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C O M I N G U P . . .
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE. HIGH LIFE. AVENGERS: ENDGAME. BEATS. HALSTON. IN FABRIC.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Joe & Anthony Russo; with Brie Larson, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo 19/US|
release US/UK 27.Apr.19
With Infinity War's insane ending a year ago, the Russo brothers have created one of the most hotly anticipated sequels in recent memory. Marvel promises this will be the climax, setting up their universe for a new series of films, so of course fans are waiting impatiently to see how they resolve that explosive cataclysm. Clearly they haven't snuffed out all of their most valuable characters, so there's a sense of dull predictability about this overcrowded superhero movie. But we won't miss it. dir Dome Karukoski; with Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi, Craig Roberts, Pam Ferris, Patrick Gibson, Genevieve O'Reilly 19/UK
release UK 3.May.19, US 10.May.19
Finnish filmmaker Karukoski certainly has the visual panache to bring this story about the young author to life, although his Tom of Finland biopic was more than a little dry (expecially considering the subject matter!). Let's hope he encourages his solid cast to chomp just a bit on the scenery and breathe life into things, rather that merely recreating picturesque English and WWI settings, and of course those requisite Lord of the Rings cutaways. dir Anthony Maras; with Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs, Alex Pinder, Vipin Sharma, Tilda Cobham-Hervey 18/Aus
release US 29.Mar.19, UK 3.May.19
The horrific true events around the 2008 terrorist siege are dramatised in what looks like a seriously harrowing film. The eclectic cast bodes well, with actors who will no doubt provide depth and emotion to the action. The film has won a series of festival awards, plus acclaim from audiences and critics. Although many mention that the documentary approach leaves it feeling observational rather than insightful. I'm looking forward to making up my own mind. dir Chad Stahelski; with Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Jason Mantzoukas, Anjelica Huston, Lance Reddick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mark Dacascos , Said Taghmaoui 19/US
release US/UK 17.May.19
The first two John Wick movies were surprises, so it's easy to hope that this one will work as well. Hopefully, director Stahelski hasn't become entranced by his own success, and keeps the film on the same lean, mean trajectory as its predecessors. Whatever happens it'll be very difficult for fans to skip this one - not because of any question about what happens next, but because it's fun to try to imagine what the filmmakers come up with. dir Dexter Fletcher; scr Lee Hall; with Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard, Richard Madden, Stephen Graham, Tate Donovan, Harriet Walter, Charlie Rowe, Gemma Jones 19/UK
release UK 24.May.19, US 31.May.19
There's quite a bit of anticipation about this film, starting with Elton John's desire that it presents a no-holds-barred fantastical view of his outrageous life. The trailer is a proper stunner. And hopefully with a more honest, unflinching approach, the film will offer Dexter Fletcher a chance to create something even better than Bohemian Rhapsody. There are a lot of intriguing angles to this film, including the reteaming of Fletcher and Egerton, as well as Bell and Hall. And the fact that Egerton is actually singing the songs too, with Elton John's full blessing. Bring it on. dir Sebastian Lelio; with Julianne Moore, Rita Wilson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sean Astin, Alanna Ubach, Michael Cera, John Turturro, Brad Garrett 18/US
release US 8.Mar.19, UK 7.Jun.19
As a fan of both Moore and Lelio (and his original Chilean version of this film, Gloria), there's no way that I will miss seeing this. I'm not expecting it to match the understated impact of the original, but Lelio's filmmaking style seems perfectly suited to Moore's immersive acting, which is very different to the original's wonderful Paulina Garcia. Word of mouth is good on this one, so I'm looking forward to it. dir-scr Harmony Korine; with Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Stefania LaVie Owen, Clinton Archambault 19/US
release US 29.Mar.19, UK tbc
It's always a concern to see Martin Lawrence on a cast list, but if anyone can rattle him out of his shell it's Korine, a filmmaker who refreshingly never takes the expected route through a movie. McConaughey playing a character who seems based on himself is also a little worrying, although the trailer makes the movie look like it has Korine's usual freewheeling unpredictability. No UK release date yet, but hopefully we don't have to wait too long. dir Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; with Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Bell 17/UK
release US/UK Aug.19 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. After years in limbo, the film has been restored to its pre-Weinstein director's cut and is finally due for a late-summer release.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: THE INFORMER WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE
THE HUSTLE DETECTIVE PIKACHU
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 UGLY DOLLS
Summer: MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL TOY STORY 4
X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX YESTERDAY THE LION KING
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD PAIN & GLORY
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
Winter: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
No UK release date: FUTURE WORLD KRYSTAL
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
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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