing reality of their marriage and their lives.
Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) and his wife Diana (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, travelling, and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page story of a man’s confession to his wife’s murder. The tale is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, an unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, with his son in Nebraska. After he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.