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  Southend Zombie Halloween [read more]
  Something to get your teeth into
  George A. Romero’s genre-defining film Dawn of the Dead is famously set in a shopping mall, in which a disparate group of plucky survivors are besieged by ravenous zombies. To celebrate Halloween the Royals Shopping Centre in Southend-on-Sea is creating the ultimate fright night experience – it’s a UK first and it’s completely free.

On Friday 31 October, when the popular High Street shopping centre has closed and light has given way to the darkness, a pop-up cinema will screen the classic horror film to over 200 souls. The 1978 gory shocker is not for the faint-hearted, so it’s strictly over-18’s only – especially as the zombies will not be confined to the screen!?

The event is a collaboration between the Royals Shopping Centre and The White Bus, organisers of Southend’s annual film and Horror-on-Sea festivals, along with Silent Studios and South Essex College.

The screen itself will be 12 x 9 foot and the 200 seats will be arranged to ensure that everyone has a really good view of the action. The shopping centre will open at 7.30pm with the film starting at 8pm. Refreshments will be available from Rossi and Retrocorn.

Entry is free but spaces are limited so a ‘first come, first served’ system will be in operation – and The Royals reserves the right to refuse admission.
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:39]
  The Judge
  He'll be the judge of that
  From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures comes “The Judge,” starring Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. (“Tropic Thunder,” the “Sherlock Holmes” films, the “Iron Man” franchise), Oscar® winner Robert Duvall (“Tender Mercies,” “Crazy Heart”) and Oscar® nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring”). The film is directed by David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”).

In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before. The Judge is released in UK cinemas on October 17th.
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:35]
  Camille Claudel 1915 on DVD [read more]
  Lost in art
  Oscar winner JULIETTE BINOCHE (The English Patient, Chocolat) gives a "powerhouse performance" (Observer) in this visually stunning portrait of a year in the life of Camille Claudel, the sculptor Auguste Rodin's infamous mistress. The French auteur BRUNO DUMONT, whose previous masterpieces includeFlanders and Hors Satan, draws up a beautifully stark vision of a woman denied her art, confned by her family to an asylum in the South of France where she will never sculpt again. We follow Camille through her story as she struggles to adjust to life in the asylum and awaits a visit from her brother, the writer Paul Claudel. Binoche gives an excruciatingly honest performance, acting alongside real patients, in what is a must-see cornerstone of cinema history.

October 13th is the release date, and the trailer is at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:30]
  The Lost Legion [read more]
  Roamin' Romans

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Rome has been stripped of its former glory and left desperate to recapture its past. Urbina Prima schemes with all her cunning and spite to see her son declared the new Emperor. In her way is her husband, Roman general Maximus, who has forged his own deadly path to fulfil his ambitions. The Lost Legion is a violent tale of manipulation and debauchery in the quest for ultimate power.

DVD release date / 20th October 2014.
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:26]
  Walesa: Man Of Hope on DVD
  The trilogy complete
  From the legendary Academy Award nominated director Andrzej Wajd- a leader of the unofficial Polish Film School, comes a natural companion to his previous landmark films Man Of Marble and Man of Iron. Walesa: Man Of Hope is a depiction of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement Lech Walesa, focusing on the events in the 1970’s that led to the country’s peaceful revolution. Lech is a well-known figure throughout Europe, as he is credited with sparking the domino collapse of Communism across Eastern Europe. Walesa:Man Of Hope has already wowed critics and audiences alike, noted by Toronto Film Festival labelling it a ‘breakout title!’

Release date: 10th November.
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:23]
  A Most Violent Year
  If they can make it there they'll make it anywhere
  A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, written and directed by J.C. Chandor, will be released in the UK and Ireland on 23 January 2015 through Icon Film Distribution, starring Golden Globe® nominee Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and two-time Academy Award® nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty).

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

This gritty exploration of the American dream stars Isaac and Chastain in the leading roles as husband and wife Abel and Anna Morales, alongside a strong supporting cast including: Albert Brooks (Drive); David Oyelowo (The Butler); Alessandro Nivola (American Hustle); Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace); and, British newcomer Elyes Gabel (Game of Thrones, Interstellar).
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:21]
  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend
  Skipping back over the treetops
  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the stunning next chapter in the saga started by the critically and popularly acclaimed Ang Lee martial arts epic, will premiere exclusively on Netflix and in selected IMAX® cinemas globally on 28th August 2015.

Produced by The Weinstein Company, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend echoes the themes of the original film, but tells its own story – one of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World.

Directed by the renowned martial arts choreographer (The Matrix Trilogy and Kill Bill 1& 2) and the director (Tai Chi Master) Yuen Wo-Ping, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lady) reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien and Donnie Yen (Ip Man 1&2, Monkey King 3D) as Silent Wolf.

The film is to be the first of several major films backed by Netflix to premiere the same day on the world’s leading Internet TV network and in select IMAX cinemas globally, giving consumers and exhibitors around the world unparalleled flexibility in how, when and where they enjoy a major motion picture.
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:18]
  Intolerance on Blu-ray [read more]
  One for a long Sunday afternoon
  After shaking the world with his hugely controversial epic The Birth of a Nation, pioneer filmmaker D. W. Griffith spared no expense in putting together his next project, Intolerance (Love’s struggle throughout the ages): a powerful examination of intolerance as it has persisted throughout civilisation, set across four parallel storylines that span 2500 years.

There is the Babylonian story, depicting nothing less than the fall of Babylon; the Judean story, which revolves around the crucifixion of Christ; the French story, which presents the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in all its horror; and a modern American story of class struggle, crime, and the plight of life in the early 20th century set within urban slums and the prison system.

Starring such luminaries as Lillian Gish, Constance Talmadge, and Miriam Cooper, who share screentime with an enormous main cast and some 3,000 extras, Griffith's film — the most expensive motion picture ever produced at the time — went on to become a critical success whose influence has only grown in the decades since. The Masters of Cinema Series are proud to present the 2013 restoration of Kevin Brownlow's and David Gill's preserved Intolerance, featuring Carl Davis's orchestral score, for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK on 8th December 2014.
  Graeme Clark [1 Oct 2014 at 23:11]

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