HAIL, CAESAR! (Comedy)

WHAT IT’S ABOUT? A Hollywood fixer (Josh Brolin) springs into action when a movie star (George Clooney) gets kidnapped and an actress (Scarlett Johansson) becomes pregnant.

WHO’S IN IT? Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill

  • Directed by the Coen Brothers.
  • The fictional movie studio Capitol Pictures also appeared in the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink.
  • This is George Clooney’s fourth appearance in a Coen Brothers movie, following O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Intolerable Cruelty(2003) and Burn After Reading (2008).
  • The film’s budget was $22 million.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES (Action)

WHAT IT’S ABOUT? In 19th-century England, Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) joins forces with zombie killer Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) to battle the undead.

WHO’S IN IT? Lily James, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Lena Headey

TRIVIA:

  • Based on the 2009 parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith which mashed up Jane Austen‘s 1813 novel with zombie fiction. Grahame-Smith also wrote Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.
  • Natalie Portman was originally cast as Elizabeth Bennet but dropped out over scheduling conflicts.
  • Matt Smith dated Lily James while they shot the movie.

THE CHOICE (Romance)

WHAT IT’S ABOUT? Travis (Benjamin Walker) and Gabby (Teresa Palmer) first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life’s most defining events.

WHO’S IN IT? Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Tom Wilkinson

  • Based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.
  • This is the 11th Nicholas Sparks book that’s been adapted into a movie.
  • Scott Eastwood was cast in this film but was replaced by Tom Welling. Scott was then made the star in The Longest Ride, another movie based on a Sparks novel.