Film Review Daily

Looking Ahead


UK opening dates for new films:




May 24:


Iron Sky: The Coming Race: Timo Vuorensola’s Finnish science fiction film is a sequel to his original film from 2012. Here it is now 2047, some three decades after the nuclear war between Earth and the Moon Nazis which rendered the planet uninhabitable. The survivors are now on the dark side of Neomenia, a former Moon Nazi base. The cast includes Lara Rossi, Vladimir Burlakov, Kit Dale, Julia Dietze, Stephanie Paul, Tom Green, Udo Kier and Emily Atack.

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection: Julian Faraut’s biographical documentary on the tennis champion at the time of the 1984 French Open when McEnroe faced Ivan Lendl in the final match. The film is narrated by Mathieu Amalric.

Memoir of War: Emmanuel Finkiel wrote and directed his film based on Marguerite Duras’ La Douleur. It is set in German-occupied France in 1944 when a writer and Resistance leader is deported. His wife meets another French agent and persuades him to find her missing spouse. With Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay, Grḗgoire Leprince-Ringuet, Emmanuel Bourdieu and Anne-Lise Heimburger. 
The Secret Life of Pets 2: Directors Chris Renaud and Jonathan del Val’s sequel to the adventures of Max, Duke, Snowball, Gidget, Katie, Chloe, Pops, Buddy, Mel, Daisy and Rooster, and what these pets get up to while the grown-ups are out. Voiced by Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey and Harrison Ford.

Too Late to Die Young: Chilean film from Dominga Sotomayor Castillo which is set in 1990 following the fall of Fascist dictator Pinochet, and dealing with a group of young people who live in a remote artistic commune away from Santiago. It is New Year’s Eve and their lives are about to change for ever... With Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tṓtoro, Matias Oviedo and Andrḗs Aliaga. 
XY Chelsea: Tim Travers Hawkins’ documentary is about the life and career of Chelsea Manning who was a female trans soldier in the US Army. She was sentenced to a term of 35 years at an all-male prison for leaking US military information. With contributions from Chelsea Manning, Susan Manning, Nancy Hollander, Vincent J. Ward, Chase Strange etc.



May 27:


Booksmart: Olivia Wilde’s comedy is about Molly and Amy, two high school graduates who, about to take their exams, decide they have not enjoyed enough fun, so decide to catch up by partying good and hard. With Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever as Molly and Amy, plus Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow and Will Forte



May 29:


Godzilla: King of the Monsters: The third instalment in the so-called MonsterVerse sees Godzilla pitted against a variety of humongous beasties. A rather good cast includes Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, O'Shea Jackson Jr., David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi.



May 31:


Freedom Fields: Naziha Arebi’s documentary is a study of post-Gaddafi Libya where an all-female football team tries to gain acceptance in a country where women’s rights are rarely on the agenda. The team face prejudice from all sides in their determination to become more than just second-class citizens.
I Love My Mum: Alberto Sciamma’s comedy concerns a mother and her son who are accidently shipped from London to Morocco in a container boat, following a car accident. Dressed only in their pajamas their main concern is how to get back to the UK without any money. With Kierston Wareing and Tommy French as the odd couple, and Aida Folch, Dominique Pinon, Frank Leboeuf, Younes Bouab and Tim Downie.
In Safe Hands: The multiple problems of adopting a two-month-old baby are dealt with in Jeanne Henry’s film in which a 41-year-old woman wishes to adopt the newborn son of a student mother. With Sandrine Kiberlain, Gilles Lellouche, Ḗlodie Bouchez, Olivia Côte and Clotilde Mollet.

Ma: A lonely women (Octavia Spencer) befriends some teenagers and allows them to party at her place – on the condition that they call her ‘Ma’. Among other things… From Tate Taylor, director of The Help (2011) and The Girl on the Train (2016). Juliette Lewis, Diana Silvers, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller and Missi Pyle co-star.

Rory’s Way: Brian Cox plays a Scotsman who travels from the Hebrides to San Francisco for medical treatment. While living with his estranged son, Rory finds he is bonding with his baby grandson. Oded Binnun and Michal Brezis co-direct the cast which also includes Thora Birch, J. J. Feild, Rosanna Arquette, Tim Matheson, Treat Williams and Peter Coyote.
Sunset: Budapest, 1913 where a young girl has arrived to take up a milliner’s job in the hat shop that her late parents ran. The new owner dismisses her so she follows a man who appears to be looking for a missing person. With Evelion Dobos, Vlad Ivanov, Bjṏrn Freiberg, Juli Jakab and Susanne Wuest. Co-written and directed by Lászlṓ Nemes.
Thunder Road: Jim Cummings wrote, directed and stars in his comedy about a policeman whose life falls apart following a divorce and the death of his mother. With Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer, Chelsea Edmundson, Macon Blair and Bill Wise.

A Vigilante: Mystery thriller written and directed by Sarah Daggar-Nickson , her first feature, which is about a female vigilante who goes to the aid of wives who need to dispose of their husbands, even though her own spouse is on the loose. With Olivia White, Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, Tonye Patano, Betsy Aidem and Cheryse Dyllan.



June 5:


X-Men: Dark Phoenix: The twelfth instalment in the X-Men series and a sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse in which the heroic X-Men stay cool and carry on in the face of a solar flare hitting them during their latest space mission. Human mutant Jean Gray goes out of control and releases the Phoenix. The cast includes James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp and Jessica Chastain.

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June 7:


Gloria Bell: She may be in her fifties, but divorcee Gloria Bell (Julianne Moore) finds new life on the dance floors of Los Angeles. Sebastián Lelio, the Chilean director of A Fantastic Woman and Disobedience, here re-imagines his own 2013 drama Gloria shot in Santiago. John Turturro, Michael Cera, Caren Pistorius, Brad Garrett and Jeanne Tripplehorn co-star.

Late Night: In spite of a luminous career, late-night talk-show host Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson, below) is in danger of losing her slot because it is accused of being male-centric. So she hires Molly Patel, played by Mindy Kaling, to add some feminine zest. Kaling also wrote the screenplay to this comedy-drama. Nisha Ganatra directs a cast that includes Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, John Lithgow and Amy Ryan.

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June 14:


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.

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.

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.



June 21:


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:


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 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.
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August 9:


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).




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 and Elsa are back.



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.