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 "Dolittle" and "Bad Boys for Life."


Onward (3/6/2020)
Two of the voice actors in this week's "Dolittle" are Tom Holland (as a dog who wears glasses) and Octavia Spencer (as a duck with a metal leg), and they're both among the top four stars listed in the trailers for Pixar's upcoming fantasy comedy, "Onward." Tom Holland and Chris Pratt star in "Onward" as two elf brothers who off on a quest to restore the life of their long-lost father. "Onward" is set in a modern day world inhabited by all sorts of different magical creatures, including centaurs, cyclops, mermaids, unicorns, and manticore (Octavia Spencer is voicing one). Julia Louis-Dreyfus voices the two brothers' mom, and no one has been announced yet about who might be voicing their dad (though one can guess it's probably someone famous too). "Onward" will be the second Pixar feature film directed by Dan Scanlon, after the 2013 sequel, "Monsters University."




The Lovebirds (4/3/2020)
Another of the voice stars of "Dolittle" is Kumail Nanjiani (as an ostrich who wears socks). Nanjiani spent much of the last year working out to get in shape for his upcoming Marvel movie, "The Eternals" (11/6/2020), but before that filmed, he also snuck in the upcoming romantic comedy, "The Lovebirds." Kumail Nanjiani and his costar Issa Rae play a couple who accidentally become involved with a murder case, leading to them being the main suspects and on the run as they attempt to clear their names. The trailer promises more of an action comedy than we might have expected based on just the title. It also sort of resembles the 2010 action comedy, "Date Night," starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Also see if you can spot the movie being spoofed in the scene that Issa Rae describes as being like "The Handmaid's Tale" (clue: it's not really like "The Handmaid's Tale").




No Time to Die (4/10/2020)
"Dolittle" has so many big names in its voice cast that it's probably not surprising that there are a few movies coming up that have more than one (like "Onward"). Two of those voice stars are Rami Malek (as Chee-Chee the gorilla) and Ralph Fiennes (as the tiger who wants to eat Dolittle), and they're also both going to be in the next James Bond movie, "No Time to Die." Ralph Fiennes will be reprising his role as the new "M," and Rami Malek will be the franchise's latest villain, Safin, although we don't know much else about his character yet. The "No Time to Die" trailer reveals that Daniel Craig will be reunited with a few different actors from his previous films, including Léa Seydoux (as Dr. Madeleine Swann), Christoph Waltz (as Ernst Blofeld), and Jeffrey Wright (as Felix Leitner).




Charm City Kings (4/10/2020)
In addition to starring in movies like "Bad Boys for Life," Will Smith is also active as a producer with his company, Overbrook Entertainment. Their next film will be "Charm City Kings," which is a dramatic adapatation of the 2013 documentary, "12 O'Clock Boys," about young men in Baltimore who compete as dirt bike racers there. In a way, the trailer sort of resembles the original 2001 film, "The Fast and the Furious," when the focus was more about street racing than breathtaking international heist schemes.




Black Widow (5/1/2020)
Robert Downey Jr. famously said good-bye to his "Iron Man" character in last year's "Avengers: Endgame," but there are rumors online that he will reprise his Tony Stark character in Scarlett Johansson's upcoming "Black Widow" solo movie. Both of the trailers we've seen so far seem to suggest that "Black Widow" will be a prequel, so it makes sense that Downey could return as Tony Stark regardless of what happened in "Avengers: Endgame" (the same could be said of Scarlett Johansson, too, actually).




The Woman in the Window (5/15/2020)
It will soon be almost a year since Disney finalized their acquisition of the 20th Century Fox film and TV properties, but the movie business takes so long that we're still in the process of seeing those final pre-Disney Fox movies getting released. One of the most star-studded such films that will finally be released in May is "The Woman in the Window," a suspense thriller in the style of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window." Amy Adams plays an agoraphobic shut-in who witnesses a woman being murdered (Julianne Moore) only to be confronted by another woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who claims to be the murdered woman. The composer of "The Woman in the Window" is fan favorite Danny Elfman, who also scored this week's "Dolittle."




Top Gun: Maverick (6/26/2020)
Michael Bay didn't return to direct "Bad Boys for Life," but the sequel was still produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Bay's frequent collaborator who also produced the first two "Bad Boys" movies. Jerry Bruckheimer's next film will also be a sequel, as Tom Cruise is returning this summer for "Top Gun: Maverick." The latest trailer focuses more on other characters, especially those played by Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller (reportedly Goose's son), and other young pilots who Maverick is recruited to train.