Film round-up: 04/08/14 – 10/08/14

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It is the beginning of the last full month of Summer before the next academic year starts, so what better time to visit a cinema? This week’s releases are predominantly dramas, some which will be warming and others disturbing. There are also a few sequels making their way to the big screen this week, with our earliest release being The Inbetweeners 2 and a surprising Disney follow-up later in the week. Read the full film round-up below.

The Inbetweeners 2 is the follow-up to 2011’s comedy and focuses on the group of four friends who go on holiday down under. Starring Simon Bird, Blake Harrison, Simon Cooper and Jay Cartwright, The Inbetweeners 2 is our earliest release of the week and will be available to watch in UK cinemas on Wednesday.

All This Mayhem  is our documentary of the week, looking at brothers Tas and Ben Pappas, skateboarding prodigies who, upon finding success, became addicted to drugs and tumble into a downward spiral. Directed by Eddie Martin, this film is a heart-wrenching true tale that is released this Friday.

God’s Pocket is an American drama film which looks at the step-son of Mickey (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who dies in a construction ‘accident’. The son’s mother and Mickey’s wife demands the truth of the accident, resulting in Mickey finding himself in a life-and-death situation. God’s Pocket is based on a novel of the same name and directed by John Slattery (his début feature film), as well as being one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last ever roles. It hits cinemas this Friday.

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 09.33.07Lilting is another drama but with more of a warming tone. It is based on a Cambodian-Chinese mother who is mourning the loss of her son. Her world changes when a stranger arrives and as the film unravels, we see the two communicate through a translator, where they share their emotional grief without a need for a common language. The film is written and directed by Hong Khaou, distributed by Artificial Eye and is in cinemas on Friday.

Moebius is a disturbing drama that looks at family tensions, sexuality and societal influence. Filmed without dialogue, the film is a wicked examination of love and violence.

Planes 2: Fire and Rescue is our children’s picture of the week and a surprising and rapid follow-up to last year’s Planes. This year sees the plane, Dusty, train as a firefighter.

Wakolda is based on a true story, where an Argentine family befriend and live with a German doctor, with the young daughter in the family falling in love with him. This is without knowing he is living with a false identity and that he is actually one of the biggest criminals of all time.

Welcome to New York focuses on a man named Mr. Devereaux who has mountains of economic capital and power at his disposal, with high aspirations of saving the world. But ultimately, he is a lost man who is yet to have found himself.

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