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MY FRIEND DAHMER
L'AMANT DOUBLE (Fr)
McKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART
PANDORA'S BOX (29/Ger)
BOY UNDONE (Mex)
* ALL THE WILD HORSES
THE BOY DOWNSTAIRS
WELCOME TO CURIOSITY
* THE HAPPY PRINCE
THE CIAMBRA (It)
* STUDIO 54
* FREAK SHOW
IN THE FADE
* TIME TRIAL
* PATH OF BLOOD
* SWIMMING WITH MEN
* MARIO (Ger)
* PIN CUSHION
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD (Bel)
* YELLOW SUBMARINE (68/UK)
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN
POSTCARDS FROM LONDON
* MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER (Br)
* THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
FACES PLACES (Fr)
REINVENTING MARVIN (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
HEREDITARY. GENERATION WEALTH. SKATE KITCHEN. LEAVE NO TRACE. JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM. THE APPARITION.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
ANGELS WEAR WHITE (Chn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir JA Bayona; with Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Rafe Spall, BD Wong, Toby Jones, Geraldine Chaplin; Universal 18/US|
release UK 6.Jun.18, US 22.Jun.18
The trailers make this film look like more of the same. Since the first film ended on such a grand scale it's difficult to go anywhere bigger, but that won't stop the filmmakers from trying. Thankfully, Bayona is an inventive director who knows how to increase the stakes using characters rather than spectacle, if the franchise-runners let him. And the cast is certainly up to the challenge of making something that's more than just effects-heavy mayhem. dir-scr Ari Aster; with Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, Mallory Bechtel; 18/US
release US 8.Jun.18, UK 15.Jun.18
A hit at Sundance, this dark dramatic horror looks seriously intriguing, not least because of the fact that it stars Collette and Byrne. It's a story of a family that collapses after the death of the matriarch, then they begin to discover an old secret that threatens them further. It seems like a relatively simple premise, but it's a clever one. And first-time filmmaker Aster looks to be taking a skilful approach to the genre. dir Gary Ross; with Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Dakota Fanning, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Katie Holmes, Rihanna, Matt Damon; Warner 18/US
release US 8.Jun.18, UK 22.Jun.18
This spin-off from the George Clooney franchise looks like it could be a lot of fun, mainly because of the seriously high-powered cast the filmmakers have assembled here - all of whom are up for pretty much anything. As with the earlier trilogy, let's hope the on-set antics translate to entertainment for the audience. Although just watching these actors ricocheting off each other will be enjoyable regardless of the preposterous caper they're planning. dir Stefano Sollima; scr Taylor Sheridan; with Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine, Isabela Moner, Jeffrey Donovan, Christopher Heyerdahl, Ian Bohen; Sony 18/US
release US/UK 29.Jun.18
This sequel looks seriously punchy, as should be expected from Suburra director Sollima. Obviously, without a female lead this time, the film is going to have a stronger infusion of machismo, as the trailer suggests. And Del Toro and Brolin are both terrific at grabbing at the subtext to lead the audience deeper into the story. Alas, the title is a little messy (in the UK, it's the even worse Sicario 2: Soldado), smacking of studio interference. Just Soldado would have been so much more evocative. dir Brad Bird; with Holly Hunter, Craig T Nelson, Samuel L Jackson, Brad Bird, Catherine Keener, Isabella Rossellini, Sophia Bush, Bob Odenkirk, John Ratzenberger; Pixar 18/US
release US 15.Jun.18, UK 13.Jul.18
Even 14 years on, The Incredibles remains a top favourite among Pixar's productions, not to mention one of the very best ever superhero movies. So hopes are very high for this long-awaited sequel, which looks like it picks up right where the first film ended. The combination of action and real-life humour is a very clever one that, oddly, none of the studio tentpoles has ever tried to replicate. So more power to Brad Bird for bringing this family back. The trailers are hilarious. dir Ol Parker; with Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Meryl Streep, Cher, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Celia Imrie; Universal 18/UK
release UK/US 20.Jul.18
Despite sneery cynicism from most critics, I really loved the mega-hit first film. Can lightning strike again? The trailers for this one are suspicious in the way they feature all of the returning cast but sideline Streep (as if they're reluctant to admit that the story takes place during her funeral), then dive into flashbacks to that fateful summer, with Lily James in the role. Whatever, it promises lots more Abba musical mayhem. The fun is watching the actors try to do the music and choreography justice. Which is why we need Streep. Although we do have Cher. 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. 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...
Spring: 10 X 10 FUTURE WORLD
Summer: IDEAL HOME ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT SKYSCRAPER
ANT MAN AND THE WASP BLACKkKLANSMAN THE MEG
Autumn/Winter: YARDIE MOWGLI
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
VENOM RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2
MARY POPPINS RETURNS MORTAL ENGINES
No UK release date: EVERYBODY KNOWS 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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