This Week's Cinema Releases
Week Commencing 11th September 2017
The release of mother! this week marks the return of Darren Aronofsky in insane style. It's not often you see a film like this released by a major studio anymore and it will be sure to split opinion. French director Bertrand Tavernier takes us through on a three-hour plus odyssey of French cinema in the appropriately titled, My Journey Through French Cinema - although this is not a beginners guide, more for those who already know their stuff. British director Sarmad Masud releases his début feature, My Pure Land, which was received very well at the recent Edinburgh Film Festival, and Jon Gunn brings Lee Strobel's true story to the big screen with The Case for Christ. Action flick, American Assassin, stars Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton, while Judi Dench once again steps into the shoes of Queen Victoria in Victoria & Abdul. Last of note this week is Byung-gil Jung's The Villainess, whose kickass trailer hits the spot.
Director: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan
When Cold War veteran Stan Hurley takes CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp under his wing, they receive an assignment to investigate a wave of random attacks on both military and civilian targets. After discovering a pattern of violence, Hurley and Rapp join forces with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative who wants to start a global war.
Centre of My World
Director: Jakob M. Erwa
Starring: Bendix Hansen, Sarah Fuhrer, Louis Hofmann
After a summer spent trying to dodge family conflicts, a young man returns to school and begins to question his feelings toward Nicholas, a new classmate.
My Journey Through French Cinema
Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Starring: Bertrand Tavernier, Thierry Frémaux, André Marcon
Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier examines the great directors, actors, writers, composers and cinematographers of French cinema, including Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Edmond T. Gréville and Guy Gilles.
Kills On Wheels
Director: Attila Till
Starring: Szabolcs Thuróczy, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Ádám Fekete
Two disabled teenagers looking for a reason to live, team up with a paralysed hitman.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Kristen Wiig
A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
My Pure Land
Director: Sarmad Masud
Starring: Suhaee Abro, Salman Ahmed Khan, Tayyab Ifzal
In rural Pakistan, a mother and her two daughters are forced to defend their family home from their uncle and his men. When the women’s resistance leaves two of his men dead, their enraged uncle calls in a local ragtag militia - two hundred armed bandits. With only a handful of bullets left, eldest daughter Nazo refuses to give in.
Director: Rolando Colla
Starring: Bruno Todeschini, Alessia Barela, Gianfelice Imparato
Ivan and Chiara meet on a Sicilian island to prepare the wedding for Ivan’s brother and Chiara’s best friend and the two fall in love with each other. They resolve to live their relationship for only a few days and then break it off when the wedding guests arrive on the island. But can love be controlled? Or is it love that controls us?
The Case for Christ
Director: Jon Gunn
Starring: L. Scott Caldwell, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster
In 1980, former atheist and award-winning investigative journalist Lee Strobel applies his journalistic and legal skills to attempt to disprove his wife Leslie's newfound Christian faith, which causes problems within his marriage.
Director: Claire Simon
Claire Simon delves into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practised and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone is equal, but only the best get in..."
The Jungle Bunch
Director: David Alaux
Starring: Paul Borne, Philippe Bozo, Pascal Casanova
Raised by a tigress, Maurice the penguin is the clumsiest Kung-Fu master ever. Along with his friends, The Jungle Bunch, he intends to maintain order and justice in the jungle, as his mother did before him. But Igor, an evil koala, has other ideas...
Director: Byung-gil Jung
Starring: Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung
Honed from childhood to be an elite assassin, Sook-hee embarks on a rampage of violence and revenge to finally earn her freedom and escape her past.
Victoria and Abdul
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Eddie Izzard, Tim Pigott-Smith
Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy.