As we say goodbye to dreary January, the first week of February has a lot to offer through film. Aside from the release of controversial collaboration between Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, The Interview, we have Ava DuVernay’s depiction of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights with Selma. This week even sees the release of the Shaun the Sheep Movie. The weather is definitely not getting any warmer, so it is probably best everyone be tucked away at the cinema watching one of these new releases.
Amour Fou, which translates to ‘mad love,’ is set in Berlin during the Romantic Era. The film follows a young poet named Heinrich who wishes to overcome death through love, and invites his cousin to make a suicide pact with him (which she declines). Heinrich’s family are unmoved by his strong feelings towards love and death, and it is not until he finds himself falling in love with Henriette that his feelings begin to find a place.
The Interview is the second directorial collaboration between Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, after This is the End in 2013. Seth Rogen and James Franco star as two journalists who want to start reporting ‘real’ news, and are unexpectedly invited for an interview with one of their fans, who happens to be Kim Jong-un. The CIA instructs the two to assassinate the North Korean leader, and comedy ensues as the incompetence of the pair becomes clear.
From the creators of The Matrix Trilogy comes Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne. Kunis stars as Jupiter Jones, an unsuspecting mortal who finds herself removed from earth by a genetically modified warrior to find that she is one of the heirs to another planet. Jupiter is thrown into the centre of conflict under the planet’s tyrannous ruler and must come to terms with the knowledge that Earth is not the only inhabited planet in the universe.
The Rendlesham UFO Incident delves into the mystery surrounding unusual happenings on 26th December 1980 in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk. The sightings of strange lighting and UFO presence in the forest are said to be the most significant UFO incidents to ever have been documented in the UK. The documentary-style film follows three UFO investigators as they plunge deep into Rendlesham Forest for three days to get the grips with the mystery that sounds the site.
A Pathe Productions Biopic starring Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey. Selma, depicts the remarkable true story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1965 campaign to secure equal voting rights via the notorious march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.
Shaun The Sheep Movie, a new feature film, when Shaun decides to take a day to himself he comes into a little more excitement than he bargained for. A mix up with a farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead Shaun the Big City and landscape very different from the green pastures he’s used to.
Still Life. Comedy-drama starring Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt. John, a council worker is charged with the task of find the next of kin for those who died alone, a journey providing him with a newfound appreciation of life, love and the afterlife.
The Turning, a unique cinematic experience combining the efforts of seven notorious filmmakers in a bid to capture the essence of best-selling writer Tim Winton’s most famed works. This series of short films are combined to reveal the everlasting impact of past on present, that turning which cannot be retraced.