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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR'S REVENGE
INTERLUDE IN PRAGUE
THE RED TURTLE (Fr)
I AM NOT MADAME BOVARY (Chn)
THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Fin)
* THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
AFTER THE STORM (Jpn)
* MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
* BERLIN SYNDROME
* MY COUSIN RACHEL
* THE SHACK
* CENTRE OF MY WORLD (Ger)
SLACK BAY (Fr)
* WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME
A MAN CALLED OVE (Swe)
* TOMMY'S HONOUR
* DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE
* AGAINST THE LAW
* THE BIG SICK
* THE ODYSSEY (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
DYING LAUGHING. MONSTER ISLAND. CITY OF GHOSTS. ALL EYEZ ON ME.
WALKING OUT. BITCH. CROWN HEIGHTS. BUSHWICK. WILSON. THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES. ICARUS. MARJORIE PRIME. A GHOST STORY. BEATRIZ AT DINNER.
DESPICABLE ME 3.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
THE BAD BATCH
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Patty Jenkins; scr Allan Heinberg; with Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya, Said Taghmaoui; Warners 17/UK|
release US/UK 2.Jun.17
It's taken awhile to get our first female superhero movie, and it's great that it's directed by a woman. Jenkins' involvement offers the biggest promise for this movie, which looks set to put Warners' DC franchise on the right track. The period aesthetic and terrific casting touches bode well. More worrying is the continuing insistence on these tediously colour-drained plastic/metallic hero costumes - they're not only boring, but they make it difficult to believe that anyone could save the world wearing one, let alone walk without injuring herself. dir Bong Joon Ho; with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, An Seo Hyun, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Woo Shik Choi, Giancarlo Esposito; Netflix 17/Kor
release UK/US 28.Jun.17
Terrific Korean filmmaker Bong returns to the monster-movie genre (see The Host) with this story of a young girl and her best pal, a gigantic creature at threat due to some multinational corporate greed. With another eclectic international cast (see Snowpiercer), Bong looks set to explore some very cool themes along with an involving plot and some big action too. The only disappointment is that it's a Netflix movie, so we can't enjoy it on a big screen with a rattled audience. dir Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin; with Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, Jenny Slate, Miranda Cosgrove, Trey Parker, Andy Nyman; Universal 17/US
release UK/US 30.Jun.17
Actually the fourth film in this series (don't forget the prequel Minions), this series thrives on its far above-average vocal cast and a willingness to get properly deranged while never forgetting the emotional undercurrents. This time Carell gets to pull double duty, as both the hero Gru and Dru, the twin brother he never knew he had. Admit it, you're smiling just thinking about it. Intriguingly, Universal started display ads around London for this film some two months before its release, clearly reminding fans that it's coming amid all the other blockbusters opening beforehand. dir Mark Pellington; with Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Everett Scott, Steven Culp; 17/US
release US 3.Mar.17, UK 30.Jun.17
It's the rather kooky casting (MacLaine! Seyfried! Heche!) that makes this look rather unmissable. Otherwise, the story about a woman writing her own obituary isn't terribly enticing. But Pellington is a smart director, and this eclectic set of actors are bound to generate some sparks. Frankly, putting Shirley MacLaine in a lead role is enough to guarantee that there will be something amazing going on. Add the offbeat Seyfried and Heche and it's irresistible. dir-scr Sofia Coppola; with Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard; Universal 17/US
release US 23.Jun.17, UK 14.Jul.17
I'm a huge fan of Coppola's distinctly loose approach to filmmaking, and am intrigued to see her take on a new genre with this Western-era drama. It's set in a girl's school, where the cloistered students have their first encounter with a man. This is just the kind of setting in which Coppola can bring out some startling emotion, and the intriguing cast of fine actors helps. That said, she's a love-or-hate kind of filmmaker, and she takes such huge risks that almost anything can happen. dir Matt Reeves; with Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Ty Olsson, Terry Notary, Sara Canning, Gabriel Chavarria; Sony 17/US
release US/UK 14.Jul.17
This series has done something that has eluded almost every other "live-action" animated production: creating digital characters who look and feel shockingly realistic. Serkis' Caesar has been one of the most compelling characters in movies over the past two films, so seeing where his story goes is seriously enticing. On the other hand, the trailers are focus on the epic action (it does have the word "war" in the title), shifting away from the more intense personal drama. Which isn't quite as interesting. Hopefully the film itself gets the balance right. dir-scr Christopher Nolan; with Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, James D'Arcy, Kevin Guthrie, Elliott Tittensor; Warner 17/UK
release UK/US 21.Jul.17
Nolan takes on World War II in this epic about the pivotal boat-lift. It's unclear why this story needs this kind of cinematic treatment (it was adeptly incorporated into recent films like Atonement and Their Finest). But Nolan's approach seems to be on a cast-of-thousands scale, shooting in Imax no doubt with his trademark visual flourishes. The cast is a proper powerhouse, from Nolan regulars like Hardy and Murphy to Oscar-feted veterans Branagh and Rylance. Plus the acting debut of Harry Styles to bring in a whole new generation of fans. dir James Ponsoldt; with Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Ellar Coltrane, Nate Corddry; 17/US
release US 28.Apr.17, UK tbc
Based on Dave Eggers' novel (he cowrote the script with director Ponsoldt), this looks like a fiendishly intriguing psychological thriller about a young woman who stumbles into some sort of secret cult-like society. It appears to have overtones of Scientology, like PT Anderson's The Master, but perhaps with a more straightforwardly crowd-pleasing sci-fi approach. The cast is particularly strong, easily enough to make this a must-see. The UK distributor hasn't announced a release date yet.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: SAND CASTLE THE WALL WAR MACHINE
Summer: THE HOUSE ROUGH NIGHT WILSON
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
ATOMIC BLONDE THE DARK TOWER
THE EMOJI MOVIE EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
Autumn/Winter: KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE BLADE RUNNER 2049
BATTLE OF THE SEXES JUSTICE LEAGUE EARLY MAN
No UK release date: GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS THE HOLLOW POINT
A KIND OF MURDER THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
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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