Film round-up: 27/10/2014 – 02/11/2014

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Halloween week is always an exciting one for cinema. With the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, multiple rereleases of classically spine-tingling films, and Laura Poitras’ winning film of the BFI London Film Festival, CITIZENFOUR, this week will not disappoint. Avoid trick-or-treating and the multiple Halloween events this week, and watch one of these instead.

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, and with it comes a rerelease of the much-loved film. Starring Bill Murrary, 1984’s Ghostbusters follows three unemployed professors who take it upon themselves to rid New York City of ghosts. In doing so, they discover a portal to another world and their job becomes much bigger- to save New York City.

McBusted – Tourplay tails the newly formed supergroup on their 30 date UK arena tour earlier this year. Not only will viewers get to see the band’s performances but will be given an up close and personal look at the members, with interviews and behind the scenes footage. You may want to keep an eye out for a naked hug shared between Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter, too.

Extraterrestial is the first film this week that should have you quaking in your cinema seats. Whilst staying at a desolate cabin in the woods, a group of teenagers find themselves up against something terrifying after finding the crash site of an alien vehicle. From the people that brought us Grave Encounters.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Ig, Horns is a dark thriller that unfolds over suspicions that he has raped and murdered his girlfriend. Ig awakens one morning to find that he has sprouted horns that give him the power to force people to confess their sins. The film follows Ig as he tries to get to the root of his girlfriend’s death.

CITIZENFOUR was the winner of Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival, and will be released in cinemas this Thursday. The real-life thriller begins with Laura Poitras’ work on a documentary centring on the abuse of national security post-9/11. After receiving emails threatening to blow the whole programme from a man who signs himself ‘CITIZENFOUR’, the film takes an interesting turn as Poitras seeks a meeting with the illusive man.

The Guarantee is a banking feature film based upon a play of the same name. The film recreates the events leading up to the biggest political decision in modern Irish history: when the Irish government guaranteed the domestic banking system.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is another rerelease for this week, on Halloween itself. Originally released in 1956, Don Siegel’s sci-fi horror unfurls when a father and daughter make the discovery that their community is under siege from alien clones who replace their human counterparts.

89u3166-timothy-spall-as-jmw-turner-turner-paints-in-his-studio__140516013417Mr Turner, written and directed by Mike Leigh, is the untold story of great British Artist J.M.W. Turner. Starring Timothy Spall as the romantic landscape painter controversial in his day yet now celebrated as “the painter of light”.

The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman, a psychological romance comedy-drama starring Shia LaBeouf as Charlie, the young American whose European adventure takes a deadly turn on his falling in love with Gabi, Evan Rachel Wood, a mysterious Romanian girl with a dark and violent past.

From the creator of The Bourne Legacy comes Nightcrawler, an adrenaline-charged crime thriller which sees Jake Gyllenhall as Lou Bloom in his discovery of the underground world of L.A crime journalism. From film crashes to murder, the realms of nightcrawling allow Lou to convert victims of crime into dollars.

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Ouija – another supernatural Halloween horror for the October collection. Following the mysterious death of a friend, Laine, Olivia Cooke, becomes obsessed with discovering the truth of what happened, but the ancient Ouija board awakens something more than just the spirit of her dead friend.

The Overnighters is an award-winning documentary which captures the desperation of job-seekers in North Dakota their pursuit of the American Dream. In the tiny oil boom town of Williston the overflow of migrants result in a lack of housing for many workers until a local pastor starts a controversial program to offer sleeping quarters at the church.

Re-release of 2012 horror-drama The Woman In Black starring Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, the young lawyer whose work in a remote village leads to his encounter of a vengeful ghost which terrorises the locals. When the Woman in Black threatens the lives of those closest to him, Kipps must find a way to break the cycle of terror before it’s too late.

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