Film Review Daily


Looking Ahead


 

UK opening dates for new films:

                                                                                      

 

 

October 24:

 

Thor: Ragnarok: The world must be in trouble again. Actually, it’s the Norse domain of Asgard that’s looking doomed, but before the mighty Thor can put things to rights – and battle the loathsome Hela (Cate Blanchett) – he must do battle with the Hulk, his former ally. It’s complicated, OK? But what a cast: Ms Blanchett as the Norse goddess of death (a nice role if you can get it), fellow Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins as Odin and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. OMOdin. The director Taika Waititi previously brought us the highly acclaimed New Zealand film Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). Others in the assemble include Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Tom Hiddleston (as Loki), Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Ray Stevenson and Clancy Brown.

Thor: Ragnarok

 

 

October 26:

 

Jigsaw: Michael and Peter Spierig’s American horror film has bodies serially being found mutilated around the city. When investigations get underway, it appears that the killer is someone presumed dead for a decade. With Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson.

 

 

October 27:

 

Base: Action flick from Richard Parry about one man’s obsession with being able to fly. When a flight experiment fails he is haunted by the experience and endeavours to go to extremes in pursuit of success. With Alexander Polli, Julie Dray, Carlos Pedro Briceño, Riquier Vincendeau-Verbraeken.

Breathe: Andy Serkis directs William Nicholson’s screenplay about real-life Robin Cavendish, who was paralysed with polio at the age of 28. Although given only three months to live, he became an advocate for the disabled and survived until he was 64, even though he was paralysed from the neck down and could only breathe through a respirator. With Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Mangan, Miranda Raison, Jonathan Hyde.

Call Me By Your Name: Luca Guadagnino’s drama co-written with James Ivory, from André Aciman’s novel about Elio, a teenage boy on holiday with his parents and his girlfriend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Circumstances change with the arrival of Oliver (Armie Hammer) Elio’s father’s assistant, and a passionate relationship begins to burgeon between Elio and Oliver.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami: Sophe Fiennes’ documentary looks at the crazy life of singer Grace Jones in all her aspects as a woman, an entertainer and a family person.

 

 

October 28:

 

Battle of Soho: Aro Korol’s documentary traces the changes in the London district of Soho since its celebrated club Madame Jojo’s closed in 2014. In taking away the vitality of a once notorious area of the capital, the place has now lost much of its charm and has become just another part of town with little or no character left. Having their say on the subject are Stephen Fry, Lindsay Kemp, Peter Tatchell, Philip Sallon, Jenny Runacre, Alex Proud and many other Soho celebrities de nos jours.

 

 

November 3:

 

A Bad Moms Christmas: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore wrote and directed this comedy about what mothers have to do to please their families at Christmas time. With Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, Justin Hartley.

Bad Moms Christmas

The mother of all Christmases: Kristen Bell, Cheryl Hines, Christine Baranski Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Susan Sarandon

 

De Plus Belle: Anne-Gaëlle David’s French romcom is about a woman recovering from an illness and her efforts to get her life back on track when she meets an attractive man, but it is from another source that she regains her will to live again. With Florence Foresti, Mathieu Kassowitz, Nicole Garcia, Jonathan Cohen, Olivia Bonamy, Josée Drevon, Jeanne Astier.

Ferrari: Race to Immortality: Daryl Goodrich’s documentary about the Italian car firm’s efforts under Enzo Ferrari to stay on top in the highly competitive world of motor racing.

Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti: Edouard Deluc’s biopic on the world-famous painter looks more at his love life in Tahiti than his artistic endeavours. With Vincent Cassell as Paul Gauguin, Tuheï Adams as his romantic attachment Tehura, plus Malik Zidi, Pernille Bergendorff, Marc Barbé, Pua-Tai Hikutini.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: When a teenager begins to terrorise the surgeon who allegedly killed the boy’s father during a hospital operation, the doctor and his wife have to face up to the dreadful occurrences in their own family. With Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone, Raffey Cassidy, Bill Camp. Director Yorgos Lanthimos of The Lobster fame.

Murder On the Orient Express: This may be yet another remake, but it's got calibre on its side. Sir Kenneth Branagh directs an all-star cast in his adaptation of Agatha Christie's famous 1934 novel featuring Hercule Poirot (played by Himself). Filmed in Italy, Malta, London and Surrey, the whodunit stars Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Olivia Colman and Lucy Boynton. 

The Pat Tate Story: Rise of the Footsoldier 3: This is a prequel to the series in which a celebrated gangster gets to be top dog among the Essex boys. Zackary Adler directs Craig Fairbrass, Terry Stone, Roland Manookian, Jamie Foreman, Josh Myers, Eddie Webber, Shaun Ryder, Larry Lamb,

78/52: Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary about Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho, and in particular the famous shower scene and how it changed the course of cinema. With Alan Barnette, Peter Bogdanovich, Jamie Lee Curtis, Guillermo del Toro, Danny Elfman, Bret Easton Ellis and others with a point of view.

The Son of Bigfoot: Animated comedy from Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen in which a young boy goes in search of his missing father only to find that pater is really Bigfoot, the giant cryptid of American folklore.

Thelma: In Joachim Trier’s supernatural thriller about religious suppression the title character falls in love with another woman but the emotion has a strange effect on her body which takes on extraordinary powers. With Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorritt Petersen.

 

 

November 10:

 

Only the Brave: The brave in question are the firefighters who battled a particularly ferocious inferno in Arizona in June of 2013. Today, Arizonians still recoil at the memory of the Yarnell Hill Fire, the most deadly incident involving American firemen since 9/11. The film stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly, under the direction of Joseph Kosinski.

Only the Brave
 

Paddington 2: Paul King’s sequel to his first highly successful film featuring Michael Bond’s famous bear who comes to Britain from Peru and lives with the Brown family. Paddington is voiced again by Ben Whishaw with Imelda Staunton voicing his Aunt Lucy. Also with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Daniel Stern, Richard Ayoade, Jessica Hynes, Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins, Ben Miller, Meera Syal, Tom Conti, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and the voice of Michael Gambon as Uncle Pastuzo.

 

  

November 17:

 

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: The Oscar buzz is deafening for this British drama in which a young actor (Jamie Bell) falls for an older woman, albeit a glamorous Hollywood star called Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening). A sterling supporting cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Frances Barber and Leanne Best, all under the direction of Paul McGuigan. Could this really be Ms Bening's turn to take home the little gold man? She's already been nominated four times.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Annette Bening as Gloria Grahame with Jamie Bell as the real-life Peter Turner

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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