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THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU
JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE
THE WAY HE LOOKS (Br)
THE SECRET PATH (dvd)
THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN
* THE CASE AGAINST 8
* SAY WHEN
* THE DROP
THE IMITATION GAME
MY OLD LADY
* WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
* I AM ALI
* STATIONS OF THE CROSS (Ger)
* ST VINCENT
MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN
LOVE IS STRANGE
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
NEXT TO HER (Isr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
GET ON UP. THE CIRCLE. THE IMITATION OF LIFE. EASTERN BOYS.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD
Autumn: GET ON UP HOME THE INTERVIEW KILL THE MESSENGER ENEMY PADDINGTON
Winter: ANNIE EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS INTO THE WOODS UNBROKEN BIRDMAN
No UK release date: GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM VERY GOOD GIRLS WORDS AND PICTURES
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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