UK Cinema Releases: Friday 27th February 2009

UK Cinema Releases 27-02-09


The International (Sony Pictures): A timely release for this thriller about an Interpol agent (Clive Owen) who tries to expose a high-profile financial institution’s role in an international arms dealing ring. It co-stars Naomi Watts and is directed by Tom Twyker (who made Run Lola Run) and should do reasonable box office despite middling US reviews and box office.  [Cert 15 / Nationwide]

New In Town (Entertainment): A fish-out-of-water comedy about Miami business woman (Renée Zellweger) sent to a remote Minnesota town to oversee the restructuring of a blue collar manufacturing plant. It co-stars Harry Connick Jra and J.K. Simmons and is directed by Jonas Elmer. Entertainment will be hoping female audiences in the UK will be more responsive to this film than their US counterparts were. [Cert 12A / Nationwide]

The Unborn (Universal): A horror written and directed by David S. Goyer which stars Gary Oldman as a spiritual advisor to a young girl (Odette Yustman) who is tormented by a dybbuk. Universal will be hoping horror fans will give it a respectable gross despite the bad reviews and lack of discernible buzz. [Cert 15 / Vue West End & Nationwide]



UK Selected Releases 27-02-09

The Class (Artificial Eye): The winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes earlier this year is based on the 2006 novel by François Bégaudeau, which was a semi-autobiographical account of Bégaudeau’s experiences as a literature teacher in an inner city middle school in Paris. Directed by Laurent Cantet, it skilfully avoids cliche and is a a refreshingly humane and absorbing drama. Easily one of the best films to be released this year.  [Cert 15 / Curzons Mayfair & Soho, Gate, Renoir & Key Cities)

Franklyn (Contender Films): A fantasy film split between the parallel realities of contemporary London and the futuristic metropolis of ‘Meanwhile City’, it follows the tales of four characters: Jonathan Preest (Ryan Phillippe), a masked vigilante who won’t rest until he finds his nemesis; Emilia (Eva Green), a troubled young art student; Milo (Sam Riley), a heartbroken twentysomething and Peter (Bernard Hill), is a man steeped in religion, searching for his missing son amongst London’s homeless. Directed by Gerald McMorrow and produced by Jeremy Thomas. [Cert 15 / London & Key Cities]

Gun Crazy (bfi Distribution): A reissue for this 1950 film noir starring Peggy Cummins and John Dall in a story about the crime-spree of a gun-toting husband and wife. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis and produced by Frank King and Maurice King. [Cert PG / BFI Southbank & Key Cities]   

Obscene (Revolver Entertainment): A documentary about Barney Rosset, the former owner of the publishing house Grove Press, who led a successful legal battle to publish the uncensored version of D. H. Lawrence‘s novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and later was the American publisher of Henry Miller‘s controversial novel Tropic of Cancer [ICA Cinema]

UK Cinema Releases for February 2009
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