Directed by Glen Keane and John Kahrs Starring Cathy Ang, Robert G Chiu, Phillipa Soo (Hamilton), Ken Jeong (The Hangover), John Cho (Star Trek Beyond), Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho (Bright) and Sandra Oh (Sideways)
Fei Fei (Ang) is a young girl, growing up with her father (Cho) and mother (Miles). Her father is a scientist, her mother a romantic who tells her stories of the Chinese gods. When her mother becomes sick and passes away, a distraught Fei Fei finds solace in the myth of Chang’e, the moon goddess, who was parted from her beloved when she became immortal and waits eternally for him to return to her.
Robert (Jenkins) and Theresa (Winger) Dyne, and their daughter Old Dolio (Wood), are small-time grifters in Los Angeles, snatching small scores from the post office and running petty insurance scams. During an attempt to score the back rent on their ‘apartment’ – a dilapidated office, routinely flooded by a soap factory’s runoff – by claiming lost luggage insurance, Robert and Theresa befriend Melanie (Rodriguez), the daughter of wealthy parents who is drawn to their off-beat lifestyle, while the Dynes see her as a mark.
“These strange creatures still exist in Japan, supposedly.”
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle) Starring (English dub) Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds), Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Tim Daly (Superman: Brainiac Attacks), Lea Salonga (Mulan), Frank Welker (Transformers: The Last Knight), Paul Butcher (The Santa Trap) and Pat Carroll (With Six You Get Eggroll)
Professor Tatsuo Kusakabe (Daly) moves to the country with his daughters, Satsuki (Dakota Fanning) and Mei (Elle Fanning), in order to prepare for the return of his wife, Yasuko (Salonga), from hospital. Their new house is occupied by numerous soot gremlins, and Mei follows a rabbit-like creature to a hole in a giant camphor tree where she meets a huge spirit named Totoro (Welker).
A CIA agent (Washington, the character is never named, only refered to periodically as ‘the Protagonist’) extracts an undercover operative carrying a mysterious package – supposedly plutonium – during a terrorist attack on an opera house in Kiev. His life is saved by a mysterious man who seemingly sucks a bullet out of the stands through one of the terrorists, but is captured and uses a suicide pill. He recovers and is told the the pill was a test, and now he is part of a task force combating a world-ending threat, his only lead the word Tenet.
Directed by Kim Hagen Jensen and Tonni Zinck Starring Robyn Dempsey (I.T.), Emma Jenkins and Luke Griffin (Noble)
Minna (Dempsey) is a quirky hipster-child who lives with her dad and her hampster in the countryside, but her world is turned upside down by the arrival of her father’s girlfriend Helene, and Helene’s spoiled instagram kid daughter, Jenny (Jenkins). As her waking life becomes more stressful, she discovers the ability to leave her dreams for a steampunk staging area where dreams are created, and ignoring the warnings of her dream director, Gaff (Griffin), she begins visiting Jenny’s dream stage to try to manipulate Jenny’s waking personality.
Directed by Dean Parisot Starring Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Alex Winter (The Lost Boys), Kristen Schaal (Donald Trump’s the Art of the Deal: The Movie), Samara Weaving (Ready or Not), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Downsizing), Anthony Carrigan (Satanic), Erinn Hayes (The Watch), Jayma Mays (The Smurfs), Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde), Kid Cudi (Jay and Silent Bob Reboot), William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption) and Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street)
In 1989, two slackers were given a time machine to help them prepare a vital history report and keep their band – Wyld Stallyns – together, learning a thing or two about the past, meeting two beautiful princesses from Mediaeval England, and crushing their report with the help of mysterious guru Rufus (George Carlin). They also learned that they were destined to write a song that would bring the entire world into perfect alignment. Two years later, those two slackers were most heinously murdered by robot duplicates from the future and travelled through Hell and Heaven to gather allies, return to defeat their doubles and win a battle of the bands.
The Late Sequel
In 2020 – albeit a 2020 without social distancing – Bill S Preston Esq (Winter) and his most excellent friend Ted Theodore Logan (Reeves) have still not created the song that will unite the world, despite decades of trying. Their wives, Princesses Elizabeth (Hayes) and Joanna (Mays) are struggling with the strain of this unfulfilled destiny on their marriages, while their children, Thea (Weaving) and Billie (Lundy-Paine) have subsumed their lives in the study of music. With Ted on the verge of giving up, and the two couples in therapy with Dr Wood (Bell), Bill and Ted are contacted by Kelly (Schall), the daughter of their old friend Rufus, and taken to the future, where the great leader (Taylor) – Kelly’s mother – challenges them to write The Song, which must be performed at a specific place within a matter of hours, or the entirety of reality will collapse in on itself.
Lars Erickssen (Ferrell) has spent his life dreaming of competing in and winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Iceland, with his band mate and best friend Sigrid Ericksdottir (McAdams). When and the deaths of the other Icelandic hopefuls in a tragic party boat explosion offer them the chance, they travel to compete against favourites like Alexander Lemtov (Stevens) and Mita Xenakis (Mahut).
Directed by Makoto Shinkai Starring (English dub) Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh
Tokyo schoolboy Taki (Sinterniklass) and country girl Mitsuha (Sheh) are startled to discover that they are periodically switching bodies. Despite a non-interference pact worked out via messages left for each other on phones and other media, each begins to try to improve the other’s life. Taki, more socially adept in general, enhances Mitsuha’s social standing, while she makes a date for Taki with an older girl at his workplace. On the date, however, Taki realises that he has feelings for Mitsuha, but on trying to contact her discovers that their connection has been broken.
Lance Sterling (Smith), the world’s greatest spy and determined lone wolf, fails to retrieve a stolen assassin drone being sold by Yakuza boss Kimura (Oka) to Killian (Mendelsohn), a mysterious killer with a mechanical claw for a hand. Despite the protests of his boss, Joyless (McEntire), internal affairs agent Marcie Kappel (Jones) pins the blame on Sterling thanks to footage of him conducting terror attacks using the drone. Sterling goes on the run to prove his innocence, and goes to recently fired gedgeteer Walter Beckett (Holland) for his ‘ultimate stealth technology,’ an experimental formula that transforms Sterling into a pigeon.
Directed by Josh Boone Starring Maisie Williams (iBoy), Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma), Charlie Heaton (Marrowbone), Alice Braga (Predators), Blu Hunt (film debut) and Henry Zaga (XOXO)
After her reservation community is destroyed by a terrifying force, Dani Moonstar (Hunt) wakes in a hospital. Dr Reyes (Braga) explains that this facility is for young mutants to learn to control their powers, and that in time Dani and fellow patients Ilyana (Taylor-Joy), Roberto (Zaga), Sam (Heaton) and Rahne (Williams) might be able to move on to her superior’s establishment for gifted youngsters (wink wink.)