Film Review Daily

Looking Ahead


UK opening dates for new films:



June 18


Ocean’s 8: Once there were 13, now there are just eight but they’re all women as Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) gets all the girls together for another big heist. With Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Munn, Dakota Fanning, Katie Holmes, oh, and Matt Damon, too. Directed and co-written by Gary Ross. 



June 22:


Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat: Sara Driver’s documentary looks at the years before the celebrated American artist became a cultural influence on the New York art society. 

Freak Show: Trudie Styler (Mrs Sting) directs this comedy about high school teen Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) who sets out to become his school’s homecoming queen. With Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Laverne Cox, Bette Midler, John McEnroe.

In the Fade: German-French co-production from Fatih Akin about a young woman seeking revenge following the death of her husband and son in a nail bomb attack. With Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto, Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur and Samia Muriel Chancrin.

In the Fade

Diane Kruger in In the Fade, for which she won the best actress award at Cannes



June 27:


Maquia: Japanese animation from Mari Okada about the meeting of an ordinary mortal boy and an ageless, immortal girl, how they become friends and how they continue to remain bonded.


June 29:


Adrift: Like The Mercy, which opened this February, this is the true story of an ocean-going drama. Having just fallen in love, passionate sailors Tami and Richard decide to embark on an epic voyage together across the Pacific. However, they hadn’t bargained on the wrath of a history-defining hurricane…  Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin play the unfortunate lovebirds, under the direction of Baltasar Kormákur.


Sam and Shailene 


The Bookshop: Isabel Coixet’s adaptation of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel about a woman who controversially opens a new bookshop in 1959 England. With Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne, Frances Barber. 

The Endless: Justin Benson’s fantasy about brothers returning to a cult group only to find it not so disturbing as they once thought. With Callie Hernandez, Emily Montague, Tate Ellington, Lew Temple.

Leave No Trace: Debra Granik’s drama about a father and his teenage daughter living in a Portland, Oregon park. With Ben Foster, Dale Dickey, Jeff Kober, Thomasin McKenzie.

Patrick: Mandie Fletcher’s tale about a woman and the spoiled brat of a dog she is forced to look after. With Jennifer Saunders, Emily Atack, Emilia Jones, Gemma Jones, Cherie Lunghi, Adrian Scarborough, Meera Syal, Peter Davison, Bernard Cribbins, Beatie Edmondson.

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda: Stephen Nomura Schible’s documentary film about the Japanese composer of pop and film music.

Sicario 2: Soldado: Stefano Sollima’s action picture about a drug war on the US-Mexican border, with Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Keener, Matthew Modine.

Time Trial: Finlay Pretsell’s documentary is a close-up and personal study of professional cycling using advanced filming techniques as seen through the experience of David Millar, Britain’s only winner of all the Tour de France jerseys. 

Zoo: Colin McIvor wrote and directed this film about boys in Belfast during the air raids of 1942 endeavouring to save a baby elephant from being blown up. With Art Parkinson, Toby Jones, Penelope Wilton, Ian McElhinney, Amy Huberman, Damian O’Hare.



July 6:


Animal World: Action adventure from Yan Han based on a comic book story with Yi Feng Li, Dongyu Zhou, Michael Douglas, Alberto Lancelloti, Archibald C. McColl. 

The First Purge: Action horror film from Gerald McMurray, a prequel to The Purge from 2013 and the fourth episode in The Purge franchise. With Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Marisa Tomei, Malonie Diaz, Mo McRae.

Ideal Home: Comedy drama from Andrew Fleming about a gay couple whose way of life changes when a ten-year-old boy turns up claiming to be the grandson of one of them. With Steve Coogan, Paul Rudd, Jack Gore, Alison Pill, Jake McDorman. 

Mary Shelley: Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first female director, turns her attention from female inequality (in Wadjda, 2012) to the British literary scene. Set in the period leading up to 1818 and the publication of Frankenstein, the romantic drama focuses on Mary Wollstonecraft (Elle Fanning) and her infatuation with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth). Ben Hardy, Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge, Maisie Williams and Stephen Dillane also star.

Path of Blood: Jonathan Hacker’s documentary study of a jihadist boot camp in the Saudi desert and an Al Qaeda plot to blow up compounds in Riyadh. 

Postcards from the 48%: David Wilkinson’s documentary about the remainers in the Brexit vote, with contributions from Patrick Stewart, Miriam Margolyes, Bob Geldof, Ian McEwan, Joan Bakewell, Nick Clegg, Bonnie Greer, Alastair Campbell, A.C. Grayling, Rachel Johnson, Vince Cable, Peter Tatchell, et al.

Postcards from the 48%


Public Schooled:Kyle Rideout’s comedy about a home-tutoured boy who worms his way into a public school against the wishes of his overbearing mother. With Judy Greer, Daniel Doheny, Siobhan Williams, Russell Peters, Grace Park. 

Swimming With Men: The male menopause is the subject of Oliver Parker’s comedy in which a man’s mid-life crisis is relieved by his joining an all-male synchronised swimming team. With Rob Bryden, Jim Carter, Rupert Graves,  Charlotte Riley, Thomas Turgoose, Nathaniel Parker, Jane Horrocks, Daniel Mays. 

Tag: In Jeff Tomsic’s comedy former classmates organise an annual game of tag that involves travelling all over the States. With Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Leslie Bibb, Jeremy Renner, Brian Dennehy, Hannibal Buress. 

Terminal: Vaughn Stein wrote and directed his thriller about a couple of assassins, a teacher with a terminal illness, and the double lives of a caretaker and a waitress. With Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher, Mike Myers, Max Irons, Nick Moran, Thomas Turgoose. 

Uncle Drew: Comedy about a street ball tournament in which a losing team takes on a legendary player to help them out. With NBA star Kyrie Irving, Tiffany Haddish, Nick Kroll, Nate Robinson, Shaguille O’Neal, Erica Ash. Directed by Charles Stone III.

Whitney: Kevin Macdonald’s documentary on the singer-actress Whitney Houston includes contributions from Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, Gary Houston, and archive footage of Whitney herself.



July 13:


Incredibles 2: Fourteen years after Bob and his incredible family were forced to go undercover and hang up their leotards, his wife, Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), is campaigning for their right to fight. This time Bob (Craig T. Nelson) is left holding the baby. The incredible Brad Bird returns to the director's chair, with Samuel L. Jackson again voicing Frozone.



July 20


Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!: Suddenly, audiences can’t get enough of a good ol’ singalong. After the success of La La Land and The Greatest Showman – not to mention the phenomenal popularity of the first Mamma Mia! film – the back catalogue of Abba has been raided for more of the same. So we have ‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Thank You for the Music,’ et al, to beef up the story of Sophie’s pregnancy as she discovers more about her mother’s past. Meryl Streep returns as Donna, while Lily James plays her younger self, with a slew of new stars joining in the sunny high jinks. Ol Parker directs.



July 27


Apostasy: Not a title to grab the casual filmgoer, this drama actually tackles a fascinating subject. Set in the north of England, it follows the lives of three ordinary sisters who, in private, lead a life of devout fanaticism. The writer-director Daniel Kokotajlo, whose first film this is, is himself a former Jehovah’s Witness. Reviews have been exceptional. Starring Siobhan Finneran, Robert Emms, Sacha Parkinson, Steve Evets and Molly Wright.




August 24:


The Children Act: Drama based on the novel by Ian McEwan, with Emma Thompson as an eminent High Court judge faced with a moral quandary. Not only is it rare for Emma Thompson to have a film to herself – she is a wonderful character actress – but she’s in good hands under the helmsmanship of Richard Eyre, with Stanley Tucci and Ben Chaplin in support. However, the boy who throws the judge a moral curveball is played by Fionn Whitehead, who was the star of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.



October 5:


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.



October 25 2019:


Bond 25: The 25th film in the 007 franchise is to be co-written and directed by Danny Boyle with Daniel Craig in his final incarnation as Bond, James Bond, possibly with Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Wishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Tanner. It is rumoured be called Shatterhand but that remains to be confirmed.