Projections on a Silver Screen
From award-winning Russian director Aleksei Fedorchenko comes Silent Souls. At its essence Silent Souls is a road movie which follows a member of an ancient Merjan tribe in Russia who, after receiving news that his wife has died, travels with his best friend to cremate his wife’s body as part of Merjan tradition. Garnering rave critical reviews, the film promises to be a moving experience and offer some insight into the traditions of a lost culture.
In his first film since the final instalment of the Harry Potter series, Daniel Radcliffe stars in the supernatural horror The Woman in Black from the legendary UK studio Hammer Film Productions. Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, single father and lawyer who is struggling after the death of his wife and must visit an old English manor to settle the estate of its deceased owner. In the tradition of Nosferatu and Dracula the townsfolk warn of an evil presence, yet Kipps forges on to face the restless spirit alone and find the deed hidden within the mansion.
Dark Shadows, the latest collaboration between Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton promises the return of true vampire lore to the big screen. Based on the 60s cult gothic soap opera of the same name, Dark Shadows is the story of Barnabus Colins (Depp) a vampire who in 1972 is accidentally freed after being buried alive for over 200 years. He returns to his residence which has fallen into ruin and is acquainted with his descendants from whom he must hide his vampirism.
Iron Sky is equal parts Nazisploitation, political satire and sci-fi action blockbuster. This Finnish-German-Australian co-production envisions an army of Nazis who fled to the moon after their defeat in 1945 and return to earth in 2018 with plans to conquer the planet. This sci-fi comedy was partly filmed at Warner Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast and was made possible thanks to heavy investment from the online community.
From Jason Segel, writer/star of the hilarious Forgetting Sarah Marshall, comes The Five-Year Engagement in which Segel also co-writes and stars. Tom Solomon (Segel) and Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt) are engaged and seem to be on track to living a happily married life. Their relationship becomes strained however when the length of their engagement is continually extended after numerous events continue to hinder their wedding plans.
From French writer and director Jean-Marc Vallee, Cafe De Flore, features two stories of love and responsibility that are intertwined despite being set four decades apart. In present-day Montreal, successful DJ, Antoine (Kevin Parent) lives with his girlfriend Rose (Evelyne Brochu) and his two daughters. Flashbacks reveal the girls are the daughters of Carole (Helene Florent) whom Antoine is still infatuated. In Paris in 1969 Jacqueline (Vanessa Paraidis) is a single mother raising her son Laurent (Marin Gerrier) who was born with Down’s syndrome and is not expected to live past 25. Jacqueline is determined to make the most of the time she has with her son but as the stress of these demands take their toll, we learn that she and Carole share a special connection.
Action packed movie The Avengers finally comes to the big screen, much to the excitement of Marvel fans everywhere. From capable director Joss Whedon, the man responsible for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and the movie spinoff Serenity, The Avengers features an ensemble cast familiar to fans of the recent cinematic universe produce by Marvel Studios. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) are recruited by the peacekeeping organisation S.H.I.E.L.D. and must work together in order to protect earth from the threat of Thor's evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Joining them are S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlott Johansson) in the fight against the extra-terrestrial threat.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a British romantic comedy-drama from director Lasse Hallström who gave us 2000’s Chocolat. Ewan McGregor stars as Alfred Jones, Britain's leading fisheries expert who is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realise a sheikh's (Amr Waked) dream of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. While Alfred thinks the project is absurd it is picked up as a “good will” story by the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas) who pressures Alfred into working with Harriet and the sheikh, seeking to achieve the seemingly impossible.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel follows an ensemble cast including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup playing a group of British retirees who have decided to retire in the more cost effective and exotic India. The group is enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure. They arrive in Mumbai, after an arduous journey, to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences. The movie is based on the 2004 novel, These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach.
In between stints as a sparkling vampire in the Twilight series, Robert Pattinson stars in Bel Ami, a dramatic film from new directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod. The amoral Georges Duroy (Pattinson) travels through 1890s Paris, manipulating the city’s most influential and wealthy women. Using his wits and powers of seduction he rises from poverty into a position of wealth and power in a society where celebrity has become an obsession. The film is based on the 1885 French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant.
Finally the “men in black are back” in Men in Black III. Barry Sonnenfeld returns to direct this sequel, and possibly his best film since Enchanted. Hitting theatres 15 years after the original movie, MIB III features Agent J (Will Smith) who must travel back in time after his partner K (Tommy Lee Jones) is murdered by an alien criminal in 1969. J travels back to a time before the murder takes place and teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) discovering secrets along the way that were previously kept hidden by K. The pair learns of an invasion which threatens themselves, the agency and the future of humankind. In rare form for a sequel, this third instalment has been described by film critic Roger Ebert as being even “better than the first one.”
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