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THE CONNECTION (Fr)
THE DEAD LANDS
* ELECTRIC BOOGALOO: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF CANNON FILMS
* LISTEN UP PHILIP
QUEEN & COUNTRY
A SINNER IN MECCA (Sheffield Doc/Fest)
* ORIENTED (Sheffield Doc/Fest)
* LONDON ROAD
* THE LOOK OF SILENCE
* UNHALLOWED GROUND
* WEST (Ger)
LES COMBATTANTS (Fr)
* MR HOLMES
* EVERYONE'S GOING TO DIE
* SLOW WEST
* MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES
* THE CHOIR
* DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
* SONG OF THE SEA
TOUCH OF EVIL (1958)
* EDEN (Fr)
* MARSHLAND (Sp)
* 3 HEARTS (Fr)
IT'S ALL SO QUIET (Ned)
* THE TREATMENT (Bel)
C O M I N G U P . . .
SAN ANDREAS. SPY. GEMMA BOVERY. CUB. 45 YEARS.
JURASSIC WORLD. SECRET CINEMA: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Brad Peyton; with Dwayne Johnson, Alexandra Daddario, Carla Gugino, Colton Haynes, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi, Paul Giamatti, Will Yun Lee, Kylie Minogue; Warner 15/US|
release US/UK 29.May.15
The trailers for this film look so gleefully trashy that we can only hope director Peyton has taken this kind of approach to the film itself. If he takes the story even remotely seriously, he will have missed the point, as the chief reason to watch it is to see The Rock barely breaking a sweat as ludicrously enormous mayhem erupts all around him. But if even one tongue becomes dislodged from a cheek, we're in trouble. dir Colin Trevorrow; with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan; Universal 15/US
release US/UK 12.Jun.15
It's been almost 15 years since the previous Jurassic trilogy ended, but the screenwriters have figured out a way to resurrect them to relaunch the franchise. Visual effects are even more seamless now, so let's hope filmmaker Trevorrow (who made the superbly low-fi Safety Not Guaranteed) keeps the focus on the people rather than the dinosaur mayhem. At least the cast bodes well for some snarky attitude in between all the breathless action. dir Rupert Goold; with Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee, Gretchen Mol, Robert John Burke, Betty Gilpin, Maria Dizzia, Genevieve Angelson; Regency 15/US
release US 10.Apr.15, UK 24.Jul.15
After its premiere at Cannes, this film has been gathering interest due to its, yes, true-story plot about a man (Franco) on the FBI's most-wanted list who lived in hiding under the assumed identity of an unknowing journalist (Hill). The trailer makes this story look especially fascinating, while the one question is first-time British filmmaker Goold, whose only previous credits are two TV episodes. Whatever, it's definitely unmissable. dir Pete Docter; with Amy Poehler, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Richard Kind, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Laraine Newman; Pixar 15/US
release US 19.Jun.15, UK 24.Jul.15
While the trailers have looked a bit hyperactive and, well, frantic, the film itself had a roar od approval from its premiere at Cannes, with Pixar once again leaving cynical male critics in floods of tears. There's certainly enough talent involved, and it definitely looks pretty hilarious. But I look forward to seeing where the emotional resonance comes in, because it looks a bit gimmicky to me. If anyone can pull this off, Pixar can. dir-scr Christopher McQuarrie; with Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames, America Olivo, Sean Harris; Paramount 15/UK
release UK/US 31.Jul.15
No one particularly wanted a fifth movie in this franchise, so it's perhaps not the summer's most hotly anticipated blockbuster. But Tom Cruise has a way with these kinds of movies, catching us off-guard with his own insane stuntwork and making sure the plot keeps the audience entertained. McQuarrie is also an intriguing choice, since he's a proper storyteller. In other words, this is the summer's dark horse. dir Josh Trank; with Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Michael B Jordan, Toby Kebbell, Jodi Lyn Brockton, Tim Blake Nelson, Reg E Cathey; Fox 15/US
release US/UK 7.Aug.15
It was quite smart for producers to choose Trank to reboot this Marvel franchise, as his superb debut feature Chronicle was essentaily a variation on the theme. Studio pressure means this can't be as edgy and inventive as Chronicle, but hopefully Trank will inject real-world elements to subvert the tired Marvel formula. On the other hand, rumours abound that he clashed with the studio (resulting in his departure from a Star Wars anthology movie), and gifted young filmmakers never win those battles. dir Ron Howard; with Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Brendan Gleeson, Paul Anderson, Michelle Fairley, Tom Holland, Jordi Molla, Joseph Mawle, Jamie Sives; Warner 15/US
release US/UK Dec.15
This is Howard's first big Hollywood movie since reinvigorating his work with the British drama Rush, so it will be interesting to see if he's finally learned to trust the audience and stop making everything so obvious. Meanwhile, this looks like a seriously beefy story, with a manly cast (plus a few token females) and a big seafaring story based on the true events that inspired the novel Moby Dick. If anything, it'll have amazing effects. Thor vs whale! Although the release has now been moved back nine months to December. 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 Return of the Jedi. The plot is still a secret, although there are plenty of leaks. And Abrams seems to have recaptured the loose visual tone of the first trilogy. Waiting for the December release will feel endless, although the string of ever-increasing trailers is doing its job: teasing the story while slowly revealing the cast and settings.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Summer: DOPE LOVE & MERCY ANT-MAN IRRATIONAL MAN PIXELS SELF/LESS SOUTHPAW TERMINATOR GENISYS RICKI AND THE FLASH VACATION
Autumn: THE INTERN PAN THE WALK
THE LADY IN THE VAN SPECTRE
No UK release date: GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR NATURE JIMMY P. SONG ONE VERY GOOD GIRLS WORDS AND PICTURES
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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