Film Review Daily


Looking Ahead


 

UK opening dates for new films:

 

 

June 14:

 

Ballon: Set in the 1970s before the Berlin Wall came down, Michael Herbig’s film is about a family trying to cross the East-West border by air balloon. With Friedrich Mǖcke, Karoline Scuch, David Kross, Alicia von Riitberg, Jonas Holdenrieder and Tilman Dṏbler.

Diego Maradona: Following his award-winning documentaries on Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse, the London-born Asif Kapadia now focuses his attention on the Argentine footballer Maradona.

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf: Thomas Piper’s documentary is about the inspirational designer and gardener Piet Oudolf and some of his celebrated gardens in the USA and the Netherlands and his new garden, gallery and arts centre in Somerset.
The Hummingbird Project: Kim Nguyen wrote and directed his thriller with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård as two New York City traders who try to get the better of their former boss (Salma Hayek) by going for a deal to drill an underground cable from New Jersey to Kansas. With Michael Mando, Mark Slacke, Sarah Goldberg, Frank Schorpion.

Men in Black: International: The fourth film in the MIB series based on the Malibu/Marvel comic books is a spin-off production using younger actors in a story that has Agent H and Agent M looking for a traitor in their own organisation. With Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson, Kumail Nanjiani, Rafe Spall and Emma Thompson as Agent O (below).

Men in Black: International

 

Prophecy: Painter Peter Howson is the subject of Charlie Paul’s documentary on how an oil painting is commissioned, conceived, completed and subsequently sold.

A Season in France: Sandrine Bonnaire plays a French woman who finds herself involved with a high school teacher (Eriq Ebouaney) who has fled his war-torn home in Africa. The writer-director Mahamat Saleh Haroun is himself from Chad.

Sometimes Always Never: Bill Nighy plays a tailor who has been looking for his long-lost son for many years, following his disappearance after a dispute over a game of Scrabble. With Sam Riley, Alice Lowe, Jenny Agutter, Tim McInerney and Alexei Sayle.
We the Animals: Jeremiah Zagar’s drama finds three sons desperately trying not to turn into versions of their parents. To avoid this happening one of the brothers begins to invent his own imagined world. With Evan Rosado, Isaiah Kristian,. Josiah Gabriel, Raṹl Castillo and Sheila Vand.
Wild Honey Pie: After seven years of marriage, playwright Gillian and DJ Oliver find themselves questioning their relationship when Rachel, an actress and Oliver’s former girlfriend, reappears and Gillian reveals her possible bisexuality with Gerry, a lesbian producer. Written and directed by Jamie Adams with Jemima Kirke as Gillian, Richard Elis as Oliver, Sarah Solemani as Rachel, Alice Lowe as Gerry, plus Brett Goldstein and Joanna Scanlan.

 

 

June 19:

 

Brightburn: Superhero horror film about an alien boy brought up on Earth with the knowledge that he has superpowers that can be used to wreak havoc in his home town. Written by Brian and Mark Gunn and starring Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner and Becky Wahlstrom. Directed by David Yarovesky.

 

 

June 21:

 

Amin: Philippe Faucon’s film has nothing to do with African dictators but is a drama about a Senegalese man moving to France without his children. He soon finds he is on his own with hardly any friends. With Moustapha Mbengue, Emmanuelle Devos and Mareme N’Diaye.

Blue My Mind: Swiss film from Lisa Brṻhlmann, with Luna Wedler, Zoë Pastelle Holthuizan, Regula Grauwiller etc in a tale about a teenage girl with a physical abnormality that she tries to hide from her other friends at school. 
Child’s Play: Horror flick from director Lars Klevberg, a remake of the 1988 film which introduced the film world to Chucky, a sinister doll that has murderous powers who is adopted by a deaf teenage boy played by Gabriel Bateman, with Aubrey Plaza as his mother, plus Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson and Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky.
Division 19: Political thriller written, produced and directed by S. A. Halewood, which is set in the year 2039 when personal anonymity no longer exists. Cast includes Linus Roache, Jamie Draven, Alison Doody, Clarke Peters, Lotte Verbeek, Will Rothhaar and Toby Hemingway. 
The Flood: Anthony Woodley’s drama concerns Wendy, an immigration officer (Lena Headey) who is given an asylum case in which she has to decide whether Haile, a would-be immigrant (Ivanno Jeremiah) is a real asylum seeker or has an ulterior motive. Having crossed the world against many outstanding odds, his final barrier is to face the imposing Wendy.
Mari: Georgia Parris’s dance-drama is about two daughters and how the gradual declining health of their mother and grandmother has a devastating effect on their family. With Bobbi Jane Smith, Madeleine Worrall, Phoebe Nicholls, Peter Singh, Will Thompson and Paddy Glynn as Mari.

Toy Story 4: Josh Cooley directs a further tale about the nursery playthings who go on a trip with a new addition to the family, one Forky (a cross between a spoon and a fork), and where Woody finds his long-lost friend Bo Peep. Voiced by Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Wallace Shawn, Joan Cusack, Michael Keaton, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Timothy Dalton, Laurie Metcalf and Tony Hale as Forky.

 

 

June 28:

 

Apollo 11: Documentary by Todd Douglas Miller about the 1969 space mission, the first spaceflight to land humans on the Moon. The film uses all archive material, some of which has never been seen publicly before.
Arifa: Debut film from Pakistani director Sadia Saeed about a young London woman working in insurance who is writing her first novel while living quite an ordinary life, including having an Italian boyfriend. When her recalcitrant father turns up, life gets more complicated. With Shermin Hassan and Luca Pusceddu.

Arifa

Luca Pusceddu and Shermin Hassan in Arifa

 

Bittersweet Symphony: Suki Waterhouse plays a musician who has just composed her first soundtrack for a Hollywood film but her personal life seems not to be as great a success. Written and directed by Jamie Adams, with a cast including Craig Russell, Poppy Delevingne, Craig Howard, Griffin Dunne and Jennifer Grey.

In Fabric: The cinema has dished up many a cursed thing, but never before a dress. Here, as a dress passes from one buyer to the next during a winter sale at a department store, mayhem ensues. From Peter Strickland, the critically acclaimed director of Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy. Starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Gwendoline Christie and Julian Barratt.

Robert the Bruce: The story of the King of the Scots and one of the most famous warrior kings of his time in the 14th century who led the Scots people in the first War of Scottish Independence. Richard Gray’s film stars Angus Macfadyen as Robert, with Jared Harris, Zach McGowan, Daniel Portman, Anna Hutchison, Kevin McNally and Diarmaid Murtagh.
Support the Girls: Andrew Bujalski’s comedy about life in a sports bar with Regina Hall, Haley Lu Richardson, James LeGros and A.J. Michalka.
Wine Calling: Bruno Sauvard’s documentary looks at the state of wine growing in France which has over three thousand growers, although only three percent of them employ natural methods of wine production.
Yesterday: Comedy film from Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Richard Curtis about a dying musician who finds himself transported to a society where nobody remembers The Beatles and where he takes the credit for writing their songs. With Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ana de Armas, Joel Fry, Meera Syall, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and with Ed Sheeran and James Corden as themselves.

 

 

July 2:

 

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Tom Holland plays Peter Parker and Spider-Man in Jon Watts’ latest incarnation of the Marvel Comics’ superhero, with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Zendaya as Michelle ‘MJ’ Jones, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, J. B. Smoove as Mr Del, Marisa Tomei as May Parker and Jake Gyllenhaal as the deceptive Quentin Beck aka Mysterio.

 

 

July 5:

 

Midsommar: A young couple chooses a remote Swedish village in which to holiday, a decision they quickly learn to regret when bizarre local traditions start to surface. Florence Pugh (below), Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper and Will  Poulter star under the direction of Ari Aster, the American filmmaker who made his debut with the critically acclaimed Hereditary (2018).

Midsommar

 

Never Look Away: From Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, the director of the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others (2006), this is the story of an artist who has escaped the constraints of East Germany but is still haunted by his childhood under the GDR regime. Nominated for the 2019 Oscar for best foreign language film – and for best cinematography. Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch and Paula Beer star.

 

 

July 10:

 

Annabelle Comes Home: That wretched doll – last seen in Annabelle: Creation (2017) – is now back in the safekeeping of the demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) and is locked behind sacred glass. But we all know that Annabelle is no dummy… For those who really care, this is the seventh instalment in the Conjuring Universe franchise. Gary Dauberman directs.

 

 

July 12:

 

The Dead Don't Die: With Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), cult director Jim Jarmusch explored the vampire genre and cast Tilda Swinton as a centuries-old bloodsucker. Now he’s cast her as a sword-wielding undertaker in his starry take on the zombie comedy. Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, RZA, Carol Kane and Tom Waits take up the slack.

Stuber: Uber driver Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) really cares about his star rating. However, when he picks up a reckless detective (Dave Bautista) who involves him in a race to catch a ruthless terrorist, things turn decidedly tricky. Expect some raw language. Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales and Karen Gillen co-star under the direction of Michael Dowse.

 

 

July 19:

 

The Lion King: A 'photorealistic' remake of Disney's 1994 cartoon classic builds on the company's growing technical acumen. Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and James Earl Jones supply the voices, while Elton John teams up with Tim Rice and Beyoncé to provide a brand-new song. Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book) directs.
Lion King, The

 

 

July 26:

 

The Current War: That’s current as in the flow of electricity, and this is the story of the rivalry between Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) to power the world their way. Nicholas Hoult co-stars as another electrifying inventor, the physicist Nikola Tesla. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) directs.

 

 

August 14:

 

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood: Quentin Tarantino takes the lid off Tinsel Town circa 1969, with Leonardo DiCaprio as a fading TV star and Brad Pitt as his stuntman who become embroiled in the Charles Manson cult scandal. With Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Mike Moh as Bruce Lee, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen, Damon Herriman as Manson, plus Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Lena Dunham, Rumer Willis, Michael Madsen, James Remar, Clu Gulager, Brenda Vaccaro, et al.

 

 

August 30:

 

The Informer: The last thing former convict Pete Koslow (Joel Kinnaman) wanted was to be back behind the bars of Bale Hill Prison, New York. But this time he has a mission – and is acting undercover for the FBI. Rosamund Pike, Common, Ana de Armas, Clive Owen and Sam Spruell co-star, with Andrea Di Stefano barking the orders. 

 
 

October 4:

  

Judy: Rupert Goold’s biopic is about the last years in London of the legendary singer and actress Judy Garland, with Renée Zellweger as Garland, Gemma-Leah Devereux as Liza Minnelli, Bella Ramsey as Lorna Luft, Rufus Sewell as Sidney Luft, Jessie Buckley as Rosalyn Wilder, Judy’s PA, Michael Gambon as Bernard Delfont, Finn Wittrock as Mickey Deans, Fenella Woolgar as Margaret Hamilton, John Dagleish as Lonnie Donegan and Darci Shaw as a young Judy.

 

 

October 11:

  

Gemini Man: Will Smith plays a hitman of the future who, when he decides to quit the game, comes up against a clone of himself. Ang Lee directs the sci-fi actioner, with Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong along for the ride.

 

 

November 22:

 

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.

 

  

February 14 2020:

 

Legally Blonde 3: Reese Witherspoon returns as Ellie Woods. With Jessica Cauffiel as Margot.

 

 

April 8 2020:

 

Bond 25: Daniel Craig stars as 007, with Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ana de Armas as Paloma 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.

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL DARVELL