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KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
BIG HERO 6
SON OF A GUN
LOVE IS STRANGE
* SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
* THE TURNING
* SNOW IN PARADISE
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
* KUMIKO: THE TREASURE HUNTER
* MAIDAN (Ukr)
* THE WEDDING RINGER
* CATCH ME DADDY
* IT FOLLOWS
* LIFE OF RILEY
* THE VOICES
* DIOR AND I (Fr)
* THE FACE OF AN ANGEL
* WILD TALES (Arg)
* MAN UP
* A LITTLE CHAOS
* THE FALLING
* A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTANCE (Swe)
FORCE MAJEURE (Swe)
NEXT TO HER (Isr)
QUEEN AND COUNTRY
* THE LOOK OF SILENCE
* 3 HEARTS (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
HINTERLAND. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN. THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA. JUPITER ASCENDING. THE TRIBE. THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD. CAKE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir-scr Andy & Lana Wachowski; with Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Terry Gilliam, Maria Doyle Kennedy, James D'Arcy; Warner 15/US|
release US/UK 6.Feb.15
The Wachowski's return to a full-on sci-fi extravaganza with this epic about a young woman (Kunis) who is shocked to learn that she is the Queen of the Universe, and that everyone is trying to kill her. The trailers look extremely effects-intensive, which might be a marketing mistake for audiences suffering from digital overload. But the Wachowskis have a track record of keeping the focus on the characters while coming up with genuinely outrageous visuals. Although the release has now been pushed back six months to make those visuals more outrageous. Or something. dir Sam Taylor-Johnson; with Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Callum Keith Rennie; Universal 15/UK
release US/UK 14.Feb.15
Frankly, I have absolutely no interest in the publishing phenomenon surrounding EL James' fan-fiction novel. But the film intrigues me due to the presence of director Taylor-Johnson, a smart filmmaker who will hopefully polish up the plot and characters. And the casting is strong too, going for offbeat actors who might bring something interesting to the roles rather than the usual Hollywood simplicity. We can only hope. dir Neill Blomkamp; with Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, Miranda Frigon, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Yo-Landi Visser, Ninja; Sony 15/SA
release US/UK 6.Mar.15
Blomkamp is back with yet another tale mixing current politics with technical/sci-fi elements (see District 9 and Elysium). This one's about an intelligent robot (a mocap performance from Copley) that's kidnapped and must create a new family with his captors. It's a complex idea with the potential to be both smart and entertaining. And the trailer looks great - an intriguing tone that mixes lighter and darker elements. dir Michael Cuesta; with Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Paz Vega, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta; Focus 14/US
release US 10.Oct.14, UK 6.Mar.15
Based on an astonishing true story, this is about the journalist who uncovered the fact that the US government was dealing drugs in Central America, then importing them to the USA to fund an illegal war. And when he reported the story, the government painted him as the villain. Cuesta is good at getting to the personal core of a story, which bodes well for this kind of drama, as long as it doesn't get distracted by action set-pieces. dir Kenneth Branagh; scr Chris Weitz; with Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden, Hayley Atwell, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Stellan Skarsgard, Nonso Anozie, Derek Jacobi, Ben Chaplin; Disney 15/UK
release US 13.Mar.15, UK 27.Mar.15
Disney continues to revisit its back catalog in this Maleficent-style live-action revamp of another animated classic. Thankfully, this film has a more robust writing-directing team in Weitz and Branagh, so perhaps it will be a bit more coherent and enjoyable, rather than inverting the story completely and wallowing in overwrought violence. But of course the real draw here is the chance to watch duelling divas Blanchett and Bonham Carter. dir-scr Joss Whedon; with Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen; release UK 24.Apr.15, US 1.May.15
Marvel's increasingly enormous movie universe will get another rapid expansion with this sequel to the franchise-merging blockbuster. This is a rather important movie for Marvel, as it follows the formula-breaking Guardians of the Galaxy, which hinted that these movies didn't need to all be the same destroy-everything nonsense. So will Whedon take a new approach to this big reunion movie? Even if it's more of the same tired chaos, it'll be a massive hit. dir Ron Howard; with Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Brendan Gleeson, Paul Anderson, Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland, Jordi Molla, Joseph Mawle, Jamie Sives; Warner 15/US
release US/UK Dec.15
This is Howard's first big Hollywood movie since reinvigorating his work with the British drama Rush, so it will be interesting to see if he's finally learned to trust the audience and stop making everything so obvious. Meanwhile, this looks like a seriously beefy story, with a manly cast (plus a few token females) and a big seafaring story based on the true events that inspired the novel Moby Dick. If anything, it'll have amazing effects. Thor vs whale! Although the release has now been moved back nine months to December. dir JJ Abrams; with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, Max von Sydow, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Andy Serkis; Disney 15/UK
release US/UK 15.Dec.15
Honestly, the internet nearly exploded when the first trailer was released for Episode VII, set 30 years after the events of 1983's Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It's a proper teaser, with just glimpses of cool stuff for fanboys to obsess over, and not even a fleeting view of returning icons Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The plot is still a secret, although there are plenty of leaks. And JJ Abrams seems to have recaptured the loose visual tone of the first trilogy. Waiting for the December release will feel endless.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: SONG ONE
Spring: DANNY COLLINS INSURGENT TOMORROWLAND WHILE WE'RE YOUNG FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD PITCH PERFECT 2
Summer: INSIDE OUT JURASSIC WORLD PAN
Autumn: THE WALK
No UK release date: GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR NATURE THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD JIMMY P. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM VERY GOOD GIRLS WORDS AND PICTURES
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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