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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
SON OF SAUL (Hun)
ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME TWO, THE DESOLATE ONE
YOU & I (dvd)
4 MOONS (dvd)
* FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
I SAW THE LIGHT
KNIGHT OF CUPS
* EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!
* MUSTANG (Tur)
* THE CALL UP
* THE DAUGHTER
* HEART OF A DOG
* LOVE & FRIENDSHIP
* STREET DANCE FAMILY
* THE TRUST
* HOLDING THE MAN
MEN & CHICKEN (Den)
* BANG GANG: A MODERN LOVE STORY (Fr)
* THE BOSS
* WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE (Jpn)
THE KEEPING ROOM
* THE VIOLATORS
* NO HOME MOVIE
* ADULT LIFE SKILLS
* MAGGIE'S PLAN
QUEEN OF EARTH
* SUMMERTIME (Fr)
* GIRLS LOST (Swe)
* THEO AND HUGO (Fr)
* THE PASS
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE HARD STOP. SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS. A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING. BAD NEIGHBOURS. MA MA. THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE. BLOOD ORANGE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Glenn Ficarra, John Requa; with Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Josh Charles, Nicholas Braun, Sterling K Brown; Paramount 16/US|
release US 4.Mar.16, UK 13.May.16
Based on the memoir by journalist Kim Barker (titled The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan), this looks like a smart, pointed comedy about the chaos of the War on Terror. Ficarra and Requa are great at keeping a serious story gurgling underneath hilarious black comedy, and Fey is superb casting as intrepid war correspondent Barker. Fingers crossed. dir Nicholas Stoller; with Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Chloe Grace Moretz, Selena Gomez, Lisa Kudrow, Kiersey Clemons; Universal 16/US
release UK 6.May.16, US 20.May.16
The first Neighbors (aka Bad Neighbours) was an unexpected hit with both audiences and critics, so it's no surprise that the gang is back, and now teaming up to fight a common enemy in a raucous sorority. Efron, Rogen, Byrne and Franco have effortless screen chemistry and spotless comical timing, so let's hope that the script is up to the challenge. And it could be fun to see Moretz in a comical role for a change. dir-scr Bryan Singer; with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan; Fox 15/US
release UK 19.May.16, US 27.May.16
Singer wraps up this First Class trilogy by propelling the action into the 1980s for an epic showdown with Isaac's eponymous uber-villain. The top-notch cast and Singer's attention to character detail has made this the strongest branch on the ever-expanding Marvel tree. (The only misstep so far is the action-oriented third film in the original trilogy.) Where this franchise goes from here is anyone's guess. dir James Bobin; with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Andrew Scott, Michael Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Stephen Fry, Toby Jones, Ed Speleers, Timothy Spall; Disney 15/UK
release US/UK 27.May.16
Tim Burton's visual flourishes were the best thing about the 2010 rehash/sequel, but he's not around for this follow-up. Alas, screenwriter Linda Woolverton is, and her tendency to turn children's stories into full-on Lord of the Rings-style battle epics (see also Maleficent) is worrying. At least director Bobin is great at comedy, and the cast alone makes the film worth a look. dir-scr Shane Black; with Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Keith David, Ty Simpkins, Jack Kilmer, Beau Knapp; 16/US
release US 20.May.16, UK 3.Jun.16
The trailer indicates that Shane Black is back in sassy-snappy mode for a comical thriller about a private eye and a hitman who are thrown together to solve a series of unexpectedly interrelated crimes. What isn't clear is whether Gosling and Crowe will be build some engaging comical chemistry amid the violent chaos. But the 1977 setting looks achingly cool, and the movie looks like a lot of fun. dir Mandie Fletcher; scr Jennifer Saunders; with Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Mo Gaffney, Celia Imrie, Kathy Burke, Lulu, Dawn French; Fox 16/UK
release UK 1.Jul.16, US 22.Jul.16
The genius BBC sitcom became rather uneven in its later years, so let's hope for a stronger focus in this big-screen reunion. Good news is that the entire gang is back, although it could get a bit muddled with the wide range of cameos rumoured (including Rebel Wilson, Joan Collins, Kate Moss and Kim Kardashian). Still, you wouldn't want to miss it. dir Rawson Marshall Thurber; with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Aaron Paul, Amy Ryan, Brett Azar, Megan Park, Ryan Hansen, Danielle Nicolet; Universal 16/UK
release US 17.Jun.16, UK 1.Jul.16
Frankly, this doesn't look that promising - another fast-talking action comedy that's likely to be more violent than funny. On the other hand, Johnson and Hart are both engaging, and their combined physicality could be hilarious. As referenced in the inspired tagline: "Saving the world takes a little Hart and a big Johnson". Also, it's from the director of We're the Millers, who knows how to make a dumb comedy genuinely amusing. dir-scr Andrew Stanton; with Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Bill Hader, Ed O'Neill, Michael Sheen, Dominic West, Diane Keaton, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy; Pixar 16/US
release US 17.Jun.16, UK 29.Jul.16
Pixar's 2003 mega-hit Finding Nemo was such a tight narrative that it didn't cry out for a follow-up. And yet here we are 13 years (that is, a whole generation of children) later, as Disney is marauding through any property they own making sequels and remakes with abandon. The trailer looks chaotic and messy, but at least Pixar has a reputation for keeping the quality levels high. And original filmmaker Stanton is in charge.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS
Summer: ME BEFORE YOU GHOSTBUSTERS
INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
MIKE & DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES NOW YOU SEE ME 2
STAR TREK BEYOND BEN-HUR
PETE'S DRAGON SUICIDE SQUAD
Autumn: BRIDGET JONES'S BABY
DEEPWATER HORIZON DOCTOR STRANGE
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN SNOWDEN
Winter: THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY
No UK release date: GENIUS IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P.
THE MEDDLER VERY GOOD GIRLS WORDS AND PICTURES
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