Wes Anderson Has Out Wes Andersoned Himself with ‘Isle of Dogs’
The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs, is just about the most Wes Anderson thing that has ever happened. The all-star voice over cast (which includes, but is certainly not limited to, Bryan Cranston, Ed Norton, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono) stars in a film about, as the title suggests, an island of dogs. Following an epidemic of a canine flu in Japan, the country moves as many dogs as it can to an abandoned island garbage dump, and they are soon visited by a young boy who’s looking for his missing dog. It looks uncompromisingly Wes Anderson in aesthetic (who previously ventured into this kind of style with The Fanstastic Mr. Fox) and will, without a doubt, be the most twee film released next year. Isle of Dogs opens March 23, 2018.
‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Trailer Shows of the Greatest Mustache Ever
As much as we probably didn’t need another adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, if we had to have one then I’m glad Kenneth Branagh was the man to do it. His eye for detail is impeccable, as is his knowledge classic literature. This time, he brings out the big guns with a cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, and that’s just getting started. Branagh himself, sporting the most amazing mustache ever in all of history, stars as Poirot, the famed detective who must find the murderous passenger lurking on a train. The story might be familiar, and we might already know whodunnit, but Branagh is always an interesting director to watch, and it looks as though he’s brought his distinctive style to full form once again. Murder on the Orient Express hits theaters on November 10.
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Netflix Ups the Brutality with ‘The Punisher’
Netflix and Marvel are set to ramp up their game with their latest series, The Punisher. John Bernthal returns as Frank Castle, a man pushed to the edges of sanity following the brutal murder of his family. His character previously appeared in (and was the best part of) the second season of Daredevil, and the brutality seems amped up to 11 this time around. Of course, Netflix’s Marvel shows have had an iffy track record since Jessica Jones, so whether or not they can pull this off is still up in the year. Still, it’s a great trailer and hopefully they’re back to the business of getting it right. We’ll know for sure when The Punisher premieres on November 14.
‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer Shows Off–Wait, Are We Still Making Video Game Movies?
Video game movies have always sucked, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying. I guess? It seems like every year they try a new approach to adapting a video game into a feature film, and every year the efforts fall flat on their faces. But maybe Tomb Raider (which already had two chances with Angelina Jolie) will be the one to get it right. Casting Alicia Vikander is certainly a great start. The actress looks dead on like her video game counterpart as Lara Croft, and they seem to have captured what makes the character interesting. Then again, we’ve said that before. Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018.
‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Might be the Least Weird Thing about 2017
You know what? Sure. I’ll take another Jumanji movie. Screw it. It’s been a weird year and this, somehow, feels right. Why wouldn’t I want a Jumanji movie with The Rock or Jack Black as a teenage girl? That makes about as much sense as anything else that’s happened since the old calendar changed. It might even make the most sense. I dunno. Whatever. This could be fun. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters on December 20.