Weekly Entertainment Digest - September 17th

Weekly Entertainment Digest – September 17th

It may not seem like there’s a lot happening every week, but we’re starting to get a better look at what we can expect this fall and into the winter for movies and series. From the big Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and all of their properties announcing new titles at D23, to new trailers and first looks dropping almost every day. There’s a lot happening this week in movies.

Don’t miss out on the movie screenings while tickets are still available and be sure to check out the latest announcements from D23, our reviews and what to expect in theaters and streaming in our updated release schedule!

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR “AVATAR,” RETURNING TO THEATERS SEPTEMBER 23

Tickets are now on sale for James Cameron’s Academy Award®-winning 2009 global phenomenon “Avatar,” returning to theaters September 23 for the first time in stunning 4K High Dynamic Range. The feature will also be available in Dolby 3D, IMAX 3D, Premium Large Format screens, RealD 3D and additional formats nationwide.

Written and directed by Academy Award® winner James Cameron, “Avatar” stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver. The film was produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. Nominated for nine Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, the film won three Oscars®, for Best Cinematography, Production Design and Visual Effects.

CLERKS III is coming exclusively to theaters starting September 13th through September 18th

Clerks III Review

Lionsgate, in partnership with Fathom Events, will be releasing CLERKS III exclusively in theaters starting September 13th through September 18th.

Following a massive heart attack, Randal enlists his friends and fellow clerks Dante, Elias, Jay, and Silent Bob to make a movie immortalizing his life at the convenience store that started it all.

Goodnight Mommy – Official NEW Images Available Now – Amazon Prime September 16

When twin brothers (Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti) arrive at their mother’s (Naomi Watts) country home to discover her face covered in bandages—the result, she explains, of recent cosmetic surgery—they immediately sense that something doesn’t add up. She sets strange new house rules, smokes in her bathroom, and secretly rips up a drawing they gave her—things their loving mother would never do. As her behavior grows increasingly bizarre and erratic, a horrifying thought takes root in the boys’ minds: The sinking suspicion that the woman beneath the gauze, who’s making their food and sleeping in the next room, isn’t their mother at all.  

DON’T WORRY DARLING – In Select IMAX® Theatres – 9/23

An audacious, twisted and visually stunning psychological thriller, Don’t Worry Darling is a powerhouse feature from director Olivia Wilde that boasts intoxicating performances from Florence Pugh and Harry Styles, surrounded by the impressive and pitch-perfect cast. 

MONA LISA AND THE BLOOD MOON – In Theaters, On Digital and On Demand September 30, 2022

Kate Hudson and Jun Jong Seo star in this mind-bending thriller from visionary director Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night). When a struggling single-mother (Hudson) befriends a mysterious mental institute escapee with supernatural powers (Jong Seo), she sees a lucrative opportunity to make some fast cash. But when they draw the attention of a detective (Craig Robinson), their luck starts to run out as the cops close in on their crime-spree.

Ramy Season Three Premieres on Hulu September 30

Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Ramy Youssef returns to Hulu for his critically-acclaimed performance in the Hulu Original comedy series “Ramy.” The series follows first-generation, Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan (Youssef) and his family as they navigate spirituality in their politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. “Ramy” continues to bring a new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it’s like to be caught between a religious community who believes life is a moral test, and a millennial generation that doubts an afterlife even exists. In the third season, his family is forced to confront having lived a life dedicated to worldly concerns — and in some cases, lies — while Ramy all but abandons his spiritual journey, instead dedicating himself to him and his uncle’s diamond business.  

THE GOOD HOUSE – Opens Nationwide on September 30th

THE GOOD HOUSE follows Hildy Good (Sigourney Weaver), a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her compartmentalized life begins to unravel as she rekindles a romance with her old high-school flame, Frank Getchell (Kevin Kline), and becomes dangerously entwined in one person’s reckless behavior. Igniting long-buried emotions and family secrets, Hildy is propelled toward a reckoning with the one person she’s been avoiding for decades: herself.

DEVIL’S WORKSHOP – In Select Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 30

In this chilling psychological thriller featuring Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild), struggling actor Clayton (Timothy Granaderos) is desperate for a role as a demonologist. He contacts Eliza (Radha Mitchell, Man on Fire), an expert in devil lore, to help him prepare and spends the weekend at her home. Eliza forces Clayton to confront his troubling past, perform dark rituals, and sacrifice a goat. Does she want to help Clayton, seduce him—or destroy him? The shocking climax will set your soul ablaze.

AMSTERDAM” CHARACTER POSTERS NOW AVAILABLE – Opens Exclusively in Theaters October 7, 2022

Character posters from “Amsterdam,” the latest film from acclaimed writer/director David O. Russell, are now available. The 15 posters feature characters brought to life on screen by Academy Award® winner Christian Bale, two-time Oscar® nominee Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Zoe Saldaña, Mike Myers, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alessandro Nivola, with Oscar winner Rami Malek and two-time Academy Award winner Robert De Niro. “Amsterdam” opens exclusively in theaters October 7, 2022.

From 20th Century Studios, New Regency, and acclaimed filmmaker David O. Russell comes “Amsterdam,” an original crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history. A fascinating and richly intricate tale that brilliantly weaves historical fact with fiction for a timely, cinematic experience, the film Written and directed by five-time Oscar® nominee David O. Russell, “Amsterdam” is produced by Arnon Milchan, Matthew Budman, p.g.a., Anthony Katagas, p.g.a., David O. Russell, p.g.a., and Christian Bale, with Yariv Milchan, Michael Schaefer, Sam Hanson, Drake, and Adel “Future” Nur serving as executive producers.

LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE – Netflix October 7th

In LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE, based on the best-selling novel, ‘Ani FaNelli’ (Mila Kunis), a sharp-tongued New Yorker appears to have it all: a sought-after position at a glossy magazine, a killer wardrobe, and a dream Nantucket wedding on the horizon. But when the director of a crime documentary invites her to tell her side of the shocking incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Brentley School, Ani is forced to confront a dark truth that threatens to unravel her meticulously crafted life. Nicole Huff stars as ‘Oliva Kaplan’, the mean girl of Brentley School and an antagonist of ‘Ani’s’ when she was a student on campus, alienating her from others and causing her great pain. The film also stars Connie Britton, Jennifer Beals, and Justine Lupe (“Succession”), and was directed by Mike Barker (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and written by Jessica Knoll.

GRIMCUTTY TO TERRIFY TEENS ON OCTOBER 10 FOR HULUWEEN

 20th Digital Studio and Hulu premiered the trailer for “Grimcutty,” a horror feature film debuting October 10 as part of the streamer’s annual Huluween celebration. The teen tech horror/thriller is the first in a slate of nine feature-length films developed and expanded from 20th Digital’s short film collection “Bite Size Halloween.” “Grimcutty” will have its World Premiere at Beyond Fest in Los Angeles on October 6.

Directed and written by John William Ross (“The Birch”), “Grimcutty” follows a suburban teen girl (newcomer Sara Wolfkind) and her little brother (Callan Farris, “Gabby Duran & the Unsittables”) who must stop a terrifying internet meme brought to life by the hysteria of their parents, played by Usman Ally (“VEEP,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) and Shannyn Sossamon (“Wayward Pines,” “Sleepy Hollow”). Alona Tal (“SEAL Team”) also stars, as a mother whose son (Kayden Koshalev, “Search Party,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth”) is affected by the memetic monster.

Ross previously created the short horror film “Gregory,” which premiered on Hulu in 2020 in the first season of 20th Digital’s “Bite Size Halloween.” “Grimcutty” is a successor both in the aesthetic of the two titular creatures and in themes of mass hysteria, technology, and social dynamics.

“Grimcutty” was developed by 20th Digital Studio with David Worthen Brooks, Arbi Pedrossian, and Jenna Cavelle serving as executive producers. Production services were carried out by producers Dawn Fanning Moore and David Moore through their production company Capture.

Season three of “Bite Size Halloween” is available on Hulu on October 1, 2022 with 20 new horror and sci-fi shorts from emerging filmmakers. Another feature, “Matriarch,” from UK writer/director Ben Steiner, will premiere on October 21. Hulu previously announced that the nine-film slate with 20th Digital will include the upcoming “Clock” from Alexis Jacknow, and “Appendage” from Anna Zlokovic, among others.

TILL – First Look – In Select Theaters October 14th Everywhere October 28th

Till Movie Poster

Till is a profoundly emotional and cinematic film about the true story of Mamie Till Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice for her 14 year old son, Emmett Till, who, in 1955, was lynched while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In Mamie’s poignant journey of grief turned to action, we see the universal power of a mother’s ability to change the world.

Shantaram – New 12-episode Apple Original series premieres globally October 14 on Apple TV+

Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram” will make its global debut with the first three episodes of its 12-episode first season on  Friday, October 14, 2022, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday through December 16, 2022, on Apple TV+.

“Shantaram” follows a fugitive named Lin Ford (Hunnam) looking to get lost in vibrant and chaotic 1980s Bombay. Alone in an unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid the trouble he’s running from in this new place. After falling for an enigmatic and intriguing woman named Karla, Lin must choose between freedom or love and the complications that come with it.

In addition to Hunnam, the series also stars Shubham Saraf, Elektra Kilbey, Fayssal Bazzi, Luke Pasqualino, Antonia Desplat, Alyy Khan, Sujaya Dasgupta, Vincent Perez, David Field, Alexander Siddig, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Elham Ehsas, Rachel Kamath, Matthew Joseph, and Shiv Palekar.

The series is co-created, written and executive produced by Steve Lightfoot, who also serves as showrunner. Bharat Nalluri directs and executive produces. Andrea Barron, Nicole Clemens, Steve Golin and Justin Kurzel also executive produce along with Eric Warren Singer, who co-created the series. “Shantaram” is produced for Apple by Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content’s AC Studios.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have been honored with 275 wins and 1,152 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and this year’s Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

MATRIARCH WILL HAVE WORLD PREMIERE AT 2022 SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL – Premiering on Hulu October 21

Kate Dickie, known for her memorable mothering performances in ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Witch,’ stars as the titular “Matriarch” in a rural British body horror family drama, the second in a slate of nine feature-length films developed and expanded from 20th Digital Studio’s short film collection “Bite Size Halloween.” The Hulu Original film will hold its world premiere screening at the 2022 Screamfest Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, Calif., on October 11  – opening night – before premiering on the streamer for Huluween on October 21. Check out the full Screamfest lineup here.

UK filmmaker Ben Steiner (“Monsterland 2”) wrote and directed the film, led by Jemima Rooper (“The Girlfriend Experience,” “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin”). At a breaking point after a near-fatal overdose, a woman (Rooper) returns to her childhood home to confront her mother (Dickie) and her personal demons, but instead discovers a real one. “Matriarch” was shot in Bristol, England and  features supporting cast members Sarah Paul (“EastEnders”), Franc Ashman (“I May Destroy You”), and Keith David Bartlett.

Steiner’s short film “Urn” was a part of the 2018 “Huluween Film Fest,” in which all shorts were produced by 20th (then Fox) Digital Studio. A spiritual successor to “Urn,” “Matriarch” also deals with a toxic mother-daughter relationship and both films incorporate Steiner’s visual style.

“Matriarch” was developed by 20th Digital Studio with David Worthen Brooks, Arbi Pedrossian, and Jenna Cavelle serving as executive producers. Production services were carried out by Sharp House  producers Ian Sharp and Eoin O-Faolain, and co-producer Alexa Waugh.

“Matriarch” is part of the previously announced nine-film slate of Hulu Original horror features from 20th Digital based primarily on their “Bite Size Halloween” series of short films from emerging filmmakers including the upcoming “Clock” from Alexis Jacknow, and “Appendage” from Anna Zlokovic, among others. “Grimcutty” from writer/director John William Ross will premiere on October 10 and season three of “Bite Size Halloween” is available on Hulu on October 1 with 20 new horror and sci-fi shorts from emerging filmmakers.

THE MENU | Poster Debut – In Theaters November 18, 2022

A couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult) travels to a coastal island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu, with some shocking surprises.

The Fabelmans – In Select Theaters November 11, everywhere November 23

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans is written by Spielberg and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in AmericaCaroline, or Change), who has earned Oscar® nominations for his screenplays for Spielberg’s Lincoln and Munich. The film is produced by three-time Oscar® nominee Kristie Macosko Krieger p.g.a. (West Side StoryThe Post), Steven Spielberg p.g.a. and Tony Kushner p.g.a. The film is executive produced by Carla Raij (Maestro, co-producer West Side Story) and Josh McLaglen (Free GuyLogan).

The film stars Gabriel LaBelle (The PredatorAmerican Gigolo series) as 16-year-old aspiring filmmaker Sammy Fabelman; four-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams (Manchester by the SeaMy Week with Marilyn) as his artistic mother, Mitzi; Paul Dano (The BatmanThere Will Be Blood) as his successful, scientific father, Burt; Seth Rogen (Steve JobsAn American Pickle) as Bennie Loewy, Burt’s best friend and honorary “uncle” to the Fabelman children, and Academy Award® nominee Judd Hirsch (Uncut GemsOrdinary People) as Mitzi’s Uncle Boris. 

The ensemble cast includes Oscar® nominee Jeannie Berlin (The Heartbreak KidInherent Vice) as Sammy’s paternal grandmother, Hadassah Fabelman; Julia Butters (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood13 Hours) as Sammy’s sister Reggie; Robin Bartlett (MoonstruckLean on Me) as Sammy’s maternal grandmother Tina Schildkraut and Keeley Karsten (HuntersEvil Lives Here) as Sammy’s sister Natalie. 

The music is by five-time Academy Award® winner John Williams (Schindler’s ListJaws), the costume designer is two-time Oscar® winner Mark Bridges (The ArtistPhantom Thread) and the production designer is two-time Oscar® winner Rick Carter (LincolnAvatar). The Fabelmans is edited by three-time Academy Award® winner Michael Kahn ace (Saving Private RyanSchindler’s List) and Sarah Broshar (West Side StoryThe Post). The film’s director of photography is two-time Academy Award® winner Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s ListSaving Private Ryan). 

CORSAGE – Trailer Reveal – In Theaters December 23, 2022

CORSAGE – Still 2

Marie Kreutzer’s critically acclaimed period drama CORSAGE has been selected as Austria’s Official Oscar® Entry for Best International Feature Film. The film stars Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread, Old, Bergman Island) in a bold, mischievous, award-winning turn as the real-life Empress Elisabeth of Austria. Krieps won the Best Performance Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere. IFC Films will release CORSAGE in theaters in the U.S. on December 23, 2022. 

Written and directed by Kreutzer, CORSAGE follows Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Krieps), one of the most magnetic royals of the 19th century, who was idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends. But in 1877, ‘Sisi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset ever tighter. While Elisabeth’s role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless in Vienna. She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elisabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.

BABYLON – New Character Posters Available – In Theaters DECEMBER 25, 2022 (LIMITED) AND JANUARY 6, 2023 (WIDE)

From Damien Chazelle, BABYLON is an original epic set in 1920s Los Angeles led by Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and Diego Calva, with an ensemble cast including Jovan Adepo, Li Jun Li and Jean Smart. A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.

NEXT GOAL WINS | In Theaters April 21, 2023

Directed by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok), NEXT GOAL WINS follows the infamously terrible American Samoa soccer team, known for a brutal 2001 FIFA match they lost 31-0.

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