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 "Just Mercy" and "Like a Boss," plus some other new trailers this week.

Ordinary Love (2/14/2020)
Every year just before Valentine's Day, at least one or two "date movies" are released (for obvious reasons), and this year, February 14th actually does fall on a Friday. The only studio movie scheduled for Valentine's Day this year is "The Photograph," starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield ("Knives Out," "Sorry to Bother You"). The smaller indie distributor Bleecker Street will be giving us the British romantic drama "Ordinary Love," starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville ("All or Nothing," "Phantom Thread"). The ironic thing about "Ordinary Love" being a Valentine's release, however, is that as a platform release, many people won't actually be able to see it in theaters until after Valentine's has come and gone.

Brahms: The Boy II (2/21/2020)
Every once in a while, a movie will get a sequel (or prequel) that ends up eclipsing the first film, either in box office numbers or in its critical reception (one recent example of this was 2016's "Ouija: Origin of Evil"). Just about four years ago, STXfilms released a creepy little horror film called "The Boy" which ended up earning over $64 million from a budget of just $10 million. It took them a few years to get a sequel produced and released, but this week, we got our first look at "Brahms: The Boy II." Possibly the most surprising thing about the sequel is that, somehow, STX was able to get Katie Holmes, AKA the former Mrs. Tom Cruise, AKA Joey from "Dawson's Creek," AKA the female lead of "Batman Begins."

The New Mutants (4/3/2020)
This week saw the online debut of the new trailer for "The New Mutants," the final X-Men-related film from 20th Century Fox (which last year was bought by Disney, which is allowing Marvel Studios to take over those titles in the next few years). The thing is, however, many movie fans have already seen a trailer for this movie because the first trailer debuted in October 2017 (when "The New Mutants" was scheduled for release in April of 2018). So, you might notice that some of the stars like Maisie Williams (Arya Stark from "Game of Thrones") and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan from "Stranger Things") look noticeably younger than you've most recently seen them in other things (since "The New Mutants" was filmed almost three years ago). Another lingering question that surrounds "The New Mutants" is whether it's truly the end of the "X-Men" story at Fox, or the beginning of a new one at Marvel.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (4/3/2020)
Both of the previous two films we just showcased ("Brahms: The Boy II" and "The New Mutants") were examples of delays of a few years before a movie comes out, but this one is actually the opposite. The first "Peter Rabbit" movie featuring the voice of James Corden as the title character came out just two years ago, on February 9, 2018. Sony Pictures and the CGI animation studios that it works with did a really impressive job of turning right around and making another "Peter Rabbit" movie just two years later. The sequel has an impressive voice cast that includes Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, the singer Sia, and Sam Neill of "Jurassic Park." The reason we're including it this week, however, is that one of the live action stars is Rose Byrne (of this week's "Like a Boss") who also has a dual role as the voice of "Jemima Puddle-Duck."

Bad Trip (4/24/2020)
Speaking of movies that you may have already seen the trailer for, another film that was pushed back several months into 2020 was the "Jackass"-style reality-based comedy, "Bad Trip." Like "Bad Grandpa" and "Borat," the concept of "Bad Trip" involves a fictional story that then goes out into the real world to surprise unsuspecting "regular people" as crazy stunts or pranks happen right in front of them. Eric Andre and Lil Rey Howery are the movie's stars, but Tiffany Haddish (of this week's "Like a Boss") also has a prominent role, although you might be challenged to recognize her under the hair and makeup she's wearing in the trailer.

Soul (6/19/2020)
Walt Disney Pictures is going to have a very different year in 2020 than they did in 2019. In addition to major finale releases with both "Avengers: Endgame" and "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," Disney also had the big remakes of "Aladdin" and "The Lion King," and high profile sequels like "Toy Story 4" and "Frozen II." In contrast, Disney's schedule in 2020 is made up mostly of relatively smaller profile Marvel movies ("Black Widow" and "The Eternals"), just one live action remake ("Mulan"), and a theme park adaptation that's not a sequel ("Jungle Cruise"). Pixar does have two movies for 2020, but they're both original stories: the fantasy comedy "Onward" and the afterlife fantasy "Soul." We're including "Soul" this week because the main character will be voiced by Jamie Foxx, one of the stars of this week's "Just Mercy."

Without Remorse (9/18/2020)
Every once in while, a movie that's usually farther off gives us not a trailer first, but just a little bit of a teaser. Michael B. Jordan (the star of this week's "Just Mercy") recently took to Instagram to show a 25 second taste of "Without Remorse," his new film that doesn't come out until September. "Without Remorse" is an adaptation of a novel by Tom Clancy, and is significant because it will show off not Clancy's most famous character, Jack Ryan, but John Clark, the Navy SEAL-turned-CIA agent who has previously been portrayed by Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. John Clark is also popular with video game players as he is the leader of the "Rainbow Six" team.