Film Review Daily

Looking Ahead


Original UK opening dates for new films:





September 28:


Becky: American horror film with a teenage girl and her father being terrorised by escaped lunatics down by the lake house (where else?). Starring Lulu Wilson, Kevin James and Joel McHale.



October 2:


Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!: Action-comedy in which Gwen the Cat and Roger the Dog are secret agents who covertly save the human race. Voiced by Max Greenfield, Megan Peta Hill and Melissa Rauch.

The Elfkins: German animation about the legendary gnomes of Cologne who return after being banned by a malignant tailor’s wife for 200 years.
Eternal Beauty: Craig Roberts’ comedy-drama is about a woman with schizophrenia who finds true love. With Sally Hawkins, Alice Lowe, Billie Piper, Robert Pugh, Penelope Wilton and David Thewlis.
The Forty-Year Old Version: Radha Blank’s comedy is about an unsuccessful US playwright who finds that rapping gives her a great lift. With Reed Birney, Welker White, Jacob Ming-Trent and Radha Blank.

On the Rocks: Writer-director Sofia Coppola’s comedy-drama focuses on a young mother and her reconnection to her unconventional father. With Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jenny Slate and Barbara Bain.

A Perfectly Normal Family: Danish drama from Malou Reymann about a daughter who discovers that her father is transgender.With Mikkel Boe Fǿlsgaard, Jessica Dinnage, Hadewych Minis and Neel Rǿnholt.

The Quiet One: Oliver Murray’s documentary is about Bill Wyman, the ’quiet’ member of The Rolling Stones. With Bob Geldof, Andrew Loog Oldham, Eric Clapton, Terry O’Neill, etc.
Rialto: Irish drama from Peter Mackie Burns about a successful businessman who falls apart when his father dies. With Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Tom Glynn-Carney, Monica Dolan and Sophie Jo Wasson.
That Click: Luca Severi’s documentary on photographer Douglas Kirkland, famous for his portraits of celebrity culture. With Elle Fanning, Andy Garcia, Herbie Hancock, Paris Hilton and Nicole Kidman.

The Trial of the Chicago 7: Aaron Sorkin’s thriller is about the people on trial following a disturbance at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll  Lynch, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Frank Langella. The Oscar buzz has started.



October 16:


War with Grandpa: Robert De Niro expands his artistic range by playing an old codger who declares war on his own grandson after they are forced to share the same bedroom. Co-stars include Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Oakes Fegley, Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken. The director is Tim Hill, whose credits include Muppets from Space, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Alvin and the Chipmunks. How can De Niro fail?


October 23:


The Secret Garden: The fifth major big-screen adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic 1911 children's novel, originally due to be released in April. But, you know... Dixie Egerickx plays the orphaned Mary Lennox who discovers more than she bargained for in her uncle's garden, with Colin Firth and Julie Walters in support. Marc Munden directs. This is the first time that Colin Firth has appeared in a Secret Garden adaptation for thirty-three years.



November 12:


No Time to Die: Daniel Craig stars as 007, with Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Blofeld, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ana de Armas as Paloma, Lashana Lynch as Nomi and the Oscar-winning Rami Malek as Safin, a really nasty piece of work. Cary Joji Fukunaga directs from his screenplay written in collaboration with Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on an early draft by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.



November 27:


Happiest Season: A romantic comedy from director (and actress) Clea DuVall sees a young woman attempt to propose to her girlfriend at a family gathering. Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play the love-birds, with Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza in support. 





Death On the Nile: Kenneth Branagh returns both as director and as the Belgian sleuth with the ludicrous moustache in Agatha Christie's 1937 murder mystery. A young heiress has been dispatched and Hercule Poirot must sift through an all-star cast, including Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Dawn French, Gal Gadot (below, right), Armie Hammer (below, left), Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.

Death on the Nile



December 11:

Peter Rabbit 2: A rough approximation of Beatrix Potter’s beloved bunny is back with more outrageous shenanigans when he, Peter, runs away from home. Will Gluck directs Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson (below, with bunny) and David Oyelowo, with James Corden supplying the voice of Peter, Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy Rabbit, Daisy Ridley as Cottontail Rabbit and Margot Robbie as Flopsy Rabbit. Expect lashings of risqué humour. 

Peter Rabbit 2



December 18:


Dune: The French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049) has his own stab at Frank Herbert's massive sci-fi novel set on the eponymous (and remarkable and dangerous) planet of Arrakis. Timothée Chalamet has been cast as Paul Atreides, with Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem in support. 



December 25:


Wonder Woman 1984: Diana Prince - aka the demigoddess Wonder Woman - segues from the First World War to the Cold War to encounter the supervillain Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig. Gal Gadot is back in the title role (below), and Chris Pine returns as her love interest Steve Trevor. Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen co-star, under Patty Jenkins' direction.

Wonder Woman 1984



February 26 2021:


The King's Man: Matthew Vaughn's new action-comedy features Gemma Arterton as Mata Hari (below), Rhys Ifans as Rasputin and Stanley Tucci as Merlin in a time-dancing romp that sees a gang of historical tyrants and criminal masterminds join forces to create dastardly mayhem. A prequel to the Kingsman series, the film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou and Ralph Fiennes. 

Gemma Arterton



May 2021:


Black Widow: The eponymous superhero (aka Natasha Romanoff) - previously seen in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, etc - now has a movie to herself, to square up with Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel. Here, in the guise of Scarlett Johansson, Black must put paid to a conspiracy in order to sort her life out. Co-stars include Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz, under the direction of Australia's Cate Shortland (Somersault, Berlin Syndrome). 



July 30 2021:


In the Heights: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning Broadway musical set in the Hispanic neighbourhood of New York's Washington Heights is finally with us. Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins and Leslie Grace (below) and Melissa Barrera take over the lead roles, with John M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) in the director's chair. We can't wait.

In the Heights



December 10 2021:


West Side Story: Steven Spielberg directs a second film version of the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim 1957 musical about cultural strife and romance on the Upper West Side, Manhattan. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, the musical won a Tony for best choreography, although the 1961 film adaptation did slightly better, grabbing ten Oscars, including the trophy for best film. The new version stars Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria.