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A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE (Swe)
RIGOR MORTIS (Chn)
THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
HIDDEN AWAY (dvd)
SILENT YOUTH (dvd)
* FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
* SAMBA (Fr)
* FUTURO BEACH (Br)
* GIRLHOOD (Fr)
* SPOOKS: THE GREATER GOOD
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA (Fr)
* A FULLER LIFE
LAMBERT & STAMP
* THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD
* PITCH PERFECT 2
* THE TRIBE
* A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT
* THE NEW GIRLFRIEND (Fr)
* THE TREATMENT (Bel)
* THE CONNECTION (Fr)
THE DEAD LANDS
* THE GOOB
* MAN UP
* ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS
* LISTEN UP PHILIP
* BIG GAME
* THE LOOK OF SILENCE
QUEEN & COUNTRY
* RED ARMY
* 3 HEARTS (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
TWO BY TWO. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. TAKING STOCK. UNFRIENDED. SLOW WEST. IRIS. TOP FIVE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir-scr Joss Whedon; with Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen; Marvel 15/UK|
release UK 24.Apr.15, US 1.May.15
Marvel's increasingly enormous movie universe will get another rapid expansion with this sequel to the franchise-merging blockbuster. This is a rather important movie for Marvel, as it follows the formula-breaking Guardians of the Galaxy, which hinted that these movies didn't need to all be the same destroy-everything nonsense. So will Whedon take a new approach to this big reunion movie? Even if it's more of the same tired chaos, it'll be a massive hit. dir Brad Bird; Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird; with George Clooney, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Lochlyn Munro, Keegan-Michael Key; Disney 15/US
release US/UK 22.May.15
Disney continues to plunder their theme parks for source material, this time taking one of the segments of their Magic Kingdoms and turning it into an adventure movie. The good news is that Brad Bird is at the helm, and he has assembled a superbly eclectic cast to play with a nicely retro ambience. Could be a lot of fun. dir Brad Peyton; with Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti, Will Yun Lee, Kylie Minogue; Warner 15/US
release US/UK 29.May.15
The trailers for this film look so gleefully trashy that we can only hope director Peyton has taken this kind of approach to the film itself. If he takes the story even remotely seriously, he will have missed the point, as the chief reason to watch it is to see The Rock barely breaking a sweat as ludicrously enormous mayhem erupts all around him. But if even one tongue becomes dislodged from a cheek, we're in trouble. dir Rupert Goold; with Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee, Gretchen Mol, Robert John Burke, Betty Gilpin, Maria Dizzia, Genevieve Angelson; Regency 15/US
release US 10.Apr.15, UK 5.Jun.15
After its premiere at Cannes, this film has been gathering interest due to its, yes, true-story plot about a man (Franco) on the FBI's most-wanted list who lived in hiding under the assumed identity of an unknowing journalist (Hill). The trailer makes this story look especially fascinating, while the one question is first-time British filmmaker Goold, whose only previous credits are two TV episodes. Whatever, it's definitely unmissable. dir Colin Trevorrow; with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan; Universal 15/US
release US/UK 12.Jun.15
It's been almost 15 years since the previous Jurassic trilogy ended, but the screenwriters have figured out a way to resurrect them to relaunch the franchise. Visual effects are even more seamless now, so let's hope filmmaker Trevorrow (who made the superbly low-fi Safety Not Guaranteed) keeps the focus on the people rather than the dinosaur mayhem. At least the cast bodes well for some snarky attitude in between all the breathless action. dir Bill Condon; with Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam, Colin Starkey, Philip Davis, Nicholas Rowe, Frances de la Tour; BBC 15/UK
release UK 19.Jun.15
Both Ian McKellen and Laura Linney reunite with director Bill Condon (Gods & Monsters and Kinsey, respectively) for this intriguing looking film, which hinges on a very clever idea: that the elderly Sherlock Holmes is feeling the first touch of senility as he tries to wrap up a nagging unsolved mystery. It looks a little costumey, but Condon doesn't make dumb movies (Twilight notwithstanding). 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 Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. It's a proper teaser, with just glimpses of cool stuff for fanboys to obsess over, and not even a fleeting view of returning icons Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. The plot is still a secret, although there are plenty of leaks. And JJ Abrams seems to have recaptured the loose visual tone of the first trilogy. Waiting for the December release will feel endless.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: DANNY COLLINS AGE OF ADALINE
Summer: DOPE INSIDE OUT LOVE & MERCY ANT-MAN FANTASTIC FOUR MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION PAN
PIXELS SELF/LESS SOUTHPAW TERMINATOR GENISYS
Autumn: THE WALK THE LADY IN THE VAN SPECTRE
No UK release date: GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P. SONG ONE 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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