Film Review Daily

Looking Ahead


UK opening dates for new films:



March 19:


90 Minutes: Writer-director Simon Baker’s film is set on Hackney Marshes in East London where two local football teams battle it out in order to win the league championship. With Robert Ristic, Peyvand Sadeghian, Leon Sua, Anton Saunders, Debra Baker, Jessica Collins, and Jody Morris and Rio Ferdinand playing themselves.

March 22:

Cradle of Champions: Bartle Bull’s documentary about the New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament, the oldest such competition in the world.
Five Feet Apart: Justin Baldoni’s film has a couple of teenagers with fatal diseases meeting cute in hospital and doing the inevitable of falling in love. Tear-jerking performances from Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse, Clare Forlani, Moises Arias, Kimberly Hebert Gregory and Sue-Lynn Ansari.
Minding the Gap: Bing Liu’s documentary about three old friends growing up in Illinois where they escape their terrible home lives by turning to skateboarding. With Keire Johnson, Bing Liu and Zack Mulligan all playing themselves.
Sharkwater Extinction: Rob Stewart wrote and directed his documentary about the illegal industry of shark fishing which threatens to make the species extinct through pirate fishing and a multi-billion dollar scandal that heralds the worst ever wildlife massacre.

Sorry Angel: When gay writer Jacques from Paris meets younger closeted Arthur on holiday in Rennes they enjoy an instant rapport even though the older man is HIV positive. Arthur wants to move to Paris, but when Jacques’ friend dies from Aids, plans need to be changed. With Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps, Denis Podalydès, Adèle Wismes and Thomas Gonzalez. Written and directed by Christophe Honorḗ. 
Us: Jordan Peele wrote and directed his horror thriller about how a peace-loving family’s lives in California are turned upside down when they are invaded by a bunch of grotesque-looking doppelgängers who appear and talk like them. Cast includes Lupita Nyong’o, Elizabeth Moss, Anna Diop, Winston Duke and Kara Hayward.
The White Crow: Ralph Fiennes directs a screenplay by David Hare about the life of the dancer Rudolf Nureyev at the time in the 1960s when he defected from Russia to the West. With Oleg Ivenko as Nureyev and Ralph Fiennes as Pushkin.



March 29:


At Eternity’s Gate: Biographical drama on the life of painter Vincent Van Gogh, co-written and directed by Julian Schnabel, with Willem Dafoe as Vincent, Rupert Friend as his brother Theo, Oscar Isaac as Paul Gauguin, plus Mads Mikkelsen, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner and Niels Arestrup.
Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story: Steve Sullivan’s documentary on Frank Sidebottom, the comedian with the papier machḗ head who remained anonymous until the day he died. With appearances by Johnny Vegas, Ross Noble, John Cooper Clarke, John Thomson, C. P. Lee etc. The mystery of Sidebottom’s real identity was revealed in the 2014 film Frank, starring Michael Fassbender.

Dumbo: An elephant with outsize ears is able to fly ("The ninth wonder of the universe! The world's only flyin' elephant!") and is the star attraction of a circus that subsequently falls into the hands of a dastardly entrepreneur. The first of three live-action remakes of animated Disney classics to be released this year, Dumbo is directed by Tim Burton and stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Roshan Seth, Finley Hobbins and Thandie Newton's daughter, Nico Parker.


Finley Hobbins, Dumbo and Nico Parker in Tim Burton's Dumbo


Eaten By Lions: When their parents are eaten by lions (!), half brothers Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll) set out to locate Omar’s real father in Blackpool in Jason Wingard’s comedy which he co-wrote with David Isaac. Cast also includes Johnny Vegas, Vicki Pepperdine and Kevin Eldon.
The Highwaymen: Director John Lee Hancock (The Founder, Saving Mr Banks, The Blind Side) takes the legendary figures of Bonnie and Clyde for his drama about two police officers who forgo retirement to search for the celebrated outlaws. With Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson as the cops, Emily Brobst as Bonnie Parker and Edward Bossert as Clyde Barrow. Kathy Bates plays the Governor.
Lords of Chaos: Jonas Akerlund’s biographical drama deals with a Norwegian teenager’s attempt to put his black metal band on the rock world’s map but instead invokes a bout of shockingly horrific events. With Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Sky Ferreira and Anthony De La Torre.
Out of Blue: Carol Morley has adapted Martin Amis’s novel and directs her screenplay in which New Orleans detective Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson) has to investigate the murder of an astrophysicist and black hole professor which proves to be more complex than she expected. With Mamie Gummer, James Caan, Jacki Weaver, Toby Jones, Aaron Tveit and Jonathan Majors.
3 Faces: An Iranian film from Jafar Panahi looks at the lives of three actresses including one who, when she learns that a young girl has been denied the chance of training at the Tehran drama school, goes on a visit to the girl’s village home. With Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei, Maedeh Erteghaei and Narges Delaram.
The Vanishing (aka Keepers): Kristoffer Nyholm’s mystery-thriller tells of the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers on a tiny isolated island. When a relief boat arrives with a replacement crew, the island is totally deserted. Everything appears to be in order, apart from the vanishing lighthouse keepers. With Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Connor Swindells, Soren Malling, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson and Gary Lewis.
Winterlong: David Jackson directs his own screenplay, his debut as a director. When Francis, a caravan dweller in Sussex, finds his estranged son Julian turning up on his doorstep, his life changes immeasurably, as he needs to learn how to be a father again. With Francis Magee, Harper Jackson, Carole Weyers, Doon Mackichan, Robin Weaver and Ian Puleston-Davies.

April 5:


Holy Lands: James Caan plays Harry Rosenmerck, an Ashkenazi Jewish American, who leaves his job as a successful cardiologist to pursue a new life as a pig farmer in Israel. From the director of the 2017 French farce Madame, Amanda Sthers, with Tom Hollander, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Efrat Dor, Rosanna Arquette and Patrick Bruel in support.

The Keeper: Bert Trautmann was the goalkeeper for Manchester City (1949 to 1964), but before then he was a Nazi. This is the remarkable true story of a German PoW whose life is transformed by the love of an English woman. David Kross plays Trautmann, with Freya Mavor as his love. Marcus H. Rosenmüller directs.



April 11:


Hellboy: A reboot of the Hellboy franchise originally created by Guillermo del Toro, itself based on the graphic novel, the new film was originally meant to be a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). But things change. Here, our devlish superhero (David Harbour) puts his best cloven foot forward to fight the ancient sorceress Nimue, the Queen of Blood (Milla Jovovich). Neil Marshall directs and Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim and Thomas Haden Church co-star.



April 19:

Greta: Beware the inscrutable piano teacher. And nobody can play inscrutable piano teachers like Isabelle Huppert (below). Here, she is befriended by an American waitress (Chloë Grace Moretz) after the latter finds her handbag on the New York subway… Big mistake. A psychological thriller from Neil Jordan, director of Mona Lisa and The Crying Game, with Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, Stephen Rea and Zawe Ashton in support.



April 25:


Avengers: Endgame: In the UK, Avengers: Infinity War was the highest grossing film of 2018. And it was only really half a movie. Now comes the second bit, the finale, or in Marvel-speak, the endgame. Following the mega-massacre at the end of Infinity War, the few remaining Avengers must re-assemble to combat the awful Thanos (Josh Brolin) and save the multi-verse. What drama. And for those who care, this is the 22nd entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Anthony and Joe Russo direct Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson (below), Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson and loads of other big stars.Available in IMAX and 3D.




April 26:


Bel Canto: When a world-class soprano (Julianne Moore) agrees to perform for a Japanese industrialist (Ken Watanabe) in South Africa, she finds herself in the middle of a hostage crisis. Paul Weitz directs his own adaptation of the novel by Ann Patchett, with Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Olek Krupa and Elsa Zylberstein co-starring.

The World is Yours: A drug dealer is desperate to change his life, so his next job, he swears, will be his last. And we’ve all heard that before. The French comedy was shot in France and in Benidorm in Spain. Romain Gavras directs Gabby Rose, Karim Leklou, Vincent Cassel and Isabelle Adjani.



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



August 16:


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. 



November 22:


Frozen II: Anna and Elsa are back.



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 and a rumoured Rami Malek. Cary Joji Fukunaga directs.



May 8 2020:


Legally Blonde 3: Reese Witherspoon returns as Ellie Woods.

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.