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* LOVE SONIA (Ind)
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
* ALL IS TRUE
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK
ON THE BASIS OF SEX
A PRIVATE WAR
* INSTANT FAMILY
MEKTOUB, MY LOVE: CANTO UNO (Fr)
A DEAL WITH THE UNIVERSE
* THE HOLE IN THE GROUND
RAY & LIZ
* HAPPY AS LAZZARO (It)
MINDING THE GAP
* OUT OF BLUE
THE WHITE CROW
BEING FRANK: THE CHRIS SIEVEY STORY
EATEN BY LIONS
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
* POND LIFE
C O M I N G U P . . .
MID90s. OLD BOYS. COLD PURSUIT.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Robert Rodriguez; with Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Mahershala Ali, Michelle Rodriguez, Jennifer Connelly, Eiza Gonzalez, Casper Van Dien, Jackie Earle Haley, Ed Skrein 19/US|
release UK 6.Feb.19, US 14.Feb.19
This looks rather a lot like Ghost in the Shell, with its plot about a robotic girl with a questionable past in some sort of future landscape. But the visuals are impressive: clearly producer James Cameron has put his mark here. And the cast has some terrific names in it that add some intrigue. In December Rodriguez came to London and showed the press about 20 minutes of footage in a series of 3D Imax scenes that look seriously cool, even if Alita herself is designed to look eerily cartoonish. dir Mike Mitchell, Trisha Gum; with Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Margot Robbie, Tiffany Haddish, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Will Arnett, Alison Brie 19/NZ
release US/UK 8.Feb.19
Is it too much to hope that lightning strikes twice? The first Lego Movie was such an unexpected joy, that it's fairly impossible to think that the filmmakers will be able to manufacture the same light balance of silliness and character comedy without pushing it too much in one way or another. New directors are a bit of a concern, but we'll give them a chance. dir Stephen Merchant; with Florence Pugh, Dwayne Johnson, Vince Vaughn, Lena Headey, Jack Lowden, Nick Frost, Stephen Merchant 19/UK
release US 14.Feb.19, UK 1.Mar.19
The frankly awesome Florence Pugh leads the eclectic cast of this true-life comedy adventure about a family trying to get into the WWE. There's star power in The Rock (back in the wrestling world) and Vince Vaughn, comedy gold with Nick Frost and Stephen Merchant (who also writes and directs), beefcake with Jack Lowden, and even some Game of Thrones wattage with Lena Headey. It looks energetic and enjoyably scrappy. dir-scr Steven Knight; with Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey, Diane Lane, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong, Garion Dowds, Kenneth Fok 19/US
release US 25.Jan.19; UK 1.Mar.19
This looks like a bit of pulp, but the presence of Knight as writer-director adds some interest, as do recently minted actors Hathaway and McConaughey. The plot may be about a woman who begs her loner exhusband for help when her violent new man kidnaps their son, but we can be fairly sure that Knight will inject the film with deeper themes. Let's hope for some moral complexity along with the thrills. dir Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck; with Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Gemma Chan, Jude Law, Mckenna Grace, Lee Pace, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Annette Bening 19/US
release US/UK 8.Mar.19
Boden & Fleck take on a Marvel movie, and arguably THE Marvel movie! I'm hoping for something looser, edgier and more character-based than the promised trudge of Avengers: Endgame a couple of months later, which will again give Larson a chance to dive into action as this character. The Marvel machine is so intense that it drags most filmmakers into its grey, digital murk. So let's hope Boden & Fleck can stand strong. dir Sebastian Lelio; with Julianne Moore, Rita Wilson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Sean Astin, Alanna Ubach, Michael Cera, John Turturro, Brad Garrett 18/US
release US 8.Mar.19, UK tbc
As a fan of both Moore and Lelio (and his original Chilean version of this film, Gloria), there's no way that I will miss seeing this. I'm not expecting it to match the understated impact of the original, but Lelio's filmmaking style seems perfectly suited to Moore's immersive acting, which is very different to the original's wonderful Paulina Garcia. Alas, the film doesn't have a UK release date yet. dir Tim Burton; with Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Sandy Martin, Nico Parker, Roshan Seth 19/US
release US/UK 29.Mar.19
As Disney remakes every classic from its library, some intriguing directors are being tapped to keep things interesting. The question is how much of Tim Burton's singular genius will be allowed to infiltrate this live-action revamp of the 1941 animated favourite. The gorgeous looking trailers seem a little too overwhelmed with wonder and digital effects work, but Burton is always best when he's telling a story about an oddball outcast. And putting Burton in the circus is pretty tantalising. dir Alfonso Gomez-Rejon; with Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Bell 17/UK
release US/UK tbc
The beefy cast makes this look interesting, and perhaps far more gripping than would be expected for a movie about scientists battling to be the one to standardise the lightbulb. Cumberbatch, Hoult and Shannon play Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse, respectively, with added oomph from the terrific Holland, Waterston, Middleton, et al. And Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) is an intriguing choice as director. Alas, since it's a Weinstein production it's been pulled from the release schedule.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: ISN'T IT ROMANTIC
Spring: EVERYBODY KNOWS THE INFORMER
WHERE'D YOU GO BERNADETTE US
SHAZAM AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Summer: MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL
TOY STORY 4 THE LION KING
No UK release date: FUTURE WORLD
KRYSTAL THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
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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