Marshall: Chadwick Boseman is future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in this legal drama from long lost Director Reginald Hudlin. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell co-star. RT: 86%
Hudlin has actually had an enormously successful career in television and comic book writing (he actually ran BET for some period of time) but he’s still probably best remembered for his early 90’s comedies like House Party and Boomerang. This is his first feature in 15 years.
Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman: True story about how the relationship between a psychologist (Luke Evans), his wife (Rebecca Hall) and their lover (Bella Heathcote) resulted in the creation of the superhero, Wonder Woman. RT: 87%
We’re two-for-two here with Directors who are making a return to features after an extended break. Like Hudlin, Robinson has primarily been doing television work in recent years and hasn’t directed a film since 2005’s Herbie: Fully Loaded. Yes, the director of a forgotten Lindsay Lohan film has made one of the better reviewed films of the year.
Side note: I really enjoyed Robinson’s short film, D.E.B.S. (a clever, sapphic Charlie’s Angels parody).
Happy Death Day: Great premise (Groundhog Day…as a horror film!), a perfect release date and in a nice surprise, an above average quality film should open #1 this weekend. Frankly, it would be a little embarrassing if it didn’t. RT: 68%
The Foreigner: This Jackie Chan / Pierce Brosnan action picture is somehow opening wide (I’m unsure whether STX is aware that it is not 2002) but hey, good for them I guess. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Goldeneye) is behind the camera, although that doesn’t mean much nowadays. RT: 56%
New and notable streaming
The Meyerowitz Stories: Noah Baumbach’s latest stars Adam Sandler (in a widely-praised performance), Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. RT: 91% (Netflix)
The Babysitter: McG (Charlie’s Angels, This Means War) directs this teen-centric horror picture starring Bella Thorne. The screenplay made the 2014 Black List, which is something, I guess. RT: 60% (Netflix)
Security: Antonio Banderas made a DTV, non-comedic version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and it really doesn’t look that bad. Bonus: they were able to pay Ben Kingsley’s quote! RT: No Reviews (Netflix)
Not a film, but…
Mindhunter: David Fincher and Charlize Theron produce this Netflix drama about the early days of the FBI’s Criminal Profiling Program. Fincher also directs the first two episodes. RT: 96% (Netflix)