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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Why We’re Hyped: The team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein made the astoundingly rare breakout modern comedy Game Night (2018), proving that there is still a market for laughs, it just requires something so high concept as gamifying the comedic ruleset, and also good actors given proper direction. All of this can be true with their Dungeons & Dragons effort, with Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Hugh Grant shaping up as a highly capable cast.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter

Why We’re Hyped: Amblin’s Dracula oddity keeps veering far off course, washing ashore as a strange ship, unguided by any captain. Same as how it goes in the epistolary book, wherein a mysterious ship is recovered by a town after it rolls in from the waves of a deep fog. Languishing in directing hell for well over a decade, the film has been boarded by Trollhunter (2010) and The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) helmer André Øvredal. Dracula remains good business and there is no “too many concurrent Dracula stories,” either enough get made or not enough get made.

Poor Things

Like Dracula, the Frankenstein story is inherently cinematic and deserves to always have films being made. This one is a feminist rendition adapted from the book by Alasdair Gray. No better choice for this stylized fable than distinctly absurdist filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos.

Cocaine Bear

Why We’re Hyped: The first and one of the last posthumous films for the great Ray Liotta, such a somber occasion is uplifted by a curious premise: a black bear ingests a whole duffle bag of cocaine and goes on a murderous rampage! Will Elizabeth Banks’ direction be pitch perfect? There are films you watch just for the eccentricity of their concepts and Cocaine Bear feels like an easy fit in that context.