Tomorrow's Theater ... Today

Greg Dean Schmitz

Now that you've picked this week's league, check out these upcoming movies related to this week's "The Goldfinch," "Hustlers," and "Brittany Runs a Marathon."

Abominable (9/27/2019)
One of Hollywood's most seemingly baffling traditions also makes a lot of sense when you think about it from their perspective: "duelling movies." The phenomenon of two movies with very similar concepts coming out near each other arise because movies fall apart all the time in development and production, so studios aren't intimidated because "the other guy" happens to be making a given film. Last September, Warner Animation released "Smallfoot" about a group of yetis (AKA "abominable snowmen"), and now just a year later, DreamWorks Animation is releasing "Abominable," which is also about humans interacting with Himilayan yetis. One of the voice actors in "Abominable" is Sarah Paulson, who also has a supporting role in this week's "The Goldfinch."

The Addams Family (10/11/2019)
16-year-old actor Finn Wolfhard will probably end up having more of a connection to spooky movies and TV than any other actor of his generation. First becoming famous as Mike from Netflix's "Stranger Things," he also costarred in the two "IT" movies, and will be the male lead in next year's "Ghostbusters 2020." Finn Wolfhard also costars in this week's "The Goldfinch," which doesn't have any supernatural elements, but his character seems sort of "goth," which is tangentially related, maybe. Wolfhard will also costar as one of the voices of next month's "The Addams Family," as son Pugsley Addams, alongside Charlize Theron (Morticia), Oscar Isaac (Gomez), Chloe Grace Moretz (Wednesday), Snoop Dogg (Cousin Itt), Bette Midler (Grandmama), and Nick Kroll (Uncle Fester).

Honey Boy (11/8/2019)
After an arrest in 2017, actor Shia LaBeouf took some time off to address personal issues, but he is having a pretty great comeback year in 2019 with both last month's "The Peanut Butter Falcon," and the upcoming "Honey Boy," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Shia LaBeouf both stars in and wrote "Honey Boy," which is based on the events of his own childhood and relationship with his father, whom LaBeouf plays. Lucas Hedges ("Manchester by the Sea") and British child actor Noah Jupe costar as LaBeouf's equivalent character. "Honey Boy" currently maintains a 100% Certified Fresh score at Rotten Tomatoes based on nearly 50 reviews, and is widely considered to be one of this awards season's top contenders.

The Report (11/15/2019)
Netflix obviously gets the most attention as a streaming company that is increasingly moving into the theatrical space, but Amazon Studios also looks to have a great 2019. In addition to partnering with Warner Bros on this week's "The Goldfinch," Amazon Studios was also this year behind "Late Night," "Brittany Runs a Marathon," and upcoming movies like "Honey Boy" and "The Aeronauts." One of their other awards contenders is "The Report," a fact-based drama about the 6,700 page Senate Intelligence Committee report about the use of torture by the CIA in the years following the events of 9/11. Adam Driver (Kylo Ren from the "Star Wars" movies) stars as the Senate staffer behind "The Report," with Annette Bening costarring as Senator Dianne Feinstein.

21 Bridges (11/22/2019)
Originally scheduled for release on July 12 (up against "Crawl" and "Stuber"), the police action drama "21 Bridges" was eventually bumped back four months to November 22, where it will now face off against "Frozen II," and "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," starring Tom Hanks as "Mister" Fred Rogers. This is a rare case of a movie being bumped back to a release date where it will arguably be facing down movies that are stronger competition (for obvious reasons, these moves usually go the other way around). One advantage this move gave "21 Bridges" is that its trailer has been playing now since the spring, which helps drive anticipation for what is effectively Chadwick Boseman's big follow up to last year's "Black Panther." The connection is cemented even more by the producers, who include Joe and Anthony Russo, the former Marvel Studios directors of movies like "Avengers: Endgame."

Playmobil: The Movie (12/6/2019)
In addition to the major studios (Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Universal, Sony), many of the movies that we see in theaters are from smaller distributors like Lionsgate, A24, and STXfilms. This week, STXfilms is releasing the (perhaps surprisingly so) critically acclaimed crime drama, "Hustlers," which kicks off a fall schedule that will also include "21 Bridges," and the horror sequel, "Brahms: The Boy II." You can sort of see a consistent vision among those films, but then you have to throw in the animated kids movie, "Playmobil: The Movie." It's pretty obvious that the reason a "Playmobil" movie ever got greenlit was the success in 2014 of "The LEGO Movie," but it's also a sign of how long it takes for these CGI animated movies to get greenlit. The voice cast of "Playmobil: The Movie" includes Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Witch"), Gabriel Bateman ("Child's Play"), Jim Gaffigan, Adam Lambert, Kenan Thompson, and former "Harry Potter" star, Daniel Radcliffe.