In Bruges (Universal): The tale of two Irish hit men (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) who have been ordered to lie low in the Belgian city of Bruges is one of the funniest films to come out this year. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, who won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter, this is features some glorious sequences, as well as some fine acting by the two leads with Ralph Fiennes in a key supporting role. [Read our full review here]
My Brother is an Only Child (Revolver): Adapted from the best-selling novel ‘Il Fasciocomunista’, this story of two feuding brothers, set amidst the politically charged Italy of the 60s and 70s, is a highly accomplished and involving film. Written and directed by Danielle Luchetti it stars Elio Germano and Riccardo Scamarcio as the two brothers.
Son of Rambow (Optimum): A charming British comedy about two young boys (Will Poulter and Bill Milner) in the mid-1980s who try to make an ultra low budget sequel to First Blood (the first Rambo movie) using a VHS camera and their own surroundings. Directed by Garth Jennings and also starring Jessica Hynes from Spaced.
[REC] (Contender): A contemporary Spanish horror in which a TV crew cover the night shift of a Barcelona fire station and follow a team as they respond to an event in mysterious apartment building. It plays like a Spanish version of The Blair Witch Project but also has it’s own sense of claustrophobia and tension. Directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza.
- A Raisin in the Sun (Sony): The TV version of the Tony award-winning play by Lorraine Hansberry, this explores how an African-American family struggle with poverty, racism, and their own conflicts as they strive for a better way of life. Directed by Kenny Leon and featuring most of the cast who also starred in the 2004 Broadway revival of the play including Leon, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan and Bill Nunn.
- Robot Chicken: Star Wars (Revolver): An irreverent take on Star Wars by the makers of Robot Chicken – the animated TV show created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich. This special episode was fully endorsed by Lucasfilm and features satirical sketches involving the Star Wars universe. Some of them include George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Breckin Meyer, Malcolm McDowell, Donald Faison, Hulk Hogan and James Van Der Beek.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – Season 1 (Warner): The TV spin off from the Terminator franchise follows the events after the second film and sees Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) as she prepares her son John Connor (Thomas Dekker) to fight the war against machines determined to annihilate the human race. Joining them in the fight is Summer Glau as a new female Terminator sent back in time.
- Tropical Malady (Second Run): Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, this award winning film from Thailand explores themes of love and desire and comes in a new digital transfer approved by the director.
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