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Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
Telling the story of Moses (Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Trilogy), the film is set to go almost head-to-head with the final Hobbit film this Christmas in the grandeur stakes, with Scott reteaming with Gladiator co-writer Steven Zaillian, as well as an eclectic supporting cast including Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), John Turturro (Barton Fink), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3).
So far, it certainly looks pretty epic, and with such a talented cast, it could be a big hit come winter, and you can check out the featurette below…
The post Exodus: Gods and Kings »
- Scott Davis
Chicago – Opening this weekend at Chicago’s Facets Cinematheque after a week on VOD is “Starred Up,” a bloody-knuckles British prison drama that was also a favorite at the most recent Chicago Critics Film Festival. This is an at-times beastly movie that follows in the line of previous character-driven jail films like “Chopper” (starring Eric Bana), or Tom Hardy’s raging breakout movie “Bronson”.
While this movie may not have the narrative muscle of these references, this odyssey into a hidden world does feature two actors well on their way to becoming global obsessions, Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn.
O’Connell plays Eric Love, a raging teenager dumped into an adult prison to carry out a drug-related sentence. After asserting his power to his fellow inmates with an act of violence (and nearly killing someone albeit unintentionally), he makes a connection with his father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) who »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Starred Up Tribeca Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B Director: David Mackenzie Screenplay: Jonathan Asser Cast: Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, David Ajala, Peter Ferdinando, Gershwyn Eustache Jr., Ashley Chin, Raphael Sowole, Gilly Gilchrist, Tommy McDonnell, Frederick Schmidt, Sam Spruell, Rupert Friend Screened at: Critics’ screener, NYC, 8/30/14 Opens: August 27, 2014 Because no film in recent memory has had the problem of communicating dialogue so notably (in fact this incomprehensibility feels like a director’s artistic choice to focus the audience on the physicality), you have to go into this film knowing that you will miss at least half of the words. So don’t [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Of all the big movies coming our way this fall, the one that looks the most potentially dicey is "Exodus: Gods And Kings," Ridley Scott's grand-scale retelling of the story of Moses. In theory, the idea of the director of "Gladiator" working with his biggest-ever budget for the first live-action take on the tale in fifty years should be an enticing one, especially with a cast including Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn and Ben Kingsley. But footage has underwhelmed so far, and the film's been (correctly) beset by the decision to cast mostly caucasian actors in Middle Eastern roles, including Edgerton done up in make-up that we can only describe as Clementine Face (the Australian actor has expressed sympathy with the outcry, saying in a recent interview, "I do understand and empathize with that position," presumably while simultaneously trying to wash fake »
- Oliver Lyttelton
"You need to experience the dynamite... to know that the dynamite can go off." Just last week we featured Starred Up as our latest Monthly Must See, an intense, brutal but incredible prison movie from English director David Mackenzie starring Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn. You may not recognize the name at first, but you should certainly recognize his films - David Mackenzie's filmography includes Young Adam, Asylum, Hallam Foe (or Mister Foe in the Us), Spread with Ashton Kutcher, the sci-fi Perfect Sense and the music film Tonight You're Mine, all before he went on to make Starred Up. Last week I sat down for a chat with David on the realism of the film and finding actor Jack O'Connell, who plays inmate Eric Love. As a big fan of Starred Up, I was anxious to get a chance to sit down with Mackenzie and drill him on »
- Alex Billington
Written by Jonathan Asser
Directed by David Mackenzie
Most prison stories are stories about men. (That’s what made Orange is the New Black such a breath of fresh air; it was an exception to the rule.) But there are stories about men, and then there are stories about masculinity. The latter is much harder to pull off, because masculinity means different things to different men in different situations. That’s why David Mackenzie’s new film Starred Up is so masterfully tense, and sure to be high on this critic’s year-end top ten list.
The title refers to the practice, in the British prison system, of moving youth offenders into adult jails. Such treatment is usually reserved for the worst of the worst, and Eric Love (Jack O’Connell of the UK version of the teen soap Skins) is clearly one of those: his first »
- Mark Young
Written by Jonathan Asser
Directed by David Mackenzie
There’s a scene in the first act of the film where the young protagonist Eric, in an effort to gain control of a situation to proclaim his innocence, bites down on a prison guard’s genitals and holds on like a dog with a chew toy. That moment alone does a lot to encapsulate the do-or-die realities of the film’s prison environment, but more importantly showcases the immediate talent of its star Jack O’Connell: Like it or not, he demands your attention and he’s not letting go anytime soon.
The plot revolves around young and violent teenager Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is transferred to an adult prison early before the regular age – a process referred to as being “starred up”- and comes head to head with his inmate father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) while »
- Dylan Griffin
The Labor Day weekend, signaling the last of summer movies, usually brings out a herd of barking dogs. I'm talking about you The November Man, The Last of Robin Hood, and As Above/So Below. So it's a satisfying shock to see a damn near great movie emerge from the muck. That would be Starred Up, a British prison drama from director David Mackenzie (Young Adam) that is a romping, stomping knockout with an unexpected emotional pull. Violence comes with the territory as the warden (Sam Spruell) exerts a losing »
This weekend, period drama "Belle" is out on DVD; the film follows a mixed-raced illegitimate daughter raised by her aristocratic uncle in 18th century England. Meanwhile, on TV, "The Leftovers" Season 1 finale airs Sunday on HBO, Adrien Brody stars in History Channel's miniseries "Houdini" as the famous escape artist on Monday night, and "Sons of Anarchy" season 6 is on DVD just in time for its final season this fall.
Also in theaters this weekend: "As Above, So Below" is a subterranean horror movie that follows a team of explorers who venture into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. Then something bad happens. "The November Man" stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-cia operative brought back in on a personal mission that finds himself pitted against his former pupil. In "The Congress," an aging, out-of work actress (Robin Wright) accepts one last job -- creating a digital likeness for a future Hollywood, »
- Jonny Black
The title Starred Up refers to the premature transferal of a juvenile to adult prison. In the case of this film, directed by David Mackenzie, said juvenile is 19-year-old inmate Eric Love played with utter ferocity by Jack O'Connell. The overall awe I felt in watching O'Connell here is like the first time I saw Tom Hardy in Nicolas Winding Refn's Bronson, though, while both films focus on unstable prison inmates, you have to strip away all the dark humor and absurdity of Bronson before you can get to the harsh, real world, brutal intensity of Starred Up and it doesn't let up for a second. Eric Love's transfer comes as a result of his violent nature and Mackenzie introduces the audience to Eric's new environment right along with the young man -- strip off your clothes, raise your arms, squat, put your clothes on. He's ushered down the »
- Brad Brevet
After premiering at last year's Telluride Film Festival and earning rave reviews at Toronto, David Mackenzie's prison drama “Starred Up” debuts in U.S. theaters on Wednesday courtesy of Tribeca Film. Jack O'Connell (“Unbroken”) delivers a dynamite breakout performance as Eric Love, a troubled teen with a violent history who's prematurely transferred from an institute for young offenders to an adult prison — the same one that his estranged father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) calls home. A prime candidate for rehabilitation, Eric is admitted to an anger management program run by the prison's unconventional therapist (Rupert Friend), who tries to help Eric. »
- Jeff Sneider
There are prison movies, and then there are prison movies. David Mackenzie's Starred Up is a harrowing, violent, bold new take on the "prison movie" that is worth your time to take a look at, playing in theaters now and also available on VOD. The film also introduces the astonishing Jack O'Connell (now well-known thanks to Yann Demange's '71 and 300: Rise of an Empire, plus he stars in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken), who stars as the lead character Eric alongside Ben Mendelsohn, another badass we've already seen in the likes of Animal Kingdom, Killing Them Softly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Place Beyond the Pines. Together they take on an entire prison in Starred Up, and it's a hell of a ride. It's our next Monthly Must See film. Deep down at its core, Starred Up is much more than just a prison movie, and like »
- Alex Billington
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Starred Up opens today in limited release and is also available on VOD.] In movies, a father/son bond can be repaired in various ways: A game of catch, a cross-country road trip, or a death in the family to name a few. Starred Up finds a new one by putting the reconciliation inside a prison, and showing the attempts of a father to protect his reckless son from getting murdered by other inmates. Supported by excellent performances from Jack O’Connell and Ben Mendelsohn, director David Mackenzie and screenwriter Jonathan Asser have removed the schmaltz from the father/son story by taking two men who aren’t just estranged; they’re both violent and dangerous in a volatile environment. The filmmakers then proceed to further expand the story by offering the son different support structures and choices that further complicate his familial relationship. Eric Love (O’Connell) has found his way into prison and is already right at home. He’s been through the juvenile detention process, »
- Matt Goldberg
Starred Up director David Mackenzie on working with Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend: "All the actors were allowed to explore. They weren't being funneled. There was a creative heart." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
David Mackenzie's humane look at the tortured prison system in Tribeca Film's Starred Up stars Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend with a screenplay by prison system therapist Jonathan Asser. In New York, the morning before the opening of his film, the director and I discussed the spell of John Boorman's Point Blank, which stars Lee Marvin, making Perfect Sense, Patrick McGrath's Asylum, and Charles Laughton's The Night Of The Hunter with Robert Mitchum's knuckles exploring the meaning of love and hate.
Even before we see, we hear the prison. Sounds foreboding and leaden, metal gates slamming shut, steps with the weight of heavy hearts. The spirit of place is one of terror. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
There’s nothing like a family reunion, especially when it takes place in a British penitentiary.
And for new inmate Eric Love (Jack O’Connell), who last recalls being with his pop, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn), when he was a five year old, it should be especially poignant. After all there he was old bouncing upon dadda’s knee, a knee that’s been doing hard time ever since.
But now that he’s 19, equally tattooed and comparably psychotic to his old man, plus prone to ungovernable outbursts, Eric, after being prematurely transferred to the aforementioned adult prison, isn’t being overly sentimental. In fact, the first thing the lad does is melt his toothbrush and stick a razor blade in it. A homemade weapon just sometimes trumps daily dental care and father’s day cards.
Shortly thereafter, Eric punches out a jail-mate who wants to light his fag, steals some »
- Brandon Judell
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Göteborg International Film Festival It was a glorious, freezing, snowy Monday evening at the Göteborg International Film Festival that yielded the first truly great film of 2014. “Starred Up” (which, fine, actually premiered at Telluride last year) is an instant classic of the prison movie genre, making a bona fide breakthrough star of its lead Jack O’Connell (best known for British TV series “Skins”), while propelling director David Mackenzie’s previously solid career (which included highlights “Hallam Foe” and “Young Adam”) straight to "boss" level in one fell swoop. And in case anyone forgets, the film confirms that however often you cast Ben Mendelsohn as a violent, unpredictable scumbag, he’ll find a way to amaze/terrify you every time. The superlative-averse might want to stop reading now, because there will be many coming up in the next several paragraphs. Based on a script by. »
- Jessica Kiang
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. It’s always a bit silly when the Hollywood machine decides in advance who the next big star will be, mostly because they’re rarely correct in their prognosticating. Sorry Taylor Kitsch. Sorry Alex Pettyfer. Sorry Yahoo Serious. But the odds increase a bit in the actor’s favor when it’s the press singing those praises. Currently it’s Jack O’Connell who’s being sung about, and the reason why is his breathtaking turn in Starred Up. (Although it’d be more of a star-making performance if we could understand more than 3/4 of the »
- Rob Hunter
It’s a point that we should make clear: prison is hard. Really, really hard. And dangerous and scary and terrible. Now let’s watch a film about it! British director David Mackenzie (Perfect Sense, Young Adam) is back at it with Starred Up, a prison drama packed to the rafters with talented dudes, including Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rupert Friend. The film puts a little twist on the old prison tale, as O’Connell stars as a teenage dirtbag sent to stay at the exact same facility his own criminal dad (Mendelsohn) lives at. (Insert joke about how you thought your family had issues, guffaw, move on.) The tension doesn’t just come from prison love — though, man, there’s plenty of tension to go around there — but when O’Connell’s Eric starts making some changes that will put him on the straight and narrows. Turns out, dear »
- Kate Erbland
We've got a cool red-band clip to share with you from the prison drama Starred Up, starring Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rupert Friend, which brings to light the harsh and brutal conditions of being in prison. Not that you need reminding, of course, but Starred Up has garnered some great critical acclaim for its portrayal of a young, violent inmate (O'Connell) who fights for survival behind bars where he also encounters his imprisoned father (Mendelsohn). The red-band clip showcases »
- Paul Shirey
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