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ALL COMMENTS BY RICH CLINE

C O M I N G   S O O N
to the UK...
O N   T H E   H O R I Z O N
can’t hardly wait...
24 Oct
SERENA
FURY trailer
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU trailer
LOVE, ROSIE
JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE
THE BABADOOK
THE WAY HE LOOKS (Br)
THE SECRET PATH (dvd)
31 Oct
NIGHTCRAWLER
HORNS
THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN
MR TURNER
EXTRATERRESTRIAL

7 Nov
* THE CASE AGAINST 8 trailer

* SAY WHEN trailer
14 Nov
* THE DROP
THE IMITATION GAME
21 Nov
MY OLD LADY
* WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
28 Nov
* I AM ALI
* HOCKNEY
* STATIONS OF THE CROSS (Ger)

Dec-Jan
* ST VINCENT
ELECTRICITY
KON-TIKI
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN
BEYOND CLUELESS
LOVE IS STRANGE trailer
* NIGHTCRAWLER
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
WILD
* FOXCATCHER
APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
NEXT TO HER (Isr)

C O M I N G   U P . . .

coming soon! • GET ON UP. THE CIRCLE. THE IMITATION OF LIFE. EASTERN BOYS.
• THIRD PERSON. THE HOMESMAN. DOWN DOG. THE GRANDMASTER. ENEMY. WALK OF SHAME. WRONG. GUT. PIG.
* PSYCHO. FELLINI-SATYRICON. THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS. SLF: DRUNKTOWN'S FINEST. HITS. KUMIKO. LITTLE ACCIDENTS. MEMPHIS. THE VOICES. FLARE: AGE OF CONSENT. BIG WORDS. CONTINENTAL. GERONTOPHILIA. LAST SUMMER. MY PRAIRIE HOME. THE OUT LIST. THE PASSION OF MICHELANGELO. ROSIE. TATTOO. LFF: 10,000 KM. 3 HEARTS. BYPASS. CATCH ME DADDY. THE CUT. THE FALLING. FREE FALL. A GIRL AT MY DOOR. JAMIE MARKS IS DEAD. A LITTLE CHAOS. MOMMY. EL NINO. THE KEEPING ROOM. RETURN TO ITHACA. SON OF A GUN. PASOLINI. WHIPLASH. WILD LIFE. WINTER SLEEP. / THE SARNOS.
• EASTERN BOYS.


N O   U K   R E L E A S E   D A T E . . .

in limbo! ABOUT ALEX
AUTHORS ANONYMOUS
AWFUL NICE
BAD JOHNSON
THE BANSHEE CHAPTER
BELIEVE ME
BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
BRIDEGROOM
* BULLY
CHILDREN 404 (Rus)
C.O.G.
DIRTY WARS
DON PEYOTE
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW
* 52 TUESDAYS
4 MINUTE MILE
GOD LOVES UGANDA
A GOOD MARRIAGE
* HOME
HOW TO BE A MAN
IT'S ALL SO QUIET (Ned)
JAMESY BOY
JESUS PEOPLE
* LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY
THE NORMAL HEART
THE ONE I LOVE
1001 GRAMS (Nor)
ROSEWATER
THE SALVATION
* SNOWPIERCER trailer
SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES
* SOUTHERN ZONE (Bol)
STAGE FRIGHT
13 SINS
TIGER ORANGE
UNA NOCHE (Cub)
WE ARE MANY
* WE'RE NOT BROKE
* WORLD OF HURT

* films I've seen, reviews en route


See also:
SHADOWS FILM FEST

BOOK OF LIFE

dir-scr Jorge R Gutierrez; with Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Diego Luna, Hector Elizondo, Cheech Marin; Fox 14/US
release US 17.Oct.14, UK 24.Oct.14
Produced by Guillermo del Toro, this animated trip to the underworld looks almost outrageously colourful, with a gonzo Tim Burton vibe as a young guy travels to three fantastical realms on a personal quest. Although it's made by Fox Animation, it looks like something from far outside the studio system, so let's hope the studio has left the filmmakers to their own devices. trailer

THE SKELETON TWINS

dir Craig Johnson; with Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ty Burrell, Luke Wilson, Boyd Holbrook, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Joanna Gleason; 14/US
release US 12.Sep.14, UK 7.Nov.14
A hit at Sundance, this looks like a thoroughly enjoyable comedy-drama about two estranged twins whose lives have spiraled out of control. So when they accidentally run into each other, they decide to fix their relationship, and hopefully each other. Director-cowriter Craig Johnson is a newcomer, but he clearly has a way with casting - this is an unusually strong ensemble. And another meaty role for the talented Wiig. trailer

THE DROP

dir Michael R Roskam; scr Dennis Lehane; with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, Elizabeth Rodriguez, James Frecheville, John Ortiz, Michael Esper; Fox 14/US
release US 12.Sep.14, UK 14.Nov.14
With a posthumous appearance by Gandolfini, it's apparent that this film has been sitting on a shelf for awhile, but it's notable for several reasons. First is the fact that Lehane has adapted the screenplay from his own short story. And then there's director Roskam making his English-language debut along with his talented Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts. Finally, it looks like a pungent role for Hardy as a barman entwined in a police investigation into the mob. The November UK release date implies it'll be at the London Film Festival. trailer

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1

dir Francis Lawrence; with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman,, Sam Claflin Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones; Lionsgate 14/US
release US/UK 21.Nov.14
Things shift drastically in the third book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy, so this (and its second part next year) will have a very different tone than the previous two films. From here on it's all about revolution, and after some very clever viral trailers, we finally see the intensity of where this story is going - something even more epic and urgent. Director Lawrence got the tone exactly right when he took over the franchise with Catching Fire, so let's hope he doesn't lose the plot now. trailer

FOXCATCHER

dir Bennett Miller; with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Anthony Michael Hall, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Tara Subkoff, Brett Rice; Sony 14/US
release US 14.Nov.14, UK 30.Jan.15
Buzz is strong for this one, with those who saw it at Cannes or Toronto praising Tatum and Carell specifically, although it sounds like a case of surprising casting perhaps. But there's also been a strong reaction from some against the film - so I'm looking forward to making up my own mind. Raising expectations are the presence of Ruffalo and the crisp filmmaking skills of Miller (Capote/Moneyball). It's also a messy true story, so let's hope it avoids formulaic potholes. It's also at the London Film Festival in October. trailer

BIG HERO 6

dir Don Hall, Chris Williams; scr Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Maya Rudolph, TJ Miller, Genesis Rodriguez, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr, Alan Tudyk, James Cromwell; Disney 14/US
release US 7/Nov.13, UK 30.Jan.14
Disney Animation gets its hands on a Marvel property! Well, essentially. They've admitted that they took the premise and then just wrote their own story and characters, rather than sticking to the comic book. But the trailers and advance footage shown to the press is seriously impressive, with a whizzy visual design and strong character-based action. It looks funny, thrilling and even perhaps emotional. And it's sure to spawn the best cuddly toys Disney has released in years. Once again, Britain gets a very delayed release. trailer

JUPITER ASCENDING

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 14/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. trailer

WALK OF SHAME

dir-scr Steven Brill; with Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Ethan Suplee, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Oliver Hudson, PJ Byrne, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Willie Garson, Kevin Nealon; Lakeshore 14/US
release US 2.May.14, UK tbc

Elizabeth Banks has become one of the most reliable actresses around, shining in both blockbusters (The Hunger Games) and indies (Pitch Perfect). Now she gets a comedy of her own, opposite the fabulous James Marsden no less. But the slapstick trailer is very goofy, and writer-director Brill doesn't have a great track record (including a few Adam Sandler comedies and, erm, Movie 43). So let's hope Banks and Marsden make it worth watching. trailer
Also on my want-to-see list...

Summer: THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD trailer
Autumn: GET ON UP trailer HOME trailer THE INTERVIEW trailer KILL THE MESSENGER trailer ENEMY trailer PADDINGTON trailer
Winter: ANNIE trailer EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS trailer INTO THE WOODS trailer UNBROKEN trailer BIRDMAN trailer
No UK release date: GOOD PEOPLE trailer IN OUR NATURE trailer JIMMY P. trailer KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM trailer VERY GOOD GIRLS trailer WORDS AND PICTURES trailer

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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