We saw and enjoyed Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane last night, a legal-political thriller about lobbyists and politicians in DC. Recommended, especially if you liked Michael Clayton. Great performances by Mark Strong, John Lithgow, Sam Waterston and Alison Pil (both from HBO's The Newsroom), and my new "I will watch anything she's in just for her performance" Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Favorite "probably isn't in other film credits" entry for this film: a copyright acknowledgement at the end (where the brand names are acknowledged) for the textbook _Pulmonary Pathophysiology: The Essentials_: apparently the props dept bought a real textbook instead of mocking up one on their own.
Good news is this film doesn't focus on election cycles.
* Valerian - Luc Besson has apparently decided that the main problem with The Fifth Element is it was too slow and quiet with too many pastel shades and unsaturated colors. July.
* La La Land - Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and a musical about movies. I already like this movie and I haven't even seen it yet.
* Silence - Scorsese, Jesuits in feudal Japan. I'm expecting something in the vicinity ofThe Mission meets Shogun.
* Passengers - Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pine wake up from cryogenic sleep on a giant starship that should probably be named Titanic.
* 50 Shades Darker - for Valentine's Day. If you have a full movie to work with and the best trailer you can assemble has bad and clumsy dialogue and delivery, I think it may not be a good sign for the rest of the movie.