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THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX
THINGS TO COME (Fr)
JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY
THE INTERVENTION (dvd)
* CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
HELL OR HIGH WATER
KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
* THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK - THE TOURING YEARS
* BLAIR WITCH
* THE CLAN (Arg)
* THE INFILTRATOR
THEO AND HUGO (Fr)
* FREE STATE OF JONES
* THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS
* SWISS ARMY MAN
THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
* THE GREASY STRANGLER
MOLLY MOON AND THE INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM
C O M I N G U P . . .
LA LA LAND. THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS. HACKSAW RIDGE. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. FRANTZ. ARRIVAL. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. JACKIE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
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 9.Sep.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 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 Oliver Stone; with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Scott Eastwood, Zachary Quinto, Ben Schnetzer, Timothy Olyphant, Joely Richardson, Rhys Ifans, Tom Wilkinson; 16/Ger
release US 16.Sep.16, UK tbc
Even if his more recent films have gone a bit off the boil (see Savages), you can't discount any movie by Oliver Stone, simply because he refuses to say what anyone wants him to say. Expect this to be a complex exploration of Edward Snowden, and also expect it to be clear whether Stone thinks he was a whistleblower or a traitor. The high-powered cast will make it even more riveting. Still awaiting a UK release date. 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 UK 30.Sep.16, US 16.Dec.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-scr John Michael McDonagh; with Alexander Skarsgard, Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Michael Pena, Paul Reiser, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephanie Sigman, Malcolm Barrett; 16/UK
release UK 7.Oct.16
With movies like The Guard and Calvary, John Michael McDonagh has turned into an unmissable filmmaker, and this story of two corrupt New Mexico cops playing a dangerous game of extortion sounds ripe for black comedy. The question is whether moving away from Ireland (and Brendan Gleeson) will change McDonagh's tone. Thankfully, it's an independent film, hopefully free of studio pressure. And the offbeat casting bodes well. dir Ken Loach; scr Paul Laverty; with Dave Johns, Micky McGregor, Dylan McKiernan, Julie Nicholson, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann, Hayley Squires; BBC 16/UK
release UK 21.Oct.16
This year's Palme d'Or winner is from veteran filmmaker Loach and his regular writing partner Laverty, so we know before going in that it will be a gritty, politically aware drama. Buzz has been a bit mixed, but Loach's work is always worth a look - challenging, engaging, thoughtful. The delayed UK release date suggests it'll have a slot at the London Film Festival. 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...
Autumn: DEEPWATER HORIZON AMERICAN HONEY
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN THE ACCOUNTANT
BAD SANTA 2 FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
Winter: MOANA ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
SULLY THE BIRTH OF A NATION THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
Spring/Summer: KING ARTHUR: KEGEND OF THE SWORD
KONG: SKULL ISLAND WONDER WOMAN
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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