Film Review Daily

Looking Ahead


UK opening dates for new films:




September 19:


Mile 22: Peter Berg’s action spy thriller stars Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Ronda Rousey in a story about a CIA task force escorting a secret cargo while being pursued by terrorists.



September 21:


The Captain: Robert Schwentke wrote and directed his film about a German soldier in World War II who impersonates an officer in order to survive. With Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel and Frederick Lau.

Climax: Writer-director Gaspar Noé’s musical horror film about a group of hip-hop dancers suffering from an overload of psychedelic drugs. With Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souhella Yacoub, Kiddy Smile, Giselle Palmer, Thea Carla Schott. 

Faces Places: This documentary film from veteran French director Agnès Varda and JR shows their journey around rural France while filming the people they meet. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Oscar at the Academy Awards.

The House with a Clock in its Walls: The director Eli Roth is responsible for such films as Cabin Fever, Hostel and Death Wish, so it makes sense that his first children’s film should be based on the gothic horror novel by John Bellairs. The recently orphaned Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) goes to stay with his uncle (Jack Black), who turns out to be a mediocre warlock living in a house containing the secret to the end of the world. Should be fun. Cate Blanchett, Renée Elise Goldsberry (Geneva Pine in The Good Wife) and Kyle MacLachlan co-star.

The House with a Clock in its Walls

Bewitching: Cate Blanchett  


The Intent 2: The Come Up: Femi Oyeniran and Nicky Slimting Walker’s prequel to The Intent (2016) about an undercover police officer, with Dylan Duffus, Adam Deacon, Karen Bryson, Selva Rasalingam, Femi Oyeniran, Joanne Matthews, Nicky Slimting Walker. 

The Little Stranger: Gothic horror film based on the book by Sarah Waters, about a doctor returning to his home town after World War II, with Lenny Abrahamson directing Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling, Josh Dylan. 

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.: Steve Loveridge’s biographical documentary film covers the life of the Sri Lankan-British rapper and artist M.I.A, and shows how her success came about in spite of her controversial music, appearances in public and her political stance. 

Never Here: Camille Thoman’s thriller about a female photographer who believes she is being stalked by a stranger. With Mireille Enos, Goran Višnjić, Vincent Piazza, Nina Arianda and Sam Shepard in his final film role. 

A Simple Favour: Paul Feig’s mystery thriller is based on Darcey Bell’s novel about a computer blogger who sets out to explain the mysterious disappearance of her best friend. With Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Linda Cardellini, Rupert Friend.


September 25:


Nureyev: Jacqui Morris and David Morris’s feature-length documentary on the dancer’s life with interviews with those who knew him plus new dance sequences and archive footage.



September 28:


Anchor and Hope: A film from Carlos Marques-Marcet, with Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, Geraldine Chaplin in a tale about two women, their male best friend and life on the canals of London. 

Black 47: Lance Daly’s film with Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Barry Keoghan, Freddie Fox, Jim Broadbent, Moe Dunford is set in Ireland during the time of the country’s Great Famine. 

Dusty and Me: Luke Newberry, Genevieve Gaunt, Iain Glen, Ian Hart and Lesley Sharp in Betsan Morris Evans’ film set in Yorkshire in 1977 as a teenage boy leaves school and embarks on his first experience of love. 

The Gospel According to André: Kate Novack’s documentary on André Leon Talley, a fashion editor from the US Deep South. With guest appearances by Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Betty Catroux, Sean Combs, Whoopi Goldberg et al. 

Night School: Malcolm D. Lee directs Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam, Rob Riggle and Romany Malco in a comedy about high school losers trying to pass their exams by attending night classes. 

NightSchool (Looking Ahead)

Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart in Night School


The Oslo Diaries: A documentary from Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan about the Middle East peace talks held in Oslo in the 1990s between the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

Redcon-1: Chee Keong Cheung directs an action thriller in which Special Forces soldiers carry out a suicide mission in order to rescues a scientist from the city of the undead. Cast includes Oris Erhuero, Carlos Gallardo, Mark Strange, Katarina Leigh Waters, Martyn Ford. 

Skate Kitchen: Jaden Smith, Rachelle Vinberg, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, Kabrina Adams in a film from Crystal Moselle about the social lives of a bunch of skateboarders in New York. Cool! 

Two for Joy: Writer-director Tom Beard’s first feature has Samantha Morton, Billie Piper and Daniel Mays in a film about a young widow struggling to survive after her husband’s death.

The Wife: It’s early days, but there’s already some buzz surrounding Glenn Close’s Oscar chances for this drama. She plays Joan Castleman, the wife of a writer (Jonathan Pryce) who is honoured with the Nobel Prize in Literature, an event that prompts her to examine her own life. Based on the 2003 novel by Meg Wolitzer, the film is directed by the Swedish-born Björn Runge and co-stars Christian Slater, Max Irons, Annie Starke, Harry Lloyd and Elizabeth McGovern.



October 5:


Johnny English Strikes Again: The second sequel in which Rowan Atkinson plays undercover agent English forced out of retirement to discover who is revealing the identities of all the other special agents at work. With Olga Kurylenko, Emma Thompson, Ben Miller, Jake Lacy. 

London Unplugged: Juliet Stevenson, Imogen Stubbs, Poppy Miller, Ivanno Jeremiah, Bruce Payne, Gordon Warnecke etc in several stories about a number of people living in the metropolis and how their lives interact with each other. The film has nine directors under the supervision of Nick Cohen. 

A Star Is Born: Yet another remake of the old, old story about a talented woman rising to the top of her profession while her alcoholic mentor goes on the slide. Bradley Cooper directs himself and Lady Gaga with Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott. Will it be an improvement on Gaynor, Garland or Streisand, or the original story from 1932 – What Price Hollywood?, directed by George Cukor with Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman. It remains to be seen… 

Strangeways Here We Come: Chris Green wrote and directed this comedy about the residents of a tower block who plan to get their own back on a local loan shark. With Elaine Cassidy, Michelle Keegan, Lauren Socha, Nina Wadia, Oliver Coopersmith, Stephen Lord, Peter Caulfield. 

Tehran Taboo: Ali Soozandeh’s animated drama about four young Iranians who, in order to find true happiness, are forced to break the rules of their Islamic society.

Venom: Tom Hardy joins the Marvel Comic Universe as investigative journalist Eddie Brock aka Venom. He is a heroic figure who has acquired his superpowers by combining his human form with an alien, but all that will have to change... Michelle Williams plays his girlfriend Ann Weying, while Riz Ahmed is a shady corporate type. Ruben Fleischer, who brought us Zombieland and Gangster Squad, is behind the camera.

Venom - Looking Ahead



November 9:


Widows: Steve McQueen's latest film is a story of four women who bond together in contemporary Chicago to finish the criminal enterprise jump-started by their late husbands. And McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, has amassed a mouth-watering cast: Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, André Holland, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Garret Dillahunt and Jon Bernthal.