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* STAND (dvd)
* LOOKING FOR LOVE
THE TREATMENT (Bel)
* 45 YEARS
* BARELY LETHAL
IT'S ALL SO QUIET (Ned)
* BUTTERCUP BILL
* RICKI AND THE FLASH
* THE SECOND MOTHER (Br)
* MISERY LOVES COMEDY
* A GIRL AT MY DOOR (Kor)
* 99 HOMES
* MAYA THE BEE
* 3 HEARTS (Fr)
* THE NIGHTMARE
* BOLSHOI BABYLON
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE LOBSTER. THE PROGRAM. FANTASTIC FOUR. BRAHMIN BULLS. MACBETH. LEGEND. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. 3 1/2 MINUTES.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Josh Trank; with Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Michael B Jordan, Toby Kebbell, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E Cathey; Fox 15/US|
release US/UK 7.Aug.15
It was quite smart for producers to choose Trank to reboot this Marvel franchise, as his superb debut feature Chronicle was essentaily a variation on the theme. Studio pressure means this can't be as edgy and inventive as Chronicle, but hopefully Trank will inject real-world elements to subvert the tired Marvel formula. On the other hand, rumours abound that he clashed with the studio (resulting in his departure from a Star Wars anthology movie), and gifted young filmmakers never win those battles. dir Guy Ritchie; with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Hugh Grant, Jared Harris, Elizabeth Debicki, David Beckham; Warner 15/US
release US/UK 14.Aug.15
This long-gestating action movie is based on an iconic 1960s Cold War TV series, and the trailer makes it look like rather a lot of fun, essentially capitalising on Ritchie's ability to combine comedy with action mayhem (it looks like a 1960s version of his Sherlock Holmes movies). Whether the film will also have the complexity of characterisation in the original series is less of a sure thing. At least the casting is refreshing, as neither Cavill nor Hammer are quite A-list yet. Will this push them into the big league? dir Terry Jones; with Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eddie Izzard, Robin Williams, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones; 15/UK
release UK 14.Aug.15
The main selling point to this sci-fi comedy is its voice cast, with animated characters performed by Robin Williams and the surviving members of Monty Python. Otherwise it looks like yet another iffy comedy starring Simon Pegg as a hapless men to whom something bizarre happens. The question is whether it can capture some of that Python absurdity, or if it's instead been watered-down to suit focus group tastes. dir-scr Woody Allen; with Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey, Robert Petkoff, Sophie von Haselberg, Susan Pourfar, Betsy Aidem, Ethan Phillips; 15/US
release US 17.Jul.15, UK 11.Sep.15
Whether this is good Woody or bad Woody, it's still worth seeing, because no one else is making movies like Woody Allen. One of cinema's most expressive artists, even his lesser films are packed with moments of genius. And he's one of the very few filmmakers who consistently grapples with moral issues that are eerily relevant and often rather hilarious. So this philosophical mystery looks fascinating, despite the mixed reviews. dir Baltasar Kormakur; scr Simon Beaufoy, Lem Dobbs; with Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Debicki, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, John Hawkes; Universal 15/US
release UK 18.Sep.15, US 25.Sep.15
With a powerhouse cast and a visually inventive director (see The Deep), this epic movie can't help but catch the attention. It's bound to be amazing-looking, and the story looks pretty harrowing, as it recounts a real-life expedition that encountered a fatal storm on the top of the Himalayas. Hopefully, the cast and crew will manage to avoid gratuitous action and sudsy sentimentality for something more intensely personal. dir Catherine Hardwicke; with Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Jacqueline Bisset, Frances de la Tour, Mem Ferda; eOne 15/UK
release UK 25.Sep.15
I'm a big fan of both Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore, so this is a no-brainer for me. And Catherine Hardwicke is always an interesting storyteller, especially wiht this kind of genre-busting material, which mixes comedy and drama in unusual London settings. But I have added interest in this particular film because I spent a day on the set last autumn, watching the crew shoot a series of scenes with Barrymore and Considine. I wrote it up for Metro, and it was published in February (I'll post the unedited version here when the film opens). 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 Return of the Jedi. The plot is still a secret, although there are plenty of leaks. And Abrams seems to have recaptured the loose visual tone of the first trilogy. Waiting for the December release will feel endless, although the string of ever-increasing trailers is doing its job: teasing the story while slowly revealing the cast and settings.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: DOPE VACATION
Autumn: BLACK MASS THE INTERN PAN GOOSEBUMPS
THE MARTIAN SPECTRE THE WALK BRIDGE OF SPIES
CREED THE LADY IN THE VAN STEVE JOBS
Winter: THE FINEST HOURS SECRET IN THEIR EYES
No UK release date: GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P.
SONG ONE 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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