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59th London Film Fest: 7-18.Oct.15
* THE BIG KNIGHTS
BRAND: A SECOND COMING
* MAYA THE BEE
* LISTEN TO ME MARLON
* MISSISSIPPI GRIND
DO I SOUND GAY?
* UNDER MILK WOOD
* THE VATICAN TAPES
HE NAMED ME MALALA
* KILL YOUR FRIENDS
* THE LADY IN THE VAN
CLOSER TO THE MOON
* LOVE (Fr)
* SUNSET SONG
* BONE TOMAHAWK
* 3 HEARTS (Fr)
* BOLSHOI BABYLON
THE CLUB (Chl)
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE WAVE. DESIERTO. LES COWBOYS. GRAZING THE SKY. CAROL. YOUTH. CRIMSON PEAK. DHEEPAN. TRUTH. STEVE JOBS.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Sam Mendes; with Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott; 15/UK|
release UK 26.Oct.15, US 6.Nov.15
This is a no-brainer: Sam Mendes back with Daniel Craig for another globe-trotting, action-packed Bond adventure. The trailer makes it look as dark and intriguing as Skyfall, although Judi Dench will be sorely missed. At least Bellucci and Seydoux will make intriguing female foils for our hero, and Waltz is always surprising, especially in a villainous role. And since it's his last Bond movie, Craig will surely go out with a bang. dir John Wells; scr Steven Knight; with Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Alicia Vikander, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Lily James, Daniel Bruhl, Matthew Rhys, Omar Sy; 15/UK
release US 23.Oct.15, UK 6.Nov.15
Yet another generically titled movie, this one at least has a very sparkly cast, plus a writer and director who are adept at getting under the skin of their characters. And there's also of course the promise of lots of delicious food to get our mouths watering. So it's a bit worring that the story looks so uninteresting (about a fallen chef trying to regain his good name by starting over), as is the fact that it had no festival traction this autumn. dir-scr Todd Haynes; with Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Cory Michael Smith, John Magaro, Carrie Brownstein; Film4 15/US
release US 20.Nov.15, UK 27.Nov.15
Honestly, Todd Haynes directing Cate Blanchett - they had me even before I knew it was a period drama about aching, forbidden love. Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, this is bound to be a wrenchingly involving drama with strong topical relevance. And it will give Haynes another chance to shine stylistically as he returns to the 1950s flavours he so deliciously deployed in Far From Heaven. The trailer is a dream all its own. Rapturous reviews from Cannes suggest the film is just as powerful. It also has a prime gala slot at the London Film Festival. dir Scott Cooper; with Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Peter Sarsgaard; Warner 15/US
release US 18.Sep.15, UK 27.Nov.15
I wasn't really looking forward to this one, as I've kind of gone off Depp's dramatic acting style and I'm tired of mob thrillers, but the early buzz out of Venice and Telluride is very strong on this dark drama about Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Frankly, the supporting cast is more appealing to me. But I'm hoping Depp can surprise me here. And Cooper is proving to be a filmmaker who demands attention. The severely delayed UK release is annoying, but Brits can catch it early at the London Film Festival. dir Ron Howard; with Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Brendan Gleeson, Paul Anderson, Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland, Jordi Molla, Joseph Mawle, Jamie Sives; Warner 15/US
release US/UK Dec.15
This is Howard's first big Hollywood movie since reinvigorating his work with the British drama Rush, so it will be interesting to see if he's finally learned to trust the audience and stop making everything so obvious. Meanwhile, this looks like a seriously beefy story, with a manly cast (plus a few token females) and a big seafaring story based on the true events that inspired the novel Moby Dick. If anything, it'll have amazing effects. Thor vs whale! Although the release has now been moved back nine months to December. dir JJ Abrams; with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley, Max von Sydow, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Andy Serkis; Disney 15/UK
release US/UK 15.Dec.15
Honestly, the internet nearly exploded when the first trailer was released for Episode VII, set 30 years after the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi. The plot is still a secret, although there are plenty of leaks. And Abrams seems to have recaptured the loose visual tone of the first trilogy. Waiting for the December release will feel endless, although the string of ever-increasing trailers is doing its job: teasing the story while slowly revealing the cast and settings. dir Tom Hooper; with Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Rebecca Root, Emerald Fennell, Sebastian Koch; Focus 15/UK
release US 27.Nov.15 UK 1.Jan.16
Festival reviews have been mixed for the film, but everyone is glowing about Redmayne's performance as one of the first women to ever go through gender-reassignment surgery. Hooper seems in his element, with the period style and emotional story. And the eclectic cast is also promising. The main question is why the release has been so delayed in the UK (the 1st January release date is odd for a film like this), and most notably why it wasn't included in the London Film Festival programme. dir Jay Roach; with Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning, Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Louis CK, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Michael Stuhlbarg, Roger Bart; eOne 15/US
release US 6.Nov.15, UK 22.Jan.16
It's hard to believe that a big movie hasn't been made before about the 1950s Hollywood blacklist. With Roach at the helm, this is certain to be a lively telling of Dalton Trumbo's side of the story, and Cranston looks terrific in the role. Plus a supporting cast packed out with colourful scene-stealers. Hopefully, the script will also have some political bite to it.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Autumn: GOOSEBUMPS BRIDGE OF SPIES
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 STEVE JOBS
Winter: THE FINEST HOURS SECRET IN THEIR EYES
SISTERS YOUTH JOY CREED
Spring: ALLEGIANT THE JUNGLE BOOK
No UK release date: IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P.
TIME OUT OF MIND 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.
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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