A round up of the main, new films that will hit UK cinemas as of Friday 24 October 2014…
Films out on Friday…
A creepy website accompanies this film, that requires you to enter your birthdate to find out more. The trailer alleges a genuinely unsettling movie, a sort of Roald Dahl meets The Ring as a single Mum and her young son are terrorised by the supposedly fictitious creature The Babadook, who comes alive after she reads him the titular children’s fairy tale. Just in time for Hallowe’en, the film should be showing at most UK cinema screens.
The Book Of Life
Animated film from producer Guillermo del Torro about the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana, the official Facebook page is here and the film will be showing all over UK screens.
Jimi: All Is By My Side
Drama, based on the life, times and most importantly the music of rocker Jimi Hendrix, starring Andre Benjamin as the man himself, or OutKast rapper Andre 3000 as he used to be known. Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell co-star. The official Darko Entertainment webpage is here; the film will be showing at key cities only, so use Find Any Film to check out your nearest screening.
The Knife That Killed Me
With a twitter hashtag like #THISISWHATDEADLOOKSLIKE you might be forgiven for thinking this is your usual teen splatter movie. It’s actually a rather more serious looking thriller about a teenager deciding what to do about the manipulative bully making his life a torment. The official website is here but it looks like there are tickets available for the London screening at the Notting Hill Picturehouse only. So get in quick folks!
Awash with stellar Brit talent, including Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee and Tom Courtenay and directed by the Swedish Bille August, Jeremy Irons happens across a book written by a Portuguese man (Jack Huston) and travels to Lisbon to find out more about him, uncovering long dead secrets and a remarkable life. Lena Olin and Bruno Ganz round off the cast. The official website is here; the film will be showing across a wide selection of UK screens, so check out Find Any Film for your nearest one.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are fast becoming a regular co-starring feature at cinemas. Here, they play loved-up newlyweds in 1920’s North Carolina. Their marriage begins to unravel as she finds out more about him as they go into a lumber business together. The official Studio Canal webpage is here and the film will be showing across a wide selection of UK cinemas.
This Is Where I Leave You
I Facebooked an article about Jason Bateman, that likeable star of so many raggedy American comedies and the need to give him some better material. Looks like he seems to be finding his feet, headlining this comedy about a man reconnecting with his crazy family after his marriage breaks down. They number amongst them a wildly inappropriate mother (Jane Fonda) and a sister with a penchant for violence (Tina Fey). The official Tumblr site is here and the film will be playing all over the show.
Time Is Illmatic
This is a feature length documentary film that delves deep into the making of Nas’ 1994 debut album, Illmatic, and the social conditions that influenced its creation. Showing at key cities only, check them out here on the film’s official webpage.
Teenage gay-awakening romance from Peccadillo Pictures about two young friends (male and female) and the new boy who disrupts this; who will Leonardo give his first kiss too? Showing at key cities only, listed here.
Renowned Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni had the stunning presence of mind to decamp to London to make Blow Up (1966), capturing the sudden cultural and social explosion of the swinging sixties with that tantalising cinematic jigsaw puzzle. Attempting to do the same in America with Zabriskie Point saw him fail so spectacularly, that production company MGM, already saddled with debt, almost went belly up. This fantasy, about escape from our over civilised world, follows a rebellious Los Angeles student (Mark Frechette) who steals a private airplane, meets an aimless girl (Daria Halpin) and finds a revelation in Death Valley is being given a limited re-release. The official Metrodome webpage is here.
And from Tuesday 28 October…
The run up to Hallowe’en continues, with a limited one day release screening, across a wide selection of UK cinemas, for this 30th birthday outing for the perennial Hollywood ghosts and ghouls blockbuster. Screening details are here.
And on Wednesday 29 Otober…
Sci-fi/horror about April (Brittany Allen) who is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child by a group of friends. When a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods, April and the group venture toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The official Facebook page is here; the film will have a wide showing across the UK.
Decidedly off-beat horror, from a veritable master of this genre, director Alexander Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, 2006). Daniel Radcliffe grows horns after wing accused of raping and killing girlfriend Juno Temple. The horns make people confess their sins, so he sets about finding out who killed her and seeking revenge. Expect some stylish blood letting. The Lionsgate webpage with official trailer is here; the film will play on just about every UK screen.