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IN ANOTHER LIFE
* EARLY MAN
LAST FLAG FLYING
* JOURNEY'S END
* THE MERCY
THE SHAPE OF WATER
* FINDING YOUR FEET
* THE ICE KING
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chl)
MOM & DAD
THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (Egy)
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
THE SQUARE (Swe)
THE THIRD MURDER (Jpn)
120 BEATS PER MINUTE (Fr)
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO
THE LEISURE SEEKER
LET THE SUN SHINE IN (Fr)
THE WOUND (SA)
LEAN ON PETE
THE CIAMBRA (It)
THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS
THE DOUBLE LOVER [L'Amant Double] (Fr)
ON CHESIL BEACH
C O M I N G U P . . .
GHOST STORIES. THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS. MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE. GHOLAM.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
ANGELS WEAR WHITE (Chn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Ryan Cooglar; with Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K Brown; Marvel 18/US|
release UK 12.Feb.18, US 16.Feb.18
Marvel looked set to take another left-turn with this spin-off film about Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa, first seen in Captain America: Civil War. But the trailer features rather a lot of effects-heavy space mumbo jumbo instead of an earthier origin tale along the lines of Cooglar's perceptive earlier films. Hopefully that's just hype for the trailer, and hopefully there's plenty for this who's who of black acting talent (plus Gollum and Bilbo) to chew on. dir-scr Alex Garland; with Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Benedict Wong, Tuva Novotny, Cosmo Jarvis, David Gyasi; Paramount 17/UK
release US/UK 23.Feb.18
After his triumph with Ex Machina, Alex Garland reteams with Oscar Isaac for another sci-fi thriller, although this one is clearly on a much bigger scale. And it has another terrific female-centred cast to carry the narrative. Garland has a superb eye, so it's bound to look amazing, and since it's based on the first novel in a trilogy, there's more story to tell. As long as this one connects with the audience, of course. dir Francis Lawrence; with Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Ciaran Hinds, Joely Richardson, Sergei Polunin; Fox 18/US
release UK/US 2.Mar.18
Jennifer Lawrence reteams with Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence (no relation) for a dark espionage thriller set in Russia. The seriously high-powered cast is enough to make sure that this is unmissable. And the trailer has a fantastically luxuriant look to it. The question is whether the story will be grown-up and complex, or merely violent and nasty. dir Jose Padilha; scr Gregory Burke; with Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, Nonso Anozie, Denis Menochet, Mark Ivanir, Noof McEwan; Working Title 18/UK
release UK 9.Mar.18, US 16.Mar.18
The hijacking, standoff and raid in 1976 Uganda have been recounted before on film, but this looks like an unusually comprehensive approach, seeing the shocking crisis from a variety of perspectives. That's a risky angle for a film to take, as it makes it difficult for an audience to identify with people or situations. But a particularly strong cast will help bring the characters to life. And both Padilha (Elite Squad) and Burke ('71) have experience bringing real events to life. dir Greg Berlanti; with Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Talitha Bateman, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Tony Hale; Fox 17/US
release US/UK 16.Mar.18
Based on the novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this looks like it could be an original teen drama. It centres on a high schooler who is deeply closeted and has no idea who he's flirting with - and falling for - online. The concern is that it's being directed by Berlanti, who's behind oddly cheesy, rather hyper-violent DC Comics TV series like Arrow and The Flash (and more promisingly the only slightly corny Brothers & Sisters). The cast is certainly up to the challenge. And buzz is good. dir Ava DuVernay; with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bellamy Young, Levi Miller, Michael Pena, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling; Disney 18/US
release US 9.Mar.18, UK 23.Mar.18
Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel (the first in a trilogy) finally makes it to the big screen, with an unusually interesting production package - teaming ace dramatic director DuVernay with the likes of Winfrey and Witherspoon. The trailer looks perhaps a little too wildly fantastical for those of us who read the book as children and had something a bit more earthy in mind. But if anyone can maintain a close focus on character over spectacle, that should be DuVernay. dir Steven Spielberg; scr Zak Penn, Ernest Cline; with Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg, Letitia Wright, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch; Warner 17/UK
release US/UK 30.Mar.18
Movies set in virtual reality tend to be pretty hit and miss. Well, mostly miss because they simply can't muster much real-world tension. So let's hope that Spielberg can generate some properly involving action here. The trailer looks properly eye-catching, and Sheridan is a terrific young actor with the skills to keep the audience connected. Terrific support too, from the likes of Rylance, Mendelsohn, Miller and Pegg. 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 tbc, 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.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: 12 STRONG THE 15:17 TO PARIS
Spring: MARY MAGDALENE WINCHESTER
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR THE NEW MUTANTS RAMPAGE
Summer: DEADPOOL 2 OCEAN'S 8
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM SICARIO 2: SOLDADO
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL INCREDIBLES 2
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
Autumn/Winter: THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS MORTAL ENGINES
No UK release date: THE HOLLOW POINT A KIND OF MURDER 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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