BILLY SUTER summarises new films on circuit this week (shown in red and starting on Friday, January 15) as well as movies still on circuit.
Director: Robert Lorenz
Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Liam Neeson, Teresa Ruiz
An action-thriller centred on a rancher on the Arizona border. He becomes the unlikely defender of a young Mexican boy desperately fleeing the cartel assassins who’ve pursued him into the US.
PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Director: Emerald Fennell
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie
A comedy crime-drama centred on a young woman, traumatised by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.
Director: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Stars: Finn Cole, Travis Fimmel, Margot Robbie
A drama-thriller centred on a teenager’s adventures as a bounty hunter take an unexpected twist.
Director: Matteo Garrone
Stars: Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Rocco Papaleo
Old woodcarver Geppetto’s puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits.
Director: Pete Doctor and Kemp Powers
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton
An animated feature in which a musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body. He must then find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.
THE GOLDEN COCK: REVENGE OF MANU
Director: Masood Boomgaard
Stars: Masood Boomgaard, Logie Naidoo, Sanjeev Singh
A South African man ends up on the wrong side of a Durban crime kingpin but finds his luck changing when he kept alive by a mystical force known as The Golden Cock – a rooster that infuses him with an immense fighting spirit.
Director: Sean Durkin
Stars: Jude Law, Carrie Coon, Oona Roche
Well-received drama in which life for an entrepreneur and his American family begin to take a twisted turn after they move into an English country manor.
Director: Ute von Munchow-Pohl
Stars: Jelle Haase, Louis Hofmann, Leon Seidel
A German animated film centred on the legendary Elfkins (Heinzelmännchen) of Cologne, who were gnomes secretly helping craftsmen at night until they were ousted by a tailor’s malevolent wife 200 years ago. This is the story of their return.
LOVE, WEDDINGS AND OTHER DISASTERS
Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Maggie Grace, Diane Keaton, Jeremy Irons
This is a multi-story romantic comedy about the people who work on weddings to create the perfect day for a loving couple – while their own relationships are outlandish, odd, crazy and far from perfect.
Director: Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen
Stars: Kylian Trouillard, Alexis Victor, Marie Chevalot
A sequel to Son of Bigfoot, which sees Father use his new fame to fight against an Alaska oil company. Hwever, when he disappears the son, the mother, a raccoon and a bear head North to rescue him.
WONDER WOMAN 1984
Director: Patty Jenkins
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig
Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS
Director: Nicol Paone
Stars: Kat Dennings, Malin Ackerman
Abby is looking forward to a laidback Thanksgiving with her best friend Molly. But the friends’ plans for a quiet turkey dinner go up in smoke when they’re joined by Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother. Throw in some party crashers including Molly’s old flame, a wannabe shaman, and a trio of Fairy Gay Mothers, and it’s a recipe for a comically chaotic holiday no one will ever forget – even if they wanted to.
THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
Director: Joel Crawford
Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicolas Cage
An animated adventure in which the prehistoric family, the Croods, is challenged by a rival family, the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved.
Director: Paul W S Anderson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, T.I
When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.
Director: Mark Williams
Stars: Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh, Jai Courtney
An action-drama revolving around a notorious bank robber who, wanting to lead an honest life, turns himself in, only to be double-crossed by two ruthless FBI agents.
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Stars: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd
A drama revolving around a family struggling for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster.
AFTER WE COLLIDED
Director: Roger Kumble
Stars: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Dylan Sprouse
A romantic drama based on the 2014 romance novel of the same name, this follows the love life of two young adults.
THE WAR WITH GRANDPA
Director: Tim Hill
Stars: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle
A comedy in which, upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, a boy called Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Stars: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Sara Sohn
A homeschooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.