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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 8th May 2009

Including Star Trek, Coraline and Cheri.

Star Trek, Coraline, Cheri

NATIONAL RELEASES

Star Trek (Paramount): The rebooting of the Star Trek franchise takes place in the early years of Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), during their training at Starfleet Academy and their first mission together. Directed by J. J. Abrams it is a smart and highly engaging sci-fi adventure which should please Trek fans and a wider audience. It looks set to dominate the global box office this week and Paramount can expect to crack markets that have traditionally been resistant to their most profitable franchise. An extensive publicity campaign, great reviews and good audience word of mouth should ensure a huge gross and the prospect of sequels. [Empire Leicester Square & Nationwide / Cert 12A] (Previews 7 May)

Coraline (Universal): An animated stop-motion 3-D fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman‘s 2002 novella about a young girl (Dakota Fanning) who finds a portal to an alternate world, which is more sinister than it initially seems. Directed by Henry Selick, who made The Nightmare Before Christmas, it features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher and Keith David and is a compelling and imaginitavely realised tale. [Vue West End & Nationwide / Cert PG] (Previews 2 – 4 May)

* Listen to our interview with Henry Selick about Coraline *

Cheri (Warner Bros/Pathe): A romantic drama set in 1920s Paris, where the son of a courtesan (Rupert Friend) retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman (Michelle Pfeiffer) who educated him in the ways of love. Directed by Stephen Frears, it is adapted from an adaptation of the novel by French author Colette. [London & Key Cities / Cert 15]

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IN SELECTED RELEASE

Blue Eyelids (Axiom Films): The debut feature from director Ernesto Contreras is the story of an introverted woman (Cecilia Suárez) who wins a holiday trip for two and – longing for company – invites a stranger (Enrique Arreola). [NFT, Apollo Piccadilly Circus & Key Cities]

Delta (ICA Films): The tale of disturbing family relationships in a wild Hungarian delta, directed by Kornél Mundruczó. [ICA Cinema, Renoir & Key Cities / Cert 18]

Little Ashes (Kaleidoscope Ent): The young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca is explored is this film directed by Paul Morrison and starring Robert PattinsonJavier Beltrán and Matthew McNulty. [Apollo Piccadilly Circus & Key Cities / Cert 15]

Momma’s Man (Diffusion Pictures): The story of a man who has avoided his wife and child at home and has a change of heart after an imposed stay in his own parents’ loft, directed by Azazel Jacobs. [London & Key Cities]

O’Horten (Artificial Eye): A drama focused on a life-changing moment in 67-year-old train engineer Odd Horten’s existence: the evening of his retirement. [Curzon Soho, Ritzy, Screen On The Green & selected Key Cities / Cert 12A]

Sounds Like Teen Spirit (Warner Music Ent.): Documentary about the junior version of the annual Eurovision song festival, directed by Jamie Jay Johnson. [Curzon Soho, Ritzy, Screen On The Green & Key Cities / Cert 12A]

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By Ambrose Heron

Editor of FILMdetail