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HOTEL SALVATION (Ind)
74th Venice Film Festival
GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
* THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM
* MOON DOGS
* GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS
* INSYRIATED (Bel)
* LONDON SYMPHONY
* THE VAULT
CENTRE OF MY WORLD (Ger)
* ON BODY AND SOUL (Hun)
* ON THE ROAD
* THE PARTY
* SEAT IN SHADOW (dvd)
* BODY ELECTRIC (dvd)
* L'AMANT DOUBLE (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
WIND RIVER. LOGAN LUCKY. AMERICAN MADE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Steven Soderbergh; with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank; 17/US|
release US 18.Aug.17, UK 25.Aug.17
Soderbergh's "retirement" from directing didn't last long (no one's ever does), and he's back with what looks like a thoroughly enjoyable romp about two brothers plotting an insane heist during a Nascar race. With Tatum on board, it's no wonder that the movie looks a bit like Magic Mike's 11. But Soderbergh is a nimble enough filmmaker to make something surprising here, and the eclectic cast bodes especially well. dir Tommy Wirkola; with Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close, Robert Wagner, Marwan Kenzari, Pol Sverre Hagen, Tomiwa Edun, Lara Decaro; 17/UK
release US/UK 31.Aug.17
The premise for this futuristic thriller is clever enough to put it on my want-to-see list: in a Blade Runner-esque world where you can only have one child, a man (Dafoe) secretly has seven identical daughters (Rapace), who each get to live one day per week to avoid being discovered. Of course, something happens to trigger the action, and that's perhaps a bit worrying, because it's bound to be rather fraught. But it also looks like fun. dir Taylor Sheridan; with Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal, Martin Sensmeier, Gil Birmingham, Graham Greene, Kelsey Asbille, Julia Jones; 17/US
release US 4.Aug.17, UK 8.Sep.17
Taylor Sheridan returns to writing-directing for an FBI thriller set in a Native American community. This doesn't sound like much of a stretch from the last two thrillers he wrote (Sicario and Hell or High Water), although both of those were seriously good movies. Hopefully he can direct his own script as adeptly as Villeneuve and Mackenzie. At least he has avoided going for a too-flashy cast; these actors all have a serious, quiet power. dir-scr Darren Aronofsky; with Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Kristen Wiig, Stephen McHattie, Jovan Adepo; 17/US
release US/UK 15.Sep.17
Aronofsky in horror mode is something to look forward to (see Black Swan). The plot centres on a couple whose relationship is severly tested by the arrival of an unexpected guest (is the title the clue). So while what it's about is unclear from the trailer, but it looks like another freak-out masterpiece. That that eclectic cast is seriously cool. I'm looking forward to catching this one at Venice Film Festival. dir Stephen Frears; scr Lee Hall; with Judi Dench, Ali Faza, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Tim Pigott-Smith, Fenella Woolgar, Julian Wadhaml; Warner 17/UK
release UK 15.Sep.17, US 22.Sep.17
Cast Judi Dench as the Queen of England and everyone lines up to buy tickets, and here she's reprising a role she played 20 years ago in Mrs Brown. This is the story of Victoria's friendship with a young Indian clerk, and it gives Dench the chance to play her as a cantankerous 80-something. Which is frankly impossible for movie audiences to resist. Add quality filmmaking from Frears and Hall, and hopefully nothing will go wrong. Although the early buzz has been oddly muted. dir Matthew Vaughn; scr Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn; with Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Mark Strong, Elton John; Fox 17/UK
release UK/US 22.Sep.17
It's funny that they didn't really bother trying to keep secret the fact that Colin Firth isn't dead after all (just like there's no doubt that Henry Cavill will be back for Justice League). The first Kingsman was such a blast of inappropriate fresh air, that we can only hope Goldman and Vaughn refuse to play it safer this time. We want another movie that makes us laugh at all of the wrong moments, then shocks us by going way too far. The fearless high-octane cast bodes very well indeed. dir Denis Villeneuve; with Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Edward James Olmos, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, Hiam Abbass; Sony-Warner 17/UK
release UK/US 6.Oct.17
It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's groundbreaking sci-fi thriller Blade Runner, so expectations are mixed for this sequel. But Villeneuve is a seriously talented filmmaker who invests everything he works on with artistry and intellegence. The cast is intriguing to say the least. And the trailer is eye-poppingly cool. Trying to keep hopes under control for this one might be tricky. dir Hany Abu-Assad; with Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney, Beau Bridges, Waleed Zuaiter, Lucia Walters, Lee Majdoub; Fox 17/US
release US/UK 6.Oct.17
This looks like a seriously gruelling survival drama, channelling The Revenant for encounters with wildlife in a snowy wilderness, plus an added romantic entanglement. Elba and Winslet make an intriguing duo, and very unusual casting for this kind of a movie, which combines dramatic acting chops with intense action. And then there's director Abu-Assad, who seems incapable of making a vacuous blockbuster. Definitely worth looking forward to.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Autumn: THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE THE SNOWMAN THOR: RAGNAROK
WONDERSTRUCK BATTLE OF THE SEXES JUSTICE LEAGUE
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS PADDINGTON 2
Winter/Spring: BRIGHT THE DISASTER ARTIST THE LAST JEDI
STRONGER WONDER COCO EARLY MAN
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI BLACK PANTHER
THE SHAPE OF WATER A WRINKLE IN TIME READY PLAYER ONE
No UK release date: THE HOLLOW POINT A KIND OF MURDER
REBEL IN THE RYE 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.
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