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A WRINKLE IN TIME
THE THIRD MURDER (Jpn)
I GOT LIFE! (Fr)
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST
* ISLE OF DOGS
* MIDNIGHT SUN
120 BEATS PER MINUTE (Fr)
ANTONIO LOPEZ 1970: SEX FASHION & DISCO
* GHOST STORIES
* A GENTLE CREATURE (Rus)
* MANSFIELD 66/67
* FUNNY COW
LET THE SUN SHINE IN (Fr)
THE WOUND (SA)
LEAN ON PETE
THE LEISURE SEEKER
THE CIAMBRA (It)
THE DOUBLE LOVER [L'Amant Double] (Fr)
* MY FRIEND DAHMER
ON CHESIL BEACH
IN THE FADE
A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN
FACES PLACES (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
UNSANE. READY PLAYER ONE. JEUNE FEMME. MY DAYS OF MERCY. PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING. LOVE, SCOTT. THE HAPPY PRINCE. UNCLE DAVID 2. ALASKA IS A DRAG.
A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE. LOVE, SIMON. COBY. PANDORA'S BOX. POSTCARDS FROM LONDON. SOUTHERN PRIDE. FREAK SHOW. HARD PAINT. STUMPED. MALILA. GOOD MANNERS.
THAT GOOD NIGHT.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
ANGELS WEAR WHITE (Chn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Steven Spielberg; scr Zak Penn, Ernest Cline; with Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg, Letitia Wright, Ralph Ineson, Susan Lynch; Warner 17/UK|
release US/UK 30.Mar.18
Movies set in virtual reality tend to be pretty hit and miss. Well, mostly miss because they simply can't muster much real-world tension. So let's hope that Spielberg can generate some properly involving action here. The trailer looks properly eye-catching, and Sheridan is a terrific young actor with the skills to keep the audience connected. Terrific support too, from the likes of Rylance, Mendelsohn, Miller and Pegg. dir Greg Berlanti; with Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Talitha Bateman, Alexandra Shipp, Logan Miller, Tony Hale; Fox 17/US
release US 16.Mar.18, UK 6.Apr.18
Based on the novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this looks like it could be an original teen drama. It centres on a high schooler who is deeply closeted and has no idea who he's flirting with - and falling for - online. The concern is that it's being directed by Berlanti, who's behind oddly cheesy, rather hyper-violent DC Comics TV series like Arrow and The Flash (and more promisingly the only slightly corny Brothers & Sisters). The cast is certainly up to the challenge. And buzz is good. dir Brad Peyton; with Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, Jack Quaid, PJ Byrne; Warner 18/US
release UK 11.Apr.18, US 20.Apr.18
This looks like another big, noisy movie featuring The Rock fighting against a world gone mad! I love these movies, even if they begin to feel overwhelmed by the digital animation. At least this one looks like it won't take itself too seriously. Although this is also the kind of film that isn't screened to journalists, which means I may not get to see it. dir Ryan Cooglar; with Other cast: Robert Downey Jr, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, Tom Hiddleston, Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo; Marvel 18/US
release US/UK 27.Apr.18
The trailers for this film look a little overwhelming, combining virtually every previous Marvel superhero into one massive battle. If anyone can keep a grip on this enormous mob of characters, the Russo brothers can. They somehow managed to get the balance right in Civil War, so let's hope they can step up to the increased stakes here. And it will be interesting to see who from this ensemble emerges into the focal position. 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. dir Jose Padilha; scr Gregory Burke; with Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, Nonso Anozie, Denis Menochet, Mark Ivanir, Noof McEwan; Working Title 18/UK
release US 16.Mar.18, UK 11.May.18
The hijacking, standoff and raid in 1976 Uganda have been recounted before on film, but this looks like an unusually comprehensive approach, seeing the shocking crisis from a variety of perspectives. That's a risky angle for a film to take, as it makes it difficult for an audience to identify with people or situations. But a particularly strong cast will help bring the characters to life. And both Padilha (Elite Squad) and Burke ('71) have experience bringing real events to life. Retitled Entebbe for the UK, and the release date pushed back two months. dir Ron Howard; with Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Fox, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Thandie Newton, Clint Howard, Warwick Davis; Lucasfilm 18/UK
release UK/US 25.May.18
There are a few red flags about this film, mainly the troubled production during which the directors were sacked. The trailers may look good, but never feature a moment of Ehrenreich in which he seems even vaguely Han Solo-esque. The question is whether Disney's meddling will pay off with a film that's entertaining, or whether it will be a cut-and-paste mess. Either way, we're dying to see it. And hoping it's just a bit of fun. 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.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: UNSANE 10 X 10 FAHRENHEIT 451
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY
Summer: DEADPOOL 2 HEREDITARY I FEEL PRETTY
OCEAN'S 8 JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
SICARIO 2: SOLDADO ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
INCREDIBLES 2 MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - FALLOUT SKYSCRAPER
Autumn/Winter: THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
VENOM RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2
MARY POPPINS RETURNS MORTAL ENGINES
No UK release date: THE HOLLOW POINT A KIND OF MURDER
TRIPLE THREAT YARDIE
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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