GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
_ 25 OCT
Who you gonna call for a supernatural-themed kids’ movie? Jack Black, that’s who. This sequel to 2015 hit Goosebumps comes hot on the heels of last month’s The House With The Clock In Its Walls, proving Black is the schlubbier version of Dwayne Johnson (i.e. in every second movie released). Here he reprises his role of Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, battling ventriloquist dummy Slappy who is hellbent on creating the Halloween Apocalypse. Eat your heart out, Michael Myers.
A STAR IS BORN
_ 18 OCT At one point, this third remake of the 1937 Hollywood romance was going to be directed by Clint Eastwood and star Beyoncé. But, after years in development hell, it’s emerged as the directorial debut of Clint’s American Sniper star Bradley Cooper, with Lady Gaga taking the key from-nowhereto-big-time role and Cooper himself appearing as the declining star who falls for her. Having been a straight musical with Judy Garland and a rock musical with Barbra Streisand, Cooper’s located his in the country-andwestern scene. Expect high-intensity belters.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
_ 26 DEC
Six years after cramming more video -game references and cameos into a movie than you can shake a joystick at, director Rich Moore is back to take on online culture with his loveable smasher-upper Wreckit Ralph (John C. Reilly). Along with his sugar-rushing buddy Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), Ralph is introduced to a whole new world of screenbased entertainment as his arcade machine is connected to the world wide web. Seems Disney’s gone crazy with loaning out its other properties here: expect appearances from Star Wars, Marvel and Muppets characters, as well as every single Disney princess in one room. DAN JOLIN, JJ