Some kind of fever seems to have taken hold of arthouse directors the world over, as filmmakers of all nationalities rush en masse to feed on the flesh of genre cinema. French writer, director, and actor Mati Diop is only one of many touched by the phenomenon at the Cannes Film Festival, where zombies are
Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Creator: Christopher Keyser Cast: Kathryn Newton, Gideon Aldon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Olivia DeJonge, Alex Fitzalan, Jack Mulhern, Rachel Keller Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… Lost A group of plane crash survivors try to figure out a way to escape a mystical island. A sci-fi mystery gets
Polar fracking has thrown the Earth off its axis — a pretty big deal that most of the people of Centreville are barely taking in. In this small, peaceful town of 738 inhabitants, everyone sticks to their easy routine. Political differences and environmental disasters alike are easily set aside, not necessarily out of ignorance, but
Released: 10 May Certificate: PG Director: Rob Letterman Cast: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Rob Letterman, Derek Connolly Cast: Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe, Chris Geere, Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… Who Framed Roger Rabbit Robert Zemeckis’ groundbreaking effects-aided mystery is a clear inspiration
Released: 3 May Certificate: 15 Director: Michael Chaves Cast: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velásquez, Roman Christou, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures If you like this, try… Mama Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau are forced to defend their orphaned nieces from an eerie entity. The Curse of La Llorona is a part of the
Released: Out now Certificate: 15 Director: Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl Writer: Christopher Caldwell, Zeek Earl Cast: Sophie Thatcher, Jay Duplass, Pedro Pascal, Andre Royo, Sheila Vand, Anwan Glover Distributor: Signature Entertainment Buy on Amazon If you like this, try… Serenity A band of misfits on the run from an evil imperial Alliance and aiming to
Released: Out now Certificate: PG Director: Chris Butler Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Thompson, Timothy Olyphant, Stephen Fry Distributor: United Artists Releasing Over the years, stop motion animation studio Laika has proven itself to be quite enigmatic: with each film, you never quite know what you’re going to get until it’s over.
Creator: R Lee Fleming Jr Cast: Liana Liberato, Haley Ramm, Ajiona Alexus, Brianne Tju, Peyton List Distributor: All4 For those missing the Pretty Little Liars comes Light As A Feather, Hulu’s original teen drama series that has finally made its way onto All4 six months after its US premiere. Based on author Zoe Aarsen’s Wattpad
Released: 11 April 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Neil Marshall Writer: Andrew Cosby Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Sophie Okonedo Distributor: Lionsgate If you like this, try… Lifeforce Tobe Hooper’s London-set naked alien vampire movie is a clear inspiration for the R-rated batshit antics It’s as unfair to approach
Released: 5 April 2019 Certificate: 12A Director: Alice Rohrwacher Writer: Alice Rohrwacher Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López, Nicoletta Braschi Distributor: Modern Films If you like this, try… Wings Of Desire The late Bruno Ganz is wonderful as an angel dreaming of a life on Earth in Wim Wenders’ classic Underneath its sun-baked rural
Author: Nina Allan Publisher: riverrun Released: 4 April 2019 Buy on Amazon If you like this, try… The Rift by Nina Allan A woman’s missing sister returns with an impossible story of another world “Unclassifiable” can be such a lovely thing. It’s easy to understand why we’re always in such a rush to put stories
Released: 4 April 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer Cast: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz Distributor: Paramount If you like this, try… Wendigo Larry Fessenden’s creepy take on the Wendigo legend. The recent surge of Stephen King adaptations for the small and big screen makes complete sense considering what confusing and scary
Released: 29 March 2019 Certificate: 18 Director: Jonas Åkerlund Writer: Dennis Magnusson, Jonas Åkerlund Cast: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer Distributor: Arrow Films If you like this, try… Green Room Nazi Punks are the enemy in Jeremy Saulnier’s gory and visceral horror starring the late Anton Yelchin. Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund comes well equipped
Released: 4 April Certificate: 12A Director: Tim Burton Cast: Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins Distributor: Walt Disney Studios If you like this, try… Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Burton and Green’s earlier collaboration boasts monsters, time travel and youngsters with weird and wonderful abilities. Few filmmakers mix
Released: 5 April 2019 Certificate: 12A Director: David F Sandberg Cast: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer Distributor: Warner Bros If you like this, try… Big Shazam! isn’t shy about the massive debt it owes to Big, and there’s never a bad time to rewatch Big. Let’s get this out of the
Released: 22 March 2019 (US) Certificate: TBC Director: Joel Potrykus Writer: Joel Potrykus Cast: Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland, Adina Howard Distributor: Oscilloscope If you like this, try… The Greasy Strangler You’ve never seen anything like this gloriously gross instant cult classic It takes tremendous skill to completely immerse a viewer in an environment
Certificate: TBC Director: Ho Wi Ding Writer: Ho Wi Ding Cast: Jack Kao, Lee Hong-chi, Louise Grinberg, Ding Ning, Hsieh Chang Ying Distributor: TBC If you like this, try… 2046 Wong Kar Wai’s time-hopper explores the relationships between one man and key women in his life. Taking place across multiple decades, Cities Of Last Things
Released: TBC Director: Macoto Tezuka Cast: Shingo Kubota, Kan Takagi, Kyôko Togawa, Kiyohiko Ozaki Distributor: Third Window Films If you like this, try… Phantom Of The Paradise Brian De Palma’s music industry riff on The Phantom of the Opera features songs by Paul Williams. Some backstory first: the legend behind The Legend, if you will.
Released: 22 March 2019 Creator: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Cast: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Patrick Gibson Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… Russian Doll Almost as trippy as The OA and just as interested in existentialism, Russian Doll is the best new show of 2019. There’s a moment in
Released: 22 March 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Jordan Peele Writer: Jordan Peele Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… Funny Games Michael Haneke’s home invasion horror forced viewers to confront their own voyeurism It’s immensely gratifying to horror fans that Get
Released: 15 March 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Nicholas McCarthy Writer: Jeff Buhler Cast: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Peter Mooney, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen Distributor: Vertigo Releasing If you like this, try… The Omen Creepy kids don’t come any creepier than Damien – aka the Antichrist – in Richard Donner’s 1976 classic. In 2009, Jaume
Released: 15 March 2019 Cast: Multi Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… The Animatrix This anthology is better than both of the live action Matrix sequels, and stands the test of time. Netflix has scored big over the years with their adult animations, so it’s no surprise to see them dip their toes into
“This house is a bitch,” pastor Ellie Mueller (Karen Woditsch) tells Don Koch (WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) of the Victorian mansion opposite her church that he is fixing up so that he and his pregnant wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) can start a family there. “Certain places have personalities, and sometimes they’re rotten.