2 Week New Release Double Whammy: 25th August and 1st September

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2:

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If you watched the first one of these, you’ll probably want to watch this one. If you didn’t, you probably wont. It’s an easy choice, right? Wrong. I’m not into it because I think watching it would feel like watching the above image slowed down to eternity. But, I am unquestionably drawn to Dane DeHaan – he’s playing the Green Goblin – because he makes me feel all kinds of funny. Here here is…

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Oh, Dane – what should I do?

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Dannnnne!!???

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Keep on turnin’, Dane. I get you ❤

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THE HONOURABLE WOMAN:

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Eight part BBC spy thriller miniseries. Backed to me by people who know things. Eager to see.

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LOCKE:

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As with The Honourable Woman, eager to see. And, as with  The Honourable Woman, I’ve felt compelled to keep info-ignorant so as to give my fresh viewing as wide a berth as poss. Recommend you do the same.

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TRANSCENDENCE:

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YESTERDAY DR. WILL CASTER WAS ONLY HUMAN!!!

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A NEW YORK WINTER’S TALE:

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CYCLING WITH MOLIERE:

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I watched this with my Mummy at the weekend. We agreed that it was a lovely little film. Nothing pejorative in that; it does a smart little thing and it does it with modesty and loveliness. Fabrice Luchini is a f*cking magnet.

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SOME VELVET MORNING:

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Stanley Tucci being a dilf (as per), Alice Eve phoning it in (with a lack of enthusiasm equal only to Al Pacino’s last fifty efforts). It really galls me that Neil LaBute [Neil LaButthead?] would trade on the title of psychedelic cowboy pop gem Some Velvet Morning for this piece of wassste. Chuck Bowen’s Slant review – checkmate.

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WHO’S AFRAID OF VAGINA WOLF?:

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Absolutely up my alley. Featuring the divine Drew Droege.

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ILO ILO:

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One time I was given a free ticket to this film. I didn’t use it. But maybe you’ve seen it, you cultured little thing you. Is it good? Did you laugh, cry? Did it change you!? Come tell me at our actual shop.

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ALSO NEW OUT:

A PERFECT PLAN:

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NEXT GOAL WINS:

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THE LONGEST WEEK:

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WHEN I SAW YOU:

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ELEMENTARY SEASON 2:

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SONS OF ANARCHY SEASON 6:

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TARZAN:

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Looking Ahead: High lights of SEPTEMBER’S RELEASES

1/9:

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AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2

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HONORABLE WOMAN

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PERFECT PLAN

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BAD NEIGHBOURS

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BLUE RUIN

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TWO FACES OF JANUARY

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TRIALS OF CATE MCCALL

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HANNIBAL SEASON 2

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FADING GIGOLO

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300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE

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SIMON SAYS: look out for MISS VIOLENCE (2013)

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Miss Violence (2013) – dir. Alexandros Avranas.

Continuing my voyage of movies on the bleak side of life, comes this excellent, but deeply disturbing, Greek drama.

The film, opens with a young girl’s 11th birthday party in her family’s flat, when, without explanation, she leaps from the balcony to her death. This turns out to be one of the less harrowing moments of the ensuing events…

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Unclear from the start is not only what prompted this action but also the dynamics between different family members living in this small flat. As the drama unfolds, little by little, the viewer becomes aware of a situation that is so upsetting one wants to believe that it cannot be happening, yet, with a chilling skill at deception the main protagonists are continually able to mask their depravity from the relevant authorities.

The performances are staggering and, as difficult as this film is to watch, I think the film has to be seen, particularly with relevance to one of the major domestic news stories of this week…

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Tennessee Williams on the death of Anna Magnani

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“We sit here today, and I have to say that everything really fell apart in 1973. Green tables on the television over which the entire Watergate soap opera played its sad fable. William Inge takes that final drive in that car in the Hollywood hills. And Anna Magnani dies, far away from me, silent and weak.

Age has made it difficult for me to have much faith in things, but the death of Anna Magnani has made it almost impossible.

It still seems incomprehensible that the world–my world–can function without her in it.”

Tennessee Williams/1982

originally posted on: http://jamesgrissom.blogspot.co.uk

 

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Check out Magnani’s magic in:

600full-mamma-roma-posterPower-house performance from Magnani in Mamma Roma (1962) and a great place to start for anyone apprehensive of dipping their toes in Pasolini waters.

the-fugitive-kind-movie-poster-1960-1020249428The Fugitive Kind (1960).

Brando, Magnani and Woodward? Oh yes. All three stars sizzle in this cracking take on Tennessee Williams’s play, Orpheus Descending – with a screenplay by TW himself. Oh, and it’s also directed by Sidney Lumet…

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Cara, cara, Bette…

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Letter From Anna Magnani to Bette Davis

[from “Anna Magnani. Corrispondenza Americana”]
Dear, dear Bette
before leaving I want to write to you, and not wait to be back in Rome – I’ve wanted to write to you on the last evening of my stay in New York in order to spend more time with you – I’ll never forget you – I’ll never forget our meeting, I’ll never forget your face – I’ll take it with me to Italy – I don’t know why but I came out of your house excited and overwhelmed – the excitement of being in front of you, you alive in front of me alive, having admired you so many many times, captured by the screen, amazed by your performances – amazed because I suddenly found myself in your room, in front of a child – I swear the first impression I had was grand – a woman full of life, with so much inside of her, so much warmth, so much youthful interest for everything – you still have so much to say with your art – so very much. I was in front of you, speechless. Remember? I just looked at you and listened, I became a lamb, I was hypnotized. Dear dear great Bette, you’re so human, so tremendously human, and I feel so near to you, and so similar, as a woman. As an artist you know what you mean to me. Always fight for your art – always fight for your artistic freedom against everything and everyone. That’s the only way to be yourself and, in your case, that’s the only way to be a great actress. I hug you, I hug you with infinite emotion and devotion. I’ll never forget you.
Anna

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Carnival: Party-Starters and Party-Poopers

With carnival weekend upon us, some may laugh with unfettered joy, whilst others contemplate whether adding a dial combination lock to their front door is going to far…

If you are of the former persuasion, here are a few Carnival-inspired pick-me-up type film suggestions to get you/keep you in the mood:

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BLACK ORPHEUS:

2da70df2_orpheusfront1 Made in 1959 and filmed in Brazil by French director, Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus re-frames the ancient Greek story of Orpheus and Eurydice amongst the favelas and Carnaval of Rio.

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GYPSY CARAVAN:

18771126A dizzying documentary with some of the jumpiest, most beautiful music you could hope to clap your ears on… An intimate exploration and exposition of gypsy music and life through some of their greatest performers. If you want to set your own soundtrack to Carnival, here’s a good place to start.

FESTIVAL EXPRESS:

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PARIS IS BURNING:

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Fierce and beautiful documentary on the New York voguing scene and drag balls of the 80s. Show Madonna how it’s done with your post-viewing moves…

ON TOUR:

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TEARS OF THE BLACK TIGER:

tears_of_the_black_tigerThai Technicolor-style western. What else do you need?

 

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If you are one of those people for whom Carnival makes you feel:

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then how about something a bit more soothing? Why not go on retreat..?

INTO GREAT SILENCE:

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WHEEL OF TIME:

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BARAKA & SAMSARA:

BARAKA-Arrow-FilmsThe ultimate in bliss-out viewing. Watch with your backpack filled and ready to go.

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HAPPY CARNIVAL!! (we’ll be closed for…er.. stock check)

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As Europe’s biggest street festival rolls around again, crack open your 50-pack of Red Stripe, grab a whistle or don your earplugs and dive under the bed because life doesn’t get MUCH LOUDER and brighter and messier than this…

If you’re of the ‘riding out the storm’ persuasion, make sure you leap into the tranquil waters of VC to grab your weekend DVD life-raft before it floats downstream – we’ll be CLOSED on both SUNDAY and MONDAY.

If, on the other hand, you’re venturing out – HAVE FUN AND STAY SAFE – and see you out there! Oh, and remember: anything you might see outside the shop, stays outside the shop (we won’t tell if you won’t) 😉

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Remember this? Anything can happen out on those crazy-beautiful streets of ours…

 

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STAFF A-Z OF FILM: ‘G’ is for Great and Gorgeous (films and staff :) p.t.1

SIMON SAYS:

garage-movie-poster-2007-1020546151G is for GARAGE (2007) – dir. Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, 2012 and Frank, 2014 starring Michael Fassbender)

Ok, I know what you are going to say: “He likes bleak films.” Yes, I do, but only when they’re as good as this.

Garage is a little gem of a film whose central character, Josie (played by Pat Shortt), has spent all of his adult life working in a run-down petrol station on the edge of a small town in rural Ireland. He is lonely, and a bit of a misfit, but seems content in a rather strange way until, one summer, with the arrival of David (Connor Ryan) at the petrol station, his life changes and we are given an extraordinary insight into how difficult and isolated Josie’s life is. It also vividly illustrates how much most of us are wrapped up in our own lives with our stopping to give a moments thought to those around us.

Garage+(2007)It’s a wonderful snapshot of just how difficult life can be in a small rural community – lookout for Abrahamson’s new film, Frank, starring Michael Fassbender and Domnhall Gleeson which will be released on DVD on the 15th of September.

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BEN SAYS:

So… where to begin…?
 Not suprisingly there’s quite a hefty amount of really good films that I could choose from!
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I mean, should I go with Robert Redford’s Great Gatsby? Or John Travolta as Chilli Palmer in Get Shorty? Matt Damon as the special operative on the hunt for WMD’s in Green Zone? The Italian dark drama / thriller Gomorrah set in, well, Italy about the power struggles and violence that comes in the wake of the mafia crime families? What about Tom Hanks and Sam Rockwell in The Green Mile…? Or the heroics, lies and violence of my guilty TV pleasure Game of Thrones? Or even the ultimate childhood family great, Ghostbusters with the now sadly departed Harold Ramis…? Wait.. what about Good Morning Vietnam with the great Robin Williams or The Goonies…? Did I mention Russell Crowe’s emperor-defying soldier-come-slave in Gladiator...? In fact, cue the music, The Great Escape…oh G*d… hold on… this could take a while….
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 2 days later….
Right… I’ve decided. I’m definitely, maybe, choosing one… no, make that two films to share with you.
Firstly, God Bless America from 2011. This film in my humble opinion was largely over looked and very quickly made its way to the cult comedy shelf with not too many a customer giving it the chance that it really deserves. What swayed me to choose this film is as I was sitting down to write this segment, an advert for the X Factor appeared on the TV. As I am, to say the least, not the greatest of fans of these kinds of shows, it reminded me of the film in question. So, let me give you a brief rundown of it.
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G is for God Bless America (2011) – dir. Bobcat Goldthwaite (World’s Greatest Dad – 2009).
 God Bless America follows Frank (Joel Murray – Mad Men / The Artist), a man to whom life seems to have dealt an unbelievably s**tty hand. His wife has left him for another man. His daughter seems to despise him unconditionally. He works in a place where he cannot stand his co – workers. Then , just to top off the disastrous life, he finds that he has a severe illness, where by, due to it and the medication, he ends up being awake all night watching television shows about people whom he grows to despise because of their seemingly undeserved good fortune.
    Unsurprisingly, Frank reaches breaking point – not unlike Michael Douglas in Falling Down – and makes the ultimate decision that these pseudo celebrities that have become the bane of his life need to be gotten rid of. However, Frank is not a trained killer… in any way.. shape… or form…! Now I should state that this film is a dark comedy, not that I’ve described it as one, but I promise it is and it’s in this bumbling attempt to get rid of his nemeses where the comedy lies. As Frank’s killing starts he meets an unlikely friend and accomplice, 16 year old Roxy, with whom he shares many an opinion about how and why American culture appears to be going to the dogs and who are responsible. Let the unlawful, but not necessarily unjust, killing start….
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 As I said, this film is a comedy, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait (yes thats a real name and yes its pretty cool) who is himself a comedian, which is more than apparent when its comes to some of the cutting lines Frank exchanges with his ex wife… This film may not tickle everyone’s funny bone, but if you’ve enjoyed In Bruges, The Guard, Calvary or indeed just really dislike reality TV shows, then this film is a must for you. It is an 18 rating so expect some strong language and violence to say the least… but if you’re dreading the winter TV schedule – ahem X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and the like – then rest assured this will ease the pain of what everyone will be talking about around the water cooler at work!
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 My second choice is a film I’ve loved for a long time and I’m sure for many of you it’s one that you have seen in the near 30 years since its release.
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G is for Gorillas in the Mist (1988) – dir. Michael Apted.
 I am of course talking about Gorillas in the Mist from 1988, starring Sigourney Weaver. The film follows the true story of Dian Fossey, an anthropologist who embarks on the adventure to follow, study, record and understand the gorillas that live in the depths of the Congo mountains. As she arrives in the Congo and finds her way to the edges of civilisation, she realises that these incredible primates are barely understood and that their way of life and habitat are in serious danger from the humans that share their lands
    As the years go by, Dian faces many a danger not just from the gorillas themselves but from militants and poachers who have their own agendas at heart. But, thankfully, her persistence and unequivical bravery allows Dian to be a part of the gorillas’ social group and is ultimately accepted by the alpha male. This, in turn, enabled her to be allowed for days at a time to live, study and move freely within the group without being perceived as a threat. Because of her unique study, Dian’s efforts are noticed by National Geographic back in the US who, in return for her work, help fund her research out in the Congo.
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I don’t want to say too much more on this film because if you have never seen it then it really is something that I believe everyone should watch. I would also heartily recommend it as a family movie, for i think its engages people of all ages. I should say, although it may seem obvious, that there are dark moments in the film which come from her fighting poachers and militias, to those that want to take the gorillas to zoos around the world for profit. But despite these darker moments, I believe that the true story’s message and inspiration to go out to the unknown and become a pioneer in whatever interests you should be something that is encouraged to everyone, especially those of a younger age where it seems social media is more enticing than going out to discover what an amazing world we live in…
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New Releases: 18th August

This week’s New Releases is brought to you by indifference/disdain, star crushin’, beer, nausea, and (some) hope – in exactly that order. Buon apetito.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER:

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TRACKS:

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KILLING SEASON:

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THE LOVE PUNCH:

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THE LAST DAYS ON MARS:

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ALSO OUT THIS WEEK:

THE QUIET ONES:

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CALIFORNICATION FINAL SEASON:

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This week, SIMON SAYS: The Past (2013)

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How can a director come up with a film, having already made the outstanding A Separation (2011), that doesn’t disappoint? Well, Asghar Farhadi manages to do it with consummate ease!

The Past is a richly engrossing family drama that sees the central character, Ahmad, return from Tehran to Paris to finalise his divorce from his estranged French wife, Marie.

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From the opening scene of his arrival at the airport, Marie watches him through the glass barrier and the viewer is already intrigued at what history lies between them.

Sensing an issue between Marie and her daughter, Ahmad tries to ease the conflict between them, but this only causes jealousy and resentment from her new partner, Samir.

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As with his earlier films, Farhadi’s brilliance is his close observation of human frailty and emotion whilst pulling the viewer’s sympathies in different directions. A film not to be missed, and, yes, I am already looking forward to his next one!

Farhadi talks to The Hollywood Reporter about The Past, filming in France and censorship in Iran.

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REVIEW: Starred Up (2013)

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Reviewed by Rob Munday

With this title and a lead character called Eric Love you might guess that this was a tale of a wannabe pop singer or perhaps a trainee accountant who dreams of a more glamorous life – you’d be wrong. Starred Up is a prison drama that hits you right between the eyes with a visceral power not seen since the days of Alan Clarke.

This Eric Love is a violent criminal who despite his tender years has been ‘starred up’ and placed in an adult jail. There’s no doubt that Eric is a dangerous man and early on this film plays like a straight version of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson. However, this doesn’t last, and Starred Up develops into a far more real and involving story.

The film opens with Eric’s inception into the prison, a dehumanising series of procedures, before he’s banged up in his cell. Eric has to find his way in this intimidating world with it’s own unwritten rules and alliances.

starred-up-bgThrowing a spanner in the works is the presence of one old lag called Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) who just happens to be Eric’s dad. Nev is an intense presence who can flip without warning between concern and intimidation. Mendelsohn puts in a characteristically captivating performance confirming him as one of the finest screen actors working today.

06-STARRED UP_Publicity Still 4 by Aidan Monaghan_0The camera takes the role of another prisoner. It observes the rivalries and unspoken communications, it sees Eric’s fear and anger, and it follows as Eric bowls down the walkways like another wounded dog in this giant kennel. There’s a growing sense that Eric and the other inmates are caged animals with the Victorian surroundings and harsh sound effects adding to the feeling of brutalisation. What this film does, with Eric as our guide, is dismantle the prison system piece by piece.

starred-up-bg-4In many ways it is a standard prison drama featuring violence, the prison ‘Daddy’, drugs, corruption, cigarettes, the childlike hierarchy of treats (a Mars Bar is near the top), and the liberal volunteer (Rupert Friend) trying to make a difference. But there are vital differences: Former prison worker and first-time writer Jonathan Asser has written a script dripping in authenticity to rise above the usual prison clichés. This is aided by a uniformly strong cast and an on-form director. Here David Mackenzie realises the promise he had shown with previous films such as Hallam Foe and Young Adam to establish himself as a major British director.

At the heart of it all is Jack O’Connell as Eric with a performance of raw truthfulness. As with Tim Roth’s volatile Trevor in Alan Clarke’s Made in Britain the more we watch Eric the more we feel for him and the more we doubt the system he has become a part of.

'A hint of the young Malcolm McDowell': Jack O'Connell as Eric in Starred Up.It’s a hard knock life but Starred Up shows that with vitality, humour and an unflinching eye it can be unmissable cinema. Critics and audiences went mad for A Prophet – this is better.

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New Releases: 11th August

DIVERGENT:

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RAID 2:

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STARRED UP:

Starred Up MovieStarred Up is an acclaimed British prison drama. Allan Clarke’s ScumA Clockwork Orange, Bresson’s A Man Escaped, and Escape from Alcatraz have been bandied about as reference points. Should hit hard, like a pool ball in a sock swung at your head.

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UNDER THE RAINBOW:

Under-the-Rainbow-ENG-POSTER“A modern-day fairy-tale wrapped in a cloak of sly one-liners and deadpan existentialism”, according to Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter. From Agnès Jaoui, director of The Taste of OthersLook at Me, and Let’s Talk About the Rain.

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UNKNOWN KNOWN:

The_Unknown_Known_poster_articleErrol Morris takes on  former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Morris’ films are always interesting, but judging by the trailer below this one looks realll peculiar. You’d hope that Morris’ careful savvinesss would pin this scumbag down some, but man can Rumsfeld wriggle, wriggle like an eel. Keen to watch.

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Film of the Day: THE HUSTLER (1961)

HOW CAN I LOSE?

 

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Starring Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott. Directed and written by Robert Rossen, who also wrote the screenplay for James Cagney’s Roaring Twenties (1939) and the Technicolor epic, Alexander the Great, starring Richard Burton (1956). Nominated for 7 Oscars (including Best Actor and Actress and Best Supporting Actor x2, Best Picture and Best Director).

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Fast Eddie Felson is a sharp customer; a pool shark hungry to take on anyone foolish enough to fall for his disingenuous, booze-soaked shruggery: the old ‘I don’t know much about pool, but what the hell, I’ll give it a whirl’ trick (‘and whilst we’re at it, throw in your car and you’ve got yourself a game’). Fast Eddie sure is sharp. But he’s cocky and hungry to prove he’s the greatest player around, and to this end has travelled across the country to challenge the great Minnesota Fats. Eddie plays well against Fats, in fact, he pretty much wipes the table with him. But then, with booze and bragging, he throws it all away…

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MINNESOTA FATS: DO YOU LIKE TO GAMBLE, EDDIE? GAMBLE MONEY ON POOL GAMES?

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FAST EDDIE: I’M THE BEST YOU’VE EVER SEEN, FATS. I’M THE BEST THERE IS. AND EVEN IF YOU BEAT ME, I’M STILL THE BEST.

Eddie meets Sarah, a melancholy soul with a twisted foot and a thirst for booze…

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SARAH: HOW DID YOU KNOW MY NAME WAS SARAH?

FAST EDDIE: YOU TOLD ME.

SARAH: I LIE. WHEN I’M DRUNK, I LIE.

FAST EDDIE: OKAY, SO WHAT’S YOUR NAME TODAY?

SARAH: SARAH.

Then Eddie meets Bert Gordon. Or, rather, Bert sniffs Eddie out, determined to get in on his action as agent and manager. But he has to stick the knife in and twist; stick it into Eddie; stick it into Sarah: Eddie’s no good, Bert says. Eddie’s a born loser, Bert says. And Sarah is perverted, twisted and crippled…

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GORDON: EDDIE, YOU’RE A BORN LOSER.
EDDIE: WHAT’S THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
GORDON: FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS I EVER SAW MINNESOTA FATS HOOKED, REALLY HOOKED. BUT YOU LET HIM OFF.
EDDIE: I TOLD YOU, I GOT DRUNK.
GORDON: SURE YOU GOT DRUNK, THE BEST EXCUSE IN THE WORLD FOR LOSIN’. NO TROUBLE LOSIN’ WHEN YOU GOT A GOOD EXCUSE. AND WINNING – THAT CAN BE HEAVY ON YOUR BACK TOO, LIKE A MONKEY. DROP THAT LOAD TOO WHEN YOU GOT AN EXCUSE. ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS LEARN TO FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF. THAT’S ONE OF THE BEST INDOOR SPORTS, FEELIN’ SORRY FOR YOURSELF. A SPORT ENJOYED BY ALL – ESPECIALLY THE BORN LOSER.

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SARAH: DOESN’T ALL OF THIS COME THROUGH TO YOU, EDDIE? DOESN’T ANY OF THIS MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU? THAT MAN, THIS PLACE, THE PEOPLE. THEY WEAR MASKS, EDDIE AND UNDERNEATH THE MASKED THEY’RE PERVERTED, TWISTED, CRIPPLED…

EDDIE: SHUT UP!

SARAH: DON’T WEAR A MASK, EDDIE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO.

Bert, the creep, breaks bones and breaks hearts and with twisted and crippled Sarah gone, Eddie plays Minnesota Fats one last time for her…

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FAST EDDIE:

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TRIVIA: Boxing champ, Jake LaMotta – subject of Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980) – has a cameo performance as a bartender.

And catch Paul Newman reprising the role of Fast Eddie in Scorsese’s The Colour of Money (1986), starring Tom Cruise.

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New Releases: 4th August

CALVARY:

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THE DOUBLE:

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JEALOUSY:

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LABOUR DAY:

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HALF OF A YELLOW SUN:

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A PROMISE:

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PIONEER:

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED:

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RIO 2:

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SIMON SAYS: The Lunchbox (2013) is a tasty treat

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Directed by Ritesh Batra. Starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur.

Amidst the chaos and colour of a wonderfully hectic Mumbai, comes this simple yet charming tale of love and culinary excellence!

Saajan, a grumpy office worker, nearing retirement, has only 30 years worth of tedious paperwork to look back on and contemplate, when unexpectedly the wrong lunch box is dropped on his desk.

Ila, the sender, intends it for her cheerless, ungrateful husband. Disappointed by his lack of response, she includes a letter the following day, not realising the lunch box had never reached her spouse.

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Saajan, meanwhile, so impressed by the delicious food, decides to write back and the correspondence begins!

A wonderful mix of ’84 Charing Cross Road’ combined with ‘Like Water for Chocolate’ ensues, with the aromatic spice of India thrown in.

the-lunchbox05Saaja’s eyes are finally opened to Ila’s mission in life – but will Ila find the happiness she deserves? Watch it and find out.

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