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ALL COMMENTS BY RICH CLINE

C O M I N G   S O O N
to the UK...
O N   T H E   H O R I Z O N
can’t hardly wait...
19 Jan
COCO trailer
THE POST
THE COMMUTER trailer
IN ANOTHER LIFE
26 Jan
DOWNSIZING
* EARLY MAN trailer
LAST FLAG FLYING

2 Feb
* JOURNEY'S END
PHANTOM THREAD trailer
9 Feb
LOVELESS (Rus)
* THE MERCY
16 Feb
JOURNEYMAN
LADY BIRD
THE SHAPE OF WATER trailer
23 Feb
DARK RIVER
* FINDING YOUR FEET
I, TONYA trailer
* THE ICE KING
* NATIVE

2 Mar
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chl)
MOM & DAD
THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (Egy)
9 Mar
SWEET COUNTRY
THOROUGHBREDS
WONDER WHEEL
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
16 Mar
THE SQUARE (Swe)
23 Mar
CUSTODY (Fr)
THE THIRD MURDER (Jpn)

Apr-Jun
120 BEATS PER MINUTE (Fr)
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO
WONDERSTRUCK trailer
THE LEISURE SEEKER
LET THE SUN SHINE IN (Fr)
* BEAST
THE WOUND (SA)
LEAN ON PETE
REDOUBTABLE (Fr)
THE CIAMBRA (It)
THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS
THE DOUBLE LOVER [L'Amant Double] (Fr)
ON CHESIL BEACH

C O M I N G   U P . . .

coming soon! • GHOST STORIES. THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS. MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE. GHOLAM.
• FRENCH KISSES. MOM AND DAD. LIES WE TELL. THIRSTY. FIRST THEY TOOK MY FATHER. ROMEU & ROMEU. REALIVE. CHAVELA. SIBLINGS. MY PURE LAND. ELIZABETH BLUE. THE CIRCLE.
• THE CURRENT WAR. LOVE, SIMON. 12 STRONG.
Reviewed on the BLOG . . .
London: THE FORGIVEN. FUNNY COW. Flare: DEAR DAD. LAST MEN STANDING. PRIDE? TWO SOFT THINGS, TWO HARD THINGS.


N O   U K   R E L E A S E   D A T E . . .

in limbo! ANGELS WEAR WHITE (Chn)
THE CAKEMAKER (Isr)
THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH
FIRST REFORMED
HANNAH
THE INSULT (Leb)
THE LEISURE SEEKER
LOVING PABLO
M (Fr)
MAN HUNT (Jpn)
MEKTOUB, MY LOVE: CANTO UNO (Fr)
MY GENERATION
NICO, 1988 (It)
PICKUPS
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD (Bel)
REINVENTING MARVIN (Fr)
6 DAYS
THIS IS OUR LAND (Fr)
ZAMA (Arg)

* films I've seen, reviews en route


See also:
SHADOWS FILM FEST

BLACK PANTHER

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. trailer

ANNIHILATION

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. trailer

RED SPARROW

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. trailer

7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE

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. trailer

LOVE, SIMON

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. trailer

A WRINKLE IN TIME

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. trailer

READY PLAYER ONE

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. trailer

THE CURRENT WAR

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. trailer
Also on my want-to-see list...

Winter: 12 STRONG trailer THE 15:17 TO PARIS trailer
Spring: MARY MAGDALENE trailer WINCHESTER trailer
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR trailer THE NEW MUTANTS trailer RAMPAGE trailer
Summer: DEADPOOL 2 trailer OCEAN'S 8 trailer
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM trailer SICARIO 2: SOLDADO trailer
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL trailer INCREDIBLES 2 trailer
MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN trailer
Autumn/Winter: THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS trailer MORTAL ENGINES trailer
No UK release date: THE HOLLOW POINT trailer A KIND OF MURDER trailer TRIPLE THREAT trailer

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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