Hollywood: Welcome to Hollywood
The American roster for next year brims with tedium-generating superhero and action titles, but a handful of them promise to be interesting.
The brick hero of The Lego Batman Movie is sure to be more comical than his troubled comic book-counterpart. He will be played by Will Arnett (think BoJack Horseman) whose talent in voice work is matched by few.
There is also Thor: Ragnarok, directed by New Zealand's Taika Waititi all of whose previous films, including debut Boy and the recent Hunt For The Wilderpeople, have created box office history in his home country and won critical acclaim globally.
The Hulk, essayed by Mark Ruffalo, will also feature in this film.
Fans will no doubt clear their calendars next December for the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the plot of which is top secret, although several theories have been floating on the Internet for months now.
Andrew Garfield stars in two big titles that may have an India release given the Oscar buzz.
In Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge, he is a pacifist medic who took part in the Second World War but never handled weapons because his faith didn't allow it.
For Silence, which had been in the making in Martin Scorsese's imagination for some 30 years, Garfield becomes a Jesuit priest who travels to Japan during a period when Christianity was outlawed there.
The Circle, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, is a thriller set in an internet company. Directed by James Ponsoldt, known for Spectacular Now, it will explore themes of surveillance and freedom.
Darren Aronofsky of Black Swan-fame is expected to release his next, Mother, a story in which uninvited guests disrupt a couple's peaceful relationship.
The cast is the highlight, including among others, Javier Bardem and Domhnall Gleeson who has made a habit of working with the best in the business.
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World and Independent Cinema: Stories from across the globe
Perhaps the Oscar chatter will help Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman release in cinemas or streaming services in Mumbai. Its screenings were among the most sought-after at the Mumbai Film Festival, with good reason.
A couple, which stars in a local production of Death of a Salesman, faces challenges on renting a home in a new neighbourhood.
As they seek to repair their lives after a traumatic experience, unexpected parallels emerge in the story and Arthur Miller's play. Shahab Hosseini's turn as the husband is exceptional.
Colin Farrell, one of few actors who are equally articulate on- and off-screen, will re-unite with the director of The Lobster. Not much is known about the premise of The Killing of a Sacred Deer except that Farrell plays a surgeon. Expect Yorgos Lanthimos to create an atmosphere of uneasiness and bleak humour.
Danny Boyle will direct a sequel to Trainspotting, his trippy 1996 comedy depicting the rejected sections of Edinburgh. In T2 Trainspotting, most of the original characters (and cast) return 10 years later and are connected by the pornography business.
Jeff Nichols has created what some critics have called an 'exasperatingly restrained' film. Loving portrays an American period story about an inter-racial couple battling to protect its marriage. It may offer respite from the Hollywood habit of showing heroism to be more impassioned than it often is.
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