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BURN BURN BURN
ETHEL & ERNEST
TRAIN TO BUSAN (Kor)
LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD
GIRLS LOST (Swe)
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS
* A STREET CAT NAMED BOB
* FRANCOFONIA (Fr)
THE INNOCENTS (Pol)
* 100 STREETS
* BURNING BLUE (dvd)
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
A UNITED KINGDOM
MOLLY MOON AND THE INCREDIBLE BOOK OF HYPNOTISM
* THE FALLS: COVENANT OF GRACE (vod)
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
LA LA LAND
* MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
A MONSTER CALLS
* ELLE (Fr)
THE HANDMAIDEN (Kor)
IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD (Can)
* TONI ERDMANN (Ger)
TRESPASS AGAINST US
C O M I N G U P . . .
THE DARKEST DAWN. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN. THE ACCOUNTANT. THE TRUTH BENEATH. NERUDA. LOVING. RULES DON'T APPLY. HIDDEN FIGURES. MISS SLOANE. SING. ALLIED.
N O U K R E L E A S E D A T E . . .
AFTER THE STORM (Jpn)
SHADOWS FILM FEST
dir Gavin O'Connor; with Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, JK Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, John Lithgow, Jon Bernthal; Warner 16/US|
release US 14.Oct.16, UK 4.Nov.16
Ben Affleck in a movie about a guy who cooks the books for the mob sounds about as exciting as this film's hideously bland title. Especially since it's also an action thriller directed by Gavin O'Connor (Jane Got a Gun). But the rest of the cast makes it much more intriguing - Kendrick, Simmons, Tambor, Lithgow and Bernthal are all actors capable of surprising us. And they tend to be good at picking intriguing scripts. So let's hope for a nice surprise here. dir David Yates; scr JK Rowling; with Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight, Katherine Waterston, Samantha Morton, Carmen Ejogo, Zoe Kravitz; Warner 16/UK
release UK/US 18.Nov.16
We should have known that there would be more after the Harry Potter movies wrapped up. Not only has JK Rowling put on a two-part West End play, but she has also written the screenplay for this spin-off movie, set decades before Harry's birth. Whether its characters are as magnetic and involving is the big question, because obviously the film will be produced to a very high, magical standard. And the eclectic cast is intriguing to say the least. dir Mark Waters; with Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Tony Cox, Christina Hendricks, Brett Kelly, Ryan Hansen, Jeff Skowron, Jenny Zigrino; Miramax 16/US
release US/UK 23.Nov.16
From the director of Mean Girls, this long-time-coming sequel reassembles the key members of the original cast, plus Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks. It's been 13 years since the original film, which is still a classic black comedy that nobody can quite equal. The new writers have worked on Entourage, Drew Barrymore's Whip It and Zac Efron's Dirty Grandpa, most of which is a bit worrying. And the first film might be my favourite Christmas movie ever (Tangerine is neck and neck). Still, I'll try to keep an open mind. dir Ron Clements, John Musker; with Dwayne Johnson, Auli'i Cravalho, Alan Tudyk, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Temuera Morrison, Rachel House; Disney 16/US
release US 23.Nov.16, UK 2.Dec.16
This year's Palme d'Or winner is from veteran filmmaker Loach and his regular writing partner Laverty, so we know before going in that it will be a gritty, politically aware drama. Buzz has been a bit mixed, but Loach's work is always worth a look - challenging, engaging, thoughtful. It's at the London Film Festival. 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 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-scr Warren Beatty; with Warren Beatty, Alden Ehrenreich, Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Annette Bening, Alec Baldwin, Steve Coogan, Candice Bergen, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan; 16/US
release US 23.Nov.16, UK 27.Jan.17
Beatty has been working on this Howard Hughes biopic for decades (his last film as director was Bulworth, 18 years ago). And surely enough time has now passed since Scorsese's The Aviator (2004) for a new take on Hughes' extraordinary life. This film is apparently more contained, focussing on a 1958 romance between an actress and a driver (Collins and Ehrenreich) who work for the eccentric billionaire. Even if it's been awhile, Beatty can be a great filmmaker, and the trailers for this one look promising. 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 17.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). For some reason, the UK release has gone to next year, missing British awards eligibility.
Also on my want-to-see list...
Winter: PATRIOT'S DAY FENCES GET OUT
THE GREAT WALL JOHN WICK CHAPTER 2
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE THE SPACE BETWEEN US
Spring/Summer: KING ARTHUR: KEGEND OF THE SWORD
KONG: SKULL ISLAND THE BOSS BABY
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 WONDER WOMAN
No UK release date: GENIUS THE HOLLOW POINT
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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