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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA: TRANSFORMANIA - CERT PG Released Fri 8 October
With the voices of Brian Hull, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Buscemi, David Spade Directed by Derek Drymon and Jennifer Kluska
This is the fourth and final installment of the computer-animated monster comedy film franchise - so Hotel Transylvania fans should make sure they squeeze every last ounce of enjoyment out of it.
When Van Helsing's mysterious invention, the Monsterfication Ray, goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans. Johnny, meanwhile, becomes a monster... And so begins a race against time to switch themselves back to normal before their transformations become permanent.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2 - CERT tbc Released Fri 8 October
With the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Javon Walton, Snoop Dogg Directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon
With the kids growing up, Morticia and Gomez need a plan to strengthen their bond with their offspring. And what better way to spend time together as a family than by going on a road trip across the country?
Described as a computer-animated supernatural black comedy road film(!), and hitting cinema screens two years after the first movie, The Addams Family 2 looks likely to emulate its predecessor’s success at the box office. It is to be hoped, however, that the sequel is a much better film than the original.
HALLOWEEN KILLS - CERT tbc (106 mins) Released Fri 15 October
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Anthony Michael Hall, Kyle Richards, Will Patton, Thomas Mann
Directed by David Gordon Green
If ever a movie franchise has suffered from the law of diminishing returns - at least in terms of quality if not box-office appeal - it must surely be Halloween.
The original film hit the big screen 43 years ago, since which time there have been more sequels than its worth counting and a spectacular number of truly savage reviews. All of that said, the franchise is the most financially successful in horror-movie history, so it’s easy to see why its owner, Trancas International Films, is perfectly happy for things to continue to go bump in the night.
This latest offering, a sequel to 2018’s Halloween, sees notorious slasher Michael Myers escaping from the basement of Laurie Strode's burning house, only to find himself being hunted by a mob.
THE LAST DUEL - CERT tbc (152 mins) Released Fri 15 October
Starring Jodie Comer, Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Marton Csokas Directed by Ridley Scott
Coming complete with an all-star cast, graphic nudity, sexual content, an epic running-time and Ridley Scott in the director’s chair, historical drama The Last Duel looks odds-on to make a significant impact.
The film tells the story of two friends who become the bitterest of enemies. One of the friends - the Norman squire, Jacques Le Gris - stands accused of raping Marguerite de Carrouges, the wife of the other friend, respected knight Jean de Carrouges.
A duel to the death ensues, placing the fate of the protagonists in the hands of God...
Based on actual events - the duel was the last ever to be legally sanctioned in France - the film’s story is told from the perspective of each of the three main characters. Killing Eve star Jodie Comer very much holds her own against Hollywood heavyweights Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the latter of whom is particularly memorable as Count Pierre d'Alençon, in whose castle all manner of shenanigans take place.
Atmospheric and challenging - and certainly not for the faint-hearted - The Last Duel is an impressive addition to Ridley Scott’s canon of work, while the duel itself must surely be ranked among the director’s finest ever fight scenes.
RON'S GONE WRONG - CERT PG Released Fri 15 October
With the voices of Zach Galifianakis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Olivia Colman, Ed Helms, Justice Smith, Rob Delaney Directed by Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine and Octavio E Rodriguez
The first cinema release from the UK-based Locksmith Animation studio, Ron’s Gone Wrong tells the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler, and Ron, his new walking, talking and digitally connected device. When Ron suffers all manner of malfunctions, Barney finds himself embarking on an action-packed journey which will soon see him discovering the true meaning of friendship.
DUNE - CERT 12a (155 mins) Released Thurs 21 October
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Moma, David Dastmalchian Directed by Denis Villeneuve
One of the most high-profile sci-fi movies of the mid-1980s, directed by David Lynch, Dune actually began life as a novel, written by Frank Herbert back in the 1960s. This latest film incarnation is the first of a planned two-part adaptation and will cover around half of the book.
Set in the faraway future, the story focuses on Duke Leto Atreides, who accepts stewardship of a dangerous desert planet called Arrakis - also known as Dune - which is the one-and-only source of a magical drug called ‘the spice’...
But mining the drug is no easy task, not least because of the presence of giant sandworms...
DEAR EVAN HANSEN - CERT 12a (137 mins) Released Fri 22 October
Starring Ben Platt, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amy Adams, Danny Pino, Amandla Stenberg Directed by Stephen Chbosky
The latest in an ever-growing list of movies adapted from hit musicals, Dear Evan Hansen has received mixed reviews, with some critics feeling that too much of the Tony Award-winning production’s magic has been lost on the ever-precarious journey from stage to screen.
It’s not all bad news for Stephen Chbosky’s coming-of-age teen musical, though, with the cast’s performances and the film’s delivery of its important messages both being roundly praised by reviewers.
For those not in the know, the story revolves around high school student Evan, a young man struggling with Social Anxiety Disorder, who has a therapeutic self-intended letter stolen by a classmate named Connor Murphy. When Connor later dies by suicide, Evan inserts himself into the boy's past, a decision that leads to a series of lies and confrontational events.
THE FRENCH DISPATCH - CERT tbc (103 mins) Released Fri 22 October
Starring Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Elisabeth Moss, Bob Balaban, Saorise Ronan Directed by Wes Anderson
The French Dispatch made a significant splash at Cannes this year, and although it isn’t quite an example of director Wes Anderson at his very best, it’s nevertheless a movie with plenty to recommend it, not least some seriously amusing moments.
Described as ‘a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city’, the film centres on three stories and pays homage to The New Yorker magazine.
“The story is not easy to explain,” said Anderson in speaking to French publication Charente Libre. “It's about an American journalist based in France who creates his magazine... It's not a movie about freedom of the press, but when you talk about reporters, you also talk about what's going on in the real world."
THE BOSS BABY 2: FAMILY BUSINESS - CERT tbc (107 mins) Released Fri 22 October
With the voices of Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Ariana Greenblatt, Jeff Goldblum, Eva Longoria Directed by Tom McGrath
In this sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar-nominated comedy, Tim Templeton and his Boss Baby little brother Ted have become adults and drifted away from each other.
Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again - and inspire a new family business.
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO - CERT tbc (116 mins) Released Fri 29 October
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Jessie Mei Li Directed by Edgar Wright
Marking the final film appearance of Dame Diana Rigg, psychological horror movie Last Night In Soho tells the story of a young girl named Eloise who gets to see what London was like back in the 1960s. But as well as making a mysterious connection with her idol - wannabe singer Sandy - she also discovers that her idealised notion of ‘Swinging London’ is maybe a tad wide of the mark... Director Edgar Wright, whose previous movies include Shaun Of The Dead, has cited Roman Polanski’s Repulsion and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now as major influences on his new film.
ANTLERS - CERT 15 (109 mins) Released Fri 29 October
Starring Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane
Directed by Scott Cooper
Released in time for the Halloween weekend, the Guillermo del Toro-produced Antlers is based on a short story by Nick Antosca entitled The Quiet Boy.
When a teacher realises that one of her students is harbouring a disaster-wreaking supernatural monster, she enlists the assistance of her sheriff brother to help find a way to stop it.
“Antlers is really about what it means to be an individual in America today,” says the film’s director, Scott Cooper. “It’s about all the crises that we're facing: the climate crisis, a drug-addicted populace, our treatment of Native Americans, and abject poverty.”
For all of that, though, Cooper is keen to point out that the film avoids lecturing its audience. “I’m really not a fan of message movies," reassures the 51-year-old.
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