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HITTING THE SCREEN: October 1st – 7th

HITTING THE SCREEN: October 1st – 7th

In our weekly column, Hitting the Screen, we take a look at all this week’s new film releases, big and small, grand and obscure, blockbuster hits and indie flicks alike.

 

Wednesday, October 1st

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Written and directed by Mark-John Ford

Starring Tom Davis, Harley Sylvester, Tony Denham

Synopsis: A Sunday league football team made up of misfits find themselves 6-0 down at half time, The manager enters the dressing room to carnage, confusion and mayhem.

Life After Beth

Written and directed by Jeff Baena

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick

Synopsis: A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

 

Ortega and His Enemies

Written and directed by Malcolm Bensen

Synopsis: John Ortega fights for justice when his world was torn apart by his enemies. He soon realises that he has to become his true self to manage he fiance’s adversaries. With deceit, brutality and police chase, will John be able to overcome the forces of antagonism coming from DC Martha, Maxwell Toby, Sara’s step dad the cross dresser and ex police officer, Will he cope with the pressure from the manipulative Lee, a vengeance seeking single mum and Franklin Macintosh, Sara’s ex boyfriend who would not take no for an answer.

Starring: Darrell Las Quevas, Adi Alfa, Uche Odoputa, Rita Nzelu, Dean Ekperigin, Gary Douglas, Alexandra Johnston, Malcolm Benson, Theo Handen, Sharan Atwal

 

Zero Tolerance

Written and directed by Wych Kaosayanada

Starring: Dustin Nguyen, Scott Adkins, Kane Kosugi, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Ammy Chanicha

Synopsis: Two former paramilitary operatives, Johnny and his police detective friend Peter, search Bangkok to find the killers of Johnny’s beautiful daughter Angel – Leaving carnage and retribution throughout city.

 

Thursday, October 2nd

 

Bang Bang

Directed by Siddharth Raj Anand

Written by Sujoy Ghosh, Suresh Nair, Patrick O’Neill (story), Abba Tyrewala (dialogue)

Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Danny Denzongpa, Javed Jaffrey

Synopsis: A girl gets mixed up with a spy trying to clear his name.

Gone Girl

Directed by David Fincher

Written by Gillian Flynn

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle, Emily Ratajhowski

Synopsis: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

 

Haider

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj

Written by Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor

Synopsis: In mid 90’s Kashmir, Haider’s mother marries her brother-in-law after his father disappears. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Friday, October 3rd

 

7500

Directed by Takashi Shimizu

Written by Craig Rosenberg

Starring: Leslie Bibb, Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart

Synopsis: Flight 7500 departs Los Angeles International Airport bound for Tokyo. As the overnight flight makes its way over the Pacific Ocean during its ten-hour course, the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force in the cabin.

 

Dolphin Tale 2

Directed by Charles Martin Smith

Written by Charles Martin Smith, Karen Jaszen (characters), Noam Dromi (characters)

Starring: Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferssen

Synopsis: The team of people who saved Winter’s life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother’s passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.

 

Dracula Untold

Directed by Gary Shore

Written by Matt Shazama, Burk Sharpless, Bram Stoker (characters)

Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance

Synopsis: Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – without succumbing to the darkness himself.

 

Draft Day

Directed by Ivan Reitman

Written by Scott Rothman, Rajeev Jospeph

Starring: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Terry Crews, Denis Leary, Frank Langella, Sam Elliot, Sean Combs

Synopsis: At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

 

Luna

Directed by Dave McKean

Starring: Ben Daniels, Dervla Kirwan, Stephanie Leonidas

Synopsis: After losing their baby, Grant and Christine visit a friend in his isolated and idyllic seaside house. Over a long weekend, secrets are revealed and the life of the dead child is lived out in a series of fantastical dreams.

 

Palo Alto

Directed by Gia Coppola

Written by Gia Coppola and James Franco (short stories)

Starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Zoe Levin, Nat Wolff

Synopsis: Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy. Emily, meanwhile, offers sexual favors to every boy to cross her path – including both Teddy and his best friend Fred, a live wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next – and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection – Fred’s escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos.

 

Still The Enemy Within

Directed by Owen Gower

Starring: Wesley Lloyd

Synopsis: Still the Enemy Within is a unique insight into one of history’s most dramatic events: the 1984-85 British Miners’ Strike. No experts. No politicians. Thirty years on, this is the raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. Follow the highs and lows of that life-changing year.

Violette

Directed by Martin Provost

Written by Martin Provost, Mark Abdelnour, René de Ceccatty

Starring: Emanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet

Synopsis: Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the two women that will last throughout their lives, relationship based on the quest for freedom by writing to Violet and conviction for Simone to have in their hands the fate of an extraordinary writer.

 

Will And Testament – Tony Benn

Written and directed by Skip Kite

Starring: Tony Benn

Synopsis: Tony Benn (87), the longest serving Labour MP in history, is also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. Across the globe and in particular over the last five years his brand of socialism has struck a cord with people of all ages and social backgrounds. For the first time ever through intimate, quasi-confessional interviews and his personal, photographic and film archive ‘Will And Testament’ reveals a very human face behind the political mask. In this feature length film, Tony Benn also criss-crosses the UK bearing witness to major social and political upheavals and events. He hopes ‘Will And Testament’ will prove to be the defining documentary of the most globally and politically aware generation in a lifetime. This documentary is an exclusive and deeply personal look at the life of a national treasure, a frank, candid and sometimes painful exploration of the great themes of life that have affected him and affect us all, love, loss, hopes, dreams, fears and death. Never before has a person of his calibre and reputation spoken to camera in such a direct way.

 

You And The Night

Written and directed by Yann Gonzalez

Starring: Eric Cantona, Beatrice Dalle, Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury

Synopsis: Around midnight, a young couple and their transvestite maid prepare for an orgy. Their guests will be The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen.

 

Saturday, October 4th

 

From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree

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Directed by Howard Berry

Written by Howard Berry, Paul Welsh

Starring: Steven Spielberg, Simon Pegg, Roger Moore, Barbara Windsor, et al

Synopsis: A documentary telling the story of 100 years of filmmaking and television production in the towns of Elstree and Borehamwood – the British Hollywood – with stories from members of the film crews who actually worked there.

 

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Rob Wallis is a graduate of the London Film School and a recent member of the Online Film Critics Society. He also keeps a rarely updated, bare-bones blog, Of All the Film Blogs, (www.ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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