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* THE WHITE KING
TONI ERDMANN (Ger)
20TH CENTURY WOMEN
* BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK
* THE FOUNDER
* MULTIPLE MANIACS
IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Can)
* BITTER HARVEST
SWEET DREAMS (It)
* CERTAIN WOMEN
TRESPASS AGAINST US
* VICEROY'S HOUSE
RULES DON'T APPLY
* THE LOVE WITCH
THE EYES OF MY MOTHER
THE SALESMAN (Irn)
THE HANDMAIDEN (Kor)
* THEIR FINEST
THE RED TURTLE (Fr)
A MAN CALLED OVE (Swe)
C O M I N G U P . . .
XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE. T2 TRAINSPOTTING. LOST IN LONDON LIVE.
MINDHORN. SPACESHIP. THE ODYSSEY. ALL THIS PANIC.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
AFTER THE STORM (Jpn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Danny Boyle; scr John Hodge; with Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Kelly Macdonald, Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo, Irvine Welsh; Film4 17/UK|
release UK 27.Jan.17, US 3.Mar.17
It's been 20 years since the 1996 classic blasted into cinemas taking no prisoners. And this sequel, loosely based on the Irvine Welsh novel Porno (which was set 10 years after the original novel), catches up with the characters two decades later. The entire cast is back, as are Boyle and Hodge, so this film has plenty of must-see buzz around it. And the trailer cleverly echoes back to the original, adding a haunting hint at the passage of time. dir Chris McKay; with Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Mariah Carey; Warner 17/US
release UK/US 10.Feb.17
After the triumph of The Lego Movie, this spin-off is hugely anticipated. And the hilarious trailer promises a free-spirited and snappy romp, a breath of fresh air after DC's far-too-dense live-action movies. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are only producing this time, handing over directing duties to the untried McKay and writers from Community, American Dad and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Fingers crossed. dir Peter Chelsom; scr Allan Loeb; with Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, BD Wong, Janet Montgomery, David House, Lora Martinez-Cunningham; 17/UK
release US 3.Feb.17, UK 10.Feb.17
The intriguing premise follows a young man, the first human born on Mars, as he rediscovers what it means to be an Earthling. Ace actor Butterfield will no doubt bring this character to vivid life, and costars like Gugino, Oldman, Robertson and Wong are very promising. More worrying is screenwriter Loeb, who recently subverted an intriguing idea with relentlessly syruppy sentiment in Collateral Beauty. dir Chad Stahelski; scr Derek Kolstad; with Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Ian McShane, Peter Stormare, Thomas Sadoski, John Leguizamo, Laurence Fishburne, Common; Lionsgate 17/US
release US 10.Feb.17, UK 17.Feb.17
The original 2014 film was such a surprise - a smart, genuinely heart-pounding thriller with several layers of subtext, including humour, emotion and exaggerated hedonism. The good news is that the original writer and director are back, as are several key cast members. The question is whether they can sustain the multi-faceted approach or if they go for cheap thrills. dir Zhang Yimou; with Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Numan Acar, Eddie Peng, Han Lu; Legendary 16/Chn
release Chn 16.Dec.16, US/UK 17.Feb.17
This is one of the most jaw-dropping trailers in recent memory, starting out as the usual Chinese historical action epic and then turning into something completely bonkers. It's directed by the iconic maestro Zhang Yimou and has an almost comically eclectic cast, so pretty much anything is possible. Mainly, we should hope that the effects are convincing on a big screen. dir-scr Jordan Peele; with Keith Stanfield, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Daniel Kaluuya, Erika Alexander, Betty Gabriel, Caleb Landry Jones; Universal 17/US
release US 24.Feb.17, UK 17.Mar.17
This may look like yet another cheesy Blumhouse horror movie, but the people involved say otherwise. Written and directed by Peele, the film can't really help but have a generous dose of wit, while the eclectic cast offers above-average acting chops. And then there's the racial component, as it follows a young black guy terrorised while he's visiting his white girlfriend's family. Very promising indeed. dir Gore Verbinski; scr Justin Haythe; with Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Celia Imrie, Carl Lumbly, Susanne Wuest, Adrian Schiller, Lisa Banes; Regency 17/Ger
release US 17.Feb.17, UK 24.Mar.17
On paper, a story about a young executive sent to Switzerland to find his boss in a wellness centre doesn't sound terribly thrilling. But the trailer is a proper mind-bender, packed with wacky effects, striking visuals and what looks like it might be a genuinely intriguing story. DeHaan and Isaacs are always deeply watchable, and the Script is by the guy who wrote Revolutionary Road (as well as, ahem, the Johnny Depped remake of The Lone Ranger). dir Rupert Sanders; with Scarlett Johansson, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, Pilou Asb‚Äö√†√∂¬¨‚àÇk, Michael Wincott, Rila Fukushima, Peter Ferdinando; Paramount 17/US
release US/UK 31.Mar.17
Plenty of controversy surrounds this American remake of the Japanese manga, mainly centring on its casting. But the trailer looks whizzy enough to catch the attention of the moviegoing public, including some rather cool-looking effects and strong performances. The bigger question is director Sanders, whose only previous experience is directing Snow White and the Huntsman. Can he win over the critics?
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: A KIND OF MURDER
Spring: GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS
KONG: SKULL ISLAND THE LAST WORD THE WALL
WILSON THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE THE BOSS BABY THE CIRCLE
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2
Summer: BAYWATCH KING ARTHUR: KEGEND OF THE SWORD
LADY MACBETH WONDER WOMAN SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES
No UK release date: GENIUS THE HOLLOW POINT RENEGADES
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE SOLACE SLEEPLESS USS INDIANAPOLIS
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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