New Movies this Wknd-Downhill, Sonic-Hedgehog, Fantasy Island

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG(Action Adventure)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A cop in the rural town of Green Hills helps Sonic escape from the government, which is looking to capture him.

WHO'S IN IT? Jim Carrey, Adam Pally, James Marsden, Neal McDonough, Ben Schwartz(voice)

WHAT ARE THE CRITICS SAYING?

Reviews for Sonic have been embargoed until Friday.

TRIVIA:

  • Based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video games.
  • The first Sonic game was released in 1991 for the Sega Genesis.
  • Fans hated Sonic's design in the movie's first trailer so much that filmmakers had to do a redesign. One of the gripes was that the character had teeth.
  • Tom Holland,Josh Gad,Chris Pratt,Andy Samberg,Bill Hader and Paul Rudd were all considered for the voice of Sonic.
  • The budget was $85 million.

DOWNHILL(Comedy Drama)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, a married couple is thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other.

WHO'S IN IT?Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Will Ferrell,Miranda Otto,Zoe Chao

WHAT ARE THE CRITICS SAYING?

"A largely inferior American knockoff that's far less dynamic than the 2014 dark comedy it's based on." -- Nick Allen,RogerEbert.com

"There's maybe one ideal audience forDownhill, and that's the folks who have never seen or maybe even heard of the much better film on which it's based." -- A.A. Dowd,AV Club

TRIVIA:

  • Based on the 2014 Swedish filmForce Majeure.
  • Will Ferrell's wife, actress Viveca Paulin, is Swedish.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell were both cast members of Saturday Night Live.
  • Normally, Hollywood movies cast actresses who are younger than their on-screen husbands, but Julia (59) is seven years older than Will (52).
  • Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. They also directed, wrote and starred in the 2013 movieThe Way Way Back.

FANTASY ISLAND (Comedy Horror)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A horror adaptation of the popular '70s TV show about a magical island resort.

WHO'S IN IT? Michael Peña,Maggie Q,Lucy Hale,Kim Coates,Michael Rooker,Charlotte McKinney,Jimmy O. Yang

WHAT ARE THE CRITICS SAYING?

Reviews forFantasy Islandhave been embargoed until Friday.

TRIVIA:

  • The Fantasy Island TV show aired on ABC from 1977 to 1984. A revival series aired for one season in 1998.
  • The budget was $7 million.
  • Dave Bautista was once part of the cast but dropped out.

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