Released, as of this Friday…
Big Boys Gone Bananas – Swedish film-maker Fredrik Gerttens looks at how his original documentary Bananas, examining claims from Dole food staff that working conditions left them infertile, was negatively affected by the company he was exposing. Showing at key cities only. Official site is here.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel – Vreeland’s granddaughter-in-law directs this docu about the noted fashion editor. Showing at key cities only. Official site is here.
Heroine – Kareena Kapoor stars in this Bollywood drama about the life of a once successful film star. Key cities. Wikipedia has some details here.
House at the End of the Street – Jennifer Lawrence and her mum move into a house where the previous occupant killed her parents. As you would expect, the story is far from finished. Official Facebook page is here with cinema listings for the UK, photos and trailers. Showing all over, you lucky sorts!
Hysteria – saucy sounding comedy with Hugh Dancy as an idealistic young doctor working with Rupert Everett on a series of sexual therapies to help loosen up the hysterical women of London, among them Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sheridan Smith and Felicity Jones. Key cities only. Official Sony site is here.
Inbred – British Texas Chainsaw Massacre/Wrong Turn horror in which a group of young offenders and their care workers are menaced in a remote Yorkshire village by the inbred locals. Well, that’s fun in Northernshire for you! Key cities only. Official site is here.
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark – showing at Imax cinemas only so a big, big dusting off for the first in the Spielberg/Ford quadrilogy about the intrepid archaeologist.
Killing them Softly – A strong male cast, led by a seemingly impressive Brad Pitt, head up this crime thriller. Pitt is the enforcer investigating a robbery at a high stakes mob poker game. Could this be the film that nabs him an Oscar? Official site lends a few hints here. Showing all over the UK.
The Prophet – director and composer Gary Tarn’s film, if you can call it that, of Kahlil Gibran’s novel. Leaving the meaning of the film very much up to the viewer, Tarn mixes the nararative of the book with his own travels through the Lebanon, Serbia, New York, Milan and London. At key cities only. Thandie Newton narrates and the official site is here.
Santa Sangre – gruesome sounding horror from 1989 about a man who embarks on a campaign of revenge with his armless mother. Thankfully, showing at key cities only! IMDb has details here.
Savages – Salma Hayek dons a tarantula black wig as the head of a Mexican drug cartel who wants to get into bed with Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch – professionally of course, as they happen to grow the finest marijuana in North America. When they refuse, she kidnaps the girl whom they are in a three-way with (Blake Lively) leading to an extraordinary capture and revenge caper that ropes in dodgy FBI agent John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Emile Hirsch. Olvier Stone directs and with this cast, it should be available all of the UK. Official site is here.
Tower Block – Sheridan Smith again (the girl must be worn out this year, after Mrs Biggs on TV and, now Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic). A British thriller that centres on the residents of an inner city tower block being picked off by a sniper, a year after witnessing a murder. Key cities only. IMDb has a few more details.
Untouchable – actor Omar Sy has taken a few international awards for his performance here, as a young man from the inner city in France who is hired to help an aristocrat when he is paralysed after an accident. The trailers look good and so do the reviews. Unaccountably, it looks like the release will be in London only for this week. IMDb lowdown is here.
On Monday next week…
Saints and Soldiers 2: Airborne Creed – WWII drama about a group of soldiers rescuing partisans whilst on their way to support allied troops marching toward Berlin. Official site is here.