Based on the book of the same name by Dennis Lehane, starring and directed by Ben Affleck, telling the story of Joe Coughlin’s rise as a gangster in the prohibition era. Also starring Scott Eastwood, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Brendan Gleeson. From Gone Baby Gone (which was also written by Dennis Lehane) to The Town to Argo, Affleck has improved his directorial skills massively, so it will be interesting to see what he can offer with this one. Everyone may be keen to see his solo Batman film but we’ll have to wait a while for that, the same as this film which was in development for a couple of years before it started shooting, but Affleck has been a little busy. We should hopefully be seeing this one hit our screens early next year.
Colleagues devise a drastic plan to help a New York advertising executive (Will Smith) recover from a personal tragedy that has taken away his joy for life. The film stars a long list of famous actors including: Kate Winslet, Keira Knightly, Edward Norton, Helen Mirren, Naomie Harris and Michael Peña and could be an inspirational story about working together to help someone enjoy life and make the most of it, however it could also fall into the trap of having too many famous faces in one film and losing focus. From what we can see it does look rather sentimental, which when done correctly can make for a great film but when done with a more commercial aim of getting emotional viewers into cinemas, it tends to turn out as something akin to film fluff, along the lines of films like New Year’s Eve or Valentine’s Day, just not attached to its own holiday. Fingers can be crossed that this won’t follow that path but until release, it’s easy to be hesitant with this one.
Expected in cinemas 30th December.
You may have heard of this one but if not here’s what it involves, a young boy seeks the help of a tree monster, voiced by Liam Neeson, to help him cope with the fact that his mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill. Brought to you by J.A. Bayona of The Orphanage and The Impossible, a director who seemingly is verging on a career of jumping from genre to genre to inject some of his style, this time he’s tackling a serious subject but making it something that can be watched by all ages. Give the trailer a watch and you’ll see this fantastical story that he has brought to the big screen, it’s a strange idea but if this little taste is anything to go by, he looks to have created something extremely interesting. Also starring: Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver and Geraldine Chaplin.
Now this one definitely looks over done on the sentimentality but it is slap bang in time for National Dog Day and is perfect for the occasion. Starring Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson and the voice of Josh Gad, based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron and telling the story of one dog over several lifetimes and owners.
New release for tonight, starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and David Wenham, 25 years after a five year old boy is lost on the streets of Calcutta and living with his adopted family in Australia he decides that he must finally find his family and the search begins. After Patel’s breakout performance in Slumdog Millionaire, despite the much underappreciated Chappie and the little talked about The Man Who Knew Infinity, he’s yet to find a role that can really follow it up, with the emotional depth this film requires, this may be the one to do it.
The follow up for director Amma Asante to 2013’s Belle, another film tackling race issues, this time a mixed race marriage between a black South African prince and a white woman from London in the 1940’s, struggling in a world of politics. Starring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Arnold Oceng and Nicholas Lyndhurst, this one looks poised to tug on your emotions and should be an interesting biopic.
For those of you that may have not yet seen this one released yesterday, starring Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate and Adam Scott; when the girl that Bill (Kroll) slept with turns up as his blind brother Robbie’s (Scott) date it winds up a life-long rivalry between the two over who will win over Rose (Slate). This one definitely has some laughs but until release the jury is still out on whether this could be hilarious or outrageously insulting to blind people, or quite possibly a combination of the two.
So it’s been a few days and it’s time to talk about this ridiculous sequel to a sequel of a remake. Leaving aside that as a general rule of horror films, the foreign originals are always better than the American remakes, the first of which made in 2002 starring Naomi Watts does to be fair have a solid 7.1/10 score on IMDB and 72% on Rotten Tomatoes but from what we can see in the trailer they’re not exactly taking a page out of their book. There is no limit to the lengths horror films will go to, how many sequels they will churn out and how low the quality can get but here they are taking a film, whose basis of horror is the anticipation of what is going to happen and…well basically a contortionist dead girl with really long hair, then turning it into something with burns, scars, peeling skin, throats clogged with hair, endless oozing blood, deformations, swarms of insects crashing planes and (possibly worst of all) Vincent D’Onofrio. Quite often the best horror films are those that realise less is more and let the audience’s imagination scare them without having to actually put it on the screen, but this is a particularly great example of going in the opposite direction and simply cramming every possible thing that may scare or disgust a person in (at a guess because there’s no official running time as of yet) 100 minutes. But nevertheless decide for yourselves by watching it below:
Now you probably know Terrence Malick for his directorial work already, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, To The Wonder or his most recent Knight of Cups but for those of you that know him for The Tree of Life, this film will be no surprise. Appearing to be an IMAX extravaganza exploring the birth and death of all life as we know it, presented in a way to visually knock your socks off; narrated by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, this is going to be 90 minutes to take full advantage of everything IMAX has to offer.
Now this film may not get a UK release until early November, but it’s certainly one to start getting excited for because here you have a combination of actor and actress at the top of their field, who also happen to be in a relationship in real life, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. When lighthouse keeper and his wife who have been unable to conceive a child one day find a baby adrift in a boat, they decide to raise it as their own but what happens when years later they finally meet the woman (Rachel Weisz) who lost the child that became their daughter? Written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines). Surely the chatter on this one will start to ramp up as it gets closer to being released in this country but for now it’s one to keep an eye out for.
It’s a franchise that has spanned now 7 films in total over 15 years, all lead by Milla Jovovich, and have arguably taken an apocalyptic story for a longer ride than most you’ll find but the time has come to say goodbye to Resident Evil, with its Final Chapter. Supporting Jovovich are some familiar faces, Ali Larter, Iain Glen and Shawn Roberts as well as some newcomers Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken and William Levy. Generally the franchise can be relied upon for epic scenes of entirely unbelievable actions that still somehow don’t make you criticise, rather just enjoy how far the story can be pushed. So whether you’re a fan or just curious here is the teaser for the final installment.