WAY OUT WESTERNS
FIRST MAN _ 12 OCT
After taking us to the City Of Stars in La La Land, Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling now want to fly us to the moon. First Man is a nitty-gritty reconstruction drama which focuses on the hard realities of mounting the first manned lunar mission, both in terms of the extreme dangers faced by the astronauts — primarily Gosling as Neil Armstrong — and the personal impact it had on their lives (Claire Foy plays Neil’s wife, Janet). Sounds good; after all, Chazelle, Foy and Gosling certainly have the right stuff.
A STAR IS BORN _ 5 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 _ 30 NOV
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.