It looks like at the beginning of next month we have a lot of great new options hitting streaming and the screen. Keep ane eye out for the upcoming giveaways and screenings – there are so many great things coming our way!
Metro Detroit Local Events
- Mrs. Doubtfire (November 14-26)
- Chelsea Handler (December 1st)
- A Very Darren Crissmas (December 10th)
- Johnny Cash – The Official Concert Experience (February 2024)
- PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL (February 20 – 25).
- THE CHER SHOW (March 19 – 24).
- MAMMA MIA! (April 23 – 28).
Movie and Series Review
- Next Goal Wins
- The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
- Trolls: Band Together
Movie and Entertainment Updates
Stream the Peanuts Classic for Free on Saturday, November 18th & Sunday, November 19th
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved Peanuts special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” a must-watch staple during the holiday season, exclusively on Apple TV+. Subscribers can access the special all year round and non-subscribers can enjoy a special free window to stream the beloved holiday classic on Apple TV+ Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19.
In the iconic Peanuts classic, Peppermint Patty invites everyone to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, even though he’s going to see his grandmother; Snoopy decides to cook his own version of a Thanksgiving meal with help from his friends.
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES | OLIVIA RODRIGO UNVEILS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “CAN’T CATCH ME NOW – In Theaters Now
3X GRAMMY®-winning singer/songwriter Olivia Rodrigo shared the official video for “Can’t Catch Me Now” from The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Music From & Inspired By) — the official soundtrack to Lionsgate’s highly anticipated new film in The Hunger Games saga, in theaters Friday. View “Can’t Catch Me Now,” which was directed by award-winning director Leonn Ward (Michael Kiwanuka, Celeste) of RSA’s Black Dog Films, HERE. The 17-song soundtrack is due out November 17th via Geffen Records, the same day as the movie’s release.
The New York Times said, “A latticework of acoustic guitar and a building intensity drive ‘Can’t Catch Me now,’ Olivia Rodrigo’s brooding new song…” Billboard praised the “searing ballad” while Rolling Stone noted, “the track features Rodrigo over an intimate acoustic guitar as the melodies build to a slow crescendo and tell the story of vengeance.”
“Can’t Catch Me Now” marks Rodrigo’s first contribution to a film soundtrack. She penned the song with producer Daniel Nigro, who also collaborated with the 20-year-old artist on her chart topping, GRAMMY® nominated sophomore album GUTS. Rodrigo has earned six nods for the 66th Annual GRAMMY® Awards (“Record Of The Year,” “Album Of The Year,” “Song Of The Year,” “Best Pop Solo Performance,” “Best Pop Vocal Album,” “Best Rock Song”). Listen to “Can’t Catch Me Now” HERE and pre-order 7” vinyl HERE. The track is the opener on the 17-song soundtrack which is available for pre-save/pre-order HERE.
Executive-produced by nine-time GRAMMY®-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Sturgill Simpson), The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Music From & Inspired By) also includes a number of songs performed in the film by The Hunger Games star Rachel Zegler, as well as new songs that were inspired by the film from such artists as Flatland Cavalry (a widely beloved Texas-bred sextet), Molly Tuttle (winner of the Best Bluegrass Album prize at the 2023 GRAMMY® Awards), Billy Strings (named Artist Of The Year at the 2022 Americana Music Awards), genre-bending luminary Sierra Ferrell, and fast-rising country/folk singer/songwriters Bella White and Charles Wesley Godwin.
The latest release in the blockbuster franchise, THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES takes place 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical president of Panem. The new film stars Zegler alongside Tom Blyth, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, and Viola Davis.
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES follows a young Coriolanus (Blyth) who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates. With everything he has worked for hanging in the balance, Snow unites with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Battling his instincts for both good and evil, Snow sets out on a race against time to survive and reveal if he will ultimately become a songbird or a snake.
AMERICANISH AVAILABLE TO OWN OR RENT ON DIGITAL Now
Welcome to America: Where dreams come true…ish. Set in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, career-driven sisters Maryam and Sam Khan, and their fish-out-of-water cousin Ameera navigate romance, culture, career, and family. Americanish highlights different layers of womanhood as they hilariously intersect with cultural and societal expectations.
Six Iconic James Cameron Films Come Home, Including ALIENS, THE ABYSS and TRUE LIES on 4K UHD for the First Time – Pre-Order Begins November 20th
A piece of cinema history comes home this year when six box-office juggernauts from Oscar®-winning director James Cameron are released. The six titles – The Abyss, True Lies, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water – will be made available in 4K UHD digital and 4K UHD Blu-ray disc.
Cameron, who has helmed three of the five highest grossing movies of all time, says “There’s a world of emotions in revisiting these films and I hope we’ve captured some of that in the new bonus materials we created for our fans.”
Oscar®-winning producer Jon Landau added, “We really wanted to deliver the best possible experience at home so viewers could immerse themselves both in the films and the journeys we went through to make them.”
The 4K transfer for each release will be presented in superb Dolby Vision HDR and with an immersive Atmos audio mix. Additionally, most of the releases will arrive with several hours of captivating all-new bonus features. From the eight hours of Avatar: The Way of Water bonus including all-new deleted scenes to the five hours of new and legacy Titanic extras, fans will delight in the numerous hours of never-before-seen materials.
Release date schedule is as follows:
On Dec. 5, 2023, available for the first time ever on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and at digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV and Fandango/Vudu:
- Titanic 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Available in 4K Ultra HD, some for the first time ever, on Dec. 12, 2023, at digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV and Fandango/Vudu:
- Aliens Collector’s Edition
- The Abyss Collector’s Edition
- True Lies Collector’s Edition
- Avatar Collector’s Edition
- Avatar: The Way of Water Collector’s Edition
Available Dec. 19, 2023, are special edition Blu-ray discs of:
- Avatar 4K Collector’s Edition
- Avatar 3D Blu-ray
- Avatar 4K Limited Edition Steelbook (available only at Best Buy)
- Avatar: The Way of Water 4K Collector’s Edition
Arriving on March 12, 2024, new on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc are special editions of three of Cameron’s most popular feature films:
- Aliens 4K Collector’s Edition
- The Abyss 4K Collector’s Edition
- True Lies 4K Collector’s Edition
All titles will be available to pre-order from November 20.
Also, on Wednesday, December 6, 20th Century Studios will present Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s “The Abyss: Special Edition” in theaters for a special one-night-only event. Fans will be able to experience Cameron’s thrilling underwater sci-fi adventure for the first time in stunning, remastered 4K. Tickets go on sale beginning November 20 and can be purchased at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold.
ABOUT THE ABYSS
In this underwater sci-fi adventure written and directed by James Cameron, a nuclear sub mysteriously sinks and a private oil rig crew, led by foreman Bud Brigman (Ed Harris), is recruited to join a team of Navy SEALs on a search and rescue effort. The group soon finds themselves on a spectacular life-and-death odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, where they find a mysterious force that could either change the world — or destroy it. The Abyss also stars Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn.
Written and directed by Academy Award® winner James Cameron*, Avatar is set on the lush alien world of Pandora, home of the Na’vi—beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet’s environment is poisonous, human/Na’vi hybrids called Avatars must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na’vi woman (Zoe Saldaña). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.
ABOUT AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
Avatar: The Way of Water reaches new heights and explores undiscovered depths as James Cameron returns to the world of Pandora in this emotionally packed action-adventure. Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water launches the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure. All of this is experienced against the backdrop of the breathtaking seascapes of Pandora, where audiences are introduced to new Na’vi cultures and a range of exotic sea creatures. Avatar: The Way of Water stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. Joining the illustrious adult cast are talented newcomers Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Bailey Bass and Jack Champion.
Experience Titanic, the global box-office phenomenon and winner of 11 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture (1997), Best Director (James Cameron) and Best Original Song (“My Heart Will Go On”). Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet light up the screen as Jack and Rose, young lovers who find one another on the maiden voyage of the “unsinkable” R.M.S. Titanic. But when the doomed luxury liner collides with an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic, their passionate love affair becomes a thrilling race for survival. From acclaimed filmmaker James Cameron (“Avatar,” “Avatar: The Way of Water”), comes a tale of forbidden love and courage in the face of disaster that triumphs as a true cinematic masterpiece. The film also stars Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, Frances Fisher, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Hyde, Danny Nucci, Gloria Stuart, David Warner, Victor Garber and Bill Paxton.
ABOUT TRUE LIES
Writer-director James Cameron creates an exhilarating mix of non-stop action-adventure and romantic comedy. Secret agent Harry Tasker is a top spy in the ultra-secret Omega Sector — although to his wife Helen, he’s just a dull computer salesman. But while Harry’s been busy saving the world, Helen’s been gathering secrets of her own. When their two lives unexpectedly collide, Harry and Helen find themselves in the clutches of international terrorists, fighting to save not only their marriage, but also the world. True Lies stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold and Bill Paxton.
The terror continues in this chilling, critically acclaimed sequel written and directed by James Cameron. Ripley, the sole survivor of the space tug Nostromo’s deadly encounter with the monstrous Alien, is found after drifting through space in hypersleep for 57 years. She agrees to accompany a team of Colonial Marines back to LV-426—and this time it’s war. Aliens stars Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn and Paul Reiser.
Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie! – Coming to Digital November 21st
“Whoa Mama!” Grab your favorite pair of suspenders, hike up those pants, and get ready to celebrate the holidays with Steve Urkel. From executive producer Wyatt Cenac, Warner Bros. Animation, and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment comes Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie!, an all-new animated holiday movie musical for the whole family to enjoy. Starring the beloved and kind-hearted Steve Urkel, the breakout character from the series Family Matters, Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie! features the voices of Jaleel White (as Steve Urkel), joined by Nicole Byer (“Nailed It”), Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”), and Kym Whitley (“The Bay”). The film will be available exclusively on Digital from participating digital platforms where you purchase movies, including Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, and more, on November 21, 2023.
The holiday season is here, and brilliant but accident-prone super genius Steve Urkel has only one mission: to make the holidays the best they can be for everyone! However, things are off to a not so merry start after he ruins a celebration at his local shopping mall and humiliates the department store Santa. Hoping to make things right, Steve invents a device that helps people spread holiday cheer but it only manages to make things worse. Using his big brain and even bigger heart, it’s up to Steve to help the city rediscover the holiday spirit.
Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie! is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. The film is co-directed by Bryan Newton, who also serves as supervising producer, Richard Pose and Jojo Ramos Patrick and written by Wyatt Cenac who also serves as executive producer. Jaleel White serves as producer. Robert L. Boyett and Sam Register serve as executive producers.
Disney Animation’s “Wish” Wednesdays Fifth Song Release: “Knowing What I Know Now”—New Videos Now Available – In Theaters November 22nd
Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Music Group’s latest song release, “Knowing What I Know Now,” is now available on SiriusXM’s Disney Hits Channel 133, YouTube, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music and all digital service providers. Performed by Ariana DeBose as Asha, Angelique Cabral as Queen Amaya and “Wish” cast members, the song is the final song to be revealed as part of the weekly “Wish Wednesdays” music rollout ahead of the film’s launch in U.S. theaters on November 22. All seven songs in the film were penned by Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Julia Michaels and Grammy®-winning producer/songwriter/musician Benjamin Rice.
According to director Chris Buck, “Knowing What I Know Now” showcases the moment when the people around Asha realize that she is on the right path as she takes on the formidable king and his intentions for most of the wishes. “It’s a bit of a rally cry that shows the depth of her support system,” said Buck. “Asha is leading the charge all alone at first, but when her friends and an important figure in the community see that change is in order, Asha’s journey is validated and fueled.”
“Everyone finally starts opening their eyes to what Magnifico really is,” said Michaels. “Asha is trying to get her friends to join her in the fight to get everyone their wishes back. By the end of the song, everyone’s in it together. It’s drum-heavy and emotional.”
Rice says he loves the song because of the raw energy and truth to power that the song speaks. “It is a powerful moment that gives me goosebumps every time,” he said. “The bridge of this song is one of my favorite musical moments of the film and it encapsulates the journey that the teens have been on in their own struggle to stand up to Magnifico.”
The Wish Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from Walt Disney Records will be available this Friday on all streaming platforms. Fans can pre-order the CD here and the vinyl here. “This Wish” 10” Star Die-Cut Picture Disc can be preordered here and will be available December 1, exclusively at Disney Music Emporium.
THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE BARN Available On DIGITAL DECEMBER 5th
In this holiday horror comedy, Bill (Martin Starr) moves his American wife Carol (Amrita Acharia) and children Nora (Zoe Winter-Hansen) and Lucas (Townes Bunner) to Norway where he’s inherited a family estate. While Bill dreams of turning the adjourning barn into a bed and breakfast, his family struggles to adapt to Scandinavian life. Lucas discovers a mischievous barn elf from ancient folklore living in the barn with a set of rules the family must follow. When Bill dismisses Lucas’s warnings and fails to follow sacred holiday traditions, the elf plots to get rid of the American intruders at any cost.
New seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Patrick Star Show, and Kamp Koral are coming to DVD on December 5th
The SpongeBob multidimensional universe continues to grow with three brand new DVD releases! Get ready for another hilarious season with SpongeBob and other beloved Bikini Bottom residents in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Thirteenth Season. Step into the whimsical mind of Patrick Star as he puts on his very own variety show on The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 2. Join young SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, and a teenage Squidward for some classic summer camp fun in Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1, Volume 2. Make your way through each dimension in the epic crossover episode “The Tidal Zone: A SpongeBob Universe Special” where all three shows collide! This hour-long first-ever crossover special is included on each DVD.
Make a splash in your DVD collection with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Thirteenth Season; The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 2; Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1, Volume 2 each will be available on DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, for the suggested retail price of $10.99.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Thirteenth Season synopsis:
Let’s celebrate another season of SpongeBob, with the arrival of its thirteenth hilarious season. Let’s see all the friends of the most famous sponge in the ocean. This release features all 26 episodes from the 13th season on 3-discs.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Thirteenth Season episodes:
- A Place for Pets / Lockdown for Love
- Under the Small Top / Squidward’s Sick Daze
- Goofy Scoopers / Pat the Dog
- Something Narwhal This Way Comes / C.H.U.M.S
- SpongeBob’s Road to Christmas
- Potato Puff / There Will Be Grease
- The Big Bad Bubble Bass / Sea-Man Sponge Haters Club
- Food PBFFT! Truck / Upturn Girls
- Say Awww! / Patrick the Mailman
- Captain Pipsqueak / Plane to Sea
- Squidferatu / Slappy Daze
- Welcome to Binary Bottom / You’re Going to Pay…Phone / A Skin Wrinkle in Time
- Abandon Twits / Wallhalla
- Salty Sponge / Karen for Spot
- Arbor Day Disarray / Ain’t That The Tooth
- Ma and Pa’s Big Hurrah / Yellow Pavement
- The Flower Plot / SpongeBob on Parade
- Delivery to Monster Island / Ride Patrick Ride
- Hot Crossed Nuts / Sir Urchin and Snail Fail
- Friendiversary / Mandatory Music
- Dopey Dick / Plankton and the Beanstalk
- My Friend Patty / Fun-Believable
- Spatula of the Heavens / Gary’s Playhouse
- Swimming Fools/ The Goobfather
- Squidbird / Allergy Attack!
- Big Top Flop / Sandy, Help Us!
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Thirteenth Season fast facts:
Street Date: December 5, 2023
Catalog: 191329256152 (US)
Audio: Dolby Digital English 5.1, Dolby Digital Spanish 2.0
US Rating: Not Rated
US M.S.R.P.: $10.99
The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 2 synopsis:
In this SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off series, join Patrick Star, everyone’s favorite sea star, as he hosts a variety show in his room – inspired by the inner machinations of his mind. Patrick constantly and hilariously disrupts his family with his wild whims and surreal imagination. This release features the remaining 13 episodes of Season 1.
The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 2 episodes:
- Shrinking Stars / FitzPatrick
- Uncredible Journey / Host-A-Palooza
- Backpay Payback / House Hunting
- The Drooling Fool / Patrick’s Got A Zoo Loose
- The Patterfly Effect / A Space Affair To Remember
- Home Ecch! / Fun & Done!
- The Lil’ Patscals / The Prehistoric Patrick Star Show
- The Patrick Show Sells Out / Neptune’s Ball
- Dad’s Stache Stash / A Root Galoot
- The Starry Awards / Blorpsgiving
- Stuntin’ / Olly Olly Organ Free
- Which Witch Is Which? / Get Off My Lawnie
- Bubble Bass Reviews / Patrick’s Prison Pals
The Patrick Star Show: Season 1, Volume 2 fast facts:
Street Date: December 5, 2023
Catalog: 191329256909 (US)
Audio: Dolby Digital English 5.1, Dolby Digital Spanish 2.0
US Rating: Not Rated
US M.S.R.P.: $10.99
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1, Volume 2 synopsis:
SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy’s adventures continue at Kamp Koral. The campers befriend a ghost camper, have a demolition derby under Lake Yuckymuck, and continue to drive their teenage campy counselor Squidward absolutely crazy! Camp Master Krabs finally hires a camp nurse, and he also hires the Flying Dutchman to run the camp store. This volume contains the second half of Season One, episodes 14-26, plus The Tidal Zone: A SpongeBob Universe Special, in a 2-disc set.
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1, Volume 2 episodes:
- Help Not Wanted / Camp Spirit
- Hill-Fu / Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out
- First and Last Aid / Night of the Living Stench
- Camp Crossbones / The Jelly Life
- Lake Crashers / Boo Light Special
- Painting with Squidward / Kamp Kow
- Helter Shelter / Reveille Revolution
- The Switch Glitch / Prickly Pests
- Are You Smarter than a Smart Cabin? / Deep Sea Despot
- Regi-Hilled / The Perfect Camper
- Eye of the Hotdog / Patrick Takes the Cake
- The Taste of Defeat / Scaredy Squirrel
- Hats off to Space / In a Nut’s Shell
Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years – Season 1, Volume 2 fast facts:
Street Date: December 5, 2023
Catalog: 191329256213 (US)
Audio: Dolby Digital English 5.1, Dolby Digital Spanish 2.0
US Rating: Not Rated
US M.S.R.P.: $10.99
THE ABYSS: SPECIAL EDITION – COMING TO THEATERS FOR SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EVENT – December 6th
On Wednesday, December 6, 20th Century Studios will present Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Cameron’s “The Abyss: Special Edition” in theaters for a special one-night-only event. Fans will be able to experience Cameron’s thrilling underwater sci-fi adventure for the first time in stunning, remastered 4K. Tickets go on sale beginning November 20 and can be purchased at Fandango or wherever tickets are sold.
James Cameron says, “If you haven’t seen the film before, this is the way to experience it, and if you have, it will be like the first time all over again. So, get out to the theaters and enjoy.”
ABOUT “THE ABYSS”:
In this underwater sci-fi adventure written and directed by James Cameron, a nuclear sub mysteriously sinks and a private oil rig crew, led by foreman Bud Brigman (Ed Harris), is recruited to join a team of Navy SEALs on a search and rescue effort. The group soon finds themselves on a spectacular life-and-death odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, where they find a mysterious force that could either change the world — or destroy it. “The Abyss” stars Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn.
OUR SON in Theaters December 8th | Out on VOD December 15th
Nicky (Luke Evans), a book publisher devoted to his work, lives with his husband Gabriel (Billy Porter), a former actor and stay-at-home dad, and their eight year-old son, Owen. Gabriel loves Owen more than anything; Nicky loves Gabriel more than anything. Despite appearances, Gabriel has been dissatisfied with their marriage for some time and files for divorce, leading to a custody battle that forces both of them to confront the changing reality of their love for each other and for their son.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID CHRISTMAS: CABIN FEVER – Streaming on Disney+ December 8th
Get ready for the Wimpiest Christmas ever! Today, Disney+ released the trailer and key art for “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever,” the latest animated movie based on Jeff Kinney’s wildly successful book series. The original adventure, which is a hilarious and heartfelt holiday tale centered around everyone’s favorite disaster-prone middle school student, will premiere December 8, 2023, exclusively on Disney+.
The winter holidays are turning out to be especially stressful for Greg Heffley this year. After accidentally damaging a snowplow while making a snowman with best friend Rowley Jefferson, Greg worries he won’t get the new video game console he so desperately wants for Christmas. To make matters worse, he gets snowed in with his family, including his grumpy older brother Rodrick and annoying younger brother Manny. Directed by Luke Cormican (“Teen Titans Go!) and written and produced by Jeff Kinney, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever” features the voices of Wesley Kimmel (“The Mandalorian”), Spencer Howell (“Ithaca”), Chris Diamantopoulos (“Beavis and Butt-Head”), Erica Cerra (“Power Rangers”), and Hunter Dillon (“Deadpool 2”).
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever” will stream December 8, 2023, exclusively on Disney+.
FAST CHARLIE – In Select Theaters and On Demand December 8th
Charlie Swift (Pierce Brosnan), aka “Fast Charlie,” is a fixer with a problem: the target he’s whacked is missing his head. And he must prove it’s the intended target to the man who paid for the hit – New Orleans’ most prominent and most ruthless mobster, Beggar Mercado (Gbenga Akinnagbe). Charlie enlists Marcie Kramer (Morena Baccarin), the victim’s ex-wife and a woman with the backbone and skillset Charlie needs. Dragging Marcie back into a past she was determined to escape sends the two of them on a wild and unpredictable odyssey that’s unexpectedly amusing, action propelled, and ultimately heartfelt. Along the way, Charlie and Marcie fight to protect the legacy of Charlie’s best friend and mentor, Stan Mullen (James Caan in his final performance), while bringing down Beggar and his entire operation.
MERRY LITTLE BATMAN | Official Trailer – Streaming on Prime Video December 8th
Merry Little Batman is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and based on characters from DC
This Christmas, Damian Wayne wants to be a superhero like his dad—the one and only Batman. When Damian is left home alone while Batman takes on Gotham’s worst supervillains on Christmas Eve, he stumbles upon a villainous plot to steal Christmas and leaps at the chance to save the day.
Experience THE BOY AND THE HERON in IMAX® – Tickets Now on Sale – In Theaters December 8th
For the first time, experience acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki’s THE BOY AND THE HERON in IMAX for one-week only.
Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years, The Boy and the Heron is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award®-winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film “Spinning Globe” was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.
Experience WONKA in IMAX® – Tickets Now on Sale! – In Theaters December 15th
Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.
Netflix’s CHICKEN RUN: DAWN OF THE NUGGET | Trailer Debut – Streaming December 15th
From the multi Academy and BAFTA award-winning Aardman (Creature Comforts, Wallace & Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep), and Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated director Sam Fell (ParaNorman and Flushed Away, respectively), comes Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the beloved and highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time, Chicken Run. Having pulled off a death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger has finally found her dream – a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock, far from the dangers of the human world. When she and Rocky hatch a little girl called Molly, Ginger’s happy ending seems complete. But back on the mainland the whole of chicken-kind faces a new and terrible threat. For Ginger and her team, even if it means putting their own hard-won freedom at risk – this time, they’re breaking in!
ROLE PLAY -On Prime Video January 12th, 2024
ROLE PLAY features an all-star cast including Kaley Cuoco (Based on a True Story, The Flight Attendant, The Big Bang Theory), David Oyelowo (Selma, Silo, Interstellar), Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman franchise, Gladiator), and Bill Nighy (Living, Valkyrie, Love Actually). The film is directed by Thomas Vincent (Possessions, Bodyguard, Reacher) and co-written by Andrew Baldwin (Invasion, The Outsider,) and Seth W. Owen (Morgan, All Nighter).
Emma has a wonderful husband and two kids in the suburbs of New Jersey—she also has a secret life as an assassin for hire, a secret that her husband David discovers when the couple decide to spice up their marriage with a little role play.
MGM+’s “BELGRAVIA: THE NEXT CHAPTER” – Streaming January 14th, 2024
Belgravia: The Next Chapter is a continuation of the hit historical drama named for—and set in—the affluent London district that became synonymous with the upper echelons of London society in the 19th century. From the team behind Downton Abbey and The Gilded Age, this series follows the next generation of Belgravia’s residents alongside a few familiar faces.
Belgravia: The Next Chapter is a Carnival Films co-production with MGM+ Studios and will be distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution. Carnival Films is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Belgravia: The Next Chapter picks up in 1871, three decades after the events depicted in the 2020 limited series, which was written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey, The Gilded Age) and based on his novel of the same name. Developed and written by critically acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Helen Edmundson, the series tells the love story of Frederick Trenchard (Benjamin Wainwright), the third Lord Trenchard, and his new love interest, Clara Dunn (Harriet Slater), who is a newcomer to London society. Unaware that his birth was the product of an affair between his mother Susan (Alice Eve) and the scoundrel John Bellasis (Adam James), a troubled childhood has left Frederick deeply insecure, which challenges his courtship of, and marriage to, Clara.
“I’m so proud of everything this dedicated team accomplished with the original Belgravia series. I cannot wait for the world to return to Belgravia for this new iteration, expertly crafted by Helen Edmundson,” said Julian Fellowes, Executive Producer. “Old and new fans alike will be swept off their feet with an emotionally engaging story, memorable characters, and brilliant production and costume design.”
The series starsHarriet Slater as “Clara Trenchard (née Dunn)”, Benjamin Wainwright as “Frederick Trenchard”, Edward Bluemel as “Dr. Stephen Ellerby”, Toby Regbo as “Rev. James Trenchard”, Hannah Onslow as “Emily Dunn”, Sophie Thompson as “Mrs. Dunn”, Claude Perron as “The Marquise D’Etagnac”, Sophie Winkleman as “the Duchess of Rochester”, and Elaine Cassidy as “Davison”. Alice Eve as “Susan Trenchard” and Richard Goulding as “Oliver Trenchard” also return from the original series.
The series reunites Carnival’s award-winning creative team behind the original series. Led by Gareth Neame, he and Nigel Marchant serve as executive producers with Julian Fellowes and Joanna Strevens. Helen Edmundson serves as showrunner and executive producer. The series is directed by John Alexander, Paul Wilmshurst, Marisol Adler, and Roger Goldby. Colin Wratten, who produced the original series, returns as producer.
THE RAID REDEMPTION Available On 4K ULTRA HD™ JANUARY 16th
Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, they find themselves stranded on the 6th floor with no way out. The unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission.
DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIALS THE RAID: REDEMPTION is presented on 4K Ultra HD disc with a completely new color grade under director Gareth Evans’s supervision. This new edition of the film is presented by XYZ Films and Merantau Films. The disc also includes both the Original Indonesian Score and the International Score by Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese.
4K ULTRA HD DISC
- Unrated version of the feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision, approved by director Gareth Evans
- Indonesia/Bahasa Atmos + Indonesia/Bahasa & English 5.1 audio
- Unrated version of the feature presented in high definition
- 5.1 Indonesian and English audio
- Special Features:
- Commentary with Gareth Evans
- Behind-the-Scenes Video Blogs
- Inside the Score
- In Conversation with Gareth Evans and Mike Shinoda
- An Evening with Gareth Evans, Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
- Behind the Music with Mike Shinoda and Joe Trapanese
- Anatomy of a Scene with Gareth Evans
- Claycat’s The Raid
- The Raid TV Show Ad (circa 1994)
- Theatrical Trailer
Blu-ray™, 4K UHD and DVD include a digital code for movie and bonus materials as listed above, redeemable via Movies Anywhere for a limited time. Movies Anywhere is open to U.S. residents age 13+. Visit MoviesAnywhere.com for terms and conditions.
Imaginary – IN THEATERS MARCH 8, 2024
From Blumhouse, the genre-defining masterminds behind FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S and M3GAN, comes an original horror film that taps into the innocence of imaginary friends – and begs the question: Are they really figments of childhood imagination or is something more terrifying lying just beneath?
When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice (Pyper Braun) develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement. Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister.
As Alice’s behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.
Lionsgate and Blumhouse present, a Tower of Babble production.
Arthur the King – In Theaters March 22nd, 2024
Over the course of ten days and 435 miles, an unbreakable bond is forged between pro adventure racer Michael Light (Mark Wahlberg) and a scrappy street dog companion dubbed Arthur. Based on an incredible true story, ARTHUR THE KING follows Light, desperate for one last chance to win, as he convinces a sponsor to back him and a team of athletes(Simu Liu, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Ali Suliman) for the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Dominican Republic. As the team is pushed to their outer limits of endurance in the race, Arthur redefines what victory, loyalty and friendship truly mean.
Lionsgate presents, in association with eOne, a Tucker Tooley Entertainment / Mark Canton / Municipal Pictures production.
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES, on March 22nd, 2024
Focus Features will release filmmaker Kobi Libii’s feature directorial debut, THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES, on March 22, 2024. Libii is an alumnus of both the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and Directors Lab, where he first developed the project. THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES is a fresh, satirical comedy about a young man, Aren, who is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white people’s lives easier.
The film stars Justice Smith, David Alan Grier, An-Li Bogan, Drew Tarver, Michaela Watkins, Rupert Friend and Nicole Byer, and is produced by Julia Lebedev and Eddie Vaisman of Sight Unseen, Angel Lopez and Kobi Libii.
Kobi Libii is a writer/director/actor, most recently seen writing and performing on Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper.
The First Omen in Theaters April 5th, 2024
20th Century Studios released a first look at its upcoming psychological thriller “The First Omen.” The film, which is a prequel to the classic horror film franchise, will open April 5, 2024, exclusively in theaters nationwide.
When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. “The First Omen” stars Nell Tiger Free (“Servant”), Tawfeek Barhom (“Mary Magdalene”), Sonia Braga (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Ralph Ineson (“The Northman”), and Bill Nighy (“Living”). The film is directed by Arkasha Stevenson, based on characters created by David Seltzer (“The Omen”), with a story by Ben Jacoby (“Bleed”) and a screenplay by Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas (“Firestarter”). The producers are David S. Goyer (“Hellraiser”) and Keith Levine (“The Night House”) and the executive producers are Tim Smith, Whitney Brown (“Rosaline”), and Gracie Wheelan.
UNSUNG HERO | Official Trailer & Poster Available Now – In Theaters April 26th
Based on a remarkable true story, Unsung Hero follows David Smallbone as he moves his family from Down Under to the States, searching for a brighter future after his successful music company collapses. With nothing more than their seven children, suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives. Helen’s faith stands against all odds and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs. With their own dreams on hold, David and Helen begin to realize the musical prowess in their children, who would go on to become two of the most successful acts in Inspirational Music history: five-time GRAMMY Award®-winning artists for KING + COUNTRY and Rebecca St. James.
‘SAND LAND: THE SERIES’ – A NEW JAPANESE ANIME FROM THE CREATOR OF ‘DRAGON BALL’ COMING SPRING 2024 EXCLUSIVELY TO HULU
In spring 2024, audiences are invited to revisit the dry and desolate wasteland of Sand Land in “Sand Land: The Series,” an exhilarating new Japanese anime coming exclusively to Hulu.
In “Sand Land: The Series,” viewers are transported to a world where the water supply is all but dried up, with the small amount remaining controlled by a greedy king. Tired of suffering under the king’s rule, Sheriff Rao reaches out to Sand Land’s demons for help, and together they set off on a journey to discover the “Legendary Spring”.
An exciting retelling of the hit 2023 “Sand Land” movie, “Sand Land: The Series”will build upon the movie’s original universe, telling new stories featuring the beloved Fiend Prince Beelzebub, Sheriff Rao, and Thief.
Based on the popular short story by Akira Toriyama, the creator of “Dragon Ball” and “Dr. Slump,” “Sand Land: The Series” is a collaboration between Sunrise, the anime studio behind “Mobile Suit Gundam”and “Love Live! Series”; anime studio Kamikaze Douga, which has gained attention for POPTEPIC and for creating the title sequence for “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”; and ANIMA, which specializes in high-quality 3DCG animation.
Starring Mutsumi Tamura as the voice of the Fiend Prince Beelzebub, Kazuhiro Yamaji as the voice of Rao, Chō as the voice of Thief, Satoshi Tsuruoka as the voice of General Are, and Nobuo Tobita as the voice of Supreme Commander Zeu, “Sand Land: The Series” is directed by Toshihisa Yokoshima and is adapted for the screen from Akira Toriyama’s original graphic novel by Hayashi Mori.
Hulu will be celebrating “Sand Land: The Series,” as well as several of its most popular Anime titles – Hulu Originals “Undead Unluck”and “Tokyo Revengers,” as well as“Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War” – at this weekend’s Anime NYC convention. Attendees who visit the Hulu Animayhem booth will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in these fan-favorite titles with unique photo opportunities and specialty giveaways including a keychain, Animayhem poster, and Hulu green boba tea.