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THE OTHER WOMAN
WE ARE THE FREAKS
AFTER THE NIGHT (Por)
Sundance London Festival: 25-27.Apr.14
* A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT
* BRUNO & EARLENE GO TO VEGAS (dvd)
* BAD NEIGHBOURS
* BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (Fr)
* NEXT GOAL WINS
* THE TRUTH ABOUT EMMANUEL
THE WIND RISES (Jpn)
* THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
* BEYOND THE EDGE
* LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN
* THE PUNK SINGER
* BENNY & JOLENE
* THE DIRTIES
* 112 WEDDINGS
CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (Fr)
* THE GOLDEN DREAM (Gua)
* MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
* MISS VIOLENCE (Gr)
* THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED (Swe)
* I AM DIVINE
* SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (Mex)
C O M I N G U P . . .
ADVANCED STYLE. VENUS IN FURS. BRICK MANSIONS. AN AUTUMN AFTERNOON. IN BLOOM. SECRET SHARER. IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE. BELLE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Charlie Stratton; with Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Mackenzie Crook, Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Matt Lucas; 14/US|
release US 21.Feb.14, UK 16.May.14
Based on a stage version of Emile Zola's novel Therese Raquin, a grim story is given a boost by fresh actors Olsen, Isaac and Felton, plus Lange to add some glowering menace. Reaction in Toronto was a bit muted, but the trailer has a lush intensity that stirs the curiosity. It might not be a triumph, but it at least looks like something very different from the pack. dir Bryan Singer; with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page; Fox 14/US
release US/UK 23.May.14
After the superb First Class reboot, Singer is back in the driving seat to merge both timelines in this mash-up of powerhouse casts (plus Peter Dinklage!). That alone makes it unmissable, as does the idea of a time-travel plot to keep us scratching our heads. We can only hope that Singer continues his subtext-layering ways, adding personal interest beneath the visual whizzery. dir Frank Coraci; with Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Terry Crews, Kevin Nealon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Lauren Lapkus; Warners 14/US
release UK/US 23.May.14
Essentially a Brady Bunch reboot, this reunites the superb screen pairing of Sandler and Barrymore with The Wedding Singer director Coraci for a rom-com about two single parents who, yes, blend their families while on holiday at a resort. If anyone can make this high-concept premise work it's Barrymore, who always manages to make Sandler charming and funny in ways he never is without her. dir Robert Stromberg; with Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Peter Capaldi, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Kenneth Cranham; Disney 14/US
release US/UK 30.May.14
The trailers for this fairy tale are astonishing, eerily bringing the classic Disney animation from 1959's The Sleeping Beauty to live-action. Stromberg may be untested as a director, but he's an Oscar-winning art director (Avatar and Alice in Wonderland) who has also worked on things like Life of Pi and Pan's Labyrinth. And the cast is packed with superb British scene-stealers. dir Seth MacFarlane; with Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Wes Studi; Universal 14/US
release US/UK 30.May.14
MacFarlane proved his cinematic credentials with Ted, but the comedy Western is a notoriously tricky genre to get right (for every Blazing Saddles there's a Wild Wild West). And then there's the rather untested comedic talents of some of these cast members - who at least are always watchable on the big screen. But the trailer looks pretty hilarious. dir Olivier Dahan; with Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Posey, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Somerville; 14/Fr
release UK 6.Jun.14
Biopics took a battering with Naomi Watts' Diana, which is probably why the distributors have bumped this film back to March. But this film has a rather more impressive cast, plus a filmmaker experienced with these kinds of films (Dahan directed the Oscar-winning Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose). There are also moments in the trailer that Kidman captures that Grace Kelly on-screen magic. And the story can't help but be pretty wrenching. The film is due to open Cannes in May. 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-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...
Spring: ENEMY GRAND PIANO TASTING MENU BELLE CHEF MILLION DOLLAR ARM PALO ALTO
Summer: EDGE OF TOMORROW HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 EARTH TO ECHO JUPITER ASCENDING DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Autumn: THE BOXTROLLS A DOLPHIN TALE 2 THE DROP HOME
No UK release date: BIG SUR IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM THE ROVER 3 DAYS TO KILL
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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