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THE LOST CITY OF Z
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
THE AGE OF SHADOWS (Kor)
ALL THIS PANIC
* GRADUATION (Rom)
* CITY OF TINY LIGHTS
* I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
* A QUIET PASSION
* WHO'S GONNA LOVE ME NOW?
THE HANDMAIDEN (Kor)
RULES DON'T APPLY
* THEIR FINEST
HEAL THE LIVING (Fr)
* LADY MACBETH
* THE PROMISE
* THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Fin)
THE RED TURTLE (Fr)
AFTER THE STORM (Jpn)
A MAN CALLED OVE (Swe)
* THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
* THE ODYSSEY (Fr)
* AGAINST THE LAW
C O M I N G U P . . .
I LOVE YOU BOTH. BODY ELECTRIC. MILES. TWO HARD THINGS, TWO SOFT THINGS. HANDSOME DEVIL. JESUS. THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN. SIGNATURE MOVE. GHOST IN THE SHELL. UNLOCKED.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
THE BAD BATCH
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Rupert Sanders; with Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asbaek, Michael Wincott, Rila Fukushima, Peter Ferdinando; Paramount 17/US|
release US/UK 31.Mar.17
Plenty of controversy surrounds this American remake of the Japanese manga, mainly centring on its casting. But the trailer looks whizzy enough to catch the attention of the moviegoing public, including some rather cool-looking effects and strong performances. The bigger question is director Sanders, whose only previous experience is directing Snow White and the Huntsman. Can he win over the critics? dir F Gary Gray; with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky; Universal 17/US
release US/UK 8.Apr.17
Lest there be any confusion, the British release bears the simplistic title Fast & Furious 8. Obviously fans of this increasingly popular serious will be out in droves for the film. The question is whether the cast and crew still have somewhere original to go with it. The trailer isn't terribly promising, concentrating on tired apocalyptic landscapes, macho feuds and enormously improbable car stunts. Let's hope there's also some fun in there. dir Niki Caro; with Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl, Timothy Radford, Efrat Dor, Iddo Goldberg, Shira Haas, Michael McElhatton; Universal 17/Cz
release US 31.Mar.17, UK 5.May.17
This may look like another version of Schindler's List, as it centres on a woman who hid Jews from the Nazis during WWII in her husband's zoo in Poland. There's a whiff of "funny accent" movie about the trailer, with an American actress in the lead with an eclectic supporting cast of European actors anachronistically speaking English. Yet while it seems like a story we've seen before, there are bound to be surprising details that make this a tale that needs to be told. dir James Gunn; with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, Karen Gillan, Elizabeth Debicki, Glenn Close, Nathan Fillion; 17/US
release UK 28.Apr.17, US 5.May.17
The gang from the surprise 2014 hit heads back to cinemas what looks like another raucous, irreverent space adventure accompanied by a retro-mixtape soundtrack. The original was a triumph simply because it broke all the rules about both sci-fi and superhero movies, so this sequel has a steep hill to climb: can it put yet another spin on the genre and surprise audiences again? Even though it can't possibly feel as fresh and new, it's bound to be fun. dir Ridley Scott; scr John Logan; with Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Billy Crudup, Carmen Ejogo, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett; Fox 17/Aus
release UK/US 19.May.17
Ridley Scott is back in the saddle for this sequel to Prometheus (and also of course a prequel to his original Alien). The trailer makes the film look much more action-oriented than the last one, with a bit more for Fassbender to work with too. The main quesiton is whether Scott still has the ability to generate proper on-screen horror. The trailer hints that he does indeed. dir Seth Gordon; with Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Hannibal Buress, Ilfenesh Hadera, Kelly Rohrbach, Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff; Paramount 17/US
release US 26.May.17, UK 2.Jun.17
The grim CHiPs movie should make everyone pause about adapting beloved TV series into movies, especially when it's been far too long for the original audience to be carried over. Although this one has a powerful asset in the presence of Johnson, who adds a refreshingly unserious attitude to his movies without undermining their integrity. Watching him and Efron cavort around on the beach could be a lot of fun if the script is good. And that of course is far more important than cameos from Anderson and Hasselhoff. dir James Ponsoldt; with Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, Glenne Headly, Ellar Coltrane, Nate Corddry; 17/US
release US 28.Apr.17, UK tbc
Based on Dave Eggers' novel (he cowrote the script with director Ponsoldt), this looks like a fiendishly intriguing psychological thriller about a young woman who stumbles into some sort of secret cult-like society. It appears to have overtones of Scientology, like PT Anderson's The Master, but perhaps with a more straightforwardly crowd-pleasing sci-fi approach. The cast is particularly strong, easily enough to make this a must-see. Still no UK release date though. dir Mark Pellington; with Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Thomas Sadoski, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Everett Scott, Steven Culp; 17/US
release US 3.Mar.17, UK tbc
It's the rather kooky casting (MacLaine! Seyfried! Heche!) that makes this look rather unmissable. Otherwise, the story about a woman writing her own obituary isn't terribly enticing. But Pellington is a smart director, and this eclectic set of actors are bound to generate some sparks. Frankly, putting Shirley MacLaine in a lead role is enough to guarantee that there will be something amazing going on. Alas, there's no UK release date yet.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS THE WALL
WILSON THE BOSS BABY SAND CASTLE
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE UNLOCKED WAR MACHINE
Summer: BERLIN SYNDROME THE HOUSE
KING ARTHUR: KEGEND OF THE SWORD OKJA
WONDER WOMAN SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
No UK release date: EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
THE HOLLOW POINT A KIND OF MURDER SLEEPLESS
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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