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HITTING THE SCREEN: UK film releases (15.09-21.09)

HITTING THE SCREEN: UK film releases (15.09-21.09)

15th September, 2014


My Man Is a Loser

Director: Mike Young

Writer: Mike Young

Genre: Comedy

Starring: John Stamos, Michael Rapaport, Bryan Callen, Tika Sumpter

Synopsis: Two married friends employ a single playboy to help them get their mojo back to save their marriages.


16th September


Devil’s Tower

Director: Owen Tooth

Writer: Adam J. Marsh

Genre: Horror

Starring: Roxanne Pallet, Jason Mewes

Synopsis: When Sid’s friend goes missing, he and new girl Sarah investigate disappearances in their tower block. Uncovering the secret of a vengeful ghost possessing a horde of zombies, they must fight for their lives – and their souls.


17th September



Director: Anthony Vander

Writer: Joe Harvey

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Joseph Bentil, Jason Carter, Henry Douthwaite

Synopsis: A married man’s philandering ways catch up with him when his three girlfriends hold him to ransom.


18th September


Gridiron UK

Director: Gary Delaney

Writer: Gary Delaney

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Michael Dixon, Andrew Hardwood Mills, Dorsey Levens, Rebecca Pitkin

Synopsis: Based on a true story in 1985. Derek is a dreamer and a loser. No matter how hard he tries he fails at everything he attempts. Determined to show the world he can succeed at something he forms an American Football team in a country dominated by Soccer, Rugby, Cricket and Fish & Chips. His desire to succeed consumes his life and he is blind to see that his success will lead to him losing everything.


Madama Butterfly: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Director: Cameron Kirkpatrick, Àlex Ollé

Writer: Giacomo Puccini

Genre: Live opera

Starring: Hiromi Omura, Georgy Vasiliev


19th  September


20,000 Days on Earth

Director: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Writer: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard, Nick Cave

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Nick Cave, Susie Bick, Warren Ellis

Synopsis: Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.



Director: Eric Lavaine

Writer: Héctor Cabello Reyes, Eric Lavaine

Genre: Dramedy

Starring: Lambert Wilson, Franck Dubosc, Florence Foresti…

Synopsis: On his 50th birthday, a man who’s been watching his weight, health and temper all his life suffers a heart attack. He’s been doing everything he was told he should do and it still didn’t help. He decides to turn the page and let loose.


The Giver

Director: Philip Noyce

Writer: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide, Lois Lowry (novel_

Genre: Science fiction

Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift

Synopsis: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.


Grand Piano

Director: Eugenio Mira

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Elijah Wood, John Cusack, Tamsin Egerton, Kerry Bishé, Alex Winter

Synopsis: Moments before his comeback performance, a concert pianist who suffers from stage fright discovers a note written on his music sheet.



Director: Shashanka Ghosh

Writer: Indira Bisht

Genre: Bollywood

Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Afzal Khan, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Kirron Kher, Ratna Pathak, Aamir Raza Hussain

Synopsis: Remake of 1980’s Khoobsurat starred Ashok Kumar and Rekha with modern touch [sic].


The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Director: Guillaume Nicloux

Writer: Guillaume Nicloux

Genre: Dramedy

Starring: Michel Houellebecq, Mathieu Nicourt, Maxime Lefrançois, Luc Schwarz, Françoise Lebrun

Synopsis: The author Michel Houellebecq is abducted by three amateur kidnappers.


Magic in the Moonlight

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Genre: Romantic comedy

Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Simon McBurney, Eileen Atkins, Hamish Linklater, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver

Synopsis: A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.


Night Will Fall

Director: Andre Singer

Writer: Lynette Singer

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein

Synopsis: Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.


The Riot Club

Director: Lone Scherfig

Writer: Laura Wade

Genre: Drama-thriller

Starring: Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger

Synopsis: Two first-year students at Oxford University join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening.


Think Like a Man Too

Director: Tim Story

Writer: David A. Newman, Keith Merryman

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Adam Brody, Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Megan Goode, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henderson, Kevin Hart

Symopsis: All the couples are back for a wedding in Las Vegas, but plans for a romantic weekend go awry when their various misadventures get them into some compromising situations that threaten to derail the big event.


A Walk Among the Tombstones

Director: Scott Frank

Writer: Scott Frank

Genre: Crime drama

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Boyd Holbrook, Rebecca Wilson, Sebastian Roché

Synopsis: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife.


Wish I Was Here

Director: Zach Braff

Writer: Zach Braff, Adam Braff

Starring: Zack Braff, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Mandy Patinkin

Synopsis: Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.


20 September 2014


A History of a Time to Come

Director: Joshua Callis-Smith

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Tony Dolan, Malcolm Dome, Tom Luchtenstein, Sky Keeler

Synopsis: The story of UK thrash, a documentary telling the tale of British thrash metal through the ages, from the early 80s to the present day. The film aims to fill in the blanks in the history of the genre, where those bands who were once so popular, have faded from memory.


21st September



Director: Al Pacino

Writer: Oscar Wilde

Genre: Drama

Starring: Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Anderson

Synopsis: The Biblical story of Salome, a girl who agrees to perform the “dance of the seven veils” in return for John the Baptist’s head on a silver platter.


Wilde Salomé

Director: Al Pacino

Writer: Al Pacino, Oscar Wilde (play)

Genre: Documentary

Starring: Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain, Kevin Anderson

Synopsis: Pacino takes us on a journey as he unravels and re-interprets Oscar Wilde’s once banned and most controversial work SALOME, a scintillating tale of lust, greed and one woman’s scorn.


Synopses taken from IMDb, Launching Films, and associated press sites. All information is up-to-date as of the time of publishing.


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, ( You can follow him on Twitter @robertmwallis.

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