The big, or otherwise relatively small, filmic efforts winging their way to your multiplexes and art house cinemas this weekend include…
22 Jump Street
A not particularly inventive title for a sequel to the 2012 hit film starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum about a pair of underachieving cops sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. This time, the guys go undercover at a college, enjoying all the thrills of co-ed life along the way. If you’re interested, most UK cinemas will be playing this and the official tumblr site is riiiiiight here.
Sai is a location scout, Oom is an art director. They work together at the same film company. Two years later, Sai is still in the same job, while Oom has moved on. One day Sai’s computer crashes, wiping her hard drive, along with the images that capture an entire year of her life. Among them are those she’d taken of Oom. 36 is a delicate contemplation on the nature of memories in the digital age. Showing at selected cinemas, the official website is here.
Benny and Jolene
Drama about a folk band trying to make it big, starring Craig Roberts and Charlotte Ritchie. The film will show at key cities only and the official website is here.
A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar. Showing at key cities only, the official website is here.
When a couple of High School movie-obsessed pals set out to make their own film, things spiral out of control. Showing at key cities, the official site is here.
The purportedly true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, this will show at key cities in the UK only and the official site is here.
Grace of Monaco
Nicole Kidman as the titular Serene Highness goes the same way as actress Naomi Watts in Diana (2013) when portraying a legendary, modern royal personage who had a commendable media profile. There have been widespread criticisms of the storyline from the Monagasque authorities, but international audiences will judge for themselves when the film shows all over the UK. Official UK website is here.
I Declare War
Summer war games between neighborhood kids turn deadly serious when jealousy and betrayal enter the mix in this American ‘Lord of the Flies’. Showing at ket UK cities only, the official website is here.
Pluto is a South Korean story of the extremes elite high school seniors are prepared to go to guarantee entry into prestigious universities, and asks what could possibly turn an innocent boy into a monster. It’s like Mean Girls meets Mr Vengeance. Showing at key cities only, the official website is here.
Pulp: A Film About Life and Death and Supermarkets
Brit-pop documentary from Florian Habicht’s collaboration with Jarvis Cocker that fixes the band’s triumphant 2012 concert within a loving portrait of the town (Sheffield) where it all began. The film will showboat key cities only and the official website is here.
When I Saw You
Palestinian film about a young boy aligning himself with a group of freedom fighters in the late 1960’s. The film has won a number of awards at Middle Eastern film festivals, will be showing at key UK cities only and the official webpage is here.
And on Sunday 8 June…
Horror movie from producer Eli Roth (Hostel) about two journalists who visit a seeming rural utopia for the night, but as day approaches they realise this paradise hides a dark secret. The film will play at key UK cities only and the official website is here.
And coming out on Monday 9 June…
The Hooligan Factory – Comedy Gala
British comedy about a man looking to emulate his football hooligan father. Sounds like a tricky concept to pull some laughs with so it may be a blessing this is showing at key cities only. The official website is here.
Now:In the Wings On a World Stage
And something completely different to football hooligans is this documentary that chronicles star Kevin Spacey and director Sam Mendes’ worldwide staging of Richard III. Key cities only, but check out Mr Spacey’s website for more information here.
Coming to a screen near you from Tuesday 10 June…
A parrot escapes from it’s cage and joins assorted wild birds in and around the parks and commons of London, weaving together six different stories and 30 different characters. British Robert Altman portmanteau flick starring veteran Sam Kelly. The official website is here and the film will be showing at key cities only.
And out from Wednesday 11 June…
Liam Neeson narrates this documentary about the motor-cycle racing Dunlop family. The film will show at key cities only. Little information on the distributors website, but more information can be found on the Dunlop’s own website here.