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THE HANGOVER PART III
THE MOTH DIARIES
SOMETHING IN THE AIR (Fr)
THE HIDDEN FACE (dvd)
BILLY LIAR (dvd)
THE BIG WEDDING
* EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN (Arg)
* POPULAIRE (Fr)
* THE VISITOR (dvd)
* THE NUMBERS STATION (dvd)
* BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
* THERESE (Fr)
* MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
* SUMMER IN FEBRUARY
* A HAUNTED HOUSE
* SHUN LI AND THE POET (It)
* SPIKE ISLAND
* RENOIR (Fr)
* THE SEASONING HOUSE
STAND UP GUYS
* THIS IS THE END
* BULA QUO!
* OUT IN THE DARK (Isr)
* THE WALL (Ger)
* BLACK ROCK
* THE DEEP (Ice)
* LES INVISIBLES (Fr)
* EASY MONEY (Swe)
* IN FEAR
* IN A WORLD...
C O M I N G U P . . .
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL. MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK. STUCK IN LOVE. I WANT YOUR LOVE. THE LAST EXORCISM PART II. THE ACT OF KILLING. GIRL MOST LIKELY. THE FROZEN GROUND.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Zack Snyder; dir David S Goyer; with Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni ; Warner 13/US|
release US/UK 14.Jun.13
Time for another superhero origin remake, this time it's the big kid on the block: Superman. Clearly Warners is hoping to relaunch its prized franchise, and possibly kick off an entire Justice League universe to rival Marvel's Avengers. But re-telling an origin story isn't very exciting, as we discovered last year with Spider-man. The one promising thing about this movie is the presence of Chris Nolan as producer; he has enough clout to take this movie in a more interesting direction, and we have fingers crossed that Zack Snyder is up to the challenge. dir Paul Weitz; with Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Michael Sheen, Wallace Shawn, Gloria Reuben, Lily Tomlin, Sonya Walger, Nat Wolff, Tina Benko, Brian d'Arcy James; Focus 13/US
release US 8.Mar.13, UK 14.Jun.13
The trailer for this comedy looks rather tepid, actually - softening the edges of both Fey and Rudd, who are usually reliable on-screen comics. Indeed, Weitz has never really explored the razor sharp side of comedy. But About a Boy and In Good Company both had some darker corners, as well as more emotional subtext than we expect from Fey and Rudd, so it might be a nice surprise. dir Marc Forster; with Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, David Morse, Eric West, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos, Elyes Gabel, Michiel Huisman, David Andrews, Daniel Newman; Paramount 13/US
release US/UK 21.Jun.13
It seems like five years ago that Brad Pitt and crew were rampaging around Britain filming this movie, and perhaps the delay in the release bodes well for above-average effects work. At least we know that Forster is a perfectionist - his films always look exactly right. And the trailer appears suitably epic, even if it does seem to resemble War of the Worlds With Zombies. Refreshingly, the cast isn't the usual collection of airhead action models, so let's hope the film is as smart as it looks. dir Louis Leterrier; with Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Dave Franco, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Woody Harrelson, Melanie Laurent, Elias Koteas, Common; Summit 13/US
release US 31.May.13, UK 3.Jul.13
Frankly, this film doesn't look that good, as the trailer shows far too much digital trickery in the magic show scenes, rendering them utterly nonsensical. And director Leterrier has never been particularly good at making a film feel believable. But he is very good at injecting subtext into mindless action movies, and this amazing cast is especially promising on that front, with a mixture of fresh and well-worn talent that can make even the most inane script come alive. So let's hope the plot holds our interest. dir Dan Scanlon; voices Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, John Krasinski, Aubrey Plaza, Nathan Fillion, Sean Hayes, Charlie Day, Bonnie Hunt; Disney 13/US
release US 21.Jun.13, UK 12.Jul.13
Having just renewed our love for this universe with the 3D rerelease of Monsters Inc, that aggressive Disney marketing machine now offers us a prequel that looks like a lot of fun: a frat-house romp with the requisite adventure woven in. The trailer hints at some witty touches, so lets hope that the film is the same mix of sharp-edged comedy and unsentimental warmth that made the first film such a classic. There's a small worry in the fact that Scanlon is a new director, and only one co-writer is back from the first film. But Pixar rarely puts a foot wrong. . dir-scr Neill Blomkamp; with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, William Fichtner, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Michael Shanks; Sony 13/US
release US/UK 20.Sep.13
Yet another post-apocalyptic thriller, at least this one has a more promising pedigree in District 9's Blomkamp, who not only knows how to pack a film with big, resonant ideas (this pits the haves versus have-nots) but also makes rippingly thrilling adventures. In the trailer, Damon and Foster look like they're on top form, and the visual effects look just as District 9's. With a rather bigger budget. dir Kimberly Peirce; with Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Alex Russell, Michelle Nolden, Connor Price, Zoe Belkin, Cynthia Preston; Sony 13/US
release US 18.Oct.13, UK 29.Nov.13
Whether this is a remake of the iconic Brian DePalma film or the original Stephen King novel is hard to tell from the trailer - either way, Peirce is bound to give the film a very different style of kick, especially with ace thespians Moretz and Moore in the lead roles. Hopefully she'll resist the pressure to give the audience a rehash of DePalma's gonzo finale and stick closer to the book's haunting exploration of puberty and religion. But with a Hollywood studio involved, you can never be sure. dir-scr Brian Helgeland; with Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Judy Tylor, Jon Bernthal, Nicole Beharie, TR Knight; Warner 13/US
release US 12.Apr.13, UK tbc
Yet another film that UK distributors are frightened of. Sure, baseball dramas don't always perform well at cinemas over here, but this one is a bigger story that's likely to crossover more effectively, partly because writer-director Helgeland tends to be a very intelligent filmmaker who can hopefully avoid shameless Americana to tell the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson (Boseman), who broke through the race barrier with the help of cantankerous team manager Branch Rickey (Ford).
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: AFTER EARTH BEHIND THE CANDELABRA THE INTERNSHIP STORIES WE TELL BLANCANIEVES A FIELD IN ENGLAND. PACIFIC RIM ROMEO AND JULIET. TURBO THE WAY WAY BACK THE WOLVERINE. ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA KICK ASS 2 THE LONE RANGER LOVELACE. ONLY GOD FORGIVES. 2 GUNS. WHAT MAISIE KNEW THE WORLD'S END
Autumn: AS I LAY DYING RUSH CAPTAIN PHILLIPS THE COUNSELOR. THE HUNGER GAMES: GATCHING FIRE. DON JON. THOR: THE DARK WORLD.
Winter: ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. CUBAN FURY. GRACE OF MONACO. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS THE MONUMENTS MEN. TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE.
No UK release date: HELENO IN OUR NATURE JESUS HENRY CHRIST WRONG
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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