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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2
THE LOVE PUNCH
REACHING FOR THE MOON (Br)
WE ARE THE BEST! (Swe)
Sundance London Festival: 25-27.Apr.14
* AFTER THE NIGHT (Por)
* WE ARE THE FREAKS
* BLUE RUIN
* A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT
* BRUNO & EARLENE GO TO VEGAS (dvd)
* NEXT GOAL WINS
* THE TRUTH ABOUT EMMANUEL
THE WIND RISES (Jpn)
* THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY
* BEYOND THE EDGE
* LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY'S RETURN
* THE PUNK SINGER
* BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (Fr)
* BENNY & JOLENE
* THE DIRTIES
* 112 WEDDINGS
CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915 (Fr)
* THE GOLDEN DREAM (Gua)
* MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS
* THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED (Swe)
* MISS VIOLENCE (Gr)
* I AM DIVINE
C O M I N G U P . . .
PLASTIC. BAD NEIGHBOURS. WHO IS DAYANI CRYSTAL? THE OTHER WOMAN. TRANSCENDENCE. EXHIBITION. ADVANCED STYLE. BRICK MANSIONS. IN BLOOM. SECRET SHARER. IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE. BELLE.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Paul WS Anderson; with
Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris, Emily Browning, Paz Vega, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Rebecca Eady, Currie Graham; Sony 13/US|
release US 21.Feb.14, UK 2.May.14
I don't actually have much hope for this movie, as it looks a bit like one of those Rome/Spartacus TV series crossed with 300/Immortals green-screen toga-epic filmmaking. And Anderson isn't the most delicate director out there. But after his quietly engaging work in Game of Thrones, I am looking forward to seeing Harington in a lead role on the big screen, however typecast it may be. And the massive action climax is bound to be pretty impressive. Alas, the UK release has been pushed back three months. dir Nicholas Stoller ; with Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jake Johnson, Carla Gallo; Universal 14/US
release US/UK 9.May.14
The original US title for this comedy is Neighbors, which simply won't work in the rest of the English-speaking world, where that is the title of a popular, enduring Aussie teen soap. And after the debacle that was That Awkward Moment, Zac Efron has a lot of work to do to win back our affections. As with that film, this trailer looks hilarious, and the cast is very strong. Take a deep breath and hope for the best. dir Bryan Singer; with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page; Fox 14/US
release US/UK 23.May.14
After the superb First Class reboot, Singer is back in the driving seat to merge both timelines in this mash-up of powerhouse casts (plus Peter Dinklage!). That alone makes it unmissable, as does the idea of a time-travel plot to keep us scratching our heads. We can only hope that Singer continues his subtext-layering ways, adding personal interest beneath the visual whizzery. dir Frank Coraci; with Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Joel McHale, Terry Crews, Kevin Nealon, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bella Thorne, Lauren Lapkus; Warners 14/US
release UK/US 23.May.14
Essentially a Brady Bunch reboot, this reunites the superb screen pairing of Sandler and Barrymore with The Wedding Singer director Coraci for a rom-com about two single parents who, yes, blend their families while on holiday at a resort. If anyone can make this high-concept premise work it's Barrymore, who always manages to make Sandler charming and funny in ways he never is without her. dir Robert Stromberg; with Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Peter Capaldi, Miranda Richardson, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, Kenneth Cranham; Disney 14/US
release US/UK 30.May.14
The trailers for this fairy tale are astonishing, eerily bringing the classic Disney animation from 1959's The Sleeping Beauty to live-action. Stromberg may be untested as a director, but he's an Oscar-winning art director (Avatar and Alice in Wonderland) who has also worked on things like Life of Pi and Pan's Labyrinth. And the cast is packed with superb British scene-stealers. dir Seth MacFarlane; with Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Wes Studi; Universal 14/US
release US/UK 30.May.14
MacFarlane proved his cinematic credentials with Ted, but the comedy Western is a notoriously tricky genre to get right (for every Blazing Saddles there's a Wild Wild West). And then there's the rather untested comedic talents of some of these cast members - who at least are always watchable on the big screen. But the trailer looks pretty hilarious. dir Olivier Dahan; with Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Posey, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Somerville; 14/Fr
release US/UK tbc
Biopics took a battering with Naomi Watts' Diana, which is probably why the distributors have bumped this film back to March. But this film has a rather more impressive cast, plus a filmmaker experienced with these kinds of films (Dahan directed the Oscar-winning Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose). There are also moments in the trailer that Kidman captures that Grace Kelly on-screen magic. And the story can't help but be pretty wrenching. Release date is pending, as the film is due to open Cannes in May. dir Charlie Stratton; with Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Mackenzie Crook, Shirley Henderson, John Kavanagh, Matt Lucas; 14/US
release US 21.Feb.14, UK tbc
Based on a stage version of Emile Zola's novel Therese Raquin, a grim story is given a boost by fresh actors Olsen, Isaac and Felton, plus Lange to add some glowering menace. Reaction in Toronto was a bit muted, but the trailer has a lush intensity that stirs the curiosity. It might not be a triumph, but it at least looks like something very different from the pack.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Spring: ENEMY GRAND PIANO TASTING MENU TRANSCENDENCE CHEF MILLION DOLLAR ARM PALO ALTO WALK OF SHAME
Summer: EDGE OF TOMORROW HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 LUCY EARTH TO ECHO JUPITER ASCENDING DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Autumn: THE BOXTROLLS A DOLPHIN TALE 2 THE DROP HOME
No UK release date: BELLE BIG SUR IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P. KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM THE ROVER 3 DAYS TO KILL
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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