Movies to see this Friday (19 September)

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A few tasty movie morsels hit your multiplex and art house screens this Friday, including…


Use Find Any Film to get screening locations for the films below.

20,000 Days On Earth

Artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard make their first feature film with this, a fictional documentary charting 24 hours in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave. Off beat to say the least, but if you are interested, the official website tells you all need to know here.

Screening locations are here.

The Giver

Brenton Thwaites stars in this adaptation of Lois Lowry’s teen bestseller, a young man in a content but colourless world. Meetings with the ‘The Giver’, who holds all of his community’s memories, establish darker secrets that, as he begins to know more, put those he loves in danger. The official website is here and the film will be playing all over the show.

Grand Piano

Slightly ridiculous sounding thriller with Elijah Wood as a concert pianist targeted by a sniper (John Cusack) who will kill him if he plays the wrong note. Why, oh why, isn’t Cusack more gainfully employed by having Justin Beiber as his target?! The official Magenta Studio’s website is useless, so check out Wiki here and the Facebook page here.

The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Dotty movies featuring real-life artists playing themselves seem to be all the rage this week. In this French offering, novelist Michel Houellebecq makes fun of himself in Guillaume Nicloux’s reality comedy. September 16 th 2011. The TV news networks, newspapers, blogs, websites and radio stations are all reporting on one story: star author Michel Houellebecq, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2010, has been abducted. Some members of the media go so far as to suggest that Al-Qaeda may be involved. For the next few days, the news ripples through literary circles and members of the press, feeding buzz and speculation. A brazen kidnapping? An identity crisis? A plan to escape abroad? A schizophrenic delirium? Michel will never provide the media with any rational explanation for what happened to him. The official website is here but it will be on a limited release only.

Magic In the Moonlight

Woody Allen made a storming return to best-ever form last year with the smashing Blue Jasmine. This, his next film, hasn’t quite had the same reviews, but it has been said that off-form Woody is still better than on-form anyone else. 

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, this is a romantic comedy about a master magician (Colin Firth) trying to expose a psychic medium (Emma Stone) as a fake. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. The official Sony Pictures website is here and you should be able to catch it at most UK cinema screens.

Night Will Fall

The BFI screens this documentary made by Andre Singer about the story behind a project to film and chronicle the liberation of WWII concentration camps. The official website, with screening details, is here.

The Riot Club

Posh totty abounds in this film adaptation of Laura Wade’s play Posh about the notorious drinking club at Eaton ‘The Bullingdon Club’ that has included at one point or another our own current Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer as members. Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth and Max Irons make up part of the snob fitty parade. The official website is here and the film will be showing just about anywhere with a movie screen. I say!

Think Like A Man Too

Sequel to the 2012 comedy in which the same couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event. The official Facebook page is here and the film will be playing at most main UK cinemas.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Jolly sounding effort starring everyone’s happiest chap Liam Neeson as an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. He reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife. Sounds drearily similar to anything Neeson has starred in over the past ten years. The official website is here and you should be able to catch it anywhere, you lucky things you.

Wish I Was Here

Zack Braff directs and stars in, co-writes and directs this comedy-drama as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find. Braff has come a long way since Scrubs. The official website is here and you can catch the film at most of those building that screen movies.

And on Sunday 21 September…

Salome/Wilde Salome

You wait for one film about the Biblical temptress (the one who had John the Baptist’s head cut off when the sexy dance floor shapes she threw failed to entice him) and two come out on the same day. Set in the modern day, the piece is also accompanied by a documentary in which star of the main event Al Pacino looks into Oscar Wilde’s original and once banned play on which it is based. Jessica Chastain portrays the title character. An interesting sounding blend of classicism and naval gazing too. The official website is here and it has a wide distribution so check out Find Any Film to see where it is near to you.

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