Directed by Autumn de Wilde Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Mia Goth, Bill Nighy, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds and Connor Swindells
Beautiful, intelligent, rich, aristocratic and infinitely self-satisfied, Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) sees herself as the pinnacle of both sense and sensibility in her social circle. Not wishing to surrender herself to matrimony, she instead sets about finding matches for her friends, beginning with matching her governess, Miss Taylor (Whelan), with amiable local widower Mr Weston (Graves), before moving on to her new friend, Harriet Smith (Goth), and seeking to find a socially advantageous match for ‘the natural daughter of nobody knows who.’
Directed by Jerry Mitchell and Brett Sullivan Starring Killian Donnelly, Matt Henry and Natalie McQueen
Charlie Price (Donnelly) is thrust into the management of the failing family shoe factory by his father’s death, and finds himself responsible for the livelihoods of dozens of workers, including many childhood friends. Then a chance meeting with drag queen Lola (Henry) and a chance word from factory worker Lauren (McQueen) inspires him to take the company down a new line.
JoJo Betzler (Griffin Davis) is a keen, ten-year-old member of the Hitler Youth in the closing years of the Second World War. His father has lost contact on the Italian Front, and his sister Inge has recently died, leaving JoJo with his mother, Rosie (Johansson) and his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Waititi), for company after he is injured in a grenade accident at a Hitler Youth training camp.
Wealthy crime writer Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) is found dead the morning after his 85th birthday party. After the funeral, the family – Harlan’s mother, Wanette (Callan); Harlan’s eldest daughter Linda (Curtis) and her husband Richard (Johnson); their spoiled son Ransom (Evans); Harlan’s youngest son Walt (Shannon), his wife Donna (Riki Lindhome) and their son Jacob (Martell), an alt-right troll; and the widow of Harlan’s other son, Joni (Collette) and her neo-liberal student daughter, Meg (Langford) – and Harlan’s nurse, Marta Cabrera (de Armas) are called to answer one more round of questions for the police: Detective Elliot (Stanfield) and Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan), accompanied by private detective Benoit Blanc (Craig).
King Agnarr (Alfred Molina) tells his daughters about an Enchanted Forest, sealed off from Arendelle since a conflict in his youth, and Queen Iduna (Wood) sings a lullaby about Ahtohallan, a river of memories. We flash forward to some time – either fifteen or twenty-seven months, by my estimation; probably the latter – after the events of the first film, with Queen Elsa (Menzel), Anna (Bell), Anna’s boyfriend Kristoff (Groff) and Olaf the magical snowman (Gad) are celebrating the harvest festival in the utopian socialist monarchy that is modern Arendelle when Elsa is overcome by the call of a distant voice and somehow awakens the long-dormant spirits of the forest, forcing an evacuation of the Kingdom in the face of elemental turmoil.
In 1984, a Terminator, a cyborg assassin, was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor, the future mother of the future leader of the human resistance against the AI, Skynet. A single soldier was sent back to protect her.
In 1995, a second Terminator was sent to kill John while he as still a young boy. A reprogrammed Terminator was sent to protect him, alongside his mother, who was now hard as nails.
Since 1991’s Terminator 2, there have been four on-screen continuations of the story, and who knows how many comics and tie-ins.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles skipped to the small screen and jumped over the timeline of Rise of the Machines, before racing into a slightly baffling final act when it was cancelled after two series.
Terminator: Salvation eschewed time travel in favour of the post-apocalyptic adventures of a super-miserable miserable and oddly British John Connor.
And Terminator: Genisys saw Skynet trying to secure its existence by getting into the console market, or something.
The Late(st) Sequel
In the aftermath of the events of T2, John Connor is killed by one of a number of redundant Terminators sent back by Skynet before its existence was negated.
Twenty-two years later, a ‘Rev-9’ Terminator (Luna) and a soldier named Grace (Davis) are sent back in time, the one to kill Dani Ramos (Reyes), a factory worker and fledgling labour organiser, and the other to protect her. The Rev-9 kills Dani’s father and brother (Boneta), but she and Grace are saved by the intercession of Sarah Connor (Hamilton).
In the reasonably distant future of 2029, the AI Skynet sent two Terminators back in time to eliminate resistance leader John Connor. One was sent to 1984, to kill John’s mother and mentor, Sarah Connor (Hamilton), before he could even be born; the second was sent to kill the young John Connor (Furlong) in 1995, if the first should fail.
“On The Road Of Life, There Are Old Friends, New Friends, And Stories That Change You.”
Directed by Josh Cooley Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan and Joan Cusack
1995’s Toy Story was a game changer, the first fully CG animated feature and the film that put Pixar on the map. It told the story of Woody (Hanks), a cowboy doll and the leader of a playroom full of animate toys belonging to a boy named Andy, whose position as ‘favourite toy’ was challenged by a newcomer, astronaut toy Buzz Lightyear (Allen). Through a series of adventures after being lost, Woody and Buzz bonded, and across two sequels and a series of trips outside the playroom their friendship grew, until at last they were passed on by the now-teenaged Andy to a young girl called Bonnie (McGraw). Toy Story 3 brought the story to a fairly natural close, so the creation of a fourth movie became a bit of a running joke in the industry, even making it into the opening number of The Muppets Most Wanted.
And then they made it.
The Late Sequel
After a brief flashback to the departure of his former love interest, Bo (Potts), Woody is in a slightly uncomfortable situation, no longer favourite toy, with his Sheriff’s badge often given to his line-mate Jessie (Cusack) and control of the playroom in the hands of Bonnie’s long-time ‘head toy’ Dolly (Bonny Hunt). When he goes against protocol to accompany Bonnie to her first day at kindergarten, he ends up escorting a new toy home: Forky (Hale), a craft project made from a spork, who feels a natural impulse to become trash.
“In a place we hold dear, where wonder once lived… but soon from above, a new story begins.”
Directed by Rob Marshall
Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep
Faced with rebellious children and a wife more focused on the struggle for votes than on domestic life – and yet, who is not, as I recall, in any way pilloried for her choices, despite the film being made in 1964 – aptly-named banker George Banks struggles to find a nanny to take some of the pressure off a household supported by only two servants. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), ‘practically perfect in every way,’ comes out of the sky after all of the other candidates are blown away, and she and jack-of-all-trades Bert (Dick Van Dyke) take the children on adventures while gently nudging events to disrupt Mr Banks’ life and so make him recognise the things that really matter.
The Late Sequel
Twenty years after Mary Poppins first visited the Banks family, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are in trouble. He is a widowed artist and she an unmarried labour organiser, leaving them short of money and in danger of losing the family house. Fortunately, Mary Poppins (Blunt) arrives to care for Michael’s children – prematurely grown-up twins John (Nathanael Saleh) and Annabel (Pixie Davies), and their younger brother Georgie (Joel Dawson) – while Michael and Jane search for their father’s share certificate, which could cover the cost of the loan.
Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston Starring John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Alfred Molina and Ed O’Neill
Six years after the events of the first movie, Ralph (Reilly) is stuck in a cosy little rut with his best bud Vanellope (Silverman). She, however, craves something new. Ralph’s attempt to help ends up wrecking the Sugar Rush machine, and the two set off into the uncharted wilds of the internet in search of a discontinued part, leaving Felix (McBrayer) and Calhoun (Lynch) looking after the bratty, and now homeless, racers.