Reggie, a border terrier who gets lost in the city and meets some other dogs, including a Boston terrier (Jamie Foxx), an Australian shepherd (Isla Fisher), and a great Dane (Randall Park), who help him find his way home to his master, Doug (Will Forte), is voiced by Will Ferrell in Josh Greenbaum’s live-action/CGI comedy. Sweet, doesn’t it sound? The novel’s trick is that it isn’t intended for kids. The characters in this talking-animal movie swear at one other and engage in a variety of other antics, which is why the movie has a R rating in the US. Greenbaum said of the film, “It’s really very funny but emotionally grounded,” to Tamera Jones at Collider. “It’s a film about relationships, unhealthy, toxic relationships, how we deal with them, how we found our own sense of self-worth, and how our friends play into that.” But the most of it involves dogs yelling at one another.
2. Red, White & Royal Blue
A transatlantic romance between a wealthy British man and a rebellious American woman? Richard Curtis: So far, so good. The only distinction between the British and the Americans in Red, White, and Royal Blue is that both are male. This romantic comedy, which was adapted from Casey McQuiston’s bestseller and became a BookTok success, centers on Prince Henry (Nicholas Galitzine), the grandson of the British king (Stephen Fry), and Alex (Taylor Zakhar Perez), the son of the US president (Uma Thurman). Matthew López, who received a Tony Award for his play The Inheritance, is the film’s director. López said to Anna Moeslein of Glamour, “I never imagined I’d read a book with a queer Latino character at the center – a character who is clever and passionate and flawed and hopeful.
The director and star of 2021’s Shiva Baby, Emma Seligman, and Rachel Sennott reunite for another crazy comedy, although this one has a lot more nose breaks and black eyes. Two gay best friends, played by Sennott and Ayo Edebiri (The Bear), are sick of being the least popular students in their high school. In the gym, they decide to start a self-defense class, primarily to draw cheerleaders, but it quickly turns into a vicious fight club. Ready for American Pie to seem childish? asks Mashable’s Kristy Puchko. The screenplay’s co-authors, Seligman and Sennott, describe Bottoms as being “way wilder, way wackier, and way, way more gay” than the standard teen sex comedy produced by Hollywood.
4. Blue Beetle
In DC’s most recent superhero production, Jaime Reyes (Xolo Mariduea from Cobra Kai) is forced to battle the evil Carapax (Raoul Max Trujillo) after accepting the Scarab, an alien device that transforms into a suit of high-tech armor. This is the first superhero blockbuster to have a Mexican lead character, multiple sequences with Spanish speech, and a largely Latino cast and crew (including a Puerto Rican director, Angel Manuel Soto). The teaser might make Blue Beetle appear too similar to Iron Man for comfort. “The only thing that is on my mind right now is just the fact that he’s Latino,” Maridueña told Variety when he was cast.
For his most recent subtle love drama, Ira Sachs (Love Is Strange, Little Men) relocates from the US to France. Passages, which was co-written with Mauricio Zacharias, a frequent collaborator, depicts a tangled love triangle, albeit it is debatable how much true love is involved. Its narcissistic anti-hero is Tomas (Franz Rogowski), a German director living in Paris who struggles to balance his relationship with his lover Agathe (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and his husband Martin (Ben Whishaw). With “a streak of caustic humour and a cool, bristling intensity… Passages may not be Sachs’ best, but it’s his boldest,” writes Jon Frosch in The Hollywood Reporter.
6. King on Screen
Even though he didn’t create screenplays, Stephen King is one of the most important authors in the history of cinema. More than 80 films and TV shows have been based on King’s books and short stories, starting with Brian de Palma’s 1976 adaptation of his first novel, Carrie. These include popular horror films like The Shining, Pet Sematary, and It as well as numerous significant works in other genres, like Stand by Me and The Shawshank Redemption. Several of the directors who have adapted Stephen King’s works debate the premise that his likable characters and small-town settings are just as vital as the monsters that plague them in Daphné Baiwir’s documentary. Louisa Moore argues that while it really helps if you are familiar with his body of work.
An estimated 30,000 residents of Fremont, California, are of Afghan heritage. The protagonist of the movie with the same name, Donya (newcomer Anaita Wali Zada), experiences loneliness and alienation. She is a young woman who worked in Afghanistan as a translator for the US government and is plagued by insomnia and remorse for leaving her family behind. However, when Donya confides in her therapist (Gregg Turkington) and accepts a job penning the fortunes for Chinese fortune cookies in nearby San Francisco, Babak Jalali’s low-budget, black-and-white comedy drama gives her some hope. “It’s an intimate dramedy that strikes a delicate balance between melancholy and wryness,” Hannah Strong in Little White Lies comments.
8. Heart of Stone
There are many thrilling action films about traveling secret agents, yet still today, practically all of those secret agents are guys. Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot wants to alter that. Heart of Stone, which is meant to be the start of a series, stars Galdot as spy Rachel Stone, who must prevent the Heart from getting into the hands of the adversary. “The thing that Gal and [producers at] Skydance spoke about a lot was they wanted Rachel to be a character that wasn’t just a female actress playing a sort of male character, but a woman at the heart of it who was responding differently,” the movie’s director Tom Harper said to Sydney Bucksbaum of EW.
9. Dreamin’ Wild
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson was the subject of Bill Pohlad’s film Love & Mercy, which starred Paul Dano as the young Brian and John Cusack as the middle-aged Brian. Another unorthodox rock ‘n’ roll biopic directed by Pohlad with a back-and-forth narrative and casting strategy: Noah Jupe and Jack Dylan Grazer play teenage Don and Joe Emerson, who in 1979 make an album on their family farm. However, unlike the Beach Boys, they were never successful. Walton Goggins and Casey Affleck portray them during the time their music started to gain popularity, which was thirty years later. Is the brothers’ late achievement a fulfillment of a dream or a sobering reminder of the life they might have lived? According to Marshall Shaffer at Playlist, Dreamin’ Wild is “another moving tale of personal and artistic redemption.” Not heirlooms or iconographies, but individuals are what Pohlad specializes in. He is grounded in ordinary humanity rather than the high stakes of hagiography.
10. White Bird
The 2017 drama Wonder, which was based on the best-selling book by RJ Palacio, was about Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), a young man who experienced bullying at school due to a facial defect. The sequel is called White Bird, but it’s not the kind of sequel you’d anticipate. It doesn’t follow Auggie’s journey anymore; instead, it focuses on Julian (Bryce Gheisar), one of the bullies. And instead of focusing on Julian, it tells the story of Julian’s grandmother (Helen Mirren), a Jewish-French schoolgirl who was concealed from the Nazis during World War Two. Marc Forster (A Man Called Otto, Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) is the film’s director. “Occasionally life affords us the rare and lovely opportunity to uplift and inspire people through the art of storytelling.”