New Releases: 12th and 5th May

12 YEARS A SLAVE:

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That poster is five stars short of fifty. If it weren’t, I might raise the specter of a certain star-spangled banner. Might try to shape up a little comment about critical acclaim, history, nationalism and what I’d probably try to describe as 12 Years a Slave‘s ‘precarious authority’.  But that poster is five stars short of fifty and 12 Years a Slave is a film I haven’t even seen yet. So rather than poke and postulate, which I’m usually happy to, I’ll just say that this must easily be the most important film out this week. The New York Times‘ Manohla Dargis: “the genius of 12 Years a Slave is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price.”

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47 RONIN:

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Yeah you guessed it; 7 Youtube comments about 47 Ronin

Why does he still talk like he has no acting skill??
You would think he would learn over time.

Just saw the movie and i loved it!  8.1 out of 10

stupid american shit….you destroy everything…

sorry but i like it

Why do people hate this movie?

I seen this movie last month.

LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!! and I’m a girl who doesn’t like sumari movies… but this was exceptionally GREAT

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CUPCAKES:

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No doubt, this looks fun! From the director of Yossi.

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AFTERNOON DELIGHT:

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Rachel is a stay-at-home mother. Rachel is frustrated. Rachel has a lackluster sex life and career gone kaput. Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper. Rachel adopts McKenna as her live-in nanny. Afternoon Delight director Jil Soloway says her film, “make[s] people uncomfortable. It particularly makes men uncomfortable.”  Soloway has made a pilot called Transparent (starring Jeffrey Tambor as a transgendered father) that just got picked up for a full season by Amazon Studios. Most importantly, Soloway wrote a short story called Courteney Cox’s Asshole

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

WISH YOU WERE HERE:

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GENERATION WAR:

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New Releases: 5th May

RAILWAY MAN:

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From what I can tell Colin Firth turns in a performance of intense emotional complexity in an extraordinary true story that is powerful and harrowing, touching and credible. I see that the film is based on the best selling book by Eric Lomax and was in cinemas New Year’s Day. … … Really though, what can Iii say about The Railway Man? It smells of Ronseal. Total wood preserver. You don’t need me. Actually, truth be told, I have quite the soft spot for Colin. Some say we share a resemblance but I just think that’s completely accurate. Swoon. What I wouldn’t give just to watch him sleep. Go on, you know you want to.

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LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON:

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This was supposed to hit our shelves in February but got pushed back. Here’s what I said about it then… I really wanted to see this when it played at London film festival last year. By Hirokazu Kore-eda (I Wish). The critical consensus is that Kore-eda stands as cinema’s principle chronicler of everyday Japanese life; Ozu’s heir. He’s certainly got a knack for tapping that profound and poetic core of the quotidian. IMDb blurb: “Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.” As sensational as that dilemma might sound, I’m sure Like Father, Like Sons treatment of it is both delicate and provocative. Recommended in advance.

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REASONABLE DOUBT:

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A thriller, filmed in Winnipeg. “Reasonable Doubt received negative reviews”.

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ALSO OUT LAST WEEK:

MAMMON:

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30 ROCK SEASON 7:

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posted by William Goodey

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