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QUEEN & SLIM
* THE RHYTHM SECTION
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
LE GRAND VOYAGE (2004)
DANIEL ISN'T REAL
* MR JONES
FIRST LOVE (Jpn)
END OF THE CENTURY (Arg)
* KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Swe)
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (Fr)
* TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG
* A WHITE WHITE DAY (Ice)
* ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA
* MILITARY WIVES
AND THEN WE DANCED (Geo)
THE PAINTED BIRD (Cz)
* THE UNCERTAIN KINGDOM
LES MISERABLES (Fr)
DON'T LOOK DOWN (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
PUSH. THE TRUTH. CALM WITH HORSES. BIRDS OF PREY. CUNNINGHAM.
COUNTY LINES. SONIG THE HEDGEHOG. MISBEHAVIOUR.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Jeff Wadlow; with Michael Pena, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Jimmy O Yang, Austin Stowell, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker, Kim Coates, Portia Doubleday 20/US|
release US/UK 14.Feb.20
To put it kindly, Jeff Wadlow perhaps doesn't have the shiniest directing resume in Hollywood (Truth or Dare, Kick Ass 2). But the idea for this movie looks witty and original - taking the iconically silly 1970s anthology show and revealing it as the supernatural horror it always was. The cast is sharp enough to make this worth a look, even if the trailer seems to give away far too much about the premise and plot. But the bigger question is: where's Tattoo? dir Miguel Arteta; with Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Coolidge, Billy Porter, Ari Graynor, Jessica St Clair, Jimmy O Yang 20/US
release US 10.Jan.20, UK 21.Feb.20
The trailer for this comedy looks genuinely hilarious, thanks to the ace comical skills of this powerhouse group of performers. Haddish and Byrne are bound to spark off each other riotously as friends starting a beauty company, with added Hayek, Coolidge and Porter. The only question is whether they've put all the best bits in the trailer - and if the script is good enough to add some context to the shenanigans. Whatever, it looks good for some solid laughs. No idea why its release is so delayed in the UK. dir Leigh Whannell; with Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Amali Golden, Sam Smith, Benedict Hardie 20/US
release US/UK 28.Feb.20
When this new adaptation of the classic HG Wells novel was first announced, it didn't quite make sense that Moss was the star. Now the trailer reveals this as a freak-out horror movie, and it looks properly nasty. It's a great idea to tell this story from this perspective, because it will be a lot more intense on a variety of levels. Whannell isn't known for bringing much emotional resonance to his films, but if he gets that right here, this could be a new classic. dir Nat Faxon, Jim Rash; with Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Miranda Otto, Zach Woods, Kristofer Hivju, Helene Cardona, Zoe Chao, Giulio Berruti 20/US
release US 14.Feb.20, UK 28.Feb.20
Remaking globally acclaimed movies is a risky business, so it's a good thing that Faxon and Rash have taken an intriguing approach with this adaptation of Ruben Ostlund's award-winning 2014 drama Force Majeure. The casting is the first hint that things won't be quite as expected, offering Ferrell and Louis-Dreyfus a terrific chance to flex their dramatic acting muscles in roles that allow for some pitch-black comedy. Still, the original was so unsettling that it's hard to imagine this version carrying quite the same gut-punch. dir Benh Zeitlin; with Devin France, Yashwa Mack, Tommie Milazzo, Shay Walker, Stephanie Lynn Wilson 20/US
release US/UK 28.Feb.20
This looks like an ambitious and very cool followup to Beasts of the Southern Wild for filmmaker Zeitlin. The trailer looks like a fresh take on the classic Peter Pan story, with an earthy, intriguingly realistic exploration of the theme of childhood imagination and independence. With hints of Lord of the Flies, it appears like it will be powerfully involving and perhaps also darkly moving. dir Dan Scanlon; with Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Octavia Spencer, Ali Wong, Lena Waithe, Mel Rodriguez, John Ratzenberger 20/US
release US/UK 6.Mar.20
The trailers make this look like a very silly comedy with a lot of cheap gags about the fairy tale/fantasy world. But this is a Pixar movie, which suggests that there's a much more involving, satisfying story being told here. It looks like, beyong the goofy gags, this could be an involving quest adventure with echoes of movies like Bill & Ted, The Princess Bride and even Spinal Tap. The best thing is that Pixar is great at confounding expectations and connecting with us on a powerful level. 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 20.Mar.20
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 Niki Caro; with Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jun Yu, Jimmy Wong 20/US
release US/UK 27.Mar.20
This is the kind of live-action remakes Disney should be doing, retelling the story in a completely new style. Here, an animated romp becomes a full-on action adventure with a powerful female protagonist. Niki Caro was an inspired choice as director, with her ability to combine art and storytelling. And the trailer looks seriously gorgeous too. The 1998 original is one of Disney's underappreciated little masterpieces (apart from that chatty dragon), and this could be even better if it doesn't get too digital.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: COLOR OUT OF SPACE THE LAST FULL MEASURE
CALL OF THE WILD GUNS AKIMBO
Spring/Summer: MISBEHAVIOUR THE WAY BACK
ANTEBELLUM ANTLERS THE LOVEBIRDS
THE NEW MUTANTS NO TIME TO DIE
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
SPONGEBOB: SPONGE ON THE RUN BLACK WIDOW
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE
SOUL TOP GUN: MAVERICK WONDER WOMAN 1984
FREE GUY JUNGLE CRUISE TENET
TOP GUN: MAVERICK RESPECT
No UK release date: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG GRETEL & HANSEL
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE
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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