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OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER
THE FALLS III: COVENANT OF GRACE (vod)
SHARED ROOMS (dvd)
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
A MONSTER CALLS
LA LA LAND
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
RULES DON'T APPLY
TONI ERDMANN (Ger)
* 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Can)
* PATRIOTS DAY
SWEET DREAMS (It)
* CERTAIN WOMEN
THE SALESMAN (Irn)
TRESPASS AGAINST US
* NERUDA (Chl)
THE HANDMAIDEN (Kor)
* THE RED TURTLE (Fr)
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE FOUNDER. LIVE BY NIGHT. HIDDEN FIGURES. SILENCE. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. PASSENGERS.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
AFTER THE STORM (Jpn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Gareth Edwards; with Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Warwick Davis, James Earl Jones; 16/UK|
release US/UK 16.Dec.16
And so Star Wars officially becomes a Disney franchise with this spin-off movie set just before the original movie Episode IV. In other words, it's not a stand-along adventure at all: it's more revisionist history, which fans won't mind if it's good. Thankfully, the show-runners are hiring properly talented filmmakers to make these movies, which should at least guarantee a level of quality. Although studio meddling will be a factor, so expectations need to be kept in check. dir John Hamburg; with James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Adam Devine, Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Casey Wilson; Fox 16/US
release US 23.Dec.16, UK 26.Dec.16
From the writer of Meet the Parents, here's yet another variation on that premise: a girl brings a boy home who is the antithesis of her father's wishes. Wackiness ensues. So the question is whether Hamburg has anything new to do with this idea, and the key to this film is of course the chemistry between Franco and Cranston. It seems like a perfect match, so let's hope there's at least a whiff of originality in here somewhere. dir Justin Kurzel; with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Jeremy Irons, Michael Kenneth Williams, Brendan Gleeson, Octavia Selena Alexandru, Callum Turner; Fox 16/UK
release US 21.Dec.16, UK 1.Jan.17
Fassbender and Cotillard reunite with Macbeth director Kurzel for this much, much bigger action adventure. It looks like it has found a big plot in the videogame, and the imagery in the trailer is certainly impressive. Kurzel is good at mining the material for darkly honest humanity, which could make this an unusually meaty thriller. The question is whether Fox will back up the awards-season release date with eligibility screenings. dir Danny Boyle; scr John Hodge; with Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Kelly Macdonald, Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo, Irvine Welsh; Film4 17/UK
release UK 27.Jan.17, US 3.Mar.17
It's been 20 years since the 1996 classic blasted into cinemas taking no prisoners. And this sequel, loosely based on the Irvine Welsh novel Porno (which was set 10 years after the original novel), catches up with the characters two decades later. The entire cast is back, as are Boyle and Hodge, so this film has plenty of must-see buzz around it. And the trailer cleverly echoes back to the original, adding a haunting hint at the passage of time. dir Chris McKay; with Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Mariah Carey; Warner 17/US
release UK/US 10.Feb.17
After the triumph of The Lego Movie, this spin-off is hugely anticipated. And the hilarious trailer promises a free-spirited and snappy romp, a breath of fresh air after DC's far-too-dense live-action movies. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are only producing this time, handing over directing duties to the untried McKay and writers from Community, American Dad and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Fingers crossed. 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 US 16.Dec.16, UK 10.Feb.17
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 Zhang Yimou; with Matt Damon, Willem Dafoe, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Numan Acar, Eddie Peng, Han Lu; Legendary 16/Chn
release Chn 16.Dec.16, US/UK 17.Feb.17
This is one of the most jaw-dropping trailers in recent memory, starting out as the usual Chinese historical action epic and then turning into something completely bonkers. It's directed by the iconic maestro Zhang Yimou and has an almost comically eclectic cast, so pretty much anything is possible. Mainly, we should hope that the effects are convincing on a big screen. dir-scr Jordan Peele; with Keith Stanfield, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Daniel Kaluuya, Erika Alexander, Betty Gabriel, Caleb Landry Jones; Universal 17/US
release US 24.Feb.17, UK 17.Mar.17
This may look like yet another cheesy Blumhouse horror movie, but the people involved say otherwise. Written and directed by Peele, the film can't really help but have a generous dose of wit, while the eclectic cast offers above-average acting chops. And then there's the racial component, as it follows a young black guy terrorised while he's visiting his white girlfriend's family. Very promising indeed.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: A KIND OF MURDER LIVE BY NIGHT
JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2 THE SPACE BETWEEN US
Spring/Summer: GHOST IN THE SHELL
KING ARTHUR: KEGEND OF THE SWORD WILSON
THE ZOOKEEPER'S WIFE KONG: SKULL ISLAND
THE BOSS BABY GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2
WONDER WOMAN VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
No UK release date: GENIUS THE HOLLOW POINT RENEGADES
THE SECRET SCRIPTURE SOLACE SLEEPLESS USS INDIANAPOLIS
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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