Release Date: 6th December 2013 Certification: 15 Running Time:115 Minutes Director:Alexander Payne Starring:Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach
Woody Grant isn’t a fool: he just has the unfortunate tendency to believe things people tell him. So when he receives a letter from a marketing scam telling him he’s won a million dollars, he sets out from his home in Montana to pick up his prize in Lincoln, Nebraska nearly one thousand miles away.
As the world ambivalently plods towards its own demise in the increasingly terrifying 21st Century, one factor which has increasingly been a talking point is the overfishing of the seas. Around 3/4 of the world’s fish are being harvested faster than they can reproduced, which has prompted policy makers to take more effective steps towards sustainable fishing. Sadly, since they don’t have a lot of personality and aren’t coated in fur, it’s hard to get some as enthused when cuddlier animals are being slaughtered unethically elsewhere. Many are ignorant of commercial fishing and the extremely wasteful practices that come with net fishing and other harmful practices. A living nightmare of sound and image, Leviathan won’t give you any of the hard facts, but chooses instead to take you through a deeply visceral experience that’ll leave you both breathless and quite possibly reaching for the nearest vomit receptacle. In a good way, mind. If you’re not excited yet, then you probably should be: it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before or are indeed ever likely to see.
Release Date: 22nd November 2013 Certification: 15 Running Time: 111 mins Director: Luc Besson Starring: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Argon, John D’Leo
Hold onto your butts; out this week is the hotly anticipated box office juggernaut The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which will most likely be dominating cinemas for the next few weeks while everything else scrabbles on their hands and knees for pennies in the ashes. The Family is unfortunately one of those poor souls, however it’s the type of film that’ll probably tick along just fine at a time like this, providing an alternative for those who maybe hate Jennifer Lawrence (is it possible?). There won’t, however, be many satisfied customers. Coming out of our screening, somebody remarked that “there was absolutely nothing good about that at all”, which is a good indicator of what you’ll be going into. The whole thing is one big eye-roll, a montage of lazy stereotypes and crap jokes, all haphazardly tied up in an utterly stupid narrative, where logic has been thrown out the window and then uzi’d a few times just to make sure it can’t come back.
Release Date: 15th November 2013 Certification: 18 Running Time: 118 minutes Director: Ridley Scott Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt
Cormac McCarthy. Ridley Scott. Fassbender, Bardem, Cruz, Pitt and Diaz. The Counsellor has got to be great. Right guys? Unfortunately, despite (or perhaps because of) its pedigree, it’s a total dog’s dinner.
The Counsellor charts the downfall of a corrupt lawyer (Fassbender) when his deal with a South American drug cartel goes.. well, South. It’s a film which essentially consists of Michael Fassbender meeting up with a famous actor, having them monologue at him for a while, then moving onto the next actor. Every scene in the film could (and probably will) be used as an audition piece for actors who want to show their verbosity. Stuffed with faux-profound statements which explore the themes and symbolism in the story, the dialogue in this film is seriously overwritten and while there is stark poetry in McCarthy’s words (I imagine it reading very well), it doesn’t gel with the grammar of film. There is more to writing a screenplay than just pretty speeches, unfortunately McCarthy hasn’t quite grasped that yet.
Release Date: 30th October 2013 Certification: 12A Running Time: 120 minutes Director: Alan Taylor Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, Kat Dennings, Chris O’Dowd
Continuing from where The Avengers left off, Thor: The Dark World finds the ever-devious Loki now imprisoned beneath Asgard for his antics back on Earth, while Thor is trying his best to keep the peace between the nine realms. Elsewhere, Jane is still looking for signs of him after his sudden departure and accidentally stumbles into the Dark World, awakening an ancient power which brings with it the tyranny of the Dark Elves. It picks up the pieces much more effectively than the previous Marvel instalment Iron Man 3, which acknowledged its predecessor by having Tony Stark suffer panic attacks whenever he recalled New York; which seemed convenient way to avoid the subject. The end result is a blockbuster which hits the ground running and barely falters.