Film Review Daily

Looking Ahead


UK opening dates for new films:


August 17:


The Hitman’s Bodyguard: Patrick Hughes’s comedy with action is about a celebrated bodyguard who is taken on by a hitman when he is summoned to appear at the International Court of Justice. The problem is that they can’t stand one another... With Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Richard E. Grant.


August 18:


Bending the Arc: This is a documentary by Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos about a group of young people who set out to improve the quality of healthcare in Haiti in the 1980s, for those people who had no other access to doctors or even the simplest form of healthcare.

Dark Night: Writer-director Tim Sutton’s film is a dramatic reconstruction of the mass shooting in 2012 in a Colorado cinema during a screening of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. With Eddie Cacciola, Anna Rose Hopkins, Robert Jumper, Conor A. Murphy, Aaron Purvis.

The Dark Tower: Nikolaj Arcel’s fantasy western horror story is based on novels by Stephen King, a sequel in which a gunslinger called Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) aims to save the Dark Tower, which holds the key to the saving of the universe, while warding off his most deadly enemy, one Walter o’Dim, a vicious wizard known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). With Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Jackie Earle Haley, Katherine Winnick, Dennis Haysbert.

Idris in The Dark Tower

Idris Elba in The Dark Tower


Everything, Everything: Amandla Stenberg plays a young girl with combined immunodeficiency, enforcing her to stay indoors in her Los Angeles home for all her whole life. However, when a new family moves in next door, she takes a shine to the son (Nick Robinson) and her life begins to change. With Anika Noni Rose, Scott Baio, Fiona Loewi, Wayne Brady, Morgan Sayler, R.J. Cyler. Directed by Stella Meghie.

Final Portrait: Actor Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this biographical drama about the Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, played by Geoffrey Rush, with Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub, James Faulkner, Sylvie Testud.

The Inconvenient Truth 2: Documentary from Jack Guest who, inspired by Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, set off for Sweden, a country that has promised to drop its dependency on oil by 2020.

La Soledad: Jorge Thielen Armand’s documentary is about the state of the nation in Venezuela, which is rife with poverty, homelessness, lack of food and other household necessities, and where medicine and nutritional standards are non-existent. The film shows the struggle by a young father trying to keep his family together against all the odds.

The Odyssey: Lambert Wilson plays Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the celebrated aquatic adventurer, conservationist and film-maker who made the world look closely at the sea until tragedy took over his life. With Philippe Cousteau, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas. Jérome Salle directs his own adaptation of the book by Cousteau and Albert Falco/

Quest: Jonathan Olshefski’s documentary portrays the lives of an African-American family living in North Philadelphia and shows the changing face of the US as the Presidency changed. Their lives are littered with the tragedies of a son born with brain cancer and the wounding of their daughter who loses the sight of one eye when hit by a stray bullet. Another son, a talented musician, descends into alcoholism.

The Untamed: Amat Escalante’s sci-fi horror story sees a couple whose marriage is failing encountering a possible alien who arrives via a meteorite. Their marriage takes on a new life as they face the future with trepidation. With Kenny Johnston, Simone Bucio, Fernando Corona, Jesús Meza, Ruth Ramos, Eden Villavicencio.



August 24:


In Bed with Victoria: Justine Triet’s film is about a female lawyer, divorced and struggling to look after her two daughters. On the verge of a nervous breakdown her life changes when she encounters an old friend and a former client she meets at a friend’s wedding. With Virginie Efira, Vincent Lacoste, Melvil Poupaud, Laurent Poitrenaux, Laure Calamy.

In Bed with Victoria



August 25:


American Made: In Doug Liman’s action comedy Tom Cruise plays a TWA pilot who is not only taken on by the CIA but he also becomes a drug pusher in the US south. With Sarah Wright, Domhnall Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Lola Kirke, Connor Trinneer, Caleb Landry Jones.

Bushwick: In Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s action thriller Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow play a couple who flee when a Texas military force invades their Brooklyn neighbourhood. Bushwick is a working class area housing immigrants in poor accommodation, with many other problems including robberies, drug pushing and local gangs. The two help each other to survive the invasion. With Christian Navarro, Jeremie Harris, Arturo Castro, Angelic Zambrana, Myra Lucretia Taylor.

Detroit: Kathryn Bigelow takes police crime as her theme in a film that details the deaths of three black men and the beatings of many others including two white women, which were all carried out by members of the Detroit police department. With John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell.

Logan Lucky: Steven Soderbergh’s crime comedy sees two brothers attempting to stage a robbery during a NASCAR car race in North Carolina over the weekend of celebrations for Memorial Day. With Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, Hilary Swank, Daniel Craig.

Thomas and Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor: Animated feature about Thomas the Tank Engine and his cohorts with the voices of Mark Moraghan, Hugh Bonneville, Darren Boyd, Sophie Colquhoun, Jules de Jongh and John Hasler as Thomas. Directed by David Stoten.



September 1:


Stratton: The work of the British Special Boat Service is depicted in a film based on the novels by Duncan Falconer. Here one operator is endeavouring to track down a group of international terrorists. Dominic Cooper plays the title role of an SBS man working for the Intelligence Detachment in Northern Ireland. With Gemma Chan, Austin Stowell, Tyler Hoechlin, Tom Felton, Thomas Kretschmann, Olga Fedoro, Connie Nielsen and Derek Jacobi. Simon West directs.


Dominic Cooper as John Stratton



December 1:


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.



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.


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.