Compliance – if you like your drama freaky and creepy, then try this on for size. A fast food restaurant manager (Ann Dowd) receives a phone-call, apparently from a policeman, saying one of her employees (Dreama Walker) has stolen money from one of their customers. Taking it upon herself, Dowd starts an investigation herself, following instructions from the policeman, no matter how invasive they become. Based on true events according to the media nonsense. Official Magnolia Pictures site is here; showing at key cities.
The Croods (3D) – animated fun from Disney/DreamWorks about the first modern stone age family who set off an adventure when their cave/home is destroyed. So…The Flintstones in 3D then? Official UK site is here and will be showing all over.
Identity Thief – Jason Bateman discovers that Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is living the life of Reilly on his credit cards in this comedy from the director of Horrible Bosses. Official website is here and will be showing nationwide.
Jack the Giant Slayer (3D) – big-run on 3D movies this week. Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) stars in the title role, a young farmer who reignites a war between men and giants when he accidentally opens up a portal between our two worlds. It’s up to him and Ewan MacGregor et al to save the day. Directed by X-Men’s Bryan Singer. Official Warner’s site is here; will be showing nationwide.
Neighbouring Sounds – Brazilian cinema continues to chuck out some searing drama, in this BFI/Sydney Film Festival nominated drama from director Kleber Mendonca Filho. A security firm is hired to help protect a group of bourgeoise people after a spate of petty thefts, uncovering simmering prejudices and tensions. Official website is here and it will be showing at key cities.
Post Tenebras Lux – this won best director at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Using a series of unconnected images from past present and possible futures, the film centres around a wealthy industrialist facing a family crisis after he moves with them away from the trappings of modern society. Film screenings are here.
Reality – slightly self-absorbed sounding comedy from director Matteo Garrone with Aniello Areno as a fishmonger who appears on a reality TV show and finds he loses his own sense of reality. It might have worked and been more topical 10 years ago. Official website is here; will be showing at key cities only.
Reincarnated – Speaking of self-absorbed glory trips, this documentary follows US rapper Snoop Dogg as he travels to Jamaica to record an album with Diplo. Unsurprisingly, he thoroughly immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, to the point where he emerges as ‘Snoop Lion’. So, My Year Smoking Dope then. Official site is here and, mercifully, it will be showing at key cities only.
The Servant – From the diabolical to the perfect, a welcome airing for Joseph Losey’s seminal, creepily sexy swinging sixties thriller in which posh James Fox hires obsequious Dirk Bogarde as his manservant when he moves into a plush London townhouse. Bogarde insinuates himself and ‘sister’ Sarah Miles into the fabric of Fox’s life until they slowly start to revert roles, watched by suspicious girlfriend Wendy Craig. A masterpiece in character observation and wicked social irony, it helped turn Bogarde from matinee idol into a serious cinema actor. Showing in London at BFI cinemas only, its restoration kicks off this year’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, due to its obvious queer subtext.
Small Apartments – Little Britain’s Matt Lucas stars in this adaptation of Matt Willis’ novel, adapted by Willis himself. Lucas is the hairless eccentric obsessed with Switzerland who lives in an apartment block with other odd-balls, including Johnny Knoxville as a drug-addled rocker. When his brother James Marden dies, he finds that he has been left a key to a safe deposit box in Switzerland…containing a large sum of money. Sounds cute; wikipedia has a few more details and this will be showing at key cities only.
Stolen – Nicholas Cage has been released from prison for a bank robbery he committed years ago, but has to rob again when old partner Josh Lucas returns from the dead to claim the booty he thinks Cage still has. Just to make sure he pays up, Lucas kidnaps Cage’s daughter. Poor, poor box office returns might explain why the film originally called Medallion was hastily re-named. Wikipedia has some details here, but will be showing UK wide.
And on Monday…
12 In a Box – Miranda Hart co-stars in this British comedy about a school reunion dinner with a twist when 12 people are offered the chance to collect a £1m if they can rough it in the country. Official website is here; showing at key cities only.
And on Wednesday…
G.I. Joe: Retaliation – sequel to the 2009 actioneer with Channing Tatum; Tatum returns with Duwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The GI’s are framed as traitors by baddie Arnold Vosloo, so they’re out to save their reputations and get revenge. Official UK website is here; will be showing nationwide.
Trance – Rosario Dawson is the hypnotherapist hired to help art auctioneer James MacAvoy recall where he hid a stolen Goya for criminal Vincent Cassel. But the line between the real and unreal becomes increasingly blurred. Official website is here and the film will be showing all over the UK.