We’re getting a better look at what movies to expect this year from all of the studios and now we have the list of releases from Focus Features. A few titles still haven’t been given a release date, but there are a lot of great movies to look forward to this year.
OF AN AGE – Limited Theatrical Release February 17th
OF AN AGE is set in the summer of 1999 as an 18-year-old Serbian born, Australian amateur ballroom dancer experiences an unexpected and intense 24-hour romance with a friend’s older brother.
Director: Goran Stolevski
Writer: Goran Stolevski
Producers: Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings
Executive Producers: Stephen Kelliher, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross
Cast: Elias Anton, Thom Green, Hattie Hook
INSIDE – Limited Theatrical Nationwide Release March 17th
INSIDE tells the story of Nemo, an art thief trapped in a New York penthouse after his heist doesn’t go as planned. Locked inside with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive.
Director: Vasilis Katsoupis
Screenwriter: Ben Hopkins
Producers: Marcos Kantis, Dries Phlypo, Giorgos Karnavas
Executive Producers: Jim Stark, Vasilis Katsoupis, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Charles E. Breitkreuz, Martin Lehwald, Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem, Stephen Kelliher
Cast: Willem Dafoe
CHAMPIONS – Theatrical Nationwide Release March 10th
Woody Harrelson, Kaitlin Olson, Ernie Hudson, Cheech Marin, Madison Tevlin, Joshua Felder, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning, Matthew Von Der Ahe, Tom Sinclair, James Day Keith, Alex Hintz, Casey Metcalfe, Bradley Edens
Story: Woody Harrelson stars in the hilarious and heartwarming story of a former minor-league basketball coach who, after a series of missteps, is ordered by the court to manage a team of players with intellectual disabilities. He soon realizes that despite his doubts, together, this team can go further than they ever imagined.
Director: Bobby Farrelly
Screenwriter: Mark Rizzo
Producers: Paul Brooks, Scott Niemeyer, Jeremy Plager
Executive Producers: Brad Kessell, Woody Harrelson, Alexander Jooss, Luis Manso, Álvaro Longoria, and Javier Fesser
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Kaitlin Olson, Ernie Hudson, Cheech Marin, Madison Tevlin, Joshua Felder, Kevin Iannucci, Ashton Gunning, Matthew Von Der Ahe, Tom Sinclair, James Day Keith, Alex Hintz, Casey Metcalfe, Bradley Edens
A THOUSAND AND ONE – Theatrical Nationwide Release March 31st
A THOUSAND AND ONE follows unapologetic and free-spirited Inez (Teyana Taylor), who kidnaps six-year-old Terry from the foster care system. Holding onto their secret and each other, mother and son set out to reclaim their sense of home, identity, and stability, in a rapidly changing New York City.
Director/ Writer: A.V. Rockwell
Producers: Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, Lena Waithe, Rishi Rajani, and Brad Weston
Executive Producers: Oren Moverman, Jamin OBrien
Cast: Teyana Taylor, William Catlett, Josiah Cross, Aven Courtney, Aaron Kingsley Adetola
POLITE SOCIETY – Theatrical Nationwide Release April 28th
A merry mash up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, POLITE SOCIETY follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.
Director/Writer: Nida Manzoor
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Olivier Kaempfer, John Pocock
Cast: Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya
BOOK CLUB: THE NEXT CHAPTER – Theatrical Nationwide Release May 12th
The highly anticipated sequel follows our four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure.
Director: Bill Holderman
Writers: Bill Holderman & Erin Simms
Based on Characters Created By: Bill Holderman & Erin Simms
Producers: Bill Holderman, Erin Simms
Executive Producers: Brad Weston, Trish Hofmann, Enzo Sisti, Andrew Duncan
Cast: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Giancarlo Giannini, with Andy Garcia and Don Johnson
ASTEROID CITY – Limited Theatrical Release June 16th
ASTEROID CITY takes place in a fictional American desert town circa 1955. Synopsis: The itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention (organized to bring together students and parents from across the country for fellowship and scholarly competition) is spectacularly disrupted by world-changing events.
Director: Wes Anderson
Screenwriters: Wes Anderson / Story by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Producers: Wes Anderson, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody, Liev Schreiber, Hope Davis, Stephen Park, Rupert Friend, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Matt Dillon, Hong Chau, Willem Dafoe, Margot Robbie, Jeff Goldblum
UNTITLED ETHAN COEN PROJECT – Date TBD
Director: Ethan Coen
Writers: Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke
Producers: Ethan Coen, Tricia Cooke, Robert Graf, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan
THE HOLDOVERS – Date TBD
Theatrical nationwide release
Director: Alexander Payne
Writer: David Hemingson
Producer: Mark Johnson
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 3 – TBD
Theatrical nationwide release
Director: Nia Vardalos
Writer: Nia Vardalos
Producers: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Gary Goetzman
Executive Producers: Paul Brooks, Scott Niemeyer, Steven Shareshian
Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Louis Mandylor, Elena Kampouris, Maria Vacratsis, Andrea Martin, Elias Kavacas, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Melina Kotselou