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FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
INGRID GOES WEST
JIM & ANDY: THE GREAT BEYOND
BATTLE OF THE SEXES
DADDY'S HOME 2
HAPPY END (Fr)
THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (Jpn)
* THE DINNER
* SHOT CALLER
THE PRINCE OF NOTHINGWOOD
* THE UNSEEN
* MOLLY'S GAME
* A WOMAN'S LIFE (Fr)
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
LAST FLAG FLYING
* THE MERCY
LEAN ON PETE
THE SHAPE OF WATER
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chl)
A CIAMBRA (It)
120 BEATS PER MINUTE (Fr)
THE LEISURE SEEKER
LET THE SUN SHINE IN (Fr)
THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS
THE DOUBLE LOVER [L'Amant Double] (Fr)
ON CHESIL BEACH
C O M I N G U P . . .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THE SQUARE. JUSTICE LEAGUE. WONDER. THE CURRENT WAR.
THE DISASTER ARTIST. DARKEST HOUR. COCO.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
ANGELS WEAR WHITE (Chn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Zack Snyder; scr Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon; with Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Amy Adams, Amber Heard, Billy Crudup, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, JK Simmons; Warner 17/US|
release US/UK 17.Nov.17
After the triumph of Wonder Woman, which finally broke a DC/Warners losing streak, there are a few questions about this Avengers-style team-up. Will it go for more of a Marvelish jolly tone or retail that bleak DC grimness? Will it tip too heavily toward Wonder Woman simply because she's the only one who had a hit with audiences and critics? Will Snyder finally abandon those achingly dull smash-em-up finales? The teaming of Terrio and Whedon as writers definitely adds some interest here. And we haven't given up on DC yet. dir Stephen Chbosky; with Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga, Ali Liebert, Daveed Diggs, Izabela Vidovic; Lionsgate 17/US
release UK 17.Nov.17, US 1.Dec.17
Room's breakout star Jacob Tremblay looks genuinely stunning in this offbeat drama from the writer-director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He plays a fifth grader with facial deformities entering a mainstream school for the first time. The potential for this screenplay to touch on some larger societal issues is huge, while telling what looks like a strongly involving story with a solid cast. Sentimentality is the only worry. dir-scr Rian Johnson; with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Daniels, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis; Lucasfilm 17/UK
release US/UK 15.Dec.17
Frankly, I've been avoiding the latest trailers for this film. The teasers have been enough for me. Episode VIII promises lots of action, of course, and perhaps a grittier plot thanks to writer-director Johnson, who will no doubt be less referential than JJ Abrams was with Episode VII. Of course, one of the main draws here is the final performance from Carrie Fisher as Leia. Simply unmissable. dir Trish Sie; scr Kay Cannon; with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Hana Mae Lee, Ruby Rose; Universal 17/US
release US/UK 22.Dec.17
The entire gang is back (without the boys) for what they say is one final tour, although presumably they could be persuaded to come back for more if this film is even half as much fun as the previous two. The music looks great, and the plot thankfully doesn't seem designed to outdo the last episode. This just looks like an enjoyable romp with some great characters, arriving in cinemas just in time for Christmas. dir David Ayer; scr Max Landis; with Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Jay Hernandez, Ike Barinholtz, Edgar Ramirez, Lucy Fry, Veronica Ngo; Netflix 17/US
release US/UK 22.Dec.17
The plot for this film looks pretty simplistic, and it doesn't help that it's being directed by David Ayer, who has never been very good at nuance. But the buzz is great for this story set in a near-future Los Angeles about two cops, a human (Smith) and an alien (Edgerton), looking for some sort of mysterious weapon. Best of all is the fact that no one is saying anything about the details of story, so it should be a surprise. And that eclectic cast could be very cool. dir Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; with Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Bell; Weinstein 17/UK
release US 24.Nov.17, UK 5.Jan.18
The beefy cast makes this look interesting, and perhaps far more gripping than would be expected for a movie about scientists battling to be the one to standardise the lightbulb. Cumberbatch, Hoult and Shannon play Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse, respectively, with added oomph from the terrific Holland, Waterston, Middleton, et al. And Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) is an intriguing choice as director. One big problem is the branding issue, as it's produced by Harvey Weinstein. dir Jaume Collet-Serra; with Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sam Neill, Elizabeth McGovern, Florence Pugh, Jonathan Banks, Andy Nyman; StudioCanal 18/US
release US 12.Jan.18, UK 19.Jan.18
Poor Liam Neeson, he just wants to have a quiet train ride into the city to work and he suddenly finds himself in the middle of yet another bout of insane violent action. The trailer never even tries to convince us that this isn't something we've seen before, but there are elements in the plot that are still intriguing. And Neeson's growly voice is pretty hilarious, although it might get rather annoying if he talks like that all the way through the feature. dir Nick Park; with Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Mark Williams, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas; Ardman 18/UK
release UK 26.Jan.18, US 16.Feb.18
Ardman takes its time with its projects, mixing hand-crafted stop-motion with a bit of digital effects work to create a distinct style of movie. And frankly a cave man comedy seems perfect for their unique sensibilities. We know it will be packed with nonstop gags and loveable characters as the Stone Age comes crashing into the Bronze Age. And this vocal cast is extraordinarily intriguing too.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: THE DISASTER ARTIST JUST GETTING STARTED
COCO BLACK PANTHER I, TONYA
PHANTOM THREAD A WRINKLE IN TIME
Spring: READY PLAYER ONE RED SPARROW
WINCHESTER THE NEW MUTANTS
No UK release date: THE HOLLOW POINT HOSTILES
A KIND OF MURDER REBEL IN THE RYE TRIPLE THREAT
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.
Embargoes: Britain's Film Distributors Association asks us to hold reviews until the week of release, and some distributors are even more restrictive. Normally, once the film is shown to a paying audience, either on release or at a festival, the full review can appear on the site.
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