For millennia Asgard has stood tall, the impenetrable home of the gods. Until now. This November, Asgard will fall.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth, BLACK HAT), god of thunder and mighty Avenger, must team up with his diabolical brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston, KONG: SKULL ISLAND) to return their deposed father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins, TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT), to the throne of Asgard.
But when they get lost in the cosmos, their home is left defenseless before the marauding might of Hela (Cate Blanchett, CAROL), goddess of the underworld, who seeks nothing less than the utter destruction of the Norse gods. Thor must battle his way past fellow Avenger the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME) in an alien gladiator arena overseen by none other than Jeff Goldblum (JURASSIC PARK) as the Grandmaster. And that’s the easy part.
Directed by Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS), THOR: RAGNAROK is a rocking and rolling adventure across the spaceways, filled with fun and excitement, and with stakes that are higher than the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen before. Heavily influenced by comics legend Jack Kirby, THOR: RAGNAROK is a blast of imagination that will take you from one end of the universe to the other with a huge smile on your face.
Thirty years ago, Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) served in Vietnam alongside Sal (Bryan Cranston) and Mueller (Laurence Fishburne), with the three men forming friendships for life. Now, when his son is killed in action in Iraq, Doc gets the band back together to help him with the heart-rending funeral.
LAST FLAG FLYING is both an adaptation of Darryl Ponicsan’s 2005 novel and a “spiritual sequel” to Hal Ashby’s 1973 counterculture classic THE LAST DETAIL, with Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne taking over the roles originated by Randy Quaid, Jack Nicholson, and Otis Young. Celebrated director Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD, DAZED & CONFUSED, the BEFORE trilogy) brings the film to life with his trademark subtlety and attention to character, weaving a heartfelt and subversive tale of friendship and family.
Fresh from an opening-night appearance at the New York Film Festival, LAST FLAG FLYING follows up on a cult classic, and stands on its own as a funny, thoughtful road movie with a stellar cast and something to say.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, HANNA, BROOKLYN) is approaching the end of high school. 9/11 just shook the world, and her dad has lost his job, forcing her mother (Laurie Metcalf, ROSEANNE) to hold the family down. Desperate to escape her Northern California childhood, but too immature to make a decision, Lady Bird deploys punk-rock rebellion against everyone in her life, struggling to figure out where to go next - and who to be.
Greta Gerwig has been delighting the indie film scene in movies like FRANCES HA and MISTRESS AMERICA for over a decade. With LADY BIRD, she makes her solo writing and directing debut, bringing her sardonic, observational style - and more than a few of her own experiences - to a sophisticated and relatable mother-daughter story that speaks to multiple generations.
Both an intimate character piece and a universal statement, LADY BIRD is a coming-of-age story about all the joy, heartache, and naive selfishness of youth. The Toronto International Film Festival got on its feet for LADY BIRD’s premiere, and critics agree: it's a hilarious and genuine crowd-pleaser with brains and heart.
London businessman Quan (Jackie Chan) thought he’d put his past behind him, until a terrorist bombing claims the life of his daughter. But push Quan too far, and he’s going to push back.
Seeking revenge, Quan offers government official Hennessy (former 007 Pierce Brosnan) a hefty reward for the names of the bombers. But when the deal is refused, he embarks upon a cat-and-mouse face-off with Hennessy, whose own past may hold the key to the bombers’ identities. What unfolds is FOREIGNER: a propulsive conspiracy thriller with stakes no lower than life, death, and the truth.
Reuniting Brosnan with two-time BOND director Martin Campbell (GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE), FOREIGNER adds all-time action legend Jackie Chan to the mix, guaranteeing the kind of smart, physical action-thriller they don’t make enough of anymore.
The Magic Inn is a cheap motel in Orlando, Florida, and the people who live there are barely hanging on. These folks, well below the poverty line, struggle from day to day just to make ends meet. But THE FLORIDA PROJECT, the latest film from TANGERINE maestro Sean Baker, isn’t a grim wallow in the lives of the poor. It’s a poignant, heartfelt and deeply entertaining celebration of people on the edge, all told from the point of view of a rambunctious 6-year-old girl who views all of life as a big adventure.
Baker’s TANGERINE was a look at the lives of transgender prostitutes in LA, and like THE FLORIDA PROJECT, it was a film bursting with energy and humor. Baker brings his eye for realism and humanity from the City of Angels to the Magic Kingdom, but he doesn’t miss a move - if anything THE FLORIDA PROJECT is a major step forward for one of the most exciting young directors working today. While TANGERINE was shot on an iPhone (and, by the way, looked stunning), THE FLORIDA PROJECT is sumptuous in its 35mm cinematography.
Baker previously worked with non-professional actors, and while he still casts most of THE FLORIDA PROJECT with unknowns and real people, Willem Dafoe is incredible as the gruff manager of the motel, earning Oscar buzz coming out of the film’s Cannes debut. Dafoe is magic working with newcomers like Bria Vinaite, a feisty 22-year-old trying to raise her child with no money, and especially Brooklynn Prince as her daughter, Mooney, who Variety calls “a real find.”
Truthful and wonderful, THE FLORIDA PROJECT is one of this year’s must-see movies.