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STAR TREK BEYOND
AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY
BORN TO BE BLUE
THE COMMUNE (Den)
BARRY LYNDON (1975)
* CONFESSIONS (dvd)
* PETE'S DRAGON
THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER
* JULIETA (Sp)
* JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY
* THINGS TO COME
* THEO AND HUGO (Fr)
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
MOLLY MOON AND THE INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM
C O M I N G U P . . .
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC. SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS. HELL OR HIGH WATER. JASON BOURNE. DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
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 Timur Bekmambetov; with Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, Toby Kebbell, Ayelet Zurer, Rodrigo Santoro, Pilou Asbaek, 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-scr Matt Ross; with Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Missi Pyle, Samantha Isler; 16/US
release US 8.Jul.16, UK 9.Sep.16
Actor Matt Ross turns to writing and directing with this already acclaimed indie drama that looks rather amazing, both due to its plot and its eclectic collection of terrific actors. It also has a strikingly timely theme about a parent who decides to raise his six kids out in the world, rather than in institutions, so they can get a well-rounded physical, emotional and mental education. Waiting for the delayed UK release will be a bit annoying. 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 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 30.Sep.16
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). dir Tim Burton; scr Jane Goldman; with Asa Butterfield, Eva Green, Judi Dench, Samuel L Jackson, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Chris O'Dowd, Terence Stamp, Milo Parker; Fox 16/UK
release US/UK 30.Sep.16
If the entire movie looks as good as the trailer, this will be a seriously eye-catching adventure. Burton seems to be firing on all cylinders here, with a mob of A-list stars in a story about an entire boarding school full of the kind of oddball character that usually features in his films. And with Goldman on screenwriting duties, hopefully the story will be even stronger than the imagery. 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
Autumn: DEEPWATER HORIZON 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.
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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