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THE BIG SICK
47 METRES DOWN
AGAINST THE LAW (vid)
* ENGLAND IS MINE
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
A GHOST STORY
TOM OF FINLAND (Fin)
* FINAL PORTRAIT
* THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
* THE ODYSSEY (Fr)
THE UNTAMED (Mex)
* HOTEL SALVATION (Ind)
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
* THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM
* THE VAULT
CENTRE OF MY WORLD (Ger)
C O M I N G U P . . .
GIRLS TRIP. DETROIT. ON BODY AND SOUL. THE EMOJI MOVIE. INSYRIATED. BEACH RATS. AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Tony Leondis; with TJ Miller, Anna Faris, Sofia Vergara, Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Jennifer Coolidge, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera, Steven Wright; Columbia 17/US|
release US 28.Jul.17, UK 2.Aug.17
From the director of Igor, this movie looks extremely opportunistic, trying to cash in on "those little things the kids are so crazy about". But frankly, there have been worse inspirations for movies, and if they can create characters and tell an engaging story, it could be fun. Either way, it looks colourful and a bit deranged. And while casting Patrick Stewart as poo is rather gimmicky, it's still something worth looking forward to. dir David Leitch; with Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, Sofia Boutella, John Goodman, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Bill Skarsgard, Roland Moller; Focus 17/US
release US 28.Jul.17, UK 9.Aug.17
Essentially, director Leitch seems to be making a female version of his hit John Wick - more super-stylish stylish violence and mayhem. While the plot looks a bit simplistic, the Cold War setting should be fun, and Theron is always entertaining in action mode. The bigger question is whether audiences are getting tired of this kind of mayhem and destruction. At least having a woman at the epicentre will make it feel fresh. dir Nikolaj Arcel; with Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick, Dennis Haysbert, Jackie Earle Haley, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee, Nicholas Hamilton; 17/US
release US 4.Aug.17, UK 18.Aug.17
Stephen King's long-running epic novel series finally makes its way to the big screen, with the eclectic Scandinavian director Arcel at the helm. The casting is also rather intriguing, teaming up heavy hitters Elba and McConaughey with reliable supporting players like Haysbert, Haley and Kranz. In other words, almost anything is possible here. With its dense mythology, the big question is whether the saga will play to audiences who haven't read the books. dir Steven Soderbergh; with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank; 17/US
release US 18.Aug.17, UK 25.Aug.17
Soderbergh's "retirement" from directing didn't last long (no one's ever does), and he's back with what looks like a thoroughly enjoyable romp about two brothers plotting an insane heist during a Nascar race. With Tatum on board, it's no wonder that the movie looks a bit like Magic Mike's 11. But Soderbergh is a nimble enough filmmaker to make something surprising here, and the eclectic cast bodes especially well. dir Tommy Wirkola; with Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close, Robert Wagner, Marwan Kenzari, Pol Sverre Hagen, Tomiwa Edun, Lara Decaro; 17/UK
release US/UK 31.Aug.17
The premise for this futuristic thriller is clever enough to put it on my want-to-see list: in a Blade Runner-esque world where you can only have one child, a man (Dafoe) secretly has seven identical daughters (Rapace), who each get to live one day per week to avoid being discovered. Of course, something happens to trigger the action, and that's perhaps a bit worrying, because it's bound to be rather fraught. But it also looks like fun. dir Taylor Sheridan; with Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal, Martin Sensmeier, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones; 17/US
release US 4.Aug.17, UK 8.Sep.17
Taylor Sheridan returns to writing-directing for an FBI thriller set in a Native American community. This doesn't sound like much of a stretch from the last two thrillers he wrote (Sicario and Hell or High Water), although both of those were seriously good movies. Hopefully he can direct his own script as adeptly as Villeneuve and Mackenzie. At least he has avoided going for a too-flashy cast; these actors all have a serious, quiet power. dir Stephen Frears; scr Lee Hall; with Judi Dench, Ali Faza, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Tim Pigott-Smith, Fenella Woolgar, Julian Wadhaml; Warner 17/UK
release UK 15.Sep.17, US 22.Sep.17
Cast Judi Dench as the Queen of England and everyone lines up to buy tickets, and here she's reprising a role she played 20 years ago in Mrs Brown. This is the story of Victoria's friendship with a young Indian clerk, and it gives Dench the chance to play her as a cantankerous 80-something. Which is frankly impossible for movie audiences to resist. Add quality filmmaking from Frears and Hall, and hopefully nothing will go wrong. Although the early buzz has been oddly muted. dir Matthew Vaughn; scr Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn; with Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Mark Strong, Elton John; Fox 17/UK
release UK/US 22.Sep.17
It's funny that they didn't really bother trying to keep secret the fact that Colin Firth isn't dead after all (just like there's no doubt that Henry Cavill will be back for Justice League). The first Kingsman was such a blast of inappropriate fresh air, that we can only hope Goldman and Vaughn refuse to play it safer this time. We want another movie that makes us laugh at all of the wrong moments, then shocks us by going way too far. The fearless high-octane cast bodes very well indeed.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: ROUGH NIGHT EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING
Autumn: GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS
BLADE RUNNER 2049 THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
BATTLE OF THE SEXES JUSTICE LEAGUE
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS PADDINGTON 2
Winter/Spring: THE LAST JEDI WONDER COCO
EARLY MAN THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
BLACK PANTHER A WRINKLE IN TIME
No UK release date: THE HOLLOW POINT
A KIND OF MURDER
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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