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ALL COMMENTS BY RICH CLINE

C O M I N G   S O O N
to the UK...
O N   T H E   H O R I Z O N
can’t hardly wait...
1 Aug
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY trailer
A PROMISE
STEP UP: ALL IN
MOOD INDIGO
BLACKWOOD
HIDE YOUR SMILING FACES
TEST (dvd)
THE LAST MATCH (dvd)
LOVE OR WHATEVER (dvd)
8 Aug
* ALL THIS MAYHEM
BEYOND CLUELESS
* GOD'S POCKET
* LILTING
PLANES 2: FIRE & RESCUE
* WAKOLDA (Arg)
* WELCOME TO NEW YORK
15 Aug
THE CONGRESS
* DINOSAUR 13
* I AM HAPPINESS ON EARTH (dvd)
* THE ROVER
22 Aug
* GOD HELP THE GIRL
* WHAT IF trailer
29 Aug
* THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES (Den)
* MILLION DOLLAR ARM trailer
MYSTERY ROAD
NIGHT MOVES
* OBVIOUS CHILD

5 Sep
* BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
FINDING FELA
* LIFE OF CRIME trailer
* THEY CAME TOGETHER
12 Sep
* IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (Nor)
* A MOST WANTED MAN
* PRIDE
19 Sep
* SALOME & WILDE SALOME
26 Sep
* 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
IDA (Pol)
THE LAST IMPRESSARIO
* WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY

Oct
* PALO ALTO trailer
* CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE

C O M I N G   U P . . .

coming soon! • MY NAME IS HMMM. SECXRET CINEMA: BACK TO THE FUTURE. THE EXPENDABLES III. STILL THE ENEMY WITHIN. BALLET BOYS. LUCY. JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE.
• A DANGEROUS GAME. FACT OR FICTION. 4 MINUTE MILE. WALK OF SHAME. ENEMY. THE GRANDMASTER. THE COMPANY YOU KEEP. WRONG. GUT. PIG.
* PSYCHO. FELLINI-SATYRICON. THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS. LONG DISTANCE REVOLUTIONARY. WE'RE NOT BROKE. SLF: DRUNKTOWN'S FINEST. HITS. KUMIKO. LITTLE ACCIDENTS. MEMPHIS. THE ONE I LOVE. THE VOICES. FLARE: AGE OF CONSENT. BIG WORDS. CONTINENTAL. GERONTOPHILIA. LAST SUMMER. MY PRAIRIE HOME. THE OUT LIST. THE PASSION OF MICHELANGELO. ROSIE. TATTOO. LFF: GONE TOO FAR. THE SARNOS. / SLEEPER'S WAKE. TEDDY BEAR. THE WE AND THE I. KING CURLING. TARGET. WITHOUT. EEFF: THE BRIGHTEST COLOURS MAKE GREY. DISCOVERDALE. RICHARD PRYOR: OMIT THE LOGIC. HALLEY.
• WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE.


N O   U K   R E L E A S E   D A T E . . .

in limbo! AS I LAY DYING trailer
AUTHORS ANONYMOUS
AWFUL NICE
BAD JOHNSON
THE BANSHEE CHAPTER
THE BEST OFFER
BIG JOY: THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON
BRIDEGROOM
* BULLY
* THE CASE AGAINST 8 trailer
CHILDREN 404 (Rus)
C.O.G.
DIRTY WARS
DON PEYOTE
ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW
EUROPA REPORT
* 52 TUESDAYS
GOD LOVES UGANDA
HAIR BRAINED
* HOME
HOW TO BE A MAN
IN THE BLOOD
IT'S ALL SO QUIET (Ned)
JAMESY BOY
JESUS PEOPLE
THE NORMAL HEART
ODD THOMAS
THE OUTSIDER
SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES
* SOUTHERN ZONE (Bol)
STAGE FRIGHT
TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY
13 SINS
TIGER ORANGE
* THE TRUTH ABOUT EMMANUEL
UNA NOCHE (Cub)
WE ARE MANY
* WORLD OF HURT

* films I've seen, reviews en route


See also:
SHADOWS FILM FEST

THE ROVER

dir-scr David Michod; with Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, David Field, Anthony Hayes, Gillian Jones, Susan Prior, Tawanda Manyimo, Jamie Fallon; 14/Aus
release US 13.Jun.14, UK 15.Aug.14
From the director of Animal Kingdom, this gritty Australian Outback dramatic thriller is set in the near future after an economic collapse - rather a different dystopia than Mad Max's. Although it still centres on a car. The film looks pretty relentlessly masculine and harsh, but also meaty and involving as it explores the actions of desperate men who have nothing left to lose. Premiered at Cannes in May. trailer

THE EXPENDABLES III

dir Patrick Hughes; with Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Jet Li, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews; Lionsgate 14/US
release US/UK 15.Aug.14
The old gang is back, with added Ford, Banderas, Gibson and more, for another ground-rattling action romp. Director Hughes' only previous feature is the well-made but slightly overserious/pretentious Red Hill, so the big question will be whether he plays this straight (which was a disaster for part 1) or with tongue in cheek (which worked much better in part 2). Whatever happens, the ludicrous cast makes it a must-see. trailer

LUCY

dir-scr Luc Besson; with Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Pilou Asbaek, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, Mason Lee, Frederic Chau; Universal 14/Fr
release US 8.Aug.14, UK 22.Aug.14
The trailer for this action romp looks utterly bonkers, so let's hope Besson has rediscovered how to have fun with cinema (his last few films have been painfully po-faced, including the "comedy" The Family). Johansson continues her European tour by starring in French action after the terrific British horror Under the Skin, with a bit of Marvel in between. So here's hoping this is her way forward, peppering her filmography with wacky choices between those mortgage-assuring blockbusters. trailer

A MOST WANTED MAN

dir Anton Corbijn; scr Andrew Bovell; with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl, Mehdi Dehbi, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Nina Hoss; Film4 14/UK
release US 25.Jul.14, UK 5.Sep.14
Another of Hoffman's final performances anchors this John Le Carre adaptation by director Corbijn (Control) and writer Bovell (Lantana), plus an intriguing eclectic cast. It also has an intriguingly topical spy-movie plot, centring on a Chechen fighter who gets caught up in the "war on terror". There's no doubt that this will be a beefier-than-usual thriller, but let's hope that the style and artistry are matched with substance. trailer

GONE GIRL

dir David Fincher; scr Gillian Flynn; with Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit, Kim Dickens, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle; Fox 14/US
release US/UK 3.Oct.14
Gillian Flynn wrote her own screenplay from her mega-selling novel, so at least Hollywood won't be tinkering too much with the plot (although she has already admitted that the ending is different). And Fincher can hardly help but make classy-looking movies with intense dramatic undertones. But can Affleck play morally suspect? Probably not. So it will be interesting to see how the book's he-said/she-said narrative is adapted to the big screen. Whatever happens, it'll be a suspensful, twisty ride. trailer

THE DROP

dir Michael R Roskam; scr Dennis Lehane; with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, Elizabeth Rodriguez, James Frecheville, John Ortiz, Michael Esper; Fox 14/US
release US 12.Sep.14, UK 14.Nov.14
With a posthumous appearance by Gandolfini, it's apparent that this film has been sitting on a shelf for awhile, but it's notable for several reasons. First is the fact that Lehane has adapted the screenplay from his own short story. And then there's director Roskam making his English-language debut along with his talented Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts. Finally, it looks like a pungent role for Hardy as a barman entwined in a police investigation into the mob. The November UK release date implies it'll be at the London Film Festival. trailer

WALK OF SHAME

dir-scr Steven Brill; with Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Ethan Suplee, Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright, Oliver Hudson, PJ Byrne, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Willie Garson, Kevin Nealon; Lakeshore 14/US
release US 2.May.14, UK tbc

Elizabeth Banks has become one of the most reliable actresses around, shining in both blockbusters (The Hunger Games) and indies (Pitch Perfect). Now she gets a comedy of her own, opposite the fabulous James Marsden no less. But the slapstick trailer is very goofy, and writer-director Brill doesn't have a great track record (including a few Adam Sandler comedies and, erm, Movie 43). So let's hope Banks and Marsden make it worth watching. trailer

JUPITER ASCENDING

dir-scr Andy & Lana Wachowski; with Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Tuppence Middleton, Terry Gilliam, Maria Doyle Kennedy, James D'Arcy; Warner 14/US
release US/UK 6.Feb.15
The Wachowski's return to a full-on sci-fi extravaganza with this epic about a young woman (Kunis) who is shocked to learn that she is the Queen of the Universe, and that everyone is trying to kill her. The trailers look extremely effects-intensive, which might be a marketing mistake for audiences suffering from digital overload. But the Wachowskis have a track record of keeping the focus on the characters while coming up with genuinely outrageous visuals. Although the release has now been pushed back six months to make those visuals more outrageous. Or something. trailer
Also on my want-to-see list...

Spring: WORDS AND PICTURES trailer
Summer: SNOWPIERCER trailer VERY GOOD GIRLS trailer TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES trailer THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD trailer
Autumn: THE BOXTROLLS trailer A DOLPHIN TALE 2 trailer A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES trailer THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU trailer THE BOOK OF LIFE trailer HOME trailer THE INTERVIEW trailer KILL THE MESSENGER trailer FURY trailer THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 trailer PADDINGTON trailer
Winter: ANNIE trailer EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS trailer
No UK release date: ENEMY trailer GRAND PIANO trailer GOOD PEOPLE trailer IN OUR NATURE trailer JIMMY P. trailer KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM trailer

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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