There are so many films that I haven’t been able to include in this list, but I’ve tried to only cut out the films that have little information available. A few other films that are worth keeping an eye on include Uncharted, BIOS, Barbie, Many Saints of Newark, Snake Eyes, Still Water, Infinite, Ammonite, and John Henry.
Queen & Slim (31st Jan)
Directed by Melina Matsoukas in her feature directorial debut and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith in the lead roles, the film is a modern twist on the Thelma and Louise plot as two African-Americans go on the run after killing a police officer in self-defence during a traffic stop gone wrong on their first date. The film also stars Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson and Indya Moore.
Just Mercy (17th Jan)
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and based on the memoir of the same name by Bryan Stevenson, the film follows the true story of a world-renowned civil rights defence attorney who works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner. It stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Rob Morgan, Tim Blake Nelson, Rafe Spall, and Brie Larson.
Dark Waters (28th Feb)
Directed by Todd Haynes and based on the 2016 article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare” by Nathaniel Rich which was published in The New York Times Magazine, the film follows a corporate defence attorney who takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution. It stars Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, William Jackson Harper, and Bill Pullman.
The Assistant (31st Jan)
Written and directed by Kitty Green, the film follows a searing look at a day in the life of an assistant to a powerful executive. As Jane (Julia Garner) follows her daily routine, she grows increasingly aware of the insidious abuse that threatens every aspect of her position. The film also stars Matthew Macfadyen, Kristine Froseth, Makenzie Leigh, Noah Robbins, Dagmara Domińczyk and Purva Bedi.
Greed (21st Feb)
Written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, the film is a satire about the world of the super-rich and stars Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson, Asa Butterfield, Dinita Gohil, Shanina Shaik and Sarah Solemani.
Promising Young Woman (17th April)
Following a young woman who is traumatized by a tragic event in her past, she seeks out vengeance against men who cross her path. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell in her directorial debut, the film stars Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Connie Britton and Laverne Cox.
Free Guy (1st July)
Directed by Shawn Levy and starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi, the film follows a bank teller who discovers that he’s actually an NPC inside a brutal, open-world video game.
The Photograph (6th March)
Written and directed by Stella Meghie, Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield lead this romantic drama that follows a series of intertwining love stories set in the past and in the present.
The Last Full Measure (24th Jan)
Written and directed by Todd Robinson, the film follows the true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine) who personally saved over sixty men, making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. 32 years later, Scott Huffman (Sebastian Stan) is tasked with investigating a Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger made by his best friend (William Hurt) and his parents (Christopher Plummer and Diane Ladd), for which Huffman seeks out the testimony of Army veterans who witnessed Pitsenbarger’s extraordinary valour, including Takoda (Samuel L. Jackson), Burr (Peter Fonda) and Mott (Ed Harris).
The Way Back (13th March)
Also known as Finding The Way Back and directed by Gavin O’Connor, the film follows a former HS basketball phenom (Ben Affleck) struggling with alcoholism, who is offered a coaching job at his alma mater. As the team starts to win, he may have a reason to confront his old demons. But will it be enough to set him on the road to redemption? The film also stars Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, and Glynn Turman.
Escape from Pretoria (6th March)
Based on the real-life prison escape of three young political prisoners from jail in South Africa in 1979 and based on a book by one of the escapees, Tim Jenkin, called Inside Out: Escape from Pretoria Prison, the film is directed by Francis Annan. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Webber, Ian Hart, Mark Leonard Winter, and Nathan Page.
Misbehaviour (13th March)
Directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, the film follows the events of the 1970 Miss World competition, which saw the crowning of the first black competitor, as a group of women hatch a plan to disrupt the beauty competition in London. It stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Manville, Rhys Ifans and Greg Kinnear.
Proxima (17th April)
A French drama film directed by Alice Winocour, the films stars Eva Green as Sarah, a woman who is trying to balance her work as an astronaut as she prepares for a year-long stint on the International Space Station with her family life as a mother to her eight-year-old daughter, Stella (Zélie Boulant). The film also stars Lars Eidinger, Matt Dillon, and Sandra Hüller and was shot in various real training facilities of the European Space Agency.
Monster Hunter (TBC)
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and based on the video game by Capcom, the film follows Lt. Artemis (Milla Jovovich) who, along with her loyal soldiers, is transported to a new world where they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. It also stars Tony Jaa, T.I., Ron Perlman, Meagan Good and Diego Boneta.