Film round-up: 13/04/2015 – 19/04/2015

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This week sees the release of a huge 21 films on Friday alone. Whether it is a fresh insight into the work of Van Gogh that you are after, an emotional journey of family in Grassland, or a chilling hunt for a child killer in Child 44, there is a full range of films on offer this week. It also sees the release of Alan Rickman’s period drama A Little Chaos, with Kate Winslet in its starring role. Read the full details of this week’s films below.

Exhibition On Screen: Van Gogh: A New Way Of Seeing is a documentary that allows complete access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Gogh’s death, the film features exclusive new research and insights into the artist’s work.

Amar, Akbar & Tony is a coming of age comedy drama, centring on the lives of three childhood friends. It follows the trio as they face sudden and unforeseen changes to their idealistic young lives, whilst still managing to find amusement in the absurdities of life.

Amityville Playhouse will be our go-to horror of the week. Following the death of her parents, the young Fawn Harriman inherits an old theatre in the town of Amityville, and chooses to spend the weekend there with three friends. One of her teachers makes a strange connection between the theatre and something in the village’s past, and haunting events ensue.

Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman star in Child 44, set in Moscow in 1952. Produced by Ridley Scott, the film follows a member of the military police as he investigates a series of 44 brutal child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. It documents the struggle for justice at a time where murder was not considered to be in existence.

Cry of the City is the rerelease of Robert Siodmak’s 1948 film noir, based on the novel by Henry Edward Helseth. It centres on the case of cop-killer Martin Rome, who is in hospital after a shoot-out, as suspicions arise over his involvement in a jewel robbery that left a woman killed.

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance documents the inspirational true story of an unlikely champion. When a group of friends from a working men’s club decide to take on the ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse with the help of others from their village, a rags-to-riches story arises.

Franco Lolli’s Gente De Bien follows 10 year-old Eric as he finds himself living with his father, Gabriel, who he barely knows. The two have trouble keeping their heads above water whilst attempting to build a relationship, but hope is to be found in Gabriel’s boss as she takes the child under her wing.

Starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor, Glassland tells the story of a young taxi driver who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking whilst trying to save his mother from the grips of alcoholism. The film captures the emotional bond of mother and son, and the struggles of hope, fear and forgiving.

Home From Home: Chronicle Of A Vision is a continuance of the TV trilogy Heimat, the epic story of a village on the brink of modernity.

The Invisible Life follows the interior life of Hugo, a man who lives by night at his workplace- the palace of Terreiro do Paco in Portugal. After discovering 8mm in the belongings of Antonio, his recently deceased superior, the series of memories which shape the film are sparked.

Kanchana 2 is a Tamil comedy horror film, and the third part in the Muni franchise following Muni and Muni 2: Kanchana. It is directed by Raghava Lawrence, who also stars as its protagonist Ganesh, a man with a deep fear of ghosts.

Film adaptation of the musical by the same name, The Last Five Years is the deconstruction of the affair between novelist Jamie, played by Jeremy Jordan, and struggling actress Cathy, portrayed by Anna Kendrik. A story almost entirely portrayed through song, the film reveals the trials and tribulations of the couples relationship over a five year period.

Last Knights, thrilling action-adventure starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman in an epic tale of honour and vengeance as a fallen warrior rises against a callous dictator to avenge his lost friend and master.

Directed by and starring the great Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos is a period comedy-drama featuring Kate Winslet as the female landscape artist employed to design and construct the gardens of Versailles for King Louis XIV.

Featuring an award winning cast Nanak Shah Fakir, is a biographical tale based on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak. Born in 1469 A.D. Nanak dedicated his life to spreading the philosophies and conduct of living now known as ‘Sikism’ through the medium of soulful music.

Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends, Japanese action adventure written by Nobuhiro Watsuki (Manga). Determined dictator Shishio sets sail with intent of bringing down the peaceful Meiji government and returning Japan to a state of chaos.

The Salvation, Western drama starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green. A Danish ex-army veteren relocates his family to america in the hopes of harbouring a more peaceful life however such wills are distinguished when his wife and son are brutally murdered by a notorious gang.

Stones For The Rampart: The Battle For Warsaw, adapted from a Polish novel by the same name, this WWII based drama depicts the true story of a group of scouts in their bid to liberate one of its members from their imprisonment at Warsaw during the Nazi occupation.

Starring Jenny Agutter and Dudley Sutton, Tin is set in Cornwall 1895 when a tin mine, depended on by the locals for decade,s is on its last legs. The story follows the entanglement of an opera company set to entertain in the town hall, whose unfortunate timing finds them caught up in a scam to offload worthless shares in the fallen mines.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown, over half a century has passed since an unconvicted masked killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana with a series of ‘moonlight murders’, but when history begins to repeat itself the town begins to question whether the renewed horrors are down to a copycat, or something more sinister.

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