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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
STREET DANCE FAMILY
* HOLDING THE MAN
THE NICE GUYS
* WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (Jpn)
* WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
* BANG GANG: A MODERN LOVE STORY (Fr)
THE KEEPING ROOM
* THE VIOLATORS
* ADULT LIFE SKILLS
MA MA (Sp)
* NO HOME MOVIE
* SUBURRA (It)
QUEEN OF EARTH
MEN & CHICKEN (Den)
* SUMMERTIME (Fr)
* AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY
* THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
* BORN TO BE BLUE
* GIRLS LOST (Swe)
* THEO AND HUGO (Fr)
* THE PASS
C O M I N G U P . . .
WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING. THE GHOUL. ME BEFORE YOU. GOAT. OTHER PEOPLE. WIENER-DOG. MORRIS FROM AMERICA. CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER. INDIGNATION. THE INTERVENTION. TALLULAH. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Roland Emmerich; with Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, Joey King, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A Fox, Sela Ward, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch; Fox 16/US|
release US/UK 24.Jun.16
It's been 20 years since the first blockbuster, and the entire cast (minus Will Smith) is back to once again face some sort of globe-threating alien invasion. Frankly, this looks exactly the same as the first movie, as plucky, quick-witted humans fend off a vicious interstellar assault. The question is whether there will be some cool surprises along the way. And whether Emmerich still has that light, snappy touch when it comes to global mayhem. Surely he can't flatten the White House again... dir Mandie Fletcher; scr Jennifer Saunders; with Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Celia Imrie, Kathy Burke, Lulu, Dawn French; Fox 16/UK
release UK 1.Jul.16, US 22.Jul.16
The genius BBC sitcom became rather uneven in its later years, so let's hope for a stronger focus in this big-screen reunion. Good news is that the entire gang is back, although it could get a bit muddled with the wide range of cameos rumoured (including Rebel Wilson, Joan Collins, Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian). Still, you wouldn't want to miss it. dir Rawson Marshall Thurber; with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan, Brett Azar, Megan Park, Ryan Hansen, Danielle Nicolet; Universal 16/UK
release US 17.Jun.16, UK 1.Jul.16
Frankly, this doesn't look that promising - another fast-talking action comedy that's likely to be more violent than funny. On the other hand, Johnson and Hart are both engaging, and their combined physicality could be hilarious. As referenced in the inspired tagline: "Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson". Also, it's from the director of We're the Millers, who knows how to make a dumb comedy genuinely amusing. dir Jon M Chu; with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Sanaa Lathan, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine; Lionsgate 16/US
release US 10.Jun.16, UK 4.Jul.16
Here's another entry in the collection of Sequels No One Asked For. The first movie was an enjoyable bit of nonsense that wowed audiences even though all of the magic was cheap digital tricks and fairly simplistic screenwriting. But that powerhouse cast certainly helped, and they're all back (well, except for Isla Fisher and Melanie Laurent). The trailer looks like fun, so let's hope the sequel earns its right to exist. dir Paul Feig; with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance, Elizabeth Perkins, Andy Garcia, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts; Sony 16/US
release US/UK 15.Jul.16
This remake/reboot/sequel/whatever it is seems to have crossed the 1984 original with both Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids. Actually it's a great idea, and the cast looks well up to the challenge, including Hemsworth in the eye-candy secretary role. It's unclear why the trailer was so despised when it first debuted, aside from the fact that bigotry runs very deep. Get over it - this looks like fun. dir Justin Lin; with Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Shohreh Aghdashloo; Paramount 16/US
release US/UK 22.July.16
For the third film in his rebooted Star Trek series, JJ Abrams handed the directing reins over to action maestro Justin Lin, and the trailers hint at a rather more frenetic movie than the first two. Everything looks rather a lot bigger and scruffier, with a plot that perhaps fits more closely with the original series concept. Studio chiefs seem confident, as they've already greenlit a fourth movie. Fingers crossed. dir-scr Andrew Stanton; with Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Bill Hader, Ed O'Neill, Michael Sheen, Dominic West, Diane Keaton, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy; Pixar 16/US
release US 17.Jun.16, UK 29.Jul.16
Pixar's 2003 mega-hit Finding Nemo was such a tight narrative that it didn't cry out for a follow-up. And yet here we are 13 years (that is, a whole generation of children) later, as Disney is marauding through any property they own making sequels and remakes with abandon. The trailer looks chaotic and messy, but at least Pixar has a reputation for keeping the quality levels high. And original filmmaker Stanton is in charge. 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 5.Aug.16, UK tbc
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). So where's the UK release date?
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: ME BEFORE YOU MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES BEN-HUR PETE'S DRAGON SUICIDE SQUAD
Autumn: BRIDGET JONES'S BABY CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
DEEPWATER HORIZON DOCTOR STRANGE
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
SNOWDEN FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Winter: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
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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