Film round-up: 03/11/14 – 09/11/14

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In the first week of November we say goodbye to the Halloween horrors and hello to the action-adventure. This week you could soar into outer space with Intersteller or see an ex-bond hero reliving the secret agent adventure in November Man. And not forgetting to mention the huge names up in lights this week with films starring Keira Knightley, Pierce Brosnan, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. So get out of that autumn chill and down to the big screen for some unmissable entertainment.

Director Ian McDonald kicks of this week’s film releases with his documentary Algorithms. Filmed over three years, McDonald explores the growing world of blind chess in India. The documentary follows three young boys not only witnessing the various tournaments attended but giving viewers a unique insight into the anxieties of their home lives.

The Case Against 8, documenting the events leading up to, and the aftermath of California’s Proposition 8 which added the provision to the state’s Declaration of
Rights defining marriage as only legal between a man and woman. Directed and written by Ben Cotner and Ryan White.

Interstellar, set in the not-so-distant future, extreme changes in the Earth’s climate mean human kind faces imminent extinction. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as the explorers entrusted with the future of the human race who must travel beyond the solar system in search of a planet capable of sustaining life. But as the voyage continues it becomes apparent that there is a decision to be made; the decision between securing the future of humanity and seeing their families one last time.

Charlotte Fantelli’s directorial debut Journey To Le Mans gives an intimate insight into one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world. Following Great British privateer team Jota Sport, Fantelli reveals the spectacle of this 24-hour endurance race through the eyes of those closest to the action.

November Man;  a new spythe-november-man-star-pierce-brosnan actions movie brought to screens by Disney, starring Pierce Brosnan as former CIA agent who is brought back in the game on a very personal mission which sees him in a deadly game opposite high level CIA agents which include his former apprentice. Rated 15.

 

One Rogue Reporter is an award-winning documentary directed by Rich Peppiatt who, through satirical exploitation, seeks to deliver justice to those whose stories have been distorted and reputations devastated by biased media coverage.  This dark comedic documentary is rated 18.

Playtime is a restoration of Jacques Tati’s 1967 French comedy. It follows Monsieur Hulot as he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture in Paris on the way to meet an American official. The hilarity ensues as Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American tourists in this nearly wordless comedy.

The Possibilities Are Endless is the haunting real-life account of singer Edwyn Collins’ struggle to recover from two strokes that almost wiped his mind entirely. It features an original score from Edwyn Collins himself, and documents his heart-breaking fight to find himself again, after all he can say is yes, no, or the possibilities are endless.

Wedding guests fall under threat from apocalyptic events in Alexa Vega’s new horror film, The Remaining. No one is safe as the threat builds, and the characters must document their survival with handheld cameras and phones- but it seems there is no way to escape. One to watch if you’re not quite ready to leave Halloween behind.

Sacro Gra is an Italian documentary by filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi. The two years of filming took place on the Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA), the ring road that circles the city of Rome. It depicts the mosaic of real-life as Rosi encounters people from all walks of life.

Starring Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz, Say When is our romantic comedy for this week. The film follows 28 year-old Megan who chooses to avoid becoming a grown up and gaining control of her life by making friends with 16 year-old Annika. Complications arise when Megan falls for her new friend’s single father, with a comical look at growing-up along the way.

set_fire_to_the_starsSet Fire To The Stars takes place in 1950s New York as an aspiring poet, played by Elijah Wood, sets out to save his hell-raising hero Dylan Thomas. Shot in black and white, the inspiring true story follows the struggles of John Malcom Brinnin as he attempts to ready Dylan Thomas for America, and clean up his bad reputation. It is released to celebrate Dylan Thomas’ centenary.

The Skeleton Twins begins with two twins, Maggie and Milo, and two failed suicide attempts on the same day. The film then develops as the twins, who have not spoken in 10 years, move in together as an attempt to rebuild their relationship. A surprisingly heartfelt, as well as comical, film that won Best Screenplay at the Sundance Film Festival.

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