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C O M I N G   S O O N
to the UK & US...
O N   T H E   H O R I Z O N
can’t hardly wait...
5 Jun:
A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK
THE LAST FULL MEASURE
A CLEAR SHOT
DON'T LOOK DOWN (Fr)
PULSE
THE ACCOMPANIST
YOU DON'T NOMI
THE UNCERTAIN KINGDOM (shorts)
12 Jun:
DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER
HOOKING UP
YOU DON'T NOMI
19 Jun:
BABYTEETH
THE PAINTED BIRD (Cz)
3 Jul:
A WHITE, WHITE DAY (Ice)

Sep:
* DREAM HORSE
TBC:
* COUNTY LINES
DEERSKIN (Fr)
KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Swe)
LES MISERABLES (Fr)
MONSOON
REAL
RIALTO

C O M I N G   U P . . .

coming soon! • THE DINNER PARTY. GUEST OF HONOUR. TOMMASO. TO THE STARS. 1BR. THE COLLINI CASE. HOMOSAYWHAT. THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME. THE DEPARTURE. DARKNESS FALLS. TELL TALE HEART. CITIZENS OF THE WORLD. THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM. DA 5 BLOODS. ARTEMIS FOWL. DRIVEN. THE SPY. SHEPHERD: THE HERO DOG. VALHALLA: LEGEND OF THOR. WENDY. BAD TRIP. FIRST KISS.
* Flare. Raindance. LFF. FrightFest. Outfest. LIFF. Tribeca.
• A QUIET PLACE PART II. MULAN. BLACK WIDOW.


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

in limbo! AFTER CLASS
BAD EDUCATION
BEANPOLE (Rus)
BLOOD ON HER NAME
CLEMENCY
THE DEATH & LIFE OF JOHN F DONOVAN
FAITH BA$ED
GUNS AKIMBO
HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Fr)
I SEE YOU
INVISIBLE LIFE (Br)
KNIVES AND SKIN
THE LODGE
THE LONGEST NIGHT (Ec)
MARTIN EDEN (It)
MATTHIAS & MAXIME (Can)
ON A MAGICAL NIGHT (Fr)
THIS IS NOT BERLIN (Mex)
TREMORS (Gua)

* films I've seen, reviews en route


See also:
SHADOWS FILM FEST

NOTE: With cinemas closed in US and UK due to covid-19,
I'll try to update this page as possible ... but release details will be iffy for quite a while.
Meanwhile, the focus will be on streaming releases...

MULAN

dir Niki Caro; with Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jun Yu, Jimmy Wong 20/US
release US/UK 24.Jul.20
This is the kind of live-action remakes Disney should be doing, retelling the story in a completely new style. Here, an animated romp becomes a full-on action adventure with a powerful female protagonist. Niki Caro was an inspired choice as director, with her ability to combine art and storytelling. And the trailer looks seriously gorgeous too. The 1998 original is one of Disney's underappreciated little masterpieces (apart from that chatty dragon), and this could be even better if it doesn't get too digital. trailer

A QUIET PLACE PART II

dir John Krasinski; with Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, Lauren-Ashley Cristiano, Wayne Duvall, Okieriete Onaodowan 20/US
release US/UK 4.Sep.20
The first film was 2018's best break-out surprise, and it didn't scream out for a sequel, so let's hope Krasinski has found somewhere inventive to send these characters. Blunt, Jupe and Simmonds are so good that the idea of watching them do pretty much anything makes this a muse-see, and the trailer hints at some intriguing big twists, plus added Murphy and Hounsou. It's hard to imagine that this will be better than the original, but we can hope. trailer

BLACK WIDOW

dir Cate Shortland; with Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Ray Winstone, William Hurt, O-T Fagbenle, Robert Downey Jr 20/US
release US/UK 6.Nov.20
Marvel finally gives Johansson the spin-off she deserved way back when she first played this character a decade ago. Of course, after the events of Endgame, it's unclear how this movie will fit into the over-arching Avengers story - a prequel? flashback? alternate reality? game changer? Whatever, the presence of powerhouse costars like Pugh and Weisz bodes very well indeed. As does the quirky hiring of Aussie director Shortland, gifted at making wrenching indie dramas. Bring it on. trailer

NO TIME TO DIE

dir Cary Fukunaga; with Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen 20/UK
release UK 12.Nov.20; US 25.Nov.20
Making a Bond movie seems to get more complicated year by year, and this one certainly went through some messy gyrations, including a false start with Danny Boyle. But Cary Fukunaga is a terrific filmmaker who should be able to bring something fresh to the franchise, and it will be interesting to see Craig reconnecting with figures from his previous 007 adventures. It's not only about the action - the story needs to be clever and engaging, and the characters just a little bonkers. trailer

ANTLERS

dir Scott Cooper; with Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan, Cody Davis 20/US
release US/UK delayed
This looks like an intriguing shift in direction for writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), dipping into creepy horror alongside producer Guillermo del Toro. The low-key cast adds even more interest, avoiding starry leads for actors who are much easier to identify with as things turn seriously creepy in a rural Oregon community. And of course del Toro's visual effects experience clearly comes in handy when the monsters appear. trailer  

THE NEW MUTANTS

dir Josh Boone; with Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga, Happy Anderson, Henry Zaga, Colbi Gannett, Thomas Kee 20/US
release US/UK delayed
Shot more than two years ago, then delayed by both Disney's acquisition of Fox and extensive reshoots, this looks like an interesting new direction for Marvel's X-Men, described as a cross between Stephen King and John Hughes. This certainly tracks with filmmaker Boone, who previously directed The Fault in Our Stars before moving on to King adaptations. And the cast has an intriguing mix of young stars who are also great actors. trailer

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

dir-scr Emerald Fennell; with Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Molly Shannon, Sam Richardson, Connie Britton, Max Greenfield, Adam Brody, Alfred Molina 20/US
release US/UK delayed
The trailer for this thriller doesn't give much away, aside from Mulligan's scene-tearing performance as a woman seeking some kind of vengeance against someone who did her wrong. The attitudes look fierce, with a terrific cast of actors given rather a lot to chew on. It's definitely the kind of trailer that makes you sit up in the cinema and take notice. The big question is director Fennell, a writer-actress who is making her feature directing debut. But one of her writing-producing credits is Killing Eve. trailer

WENDY

dir Benh Zeitlin; with Devin France, Yashwa Mack, Tommie Milazzo, Shay Walker, Stephanie Lynn Wilson 20/US
release US 28.Feb.20, UK n/a

This looks like an ambitious and very cool followup to Beasts of the Southern Wild for filmmaker Zeitlin. The trailer looks like a fresh take on the classic Peter Pan story, with an earthy, intriguingly realistic exploration of the theme of childhood imagination and independence. With hints of Lord of the Flies, it appears like it will be powerfully involving and perhaps also darkly moving. Oddly, it vanished from the UK release schedule even before covid-19 caused its chaos on the industry, so I'll look for it to quietly appear in home entertainment at some point. trailer
Also on my want-to-see list...

Spring: THE GREEN KNIGHT trailer  
Summer: EUROVISION trailer   FORCE OF NATURE trailer  
THE OLD GUARD trailer   SPONGEBOB: SPONGE ON THE RUN trailer  
TENET trailer   WONDER WOMAN 1984 trailer  
Autumn: THE FRENCH DISPATCH trailer   SOUL trailer  
Winter: FREE GUY trailer   PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY trailer  
TOP GUN: MAVERICK trailer   RESPECT trailer  
Spring 2021: GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE trailer  
Summer 2021: JUNGLE CRUISE trailer   MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU trailer  
Release TBC: ANTEBELLUM trailer   THE LOVEBIRDS trailer  
SPIRAL trailer   THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW 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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