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BRIDGE OF SPIES
MY SKINNY SISTER (Swe)
CHRISTMAS WITH THE COOPERS
THE NIGHT BEFORE
THE FORBIDDEN ROOM
* GRAZING THE SKY
* BOLSHOI BABYLON
THE ASSASSIN (Chn)
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
A BIGGER SPLASH
* DHEEPAN (Fr)
SECRET IN THEIR EYES
THE CLUB (Chl)
COUPLE IN A HOLE
OUR LITTLE SISTER (Jpn)
C O M I N G U P . . .
LOST IN KARASTAN. THE BIG SHORT. THE PEANUTS MOVIE. RAMS. ANOMALISA. THE DANISH GIRL. DADDY'S HOME. DISORDER.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
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 18.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 Jason Moore; with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Maya Rudolp, John Leguizamo, John Cenah, Heather Matarazzo; Universal 15/US
release US/UK 18.Dec.15
Clever counterprogramming to Star Wars, we can only hope that the film itself is more clever than that painfully generic title. And also that it's not merely a vehicle for a bit of Poehler/Fey antics, no matter how amazing they are. That it's from the director of Pitch Perfect offers hope that the characters and story won't be compromised, and that it will be a lot of fun. But then it can hardly help being fun with Poehler and Fey around. 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 11.Dec.15, UK 26.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 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-scr David O Russell; with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Edgar Ramirez, Elisabeth Rohm; Fox 15/US
release US 25.Dec.15, UK 1.Jan.16
Yet another reunion for Lawrence, Cooper and Russell, and an intriguing true story too. Throw in DeNiro, Madsen, Ladd and Rossellini and the recipe for unmissability grows exponentially. The obvious question is whether this story can sustain a full-on biopic, but the trailer hints at bigger themes that should carry it through. dir Alejandro G Inarritu; with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Paul Anderson, Lukas Haas, Javier Botet, Brendan Fletcher; Fox 15/UK
release US 25.Dec.15, UK 15.Jan.16
Reigning Oscar-winner Inarritu is dropping this film into the awards race very late in the game, buiding interest with cast interviews that talk about how gruelling it was to make. It's a true-life survival drama, which at 2 hours 30 minutes might test the patience of even the most robust audience member. But Inarritu is of course a filmmaking force to reckon with. And DiCaprio clearly throws himself fully into this one. dir Ryan Coogler; with Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Phylicia Rashad, Graham McTavish, Tessa Thompson, Ritchie Coster, Juan Pablo Veiza, Wood Harris; 15/US
release US 25.Nov.15, UK 15.Jan.16
Basically, this is Rocky VII, as Stallone passes on the starring role to the next generation, namely Michael B Jordan as the son of Rocky's old nemesis Apollo Creed. The plot doesn't look massively promising, although seeing Rocky in the grizzled coach's corner should be fun. And all eyes are on the gifted Coogler to see what he'll do to follow-up his amazing, criminally underrated debut Fruitvale Station. dir-scr Billy Ray; with Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lyndon Smith, Dean Norris, Michael Kelly, Joe Cole, Don Harvey; Warner 15/US
release US 20.Nov.15, UK 4.Mar.16
The Oscar-winning Argentine original is such a breathtaking thriller that it seems almost sacreligious to remake it. But if this is done properly, the story will have a chance to win over a whole new audience of people who are frightened of subtitles. The cast is certainly solid enough to carry off the story's tricky curves. And hopefully writer-director Ray will throw in some surprises for those of us familiar with the original. Not the annoyingly late UK release.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Autumn: VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN
Winter: BY THE SEA THE FINEST HOURS KRAMPUS
THE BIG SHORT THE HATEFUL EIGHT
HAIL CAESAR! POINT BREAK PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES
Spring: ALLEGIANT BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Summer: SUICIDE SQUAD
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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