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THE BOYS IN THE BAND
SUMMER OF 85 (Fr)
I AM WOMAN
THE WALL OF MEXICO
Iris Prize Festival: 6-11 Oct
London Film Festival: 7-18 Oct
I AM GRETA*
THE OTHER LAMB
OVER THE MOON*
FrightFest: 22-25 Oct
TWO OF US* (Fr)
Raindance Film Festival: 28 Oct-7 Nov
I AM GRETA*
MARTIN EDEN (It)
* seen, reviews coming soon
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF. THE GLORIAS.
ETERNAL BEAUTY. A PERFECTLY NORMAL FAMILY. THE ANTENNA.
SCARE ME. MISS VIRGINIA. SAY YOUR PRAYERS.
THE WAR WITH GRANDPA. MAKING TRACKS. FROM THE VINE.
THE LIE. BLACK BOX.
EVIL EYE. NOCTURNE. DON'T LOOK BACK. A CALL TO SPY.
J R "BOB" DOBBS AND THE CHURCH OF THE SUBGENIUS.
THE SECRET GARDEN. PENINSULA.
HELMUT NEWTON: THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.
SHIRLEY. UNCLE FRANK.
ESCAPING FREEDOM. FIRST KISS.
BAD TRIP. THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY. FIRST COW. WENDY.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Wes Anderson; with Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton, Elisabeth Moss, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeffrey Wright, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban 20/US|
release US/UK 15.Oct.20
Wes Anderson assembles his starriest cast yet, which is saying something, for this collection of stories from a fictional magazine in a fictional French town. Anderson is terrific at weaving story strands together in a way that's entertaining, moving and often hilarious. And these actors are bound to have a lot of fun with the quirky characters he creates. And Anderson is great at making sure the audience has fun watching them. dir Cary Fukunaga; with Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen 20/UK
release UK 12.Nov.20; US 25.Nov.20
Making a Bond movie seems to get more complicated year by year, and this one certainly went through some messy gyrations, including a false start with Danny Boyle. But Cary Fukunaga is a terrific filmmaker who should be able to bring something fresh to the franchise, and it will be interesting to see Craig reconnecting with figures from his previous 007 adventures. It's not only about the action - the story needs to be clever and engaging, and the characters just a little bonkers. dir Francis Lee; with Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones, Claire Rushbrook, Alec Secareanu, James McArdle, Sam Parks 20/UK
release US/UK 13.Nov.20
After God's Own Country, expectations are high for what filmmaker Francis Lee will do next, and this looks like another stunner, complete with its terrific cast led by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. There's also the intriguing premise, set in seaside England in the 1840s. The film is doing the festival circuit this autumn, including the closing slot at London Film Festival in October, and arrives in cinemas in November. dir Patty Jenkins; with Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Gabriella Wilde, Kristoffer Polaha 20/US
release US/UK Dec.20
Hopefully Patty Jenkins will have more control over this sequel, after the megahit original was so badly compromised. The trailer certainly looks impressive, especially with Kristen Wiig as a rather fascinating villain. And Gal Gadot looks like she has grown further into her charismatic alter ego as well. As long as the story and characters take primacy over the flashy effects work, this should be good. dir Cate Shortland; with Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Ray Winstone, William Hurt, O-T Fagbenle, Robert Downey Jr 20/US
release US/UK May.21
Marvel finally gives Johansson the spin-off she deserved way back when she first played this character a decade ago. Of course, after the events of Endgame, it's unclear how this movie will fit into the over-arching Avengers story - a prequel? flashback? alternate reality? game changer? Whatever, the presence of powerhouse costars like Pugh and Weisz bodes very well indeed. As does the quirky hiring of Aussie director Shortland, gifted at making wrenching indie dramas. Bring it on. dir John Krasinski; with Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, Lauren-Ashley Cristiano, Wayne Duvall, Okieriete Onaodowan 20/US
release US/UK delayed
The first film was 2018's best break-out surprise, and it didn't scream out for a sequel, so let's hope Krasinski has found somewhere inventive to send these characters. Blunt, Jupe and Simmonds are so good that the idea of watching them do pretty much anything makes this a muse-see, and the trailer hints at some intriguing big twists, plus added Murphy and Hounsou. It's hard to imagine that this will be better than the original, but we can hope. dir Scott Cooper; with Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan, Cody Davis 20/US
release US/UK delayed
This looks like an intriguing shift in direction for writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), dipping into creepy horror alongside producer Guillermo del Toro. The low-key cast adds even more interest, avoiding starry leads for actors who are much easier to identify with as things turn seriously creepy in a rural Oregon community. And of course del Toro's visual effects experience clearly comes in handy when the monsters appear. dir-scr Emerald Fennell; with Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Molly Shannon, Sam Richardson, Connie Britton, Max Greenfield, Adam Brody, Alfred Molina 20/US
release US/UK delayed
The trailer for this thriller doesn't give much away, aside from Mulligan's scene-tearing performance as a woman seeking some kind of vengeance against someone who did her wrong. The attitudes look fierce, with a terrific cast of actors given rather a lot to chew on. It's definitely the kind of trailer that makes you sit up in the cinema and take notice. The big question is director Fennell, a writer-actress who is making her feature directing debut. But one of her writing-producing credits is Killing Eve.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Autumn: PENINSULA PIXIE REBECCA
THE SECRET GARDEN THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
SOUL SPONGEBOB: SPONGE ON THE RUN SUPERNOVA
Winter: DUNE FREE GUY
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY NOMADLAND
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI TOP GUN: MAVERICK RESPECT
Spring: GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SPIRAL
Summer: JUNGLE CRUISE MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU
Autumn: THE BATMAN
Release TBC: THE GREEN KNIGHT THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Release dates: British film release schedules are much more fluid than American ones, so please be patient as I try to
keep up with UK distributors. I'm working to keep this list up-to-date as they keep trying to outfox me. I'm sure it's personal.
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