‘Before Midnight’ Releasing in May, Almodovar in June and Woody Allen in July


Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Midnight

Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Midnight

Sony Classics is putting together their release schedule for the first half of the year and have announced a pair of dates for two highly anticipated features.

First is a May 24 release in New York and Los Angeles for my most anticipated film of the year, Richard Linklater‘s Before Midnight reuniting the writer/director with his co-writers and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the third film in the Before franchise.

Delpy and Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, nine years after their last rendezvous in Before Sunset. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.

The film received high marks out of Sundance and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

Next is a New York and Los Angeles release date for Pedro Almodovar‘s I’m So Excited. The 30,000-mile high comedy will hit theaters on June 28. The ensemble comedy follows a group of people who are on the verge of a disaster with the whole film set entirely on a plane. You can click here for a look at the trailer and the cast listing.

The films will likely slowly expand nationwide following their limited premieres, but no official roll out schedule has been announced.

Finally, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine will arrive on July 26 in New York and Los Angeles. I have to assume they will take the film to Cannes the same way the did Midnight in Paris and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, but that is yet to be confirmed.

The film centers on characters played by Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins with a massive list of co-stars that includes Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Charlie Tahan, Alden Ehrenreich, Tammy Blanchard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Bobby Cannavale.

In addition to these release dates a few other films have been shuffled lately. Here’s a look:

  • About Time – Originally set for May 10, will now release on November 1, 2013
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman – Originally set for November 1, 2013 will now release on March 7, 2014
  • Me and My Shadow – Originally set for March 7, 2014, is now undated.
  • Last Vegas – Originally set for December 20, will now release on November 1, 2013