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FREE STATE OF JONES
SWISS ARMY MAN
UNDER THE SHADOW (Irn)
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
* BLOOD FATHER
* THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
* THE GREASY STRANGLER
* THE GUV'NOR
* COMING OUT (vod)
QUEEN OF KATWE
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
* NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
* A STREET CAT NAMED BOB
* FRANCOFONIA (Fr)
MOLLY MOON AND THE INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM
LA LA LAND
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE INNOCENTS. MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. SIERANEVADA. TREZOROS. MA' ROSA. A UNITED KINGDOM. A DARK SONG. MYRZA. KING COBRA. BURN BURN BURN. AFTER THE STORM.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Tim Burton; scr Jane Goldman; with Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Samuel L Jackson, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Milo Parker; Fox 16/UK|
release US/UK 30.Sep.16
If the entire movie looks as good as the trailer, this will be a seriously eye-catching adventure. Burton seems to be firing on all cylinders here, with a mob of A-list stars in a story about an entire boarding school full of the kind of oddball character that usually features in his films. And with Goldman on screenwriting duties, hopefully the story will be even stronger than the imagery. dir-scr John Michael McDonagh; with Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Michael Pena, Paul Reiser, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephanie Sigman, Malcolm Barrett; 16/UK
release UK 7.Oct.16
With movies like The Guard and Calvary, John Michael McDonagh has turned into an unmissable filmmaker, and this story of two corrupt New Mexico cops playing a dangerous game of extortion sounds ripe for black comedy. The question is whether moving away from Ireland (and Brendan Gleeson) will change McDonagh's tone. Thankfully, it's an independent film, hopefully free of studio pressure. And the offbeat casting bodes well. dir Oliver Stone; with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Scott Eastwood, Zachary Quinto, Ben Schnetzer, Timothy Olyphant, Joely Richardson, Rhys Ifans, Tom Wilkinson; 16/Ger
release US 16.Sep.16, UK tbc
Even if his more recent films have gone a bit off the boil (see Savages), you can't discount any movie by Oliver Stone, simply because he refuses to say what anyone wants him to say. Expect this to be a complex exploration of Edward Snowden, and also expect it to be clear whether Stone thinks he was a whistleblower or a traitor. The high-powered cast will make it even more riveting. Still awaiting a UK release date, but it's in the London Film Festival. dir Ken Loach; scr Paul Laverty; with Dave Johns, Micky McGregor, Dylan McKiernan, Julie Nicholson, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann, Hayley Squires; BBC 16/UK
release UK 21.Oct.16
This year's Palme d'Or winner is from veteran filmmaker Loach and his regular writing partner Laverty, so we know before going in that it will be a gritty, politically aware drama. Buzz has been a bit mixed, but Loach's work is always worth a look - challenging, engaging, thoughtful. It's at the London Film Festival. dir Scott Derrickson; with Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Scott Adkins, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg; Marvel 16/US
release UK 28.Oct.16, US 4.Nov.16
This looks like another enjoyably nutty stand-alone Marvel movie - fans will understand how it fits into the overall universe, but no one else will care. The key draw here is the powerhouse British trio of Cumberbatch, Swinton and Ejiofor, who are generally good at dodging terrible movies. And Derrickson as director certainly adds some intrigue. dir David Yates; scr JK Rowling; with Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Kravitz; Warner 16/UK
release UK/US 18.Nov.16
We should have known that there would be more after the Harry Potter movies wrapped up. Not only has JK Rowling put on a two-part West End play, but she has also written the screenplay for this spin-off movie, set decades before Harry's birth. Whether its characters are as magnetic and involving is the big question, because obviously the film will be produced to a very high, magical standard. And the eclectic cast is intriguing to say the least. dir Mark Waters; with Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Ryan Hansen, Jeff Skowron, Jenny Zigrino; Miramax 16/US
release US/UK 23.Nov.16
From the director of Mean Girls, this long-time-coming sequel reassembles the key members of the original cast, plus Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks. It's been 13 years since the original film, which is still a classic black comedy that nobody can quite equal. The new writers have worked on Entourage, Drew Barrymore's Whip It and Zac Efron's Dirty Grandpa, most of which is a bit worrying. And the first film might be my favourite Christmas movie ever (Tangerine is neck and neck). Still, I'll try to keep an open mind. dir John Lee Hancock; scr Robert D Siegel; with Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, BJ Novak, John Carroll Lynch, Kimberly Battista; Weinstein 16/US
release US 16.Dec.16, UK 17.Feb.17
It's amazing to realise that this biopic has never been made before: about Ray Kroc, the man who created McDonald's. Keaton looks like perfect casting - able to play likeable even when he's being a nasty piece of work. And indeed, the trailer reveals that this is a warts-and-all portrait. Much more promising than the fact that it was directed by Hancock (The Blind Side) is that it was written by Siegel (The Wrestler). For some reason, the UK release has gone to next year, missing British awards eligibility.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Autumn: AMERICAN HONEY THE ACCOUNTANT
Winter: MOANA ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
SULLY THE BIRTH OF A NATION THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Spring/Summer: KING ARTHUR: KEGEND OF THE SWORD
KONG: SKULL ISLAND WONDER WOMAN
No UK release date: GENIUS IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P.
THE MEDDLER 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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