BOOKSMART is an unfiltered comedy about high school best friends and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, this is a coming of age story for a new generation. If you click the link, you can watch the first six minutes to whet your appetite.
[25 May 2019 at 09:09]
The Criterion Collection in August
Now that's a lineup
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment are delighted to confirm the titles to be released on Blu-ray in August 2019.
On 5 August KISS ME DEADLY is released. A film noir masterpiece as well as an essential piece of cold war paranoia, it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.
Following on 19 August comes KLUTE starring Jane Fonda. The film is a character study thick with dread, capturing the mood of early-1970s New York and the predicament of a woman trying to find her own way on the fringes of society.
On 26 August Spike Lee's 1989 masterpiece DO THE RIGHT THING arrives. A landmark in American cinema, as politically and emotionally charged and as relevant now as when it first hit the big screen.
ARMSTRONG is a dramatic and emotional documentary that features never-before-seen family home-movie footage, along with still and moving images that chronicle Neil Armstrong's incredible life. With the support of the Armstrong family, including his two sons Rick and Mark, the film details his near-death experiences as a fighter pilot in Korea, his test pilot days, the drama and excitement of the Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 missions, and the challenges that followed his extraordinary fame. The film will launch into US theaters and on demand July 12th to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings. Try the trailer above.
Edinburgh International Film Festival has today announced that a special preview screening of producer James Gunn's horror film Brightburn starring Elizabeth Banks, will take place in advance of the start of this year's Festival on Sunday 16th June at Festival Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at the link above.
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
After a difficult struggle with fertility, Tori Breyer's (Elizabeth Banks) dreams of motherhood come true with the arrival of a mysterious baby boy. Brandon appears to be everything Tori and her husband Kyle (David Denman) ever wanted - bright, talented, curious about the world. But as Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn) nears puberty, a powerful darkness manifests within him, and Tori becomes consumed by terrible doubts about her son. Once Brandon begins to act on his twisted urges, those closest to him find themselves in grave danger, as the miracle child transforms into a vicious predator unleashed on a sleepy Kansas town.
Forty years after its original release, audiences will get the chance to experience Apocalypse Now Final Cut, a never-before-seen and newly restored cut of Coppola’s spectacular cinematic masterpiece in a way which the director believes "looks better than it has ever looked and sounds better than it has ever sounded". STUDIOCANAL and Coppola are "thrilled beyond measure to present the best version of the film to the world", with special theatrical screenings planned this summer in the UK, Germany and Australia.
Restored from the original negative for the first time ever, Apocalypse Now Final Cut is Coppola's most complete version of his multi-awarded classic - a haunting journey into madness that fascinated generations of movie lovers and now feels even more monumentally alive than ever before.
The best visual and sound technologies have been used to present Coppola's true vision of the film: one that delivers deep, visceral visual and auditory impact. "The audience will be able to see, hear and feel this film how I always hoped it could be - from the first 'bang' to the final whimper" said the film-maker.
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on 28th April 2019 and will celebrate its 40th anniversary in cinemas and IMAX on Tuesday 13th August 2019. Screenings will include a filmed conversation with Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Soderbergh recorded at the Tribeca premiere.
On 26th August 2019, STUDIOCANAL will release brand new Home Entertainment editions - a 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray edition with 4 discs plus Steelbook editions (Exclusive to Zavvi) - featuring all three versions of the movie (The Final Cut, The Theatrical and The Redux), new artworks and exclusive bonus material. Check out the trailer at the link above.
Eureka Entertainment to release A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, Elia Kazan’s heartfelt and sentimental first feature, presented on Blu-ray from a 2K restoration as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series from 22 July 2019.
Director Elia Kazan's first film, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn shows that the filmmaker's great empathy for his characters was already quite evident at this early juncture, and this endures as one of the most moving Hollywood dramas of the 1940s. Based on Betty Smith's novel - a bestseller in the U.S. but also one of the most popular books among American soldiers overseas in WWII - Kazan's debut is a sensitive, masterful adaptation.
Set among Brooklyn tenements circa 1912, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a portrait of the Nolans, an Irish-American family living in financially challenging circumstances, often made worse by father Johnny's drinking and employment problems. But matriarch Katie keeps the family together during all of the obstacles, caring for son Neeley and daughter Francie, as well as Katie's outspoken, oft-married sister Sissy. But just as Francie's gift for writing opens up new avenues, more tragic developments test the family's resolve.
Winning Academy Awards for actors James Dunn (as Johnny) and Peggy Ann Garner (as Francie), and featuring splendid work by Dorothy McGuire and Joan Blondell, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a heartfelt testament to the strength of family, and offers an early indication of Kazan's unrivalled proficiency with actors.
The Holiest One is a new 10 part web series that follows the trials of an Australian cult follower as she attempts to start a new chapter in Los Angeles. Filmed independently over seven months in Melbourne and Los Angeles, it features a large ensemble of emerging and diverse talent including several alumni of the famed Groundlings Theatre in LA.
Following a shock break up, Sofia is recruited into a mysterious new religion known as The Congregation. Seeking a fresh start, she throws her life savings away to set up a new chapter in Los Angeles. There she connects with a struggling real estate agent and his personal assistant, but it isn't long before she discovers that being a saint in the City of Angels can be hell.
Starring Sarah Nicolazzo, Anne Akhila, Tom Michelsen, Catherine Glavic (Underbelly), Ida Monitto, David Meadows and Emily Joy (The Housemate). It's streaming now at the link above.
Terminator: Dark Fate is coming to UK cinemas 23rd October.
Director Tim Miller has said: "I remember watching T2 in Westwood when I had just moved to LA - it was an amazing experience. I was particularly stoked because Jim had done ALIENS a few years before and it is - hands down - my favorite action movie of all time. It blew my mind, as it was unlike any sci-film I had ever seen - it felt like a grounded, realistic and gritty future. And of course, T2 was just as amazing and continuing that franchise is more of an honor than I could ever imagine."
Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron and David Ellison. Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta. Click the link for the trailer.