131 films coming out in the UK between now and Christmas

Odd List Martin Anderson 26 Feb 2009 - 05:44
No, MORE than six.

The plots, actors, directors and release dates for nearly a year's worth of movies…

nb. Ratings, where given, are based on UK release information. Films listed are ones with a scheduled release date, and these are subject to change.

Friday 27 February 2009

The International (15)
Director: Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run)
Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts.
Interpol agent Owen Manhattan Assistant DA Watts go hunting the most powerful and corrupt bank on the planet.

New In Town (12A)
Director: Jonas Elmer
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr.
Doc Hollywood with a woman, basically. Miami businesswoman Zellweger gets waylaid (at the very least) in a sleepy Minnesota town.

The Unborn (15)
Director: David Goyer
Starring: Gary Oldman, Odette Yustman
A dybbuk is the little-seen supernatural nasty plaguing Yustman in the Dark Knight writer’s first directorial effort since The Invisible (2007).

Friday 6 March 2009

Flame And Citron (15)
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Starring: Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen
The tale of two resistance fighters in the Holger Danske group in World War II.

Reverb (15)
Director: Eitan Arrusi
Starring: Leo Gregory, Eva Birthistle
A band desperate for a new tune find a potent and powerful old recording that sets horrific events in motion. But it’s not Evil Dead.

Surveillance (18)
Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Starring: Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman
FBI agent Pullman hunts down a serial killer from the wildly different accounts of three of his intended victims.

Watchmen (18)
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
A group of Swiss watchmakers gather round in their local pub to recall the highs and lows of their careers. (Not really, it’s a bunch of superheroes being sexy and explosive).

The Young Victoria (PG)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Miranda Richardson, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Princess Beatrice.
Check out the cast for the royal endorsement, in this tale of the early years of the monarch.

Wednesday 11 March 2009

Marley And Me (PG)
Director: David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada)
Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston
An unruly and neurotic dog drives home some life lessons for a dysfunctional family. But will it live? No wonder old people and dogs look nervous in movies.

Friday 13 March 2009

Bronson (18)
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Starring: Kelly Adams, Tom Hardy.
The film that will continue to puzzle Death Wish fans who haven’t heard about it, this chronicles the life of notorious British prisoner Charles Bronson. Not the actor. The prisoner.

The Burning Plain
Director: Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams)
Starring: Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger
Basinger and Theron are the mother and daughter unable to resolve their differences in the film that many blokes might have to pay for Watchmen with.

Hush (15)
Director: Mark Tonderai
Starring: William Ash, Christine Bottomley
It’s not Duel, it’s a totally different film, as a horrific cat-and-mouse game unfurls on the arid plains of American motorways.

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (18)
Director: Mark Hartley
Starring: Alan Arkin, Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper and many others.
This looks to be quite a laugh, as Hartley delves into the formative period of Australian cinema, back when it didn’t have quite the clout it does now.

Friday 20 March 2009

The Age Of Stupid
Director: Franny Armstrong
Starring: Pete Postlethwaite is the archivist and narrator of a ruined world in this look at the threat we face from climate change.

Bottle Shock
Director: Randall Miller
Starring: Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, Eliza Dushku, Bill Pulman
Californian wine comes up against French wine in the 1970s. It’s a lot sexier than it sounds.

Diminished Capacity
Director: Terry Kinney
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda, Virginia Madsen
Broderick is a Chicago journalist injured in an accident looking to sell a rare baseball card to sustain his increased living expenses.

Duplicity
Director: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti
Corporate spies with a steamy history get together to pull a sting on their old bosses.

Lesbian Vampire Killers
Director: Phil Claydon
Starring: Paul McGann, James Corden , Mathew Horne
Two slacker hitch-hikers inadvertently find themselves defending a Welsh village from Sapphic bloodsuckers that have beguiled the womenfolk.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop
Director: Steve Carr
Starring: Kevin James, Keir O'Donnell, Jayma Mays
A shopping mall taken over by a gang of crooks – but can the under-appreciated security guard save the day?

Wednesday 25 March 2009

Knowing
Director: Alex Proyas (I, Robot, Dark City)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Luke Calder
Based on a 1952 short story, Nic Cage opens a time capsule containing some chilling predictions that could have global consequences.

Friday 27 March 2009

The Damned United
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent
Michael ‘No fictional roles please) Sheen is Brian Clough in this intense look at his 44 days in charge of Leeds United.

Flash Of Genius
Director: Marc Abraham
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Alan Alda, Jake Abel
The producer of Children Of Men turns to the director’s chair for this tale of inventor Robert Kearns' long battle with the U.S. automobile industry.

Genova
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Monica Bennati
Don’t look now, but here’s a story about a man who moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a road accident.

Life Before Her Eyes
Director: Vadim Perelman
Starring: Uma Thurman, Evan Rachel Wood, Eva Amurri
A woman is haunted by her survival of a Columbine-like massacre two decades earlier, and the increasing guilt takes its toll on her current life.

Traitor (12A)
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce .
FBI agent Pearce heads up an investigation into an international conspiracy, but all roads – and leads – seem to lead him home, to U.S. Special Operations officer Cheadle.

Two Lovers
Director: James Gray
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow
Phoenix is torn between a semi-arranged marriage to a family friend and his attraction to a weird and eccentric new neighbour.
 
Tyson
Director: James Toback
Starring: Mike Tyson! Original interviews and archival footage reconstruct the often controversial life of the famed boxer.

Friday 3 April 2009

The Boat That Rocked
Director: Richard Curtis
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh.
Pirate radio was big in the 1960s, with off-shore transmitters and crazy tales abounding…

Monsters Vs. Aliens (3D)
Director: Rob Letterman
Starring: Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland .
A meteorite transforms a young girl into a giant monster, so she’s taken to a government lab where she meets others similarly afflicted...

Wednesday 8 April 2009

Dragonball Evolution
Director: James Wong
Starring: Justin Chatwin, Joon Park, Jamie Chung
The warrior Chatwin quests to collect a set of seven magical orbs that can grant their wielder unlimited power.

Friday 10 April 2009

17 Again
Director: Burr Steers
Starring: Matthew Perry, Mike O'Donnell, Zac Efron, Leslie Mann
Slacker gets to rewrite his life from age 17. Could be Big, Peggy Sue.

Fifty Dead Men Walking
Director: Kari Skogland
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Rose McGowan
Based on the true story of a British police spy in the IRA.

Fast And The Furious (aka, Fast And The Furious 4)
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Ex-con Walker teams up with Vin Diesel to infiltrate the gang of a heroin importer .

I Love You Man
Director: John Hamburg
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel
Rudd seeks a best man for his wedding, but ends up with an unwelcome interloper in his relationship with Rashida Jones.

Let The Right One In (15)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson
A young boy’s emotional reliance on a vampire leads to an emotional and moral quandary.

Race To Witch Mountain
Director: Andy Fickman
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds
A cabbie helps a UFO expert protect two kids with paranormal powers from an organisation with evil ends in mind for the little ones.

Tony Manero
Director: Pablo Larrain
Starring: Alfredo Castro, Raúl Peralta, Héctor Morales
The true story of a serial killer in Mexico City obsessed with John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever.

Friday 17 April 2009

Crank: High Voltage (aka. Crank 2: High Voltage)
Director: Mark Neveldine
Starring: Amy Smart, Jason Statham ...
Amazingly, he lived. But can he last to the end of yet another enjoyably absurd two hours?

Good
Director: Vicente Amorim
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker .
The rise of Nazism depicted, and a contemporary parallel about what – and who - a frightened and poor people will resort to.

In The Loop
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Chris Addison, Chizzy Akudolu, Peter Capaldi .
TVs The Thick of It heads to the big screen in a satire on Anglo-American politics in the 21st Century.

The Uninvited (15)
Director: The Guard Brothers
Starring: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks ..
Emily Browning, released from a mental institution, may be under natural or supernatural attack when she returns home to find her stepmother gunning for her...

Friday 24 April 2009

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (15)
Director: Gareth Carrivick
Starring: Anna Faris, Chris O'Dowd, Dean Lennox Kelly
A pub may not be the best venue to negotiate the quandaries and contradictions of time-travel, but that’s exactly what three friends do in this movie.

Gigantic
Director: Matt Aselton
Starring: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman
Dano’s plan to adopt a Chinese baby is interrupted – or perhaps accelerated – by the arrival of a strange drifter (Deschanel).

Observe And Report
Director: Jody Hill
Starring: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta
Bi-polar mall security guard Rogen is unable to stop the flasher infesting his shopping mall, and a detective is brought in.

Outlander (15)
Director: Howard McCain
Starring: James Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Jack Huston
In the time of the Vikings, alien warrior Caviezel brings his own worst nemesis to Earth, and it’s a free-for-all in the middle-ages…

Shifty
Director: Eran Creevy
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Daniel Mays, Jason Flemyng
Get Shifty? Jason Mays returns to his old haunting-ground after four years to catch up on unfinished business with Ahmed.

State Of Play
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe
The BBC thriller gets the big-screen Hollywood treatment, as a team of investigative reporters work with the police to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.

Wednesday 29 April 2009

X Men Origins: Wolverine
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber .
The mutton-chopped crusader shows his origins in possibly one of the most over-cast superhero epics ever.

Friday 1 May 2009

The Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Lacey Chabert
McConaughey is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother's wedding.

Hannah Montana: The Movie
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus
Hannah’s popularity convinces her father to send her to seek out her roots and get some perspective on her life.

Is Anybody There?
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Thelma Barlow, Michael Caine, Linzey Cocker .
A young boy stuck at home in his parents 1980s boarding house for the elderly takes to taping the residents, and looking for signs of life after death.

Friday 8 May 2009

Cheri
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend .
The son of a 1920s Parisian courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.

Coraline (PG) (3D)
Director: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French
A secret door in Dakota Fanning’s new home leads her into amazing adventures…

Star Trek
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Kirk, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana
Young Kirk is coaxed into starfleet, only to have to cope with the usual race-threatening situation that will plague his career.

Thursday 14 May 2009

Angels and Demons
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor ..
Hanks’ bemulleted sleuth must solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.

Friday 15 May 2009

The Descent: Part 2 (aka The Descent )
Director: Jon Harris
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Krysten Cummings
It was all a dream. Errr no it wasn’t. Or was it? Anyway, time to make an immediate and unwise re-descent into the lair of that LotR-style beastie…

Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Sadie Goldstein
The construction of a life-size replica of New York inside a warehouse as part of  a theatre-director's new work brings him into conflict with the women in his life.

Friday 22 May 2009

Awaydays
Director: Pat Holden
Starring: Stephen Graham, Nicky Bell, Liam Boyle .
“On the Wirral in the grim early years of Margaret Thatcher's premiership, the opportunities for thrill seeking young men looking to escape 9 to 5 drudgery are what they've always been: sex, drugs, rock n' roll, fashion, football and fighting.”

Fighting
Director: Dito Montiel
Starring: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzmán
New York counterfeiter Tatum is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by old hand Howard, who becomes his manager in the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.

Fired Up!
Director: Will Gluck
Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Eric Christian Olsen, Sarah Roemer
Two jocks ditch football camp for cheerleader camp. Sounds reasonable.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Amy Adams, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais
More CGI shenanigans after hours in Ben Stiller’s magic museum.

Tormented
Director: Jon Wright
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, April Pearson, Georgia King
Bullied teenager returns from the dead to wreak revenge on his tormentors.

Wednesday 27 May 2009

12 Rounds
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: John Cena, Ashley Scott, Steve Harris .
Cena has to complete 12 challenges to rescue his kidnapped girlfriend. Feel like you already Saw it?

Friday 29 May 2009

Drag Me To Hell
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver
Loan officer Lohman), forced to evict an old woman, finds herself cursed, resorting to a seer to save her soul.

Fugitive Pieces
Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Starring: Stephen Dillane, Rade Serbedzija, Rosamund Pike
“A child escapes from Poland during World War II and first heads to Greece before coming of age in Canada. “

Management
Director: Stephen Belber
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Gavin Bristol, Don Burns .
Aniston is the travelling art saleswoman who can’t shake off persistent and besotted Gavin Bristol.

Obsessed
Director: Steve Shill
Starring: Beyoncé Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter ...
“A successful professional man with a beautiful wife finds his idyllic life threatened by a temp in his office who reveals herself as a stalker.”

Friday 5 June 2009

Old Dogs
Director: Walt Becker
Starring: John Travolta, Seth Green, Robin Williams, Matt Dillon
“Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins”

Terminator: Salvation
Director: McG
Starring: Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard
John Connor finally gets down and dirty in the post-apocalyptic survival struggle with the dominant machines. But will there be any time-travel?

Friday 12 June 2009

Blood: The Last Vampire
Director: Chris Nahon
Starring: Gianna Jun, Koyuki, Allison Miller ..
A vampire goes undercover to find a demon in post WWII Japan.

Looking For Eric
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Matthew McNulty, Eric Cantona, Lucy-Jo Hudson
A postman in crisis goes in search of famous footballer Eric Cantona, who he thinks can help him solve his problems.

Miss March
Director: Zach Cregger
Starring: Zach Cregger, Raquel Alessi, Molly Stanton ... Candace
A man wakes from a coma to find his girlfriend is now a centrefold. He heads off on a road-trip to gate-crash the publisher’s party and win her back.

Friday 19 June 2009

44 Inch Chest
Director: Malcolm Venville
Starring: Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, John Hurt .
One I’m looking forward to: a cuckolding lover is kidnapped by her husband and friends.

The Haunting In Connecticut
Director: Peter Cornwell
Starring: Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen .
A family moves into a house that turns out to be an ex-mortuary – and haunted.

The Year One
Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Olivia Wilde
Two slacker Neanderthals are banished from their village and set off on an epic journey through the ancient world.

Friday 26 June 2009

My Sister's Keeper
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Starring: Alec Baldwin, Cameron Diaz, Joan Cusack
“A former attorney returns to the courtroom after a young teen learns the truth behind her conception, and looks to be emancipated from her parents.”

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Director: Michael Bay -
Starring: Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, America Olivo .
A bunch of impossibly compressible robots slug it out again as the humans dive for cover.

Wednesday 1 July 2009

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (aka Ice Age 3) (3D)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: Seann William Scott, John Leguizamo, Josh Peck
Two movies and still no acorn! They’ve certainly built it up by now.

Friday 3 July 2009

Public Enemies
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup .
Depp’s on the trail of John Dillinger as Universal goes for the genre that made Warner Bros so much money in the 1920s-30s.

Friday 17 July 2009

Adventureland
Director: Greg Mottola
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr ..
In 1987 Eisenberg finds that a dead-end minimum wage job in a theme park proves the best preparation for life.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
The young (but not as young as he was) wizard learns more about Voldemort’s past.

Friday 24 July 2009

The Taking of Pelham 123
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Luis Guzmán
A group of criminals hold a subway car hostage. Tony Scott takes on a lot, as the original Walter Matthau 1970s version takes some beating.

Friday 31 July 2009

The Hangover
Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha
Three groomsmen must retrace their steps in Las Vegas in order to find the groom they have mislaid.

Imagine That
Director: Karey Kirkpatrick
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker
“A financial executive (Murphy) who can't stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter's imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await. “

Land Of The Lost
Director: Brad Silberling
Starring: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel
Ferrell and Friel get lost in an alternative world full of dinosaurs, where their new primate friend helps them to get by.

Friday 7 August 2009

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (aka G.I. Joe)
Director: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans
“An elite military unit comprised of special operatives known as G.I. Joe, operating out of The Pit, takes on an evil organization led by a notorious arms dealer.”

The Proposal
Director: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds
Bullock is the pushy boss that forces Reynolds to marry her so that she won’t get deported to Canada.

They Came From Upstairs
Director: John Schultz
Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Robert Hoffman, Andy Richter
A group of kids protect their vacation home from aliens.

The Tooth Fairy
Director: Michael Lembeck
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews .
Dwayne Johnson is punished for a bad deed by having to serve a week as the tooth fairy.

Friday 14 August 2009

Shorts
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon
“A young boy's discovery of a colourful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.”

The Ugly Truth
Director: Robert Luketic
Starring: Gerard Butler, Katherine Heigl
“A romantically challenged morning show producer (Heigl) is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent (Butler) to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. “

Friday 21 August 2009

Final Destination 4 3D (aka Final Destination: Death Trip 3D)
Director: David R. Ellis
Starring: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Haley Webb
This time? Car-race crash. Now to see what ghastly nemeses death will swing at those who escaped…and in 3D too!

I Love You Beth Cooper
Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Hayden Panettiere, Samm Levine .
A nerdy valedictorian declares his impossible love for the hottest girl in school, only to have her show up on his doorstep to show him the time of his life. Working title: Charity Shag.

Inglourious Basterds
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Mélanie Laurent .
Tarantino’s long delayed war-epic finally hits the big screen in a Dirty-Dozen-style mission caper.

Friday 28 August 2009

A Perfect Getaway
Director: David Twohy
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Timothy Olyphant, Marley Shelton
Honeymooners Steve Zahn and Jovovich are stalked by a pair of killers.

Broken Embraces
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Lola Dueñas ..
“Almodovar has described the movie as an amour fou involving four characters (played by Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Lluis Homar and Jose Luis Gomez) in the style of a hard-boiled, '50s American film noir. “

Funny People
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen
A dying comedian hires an assistant to groom as his replacement.

Friday 4 September 2009

All About Steve
Director: Phil Traill
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, Bradley Cooper
Eccentric crossword puzzler Bullock trails a CNN cameraman all over the country, trying to convince him that they are meant for each other. Reverse the roles and it’s a horror film. Actually, it might be a horror film anyway.

Case 39
Director: Christian Alvart
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane .
Zellweger fights to save a girl from her abusive parents.

Last House On The Left
Director: Dennis Iliadis
Starring: Sara Paxton, Tony Goldwyn
Can it be as nasty as the original, or garner the same dark reputation in the Saw era?

Friday 11 September 2009

Dorian Gray
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall
Wilde's dark parable retold!

Pandorum
Director: Christian Alvart
Starring: Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid
In 2017, vampires are the dominant race. No Will Smith though, and there's more than one human left...

Friday 18 September 2009

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 3D
Director: Phil Lord
Starring: Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell ..
Of course Bruce Campbell is in a film with such a title! Food begins to fall from the sky in this tale of a scientist seeking to end world hunger. Should be good in 3D!

Dance Flick
Director: Damien Dante Wayans
Starring: Shoshana Bush, Chelsea Makela .
The Wayans clan attack dancing movies.

Friday 25 September 2009

Creation
Director: Jon Amiel
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany .
The excellent Jon Amiel comes up with a biopic of Charles Darwin, who struggled to balance his theories with the spiritual life of his religious wife.

Fame
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Starring: Debbie Allen, Kay Panabaker
Like they could remake this tale of the NYSPA without Debbie Allen. She'd make you pay.

Surrogates
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Bruce Willis, Rosamund Pike, Ving Rhames
T3 director Mostow brings us this tale of a society where avatars aren't just for the web - they go out and do your stuff in the real world. Bruce Willis is the future cop looking for an answer to an avatar-related murder.

Friday 2 October 2009

Men Who Stare At Goats
Director: Grant Heslov
Starring: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges ..
A reporter seems to have uncovered a cadre of psychic super-soldiers in Iraq.

Toy Story In  3D
Director: John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack
A re-render, and suddenly this early CGI movie is leaping out of the screen at us...

Friday 9 October 2009

Armored
Director: Nimród Antal
Starring: Columbus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne
A guard for an armoured truck company is persuaded to help his pals pull off a $10 million heist.

Jennifer's Body
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried
A cheerleader gets possessed and starts offing her room-mates.

Shutter Island
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo Di Caprio,  Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer
With a Jurassic Park-style hurricane bearing down on them (what is it with islands?), U.S. Marshals investigate the disappearance of a multiple murderer patient from  a secret government institution.

Friday 16 October 2009

The Spy Next Door
Director: Brian Levant
Starring: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta
A martial arts genius babysitting some kids has to fight off waves of secret agents who are after a download code.

Up (3D)
Director: Pete Docter
Starring: Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Delroy Lindo
Disney tells the tale of a septuagenarian who ties thousands of balloons to his home and takes off on a great adventure.

Friday 23 October 2009

Cirque Du Freak
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Salma Hayek, Ray Stevenson, John C. Reilly, Willem Dafoe
A young boy is brought into the life of a travelling circus by a vampire.

Fantastic Mr Fox
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray
Farmers conspire against the fox stealing their chickens.

A Thousand Words
Director: Brian Robbins
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Cliff Curtis .
Murphy learns that he only has 1000 words left to speak before he dies.

Friday 30 October 2009

Taking Woodstock
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Demetri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman ...
"A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969."

When In Rome
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Starring: Alexis Dziena, Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel
Holidaying New Yorker Bell steals a coin from a fountain in Rome and is pursued by an army of ardent lovers.

Zombieland
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Starring: Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Woody Harrelson
'The most frightened man on Earth' hides from a global army of zombies until a cache of survivors draw him out.

Friday 6 November 2009

Christmas Carol (3D & Imax)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
Multiple roles for Carrey in Zemeckis festive follow-up to The Polar Express.

The Informant
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey, Tom Wilson
Great to see the excellent Thomas Wilson (Griff/Biff etc in the Back To The Future movies) making an appearance in this tale of an agricultural giant pursued by the US government for price-fixing.

The Wolfman
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins
FX wizard Johnston mostly eschews CGI to bring the classic tale of lycanthropy back to the big screen.

Friday 13 November 2009

2012
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Amanda Peet
Roland Emmerich continues to pursue his theme of global destruction, and God knows it's never been more popular in Hollywood.

The Box
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: James Marsden, Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella
You won't get Langella for that price again. A married couple get a small box as a gift. It bestows riches, but every time it's used, someone dies somewhere in the world.

Sherlock Holmes
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Jude Law
Ritchie's unlikely subject material finds Holmes and Watson battling to save England.

Friday 20 November 2009

Planet 51
Director: Jorge Blanco
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel
Animated adventure featuring a planet that lives in fear of invasion and then gets a visit from...us!

The Step Father
Director: Nelson McCormick
Starring: Amber Heard, Penn Badgley, Christopher Meloni
A man in search of the perfect family isn't happy with his latest attempt, and decides to get rid of them and start over.

Friday 4 December 2009

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore
Director: Brad Peyton
Starring: Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer, Paul Rodriguez .
More felines and pooches battling for world domination in this animated adventure.

Friday 18 December 2009

James Cameron's Avatar (3D)
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez ..
A paraplegic war veteran is given a new corporeal stand-in on another planet. This is the film which spells out the future for 3D in Hollywood.

St Trinians 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold
Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Unconfirmed.
This is what you'll be watching if you can't get into Avatar, so book early.

Saturday 26 December 2009

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel
Director: Betty Thomas
Starring: Justin Long, Jason Lee, Jesse McCartney
And we must end this list, sadly, on that note.

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