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The year may be drawing to a close but there’s no shortage of exciting new titles coming to UK cinemas.

January and February always see a deluge of new prestige pictures released in time for awards season as we build up towards the Oscars.

Here’s an overview of all the new releases hitting British screens over the coming months.

9 November

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The latest from the Coen Brothers is this highly anticipated Western anthology caper starring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Zoe Kazan and Tom Waits.

Tim Blake Nelson in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)

The feature is being distributed by Netflix and will appear on the streaming service from 16 November, but it’s also being given a short theatrical run in advance, giving audiences the chance to catch it first on the big screen.

Kin

Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid star in this new sci-fi adventure from brothers Jonathan and Josh Baker.

Concerning a teenager who discovers a high-tech weapon in a dystopian Detroit plagued by gangsters (think RoboCop), Kin comes from the producers of Stranger Things and Arrival and is scored by Mogwai.

The Grinch

A new CGI animation of Dr Seuss’s beloved 1957 Christmas fable – last adapted by Ron Howard in 2000 in a live-action telling starring Jim Carrey – with the eponymous misanthrope this time voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Wildlife

The directorial debut of actor Paul Dano, Wildlife is a period drama taken from the novel by Richard Ford and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan as a couple whose marriage is falling part.

Wildlife trailer

Mulligan in particular has been hotly-tipped for awards season recognition for her performance as an embittered swimming instructor who has an affair with one of her pupils.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Fred Rogers was a beloved children’s television host whose show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, ran from 1968 until 2001, teaching generations of young Americans how to be good citizens.

This documentary from Morgan Neville, who previously directed 20 Feet from Stardom (2013) and Best of Enemies (2015), examines the life and philosophy of its kindly subject.

16 November

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

A sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), JK Rowling’s prequel series to Harry Potter, this new instalment is again directed by franchise regular David Yates and once more stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer

The casting of Johnny Depp as the villain of the title has raised eyebrows in some quarters but this CGI spectacular is expected to prove a monster hit.

Suspiria

Luca Guadagnino follows his much-admired Call Me By Your Name with this hyper-stylised remake of Dario Argento’s classic 1977 Italian horror about sinister goings on at an elite ballet school.

Dakota Johnson in Suspiria (Amazon Studios)

Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz and featuring Thom Yorke’s first original score, Suspiria promises much and anticipation is high.

21 November

Robin Hood

Taron Egerton follows Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Errol Flynn in donning the famous Lincoln green tights of Britain’s favourite robber philanthropist.

Channelling the flashily kinetic blockbusters of Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn, Robin Hood has an interesting cast: Jamie Foxx (as Little John(, Ben Mendelsohn (as the Sheriff of Nottingham) and comedian Tim Minchin (as Friar Tuck).

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Horror specialist Fede Alvarez follows his superb burglary nightmare Don’t Breathe (2016) with the latest reboot of Stieg Larsson’s Lisabeth Salander series.

Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Sony)

Taken from David Lagercrantz’s final novel in the sequence, written after Larsson’s death, the new adaptation finds the redoubtable Claire Foy succeeding Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace as the goth computer hacker taking down establishment corruption.

23 November

Assassination Nation

Promising hints of Black Mirror, The Purge and American Vandal, director Sam Levinson’s dark satire examines the outbreak of anarchy in small-town Salem, Massachusetts, when a hacker steals everyone’s private data and dumps it in the public domain.

30 November

Creed II

Michael B Jordan returns as Adonis Creed in this sequel to Ryan Coogler’s triumphant Rocky reboot/spin-off.

Creed II trailer

Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson are also back for Creed’s bout with Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Soviet boxer Ivan Drago, who killed Creed’s father Apollo way back in Rocky IV (1985).

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Disney’s biggest animated offering of the season is this sequel to 2012’s well-liked Wreck-It Ralph, with John C Reilly returning as the arcade game hero.

The Wild Pear Tree

Acclaimed Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan returns after winning the 2014 Palme d’Or at Cannes with this masterly tale of a writer returning to his hometown, where he hopes to publish a novel but is plagued by responsibility for his late father’s debts.

7 December

Sorry to Bother You

Atlanta star Lakeith Stanfield leads this absurdist comedy from first-time director Boots Riley, about an African-American telemarketer who adopts a white voice on the phone to advance his career, only to be drawn into dark conspiracy.

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Sorry to Bother You (Sundance Institute)

One of the most keenly awaited debuts in years, the film stars Terry Crews, Danny Glover, David Cross and Armie Hammer.

The Old Man and the Gun

David Lowery follows A Ghost Story with this true crime comedy in which the great Robert Redford makes his acting swansong as prison escape specialist Forrest Tucker.

Based on David Grann’s 2003 New Yorker essay, the film was premiered at Telluride and prompted tips its star could score a sentimental final Oscar nomination.

14 December

Aquaman

Following supporting appearances in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), Jason Mamoa finally get his chance to impress as Arthur Curry, DC Comics’ answer to King Neptune.

Aquaman has a job on its hands if it hopes to rival the success of Wonder Woman (2017) but Saw (2004) director James Wan knows how to get a reaction from an audience and it certainly looks spectacular.

Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry in Aquaman (Warner Brothers)

Mortal Engines

Another left-field blockbuster is this from screenwriters Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the team behind the Lord of the Rings (2001-03) and Hobbit (2012-14) trilogies.

Adapted from Philip Reeve’s young adult novels about mechanised steampunk city-states warring with one another, Mortal Engines features a youthful cast led by Hugo Weaving. 

The House that Jack Built

What better way to ring in the Christmas season than with a family outing to the new Lars von Trier?

Jack, played by Matt Dillon, is, of course, a serial killer and the film an intense psychological horror. Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Sofie Grabol and Riley Keough round out a gifted cast. 

21 December

Mary Poppins Returns

In potentially the biggest box office smash of the season, Disney returns to the lamp-lit London of PL Travers’ magical nanny and Emily Blunt take on the role Julie Andrews made her own in 1964.

Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns (Jay Maidment/Disney)

Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer are the grown up Banks children, Hamilton author Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars and Dick van Dyke returns at the age of 92, the latter beaten only by 93-year-old Angela Lansbury cameoing in honour of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).

Papillon

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek appear as the legendary French prison escapee Henri Charriere and his accomplice Louis Dega, their story previously told in 1973 with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

26 December

Bumblebee

The first spin-off feature from the wildly popular Transformers franchise, Travis Knight’s film takes place 20 years before the events of the 2007 original and features Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena among its human contingent.

1 January

The Favourite

Olivia Colman stars as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz is Lady Sarah, the aristocrat who comes to rule early 18th century England in the sickly monarch’s stead. This handsome costume drama is the latest from the ever-unpredictable Greek surrealist Yorgos Lanthimos.

The leads have been tipped for awards season recognition, as has Emma Stone for her supporting role as Abigail, a new servant intent on exploiting her position to her advantage. 

11 January 

Stan and Ollie

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly are ideally cast as beloved slapstick comedians Laurel and Hardy in this biopic from Jon S Baird, recounting the duo’s tour to England in 1953 with their fame dwindling and health failing.

John C Reilly and Steve Coogan as Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel (Entertainment One Films)

The Front Runner

The new film from Jason Reitman – Juno (2007), Up in the Air (2009) – is this biopic of 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman).

Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons and Alfred Molina make up an enviable supporting cast and Jackman received early Oscar buzz after its premiere at Telluride in August.

18 January

Beautiful Boy

Belgian filmmaker Felix Van Groeningen makes his English language debut with this acclaimed drama about a father (Steve Carrell) attempting to improve relations with his teenage son (Timothee Chalamet), addicted to methamphetamines.

Glass

M Night Shyamalan unites characters from his films Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) for this new supernatural horror, bringing together Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson from the former and James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy from the more recent thriller. Sarah Paulson also joins the mini-cinematic universe.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie star as Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I respectively in Josie Rourke’s historical biopic, focusing on the rival between the distant cousins sparked when the former returns from France, a widow at 18, to claim her birthright.

Mary Queen of Scots trailer

25 January

Vice

Christian Bale reunites with director Adam McKay after The Big Short (2015) for what promises to be an eccentric biopic of Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s influential vice president.

In addition to Bale’s latest Method transformation, look out for Sam Rockwell as Bush, Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld and Tyler Perry as Colin Powell.

1 February

Green Book

An improbable comedy from one-time “gross out” king Peter Farrelly, Green Book stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson as a black concert pianist and the New York night club bouncer he hires to drive him across the Deep South in the 1960s. Based on a true story.

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1/17 The Guardians

From its slow-burning beginning, The Guardians develops into an epic melodrama. It’s a wartime story in which, for a change, the men are relegated to supporting roles. It follows in a tradition of French rural family sagas like Jean De Florette or Manon Des Sources. The landscapes and the changing seasons play as much of a part in the story as the main characters.

2/17 Dark River

Dark River offers little such consolation. It has some lyrical and delicate moments but the mood is generally overwhelmingly bleak and lugubrious. Incest and abuse don’t leave much space for any comic interludes. This is a powerful film with a grinding intensity about it. Light relief it isn’t but Dark River still has quite an impact.

Alamy

3/17 Zama

Late on in Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel’s startling, highly original new feature, Zama, a character who has just had both his arms cut off, is advised to “shove your stumps in the sand … if you don’t bleed out, you’ll survive.” It’s a grisly, darkly humorous moment in a film that continually surprises us with both its brutality and its lyricism.

The Match Factory

4/17 The Breadwinner

The most dispiriting aspect of this otherwise enrapturing Oscar-nominated animated feature is that its storyline still seems so current. The film depicts an Afghan society in which women don’t have a face. It is set during the Taliban rule, which lasted from the mid-1990s until late 2001, but this doesn’t feel like a period piece. Seventeen years after the Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan following the US invasion, the plight of women in the country appears hardly to have improved.

GKIDS

5/17 BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee’s work sometimes risks sensory overload. He fires off so many different ideas and storytelling styles that audiences can become bamboozled by his scattergun approach. BlacKkKlansman is one of his very best films because the digressions are as entertaining as ever but don’t get in the way of the main story.

AP

6/17 Early Man

Much of the pleasure in Aardman films has always lain in their gently ironic, Alan Bennett-like humour. They take very exotic characters and subject matter but then deal with them in a matter-of-fact fashion. They make a virtue out of their own relative modesty. Early Man isn’t the flashiest animated feature that you’ll see this year but it is certainly the most likeable.

7/17 Isle of Dogs

Like all of Wes Anderson’s work, Isle Of Dogs is very stylised, very offbeat and characterised by its extremely dry and often ironic humour. This Japanese-set stop-motion fable is also gorgeous to look at – packed full of intricate visual detail. It deals with some weighty themes (ethnic cleansing, fascism and corruption) but does so in an idiosyncratic fashion.

8/17 Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Writer-director Martin McDonagh has a host of award-winning plays behind him but his movies haven’t always lived up to his stage work. This one certainly does. It shares some of the dark and nihilistic humour found in McDonagh’s previous film, Seven Psychopaths.

9/17 A Quiet Place

In an era of wearisome poltergeist movies, haunted house stories and torture porn, A Quiet Place is a refreshingly pared-down and very original affair. Director John Krasinski relies on editing, sound effects and off-screen action to crank up the tension. We do see the creatures from time to time, sometimes even in extreme closeup. They are very grotesque, bigger versions of the polyp-like succubus which exploded out of John Hurt’s stomach in Alien. However, the most terrifying moments here come when the humans are waiting for them to appear, desperately hoping that they won’t.

Paramount Pictures

10/17 Lady Bird

Lady Bird is one of the best American coming-of-age films since Barry Levinson’s Diner. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, it offers an utterly winning mix of humour, poignancy and sharp-eyed social observation. Gerwig approaches her subject matter with the same tenderness and affectionate irony with which the adolescent Lady Bird regards Sacramento. Gerwig also shows Lady Bird’s heroism as the young heroine strives against the odds to become the very best version of herself she can be.

A24

11/17 Phantom Thread

If Phantom Thread is indeed Daniel Day-Lewis’s final film as an actor, he is going out on a wondrously bizarre note. This must be the oddest film in his career, one in which he gives a typically commanding but very idiosyncratic performance. Almost everything here is jarring – but generally in a very positive way.

12/17 First Reformed

It is not so long ago that Paul Schrader seemed to be giving up on cinema. The American writer-director (whose credits include Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and Affliction) had taken to making movies like the sour Hollywood satire The Canyons with Lindsay Lohan and the cartoonishly violent Dog Eat Dog, shot cheaply, aimed at a VOD audience. The former had a montage of closed-down movie theatres. In interviews, Schrader struck a gloomy note about the future of the industry. This is why First Reformed is so refreshing. This is not just Schrader’s best film in a very long while. It is also a re-affirmation of the director’s belief in the medium.

Rex

13/17 The Happy Prince

Oscar Wilde goes to ruin in Rupert Everett’s debut feature as director. Everett also wrote and stars in the film, giving a grandstanding performance as the Irish writer at the end of his life, after his release from prison, where he has been doing hard labour for “gross indecency”. This is a moving and surprising biopic that squeezes out every last drop of pathos from its subject matter.

BBC Films

14/17 Black Panther

Black Panther is not only one of the most entertaining recent superhero films but has an intelligence and a political dimension that such inchoate offerings as Suicide Squad and Justice League completely lacked. It is an action movie which touches on Pan-Africanism and which owes as much to Malcolm X as it does to Batman or Captain America.

Marvel Studios / Disney

15/17 Sicilian Ghost Story

Sicilian Ghost Story is a genre-bending affair that combines elements of teen romance, gothic psycho-drama and political thriller. It is loosely based on a true story of a boy called Giuseppe Di Matteo whose father, an ex-member of the Sicilian Mafia, turned “grass” against his erstwhile associates. The Mafia responded by kidnapping Giuseppe and keeping him in captivity for nearly 800 days.

Altitude

16/17 First Man

First Man is all about understated heroism. It’s affecting precisely because Armstrong (played with quiet intensity by Ryan Gosling) doesn’t feel the continual need to boast about his mission. The film is a tearjerker but a very subtle one.

AP

17/17 Dogman

Dogman is one of the best Italian films of recent times, a modern day neo realist fable that bears comparison with the great work of Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica et al. Its main character, the dog groomer Marcello (Marcello Fonte), is a wonderful creation: loveable, vulnerable, seedy and comic all at the same time.

Curzon Artificial Eye

1/17 The Guardians

From its slow-burning beginning, The Guardians develops into an epic melodrama. It’s a wartime story in which, for a change, the men are relegated to supporting roles. It follows in a tradition of French rural family sagas like Jean De Florette or Manon Des Sources. The landscapes and the changing seasons play as much of a part in the story as the main characters.

2/17 Dark River

Dark River offers little such consolation. It has some lyrical and delicate moments but the mood is generally overwhelmingly bleak and lugubrious. Incest and abuse don’t leave much space for any comic interludes. This is a powerful film with a grinding intensity about it. Light relief it isn’t but Dark River still has quite an impact.

Alamy

3/17 Zama

Late on in Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel’s startling, highly original new feature, Zama, a character who has just had both his arms cut off, is advised to “shove your stumps in the sand … if you don’t bleed out, you’ll survive.” It’s a grisly, darkly humorous moment in a film that continually surprises us with both its brutality and its lyricism.

The Match Factory

4/17 The Breadwinner

The most dispiriting aspect of this otherwise enrapturing Oscar-nominated animated feature is that its storyline still seems so current. The film depicts an Afghan society in which women don’t have a face. It is set during the Taliban rule, which lasted from the mid-1990s until late 2001, but this doesn’t feel like a period piece. Seventeen years after the Taliban were ousted from power in Afghanistan following the US invasion, the plight of women in the country appears hardly to have improved.

GKIDS

5/17 BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee’s work sometimes risks sensory overload. He fires off so many different ideas and storytelling styles that audiences can become bamboozled by his scattergun approach. BlacKkKlansman is one of his very best films because the digressions are as entertaining as ever but don’t get in the way of the main story.

AP

6/17 Early Man

Much of the pleasure in Aardman films has always lain in their gently ironic, Alan Bennett-like humour. They take very exotic characters and subject matter but then deal with them in a matter-of-fact fashion. They make a virtue out of their own relative modesty. Early Man isn’t the flashiest animated feature that you’ll see this year but it is certainly the most likeable.

7/17 Isle of Dogs

Like all of Wes Anderson’s work, Isle Of Dogs is very stylised, very offbeat and characterised by its extremely dry and often ironic humour. This Japanese-set stop-motion fable is also gorgeous to look at – packed full of intricate visual detail. It deals with some weighty themes (ethnic cleansing, fascism and corruption) but does so in an idiosyncratic fashion.

8/17 Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Writer-director Martin McDonagh has a host of award-winning plays behind him but his movies haven’t always lived up to his stage work. This one certainly does. It shares some of the dark and nihilistic humour found in McDonagh’s previous film, Seven Psychopaths.

9/17 A Quiet Place

In an era of wearisome poltergeist movies, haunted house stories and torture porn, A Quiet Place is a refreshingly pared-down and very original affair. Director John Krasinski relies on editing, sound effects and off-screen action to crank up the tension. We do see the creatures from time to time, sometimes even in extreme closeup. They are very grotesque, bigger versions of the polyp-like succubus which exploded out of John Hurt’s stomach in Alien. However, the most terrifying moments here come when the humans are waiting for them to appear, desperately hoping that they won’t.

Paramount Pictures

10/17 Lady Bird

Lady Bird is one of the best American coming-of-age films since Barry Levinson’s Diner. Written and directed by Greta Gerwig, it offers an utterly winning mix of humour, poignancy and sharp-eyed social observation. Gerwig approaches her subject matter with the same tenderness and affectionate irony with which the adolescent Lady Bird regards Sacramento. Gerwig also shows Lady Bird’s heroism as the young heroine strives against the odds to become the very best version of herself she can be.

A24

11/17 Phantom Thread

If Phantom Thread is indeed Daniel Day-Lewis’s final film as an actor, he is going out on a wondrously bizarre note. This must be the oddest film in his career, one in which he gives a typically commanding but very idiosyncratic performance. Almost everything here is jarring – but generally in a very positive way.

12/17 First Reformed

It is not so long ago that Paul Schrader seemed to be giving up on cinema. The American writer-director (whose credits include Taxi Driver, American Gigolo and Affliction) had taken to making movies like the sour Hollywood satire The Canyons with Lindsay Lohan and the cartoonishly violent Dog Eat Dog, shot cheaply, aimed at a VOD audience. The former had a montage of closed-down movie theatres. In interviews, Schrader struck a gloomy note about the future of the industry. This is why First Reformed is so refreshing. This is not just Schrader’s best film in a very long while. It is also a re-affirmation of the director’s belief in the medium.

Rex

13/17 The Happy Prince

Oscar Wilde goes to ruin in Rupert Everett’s debut feature as director. Everett also wrote and stars in the film, giving a grandstanding performance as the Irish writer at the end of his life, after his release from prison, where he has been doing hard labour for “gross indecency”. This is a moving and surprising biopic that squeezes out every last drop of pathos from its subject matter.

BBC Films

14/17 Black Panther

Black Panther is not only one of the most entertaining recent superhero films but has an intelligence and a political dimension that such inchoate offerings as Suicide Squad and Justice League completely lacked. It is an action movie which touches on Pan-Africanism and which owes as much to Malcolm X as it does to Batman or Captain America.

Marvel Studios / Disney

15/17 Sicilian Ghost Story

Sicilian Ghost Story is a genre-bending affair that combines elements of teen romance, gothic psycho-drama and political thriller. It is loosely based on a true story of a boy called Giuseppe Di Matteo whose father, an ex-member of the Sicilian Mafia, turned “grass” against his erstwhile associates. The Mafia responded by kidnapping Giuseppe and keeping him in captivity for nearly 800 days.

Altitude

16/17 First Man

First Man is all about understated heroism. It’s affecting precisely because Armstrong (played with quiet intensity by Ryan Gosling) doesn’t feel the continual need to boast about his mission. The film is a tearjerker but a very subtle one.

AP

17/17 Dogman

Dogman is one of the best Italian films of recent times, a modern day neo realist fable that bears comparison with the great work of Fellini, Rossellini, De Sica et al. Its main character, the dog groomer Marcello (Marcello Fonte), is a wonderful creation: loveable, vulnerable, seedy and comic all at the same time.

Curzon Artificial Eye

8 February

Boy Erased

Actor Joel Edgerton makes his directorial debut with this drama inspired by the memoir of Garrard Conley, the son of strict Baptists who is subjected to gay conversion therapy against his wishes.

Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe round out a superb cast.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins returns after (eventually) taking home the Best Picture Oscar in 2016 for Moonlight.

His new film, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel of the same name, is no compromised bid for the mainstream, offering instead an intimate account of one woman’s quest for justice after her husband is falsely accused of rape.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this Netflix drama about a teacher who goes too far in her fight to ensure a child prodigy has the chance to realise his true potential.

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The LEGO Movie 2

Warner Brothers seek to repeat the unexpected critical and commercial hit of the first outing with this return to Bricksburg after the events of Taco Tuesday.

Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett return among the voice cast while original creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller this time write and produce but hand over directorial duties to Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum.

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