Austenland – Jane Austen fan Keri Russell travels to England to visit an Austen Theme Park and finds herself falling for a Regency era gent in this frothy and pinky looking comedy co-starring American Pie‘s Jennifer Coolidge. The official (and cutsey) site is here; the film will show at key cities only, so google your local art-house screens and larger multiplex venues for screening details.
Blue Jasmine – the critics are hailing this as Woody Allen’s return to his old 80’s/early 90’s form, with Cate Blanchett as the wealthy New York socialite whose life goes into free fall when her husband (Alec Baldwin) is arrested for fraud. In a film that clearly echoes A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) she moves in with her more modest living sister Sally Hawkins and her husband Andrew Dice Clay. The official website is here and the film will be showing all over.
Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman – a sexily clad machine gun wielding mercenary will stop at nothing to kill a Chilean gangster in this kinkily booted actioneer. The film will play at cities only and the official website is here.
Girl Most Likely – Bridesmaid’s Kristen Wiig is still single and still failing in her character’s on-screen career, this time as a playwright rather than a cake maker. She makes the humiliating move back home to Mom (Annette Bening) – only to find a strange man now lives in her bedroom and another man is in her mother’s bed. The official website is here and the film will show at most UK cinemas.
Greedy Lying Bastards – climate change controversy docs are not exactly unique at the moment, so that might explain the attention grabbing title of this film, that looks at the lies being told (or so the makers claim) by leaders of the fossil fuel industry in regards to global warming. The official website is here, the film will show at key cities only.
Hannah Arendt – drama about the German-Jewish journalist who wrote famously about the ‘Banality of Evil’ to describe the blandly sociopathic Nazi Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the holocaust. Co-starring Janet McTeer this will show at key cities only and the official Soda Pictures page is here.
In the Name Of – gay Polish drama about a Priest falling in love with an eccentric young man and facing conflict with his spiritual calling. The official Peccadillo Pictures page is here including London screening details (more screening locations to follow).
Mister John – following his brother’s death Aiden Gillen travels to Singapore to help his sister-in-law sort his brother’s affairs out. Suddenly, he considers the possibility of reinventing himself. The official Artificial Eye website is here and the Find Any Film website here will show what key cities it is showing at.
Nothing But a Man – the Library of Congress in the states have given this archive African American film about a black labourer trying to settle down with a career, but finding family pressures and racist white bosses impeding his progress. The BFI has more information, including sparse UK screening locations on their website here.
Prisoners – Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal lead this starry and taut sounding drama about a Dad (Jackman) who is left frustrated and wound up by police (Gyllenhaal) inaction when his young daughter goes missing. Paul Dano is the young man who may or may not have taken her. The official website is here and the film will be showing at almost all UK cinemas.
Runner Runner – thriller with Justin Timberlake as a Princeton University graduate who travels to Costa Rica to confront a man (Ben Affleck) who has swindled him. When the FBI get involved, he finds himself being squeezed on all sides. The official website is here; the film will show all over UK screens.
Smash and Grab – The Story of the Pink Panthers – this documentary looks at a group of jewel thieves. The official Facebook page is here and it will show at key cities only.
The Wicker Man: 40th Anniversary – Robin Hardy’s seminal pagan horror with new-in-town copper Edward Woodward on the trail of a missing girl on Scottish Laird Christopher Lee’s island. The official Facebook page is here; the film will show at key cities only.