UK Cinema Releases: Friday 3rd February 2012


Young Adult (Paramount): Soon after her divorce, a writer (Charlize Theron) returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend (Patrick Wilson), who is now married with kids. Directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody, it co-stars Patton Oswalt and J.K. Simmons. [Nationwide /15]

Martha Marcy May Marlene (20th Century Fox): Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman (Elisabeth Olsen) struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. Directed by Sean Durkin, it co-stars Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes and Hugh Dancy. [Key Cities / 15]

Carnage (Studiocanal): Adapted from Yasmin Reza’s stage play about two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl. Directed by Roman Polanski, it stars Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. [Nationwide / 15]

Chronicle (20th Century Fox): Sci-fi drama about Portland teenagers who develop incredible powers after a trip to the woods. Directed by Josh Trank, it stars Dane DeHaan, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Kelly and Alex Russell. [Nationwide / 12A]

Jack and Jill (Sony Pictures): A family man (Adam Sandler) deals with his twin sister (also Adam Sandler) when she visits for Thanksgiving then won’t leave. Directed by Dennis Dugan, it co-stars Al Pacino. [Nationwide / PG]

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Warner Bros): The sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) which stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens, Luis Guzmán and Kristin Davis. Directed by Brad Peyton. [Nationwide / PG]

Man On A Ledge (E1 Films): An ex-cop turned con (Sam Worthington) threatens to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop. Directed by Asger Leth, it co-stars Elizabeth Banks, Anthony Mackie, Jamie Bell
and Ed Harris. [Nationwide / 12A]


Bombay Beach (Diva Partnership): Acclaimed documentary about a community living in an area of Southern California. Directed by Alma Har’el. [Selected cinemas]

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Poster Trends: Image within Image

Poster trends are as old as the hills but this year has seen the emergence of a new motif.

Last year saw the text over face trend and in the past we have had such fashions as the red dress, back to back and the leg spread.

But amongst the the more hipper poster designs this year have seen images within images.

After designing the iconic one-sheet for The Social Network, Neil Kellerhouse has swiftly become David Fincher‘s designer of choice.

This year this poster for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo utilised Daniel Craig’s face inside Rooney Mara’s.

Ever since Sundance, Martha Marcy May Marlene has been attracting buzz and it seemed only right that not only should it follow this trend.

It seemed appropriate that another teaser poster should include a QR code for all those hipsters in Brooklyn and Shoreditch to view a trailer on their iPhones  – the film is still great though 🙂

Then if we cast our minds back to earlier in the year, there was this US one-sheet for Jane Eyre, which like the film was tasteful and stylish.

I especially like the big but thin font and colour palette on this one.

As for Michael Fassbender, he also featured in X-Men: First Class, which had a character teaser poster which utilised the image within image idea.

This time it was his younger Magneto in a silhouette of the character comic-book fans are familair with.

Did you notice any other posters that used this trend this year?

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