★★★☆☆ Hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed In the House (2012) , suddenly prolific French auteur François Ozon returned last year with coming-of-ager Jeune & Jolie (2013) , an engaging if overly diminutive story of a teenager's blossoming sexuality set over four seasons.
★★★★☆ Reuniting the troupe of actors with whom he has now become somewhat known for collaborating, British independent director Jon Sanders returns with his fourth feature Back to the Garden (2013) , a typically sombre treatise on intimacy and the stasis brought about by an untimely death.
★★★★☆ A landmark work in the lexicon of 1970s art film, Federico Fellini's highly venerated opus Roma (1972) arrives in a pristine restoration as part of Eureka's Masters of Cinema series, giving it the Blu-ray treatment it deserves.
★★★☆☆ Upholding the current vogue of films both targeted at an older tier of cinemagoers and depicting the romantic ups and downs of characters in their autumn years, Le Week-End (2013) sees director Roger Michell teaming up once more with screenwriter Hanif Kureishi for another witty and jaggedly charming gander at identity and the processes of maturing somewhat gracefully.
★★★★★ Unjustly shut out of the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year's Academy Awards, Wadjda (2012) is a perfect example of a film that is never eclipsed - but certainly augmented - by its remarkable context.
Touted as the final film in British filmmaker Richard Curtis' sparse directorial career, About Time (2013) is his third and perhaps most considered feature: a sci-fi-inflected romantic comedy that very much slots into - but arguably attempts to depart from - the storytelling techniques Curtis has become known for.
After making a distinguished filmmaking debut with the widely acclaimed The Arbor (2010) - a documentary hybrid portraying the late, Bradford-born playwright Andrea Dunbar, British director Clio Barnard returns with her sophomore feature The Selfish Giant (2013) , a fictional work inspired by the Oscar Wilde tale of the same name.
Amassing a considerable amount of buzz during last year's festival circulation and now in the running for the Best Documentary Oscar, Zachary Heinzerling's Cutie and the Boxer (2013) arrives on DVD this week boasting a veritable trove of plaudits and awards, particularly for Heinzerling who won the Best Director Award at Sundance.
★★☆☆☆ Joining the contemporary collective of female filmmakers laying in the wake of the multi-hyphenate works of Lena Dunham, American actress Lake Bell makes her directorial debut with In a World (2013) , a project she also writes and stars in.
★★★☆☆ Representing something of a triumphant return to feature film roles, Michael Cera stars in Chilean director Sebastián Silva's Crystal Fairy (2013) - or, to give it its full title, Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 2012 - a notable curio detailing the director's peculiar experiences with narcotic enlightenment.
★★★☆☆ An adaptation of Henry James' bestselling 1897 novel - uprooted to modern New York - Scott McGehee and David Siegel's What Maisie Knew (2012) is a poignant tale of the gruelling pangs of divorce and how the separation of two mismatched, deeply insensitive individuals has both a positive and negative effect on its titular central character.
Exemplifying their constant endeavour to bring students the very best of what cinema has to offer, E4 Slackers Club returned in October with sci-fi action adventure Ender's Game. The usual 20 Picturehouse cinemas opened their collective hatches and beckoned in students across the country, offering them a FREE preview of this long-awaited future blockbuster in their...
Running alongside the myriad number of screenings and red carpet premieres at this year's packed 57th BFI London Film Festival was The Industry Programme, a chain of events that focused on the various measures of sustainability outlined by the BFI's optimistic Film Forever plan. Appealing to established industry professionals and policy-makers - but not alienating...
Continuing the relationship with MGM HD, the 24-hour TV channel with access to the world's largest HD film library, we worked in tandem with a variety of brands to present the channel's latest season: A Hollywood Drive. Comprising of on-air themed programming (in association with Peugeot) and nationwide pop-up screenings and competitions in partnership with Air...
Taking a considerably distinctive gear shift, following the high-octane carnage that was last month's 2 Guns, E4 Slackers Club returned in September with a FREE preview of How I Live Now, a dystopian drama-thriller from Kevin MacDonald, award-winning director of The Last King of Scotland.
After scaring students across the UK senseless with last month's The Conjuring, E4 Slackers Club returned in August with another FREE preview of a hotly anticipated film, this time Baltasar Kormákur's 2 Guns. 20 Picturehouse cinemas opened their doors once again to hordes of students looking to get their shamelessly bombastic buddy-movie kicks in their local boutique cinema.
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Director: Nicole Holofcener. Starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone. Running time: 93 minutes. Certificate: 12A. Synopsis: A divorced masseuse who embarks on a positive relationship with a man learns he's her new friend's (and client's) ex-husband.
Director: Dexter Fletcher Starring: Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas, Freya Mavor, Jason Flemyng. Running Time: 100 minutes Certificate: PG Synopsis: Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) struggle to adapt to contemporary society whilst confronting the strains of maintaining relationships and starting new careers after returning home from serving in Afghanistan.
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard. Running Time: 98 minutes. Certificate: 12A. Synopsis: Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) moves from New York to San Francisco to escape her late husband's criminal past and desperately attempt to start a new life.
Director: Stuart Blumberg Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Alecia Moore, Joely Richardson. Running Time: 110 minutes Certificate: 15 Synopsis: A group of sex addicts, with varying degrees of control over their condition, undergo a 12-step treatment to help get their lives back on track.
Director: David Lowery. Starring: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine. Running Time: 96 minutes. Certificate: 15. Synopsis: Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills.
After bursting onto the cinematic scene with his critically lauded and commercially successful feature debut DISTRICT 9, director Neill Blomkamp returns this week with sophomore film ELYSIUM, a project that shares key thematic similarities to its predecessor yet injected with a considerably higher budget.
Director: Neill Blomkamp. Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura. Running Time: 109 minutes. Synopsis: Set in 2154, ELYSIUM sees Earth-bound worker Max (Matt Damon) using his sudden illness as the motivation to finally bring equality to his crumbling planet and that of 'Elysium', a space station catering for the rich upper classes whilst shunning a population too poor to buy their way in.
Director: Noah Baumbach. Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Esper, Michael Zegen. Running Time: 86 minutes. Synopsis: Frances (Greta Gerwig), a floundering apprentice in a dance company in New York City, embarks on a journey of self-identification after her long-term friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) decides to finally accept the rigours of adulthood.
Director: Gilles Bourdos. Starring: Michel Bouquet, Christa Theret, Vincent Rottiers. Running Time: 111 minutes. Certificate: PG. Synopsis: When Andrée Heuschling (Christa Theret) arrives at the home of Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet) in 1915, she simultaneously inspires and rejuvenates both his career and that of his son, Jean (Vincent Rottiers), who has returned home from war.
Director: Richard Linklater. Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy. Running Time: 109 minutes. Certificate: 15. Synopsis: Almost two decades after meeting the characters of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), BEFORE MIDNIGHT catches up with couple on holiday in Greece, where they ruminate about the progression of their relationship, its difficulties and unknowable future.
Richard Kuklinski, the protagonist of THE ICEMAN, is a loving husband and devoted father; a man fiercely protective of his own handcrafted version of the American dream. He lives with an affectionate, sympathetic wife and two doting daughters in the New Jersey suburbs, socialises with friends and throws endearing birthday parties, all the while keeping a steady lid on his true and uncanny persona.
Director: Shane Carruth. Starring: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig. Running Time: 96 minutes. Synopsis: Kris (Amy Seimetz), a dynamic career woman, becomes the apparently random latest victim of an unnamed serial assailant who induces her into a disorientated state of compliance whilst embezzling her wealth and lifestyle.