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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2
HEAL THE LIVING (Fr)
SALT AND FIRE (dvd)
* A DOG'S PURPOSE
* THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Fin)
THE RED TURTLE (Fr)
AFTER THE STORM (Jpn)
* THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
* BERLIN SYNDROME
* CENTRE OF MY WORLD (Ger)
* DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE
* MY COUSIN RACHEL
* MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
* THE SHACK
* WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME
A MAN CALLED OVE (Swe)
* THE ODYSSEY (Fr)
* AGAINST THE LAW
C O M I N G U P . . .
DETOUR. WHISKEY GALORE. SPARK.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
THE BAD BATCH
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Guy Ritchie; with Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Eric Bana, Djimon Hounsou, Annabelle Wallis, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Aidan Gillen, Poppy Delevingne, David Beckham; Warner 17/UK|
release US 12.May.17, UK 19.May.17
With Ritchie at the helm, this film is at least guaranteed to be energetic and entertaining. Whether it does any justice to the legend is another question entirely. The trailer makes it look seriously overwrought, but Ritchie is good at injecting humour into his movies, and this cast promises a bit more oomph under the relentlessly muscled machismo. dir Jonathan Levine; scr Katie Dippold; with Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Christopher Meloni, Randall Park, Wanda Sykes, Oscar Jaenada; Fox 17/US
release US 12.May.17; UK 19.May.17
This looks pretty ridiculous, but it's from the director of 50/50 and the writer of The Heat, so there's a spark of hope that it might actually be rather good. Teaming up Schumer and Hawn is a stroke of genius, and the trailer reveals some great chemistry. On the other hand, the plot is so corny that the movie needs to be very, very funny. Fingers crossed.... 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 Patty Jenkins; scr Allan Heinberg; with Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya, Said Taghmaoui; Warners 17/UK
release US/UK 2.Jun.17
It's taken awhile to get our first female superhero movie, and it's great that it's directed by a woman. Jenkins' involvement offers the biggest promise for this movie, which looks set to put Warners' DC franchise on the right track. The period aesthetic and terrific casting touches bode well. More worrying is the continuing insistence on these tediously colour-drained plastic/metallic hero costumes - they're not only boring, but they make it difficult to believe that anyone could save the world wearing one, let alone walk without injuring herself. dir Bong Joon Ho; with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, An Seo Hyun, Paul Dano, Byun Heebong, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson, Daniel Henshall, Woo Shik Choi, Giancarlo Esposito; Netflix 17/Kor
release UK/US 28.Jun.17
Terrific Korean filmmaker Bong returns to the monster-movie genre (see The Host) with this story of a young girl and her best pal, a gigantic creature at threat due to some multinational corporate greed. With another eclectic international cast (see Snowpiercer), Bong looks set to explore some very cool themes along with an involving plot and some big action too. The only disappointment is that it's a Netflix movie, so we can't enjoy it on a big screen with a rattled audience. 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 awaiting a UK release date. 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: SAND CASTLE SLEEPLESS
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE THE WALL WAR MACHINE
Summer: DESPICABLE ME 3 THE HOUSE CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
Autumn/Winter: JUSTICE LEAGUE EARLY MAN
No UK release date: EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS THE HOLLOW POINT A KIND OF MURDER
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI WILSON
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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