What new films are coming to UK cinemas and when are they released?

Joe Sommerlad

The year may be drawing to a close but there's no shortage of exciting new titles coming to UK cinemas.

January and February always see a deluge of new prestige pictures released in time for awards season as we build up towards the Oscars.

Here’s an overview of all the new releases hitting British screens over the coming months.

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

A sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), JK Rowling’s prequel series to Harry Potter, this new instalment is again directed by franchise regular David Yates and once more stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander.

The casting of Johnny Depp as the villain of the title has raised eyebrows in some quarters but this CGI spectacular is expected to prove a monster hit.


Luca Guadagnino follows his much-admired Call Me By Your Name with this hyper-stylised remake of Dario Argento’s classic 1977 Italian horror about sinister goings on at an elite ballet school.

Dakota Johnson in Suspiria (Amazon Studios)

Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz and featuring Thom Yorke’s first original score, Suspiria promises much and anticipation is high.

Robin Hood

Taron Egerton follows Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner and Errol Flynn in donning the famous Lincoln green tights of Britain’s favourite robber philanthropist.

Channelling the flashily kinetic blockbusters of Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn, Robin Hood has an interesting cast: Jamie Foxx (as Little John(, Ben Mendelsohn (as the Sheriff of Nottingham) and comedian Tim Minchin (as Friar Tuck).

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Horror specialist Fede Alvarez follows his superb burglary nightmare Don’t Breathe (2016) with the latest reboot of Stieg Larsson’s Lisabeth Salander series.

Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Sony)

Taken from David Lagercrantz’s final novel in the sequence, written after Larsson’s death, the new adaptation finds the redoubtable Claire Foy succeeding Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace as the goth computer hacker taking down establishment corruption.

23 November

Assassination Nation

Promising hints of Black Mirror, The Purge and American Vandal, director Sam Levinson’s dark satire examines the outbreak of anarchy in small-town Salem, Massachusetts, when a hacker steals everyone’s private data and dumps it in the public domain.

30 November

Creed II

Michael B Jordan returns as Adonis Creed in this sequel to Ryan Coogler’s triumphant Rocky reboot/spin-off.

Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson are also back for Creed’s bout with Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Soviet boxer Ivan Drago, who killed Creed’s father Apollo way back in Rocky IV (1985).

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Disney’s biggest animated offering of the season is this sequel to 2012’s well-liked Wreck-It Ralph, with John C Reilly returning as the arcade game hero.

The Wild Pear Tree

Acclaimed Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan returns after winning the 2014 Palme d’Or at Cannes with this masterly tale of a writer returning to his hometown, where he hopes to publish a novel but is plagued by responsibility for his late father’s debts.

7 December

Sorry to Bother You

Atlanta star Lakeith Stanfield leads this absurdist comedy from first-time director Boots Riley, about an African-American telemarketer who adopts a white voice on the phone to advance his career, only to be drawn into dark conspiracy.

Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Sorry to Bother You (Sundance Institute)

One of the most keenly awaited debuts in years, the film stars Terry Crews, Danny Glover, David Cross and Armie Hammer.

The Old Man and the Gun

David Lowery follows A Ghost Story with this true crime comedy in which the great Robert Redford makes his acting swansong as prison escape specialist Forrest Tucker.

Based on David Grann’s 2003 New Yorker essay, the film was premiered at Telluride and prompted tips its star could score a sentimental final Oscar nomination.

14 December


Following supporting appearances in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017), Jason Mamoa finally get his chance to impress as Arthur Curry, DC Comics’ answer to King Neptune.

Aquaman has a job on its hands if it hopes to rival the success of Wonder Woman (2017) but Saw (2004) director James Wan knows how to get a reaction from an audience and it certainly looks spectacular.

Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry in Aquaman (Warner Brothers)

Mortal Engines

Another left-field blockbuster is this from screenwriters Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the team behind the Lord of the Rings (2001-03) and Hobbit (2012-14) trilogies.

Adapted from Philip Reeve’s young adult novels about mechanised steampunk city-states warring with one another, Mortal Engines features a youthful cast led by Hugo Weaving.

The House that Jack Built

What better way to ring in the Christmas season than with a family outing to the new Lars von Trier?

Jack, played by Matt Dillon, is, of course, a serial killer and the film an intense psychological horror. Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Sofie Grabol and Riley Keough round out a gifted cast.

21 December

Mary Poppins Returns

In potentially the biggest box office smash of the season, Disney returns to the lamp-lit London of PL Travers’ magical nanny and Emily Blunt take on the role Julie Andrews made her own in 1964.

Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns (Jay Maidment/Disney)

Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer are the grown up Banks children, Hamilton author Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars and Dick van Dyke returns at the age of 92, the latter beaten only by 93-year-old Angela Lansbury cameoing in honour of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).


Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek appear as the legendary French prison escapee Henri Charriere and his accomplice Louis Dega, their story previously told in 1973 with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

26 December


The first spin-off feature from the wildly popular Transformers franchise, Travis Knight’s film takes place 20 years before the events of the 2007 original and features Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena among its human contingent.

1 January

The Favourite

Olivia Colman stars as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz is Lady Sarah, the aristocrat who comes to rule early 18th century England in the sickly monarch’s stead. This handsome costume drama is the latest from the ever-unpredictable Greek surrealist Yorgos Lanthimos.

The leads have been tipped for awards season recognition, as has Emma Stone for her supporting role as Abigail, a new servant intent on exploiting her position to her advantage.

11 January

Stan and Ollie

Steve Coogan and John C Reilly are ideally cast as beloved slapstick comedians Laurel and Hardy in this biopic from Jon S Baird, recounting the duo’s tour to England in 1953 with their fame dwindling and health failing.

John C Reilly and Steve Coogan as Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel (Entertainment One Films)

The Front Runner

The new film from Jason ReitmanJuno (2007), Up in the Air (2009) – is this biopic of 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman).

Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons and Alfred Molina make up an enviable supporting cast and Jackman received early Oscar buzz after its premiere at Telluride in August.

18 January

Beautiful Boy

Belgian filmmaker Felix Van Groeningen makes his English language debut with this acclaimed drama about a father (Steve Carrell) attempting to improve relations with his teenage son (Timothee Chalamet), addicted to methamphetamines.


M Night Shyamalan unites characters from his films Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) for this new supernatural horror, bringing together Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson from the former and James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy from the more recent thriller. Sarah Paulson also joins the mini-cinematic universe.

Mary, Queen of Scots

Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie star as Mary Stuart and Queen Elizabeth I respectively in Josie Rourke’s historical biopic, focusing on the rival between the distant cousins sparked when the former returns from France, a widow at 18, to claim her birthright.

25 January


Christian Bale reunites with director Adam McKay after The Big Short (2015) for what promises to be an eccentric biopic of Dick Cheney, George W Bush’s influential vice president.

In addition to Bale’s latest Method transformation, look out for Sam Rockwell as Bush, Steve Carrell as Donald Rumsfeld and Tyler Perry as Colin Powell.

1 February

Green Book

An improbable comedy from one-time “gross out” king Peter Farrelly, Green Book stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson as a black concert pianist and the New York night club bouncer he hires to drive him across the Deep South in the 1960s. Based on a true story.

8 February

Boy Erased

Actor Joel Edgerton makes his directorial debut with this drama inspired by the memoir of Garrard Conley, the son of strict Baptists who is subjected to gay conversion therapy against his wishes.

Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe round out a superb cast.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins returns after (eventually) taking home the Best Picture Oscar in 2016 for Moonlight.

His new film, an adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name, is no compromised bid for the mainstream, offering instead an intimate account of one woman's quest for justice after her husband is falsely accused of rape.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in this Netflix drama about a teacher who goes too far in her fight to ensure a child prodigy has the chance to realise his true potential.

The LEGO Movie 2

Warner Brothers seek to repeat the unexpected critical and commercial hit of the first outing with this return to Bricksburg after the events of Taco Tuesday.

Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett return among the voice cast while original creators Phil Lord and Christopher Miller this time write and produce but hand over directorial duties to Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum.