The Raid 2
I haven’t seen the original (I know, I know, I’ve been busy) but by all account it is an amazing action film relying on skilled stunt performers over CGI and is the best of its kind since forever and of all people it is directed by a Welshman and this sequel is even better and you should definitely go and see it right now.
The Quiet Ones
Hammer are back following the success of their mediocre but quite scary The Woman in Black with another ghost story about a professor investigating the paranormal. He discovers “unexpected forces” which frankly I think he should have expected.
The team that brought us the wonder The Guard return with a comedy drama about an Irish priest. I know what you’re thinking and yes is does touch on THAT subject. With the words and direction of John Michael McDonagh and the acting of Brendan Gleeson this has to be a good film. Has to be.
Norwegian thriller about oil and such. Expect unusual vowels.
Khumba: A Zebra’s Tale
3D animated adventure made in South Africa about a zebra who is only half striped and so is rejected by his herd. In a search for acceptance he for some reason has to save all the animals because it takes that big an act for people to stop being so bloody prejudiced.
The Last Days on Mars
Liev Schreiber stars in a space horror we’ve all somehow not heard of in which things go bump on Mars. British film! Yay! Support local industry!
The King And The Mockingbird
French animation from the 80s. Isao Takahata from Studio Ghibli says “If I had not seen this film, I would have never imagined entering the world of animation” so there.
Half of a Yellow Sun
Chiwetel Ejiofor is no longer a slave but is now fighting to establish an independent republic in Nigeria. Ejiofor is quickly becoming one of those actors that we never see in simple contemporary roles… apart from in Love Actually of course.
A man and woman connect in Mumbai over notes left in a misdelivered lunchbox. Besides looking like a wonderful film this leaves me wanting to know why nobody is couriering me curry every lunchtime. AM I NOT LOVED?!
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears
I saw this last year at the London Film Festival and found it to be an intense and unpleasant experience. I was completely unprepared for what I saw. A kind of sexual horror film that beat the audience into submission with loud noises and images I can’t quite shake. Be careful kids.