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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
STEP UP: ALL IN
HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES
THE LAST MATCH (dvd)
LOVE OR WHATEVER (dvd)
* ALL THIS MAYHEM
* GOD'S POCKET
PLANES 2: FIRE & RESCUE
* WAKOLDA (Arg)
* WELCOME TO NEW YORK
* DINOSAUR 13
* I AM HAPPINESS ON EARTH (dvd)
* THE ROVER
* GOD HELP THE GIRL
* WHAT IF
* THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (Den)
* MILLION DOLLAR ARM
* OBVIOUS CHILD
* BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
* LIFE OF CRIME
* THEY CAME TOGETHER
* IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (Nor)
* A MOST WANTED MAN
* SALOME & WILDE SALOME
* 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
THE LAST IMPRESSARIO
* WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY
* PALO ALTO
* CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE
C O M I N G U P . . .
MY NAME IS HMMM. SECXRET CINEMA: BACK TO THE FUTURE. THE EXPENDABLES III. STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN. BALLET BOYS. LUCY. JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
AS I LAY DYING
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir-scr David Michod; with Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Tawanda Manyimo, Jamie Fallon; 14/Aus|
release US 13.Jun.14, UK 15.Aug.14
From the director of Animal Kingdom, this gritty Australian Outback dramatic thriller is set in the near future after an economic collapse - rather a different dystopia than Mad Max's. Although it still centres on a car. The film looks pretty relentlessly masculine and harsh, but also meaty and involving as it explores the actions of desperate men who have nothing left to lose. Premiered at Cannes in May. dir Patrick Hughes; with Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Jet Li, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews; Lionsgate 14/US
release US/UK 15.Aug.14
The old gang is back, with added Ford, Banderas, Gibson and more, for another ground-rattling action romp. Director Hughes' only previous feature is the well-made but slightly overserious/pretentious Red Hill, so the big question will be whether he plays this straight (which was a disaster for part 1) or with tongue in cheek (which worked much better in part 2). Whatever happens, the ludicrous cast makes it a must-see. dir-scr Luc Besson; with Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Pilou Asbaek, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, Mason Lee, Frederic Chau; Universal 14/Fr
release US 8.Aug.14, UK 22.Aug.14
The trailer for this action romp looks utterly bonkers, so let's hope Besson has rediscovered how to have fun with cinema (his last few films have been painfully po-faced, including the "comedy" The Family). Johansson continues her European tour by starring in French action after the terrific British horror Under the Skin, with a bit of Marvel in between. So here's hoping this is her way forward, peppering her filmography with wacky choices between those mortgage-assuring blockbusters. dir Anton Corbijn; scr Andrew Bovell; with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl, Mehdi Dehbi, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Nina Hoss; Film4 14/UK
release US 25.Jul.14, UK 5.Sep.14
Another of Hoffman's final performances anchors this John Le Carre adaptation by director Corbijn (Control) and writer Bovell (Lantana), plus an intriguing eclectic cast. It also has an intriguingly topical spy-movie plot, centring on a Chechen fighter who gets caught up in the "war on terror". There's no doubt that this will be a beefier-than-usual thriller, but let's hope that the style and artistry are matched with substance. dir David Fincher; scr Gillian Flynn; with Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit, Kim Dickens, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle; Fox 14/US
release US/UK 3.Oct.14
Gillian Flynn wrote her own screenplay from her mega-selling novel, so at least Hollywood won't be tinkering too much with the plot (although she has already admitted that the ending is different). And Fincher can hardly help but make classy-looking movies with intense dramatic undertones. But can Affleck play morally suspect? Probably not. So it will be interesting to see how the book's he-said/she-said narrative is adapted to the big screen. Whatever happens, it'll be a suspensful, twisty ride. 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-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. 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.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: WORDS AND PICTURES
Summer: SNOWPIERCER VERY GOOD GIRLS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD
Autumn: THE BOXTROLLS A DOLPHIN TALE 2 A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU THE BOOK OF LIFE HOME THE INTERVIEW KILL THE MESSENGER FURY THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 PADDINGTON
Winter: ANNIE EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
No UK release date: ENEMY GRAND PIANO GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM
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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