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TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG
COME TO DADDY
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE (Fr)
A WHITE, WHITE DAY (Ice)
* CALM WITH HORSES
* ESCAPE FROM PRETORIA
* MILITARY WIVES
AND THEN WE DANCED (Geo)
THE DARK RED
KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Swe)
THE PAINTED BIRD (Cz)
* THE UNCERTAIN KINGDOM
* COUNTY LINES
* DREAM HORSE
LES MISERABLES (Fr)
* ROSE PLAYS JULIE
DON'T LOOK DOWN (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
RUN. THE INVISIBLE MAN. VILLAIN.
DOWNHILL. FANTASY ISLAND. ONWARD. THE WAY BACK.
THE ROADS NOT TAKEN. A QUIET PLACE PART II.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
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. And Disney isn't screening it to the UK press. dir Benh Zeitlin; with Devin France, Yashwa Mack, Tommie Milazzo, Shay Walker, Stephanie Lynn Wilson 20/US
release US 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 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 14.Feb.20, UK 6.Mar.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? And why is Sony not screening this to the press? 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. dir Cary Fukunaga; with Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen 20/UK
release UK 2.Apr.20, US 10.Apr.20
Making a Bond movie seems to get more complicated year by year, and this one certainly went through some messy gyrations, including a false start with Danny Boyle. But Cary Fukunaga is a terrific filmmaker who should be able to bring something fresh to the franchise, and it will be interesting to see Craig reconnecting with figures from his previous 007 adventures. It's not only about the action - the story needs to be clever and engaging, and the characters just a little bonkers.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: COLOR OUT OF SPACE
THE LAST FULL MEASURE GUNS AKIMBO
Spring/Summer: THE WAY BACK
ANTEBELLUM ANTLERS THE LOVEBIRDS
THE NEW MUTANTS 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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