Alps – Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to his decidedly bizarre family tale Dogtooth is another examination of extreme human psychology and relationships. An agency hires people stand-in for the dead people. That is, until one of them starts to exhibit erratic behaviour. The official Artificial Eye website is here. Key cities only.
Aurora – a Romanian man, recently divorced and experiencing problems at work, buys a gun and decides to test it out in this drama from director Cristi Puiu. The New Wave Films website has some more information here. Key cities only.
Grassroots – So there is life after American Pie. Jason Biggs stars as a disillusioned journalist opposite odd-bod political candidate Joel David Moore who likes to dress up as a Polar Bear. Based on the real-life events around a Seattle City Council elections, it is directed by Jake and Maggie Gyllenhall’s dad Stephen. Official site is here. Key cities only.
Here Comes the Boom – Kevin James plays a teacher who takes up martial arts to help raise money for his cash-strapped school in this comedy, co-starring Salma Hayek. Official Sony Pictures site is here. Showing nationwide.
Love Bite – British Cherry Falls sounding comedy horror in which a Werewolf is preying on virgins living in a British seaside town. Soon, every one is desperate the lose their virginity. Official Ecosse Film’s site is here. Showing nationwide and probably just as well seeing as they missed the Hallowe’en release week.
Mother’s Milk – drama, based on the novel by Edward St. Aubyn that follows an English family over one summer when the mother decides to sell the family home after suffering a stroke. Jack Davenport and Diana Quick star. IMDb has the low-down here. Key cities only.
My Brother the Devil – Already acclaimed at the recent London Film Festival (receiving nominations for best writing, directing and actor for Fady Elsayed), this drama looks at two brothers struggling to survive the London gangland scene as two young, British Arabs. One to watch. Official site is here. Showing at key cities.
People Like Us – Chris Pine returns home to settle his deceased father’s estate and finds he has a grown-up sister he never knew about. Disney drama co-starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The US site is here; being released nationwide.
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan – there has been an exhibition in London about this man’s fondly remembered stop-motion special effects and a resurgence in interest about his work ever since the two, new Clash of the Titans films were released. This documentary chronicles the career of the man who has done more for the advancement of cinematic special effects that any other artist and features contributions from, amongst others, Peter Jackson and Terry Gilliam. Official site explains more here. Key cities only.
Shady Lady – documentary about the titular WWII bomber. After crash-landing in Northern Australia, a local Aboriginal community helped get the plane flying again. Official site is here, but it’s showing at selected venues only (see their website).
And from Tues 13 November…
Coldplay Live 2012 – as the title describes, filmed action from the band’s recent tour. Official Coldplay site is here.
Son of Sardaar – Bollywood drama following a man who becomes embroiled in a long-running family feud. See IMDb for more.