UK Cinema Releases: Friday 27th April 2012

NATIONAL RELEASES

Avengers Assemble (Disney): The eagerly anticipated blockbuster brings together the super hero team of Marvel Comics characters. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk and others are united on the screen or the first time. Directed Joss Whedon, it stars Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Renner [Nationwide / 15]

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Damsels In Distress (Sony Pictures): A group of style-obsessed college girls take in a new student and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university. Directed by Whit Stillman, it stars Greta Gerwig, Carrie MacLemore, Aubrey Plaza and Adam Brody. [Key cities / 12A]

Albert Nobbs (E1 Films): Drama set in late 19th century Ireland, about a woman posing as a man so she can work as a butler in an exclusive Dublin hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, it stars Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, and Brendan Gleeson. [Key cities / 15]

Being Elmo (Dogwoof): Documentary about Kevin Clash, the man behind Elmo of Sesame Street, as he chases and ultimately achieves his childhood dream of working with master puppeteer Jim Henson. Directed by Constance Marks, it features Kevin Clash, Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg. [Key cities / U]

Buck (Revolver): The story of the American cowboy and real life ‘horse whisperer’ who travels the US for nine grueling months a year, helping horses with people problems. Directed by Cindy Meehl, it features Buck Brannaman and Robert Redford. [Key cities / PG]

The Monk (Metrodome): Drama about a 17th-century Spanish monk (Vincent Cassell) and his descent into evil. Directed by Dominik Moll. [Selected cities / 15]

Outside Bet (The Works): British period piece set in the 1980s directed by Sacha Bennett and starring Bob Hoskins, Jenny Agutter, Adam Deacon and Emily Atack. [Key cities / 12A]

Strippers Vs Werewolves (Kaleidoscope Entertainment): Another British film whose title is perhaps self-explanatory. Directed by Jonathan Sothcott, it stars Adele Silva, Robert Englund, Billy Murray, Martin Kemp, Ali Bastian and Steven Berkoff. [Key cities / 15]

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UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 23rd April 2012

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Sony Pictures Home Ent.): David Fincher brings his full digital armoury to Stieg Larsson‘s bestseller and the result is a masterful adaptation hampered only by the limitations of the source material. [Buy the Blu-ray or DVD]

Dracula (Universal): The classic 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker‘s novel directed by Tod Browning, starring Bela Lugosi as arguably the most iconic version of the famous vampire. Digitally restored as part of Universal’s 100th anniversary celebrations.  [Buy the Blu-ray]

Lifeboat (Eureka): Another vintage dual DVD & Blu-ray release from the Masters of Cinema collection, this 1941 drama from Alfred Hitchcock sees American and British civilians stuck in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic. Like Rope (1948), Dial M for Murder (1954), and Rear Window (1954) it sees the director explore a limited setting. Stars Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Heather Angel and Hume Cronyn. [Buy the dual edition DVD/Blu-ray]

La Grande Illusion (StudioCanal): Studio Canal have digitally restored Jean Renoir’s classic 1937 anti-war film exploring the relationships between French officers and their German captors during World War One. Starring Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay and Erich von Stroheim, it is currently screening at selected UK cinemas and is available as a dual DVD and Blu-ray. [Buy the DVD or Blu-ray]
Faces (BFI): A 1968 drama directed by John Cassavetes starring John Marley, Cassavetes’ wife Gena RowlandsSeymour Cassel and Lynn Carlin, who both received Academy Award nominations for this film. Shot in high contrast 16 mm black and white film stock it was an inspiration for indie filmmakers in the pre-Sundance era. [Buy the DVD/Blu-ray Dual Edition]

Il Boom (Studiocanal): 1963 comedy by Vittorio de Sica set amidst the backdrop of the post-war Italian economic miracle which transformed the country in the span of a decade, from the late 1950s to the onset of the 1970s. It stars Alberto Sordi and Gianna Maria Canale. [Buy the DVD]

ALSO OUT

Apollo 13 (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Back to the Future (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Bad Cop (Anchor Bay Entertainment UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Being Human: Series 4 (2 Entertain) [Blu-ray / Box Set]
Despair (Park Circus) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Despicable Me (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Fury (Revolver Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Gladiator (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Hirokin – The Last Samurai (Signature) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Jurassic Park (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
King Kong (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Mamma Mia! (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Nanny McPhee (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Paul (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Sansho Dayu/Gion Bayashi (Eureka) [Blu-ray with DVD]
Shaun of the Dead (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Blues Brothers (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Lady (EV) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Mummy (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Son of No One (Lionsgate UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Ugetsu Monogatari/Oyu-sama (Eureka) [Blu-ray with DVD]

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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 20th April 2012

NATIONAL RELEASES

Gone (Entertainment): Thriller about a woman (Amanda Seyfried) who is convinced that the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago is the same man responsible for kidnapping her sister. Directed by Amanda Fuller, it co-stars Jennifer Carpenter and Wes Bentley.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Lionsgate UK): The story of a fisheries scientist (Ewan MacGregor) approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to a Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked) with a scheme involving salmon. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, it co-stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Catherine Steadman and Tom Mison. [Nationwide / 12A]

Lockout (Entertainment): Sci-fi actioner about a man (Guy Pearce) who is wrongly convicted of spying against the U.S. but is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates. Directed by Heitor Dhalia. [Nationwide / 15]

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Marley (Universal): Kevin Macdonald’s documentary about the life and career of reggae legend Bob Marley. With contributions from his family members, former collaborators and Chris Blackwell. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Elles (Artificial Eye): A well-off Parisian journalist investigates the lives of two student prostitutes for a magazine article and is forced to confront her own sexual fears and desires. Directed by Malgoska Szumowska, it co-stars Anais Demoustier and Joanna Kulig. [Select cinemas / 18]

Fury (Revolver): Crime drama about a veteran grifter (Samuel L Jackson) trying to go straight, but who is sucked back in by the son of his former partner looking for vengeance for his dad’s death. Directed by David Weaver, it co-stars Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga and Tom Wilkinson [Select cinemas / 18]

Elfie Hopkins (Kaleidoscope): An aspiring teen detective stumbles into her first real case, when investigating the mysterious new family in her neighborhood. Directed by Ryan Andrews, it stars Jaime Winstone, Ray Winstone, Aneurin Barnard, Rupert Evans, Kimberley Nixon and Kate Magowan. [Selected cinemas / 15]

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UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 16th April 2012

DVD & BLU-RAY PICKS

Naqoyqatsi (Miramax): Godfrey Reggio’s third and final film in his Qatsi trilogy, which previously consisted of Koyaanisqatsi (1983) and Powaqqatsi (1988), explores the concept of ‘life as war’. This was highly apt as on its release in 2002, the world had recently plunged into conflict. As before, the music of Philip Glass provides a haunting backdrop to images of the world. [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

Bad Lieutenant (Fabulous Films): Harvey Keitel gave one of his greatest performances in Abel Ferrara’s intense drama about a corrupt New York cop. Playing like a darker version of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1973), it came out the same year as Reservoir Dogs (1992) and like Tarantino’s film is a bold, dark work that lingers long in the memory. [Buy on DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

Last Tango In Paris (20th Fox Home Entertainment): Bernardo Bertolucci’s erotic drama about an ageing American widower (Marlon Brando) who has an affair with a younger Parisian woman (Maria Schneider) scandalised audiences in its day but seems relatively tame today. Chiefly notable now for Brando’s performance and Vittorio Storaro‘s visuals. [Buy the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

ALSO OUT

54 (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
A Midnight Clear (Second Sight) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Battle Royale (Arrow Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Dream House (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal / Triple Play]
Earthflight (Acorn Media UK) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Griff the Invisible (Matchbox Films) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Recoil (Entertainment One) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Rob Roy (MGM Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Accidental Spy (Miramax) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Ledge (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Thor – The Hammer of the Gods (KSM) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Titanic (ITV DVD) [Blu-ray / Normal]
West Is West (The Movie Partnership) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 13th April 2012

NATIONAL RELEASES

Battleship (Universal): Aliens arrive on Earth to build a power source in the ocean when they come in contact with a navy fleet. Directed by Peter Berg, it stars Taylor Kitsch, Tom Arnold, Alexander Skarsgard, Jaqueline Fernandes and Rhianna. [Nationwide / 12A]

The Cabin in the Woods (Lionsgate UK): A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. Directed by Drew Goddard, it stars Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly and Jesse Williams. [Nationwide / 15]

ALSO OUT

Delicacy (Studiocanal): A French woman (Audrey Tautou) mourning over the death of her husband three years prior is courted by a Swedish co-worker. Directed by David Foenkinos and Stephane Foenkinos. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Gospel of Us (Soda Pictures): Filmed version of the Passion player spread over several days at venues in and around Port Talbot. Directed by Dave McKean, it stars Michael Sheen, Di Botcher, Francine Morgan and John-Paul Macleod. [Selected cinemas]

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