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Greg Dean Schmitz

Now that you've picked this week's league, check out these upcoming movies related to this week's "The Art of Racing in the Rain," "Brian Banks," "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," "The Kitchen," and "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark."

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (8/16/2019) (Eugenio Derbez, Tiffany Haddish)

Maybe it was inevitable considering that there are five new movies this week, and that "The Angry Birds Movie 2" has a large ensemble voice cast, but next week's animated sequel has two stars from movies out just one week before it. Eugenio Derbez plays Dora's dad in "Dora and the Lost City of Gold," and Tiffany Haddish is one of the three lady crooks cooking in "The Kitchen" (see what we did there?). Some of the other stars who are voicing various birds (angry and otherwise) and pigs include Awkwafina, Beck Bennett, Sterling K. Brown, Pete Davidson, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Nicki Minaj, Maya Rudolph, and Jason Sudeikis. Several of those are new for the sequel, but the one that voices the most central character is "Saturday Night Live" star Leslie Jones as a mysterious new purple bird. There are also a surprising number of "Saturday Night Live" alumni (six!).

Angel Has Fallen (8/23/2019) (Morgan Freeman)
If we just look at domestic numbers, the 2016 sequel "London Has Fallen" had a serious drop of about a third ($21 million opening weekend and $62 million total) from what "Olympus Has Fallen" did in 2013 ($30 million and $98.9 million, respectively). So, one might wonder why Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman (who's also in this week's "Brian Banks") came back for "Angel Has Fallen." The thing is, the worldwide numbers for "London Has Fallen" tell a very different story. Globally, the sequel actually did better ($205 million) than the first movie did ($170 million). And so, we have a third movie scheduled for a traditionally weak weekend in late August, but really, the whole reason it even got made might have more to do with how well it'll fare somewhere where you're not.

The Addams Family (10/11/2019) (Scary Stories...)
Academy Award winning genre director and producer Guillermo del Toro is giving us a movie this week based upon the popular horror story anthology series, "Scary Movies to Tell in the Dark." Another spooky franchise is creeping back into this theaters this October, and this time around, "The Addams Family" isn't live action (like the movies in 1991, 1993, and 1998), but animated, which means it's visibly more inspired by Charles Addams' original comic strips than those movies (or the popular 1960s sitcom, even). The new animated movie has an impressive voice cast for the classic characters, including Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron as Gomez and Morticia, Chloe Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard ("Stranger Things") as Wednesday and Pugsley, and Snoop Dogg as Cousin It.

Playing with Fire (11/8/2019) (Nickelodeon Movies)
Although it never really went away, Nickelodeon Movies did slow down a bit a few years ago, releasing only four movies from 2013 to 2017. Having said that, Paramount subsequently announced their plans to step up their release of Nickelodeon movies, starting with this year's "Monster Trucks" and "Dora and the Lost City of Gold." Other Nickelodeon shows to get movies (again) in the next two years will be "The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge" (5/22/2020) and "Rugrats" (1/29/2021), but Nickelodeon Movies' next release will actually be an original comedy not based on a TV show. In "Playing with Fire," John Cena and Keegan-Michael Key play firefighters who taken in a family of kids after a horrible fire, and then, as so often happens in family comedies, hilarity and highjinx will ensue.

Ford v Ferrari (11/15/2019) (racing)
This week's "The Art of Racing in the Rain" is pretty obviously a "dog movie" in a similar vein to "A Dog's Purpose" and its sequel, "A Dog's Journey." Having said that, what's actually right there in the title is that Milo Ventimiglia's character (and the owner of the dog voiced by Kevin Costner) is a racecar driver. Walt Disney Pictures and its recently acquired 20th Century Fox are vying for awards season this year with "Ford v Ferrari," a historical drama set in the 1960s when the Ford Motor Company tried to defeat Ferrari at the Le Mans race. The two leads of "Ford v Ferrari" are both Academy Award winners, as Matt Damon and Christian Bale are teaming up for the first time as Ford engineer Carroll Shelby and British racecar driver Ken Miles.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (12/20/2019) (Domhnall Gleeson)
Although the obvious leads in this week's "The Kitchen" are its three female stars (Tiffany Haddish, Melissa McCarthy, and Elisabeth Moss), the actor who appears to be playing the fourth most important role is Domhnall Gleeson. Not only does he have an awesome first name, but Domhnall Gleeson has lots of other bona fides, including being the son of acclaimed actor Brendan Gleeson, playing Bill Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies, and starring in the 2013 romantic comedy "About Time." Having said that, Domhnall Gleeson might be most recognized by many for playing the evil General Hux in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," and he'll also be reprising that role when "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" finally wraps up the nine-film "Skywalker Saga" arc.

Bad Trip (2/28/2020) (Tiffany Haddish)
Comic actress Tiffany Haddish has been so actively making movies the last few years (eight movies in 2018 and 2019) that it might be easy to forget that it was only two years ago that Haddish had her big breakout success with 2017's "Girls Trip." Despite its title, the upcoming comedy "Bad Trip" doesn't have anything to do with "Girls Trip," other than the involvement of Tiffany Haddish. Instead, "Bad Trip" is a comedy starring Eric Andre that's very much in the tradition of both "Jackass" (especially), and to a lesser extent, the comedy stylings of Sacha Baron Cohen. (We should also point out that some of the comic stunts in the "Bad Trip" trailers get pretty, pretty dirty.)