A list of new films released in the UK on Friday 3 October 2014.
Use Find Any Film to get screening locations for the films below.
The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands
As part of the continuing commemoration of the outbreak of WW1, the BFI dusts off this British silent film, a reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the early stages of the conflict. The Battle of Coronel, off the coast of Chile, was a triumph for German Admiral von Spee – the first defeat of the British navy for a hundred years. The retaliatory strike was instigated six weeks later by ace British tactician Admiral Fisher who sent two new battle cruisers, Invincible and Inflexible, to the South Atlantic to restore British supremacy. For more information, including screening locations and dates, click on the webpage here.
Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland, with his keen ear for all things aural, was a canny choice to help create this chronicle of the concert of the Icelandic songstress’ multimedia project ‘Biophilia’. Expect nothing less than an astounding assault on your timpanic membranes and eyes. Showing at only a few locations, so click on the ‘At Locations’ link at the top of the website.
Japanese anime film about an orphaned aristocrat who summons a demonic butler to aid her, at the price of her soul. To find out where you can catch this, click the Find Any Film link here. The official Tumblr site is here.
Cathedrals of Culture (3D)
Six leading film-makers, including Wim Wenders and Robert Redford, explore six iconic and very different building, in an attempt to answer the question: “If buildings could talk, what would they say about us?” The official Neue Road movies webpage is here; the film will be on a limited run only.
Edward Snowden made headlines when he blew the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the NSA and other intelligence agencies. Journalist Laura Poitras was one of the people who received his encrypted emails about this; she met him on a number of occasions and made sure to have her camera. The official Artificial Eye webpage is here; the film will have a wide distribution, so check out your local art-house cinemas or big multiplexes for screening details.
Lawyer Robert Downey Jr. is the hot shot who returns home to the family he left behind years before, including his father who is the local judge (Robert Duvall). The starry cast is rounded off by Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio and Melissa Leo. The official Warner Bros. website is here; the film will be showing at most UK cinemas.
A story of ‘yoof’ culture in 1970’s Britain and the cultural change that occurred when young, inner city white kids discovered and embraced black American soul music. Starring Steve Coogan and Lisa Stansfield, the official website is here and you can find out where to catch the film here.
Another Coppola (Gia, Francis Ford’s granddaughter) steps up to the movie-making alter, directing this high school drama about two girls (shy Emma Roberts and slattern Zoe Levin) and the men in their life, who include soccer coach James Franco and sweet stoner Jack Kilmer. The official Tumblr site is here; the film will be playing at selected cinemas only, so check out Find Any Film to find out where.
Difficult to gauge whether the craze for giant, crime-fighting, amphibious reptiles on the big screen from the early 1990’s will start again, but this new film version has already taken more than $300m on its North American release, so this may translate to extra box-office kerching over here too. Expect it to hit every UK screen this Friday and the official website is here.
United We Fall
British mockumentary, starring Jack Donnelly, about five arrogant, overpaid, homophobic and racist ex-Manchester United players who had the chance to become heroes in 2010 – and failed spectacularly. The official Facebook page is here; the film will be showing in key cities only.
And from Wednesday 22 October…
Much has been made in the media recently about the star Brad Pitt’s ‘love’ of the great British weather when making this, his WWII film about a Sherman tank and her five-man crew out on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Pitt and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. The official Facebook page is here; the film will be playing all over the place.
Everyone’s favourite Brit-cuties, Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, star in this comedy as two people who’ve been best friends since the year dot, traversing the awkward step to becoming a romantic couple. The official Facebook page is here and you should be able to catch the film at almost all UK cinemas.