Film Review Daily


Looking Ahead


 

UK opening dates for new films:

                                                                                      

 

June 28:

 

Baby Driver: Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) writes and directs this comedy action thriller about a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who gets a job with a mobster (Kevin Spacey) and who reluctantly becomes involved in a heist when all he wants to do is to settle down with the girl of his dreams (Lily James). With Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. (Previews June 27).

Baby Driver

Eiza González and Jon Hamm in Baby Driver

 

In This Corner of the World: Animated historical drama set in Hiroshima during World War II where a teenage girl has to look after her family despite the shortage of food and other amenities. Written and co-directed by Sunao Katabuschi.

 

 

June 30:

 

All Eyez on Me: Benny Boom’s biopic about the actor, rapper, poet and hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur who died prematurely at the age of 25. The film is named after the performer’s fourth studio album. With Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac, plus Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Danai Gurira, Jamal Woolard.

Alone in Berlin: Vincent Perez’s wartime drama is set in Berlin in 1940 where a couple find out that their only son was killed in action in France. They then decide to fight against Hitler and his Nazi regime only to find the authorities are out to get them. With Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Brűhl, Mikael Persbrandt, Louis Hofmann, Joshua Grothe, Katharina Schűttler, Luisa Wolf.

American Hero: Stephen Dorff plays a rabid party man, boozer and bad parent who is also something of a superhero with extraordinary powers. He tries to change his lifestyle in an effort to become a responsible person again. Written and directed by Nick Love, with Eddie Griffin, Bill Billions, Jonathan Billions, Andrea Cohen, Luis Da Silva Jr.

Despicable Me 3: Another sequel to the animated story of Gru, allegedly the Greatest Villain of All Time, in an adventure in which he meets his long-lost brother Dru who has plans for executing a diamond heist. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyla Balda with the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Trey Parker, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove, Jenny Slate, Pierre Coffin.

The House: Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler star in Andrew J. Cohen’s comedy about a couple who open up an illegal casino in the basement of their house, as a way of raising money for their daughter’s college fees. With Ryan Simpkins, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Jeremy Renner.

Kedi: Ceyda Torun’s documentary on the thousands of stray cats that inhabit Istanbul, an assortment of moggies who are either wild and look after themselves or are tame as they are cared for by local people.

A Man Called Ove: Swedish comedy-drama from writer-director Hannes Holm about a widower who has lost his wife to cancer and has been given compulsory retirement from his job of more than forty years. Being overly depressed he tries to commit suicide but on every occasion is interrupted by his new neighbours across the road. With Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll, Chatarina Larsson, Johan Widerberg.

Risk: Laura (Citizenfour) Poitras’s documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is still holed up after many years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. To leave would invite prosecution.

 

 

July 7:

 

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail: Steve James’s documentary about a small American finance company that was prosecuted following the 2008 mortgage crisis, whereas other more high-profile institutions were ignored, despite their greater failings.

The Boy and the Beast: Japanese animated adventure about an orphaned boy living on the streets who is taken in by a warrior beast looking for an apprentice. Although at first they are at odds with each other, when a threat to both human and animal worlds appears, they form a bond that helps them overthrow the approaching disaster. Written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda.

A Change in the Weather: New film by documentarist Jon Sanders about the breakdown of a relationship as a husband and wife gradually draw apart from one another. With Meret Becker, Douglas Finch, Maxine Finch, Emma Garden, Bob Goody, Stephen Lowe.

The Human Surge: Argentinian director Eduardo Williams’s documentary drama is a commentary on the human condition today, filmed in a non-linear way that moves around from place to place and from one mood to the next in leaps and bounds. With Sergio Morosini, Shine Marx, Domingos Marengula, Chai Fonacier, Manel Asucan, Rixel Manimtim.

It Comes at Night: Horror film from writer-director Trey Edward Shults abut a family whose lives are changed by the arrival of a young family seeking refuge. With Joe Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

The Last Word: Comedy-drama from writer Stuart Ross Fink about a retired business woman who determines to keep control of her life and death by writing her own obituary. With Shirley MacLaine, Amanda Seyfried, Anne Heche, Tom Everett Scott, Joel Murray, Adina Porter, Phillip Baker Hall. Produced and directed by Mark Pellington.

The Midwife: Martin Provost’s film stars Catherine Deneuve, with Catherine Frot in the title role of Claire who has a natural talent for her job. However, her gentle, personal touch does not fit in with the more efficient ways of modern hospitals. Out of the blue her father’s ex-mistress (Deneuve) turns up after 30 years with important news.

Midwife, The

Catherine Deneueve and Catherine Frot in The Midwife

 

Song to Song: The new film from writer-director Terrence Malick is allegedly a romantic drama set against the background of the music scene in Austin, Texas. In the mix are Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Lykke Li, Val Kilmer, Bérénice Marlohe, Holly Hunter and Tom Sturridge.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: The Marvel Comics hero is back again, so that Peter Parker (Tom Holland) can show how powerful he is as a superhero while still trying to become educated at high school. He faces a new threat in Vulture (Michael Keaton), with Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Zensaya as Michelle, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, plus Donald Glover, Tyne Daly. Director Jon Watts. (Previews from July 5).

Tommy’s Honour: Jason Connery directs a film about Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, golf’s founding father and son. With Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond and Sam Neill.

 

 

July 14:

 

The Beguiled: Sofia Coppola has remade Don Siegel’s 1971 version of Thomas P. Cullinan’s book A Painted Devil, about an injured soldier rescued from the American Civil War by a young girl at a female boarding school in Mississippi. While recuperating the soldier takes a liking to many of the girls and they in turn are charmed by his presence. With Colin Farrell in the Clint Eastwood role of the soldier, Nicole Kidman as the headmistress of the seminary, plus Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence.

Cars 3: Second sequel for Disney’s computer-animated comedy from the Pixar Studios in which racing cars are given anthropomorphic things to do. With the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Jennifer Lewis, John Ratzenberger, Tony Shalhoub, Paul Dooley, Katherine Helmond.

David Lynch: The Art Life: Jon Nguyen’s documentary about film director David Lynch, following his life from early days in Montana and Idaho, a spell in Philadelphia when he wanted to be a painter and his first efforts at filming in Eraserhead.

The Death of Louis XIV: Albert Serra’s historical drama with Jean-Pierre Léaud as the King was well received as Cannes. With Patrick d’Assumçao, Marc Susini, Bernard Belin, Jacques Henric, Irène Silvagni, Olivier Cadiot.

War for the Planet of the Apes: More monkey trouble for Caesar and his ilk as they battle against an army of humans under the leadership of The Colonel. Caesar has to find a way of avenging the marauders as he comes face to face with his arch enemy. Matt Reeves directs Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary. (Previews from July 12).

 

 

July 21:

  

City of Ghosts: Matthew Heineman’s documentary about journalists who report from the frontlines of war-torn countries and the atrocities they have to face particularly from the forces of the Islamic State.

Dunkirk: Directing from his own screenplay, Christopher Nolan focuses on the eponymous evacuation for his World War II epic starring Tom Hardy, Sir Mark Rylance, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Aneurin Barnard, Harry Styles, Jack Lowden and James D'Arcy. Filmed at Dunkirk – with 6,000 extras.

Dunkirk

 

Monster Island: Leopoldo Aguilar’s animated tale from Mexico. With the voices of Fiona Hardingham, Roger Jackson, Jenifer Beth Kaplan, Eric Larsen, Katie Leigh, Michael Robles, Johnny Rose, Nancy Sullivan, Phillip Vasquez.

Scribe: Thomas Kruithof’s action thriller about an out of work clerk who gets a job listening to tapes of intercepted telephone conversations for an unethical organisation until the French authorities catch up with him. With François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès, Simon Abkarian, Alba Rohrwacher, Daniel Hanssens.

Shot! Psycho Spiritual Mantra of Rock: Documentary by Barney Clay about rock ’n’ roll photographer Mick Rock, taking in London’s glam rock period, New York’s punk era as the subject of the film prepares for heart surgery, remembering the likes of Bowie, Blondie, Queen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop et al.

 

 

July 28:

 

The Big Sick: Rom-com from Michael Showalter with Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, in a story based on the true story of an odd couple relationship between a Pakistani-American comedian and a white woman from Chicago. Written by Nanjiani and his partner Emily V Gordon.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie: David Soren’s animated comedy about two kids who make their headmaster believe he is really a superhero. With the voices of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Thomas Middleditch, Jordan Peele, Kristen Schall, David Soren.

Freesia: The lives of three families in Bradford whose worlds crossover are depicted in the story of a Muslim son of a Mosque scholar, a white boy from a working class family, and a second generation Iraqi graduate in politics. The result ends in near tragedy. With Afsaneh Dehrouyeh, Aqib Khan, Matthew Thomas, Richard Crehan, Mouna Albakry, and the writer-director Conor Ibrahiem.

Girls Trip: Adventures at the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans for four female buddies who celebrate their sisterhood while enjoying some wild action in Malcolm D. Lee’s comedy. With Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Mike Colter.

Hounds of Love: Ben Young is writer and director of a horror film about a couple of serial kidnappers who, while out searching for their next victim, happen across a teenage girl. After being abducted and locked in the couple’s guest bedroom, the girl decides to split them apart to save her own life. With Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry, Susie Porter, Damian de Monternas, Harrison Gilbertson.

 

 

August 2: 


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Luc Besson directs this science fiction thriller based on a graphic novel in which special operatives Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne keep law and order in the human territories. When they go on a mission to share their knowledge with other species, a dark force (what else?) threatens to bring the universe crashing down. With Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, Clive Owen, Rutger Hauer, Mathieu Kassovitz and the voices of John Goodman and Elizabeth Debicki.

 

 

September 1:

 

Stratton: The work of the British Special Boat Service is depicted in a film based on the novels by Duncan Falconer. Here one operator is endeavouring to track down a group of international terrorists. Dominic Cooper plays the title role of an SBS man working for the Intelligence Detachment in Northern Ireland. With Gemma Chan, Austin Stowell, Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann, Olga Fedoro, Connie Nielsen and Derek Jacobi. Simon West directs.

Stratton

Dominic Cooper as John Stratton

  

 

December 1:

 

God Particle: A group of astronauts find themselves stranded in space following a scientific experiment that causes Earth to disappear. Produced by J.J. Abrams, this sci-fi horror film is the third instalment in the Cloverfield franchise and stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Zhang Ziyi. The Nigerian-born Julius Onah directs.

 

 

December 29:

 

Darkest Hour: Already generating early Oscar buzz, Joe Wright’s seventh film focuses on Winston Churchill during the initial stages of the Second World War. Gary Oldman plays Churchill, with John Hurt as Neville Chamberlain, Kristin Scott Thomas as Clementine Churchill and Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James and Stephen Dillane in support. The script is by Anthony McCarten, who previously penned The Theory of Everything.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill

 

 

February 9 2018:

 

Black Panther: The eighteenth instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sees T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) return home following the events depicted in Captain America: Civil War. But back in his nation of Wakanda, he finds an old adversary challenge his position as king and protector. And the fall-out could have global consequences. Ryan Coogler, who last directed Creed, wields the megaphone, while Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis co-star.
 

 

April 27 2018:

 

Avengers: Infinity War: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt criss-cross the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron. And there’s more: Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, Benicio del Toro, Tom Holland (as Spider-Man) and others in an almighty collision of superheroes. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo orchestrate the very expensive proceedings.

 

 

 

MICHAEL DARVELL