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ESCAPE PLAN 2: HADES
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN
* THE APPARITION (Fr)
* THE ESCAPE
* HEARTS BEAT LOUD
A MOMENT IN THE REEDS (Fin)
POSTCARDS FROM LONDON
MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER (Br)
* THE CHILDREN ACT
* COLD WAR (Pol)
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
* THE HEIRESSES (Par)
FACES PLACES (Fr)
REINVENTING MARVIN (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE WIFE. HOTEL ARTEMIS. THE LITTLE STRANGER. MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN. THE EQUALIZER 2. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT.
AMERICAN ANIMALS. THE GUARDIANS.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
ANGELS WEAR WHITE (Chn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Ol Parker; with Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Meryl Streep, Cher, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Celia Imrie; Universal 18/UK|
release UK/US 20.Jul.18
Despite sneery cynicism from most critics, I really loved the mega-hit first film. Can lightning strike again? The trailers for this one are suspicious in the way they feature all of the returning cast but sideline Streep (as if they're reluctant to admit that the story takes place during her funeral), then dive into flashbacks to that fateful summer, with Lily James in the role. Whatever, it promises lots more Abba musical mayhem. The fun is watching the actors try to do the music and choreography justice. Which is why we need Streep. Although we do have Cher. dir Christopher McQuarrie; with Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Wes Bentley; Paramount 18/UK
release US/UK 26.Jul.18
It seems like they were filming this around London for years! This is the first time either a director (Cruise's buddy McQuarrie) or a leading lady (Ferguson) has returned to the M:I franchise, so perhaps this will feel like a companion piece to 2015's Rogue Nation. The trailers and interviews to date show that the attention is still very much on the stuntwork, as Cruise pushes himself beyond the breaking point. Literally in this case. It's sure to be entertaining, and we can always hope it's more than that. dir Peyton Reed; with Paul Rudd, Michelle Pfeiffer, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Randall Park, T.I.; Marvel 18/US
release US 6.Jul.18, UK 3.Aug.18
Frankly, this merely looks like they rewrote the original film's script with a much bigger budget - flashier characters, bigger action, crazier carnage. Thankfully, Peyton Reed is back as director to help keep it grounded in Paul Rudd's comical sensibilities, so there's a good chance that the characters will shine out above the effects mayhem. It'll also be nice to see Lilly's role beefed up as the Wasp, plus of course the always fabulous Pfeiffer. dir Jon Turteltaub; with Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Cliff Curtis, Winston Chao, Jessica McNamee, Olafur Darri Olafsson; Warners 18/US
release US/UK 10.Aug.18
Early reports about this movie were very worrying - namely because it seemed to be yet another over-serious action vehicle for Statham. Thankfully, the tongues appear to be very much in cheek, and the trailers reveal a generous dose of goofy disaster mayhem. This is not an easy balance to get right, but Statham is great when he's making fun of himself, the rest of the cast is intriguingly eclectic, and Turtletaub generally has a fairly light touch. So we can hope... dir Spike Lee; with John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Alec Baldwin, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, Corey Hawkins, Harry Belafonte; Focus 18/US
release US 10.Aug.18, UK 24.Aug.18
Spike Lee looks on top form in this inflamatory biopic about a black policeman who managed to infiltrate the Klan and rise to a position of authority. The trailers and posters have a knowing sense of humour, drawing out the irony that infuses the story. And the casting also adds to the interest, as does the fact that the film won a top prize at Cannes. Surely there will be awards interest at the end of the year. dir Peter Berg; with Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, Iko Uwais, Terry Kinney, Alexandra Vino, Poorna Jagannathan; STX 18/US
release US 17.Aug, UK 19.Sep.18
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg team up once again for another hyper-macho military drama, although this one isn't based on a true story. Their three films together have varied in quality (from the solid Patriot's Day to the serviceable Lone Survivor to the terrible Deepwater Horizon), and the question is always whether they can keep their rah-rah manliness in check. The trailer looks a little bland, frankly, but it also has a spark of energy (Malkovich!) that's intriguing. 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/UK tbc
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. Alas, since it's a Weinstein production it's been pulled from the release schedule. dir Deniz Gamze Erguven; with Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kaalan Rashad Walker, Rachel Hilson, Issac Ryan Brown, Callan Farris, Serenity Reign Brown; 17/France
release US 27.Apr.18, UK tbc
The main intrigue here is seeing what filmmaker Erguven (Mustang) can do in an American setting with a couple of big stars. The premise looks similar to Justin Chon's recent Gook, following a group of local residents caught up in the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. Although this looks like a more traditional narrative approach. It will be interesting to see what kind of spin a female Turkish filmmaker can put on it. Still waiting word on a UK release date.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL JULIET, NAKED
Autumn: THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS
THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN OPERATION FINALE
THE SISTERS BROTHERS SUSPIRIA WHITE BOY RICK
YARDIE BEAUTIFUL BOY MOWGLI
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS A STAR IS BORN
VENOM CREED II RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
WELCOME TO MARWEN WIDOWS
Winter: BUMBLEBEE MARY POPPINS RETURNS
MORTAL ENGINES THE LEGO MOVIE 2
No UK release date: 10 X 10 EVERYBODY KNOWS FUTURE WORLD
THE HOLLOW POINT A KIND OF MURDER KRYSTAL
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE 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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