Coming Soon Trailers: The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Life Itself.

Coming Soon Trailers: The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Life Itself.

Coming Soon Trailers: The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Life Itself.

The big screen gets wizards, warlocks and witches while the rental market summons nine new releases for streaming.

Coming Soon Trailers: The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Life Itself.
Now, with presumably less cannibals.

Well…this week’s ticket sales should be interesting!  Eli Roth, known for his gore soaked exploitation-style films, offers The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a young adult lit adaptation that appeals to fans of Harry Potter instead of Cannibal Holocaust devotees.  It is paired off against Life Itself, a multi-generational melodrama from the creator of TV’s This is Us.  Slipping in behind these two is Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore’s latest documentary/political polemic.   I can’t think of a better slate of wide releases to completely polarize theater-goers.  Maybe if they slipped in a shoddy faith based drama, but we’ve already got Unbroken: Path to Redemption stinking up the box office from last week.

The home market is a bit more even handed. We get a fairly uncontroversial documentary about Gilda Radner, a mystery, a love story, a dystopian dark comedy and usual slate of science fiction and horror.  My pick to keep an eye on is I Think We’re Alone Now, with Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage playing the last two people alive after a mysterious event.

Wide Release.

The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

A young orphan wants a normal life, but he is sent to live with an eccentric uncle (Jack Black) in a dilapidated old mansion.  It turns out that his uncle is a bumbling warlock,  his neighbor (Cate Blanchett) is a witch, and the house is a living artifact created by a semi-deceased evil wizard.

Life Itself.

From Spain to America, we follow three generations as love and tragedy shape their stories.

Fahrenheit 11/9.

Documentarian Michael Moore is not happy about the situation with Donald Trump, and he’s gonna tell you about it.

Video on Demand.

A Sibling Mystery.

Two siblings house sitting a posh apartment in NYC have their fantasy summer jeopardized when they win a lottery, but have the ticket stolen.  Now they have to trail a mysterious older woman who may have taken their meal ticket.

Lost Child.

An army vet returns to her home town to search for her brother, but instead finds a young boy in the woods by her house.  She attempts to help the child, but he may be hiding a dark and supernatural secret.


A couple going through fertility treatments are ready to welcome a baby, but as the pregnancy progresses sinister omens plague them.

I Think We’re Alone Now

Del (Peter Dinklage) is the last person alive, and he likes it that way.  His tidy post-apocalyptic world is upset by an interloper when a young woman (Elle Fanning) arrives.

Bel Canto.

A famous opera singer attends a gala in a South American dictatorship, where she strikes up a relationship with a wealthy Japanese businessman.  The party is crashed by a cadre of freedom fighters, forcing the wealthy guests to examine their consciences as the drama plays out.

Quincy (Netflix)

A documentary celebrating the life and achievements of musician, entertainer and mentor Quincy Jones.

Love, Gilda.

A documentary about comedian and star Gilda Radner, using new archival material and journals discovered by her estate.

Beyond the Sky.

A UFO skeptic attends a convention for abductees, hoping to debunk the credulous.  His opinion changes when he falls for a young woman who claims to be taken by aliens every seven years…with the next scheduled abduction being in a few days.

American Dresser.

A Vietnam vet loses his wife twice when her death reveals a long-kept secret.  Looking for answers, he and a friend fix up an American Dresser motorcycle and go on a cross-country trek.


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