Beat the lockdown blues and hunker down this February with a fantastic selection of brand new titles available on Rakuten TV including Come Away, Willy’s Wonderland and Wrong Turn, alongside Saint Maud, Kajillionaire, A Glitch In The Matrix, A Valentine’s Match (4K HDR), Two By Two: Overboard!, The Climb (4K HDR), Kite Festival of Love (4K HDR), The Empty Man (4K HDR), Archenemy and The Burnt Orange Heresy which newly join the platform this month. Joining Rakuten TV's Starzplay section is the explosive second series of Pennyworth, the DC comic book origin story of Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's resourceful butler. Plus, Rakuten TV's FREE adds Aloha, In Time, Just My Luck and Four Brothers. Watch the trailer at the link.
Angelina Jolie stars in Come Away, the fantastical retelling of J.M Barrie and Lewis Carroll's most famous stories - Alice In Wonderland and Peter Pan. When the death of their sibling turns their idyllic world upside down, brother and sister Alice (Keira Chansa) and Peter (Jordan. A Nash) embark on their own adventures to bring their family back together. A beautifully told fantasy and the perfect excuse for escapism this February.
A thriller like no other, director Kevin Lewis brings audiences Willy's Wonderland starring Nicholas Cage and Emily Tosta. A janitor (Cage) finds himself in a sticky situation when his car breaks down and he's stranded in a remote town. To pay for the repairs, he agrees to spend the night cleaning an abandoned family theme park with other locals. Little did they know they'd be trapped inside for the entire night with terrifying, possessed animatronic characters, and tasked with a gripping fight for survival.
Wrong Turn (2021), hinted to be a secret sequel for the original Wrong Turn title in 2003, tells the terrifying tale of a group of unsuspecting friends lost in the backwoods of West Virginia. What started as a fun hiking trip soon turns into a living nightmare when they come across various sadistic traps set by killer cannibals who don’t take well to strangers. With gripping twists at every turn, this horror title will keep audiences on the edge of their seat.
If you go West far enough, you'll end up in Australia
The Furnace is a tense Western set in the 1890s gold rush of Western Australia starring David Wenham (The Lord of The Rings, 300) , Jay Ryan (IT: Chapter 2) , Mahesh Jadu (The Witcher) and Baykali Ganambarr (The Nightingale). To escape a harsh existence and return home, a young Afghan cameleer partners with a mysterious bushman on the run with two 400oz Crown-marked gold bars. Together the unlikely pair must outwit a zealous police sergeant and his troopers in a race to reach a secret furnace where they can safely reset the bars to remove the mark of the Crown.
Signature Entertainment present The Furnace on Digital Platforms 25th January. Try the trailer at the link above.
[20 Jan 2021 at 10:38]
SAS: Red Notice
Who dares wins
Brace yourself for an exhilarating ride when SAS: Red Notice explodes into cinemas and onto Sky Cinema on 12 March. Based on the best-selling novel by former SAS operator Andy McNab, this Sky Original film is the electrifying action thriller you need, this Spring.
Tom Buckingham (Sam Heughan - Outlander, Bloodshot), a suspended special forces operator, is taking Dr Sophie Hart (Hannah John-Kamen – Resident Evil, Ant-Man & The Wasp) from London to Paris to propose. When their train is deep inside the Channel Tunnel, heavily armed mercenaries, led by Grace Lewis (Ruby Rose - John Wick: Chapter 2, Batwoman), seize control of it and hold everyone hostage. Grace threatens to blow up the Channel Tunnel and declare economic war on a government that has its fair share of secrets to keep. Unarmed and cut off from his counter terror team, Tom is the only hope that Sophie and the other passengers have to make it out alive. To save them he must embrace the unique psychology that makes Grace such a formidable adversary.
A provocative action thriller, the film hurtles from Whitehall’s corridors of power through the English Countryside and the Channel Tunnel, before emerging in Paris and Mallorca. SAS: Red Notice is an authentic portrayal of an emergency response operation and the singular mindset Tom needs to survive. That psychology enables Tom to dominate the battle space, but it may also cost him the only person he has ever loved. With action set pieces choreographed by one of the most highly decorated operators in the history of the SAS, the film rips its way through every crawl space in the Channel Tunnel before exploding into an epic battle between a good psychopath and a bad psychopath.
Produced and written by Laurence Malkin (Five Fingers, Kill Me Three Times), directed by Magnus Martens (The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Power), and boasting a star-studded supporting cast including Andy Serkis (Planet of the Apes films and the upcoming Batman), Tom Hopper (Game of Thrones, The Umbrella Academy), Noel Clarke (Brotherhood, Bulletproof), and two time Academy Award Nominee Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol).
[20 Jan 2021 at 10:36]
This means war
MUBI, the global streaming service and theatrical distributor, is pleased to announce that Gianfranco Rosi's striking and powerful new film NOTTURNO will be released exclusively on MUBI from 5 March 2021 in the UK, Ireland, India, LATAM, and Turkey.
The film, which premiered and won three awards at Venice Film Festival before screening at Toronto Film Festival, New York Film Festival and BFI London Film Festival, is the Italian entry from the Academy Awards 2021 and nominated for Best International Feature at the BIFA awards and is the latest work from Gianfranco Rosi, the filmmaker behind the Berlin Golden Bear winning film FIRE AT SEA.
NOTTURNO is a sweeping depiction of three turbulent years in the heart of Middle Eastern war zones, observing the devastating toll being taken on civilian populations who have no choice but to live on the frontlines. As intimate as it is profoundly moving, the film is an urgent cinematic achievement from a master of the documentary form.
Told using footage captured from the borders of Iran, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon, the film depicts the everyday struggles of people attempting to rebuild their lives amongst the devastating effects of civil wars, dictatorships, foreign invasions, and the deadly presence of ISIS. Rosi foregrounds simple acts of humanity found within the most violent of settings, from a Tazisi mother's anguish over her kidnapped daughter, to female Peshmerga guerrillas defending their battle stations, and a teenager's daily toil to feed his family.
Utilising breathtaking cinematography, NOTTURNO is a staggering cinematic journey of intimate moments and luminous images, told with compassion, grace and humanism. Rosi's latest gives voice to a human drama that transcends geographical divisions.
[19 Jan 2021 at 23:51]
The Last Shift
Don't eat before bedtime
Starring two-time Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water, Kajillionaire) and newcomer Shane Paul McGhie (TV's Unbelievable) bittersweet comedy drama THE LAST SHIFT is available to Download and Keep on March 8 and to Rent on Digital from March 22 courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
From first time feature Director Andrew Cohn and also starring Da'Vine Joy Randolph (Kajillionaire), Birgundi Baker (TV's Empire) with Allison Tolman (TV's Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Ed O'Neill (TV's Modern Family), THE LAST SHIFT follows the struggles of Stanley (Richard Jenkins), an aging fast-food worker, who plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift at Oscar's Chicken and Fish.
Stanley's last weekend on the job takes a turn while training his replacement, Jevon (Shane Paul McGhie), a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. These two who share little in common are brought together through circumstance. Stanley, a high school dropout who has watched his life pass by his drive-through window, proudly details the nuances of the job. While Jevon, a columnist who's too smart to be flipping patties, contends their labour is being exploited. A flicker of comradery sparks during the long overnight hours in a quiet kitchen.
[19 Jan 2021 at 23:48]
Think before you post!
This year, keyboard warriors need to be careful who they offend online, as THE COLUMNIST is unleashed in cinemas and on digital platforms, courtesy of Vertigo Releasing, on 12th March in the UK and Ireland.
Starring Westworld's Katja Herbers, THE COLUMNIST, a stand-out at last year's FrightFest, is a savagely satirical, gory and wholly thrilling look at what happens when the victim of online abuse says "enough is enough". Smartly scripted and slicky directed, with some wonderfully pitch-black set pieces, it sits nicely alongside women-turn-the-tables hits Prevenge, Revenge, Promising Young Woman, and the recent Danish release The Exception.
Featuring a fantastic performance from Herbers, and a scene-stealing Bram van der Kelen as the author of shock horror novels, THE COLUMNIST is sure to provoke debate around the prescient topic of social media’s impact on basic civility. It's Death Wish for the online generation, and you'll be cheering as Herbers gets the next foul-mouthed victim in her sights.
Inspired by a true story and starring rising star Jacob Elordi, moving romantic drama 2 HEARTS comes to digital download 8 February
In 2 HEARTS, mysterious forces travel across time and distance in parallel love stories that challenge destiny to forge bonds between people never meant to meet. From revolutionary Cuba to ivy-league schools and the beaches of Hawaii, this romantic journey unites two sets of people whose lives become connected and are changed forever in surprisingly profound ways.
In this time-spanning romantic adventure, Jacob Elordi (Euphoria, The Kissing Booth) plays Chris Gregory, a college freshman who falls madly in love with a caring classmate played by Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale, Once Upon a Time).
In another place and time, Adan Canto (Designated Survivor, Narcos) plays a Cuban exile that falls in love with a well-traveled flight attendant, played by Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire, The Shack).
These two seemingly unconnected love stories collide in an unexpected way in an inspiring and emotional drama, perfect for the Valentine's season. Watch the trailer at the link above.
Making its UK Premiere on World Cancer Day RUNNING NAKED is a wonderful new British feature from Emmy winning director Victor Buhler (Rikers High, The Negotiators), that's guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
A story with cancer at its heart - yet so very much more, the film stars Matthew McNulty (The Terror, Misfits) and Andrew Gower (The Village, Being Human) as two friends who bond during their teenage cancer treatment and become lifelong buddies... but must face a challenge that leads to a life-changing adventure.
Filmed on location in Stoke on Trent, Manchester and Wolverhampton, Running Naked had its World Premiere at the Beijing Film Festival, to a rapturous response, and is now set for its UK premiere on 4th February 2021, with its digital release on 8th February 2021 courtesy of Now Films with a portion of all profits donated to Teenage Cancer Trust and Weston Park Hospital.
When Ben (Gower) and Mark (McNulty) meet in hospital while undergoing leukaemia treatment, they become inseparable. Their wild boyish pranks on the ward may drive the doctors to distraction but it helps take their minds off their precarious state of health.
Skip forward 20 years and their lives have taken different directions…Mark has forged a successful career as a doctor, while Ben is in a dead-end job with debilitating obsessive tendencies. But they have always maintained their friendship and never fail to meet for their regular catch ups. When Mark receives some shocking news, he's forced to re-evaluate his life and the two men embark on an adventure. As their exploits grow more dramatic, a secret Mark has been hiding comes to light and forces Ben to question everything he knows.
Written by Victor Buhler, Jennifer Knowles and Michael Knowles, the story is a heartfelt and moving tale that draws on Jennifer Knowles' personal experience as a cancer survivor, that balances humour, emotion and drama in equal measure. Released on digital Monday 8th February. See the trailer above.