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KURSK: THE LAST MISSION. VARDA BY AGNES.
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dir Jon Watts; with Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Samuel L Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, Brad Davis 19/US|
release US/UK 2.Jul.19
Aside from the general entertainment Tom Holland provides as the most engaging Avenger yet, this film is notable as the first post-Endgame episode in the saga, so it will be intriguing to see how they deal with those events (as well as the fact that some of Peter's high school classmates are now five years older than him). In addition, let's hope Watts continues to subvert the genre as he did with Homecoming. dir Ari Aster; with Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, Liv Mjones, Julia Ragnarsson, Anna Astrom, Henrik Norlen, Louise Peterhoff 19/US
release UK/US 5.Jul.19
Hot on the heels of last year's Hereditary, filmmaker Ari Aster is back with another cultish thriller, this time set around some sort of peace-and-love religious enclave in Sweden. The British leads are extremely promising - three of the finest young actors working in cinema at the moment. And it will be great to see Aster's bold filmmaking style pushed by what looks like a very different kind of movie. Although it looks just as terrifying, frankly. Due to the way the film's British distributor handles things, I doubt that I'll be able to cover its release. But I won't miss it. dir Jon Favreau; with Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver, Alfre Woodard 19/US
release US/UK 19.Jul.19
Disney continues marching through its back catalogue, merrily remaking its animated classics. Some of these are live-action (like this year's Dumbo and Aladdin), but this is just as animated as the original. It only looks more realistic. Favreau has been here before, with 2016's Jungle Book. So we pretty much know what we'll get here, as he will again likely play down the songs and lean into some over-designed creature elements. This one will also need to tap into the nostalgia for the 1994 original - tinker with it at your peril. dir Dominic Brigstocke; with Derek Jacobi, Kim Cattrall, Emilia Jones, Kate Nash, Nick Frost, Craig Roberts, Rupert Graves, Lee Mack, Warwick Davis 19/UK
release UK 26.Jul.19
There are no illusions that this will be a high quality comedy, but with its up-for-it cast, there are hopes that it might perhaps revive a kind of Carry On sensibility as a genuinely ridiculous British historical romp. The Horrible Histories series has seen a huge number of books and TV shows, so why not bring it to the big screen? Hopefully the writers will be able to make things even more rude for grown-ups, even if the primary audience will of course be the kiddies. As the poster says, "Hail yeah!" dir Quentin Tarantino; with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis 19/US
release UK/US 14.Aug.19
Quentin Tarantino takes on the momentous summer of 1969 with a story about two friends, an actor and a stuntman, trying to navigate a shifting studio system. With his trademark eclectic cast, Tarantino can hardly help but create another hugely entertaining movie. And word out of Cannes has been very strong (I've avoided reading reviews, as always). His films are always unmissable, and he's bound to have an intriguing take on Hollywood itself. dir Gene Stupnitsky; with Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, Keith L Williams, Retta, Will Forte, Lil Rel Howery, Molly Gordon, Millie Davis 19/US
release US/UK 16.Aug.19
The poster boasts that this is "from the guys who brought you Superbad," and indeed it looks like the same plot only with younger, preteen kids navigating girls and dodging with drug dealers while trying to get to a party. Director-cowriter Stupnitsky's experience on The Office will hopefully lend the film some improv-style energy beyond just laughing at 12-year-olds in adult situations. And the solid cast should help add some edge to the comedy. dir Pedro Almodovar; with Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Cecilia Roth, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia, Raul Arevalo, Julieta Serrano, Nora Navas 19/Spain
release UK 23.Aug.19, US 4.Oct.19
Pedro Almodovar goes personal with this drama about a filmmaker, starring Antonio Banderas in what looks like one of his most demanding roles yet (he won best actor at Cannes for this). It's always great to see Almodovar reunite with his actors - and this film has the added bonus of putting Cruz and Roth back together (see All About My Mother). As a longtime fan of the filmmaker and actors, I am becoming impatient for a press screening! dir Alexandre Aja; with Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Morfydd Clark, Anson Boon, George Somner, Ami Metcalf, Jose Palma 19/US
release US 12.Jul.19, UK 23.Aug.19
What's not to love about this bonkers action thriller: a Category 5 hurricane, a flooding house and marauding giant alligators. The trailer alone is enough to leave the audience worn out, which bodes well for the film as a whole. Director Aja has had a slightly mixed bag of a career, but if he can recapture the entertaining gonzo intensity of Haute Tension or Piranha 3D we're in for a treat.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: THE DEAD DON'T DIE THE FAREWELL
OPHELIA AFTER THE WEDDING THE KITCHEN
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
THEM THAT FOLLOW 21 BRIDGES UGLYDOLLS
Autumn: JUDY RAMBO: LAST BLOOD DOCTOR SLEEP
GEMINI MAN IT CHAPTER 2 JOKER
THE LODGE OFFICIAL SECRETS 3 FROM HELL
FROZEN II LE MANS '66 (aka FORD V FERRARI)
Winter: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
No UK release date: FUTURE WORLD KRYSTAL
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
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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