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THE EQUALIZER 2
THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES
THE GUARDIANS (Fr)
* THE CHILDREN ACT
THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME
COLD WAR (Pol)
* AMERICAN ANIMALS
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
REINVENTING MARVIN (Fr)
FACES PLACES (Fr)
* THE LITTLE STRANGER
ANCHOR AND HOPE
* BLACK '47
MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER (Br)
* STRANGEWAYS HERE WE COME
A MOMENT IN THE REEDS (Fin)
* MIRAI (Jpn)
POSTCARDS FROM LONDON
C O M I N G U P . . .
YARDIE. DOGMAN. GUN NO 6.
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS. A SIMPLE FAVOUR. THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Peter Berg; with Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Ronda Rousey, Iko Uwais, Terry Kinney, Alexandra Vino, Poorna Jagannathan; STX 18/US|
release US 17.Aug, UK 19.Sep.18
Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg team up once again for another hyper-macho military drama, although this one isn't based on a true story. Their three films together have varied in quality (from the solid Patriot's Day to the serviceable Lone Survivor to the terrible Deepwater Horizon), and the question is always whether they can keep their rah-rah manliness in check. The trailer looks a little bland, frankly, but it also has a spark of energy (Malkovich!) that's intriguing. dir Chris Weitz; with Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Melanie Laurent, Haley Lu Richardson, Nick Kroll, Joe Alwyn, Greta Scacchi, Peter Strauss; MGM 18/US
release US 29.Aug.18, UK 14.Sep.18
The story of a team of Nazi hunters trying to track down Adolf Eichmann (Kingsley) some 15 years after the end of WWII, this looks like it could be an intriguing drama. Weitz is certainly an unexpected filmmaker for this kind of movie, and the eclectic casting adds interest as well. The question is mainly whether the script will find some present-day resonances instead of just relying on the pungent historical elements. dir Eli Roth; with Owen Vaccaro, Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Kyle MacLachlan, Sunny Suljic, Colleen Camp, Lorenza Izzo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Tarby Corrigan; Amblin 18/US
release US/UK 21.Sep.18
On paper, this looks like the kind of movie that should have been directed by Tim Burton. But the trailer reveals something a little edgier, and indeed it's directed by Eli Roth, who has never been quite this far from his horror-movie home territory. This means that, while there are the usual over-produced sets and costumes, everything looks more prickly than these movies tend to be. And throwing Black and Blanchett into this kind of world can only help. dir Jacques Audiard; with Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C Reilly, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, Niels Arestrup, Rebecca Root; Anapurna 18/Fr
release US 21.Sep.18, UK tbc
Acclaimed French filmmaker Jacques Audiard goes West - to 1850s Oregon - for this story about sibling assassins hunting down a gold prospector who makes an offer one of the brothers may not be able to resist. It's bound to be a lot more than that, with a remarkable cast lined up to add plenty of unexpected character wrinkles. And the setting looks impressive too. The lack of a UK release hints at a slot at the London Film Fest in October. dir Steve McQueen; with Viola Davis, Jacki Weaver, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Carrie Coon, Cynthia Erivo, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, Jon Bernthal, Garret Dillahunt; Fox 18/UK
release UK 9.Nov.18, US 16.Nov.18
Steve McQueen hasn't made a film yet that wasn't a masterpiece, so hopes are high for this one, his first dip into remake territory with an adaptation of Lynda LaPlante's British TV series about mob wives taking over their husbands' business. The casting is simply astonishing, an eclectic group that's bound to provide a lot of sparks. The film has already secured the slot to open the London Film Festival in October (it will premiere at Venice), so awards season is clearly beckoning. dir Luca Guadagnino; with Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Sylvie Testud, Renee Soutendijk, Malgorzata Bela, Jessica Harper; Amazon 18/It
release US 2.Nov.18; UK tbc
This is one of those remakes that feels almost sacrilegious: Dario Argento's 1977 original is a true classic. But Guadagnino is such a clever filmmaker, and his casting here so intriguing, that it's difficult not to get excited about seeing what he comes up with. Ovbiously, he will have a bigger budget, and his visual sensibilities are all his own. And since this is a genre he's never dabbled in, this is definitely not a film to miss. 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/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. dir Deniz Gamze Erguven; with Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kaalan Rashad Walker, Rachel Hilson, Issac Ryan Brown, Callan Farris, Serenity Reign Brown; 17/France
release US 27.Apr.18, UK tbc
The main intrigue here is seeing what filmmaker Erguven (Mustang) can do in an American setting with a couple of big stars. The premise looks similar to Justin Chon's recent Gook, following a group of local residents caught up in the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. Although this looks like a more traditional narrative approach. It will be interesting to see what kind of spin a female Turkish filmmaker can put on it. Still waiting word on a UK release date.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Autumn: THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN WHITE BOY RICK YARDIE
BEAUTIFUL BOY BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY MOWGLI
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS A STAR IS BORN
VENOM BOY, ERASED CREED II
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
JULIET, NAKED RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
ROBIN HOOD WELCOME TO MARWEN
Winter: ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL AQUAMAN BUMBLEBEE
MARY POPPINS RETURNS MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
MORTAL ENGINES ON THE BASIS OF SEX COLETTE
GLASS THE LEGO MOVIE 2 SHAZAM
No UK release date: 10 X 10 EVERYBODY KNOWS FUTURE WORLD
THE HOLLOW POINT A KIND OF MURDER KRYSTAL
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE 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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