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STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN
THE OTHER LAMB
FROM ZERO TO I LOVE YOU
ROBERT THE BRUCE
* ROSE PLAYS JULIE
A WHITE, WHITE DAY (Ice)
* COUNTY LINES
DON'T LOOK DOWN (Fr)
* DREAM HORSE
KOKO-DI KOKO-DA (Swe)
LES MISERABLES (Fr)
* THE UNCERTAIN KINGDOM
C O M I N G U P . . .
COFFEE & KAREEM. RAVERS. DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS.
TAPE. LADY AND THE TRAMP. BUTT BOY.
TROLLS WORLD TOUR. FOUR KIDS AND IT. GOLD DUST. ROOTWOOD.
DEAD BY DAWN. SAME BOAT. DANGER CLOSE. THE BEAST. THE IRON MASK.
GETAWAY. ABOMINABLE. FINDING THE WAY BACK. SEA FEVER.
THE SHED. ENEMY LINES.
THE DANISH BOYS. THE LATIN BOYS. THE ISRAELI BOYS.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Benh Zeitlin; with Devin France, Yashwa Mack, Tommie Milazzo, Shay Walker, Stephanie Lynn Wilson 20/US|
release US 28.Feb.20, UK n/a
This looks like an ambitious and very cool followup to Beasts of the Southern Wild for filmmaker Zeitlin. The trailer looks like a fresh take on the classic Peter Pan story, with an earthy, intriguingly realistic exploration of the theme of childhood imagination and independence. With hints of Lord of the Flies, it appears like it will be powerfully involving and perhaps also darkly moving. Oddly, it has vanished from the UK release schedule. dir John Krasinski; with Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, Lauren-Ashley Cristiano, Wayne Duvall, Okieriete Onaodowan 20/US
release US/UK delayed
The first film was 2018's best break-out surprise, and it didn't scream out for a sequel, so let's hope Krasinski has found somewhere inventive to send these characters. Blunt, Jupe and Simmonds are so good that the idea of watching them do pretty much anything makes this a muse-see, and the trailer hints at some intriguing big twists, plus added Murphy and Hounsou. It's hard to imagine that this will be better than the original, but we can hope. dir Niki Caro; with Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Gong Li, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Jun Yu, Jimmy Wong 20/US
release US/UK delayed
This is the kind of live-action remakes Disney should be doing, retelling the story in a completely new style. Here, an animated romp becomes a full-on action adventure with a powerful female protagonist. Niki Caro was an inspired choice as director, with her ability to combine art and storytelling. And the trailer looks seriously gorgeous too. The 1998 original is one of Disney's underappreciated little masterpieces (apart from that chatty dragon), and this could be even better if it doesn't get too digital. dir Cary Fukunaga; with Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen 20/UK
release UK/US autumn
Making a Bond movie seems to get more complicated year by year, and this one certainly went through some messy gyrations, including a false start with Danny Boyle. But Cary Fukunaga is a terrific filmmaker who should be able to bring something fresh to the franchise, and it will be interesting to see Craig reconnecting with figures from his previous 007 adventures. It's not only about the action - the story needs to be clever and engaging, and the characters just a little bonkers. dir Josh Boone; with Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Alice Braga, Happy Anderson, Henry Zaga, Colbi Gannett, Thomas Kee 20/US
release US/UK delayed
Shot more than two years ago, then delayed by both Disney's acquisition of Fox and extensive reshoots, this looks like an interesting new direction for Marvel's X-Men, described as a cross between Stephen King and John Hughes. This certainly tracks with filmmaker Boone, who previously directed The Fault in Our Stars before moving on to King adaptations. And the cast has an intriguing mix of young stars who are also great actors. dir-scr Emerald Fennell; with Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Molly Shannon, Sam Richardson, Connie Britton, Max Greenfield, Adam Brody, Alfred Molina 20/US
release US/UK 17.Apr.20
The trailer for this thriller doesn't give much away, aside from Mulligan's scene-tearing performance as a woman seeking some kind of vengeance against someone who did her wrong. The attitudes look fierce, with a terrific cast of actors given rather a lot to chew on. It's definitely the kind of trailer that makes you sit up in the cinema and take notice. The big question is director Fennell, a writer-actress who is making her feature directing debut. But one of her writing-producing credits is Killing Eve. dir Gavin O'Connor; with Ben Affleck, Glynn Turman, Michaela Watkins, Al Madrigal, Janina Gavankar, Da'Vinchi, Hayes MacArthur, Rachael Carpani 20/US
release US 6.Mar.20, UK 24.Apr.20
Affleck reunites with The Accountant director O'Connor for another story of a man struggling with his demons - this time an alcoholic who takes a coaching job at the high school where he was a basketball star. It looks a bit grim, but the parallels with Affleck's own life make it worth a look. Oddly, in the UK not only has the released been pushed, well, way back, but the title has been changed too: Finding the Way Back. Is this a copyright issue or another example of underestimating the British public (see also the Fast & Furious franchise)? dir Cate Shortland; with Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, Ray Winstone, William Hurt, O-T Fagbenle, Robert Downey Jr 20/US
release US/UK delayed
Marvel finally gives Johansson the spin-off she deserved way back when she first played this character a decade ago. Of course, after the events of Endgame, it's unclear how this movie will fit into the over-arching Avengers story - a prequel? flashback? alternate reality? game changer? Whatever, the presence of powerhouse costars like Pugh and Weisz bodes very well indeed. As does the quirky hiring of Aussie director Shortland, gifted at making wrenching indie dramas. Bring it on.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: ANTEBELLUM ANTLERS
THE LOVEBIRDS PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
SPONGEBOB: SPONGE ON THE RUN THE GREEN KNIGHT
SPIRAL THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Summer: GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE SOUL
TOP GUN: MAVERICK WONDER WOMAN 1984
FREE GUY THE FRENCH DISPATCH JUNGLE CRUISE
MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU TENET
TOP GUN: MAVERICK RESPECT
No UK release date: THE DEATH OF DICK LONG GRETEL & HANSEL
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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