A list of the new films being released across the UK, from Friday 19 February 2016. Use the Find Any Film website for details of which cinema nearest to you will show these movies.
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Kurt Russell is clearly in Western mode at present, as this horror in the west film follows his recent starring role in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. He leads as one of four men who head off into the deepest, darkest corner of the wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers. The official Facebook page is where should be looking for more on this. It will be showing at key cities only, so check Find Any Film for where.
Tom Roth leads in this lauded drama (winning best screenplay and nominated for the Palme D’Or at the last Cannes Film Festival) as David, a nurse who works with terminally ill patients in this critically lauded drama. He is good at his job, too good, but his one mistake is to become utterly devoted to each of them, despite always remaining cool, calm and in control. So much so, he slowly but surely cuts his patients off from their families, denying them any involvement in their relative’s demise, fulfilling his own psychological needs. Fascinating stuff. See the official Artificial Eye page for more on the film and it’s cast and crew and how to book tickets (showing at key cities only).
Sea-rescue disaster drama from Disney starring Casey Affleck. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. Affleck plays the senior officer left onboard to help his men to safety. Showing all over the UK, the official Facebook page has the lowdown.
This drama combines the terminal illness of films such as Chronic with American cinema’s sudden lesbian awakening, hot on the heels of Carol which featured another Hollywood actress (Cate Blanchett) and the travails of being a gay woman. Julianne Moore stars in this drama set in the 1980’s. New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester (Moore), and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. On a limited run only; Find Any Film will help you find the nearest cinema. See the official Facebook page for more detail on the film.
After all of the drama, crises and issues in the films above, it might be time for a comic pick me up. Dakota Johnson has split up with her boyfriend so best friend Rebel Wilson instructs her in the ways of enjoying oneself to the hilt when one is unattached romantically. Alison Brie and Lesley Mann round out the strong female cast. I’m not entirely sure I agree about the text on the official site which reads “Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun”, in the light of STDs etc. but hey ho, I didn’t write it. Distributor Warner Bros. can deal with such things. Showing all over the UK.
Music documentary about the gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. Featuring live performances, archival footage, and conversations with contemporaries including Bob Dylan and Prince. See the official website for more, including screening locations.
Benjamin, a boy bullied for his Jewish faith, takes up boxing as a means of self-defense, alienating himself from his religious community. As an adult caught between two worlds, his desperation to provide for his family becomes the catalyst for a devastating series of events that ensures he may never find the acceptance he has always craved. The official Zeitgeist films page has the trailer. It’s on a limited screening only; Find Any Film will help you nail the right cinema to see it at.
A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town. Casey Affleck,Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woodey Harrelson and Kate Winslet as a monstrously coiffured femme fatale form the bulk of the cast. See the official website for more; use Find Any Film for where to catch it.
Atom Egoyan’s drama features Christopher Plummer as a 90-year-old in a serene retirement home. He receives a mysterious package from his close friend, containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both men were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families—a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. The friends embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives. See the official A24 films webpage for more. It will be on a limited showing only.
On Wednesday 24 February
Sacha Baron-Cohen is the ne’er do well from the titular town, happy drinking to excess and dancing on bars with fireworks inserted in unmentionable part of his anatomy when he decides to search out his long lost brother (Mark Strong), who left as a young man many years ago. Now an adult, Strong works a secret service agent and the reunion threatens the success of his new assignment. Some argument over it’s actual title (is it The Brothers Grimsby as IMDb has it?) but for where it is showing, click for Find Any Film.