This review doesn’t need to lead with much of a recap, because you’ve seen it all before: evil AI sends a killer robot back in time to assassinate the future savior of humankind. Plucky human resistance sends a protector back in time to stop the killer robot (from the future!). Carnage. Mayhem. Explosions. The difference
Released: 31 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Mike Flanagan Writer: Mike Flanagan Cast: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyleigh Curran, Cliff Curtis, Zahn McClarnon Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… Oculus Two siblings try to prove that a haunted mirror was the cause of a traumatic childhood event in Flanagan’s tragic and vicious horror.
Released: 23 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Tim Miller Writer: David S. Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Billy Ray Cast: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna Distributor: 20th Century Fox If you like this, try… Terminator 2: Judgment Day Sarah Connor has come a long way across the three films but none are
Released: 25 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Justin Dec Writer: Justin Dec Cast: Elizabeth Lail, Anne Winters, Charlie McDermott Distributor: STX International If you like this, try… Final Destination 5 The sneaky conclusion to the Final Destination franchise proves that you really can’t cheat death! Writer/director Justin Dec reworks and updates a Final Destination style
Simply put, Joker is the story of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) and his transition from sadsack to supervillain. Josh: Need we say more? Everyone already knows the gist of the Joker. Arley: It’s important for people to know that this is not a Batman movie. You should not expect supervillain fights. The film mostly delivers
Released: Now streaming Cast: Paul Rudd, Aisling Bea, Alia Shawkat If you like this, try… Orphan Black No-one plays a dozen different characters quite like Tatiana Maslany in this clone drama. Proving that there’s no such thing as too much Paul Rudd is Living With Yourself, Netflix’s new comedy-drama. Miles (Rudd) is a jaded advertising
Released: 18 October 2019 Certificate: U Director: Will Becher, Richard Phelan Writer: Mark Burton, John Brown Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia Vitale Distributor: StudioCanal If you like this, try… Chicken Run Aardman’s best sees a group of plucky hens team up with a cocky rooster to break out of their enclosure. Considering the huge
Released: 18 October 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Ruben Fleischer Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Dave Callaham Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Rosario Dawson Distributor: Sony Pictures If you like this, try… Night Of The Living Deb Deb’s walk of shame takes her into a zombie apocalypse in this wonderful under-seen zom-com.
Released: 25 October Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… The Addams Family (1991) This film is likely to give you a hankering after the live action version, with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston. The Addams family’s first feature-length animated
Released: 15 November 2019 Director: Mirrah Foulkes Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie Distributor: Picturehouse Entertainment If you like this, try… The Company Of Wolves Angela Carter and Neil Jordan’s fantasy horror is startling and ripe with imagination. There are shades of Angela Carter’s feminist fairy tales in Australian director Mirrah Foulkes’s debut feature
Released: TBC Director: Shahad Ameen Cast: Basima Hajjar, Yagoub Alfarhan, Abdulaziz Shitan If you like this, try… Daughters Of The Dust Julie Dash’s seminal debut tells the story of a group of three generations of Gullah women with surreal flourishes. This exquisitely crafted and fiercely feminist debut feature from Saudi filmmaker Shahad Ameen toys with
Released: TBC Director: Jayro Bustamante Cast: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic Distributor: TBC If you like this, try… Atlantics Mati Diop’s haunting debut feature gives a powerful voice to those swept away in desperate sea crossings and the lovers they leave behind. Poetic justice is served up in Jayro Bustamante’s supernatural
Released: TBC Director: Fabrice du Welz Cast: Laurent Lucas, Benoît Poelvoorde, Martha Canga Antonio Distributor: TBC Director Fabrice du Welz concludes his Ardennes based trilogy, following Calvaire and Alleluia, with a nightmarish fairy-tale that recalls the striking rural magnificence of Terrence Malick’s Badlands. After the claustrophobic menace and quite frankly bleak backdrops of the aforementioned
Released: TBA Certificate: TBA Director: Jean-François Laguionie, Xavier Picard Writer: Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Le Ray Cast: Enrico Di Giovanni, Thomas Sagols Distributor: TBA If you like this, try… Moomins On The Riviera The Prince’s Voyage co-director Xavier Picard also made this outing for Tove Jansson’s creations. In 1999, Jean-François Laguionie, a French animator with directing
Released: 10 October 2019 Certificate: 12A Director: Ang Lee Writer: David Benioff, Billy Ray, Darren Lemke Cast: Will Smith, Will Smith, Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Benedict Wong Distributor: Paramount Pictures If you like this, try… Looper A hitman hired to kill targets sent back from the future is confronted with killing his older self.
Released: 27 September 2019 Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett Cast: Samara Weaving, Mark O’Brien, Andie MacDowell, Henry Czerny, Adam Brody Distributor: Fox “Fucking rich people!” screams Grace, long after she’s come to terms with the fact that the family she’s just married into are trying to sacrifice her to an entity who they believe demands
James Gray’s Ad Astra is the most recent example of the subgenre that I have called the spacesuit film, dedicated to realistic portrayals of space travel in the near future; and in keeping with tradition, it offers an ample amount of the breathtaking astronomical vistas and meticulously detailed spacecraft that audiences have come to expect
Chapter two of Stephen King’s epic horror story opens 27 years after the members of the Losers Club — Bev (Jessica Chastain), Bill (James McAvoy), Richie (Bill Hader), Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), Ben (Jay Ryan), Eddie (James Ransone), and Stanley (Andy Bean) — defeated Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård) in 2017’s It. Now, evil has resurfaced
Released: 18 September Certificate: 12A Director: James Gray Cast: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox If you like this, try… First Man Damian Chazelle’s poignant and creative take on Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon is an emotional journey. At each point of his journey into deep space, astronaut Roy McBride
Released: TBC Certificate: TBC Director: Rose Glass Writer: Rose Glass Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer, Lily Knight It is not every day that a new film arrives with as many hopes hanging over it as there were over Rose Glass’ Saint Maud. If the introduction of a new voice in the UK landscape
Released: Out now Certificate: 18 Director: Ari Aster Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, Will Poulter Distributor: Entertainment Film If you like this, try… The Ruins In another sun-soaked nightmare, a group of friends finds an ancient Mayan ruin but angers the locals. It took almost three decades for the director’s
Although it’s easiest to describe Brightburn as “Superman, but evil,” it’s a mistake to think of it as a superhero movie. It is, rather, a pretty straightforward horror movie. It stars Elizabeth Banks and David Denman as the Kent-like parents of Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn), an alien child they find in a crashed spaceship.
Released: Out now Creator: René Echevarria, Travis Beacham Cast: Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, Tamzin Merchant, David Gyasi, Jared Harris, Indira Varma Distributor: Amazon Studios If you like this, try… American Gods Like Carnival Row, American Gods is an ambitious fantasy thriller that mixes violence, sex and mythology. In the fantasy world of Carnival Row, tensions between
Released: 6 September 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Andy Muschietti Writer: Gary Dauberman Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Isiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, Bill Skarsgard Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Nancy returns to help a gang of teens face Freddy in the
Released: 4 October Certificate: 15 TBC Director: Todd Phillips Writer: Todd Phillips, Scott Silver Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, Brian Tyree Henry Distributor: Warner Bros What makes the Joker such a threatening villain? Until now, he’s been a psychopathic enigma, wreaking havoc across Gotham and taunting Batman with his maniacal cackle.
Stirring mental illness into supernatural horror is a tricky thing to get right. The allure of the “is this really happening?” element is understandable but it can be so dispiritingly manipulative and exploitative when done carelessly, so: hats off to director Brian Hanson and his co-writer Richard Handley for working hard to maintain ambiguity and
A title like Sadistic Intentions comes with a certain expectation/bracing oneself, but writer-director Eric Pennycoff’s tightly wound debut is more interested in exactly what the title describes, and whether or not said intentions will come to fruition, than a violent payoff. After a shocking prologue, we watch as Chloe (Taylor Zaudtke) receives a phone call
The oxymoronic title of Dark Light involves a paradox. Like a Buddhist koan, it announces the film as a contradictory challenge that the viewer, sitting in the dark cinema looking at the flickering light projected onto the screen, must try to resolve, even if resolution is ultimately impossible. This is an impression reinforced by the
As its title implies, Master Of Dark Shadows, directed by David Gregory (Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr Moreau, 2014; Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death Of Al Adamson, 2019), has two focal points. The first is the romantic gothic TV series Dark Shadows that played on
The beginning of Henry Jacobson’s feature debut Bloodline seems comfortable (at least to the horror viewer) because it is so steeped in cliché. A nurse (Christie Herring) wanders an empty hospital corridor at night, thinks she hears something behind her, enters the shower room, undresses, and has a shower, while a POV shot makes it