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THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE
THE INVISIBLE WAR
* NEED FOR SPEED
* THE ROCKET
UNDER THE SKIN
THE ZERO THEOREM
* THE KNOWN UNKNOWN
* YVES SAINT LAURENT
TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM
* THE FOLD
THE PAST (Fr)
* BOYS ON FILM 11: WE ARE ANIMALS
* THE DOUBLE
* A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM
TOM AT THE FARM
* THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS (Bel)
WE ARE THE BEST! (Swe)
* WE ARE THE FREAKS
* NEXT GOAL WINS
* BLUE RUIN
* BRUNO & EARLENE GO TO VEGAS (dvd)
THE WIND RISES
*THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
* BEYOND THE EDGE
CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (Fr)
* MISS VIOLENCE (Gr)
* 112 WEDDINGS
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE PUNK SINGER. KHUMBA. CHEAP THRILLS. FRANK.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir James Bobin; James Bobin, Nicholas Stoller; with Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston, Salma Hayek, Christoph Waltz, Stanley Tucci, Lady Gaga, Ray Liotta, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Frank Langella; Disney 14/UK|
release US/UK 28.Mar.14
With an even starrier cast than last time, the Muppets hit Europe for what looks like another madcap caper. The trailer is deliriously silly, and it's great to have Bobin back on board as director as well as Stoller as co-writer. And the line-up of actors and cameos is a bit head-spinning, frankly. All they have to do is maintain the anarchic tone and they've got us. dir Anthony & Joe Russo; with Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Dominic Cooper, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Toby Jones, Jenny Agutter; Disney 14/US
release UK 28.Mar.14, US 4.Apr.14
Marvel's coordinated onslaughtcontinues, with franchise regulars mixing with new characters in this spic-looking sequel (can Marvel make a movie that doesn't look epic anymore?). The visual style of the film looks promising, as does the mixture of retro and contemporary elements in the plot. Hopefully the characters will be strong enough to keep us interested. dir Darren Aronofsky; with Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte, Frank Langella, Ray Winstone, Marton Csokas, Kevin Durand, Mark Margolis; Paramount 14/US
release US 28.Mar.14, UK 4.Apr.14
The more see of Aronofsky's biblical epic the more enormous it looks - massive effects, beefy cast, world-ending struggle between the forces of heaven and hell! It looks absolutely huge. So let's hope that he gives his hugely gifted cast complex, interesting characters to play with - and centres the film on the people rather than the spectacle. dir Neil Burger; with Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ray Stevenson, Tony Goldwyn, Ashley Judd, Mekhi Phifer; Summit 14/US
release US 21.Mar.14, UK 4.Apr.14
This year's first attempt at a new teen franchise is this dystopic action movie about a future divided into tribes, or something. But it's the casting that makes it worth a look - from rising star Woodley to veteran Winslet. On the other hand, it pretty much looks like every other fantasy teen franchise wannabe out there, so let's hope the higher-calibre cast makes it something worth seeing. dir Paul WS Anderson; with Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Emily Browning, Paz Vega, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Rebecca Eady, Currie Graham; Sony 13/US
release US 21.Feb.14, UK 2.May.14
I don't actually have much hope for this movie, as it looks a bit like one of those Rome/Spartacus TV series crossed with 300/Immortals green-screen toga-epic filmmaking. And Anderson isn't the most delicate director out there. But after his quietly engaging work in Game of Thrones, I am looking forward to seeing Harington in a lead role on the big screen, however typecast it may be. And the massive action climax is bound to be pretty impressive. Alas, the UK release has been pushed back three months. 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 Olivier Dahan; with Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Posey, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Somerville; 14/Fr
release US/UK tbc
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. Release date is pending, as the film is due to open Cannes in May. 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 tbc
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.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: ABOUT LAST NIGHT ENEMY GRAND PIANO 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE CALVARY EXHIBITION. THE RAID 2: BERANDAL RIO 2 TRANSCENDENCE THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 BAD NEIGHBOURS BLENDED MILLION DOLLAR ARM X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Summer: EDGE OF TOMORROW HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST JUPITER ASCENDING DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION THE LEGEND OF HERCULES
Autumn: THE BOXTROLLS
No UK release date: BELLE BIG SUR CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM PARANOIA 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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