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NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB
DUMB AND DUMBER TO
EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
* BIG EYES
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
* THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH
* INTO THE WOODS
TESTAMENT OF YOUTH
* AMERICAN SNIPER
* A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
* THE GAMBLER
BIG HERO 6
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY
* SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE
LOVE IS STRANGE
* WILD TALES (Arg)
* A LITTLE CHAOS
NEXT TO HER (Isr)
* TIMBUKTU (Mrt)
* THE LOOK OF SILENCE
C O M I N G U P . . .
MAN UP. THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Olivier Megaton; scr Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen; with Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Forest Whitaker, Dougray Scott, Jonny Weston, Jon Gries, Leland Orser; Fox 15/Fr|
release UK/US 9.Jan.15
Frankly, no one really wants to see this movie, but everyone will go anyway. Liam Neeson has said repeatedly that this will be the last chapter in this saga - which should really never have taken off like it did. Expect more merry violence and brutality justified by family issues. Apparently the formula is different this time - we can only hope so. dir-scr Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen; with James Franco, Seth Rogen, Lizzy Caplan, Randall Park, Diana Bang, Timothy Simons, Reese Alexander, James Yi; Sony 14/US
release US 25.Dec.14, UK 6.Feb.15
There's been a lot of conjecture about this comedy, in wiht a pair of chucklehead TV hosts decide to travel to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un, then are recruited by the CIA to assassinate the tyrant. It's a pretty bold concept - so it's not surprising that Rogen and Franco have been getting some flack even before anyone sees the film. Let's hope they're able to resist studio pressures to tone things down. This kind of loaded comedy-action only works if the filmmakers really go for it (see Team America). 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 15/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. dir Matthew Vaughn; scr Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn; with Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Samuel L Jackson, Jack Davenport, Sophie Cookson, Mark Hamill; Fox 15/UK
This has looked like a lot of fun since it was first announced, a pastiche James Bond adventure with a strong British pedigree including Firth, Strong and Caine. It also has the benefit of being another film by Vaughn and Goldman, who haven't made a dud yet. If anything the trailer looks rather too clever, but the humour should balance that. And advance buzz has been great. dir Sam Taylor-Johnson; with Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Ehle, Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Callum Keith Rennie; Universal 15/UK
release US/UK 14.Feb.15
Frankly, I have absolutely no interest in the publishing phenomenon surrounding EL James' fan-fiction novel. But the film intrigues me due to the presence of director Taylor-Johnson, a smart filmmaker who will hopefully polish up the plot and characters. And the casting is strong too, going for offbeat actors who might bring something interesting to the roles rather than the usual Hollywood simplicity. We can only hope. dir Neill Blomkamp; with Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel, Miranda Frigon, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Yo-Landi Visser, Ninja; Sony 15/SA
release US/UK 6.Mar.15
Blomkamp is back with yet another tale mixing current politics with technical/sci-fi elements (see District 9 and Elysium). This one's about an intelligent robot (a mocap performance from Copley) that's kidnapped and must create a new family with his captors. It's a complex idea with the potential to be both smart and entertaining. And the trailer looks great - an intriguing tone that mixes lighter and darker elements. dir Michael Cuesta; with Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Paz Vega, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Michael Sheen, Ray Liotta; Focus 14/US
release US 10.Oct.14, UK 6.Mar.15
Based on an astonishing true story, this is about the journalist who uncovered the fact that the US government was dealing drugs in Central America, then importing them to the USA to fund an illegal war. And when he reported the story, the government painted him as the villain. Cuesta is good at getting to the personal core of a story, which bodes well for this kind of drama, as long as it doesn't get distracted by action set-pieces. 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...
Autumn: HOME ENEMY
Winter: DYING OF THE LIGHT MORTDECAI SONG ONE
Spring: IN THE HEART OF THE SEA AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON CINDERELLA DANNY COLLINS INSURGENT TOMORROWLAND WHILE WE'RE YOUNG FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD PITCH PERFECT 2
Summer: INSIDE OUT JURASSIC WORLD PAN
Autumn: THE WALK
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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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