As lectures draw to a close, what better way to take a break from revision than a trip to the cinema. This week’s releases include Kristen Stewart in what is reported to be her best role yet in Clouds of Sils Maria, the action-packed Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as the highly anticipated sequel to Pitch Perfect. Read the full details of this week’s releases below.
The Beat Beneath My Feet tells the story of a teenage boy who is undergoing the pressures of parents and trouble at school when he discovers that his neighbour is really a disgraced Rock God who faked his own death to avoid paying debts. The boy agrees to keep his secret in return for lessons in the dark arts of Rock Guitar as he heads towards his school’s ‘Battle of the Bands.’
The first band-related film of the week is Aerosmith Rocks Donington. The film details Aerosmith’s headline festival set at Download 2014, featuring a 19-song performance on Sunday 15th June.
Set in Bombay in the 1960s, Bombay Velvet sees an ordinary man go against all odds as he fakes his identity to become a ‘Big Shot.’ Based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables, the film tells the story of a boxer, Johnny Balrai, and an aspiring jazz singer, Rosie, as their worlds collide.
Clouds of Sils Maria stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Steward and Chloë Grace Moretz. It follows veteran actress, Maria Enders, as she comes face to face with a reflection of her younger self when she agrees to star in a revival of the play that made her name 20 years earlier. The play’s narrative centres on an older woman who falls in love with a scheming girl, with Maria now set to play the older woman, Helena.
A Fuller Life relays the memoirs of iconoclastic film director Sam Fuller, known for his low budget genre films with controversial themes. It sees friends and admirers of the director of The Big Red One, The Naked Kiss and Pickup on South Street reading from his memoirs.
Lambert and Stamp is a documentary revealing how two aspiring filmmakers, Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert, produced one of the greatest rock bands in history, The Who. The pair were originally searching for a subject for their underground film, but this film tells us what happened when they ended up discovering, mentoring and co-managing the band.
George Miller, director of the original Mad Max in 1979, directs Mad Max: Fury Road. Set in a stark desert landscape where humanity is in tatters, there are two rebels who might be able to restore order. Max teams up with Furiosa, a fugitive imperator, as they attempt to escape a savage warlord and survive.
Pitch Perfect 2 is the highly-anticipated release of Pitch Perfect‘s sequel, directed by Elizabeth Banks where the Barden Bellas enter an international competition to regain their status which was lost after a serious wardrobe malfunction at a performance before.