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THE LION KING
TELL IT TO THE BEES
VARDA BY AGNES
ARE YOU PROUD?
* THE CURRENT WAR
MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE
* HIDDEN KISSES (Fr)
* ALWAYS SAY YES (Mex)
* BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
* OPUS ZERO
* PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE
APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT
* MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN
* THE SOUVENIR
HARD PAINT (Br)
* THE SHINY SHRIMPS
* AMS SECRETS
* BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
* JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE
C O M I N G U P . . .
HORRIBLE HISTORIES: ROTTEN ROMANS. AMERICAN WOMAN.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Dominic Brigstocke; with Derek Jacobi, Kim Cattrall, Emilia Jones, Kate Nash, Nick Frost, Craig Roberts, Rupert Graves, Lee Mack, Warwick Davis 19/UK|
release UK 26.Jul.19
There are no illusions that this will be a high quality comedy, but with its up-for-it cast, there are hopes that it might perhaps revive a kind of Carry On sensibility as a genuinely ridiculous British historical romp. The Horrible Histories series has seen a huge number of books and TV shows, so why not bring it to the big screen? Hopefully the writers will be able to make things even more rude for grown-ups, even if the primary audience will of course be the kiddies. As the poster says, "Hail yeah!" dir Quentin Tarantino; with Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Damian Lewis 19/US
release US 26.Jul.19, UK 16.Aug.19
Quentin Tarantino takes on the momentous summer of 1969 with a story about two friends, an actor and a stuntman, trying to navigate a shifting studio system. With his trademark eclectic cast, Tarantino can hardly help but create another hugely entertaining movie. And word out of Cannes has been very strong (I've avoided reading reviews, as always). His films are always unmissable, and he's bound to have an intriguing take on Hollywood itself. dir Gene Stupnitsky; with Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, Keith L Williams, Retta, Will Forte, Lil Rel Howery, Molly Gordon, Millie Davis 19/US
release US/UK 16.Aug.19
The poster boasts that this is "from the guys who brought you Superbad," and indeed it looks like the same plot only with younger, preteen kids navigating girls and dodging with drug dealers while trying to get to a party. Director-cowriter Stupnitsky's experience on The Office will hopefully lend the film some improv-style energy beyond just laughing at 12-year-olds in adult situations. And the solid cast should help add some edge to the comedy. dir Pedro Almodovar; with Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Cecilia Roth, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Asier Etxeandia, Raul Arevalo, Julieta Serrano, Nora Navas 19/Spain
release UK 23.Aug.19, US 4.Oct.19
Pedro Almodovar goes personal with this drama about a filmmaker, starring Antonio Banderas in what looks like one of his most demanding roles yet (he won best actor at Cannes for this). It's always great to see Almodovar reunite with his actors - and this film has the added bonus of putting Cruz and Roth back together (see All About My Mother). As a longtime fan of the filmmaker and actors, I am becoming impatient for a press screening! dir Alexandre Aja; with Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson, Morfydd Clark, Anson Boon, George Somner, Ami Metcalf, Jose Palma 19/US
release US 12.Jul.19, UK 23.Aug.19
What's not to love about this bonkers action thriller: a Category 5 hurricane, a flooding house and marauding giant alligators. The trailer alone is enough to leave the audience worn out, which bodes well for the film as a whole. Director Aja has had a slightly mixed bag of a career, but if he can recapture the entertaining gonzo intensity of Haute Tension or Piranha 3D we're in for a treat. dir Andrea Berloff; with Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Domhnall Gleeson, Common, James Badge Dale, Margo Martindale, Bill Camp, Brian d'Arcy James 19/US
release US 9.Aug.19, UK 20.Sep.19
This simply looks unmissable: a rare chance to see McCarthy and Haddish in serious roles, alongside the always terrific Moss and a support cast full of ace veterans (everybody really needs to be a Margo Martindale completist). The plot looks like a bit like a 1970s-set variation on Widows, with a much more pulpy sensibility. So the film looks edgy and fun too. And it will be interesting to see actor-writer Berloff make her directing debut by taking on the big boys at what they think they do best. dir Claire McCarthy; with Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Tom Felton, George MacKay, Daisy Head, Sebastian De Souza, Dominic Mafham, Anna Rust 19/UK
release US 28.Jun.19, UK tbc
Yet another big-name British film without a British release date, this looks like a clever reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet through a new perspective. There's no expectation that this is as clever as Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, but the cast is intriguing enough to make the film worth a look. Reviews on the US release have been ok (not raves), which may explain the lack of anticipation over here. But we still want to see it. dir Bart Freundlich; with Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup, Will Chase, Abby Quinn, Jeff Kim, Doris McCarthy, Eisa Davis 19/US
release US 9.Aug.19, UK tbc
Julianne Moore stars in another remake of a foreign classic (see also Gloria Bell). This one is a reworking of Susanne Bier's superbly dark 2006 Danish drama about a marriage rattled by secrets that come out at the wedding of a child. Genders are swapped around in this version, allowing Moore (aka Mrs Freundlich) to star opposite Michelle Williams in roles that are sure to spark some proper acting fireworks. Alas, there's no UK distributor or release date yet.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: THE FAREWELL SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
THEM THAT FOLLOW UGLYDOLLS
Autumn: RAMBO: LAST BLOOD 21 BRIDGES
DOCTOR SLEEP GEMINI MAN IT CHAPTER 2
JOKER JUDY THE LODGE OFFICIAL SECRETS
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON
3 FROM HELL CHARLIE'S ANGELS FROZEN II
LE MANS '66 (aka FORD V FERRARI) MIDWAY
Winter: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
No UK release date: FUTURE WORLD KRYSTAL
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE
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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