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* TRIPLE 9
THE FINEST HOURS
HOW TO BE SINGLE
* ALIGARH (ind)
* THE FOREST
SECRET IN THEIR EYES
* GOODNIGHT MOMMY (Aut)
THE ONES BELOW
* DISORDER (Bel)
THE CLUB (Chl)
* BATTLE MOUNTAIN
* EDDIE THE EAGLE
COUPLE IN A HOLE
* DHEEPAN (Fr)
* NASTY BABY
* XENIA (dvd)
OUR LITTLE SISTER (Jpn)
* SING STREET
* GREEN ROOM
* MUSTANG (Tur)
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT. BOULEVARD. HAIL CAESAR! GOLDEN YEARS. THE DAUGHTER. GRIMSBY.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Louis Leterrier; with Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Penelope Cruz, Isla Fisher, Tamsin Egerton, Rebel Wilson, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, David Harewood; Sony 16/UK|
release UK 24.Feb.16, US 11.Mar.16
Sacha Baron Cohen creates yet another ridiculous looking movie icon, this time a superhero with a much more efficient brother (Strong). It all looks rather corny, but director Leterrier lends the movie some serious action chops, and the supporting cast is properly weighted. Hopefully this will be a lot more than just another Bond spoof. dir-scr Ethan Coen, Joel Coen; with George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Josh Brolin, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand; Universal 16/US
release US 5.Feb.16, UK 28.Feb.16
This looks like one of the Coens' broader-style comedies (like O Brother, Where Art Thou?), with its shamelessly gurning A-list cast. But that may just be the trailer. And with its vintage Hollywood setting, the film looks like rather a lot of guilty-plasure fun as it lampoons the industry. It's a bit odd that it's being released right after awards season, but that tactic worked for The Grand Budapest Hotel. dir Jennifer Yuh, Alessandro Carloni; with Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, JK Simmons; DreamWorks 15/UK
release US 29.Jan.16, UK 11.Mar.16
After the rather goofy first instalment, this series has shown remarkable resilience, deepening the story with witty characters and an attention to the culture of its Chinese setting. It also features a seriously powerhouse vocal cast, with the promise of lively work from new cast members Cranston, Hudson and Simmons. Advance footage is gorgeous, and the story tracing Po back to his roots offers something more than just a rehash of the formula. Well, until the master villain turns up at least. dir Zack Snyder; Chris Terrio, David S Goyer; with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Shannon, Holly Hunter, Jeremy Irons, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Laurence Fishburne; Warner 16/US
release US/UK 25.Mar.16
There's a gnawing sense that this entire project has been hijacked by Ben Affleck, as what should be a Man of Steel sequel becomes a Batman movie instead, complete with interloping screenwriter Terrio and a rather flashy supporting cast. Plus that colour-drained Wonder Woman costume. Even so, the curiosity factor is very high, and Affleck generally knows exactly what he's doing. dir Jon Favreau; with Neel Sethi, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito; Disney 16/UK
release US/UK 15/Apr.16
Disney continues to make live-action versions of their animated classics, and this one uses motion-capture performances to bring the animals to life (plus real actor Sethi as Mowgli). What's unclear from the trailer is whether this will be a musical, or whether it will merely hint at the iconic songs as the trailer does. More worrying is the thought that the studio won't be able to resist including the usual unnecessary big action set-pieces. But we can hope. dir Cedric Nicolas-Troyan; with Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Sam Claflin, Colin Morgan, Sophie Cookson, Nick Frost, Sheridan Smith; Universal 16/UK
release UK 8.Apr.16, US 22.Apr.16
First-time director Nicolas-Troyan was the visual effects supervisor on the previous film, Snow White and the Huntsman, which offers a hint about what this movie will be like. Thankfully, it has three fierce lead actresses to keep things spicy - and Hemsworth has a big enough screen presence to make sure that he doesn't get lost in the shuffle. With such low expectations, it could surprise us. dir Joe & Anthony Russo; with Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Bruhl, Martin Freeman, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, William Hurt; Marvel 16/US
release UK 29.Apr.16, US 6.May.16
Yawn. The Avengers series continues with this Captain America-branded episode in which our heroes come to blows over different ways of approaching some sort of major crisis. It looks darker than usual, and will no doubt be epic length so it can be sure to include all of the increasingly enormous cast of characters. No, I'm not looking forward to it, but I am hoping there's something original here. dir-scr Bryan Singer; with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan; Fox 15/US
release UK 19.May.16, US 27.May.16
Singer wraps up this First Class trilogy by propelling the action into the 1980s for an epic showdown with Isaac's eponymous uber-villain. The top-notch cast and Singer's attention to character detail has made this the strongest branch on the ever-expanding Marvel tree. (The only misstep so far is the action-oriented third film in the original trilogy.) Where this franchise goes from here is anyone's guess.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE ALLEGIANT
TIME OUT OF MIND WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
Summer: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
STAR TREK BEYOND SUICIDE SQUAD
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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.
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