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QUEEN OF EARTH
FROM AFAR (Ven)
NOTES ON BLINDNESS
NOW YOU SEE ME 2
MEN & CHICKEN (Den)
* SUMMERTIME (Fr)
* AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY
* BORN TO BE BLUE
THE COMMUNE (Den)
THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER
* THEO AND HUGO (Fr)
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
* GIRLS LOST (Swe)
MOLLY MOON AND THE INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM
* THE PASS
C O M I N G U P . . .
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE. LITTLE MEN. JULIETA. CHEVALIER. ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE. NERVE. JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY. JASON BOURNE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Mandie Fletcher; scr Jennifer Saunders; with Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Celia Imrie, Kathy Burke, Lulu, Dawn French; Fox 16/UK|
release UK 1.Jul.16, US 22.Jul.16
The genius BBC sitcom became rather uneven in its later years, so let's hope for a stronger focus in this big-screen reunion. Good news is that the entire gang is back, although it could get a bit muddled with the wide range of cameos (including Rebel Wilson, Joan Collins, Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian). Still, you wouldn't want to miss it. Although it's worring that there are no press screenings. dir Paul Feig; with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Charles Dance, Elizabeth Perkins, Andy Garcia, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts; Sony 16/US
release US/UK 15.Jul.16
This remake/reboot/sequel/whatever it is seems to have crossed the 1984 original with both Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids. Actually it's a great idea, and the cast looks well up to the challenge, including Hemsworth in the eye-candy secretary role. It's unclear why the trailer was so despised when it first debuted, aside from the fact that bigotry runs very deep. Get over it - this looks like fun. dir Justin Lin; with Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, John Cho, Idris Elba, Sofia Boutella, Shohreh Aghdashloo; Paramount 16/US
release US/UK 22.July.16
For the third film in his rebooted Star Trek series, JJ Abrams handed the directing reins over to action maestro Justin Lin, and the trailers hint at a rather more frenetic movie than the first two. Everything looks rather a lot bigger and scruffier, with a plot that perhaps fits more closely with the original series concept. Studio chiefs seem confident, as they've already greenlit a fourth movie. Fingers crossed. dir-scr David Ayer; with Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Scott Eastwood, Ben Affleck, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Common; Warner 16/US
release US/UK 5.Aug.16
While fans have called this the year's most anticipated movie, I'm more than a little sceptical. It looks like a sea of relentless scene-chomping that's desperate to be dark and nasty, and yet it's been made to a PG-13 rating. Does this indicate rather a lot of studio pressure on a compromised filmmaker? Also, Ayer's track record is indulgently grim and violent, with little suggesting that he can maintain a snarky comical tone. But this does make it more intriguing, especially with this eclectic cast. dir John Lee Hancock; scr Robert D Siegel; with Michael Keaton, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson, Nick Offerman, Laura Dern, BJ Novak, John Carroll Lynch , Kimberly Battista; Weinstein 16/US
release US 5.Aug.16, UK tbc
It's amazing to realise that this biopic has never been made before: about Ray Kroc, the man who created McDonald's. Keaton looks like perfect casting - able to play likeable even when he's being a nasty piece of work. And indeed, the trailer reveals that this is a warts-and-all portrait. Much more promising than the fact that it was directed by Hancock (The Blind Side) is that it was written by Siegel (The Wrestler). So where's the UK release date? dir Timur Bekmambetov; with Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Ayelet Zurer, Rodrigo Santoro, Pilou Asb‚àö¬∂k, Moises Arias, James Cosmo; Paramount 16/It
release US 19.Aug.16, UK 26.Aug.16
Hollywood continues to cannibalise its back catalog for remakes and long-awaited sequels, and this one doesn't look hugely promising. But then you look at the cast, which is certainly not the usual blockbuster line-up. And director Bekmambetov is a riotously visual filmmaker who will certainly make a lot out of the action sequences. Worries include too much digital trickery (another Gods of Egypt?) and the possibility that the grit and depth of the original story will be watered down into a mindless toga romp. dir Sharon Maguire; with Renee Zellweger, Patrick Dempsey, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Shirley Henderson, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Celia Imrie, Sally Phillips; Working Title 16/UK
release UK/US 16.Sep.16
Hopes aren't terribly high for this long-delayed sequel (it's been 12 years since the last one), but at least Zellweger and Firth are back on hand, with some high-powered support. And also the original 2001 movie's director. Plus Emma Thompson both as a costar and, more importantly, cowriter. So here's hoping that it works. dir Scott Derrickson; with Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Scott Adkins, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg; Marvel 16/US
release UK 28.Oct.16, US 4.Nov.16
This looks like another enjoyably nutty stand-alone Marvel movie - fans will understand how it fits into the overall universe, but no one else will care. The key draw here is the powerhouse British trio of Cumberbatch, Swinton and Ejiofor, who are generally good at dodging terrible movies. And Derrickson as director certainly adds some intrigue.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES
DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD PETE'S DRAGON
Autumn: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC DEEPWATER HORIZON
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
SNOWDEN WAR ON EVERYONE AMERICAN HONEY
I, DANIEL BLAKE FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
Winter: MOANA ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
THE BIRTH OF A NATION THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
No UK release date: GENIUS IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P.
THE MEDDLER 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.
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