Film Review Daily

Looking Ahead


UK opening dates for new films:



October 18:


Corpus Christi: Polish film from director Jan Komasa about a young criminal who has set his heart on becoming a priest at his seminary but cannot because of his criminal record. On release he is determined to fulfil his dream. With Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Tomasz Zietek and Barbara Kurzaj.
Ladyworld: Amanda Kramer’s film is a thriller that finds eight teenage girls trapped in a birthday party during an earthquake. When the food and drink start to run out they begin to lose their sanity and so revert to their most basic of instincts. With Ariela Barer, Annalise Basso, Ryan Simpkins, Odessa Adlon, Maya Hawke, Tatsumi Romano, Zora Casabere and Atheena Frizzell.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: After a four-year absence from the screen, Angelina Jolie (below) returns as the wicked fairy godmother she first depicted in Maleficent (2014). The latter was a live-action spin-off of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and showed why the fairy turned her powers to the greater bad. Here, she’s riled again when Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) is embraced by the famiy of the charming Prince Phillip (Harris Dickinson). Joachim Rønning directs, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Juno Temple and Robert Lindsay co-starring.

Maleficent - Mistress of Evil


Mystify: Michael  Hutchence:  Richard Lowenstein’s documentary on the lead singer of the group INXS looks at the life, work and death of this troubled soul.
Non-Fiction: French film from Olivier Assayas, a comedy about a literary editor and an author who are leading double lives. Alain the editor (Guillaume Canet) is sleeping with Laure (Christa Thḗret), while his wife Selena (Juliette Binoche) is having an affair with Lḗonard, one of Alain’s authors (Vincent Macaigne). Go figure...

Official Secrets: The invasion of Iraq will not go away. This real-life thriller centres on Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), the British translator who leaked top secret information on America’s illegal attempts to push for war in Iraq. Gavin Hood directs Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans, Adam Bakri, Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma.

The Peanut Butter Falcon: Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz wrote and directed their film about a Down’s syndrome young man living in a home in North Carolina where he longs to become a wrestler. When he runs away, he hides on a boat that is stolen by a fisherman thief. With Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern and Thomas Haden Church.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Aardman Animation production about a female alien landing near Shaun the Sheep’s Mossy Bottom farm where the eponymous woolly one has to try and keep her from being abducted by a sinister force. Voiced by Justin Fletcher, Joe Sugg, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour, David Holt and Chris Morell. Directed by Will Becher and Richard Phelan.
What You Gonna Do When the World’s On Fire?: Roberto Minervini’s documentary covers the story of a black community in America’s Deep South facing up to a number of brutal slayings of black men in 2017, an act that scandalised the whole country.

Zombieland: Double Tap: Ten years after the zombie spoof Zombieland (2009) proved a surprising success for the genre, the original stars - Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone - have returned for more bloody sarcasm. This time, the ill-matched quartet headsAn Essex tale told by the Nigerian who was central to it for the American heartland to encounter more evolved versions of the undead. As before, Ruben Fleischer directs, with Rosario Dawson, Zoey Deutch, Luke Wilson and Bill Murray along for the ride.



October 23:


Terminator: Dark Fate: Science-fiction action from director Tim Miller, the sixth instalment in the Terminator series, the action of which takes place nearly thirty years after Terminator 2. There’s a new modified liquid metal Terminator (Gabriel Luna) who’s out to get Dani Ramos (Natalia Reyes), as well as Grace, a hybrid cyborg human (Mackenzie Davis) and other cohorts. With Linda Hamilton returning as Sarah Connor, killer of Terminators, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Carl, an aging T-800 model, plus Gabriel Luna as Rev-9, Diego Boneta as Dani Ramos’s brother Miguel and Edward Furlong as John Connor, the son of Sarah.



October 25:


The Addams Family: New animated version of the Charles Addams stories, with the voices of Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Charlize Theron as Morticia, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley and Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester. Bette Midler is Grandma, Alison Janney is Margaux Needler, Martin Short is Grandpa Frump, Catherine O’Hara is Grandma Frump and Snoop Dogg is the voice of It. Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon.

The Beach Bum: Writer-director Harmony Korine’s stoner comedy about Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a poet who is trying to finish his new novel while also enjoying a hedonistic lifestyle in and around the Florida Keys. With Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania LaVie Owen, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill and Jimmy Buffett as himself.

Black and Blue: Alicia West (Naomie Harris) is a black woman in a blue uniform. But, being a rookie, she is also green, so that when she films the murder of a drug dealer by her partner, she tries to do the right thing in a world that is anything but black and white…

By the Grace of God: Three men link up to try and expose the priest who abused them as children. Based on true events, the French film won the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin film festival. François Ozon directs Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet and Swann Arlaud.

Chained for Life: Aaron Schimberg wrote and directed his film about the making of a horror film, in which disfigured and disabled actors form the cast. With Jess Weixler, Adam Pearson, Stephen Plunkett, Charlie Korsmo and Sari Lennick. 

Countdown: Director Justin Dec films his own screenplay about a nurse who acquires an app that can tell the date a person is going to die. It predicts that she only has three days to live... With Anne Winters. Elizabeth Lail, Charlie McDermott, Jeannie Elise Mai, Talitha Eliana Bateman and Tom Segura.
A Good Woman Is Hard to Find: When the husband of a young mother is murdered, the widow has to save her children from finding out the secret behind their loss. Abner Pastoll directs Sarah Bolger, Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson, Jane Brennan, Caolyn Byrne and Packy Lee.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco: Playing a character partly based on himself, Jimmie Falls is a man who is trying to reclaim the home in which he grew up in. The film marks the directorial debut of Jimmie’s childhood friend Joe Talbot and its development budget was raised through Kickstarter.

Monos: Alejandro Landes wrote, co-produced and co-directed his war drama set on a mountaintop where a number of armed children look after a hostage and a cow. With Julianne Nicholson, Moisḗs Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero and Deiby Rueda.



October 31:


Leonardo: The Works: Phil Grabsky presents a focus on the paintings and drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci in an exhibition on screen including many works never seen on film before



October 31:


Doctor Sleep: It had to happen. Thirty-nine years after the chilling events that unfolded in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, this sequel sees poor Danny Torrance now a grown man, played by Ewan McGregor. With his psychic powers still intact, Danny is struggling with alcoholism when he meets a teenage girl (Kyliegh Curran) with her own extrasensory gift, known as the 'shine'. Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, Bruce Greenwood, Cliff Curtis and Jacob Tremblay co-star under Mike Flanagan's direction. Stephen King wrote the novel from which it's adapted.



November 1:


After the Wedding: Bart Freundlich, the husband of Julianne Moore, directs his wife in an American remake of the 2006 Danish melodrama of the same name. Let's hope he manages to bring a more credible note to the proceedings, in which Michelle Williams (below) plays the co-founder of an Indian orphanage who is forced to confront her principles on a trip to New York. Billy Crudup co-stars.

After the wedding


Sorry We Missed You: Now 83, Ken Loach is still tackling social issues of the day and here spotlights the struggle of zero-hour contracts that affects a married couple who are still floundering since the financial crisis of 2008. Filmed in and around Newcastle.



November 6:


The Aeronoauts: Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) was a balloonist and something of a daredevil and teams up with the meteorologist and astronomer James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) in an attempt to soar higher than anyone else in the history of aviation. The director Tom Harper previously brought us The Scouting Book for Boys and the sublime Wild Rose. Phoebe Fox, Himesh Patel, Vincent Perez, Anne Reid and Tom Courtenay co-star.



November 8:


Midway: The master of the modern epic, Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Godzilla, 2012) now turns his attention to the decisive naval battle between the Japanese and the Americans in June of 1942. Interesting, too, that this is a Chinese co-production. Just saying. A stellar cast includes Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Woody Harrelson and Darren Criss.




November 15:


Last Christmas: A romcom set in London sees Kate (Emilia Clarke) end up working as a Santa's elf in a department store. Then she keeps on bumping into the same handsome man (Henry Golding, from Crazy Rich Asians). Might her luck be about to change? Paul Feig directs, with Michelle Yeoh, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Root and Patti LuPone in support.

Le Mans '66: Known by the better title of Ford v Ferrari in the US, this is the story of the car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) as they challenge the might of Ferrari to dominate the Grand Prix. Not untypically, Bale apparently lost seventy pounds to prepare for his role. Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas and Noah Jupe also star, under James Mangold's direction.



November 22:


Blue Story: The setting feels more like LA or Detroit, but this gangland thriller unfolds against the backdrop of Peckham and Lewisham as two friends become rivals in a crime-ridden London. The grime artist Rapman based his rap-heavy screenplay on events from his own experience. He also directs.

Frozen II: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf are back, voiced by Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad in the Walt Disney Animation Studio’s sequel to its first outing of Frozen in 2013, which was originally inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Snow Queen.

Frozen II


Greed: Filmed on the Greek island of Mykonos, Michael Winterbottom's latest satire focuses on a high street fashion mogul with more money than sense. But as Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan) begins to celebrate his fiftieth birthday, things start to go awry… David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Ollie Locke, Sophie Cookson, Asa Butterfield and Stephen Fry co-star.



December 20:


Cats: Tom Hooper’s film of the stage musical adapted from the poetry collection of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a screenplay by Lee Hall and Tom Hooper. With James Corden as Bustopher Jones, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Idris Elba as Macavity, Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina (below), Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, Francesca Hayward as Victoria and Ray Winstone as Growltiger.

Taylor Swift in Cats



December 26:


Little Women: The eighth cinema adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott is directed by Greta Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo March, Florence Pugh as Amy March, Emma Watson as Meg March and Eliza Scanlen as Beth March. In addition, Laura Dern plays Marmee March and Meryl Streep is Aunt March. Others in the cast include Timothée Chalamet, James Norton and Bob Odenkirk.

Little Women

Timothée Chalamet and Florence Pugh



February 14 2020:


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



April 3 2020:


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 in an unspecified role. 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.



May 8 2020:


Greyhound: Based on the C.S. Forester novel The Good Shepherd, this war film stars Tom Hanks as the commander of an Allied convoy navigating the treacherous waters of the North Atlantic during the Second World War. Elisabeth Shue and Stephen Graham also star, under the direction of Aaron Schneider.

Legally Blonde 3: Reese Witherspoon returns as Ellie Woods. With Jessica Cauffiel as Margot and Alanna Ubach as Serena.