UK movies out this Friday, 20 June 2014

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The big and the small, the bad and the beautiful, slamming into your auditoriums (ooh err) this Friday…

3 Days To Kill

This McG directed action thriller stars Kevin Costner as a dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment. You’ll have no problems catching this as it will be showing all over our fair nation and the official Tumblr site is here.

The Art Of the Steal

Another 1980’s action movie star, this time Kurt Russell, headlines in this light-hearted, Expendables style piece about a semi-reformed art thief who agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist. Completing the 80’s line-up is Matt Dillon as his brother and colleague in crime. Reviews haven’t been too good so far, which might explain why with these names it is only showing on a limited run. The official Facebook page is here.

Arthur and Mike

Emily Blunt is fast becoming the female Michael Fassbender – seen in everything and proving her versatility (she’s just done Edge of Tomorrow with Tome Cruise, this hits the stalls this week and there are two more movies in pre-production, if IMDb is to be believed). She is paired here with Colin Firth as Wallace Avery who hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he’s blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur’s road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind. No clear details on the distribution of the film, but looks like it could be key cities only – so check your local cinema listings. Official Facebook page is here.

Bright Days Ahead

French romantic comedy starring the gloriously named Fanny Ardant as a retired dentist who attends a series of boring evening classes but is perked up when handsome ladies man (Laurent LaFitte) turns out to be her tutor. And he likes the older woman. The film will be showing at these key cities and the official Picturehouse website is here.

Camille Claudel 1915

Juliette Binoche is getting some rave reviews (including this one from Roger Ebert) for her bare-faced, stripped down and raw turn as the titular real-life sculptress who was confined to an asylum by her family. Director Bruno Dumont chronicles her life as she waits for a visit from her brother (Jean-Luc Vincent). The film will be showing at key cities only, so check your local art-house picture listings of those of the bigger multiplexes.

Chinese Puzzle

Romain Durais is separated from his wife Kelly Reilly. But when she decides to move from France to New York and take their two children with them, he decides to follow. French romantic comedy that should be found at most big cinemas and art house screens. The official Canal+ page should be here (but frustratingly wouldn’t load when I tried to access it).

Jersey Boys

Clint Eastwood is a man old enough to remember when Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons commenced their first tour. Here, in the big screen adaption of the Tony Award winning musical, he tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic rock group. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation. The official website is here and it will have a wiiiiiiiide distribution.

Leave To Remain

I saw the trailer for this a few weeks back and was mightily impressed, lovely visual style and a nice story. Omar is a young Afghan who finds himself in the precarious position of waiting for his indefinite leave to remain status being decided. The arrival of another boy from back home threatens to throw his life upside down. Toby Jones stars as the kind-hearted teacher who runs the local refuge centre. The film will be showing at these key cities only (and might even pop up next year at my local film group, Stony Scala!).

Miss Violence

Greek drama about an 11 year old girl who jumps off the balcony and falls to her death. While the police and Social Services try to discover the reason for this apparent suicide, Angeliki’s family keep insisting that it was an accident. What is the secret that young Angeliki took with her? On a limited run only, the official site is here.

Once Upon a Forest

Written and directed by Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins, 2005), Once upon a Forest invites the spectator into a never-before-seen world of natural wonder and staggering beauty. For the first time, we will be able to watch a rain forest growing before our eyes. Showing at the Cine Lumiere in London only, the official webpage is here.

Spring In a Small Town

Regarded as the finest work from the first great era of Chinese filmmaking, the BFI presents a restored copy of Fei Mu’s quiet, piercingly poignant study of adulterous desire and guilt-ridden despair. The film will be showing at key cities across the UK, as this link explains.

And from Thu, 26 June…

Ghosts

Lesley Manville has garnered rave reviews across the board for her turn as Helen in the West End production of Ibsen’s famous play. In this live-to-screen transfer, Helen (Manville) resolves to tell her son the truth about his father, who has treated her so cruelly. But when her son returns, he reveals he has already inherited the tainted legacy of his father’s dissolute life. The official webpage is here and the page has details of what cinemas across the UK will be screening it. Not to be missed!

A Haunted House 2

Marlon Wayans’ sequel to the comedy hit from last year has received fairly negative reviews across the board so far, which could explain the drop in profits stateside the second time around. After losing his possessed girlfriend Kisha (Essence Atkins) in a car crash, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) meets and falls for Megan (Jaime Pressly), a single white mother of two. As he moves into a new home with the family, Malcolm discovers bizarre paranormal events surrounding the children and the property. To complicate matters, a back-from-the-dead Kisha moves in across the street, and there’s nothing worse than the scorn of a demonic ex-girlfriend. The official Facebook page is here and the film will be showing at key cities only.

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