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2017: The Year in Reviews (The Films That Didn’t Get Released)

We’ve gone over everything that came out (almost all of which I saw, in case I hadn’t mentioned). Now we’re gonna go over what didn’t.

This list is populated predominantly with indies that weren’t given release dates, many of which will end up on VOD at some point over the next year, films I’ve been tracking for over a year that still haven’t come out, or movies that got pushed into the new year, probably because of quality issues. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in some cases. Because it allows me to reevaluate. I can decide if I want to keep paying attention to it or drop it altogether.

These are all movies that either had dates and got moved, or are ones I talked about back in January that still haven’t come out. I’ll remind you what each film is about, tell you what the status of it is, and decide whether or not I want to continue paying attention to it for next year’s Film Release Calendar.

Here are the films of 2017 that didn’t get released:

6 Balloons

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Netflix. It’ll come out, just a matter of when they schedule.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

55 Steps

What I said about it back in January:

“Be prepared for this synopsis. It’s… too much.”

55 Steps is based a the inspiring true story of Eleanor Riese, a mental illness patient herself, who brings a class action suit to give competent mental patients the right to have a say in their medication while they’re in a hospital, and Colette Hughes, the lawyer appointed to her case. Eleanor’s fight for justice goes all the way up to the Supreme Court of California, and, despite a stormy start and Eleanor’s difficult personality, in the process Eleanor and Colette develop a deep friendship that benefits Colette as much as it does Eleanor. Similar in tone to “Erin Brockovich,” it is a moving story about two complex women, and the rights of mental patients who, even in hospitals, and even if they’re competent to make judgments about their own care, have fewer rights than criminals. Director Billie August, who won the Cannes Film Festival Palm d’OR award twice, brings his incredible directing skills to this moving and important picture.

“British Oscar bait!”

“Helena Bonham Carter plays the mental patient, as if there were any doubt. And Hilary Swank plays the lawyer, because there’s no such thing as Oscar bait that she’ll turn down.”

“Quick, name the last movie you saw Hilary Swank in.”

“That’s right. You can’t.”

“The answer is The Homesman, the Tommy Lee Jones western, which was a weird part for her, because (spoiler alert) she kills herself out of nowhere two-thirds of the way through that movie. She either does on-the-nose Oscar bait or really bad genre stuff, if she works at all.”

“I’m gonna go 3.5 stars, but I’m thinking we’re getting another Denial here. But, you know, maybe we’ll get a BAFTA nomination for Helena here. They like her and she’s great. Hopefully the material isn’t too rubbish.”

Status:

No date. Just played Toronto, so likely next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Above Suspicion

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. I’d like to get more, but something tells me don’t go higher than 3.”

Status:

No date, but done.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes

An Actor Prepares

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. I hope for more, but I’m not getting my hopes that high. I don’t see the talent behind the camera to convince me the material’s so good as to make it go much higher than this.”

Status:

No idea.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

The Aftermath

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. I like World War II stuff.”

Status:

Definitely coming out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Alpha

What I said about it back in January:

“Formerly known as The Soultrean. Which was an awful title.”

3 stars. No idea what I’m getting.”

Status:

Pushed from September to 3/2/18.

That’s the 10,000 B.C. release date.

Will I keep tracking it?: It’ll be on March’s release calendar

Amateur

What I said about it back in January:

“Netflix movie. I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Netflix. It’ll come out.

Will I keep tracking it?: Netflix movies are easy to track, so yes.

Animal Crackers

What I said about it back in January:

“This almost certainly won’t come out in April, but it’s technically dated for then, so we’ll put it here.”

“Not for me, but what the hell. 2.5 stars.”

Status:

Was a Weinstein movie. So now it’s in limbo.

Will I keep tracking it?: No. But 2 stars just in case.

Annihilation

What I said about it back in January:

“Cool, cool.”

4 stars.”

“Not just cause of Ex Machina either. I really like the stuff he’s written. 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go. Thinking 3.5 stars at worst here.”

Status:

2/23/18

Will I keep tracking it?: February release calendar.

Anon

What I said about it back in January:

“Niccol is always good for great ideas (The Truman Show) but not always great execution (In Time). Typically he’s good for a 3 or 3.5 star movie. So let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say 3.5 stars.”

Status:

Netflix bought it, so it should come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Bad Dads

What I said about it back in January:

“No. I reject this concept entirely.”

“STOP MAKING THESE MOVIES.”

“Stop putting “Bad” in front of a title and making that into a shitty comedy.”

“You know what the only hope I have for this movie is? That they announced in October that it was coming out in July, and as of right now they haven’t even shot it yet. So there’s a chance this might not even come out this year.”

“When that’s the thing I’m holding onto, you probably shouldn’t make the movie in the first place.”

2 stars. I would rather put lamb’s blood on my testicles and dip them into a shark tank than have to deal with this movie.”

Status:

They never shot this, thank christ.

Will I keep tracking it?: No. 2 stars in case they force this shit upon us, but I am not tracking this fucking thing.

Based on a True Story

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Can’t expect a whole lot out of Polanski at this point.”

Status:

It played at Cannes, then came out in France, so a mid-year American release seems likely.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Billionaire Boys Club

What I said about it back in January:

“This should end up on VOD at some point this year.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Well… the Spacey thing certainly doesn’t help. This is gonna struggle to find someone to release it. Hopefully 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: No, just because I have no idea when or if this will come out. 3 stars just in case, but I’m out.

The Bookshop

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh good. Chocolat but with books.”

3.5 stars.”

“I feel like this could be one of those likable British films that flies under the radar but is very solid.”

Status:

Seems to be getting a few international releases. So probably 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Braven

What I said about it back in January:

“I’d normally say 2.5 stars, but he’s a logger, so 3 stars.”

“We get deep into analytics here, clearly.”

Status:

It’ll come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Breath

What I said about it back in January:

“Simon Baker wrote and directs. Elizabeth Debicki stars.”

“Let’s say 3 stars. I like her. Let’s figure this is worthwhile, but not great.”

Status:

Probably 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Brits Are Coming

What I said about it back in January:

“Seems like an easy 3 stars.”

Status:

Looks to be VOD 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

Burden

What I said about it back in January:

“Interesting. Actually solid cast, too. Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, and… Usher.”

3 stars. Story sounds interesting enough and the cast is good. I can get 3 out of this.”

Status:

Done. No clue.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

Burn Your Maps

What I said about it back in January:

“Cool, cool.”

3.5 stars. Precocious children do well with me.”

Status:

Pulled. Not a great sign for the quality of the film.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Cargo

What I said about it back in January:

“Based on a short film. Which usually means there’s something of interest in here they’re expanding upon. Martin Freeman stars.”

3 stars. Hope for more, but let’s stick with that for now.”

Status:

It’s been ready to go for a while. Should for sure be 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Chappaquiddick

What I said about it back in January:

“I saw the title and said, ‘Are they going there?’ And they are. They’re going there.”

 

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Pushed to 4/6/18.

Will I keep tracking it?: It’ll be on the April release calendar.

The Clapper

What I said about it back in January:

“Written and directed by Dito Montiel. Which says everything I need to know.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Got picked up for an early 2018 release.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes. Supposedly Jan. 26th, so we’ll put it on January’s calendar and go from there.

Cloverfield Movie

What I said about it back in January:

“Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu-Mbatha Raw, Daniel Bruhl, Chris O’Dowd, David Oyelowo and Ziyi Zhang. I like the cast.”

“It’s another Cloverfield movie, but I’m hoping they learned from the previous film to make it more contained thriller and less — monsters. So 3.5 stars. I’ll be okay if it doesn’t hit that.”

Status:

Pushed to 2/2/18

Will I keep tracking it?: February release calendar.

Come Sunday

What I said about it back in January:

“The writer did All Good Things, the Robert Durst (inspired) movie. The director did Maria Full of Grace and Complete Unknown.  The real question is who’s gonna play Pearson.”

“Oh, it’s Chiwetel Ejiofor. Okay, I’m in.”

3 stars.”

Status:

I think this was picked up by Netflix, so it should come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Commuter

What I said about it back in January:

“I hope this is just 90 minutes of a dude sitting on a train quietly, and people coming in and out, as he goes about his daily routine.”

“Oh, it’s a Liam Neeson action movie. I guess that’s okay too.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Pushed to 1/12/18

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar.

The Current War

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m so fucking in all around.”

4.5 stars.”

“Might be overdoing it, but I don’t care.”

Status:

Pushed out of 2017

Will I keep tracking it?: I’ll track it, since it has to come out next year, right?

Cruise

What I said about it back in January:

“By the guy who wrote The Wrestler and did Big Fan. Maybe VOD this year?”

3 stars.”

Status:

Held over again. No idea.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes. One more year, then blanket rating until it comes out/

The Cured

What I said about it back in January:

“That premise sounds awesome. You can see the parallels to other issues there.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Played at Toronto. So I’m sure it’ll get some sort of release next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Damsel

What I said about it back in January:

“This is by the director of Kumiko the Treasure Hunter.”

“I’m in automatically.”

3.5 stars.”

“Not gonna figure 4 like Kumiko, but I’ll figure solid.”

Status:

No idea, but i’m in no matter what.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Dear Dictator

What I said about it back in January:

“Michael Caine plays the dictator, and I’m in from that alone.”

3 stars.”

Status:

March, I think.

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

What I said about it back in January:

“Xavier Dolan’s first American movie. People are lining up to work with him.”

“It could suck, but I have to give that cast the benefit of the doubt. 3.5 stars.”

Status:

Xavier Dolan. They seem to stagger, so 2018 seems assured.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Death of Stalin

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars on principle. I hope this is great.”

“I’m really in on this. I want this to be great.”

Status:

I thought I heard April here, but I’m not seeing a set release date.

Will I keep tracking it?: Abso-fucking-lutely.

Death Wish

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Pushed to 3/2/18

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot

What I said about it back in January:

4 stars.”

“I’ve been burned by these films before, but Gus is writing, and Joaquin typically picks good stuff.”

Status:

Next year seems very likely, unless we get another Sea of Trees scenario.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Drunk Parents

What I said about it back in January:

“I mean… 2.5 stars? I can’t assume good, but it’s those two, and the title is funny. But this has to be generic, borderline awful comedy, right?”

Status:

Supposedly out this year. I guess we’ll give it one more year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Entebbe

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Not sure what to make of it except a straight 3 stars.”

Status:

Dated 3/16/18

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

Euphoria

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

Status:

It’ll get a European release next year. U.S. no idea.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yup.

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

What I said about it back in January:

“What?”

“Okay.”

3 stars. If this even gets made.”

Status:

They shot it. So I guess we got another year on this.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Final Portrait

What I said about it back in January:

“Stanley Tucci wrote and directed this.”

“‘Nuff said.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

It came out in August in the UK, so 2018 seems assured over here.

Will I keep tracking it?: I think this is January. I’ll double check that. Either way, yes.

Final Score

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s World Cup Has Fallen? Sure.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Seems like a 2018 VOD release.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Finding Steve McQueen

What I said about it back in January:

“I mean, I’m interested in the story, so 3 stars. Otherwise, no clue.”

Status:

Done, but no release set.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

Flower

What I said about it back in January:

“Henry Winkler’s son is directing this.”

3 stars.”

Status:

March 16th.

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

The Forgiven

What I said about it back in January:

“Forest Whitaker plays Tutu, in case there was any doubt there.”

“Roland Joffé directs.”

3 stars.”

Status:

No idea.

Will I keep tracking it?: Part of the Directors List. Have to.

Friday’s Child

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Done, but no date.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Friday the 13th

What I said about it back in January:

“They say they’re in prep on this. Not sure I fully believe that, but sure.”

2.5 stars. Assume indifference, if I even see it altogether.”

Status:

Pulled/never shot

Will I keep tracking it?: Oh fuck no. I hated that it was even being made. Just let this franchise be done.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Coming out January 26th.

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar

Future World

What I said about it back in January:

“Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Snoop Dogg and Method Man are in this. Based on that insanity alone, 3 stars.”

Status:

Supposed to be 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Uhh.. sure.

Game Over, Man!

What I said about it back in January:

“It’s by the Workaholics team, and is described as ‘Die Hard in a hotel.’ That could just be a joke, but that’s all we got.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Dated 4/20/18

Will I keep tracking it?: April release calendar.

Gemini

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Playing at AFI, been at a bunch of festivals, no real date yet.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

The Girl with the Curls

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

No idea.

Will I keep tracking it?: It’s about Mary Pickford, so yes.

Going Places

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh, thats right. This is happening.”

“No fucking clue what to make of this, but I’m in.”

3.5 stars, just because we need to actively be disappointed if this isn’t that.”

Status:

It’ll come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: How can I not?

Golden Exits

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Played Sundance, been at festivals all year, but so far no release date.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Gotti

What I said about it back in January:

“The joke is that after over a decade, this movie is actually in the can.”

“I doubt this comes out this year. They’ll wait and then dump it on VOD in 2018. That’s what this feels like.”

“After years of potentially big directors working on this, we ended up with Kevin Connolly. But goddamnit if John Travolta didn’t stay attached all throughout.”

3 stars. I doubt it’ll be good, but I’m fascinated that they actually went through with this.”

Status:

I was almost right. We were so close to getting this in this year, then ten days before its December 15th VOD date, they very loudly pulled it and said it’ll get a theatrical next year. Not a chance that happens, and if it does, they’ll all lose money. But it’ll definitely come out next year, either way.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Gringo

What I said about it back in January:

“Hell of a cast. And with no plot to go on whatsoever, I have to assume 3.5 stars. Completely sight unseen.”

Status:

3/9/18

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

Halo of Stars

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay. That’s more interesting than I was expecting.”

3 stars.”

Status:

No clue.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Happy Prince

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay then.”

3 stars.”

Status:

It’s playing Sundance, so it should either come out somewhere next year or we’ll know not to bother.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sundance. Kinda have to.

Horse Soldiers

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

1/19/18

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar.

Hot Summer Nights

What I said about it back in January:

“Still excited for this. One of the better scripts I’ve read over the past few years.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

This should definitely be out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes. Still excited.

Hotel Mumbai

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Dev Patel.”

“Oh, wait, no shit? He’s actually in this? I was just joking, based on how he’s always in movies about India and especially movies about hotels in India.”

“Fuck, man. What does that say that I was joking and ended up being right?”

3 stars. Hopeful for 3.5, but no basis for it to be anything but 3 at the moment.”

Status:

No date. But I’m still in.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The House of Tomorrow

What I said about it back in January:

“Sure?”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

No idea.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure. One more year only.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

What I said about it back in January:

“Definitely coming out this year.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Guess what? Didn’t come out this year. But it will next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Hurricane Heist

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh my god. This sounds AMAZING. Rob Cohen directs too. This should be pretty batshit. Can’t wait.”

3 stars.”

Status:

2/9/18

Will I keep tracking it?: February release calendar. And I add parenthetically — oh fuck yeah.

I Kill Giants

What I said about it back in January:

“Directed by the guy who did Helium, the short that won the Oscar. Imogen Poots and Zoe Saldana star.”

“Good enough for me.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Played a couple of tiny festivals, but so far nothing else.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

I’m Not Here

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Played some small festivals, but no date yet.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

In Darkness

What I said about it back in January:

“Natalie Dormer co-wrote this and stars. That’s cool.”

3 stars.”

Status:

No clue.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

Insidious: Chapter 4

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh good, a fourth one. To add to the other three that I have not seen.”

2.5 stars, but unless I see the others first, I won’t see this.”

Status:

Pushed to 1/5/18

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar.

Io

What I said about it back in January:

“Interesting idea.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

I think Netflix picked this up. So probably next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Ismael’s Ghosts

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh, it’s by the guy who did My Golden Days. That’s cool.”

3 stars.”

“There’s a bit of a supernatural element to this, I’m seeing. That could make it fun.”

Status:

Never came out, probably done with it.

Will I keep tracking it?: Nah. 3 stars just in case, but I’m over it.

Journey’s End

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh man, this is a remake of the 30s film. All right, all right.”

3 stars.”

Status:

2/2/18 in the UK. Likely late summer/fall over here.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Juvenile

What I said about it back in January:

2.5 stars. Just feels like it could be real generic.”

“The star wrote it, so there’s that. Not sure if that helps or hurts. I generally get worried when actors write. Let’s what and see what happens.”

Status:

No date.

Will I keep tracking it?: One more year, then I’m out.

Katie Says Goodbye

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh, fun.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Played a bunch of festivals, still no date.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Keepers

What I said about it back in January:

“K.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Should get a UK release next year, not sure about US.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortera

What I said about it back in January:

“Spielberg directing Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac. Hasn’t shot yet, but Spielberg is really good at filming something and having it out by the end of the year. Not ruling anything out with him.”

4 stars.”

Status:

Spielberg’s had these types of movies shot and release within a year, but any chance this had of coming out this year went away when The Post became that second film of his that came out of nowhere. The notion that it could happen was right, it just ended up being the wrong film.

Will I keep tracking it?: I guess? I can’t just keep following something that hasn’t shot yet. Let’s leave a 4 star rating now, and then we’ll go from there as to whether or not I track this for next year or just leave that.

Kodachrome

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Played Toronto. Thought they’d rush it out for a late Oscar push. Guess not. Should 100% come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Krystal

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. I like Macy, but I don’t know how good this is gonna be. Let’s find out.”

Status:

In post. Probably ready for next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

LAbyrinth

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. I just can’t imagine this can be good. I hope it is, but I can’t assume it will be.”

Status:

Says February 7th, but that’s a Wednesday, so I don’t believe it. But that does mean it will come out sooner rather than later.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Lean on Pete

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. Maybe I’m aiming high, but fuck it.”

Status:

It says March 30th. Not sure I believe it, but it’s a good start.

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m in for whatever this wants to be.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

It’s been done. I guess it’ll get a first half 2018 release?

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Let It Snow

What I said about it back in January:

“They say this is coming out. Hasn’t shot yet. Not looking promising. But we’ll leave it here and then dump it when they inevitably push it and never make it.”

3 stars.”

“But I doubt this comes out. They’d have to throw this together fast to get it out this year. Don’t think they can pull that off.”

Status:

Pulled/never shot

Will I keep tracking it?: I fucking hope not. That’s two years in a row now they told me this was happening and it wasn’t. Shit or get off the pot.

The Little Mermaid

What I said about it back in January:

“Yup. This happened. This isn’t Disney, since anyone can make this movie.”

2.5 stars. Mostly out of morbid fascination.”

“Major props if they go with the original ending and she turns into foam.”

Status:

I think Netflix has it. So I’m guessing first quarter 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

Little Star

What I said about it back in January:

“Uhh… sure?”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

No clue.

Will I keep tracking it?: One more year.

Lizzie

What I said about it back in January:

“Yes, this is Lizzie Borden. Starring Chloe Sevigny. And Kristen Stewart.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Playing Sundance, so we’ll track it and go from there.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Long Home

What I said about it back in January:

“What the fuck? This sounds insane.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Why do I bother tracking Franco movies?

Will I keep tracking it?: No. But 2.5 stars just in case.

Loving Pablo

What I said about it back in January:

“Can’t see a whole lot coming out of this.”

3 stars.”

Status:

No clue.

Will I keep tracking it?: Too interesting to not.

Mad to Be Normal

What I said about it back in January:

“LSD movie. Cool, cool.”

3 stars.”

Status:

believe this may be coming out in February. But I’m not sure yet.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Manhunt

What I said about it back in January:

“John Woo, exclusively making movies in China now. He’s on my Directors List, so I gotta track it. Not that I’m particularly interested in today’s John Woo.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Just came out in Asia. So maybe 2018?

Will I keep tracking it?: Gotta.

Mary Magdalene

What I said about it back in January:

“Joaquin Phoenix is Jesus and Rooney Mara is Mary Magdalene. And Chiwetel Ejiofor is Peter for good measure.”

3.5 stars. Seems easy enough.”

Status:

Pushed to 3/30/18

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

Mary Shelley

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

“It’s no Shakespeare in Love, but I’ll take it.”

Status:

July 2018 UK, so it should be viewable this year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Mercy

What I said about it back in January:

3.5 stars. Seems easy enough.”

Status:

Seems like it’ll be mid-year UK, October-ish US for awards consideration.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Metalhead

What I said about it back in January:

“I really don’t know what I’m getting here, but I’ve been tracking this for like three years now.”

“Derek Cianfrance directs this, and I’m assuming there’s some crazy audio shit going on with this, which is why it’s taking so long to finish. Either that or it’s a money thing.”

“Still — 4 stars. Cianfrance has earned 4 stars to this point.”

Status:

Still no goddamn clue. But I’m interested whenever they wanna release it.

Will I keep tracking it?: Now this is part of the Directors list, so I can track it with reason.

Midnight Sun

What I said about it back in January:

“So… vampirism? Is that the disease? Because this sounds like a fucking Twilight book.”

“Directed by the guy who did Step Up Revolution, they said, as if that were a vote of confidence.”

“This looks like Nicholas Sparks nonsense. I don’t even need to watch the movie to know she dies at the end. Though it would be cool if she turned out to be a vampire and just murdered him at the end. What a beautiful ending that would be. There’s your short film. They get to know each other, and finally, at the every end, they lean in for a kiss, and she just tears his jugular out and drinks his blood, and he lays on the floor, convulsing and bleeding out while she walks away casually. I’d give this movie 5 stars if that’s how it ended.”

“But I think we all know this will probably be the piece of shit version of this story.”

2.5 stars. And that’s being lenient. I’m counting on the fact that it’s based on a Japanese movie to keep it above 2 stars and Unforgivable watch.”

“We’ll see.”

Status:

Pushed to 3/23/18

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Hope it’s good.”

Status:

Playing Sundance. We’ll go from there.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Mobile Homes

What I said about it back in January:

“Imogen Poots stars. I like her in everything I’ve seen her in.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Playing festivals, that’s usually a good sign for a release date in the coming year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Mom and Dad

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Nicolas Cage.”

“Done.”

3 stars.”

Status:

1/19/18

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar.

Monster

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Playing Sundance. Good start.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Mute

What I said about it back in January:

“Written and directed by Duncan Jones. Hopefully he’s back to his roots after the Warcraft… whatever that was.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Pretty sure Netflix 2018

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

My Days of Mercy

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Played Toronto, starting to hit the circuit. Probably 2018, if not then it’ll be early 2019.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Old Man and the Gun

What I said about it back in January:

“This is Robert Redford starring, basically making it his The Shootist. The Sundance Kid going out for one last heist. I trust Lowery to not make this campy.”

“We also have Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck. I’m so down.”

4 stars.”

Status:

I thought this was gonna go to Sundance. I guess just a late awards push next year?

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

On Chesil Beach

What I said about it back in January:

“McEwan wrote Atonement, which turned into a great movie. So let’s assume this’ll be good. Saoirse Ronan being in it helps too.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Dated 6/15/18

Will I keep tracking it?: June release calendar.

The Outsider

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

“It’ll be interesting, I can bet that much.”

Status:

Says it’s coming out next year. So sure.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Paddington 2

What I said about it back in January:

“Because that’s what we needed.”

“Any evil taxidermists in this one”?

“Brendan Gleeson plays a guy named ‘Knuckles’ McGinty. And for that alone — 2.5 stars.”

“It’ll be fine, I wager, but I won’t care.”

Status:

1/12/18

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar.

Papillon

What I said about it back in January:

“Not sure we needed this, but here we are.”

“The director is not Franklin Schaffner, but that’s fine. The key is the cast. Whoever they cast is undoubtedly going to be compared to Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. So who do we have?”

“Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek.”

“So yeah.”

3 stars.”

“Here’s hoping.”

Status:

It was picked up, so there’s that.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Patient Zero

What I said about it back in January:

“That sounds moderately intriguing.”

“I know I’m gonna kick myself for this, but 3 stars.”

“I should know better, and never go above 2.5 when it’s zombies in February, but goddamnit, Stanley Tucci is in this movie.”

“Let’s win one for the Tucc!”

Status:

Pulled. For what feels like the second year in a row.

Will I keep tracking it?: No. Done. 2.5 stars in case, but done with this.

Please Stand By

What I said about it back in January:

“This gets one more year, otherwise I’m out.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

They got this one in just under the wire. January 26th.

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar.

Polaroid

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh no.”

“They’re not really going with this, are they?”

2 stars.”

“This better be campy, otherwise this is gonna be really bad.”

Status:

Weinstein push. Says it’s coming out this year, but they had their chance.

Will I keep tracking it?: Nope. 2.5 stars. Horror movies only have one shot with me.

The Polka King

What I said about it back in January:

“Jack Black plays the titular polka king. The directors are Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, who are married. She’s coming off Infinitely Polar Bear, which I liked quite a bit.”

“Honestly, I can’t see this not being 3.5 stars. Maybe if it’s generic, 3 stars, but Jack Black makes some really off the wall, great indies when he’s not playing comic relief in generic family movie fare. So let’s think this is a continuation in that part of the oeuvre.”

Status:

January 12th, Netflix.

Will I keep tracking it?: January release calendar.

Poor Boy

What I said about it back in January:

“his played Tribeca last year and never came out. I’m only tracking it because Michael Shannon is in it, and I’ll watch literally anything he is in. Even this:

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Status:

Played Tribeca, one other festival, then nothing since. Beginning to think this might never come out.

Will I keep tracking it?: Can’t. Too uncertain. 3 stars in case it ever does.

The Professor and the Madman

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. And if you thought Mel Gibson was the madman, you were incorrect. Sean Penn is the madman, because he’s all about the ‘actorly’ roles that are borderline Oscar bait every time.”

“Quick, what’s the last Sean Penn movie you can name? Been a while, right? No one saw The Gunman, Walter Mitty was a cameo, and Gangster Squad was a disaster. This Must Be the Place and Tree of Life were the last two, and even Tree of Life people forget he was even in it, because his part was the boring one.”

“Super excited for this movie. Sounds awesome.”

4 stars. Probably should go 3 stars, but whatever. I like these two.”

Status:

If a lawsuit is involved, don’t count on something coming out anytime soon.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Radegund

What I said about it back in January:

“Malick gets automatic 3.5 stars. I hope this is more… not his style.”

Status:

Never count on Terrence Malick to get a film ready in time for the end of a year. 2018 seems probable, if it’s good.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Redoubtable

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh, word? That’s what this is? And it’s directed by Michel Hazanavicius?”

“Wonder what to do with this — loved the OSS movies, loved The Artist. The Search was a disappointment. He’s going back to what seems to be a tried and true fall back.”

“Let’s say 3.5 stars. No reason to think that’s not the baseline, with a possible half-star swing in either direction.”

Status:

Out in Europe, probably next year over here.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Red Sparrow

What I said about it back in January:

“Not just any spy. A ‘sexy Russian’ spy.”

“This is Jennifer Lawrence’s new franchise, apparently.”

3.5 stars. We’ll assume decent, but not great. It’s only here because of The Hunger Games.”

Status:

Pushed to 3/2/18

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

Renegades

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Looks fun enough to get over the 2.5 hump.”

“I had no real expectations for this, but then I saw a trailer. And the tone was more fun than I was expecting. This is a straight up heist movie.”

“And you know what? Fuck it. 3.5 stars. I’ll be wrong. Luc Besson has the ability to get stray 3.5s despite generally writing 3 star movies, plus the tone and general premise make me think I could like this more than most. 3 wouldn’t surprise me, but let’s take a shot for more.”

Status:

Pulled. Seems to be coming out other places, so probably next year over here.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Replicas

What I said about it back in January:

“This is that Keanu Reeves movie. He’s been attached to this for like, two years.”

3 stars. Seems generic, but fun.”

Status:

June 15th.

Will I keep tracking it?: June release calendar.

Rock’n Roll

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Let’s wait and see on this.”

Status:

Came out almost a year ago in France. Doubt it comes out anywhere else.

Will I keep tracking it?: Nah. I’m done with this. 3 stars for the cause.

Roma

What I said about it back in January:

“Alfonso Cuaron’s next movie. Seems like a small, personal drama and not something meant for American audiences. Palate cleanser.”

“This is tough for me, since — Y Tu Mama Tambien, Azkaban, Children of Men, Gravity — nothing less than 4 stars there. Kinda have to go 4 stars with this. 3.5 seems like the obvious choice, but I have to go 4. It’s Cuaron.”

Status:

Cuaron is done when he says he’s done. Probably fall/Oscar season next year. This feels like an October/November.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Roxanne Roxanne

What I said about it back in January:

“Oh damn, I’m excited for this.”

4 stars.”

“This sounds fucking great.”

Status:

Played Sundance, then nothing. Someone’s gotta pick this up, right?

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Sadie

What I said about it back in January:

“Uhh… 2.5 stars? No clue.”

Status:

Played one festival in 2016, then nothing. Guess we give it one last year and move on.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Seagull

What I said about it back in January:

“Good cast. Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll. But a play is a play, and there’s only so much you can do with that. 3 stars.”

Status:

Picked up for 2018 release.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Shadow Within

What I said about it back in January:

“Starring Lindsay Lohan.”

“Gotta see how bad this is.”

2 stars.”

“Tell me this isn’t the movie we can’t wait to tear into when it’s a piece of shit.”

Status:

No date, but probably 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Oh fuck yeah.

Shock and Awe

What I said about it back in January:

“Rob Reiner on a roll.”

3.5 stars. Gotta assume good things with this cast.”

Status:

Probably next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Sidney Hall

What I said about it back in January:

“This is by the guy who did Curfew/Before I Disappear. Which were both very good.”

3.5 stars.”

“Good cast and the director made a good one last time out. His stock is up.”

Status:

Looks like 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Slice

What I said about it back in January:

“All I know is that it stars Chance the Rapper and the poster makes it look B movie as fuck.”

3.5 stars.”

“Let’s wait and see. They’re keeping this one under wraps. Hope it’s as good as they’re promising.”

Status:

Definitely coming out this year. Probably first half, if I had to guess. If not, then October.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Small Town Crime

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Can’t assume more, but hoping for more.”

Status:

Played South by, then nothing.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Soldado

What I said about it back in January:

“Taylor Sheridan wrote this one too, but it does not have Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins. It has Stefano Sollima, who Gomorrah, the TV show (not the original movie), and Dariusz Wolski, who shot Pirates, Prometheus and the Martian. Not that bad a trade off, but not those other two.”

 

3.5 stars.”

“I’m not thinking it’ll be that big a drop off, but I’m also assuming this won’t be as good as Sicario.”

“The good thing about this is, if it’s not good, we can just ignore it and think about how good Sicario is.”

Status:

Dated 6/29/18

Will I keep tracking it?: June release calendar.

State Like Sleep

What I said about it back in January:

“Not a great synopsis. But it stars Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon and was written and directed by a woman. So I like that. But not really knowing what this is and only having a synopsis that sounds like it was written by someone who worked on the film, I can only say 3 stars.”

Status:

In post, apparently.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Step Sisters

What I said about it back in January:

“Really? This is a movie? It’s a sorority movie and a step up movie?”

“I reject all of this.”

2 stars.”

Status:

Pulled. Netflix early 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Stephanie

What I said about it back in January:

“Directed by Akiva Goldsman. Because Winter’s Tale worked out so well.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

No idea.

Will I keep tracking it?: Sure.

Stuck

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Original musical will be at least moderately interesting to me, even if it’s not particularly good.”

Status:

Hitting festivals, no date in sight.

Will I keep tracking it?: Too interesting to not.

Submergence

What I said about it back in January:

“Wim Wenders. James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander.”

“I like them. I do not like that synopsis.”

3.5 stars. Vikander’s been making really good choices lately. Let’s hope this isn’t a bad one.”

Status:

Possibly April, but probably 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Sun Dogs

What I said about it back in January:

“I assume this is a comedy?”

“Sure.”

3 stars.”

“Anything with Ed O’Neill in it is all right by me.”

Status:

Played a couple of festivals. Seems likely to come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Super Troopers 2

What I said about it back in January:

“I love the first one. I’m worried this one will be a lesser version. This is 16 years later.”

“So 3 stars, and we’ll hope to get 3.5 out of this.”

Status:

Dated 4/20/18

Will I keep tracking it?: April release calendar.

Suspiria

What I said about it back in January:

“When they said this was being remade by David Gordon Green, I said, ‘No!’ and ‘Why?!’ And especially, ‘Why him?’ I didn’t necessarily think they shouldn’t have remade it, but I could only see how they’d screw it up. You need a particular kind of vision to pull off a remake of that movie.”

“Enter Luca Guadagnino. Off I Am Love and A Bigger Splash, and now Call Me by Your Name, which we talked about yesterday and is getting all the hype at Sundance.”

“He cast Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion. Check. Chloe Moretz as I’m assuming either the friend or one of the girls from the… opening. Cool. Tilda Swinton as the teacher. Perfect. Mia Goth as one of the other kids. And Jessica Harper comes back. Even better.”

4 stars. Bring it the fuck on.”

“Honestly the only thing that could make me happier about all of this is if they announced that Goblin was coming back to do the soundtrack. Because that’s what makes the original, more than anything, is that soundtrack. That’s gonna be real tough to pull off.”

“If this version comes anywhere near what the original accomplishes, I will be very happy.”

Status:

Should definitely come out next year.

And I think the only new piece of information we got was that Jonny Greenwood was doing the score.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Tale

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

Playing Sundance.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Thoroughbreds

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

3/9/18

Will I keep tracking it?: March release calendar.

True Crimes

What I said about it back in January:

“Jim Carrey thriller. These generally don’t turn out well. But hey, what the hell. 3 stars.”

Status:

Been in limbo for two years now.

Will I keep tracking it?: One last year, I guess.

Tully

What I said about it back in January:

“Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody back together. Juno was great, Young Adult was very good. What are we gonna get here?”

“Charlize Theron is back, Mackenzie Davis joins her. Ron Livingston and Mark Duplass are also in it.”

“I’m thinking we go 3.5 stars here. Solid, very good, but not assuming great. Jason Retiman hasn’t really made something I liked a lot since Up in the Air.”

Status:

Dated 4/20/18

Will I keep tracking it?: April release calendar.

Under the Silver Lake

What I said about it back in January:

“Noir written and directed by the It Follows guy starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough.”

“Done.”

4 stars.”

Status:

Can’t imagine this doesn’t come out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Unicorn Store

What I said about it back in January:

“Brie Larson’s directorial debut. She stars along with John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Joan Cusack, Bradley Whitford and Hamish Linklater.”

“Let’s call it 3.5 stars. Maybe I’m aiming too high, but what the hell. I’ve really liked Brie Larson’s choices.”

Status:

It’s done, so just a matter of when.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Untogether

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay.”

3 stars. Seems too indie to go much higher, so we’ll stick with 3.”

Status:

2018 seems likely.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Valley of the Gods

What I said about it back in January:

“Okay?”

2.5 stars, I guess.”

Status:

It’s done, so just a matter of when. Guess we’ll give it one more year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Viena and the Fantomes

What I said about it back in January:

3 stars.”

Status:

This feels like it’s been done for like three years.

Will I keep tracking it?: The cast is too interesting to not. But pretty soon it’s getting a blanket rating and I’m moving on from it.

Viy 2: Journey to China

What I said about it back in January:

“I’m mostly interested in what kind of panda-ing is gonna go on here.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Supposedly coming out in Russia next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: No. 2.5 stars in case I ever see it, but I’m done tracking it.

War with Grandpa

What I said about it back in January:

“No. I reject this already because I can guess who’s directing this, how the tone is gonna be, all of that. No all around.”

“Director created SpongeBob… okay, maybe not exactly what I was expecting. He directed Muppets from Space, Max Keeble’s Big Move, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop. Jesus. Oh, and the Grumpy Cat movie. In case you needed to put an auteur stamp on all those movies.”

“Robert De Niro plays Grandpa, because of fucking course he does. Christopher Walken is in it. Is it weird that I hope he’s the grandson?”

3 stars. Only because of Walken and De Niro. But I’m not happy about it.”

Status:

Pushed to 2/23/18

Will I keep tracking it?: February release calendar.

Warning Shot

What I said about it back in January:

“James Earl Jones and Bruce Dern are in this. I don’t give a fuck how bad it is, I want to see it.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Seemingly done, but no idea whats’ going on.

Will I keep tracking it?: Guess one more year.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

What I said about it back in January:

“Sebastian Stan, Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Crispin Glover.”

“Guess which one’s playing the creepy uncle.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Definitely 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

When We First Met

What I said about it back in January:

“Yeah, figuring only 3 stars out of this at best. The people involved don’t give me a whole lot of hope that it’s much better.”

Status:

Done, seemingly coming out next year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Ugh… sure.

Where Is Kyra?

What I said about it back in January:

“Let’s see what we got out of this.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Played Sundance, then nothing. Should get some VOD release next year, I imagine.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

White Boy Rick

What I said about it back in January:

4 stars.”

Status:

Dated 8/17/18

Will I keep tracking it?: August release calendar.

The Wife

What I said about it back in January:

“Sure.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Should be 2018.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes. But only for this year.

Wildlife

What I said about it back in January:

4 stars. Not sure why I’m going so high, but it feels like I should.”

Status:

Playing Sundance.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Woman Walks Ahead

What I said about it back in January:

“Totally in.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

Picked up for 2018 release

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

The Yellow Birds

What I said about it back in January:

“Played at Sundance to so-so reviews. Decent enough cast, so we’ll assume it’s okay.”

3 stars.”

Status:

Played Sundance, then nothing. Guessing this year, otherwise there’s a problem.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

You Were Never Really Here

What I said about it back in January:

“Lynne Ramsey directs Joaquin Phoenix. If that’s not the sign of a decent movie anchored by a very strong lead performance, I don’t know what is.”

3.5 stars.”

Status:

100% coming out this year.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

Zeroville

What I said about it back in January:

“Yet another James Franco movie that may or may not ever come out.”

2.5 stars.”

Status:

Should come out this year, maybe?

Will I keep tracking it?: Think this is my last year waiting on this.

Zoe

What I said about it back in January:

“Supposed to shoot this spring. Technically it could come out. If not, it’s Drake Doremus, who is someone I at least find interesting as a director.”

3 stars.”

Status:

2018 seems almost assured.

Will I keep tracking it?: Yes.

– – – – – – – – – –

Tomorrow, we tally everything up.

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One response

  1. Where is Kyra? will be given a limited release in theaters in 2018

    December 29, 2017 at 11:14 am

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