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  Allure [read more]
  It's complicated
  Eureka Entertainment have announced that ALLURE, starring Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood, will be released in selected cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) from 18 May 2018.

From the renowned artists Carlos and Jason Sanchez who have long been captivating the art world with their large format, provocative photography, ALLURE stars Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld, The Wrestler, The Ides of March), Julia Sarah Stone (The Killing, Weirdos, Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine) and Denis O'Hare (Dallas Buyers Club, Milk).

Plagued by the abuse of her past and the turmoil of failed intimate encounters, Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) struggles to find a lover and a sense of normalcy. Her beacon of hope comes in sixteen year-old Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), a talented pianist disillusioned by the life her mother imposes upon her. An unlikely relationship is formed between the two and Eva becomes an obsession to Laura. In light of Eva's unhappiness, Laura convinces her to runaway to her house and they soon find themselves caught within an intense entanglement. Manipulation, denial and co-dependency fuel what ultimately becomes a fractured dynamic that can only sustain itself for so long. Try the trailer at the link.
  Graeme Clark [16 Mar 2018 at 13:33]
  Happy End on Blu-ray and DVD
  Hilarious Haneke?
  Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it's a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst.

When her mother falls ill under mysterious circumstances, young Eve (Fantine Harduin) is sent to live with her estranged father's relatives in Calais. The Laurent family - wealthy, neurotic and self-obsessed - own a lucrative construction company and live in a sprawling mansion house, waited on by servants. But trouble is brewing, as a series of intergenerational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart. Meanwhile, distracted by infidelities and betrayals, they fail to notice that their new arrival has a sinister secret of her own.

Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Happy End bears all the hallmarks of Haneke's uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. Pairing pitch-black humour with chillingly precise direction, it's proof - if we ever needed it - that he remains one of modern cinema’s true visionaries.

  Graeme Clark [16 Mar 2018 at 00:09]
  Maze Runner: The Death Cure on Blu-ray, DVD and digital
  A-maze-ing! Geddit?
  Based on the popular MAZE RUNNER book series, MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE arrives on Digital Download on 21st May and 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD 28th May. In the most thrilling adventure yet that is "a class above anything that's gone before" (Matthew Bond - Mail on Sunday, EVENT), fans will be taken on a non-stop action thrill ride as Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), Newt (Thomas Brodie Sangster) and Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) take us on the last and final quest. Fans who buy on 4K Ultra HD™ or Blu-ray™ will also be treated to 90 minutes of heart stopping special feature content including commentary, deleted scenes, and a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of the cast's friendships over the years!

In the epic conclusion to the MAZE RUNNER saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final mission. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all! Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze.
  Graeme Clark [16 Mar 2018 at 00:01]
  Boys on Film 18: Heroes on DVD and VOD
  Boys will be boys
  BOYS ON FILM has at last reached legal age! Peccadillo's award-winning gay short-film compilation reaches its coming-of-age volume, BOYS ON FILM 18: HEROES. Ten uplifting and powerful tales recount the lives of everyday heroes with no special powers except striving for their own identities whether they are gay, bi or transgender, fighting for the right to be be themselves. This selection includes the powerful docudrama The Colour Of His Hair starring Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country), the breathtaking Egyptian animation Half A Life, An Evening, the touching sequel to An Afternoon (from Boys On Film 14), and Iris Prize 2017 winner, Mother Knows Best.

  Graeme Clark [15 Mar 2018 at 23:58]
  Schlock on Blu-ray and DVD [read more]
  Going ape
  Turbine Media Group in association with director John Landis present John Landis' long out-of-print first feature film, the cult comedy SCHLOCK, in its Blu-ray world premiere in an exclusive dual-format mediabook Blu-ray/DVD worldwide-playable combo set limited to 2000 copies, releasing April 27th, 2018.

A love stronger, and stranger, than King Kong and Fay Wray! The long-slumbering banana monster Schlock wakes up after 20 million years and escapes from his cave, befriending a blind girl who thinks he's a dog, and causes mass panic in the small town with a shocking bloody massacre setting the scene. Schlock tries to escape but the military is fast approaching...

This low-budget prelude to Landis' brilliant career which includes ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, SCHLOCK is an ingenious monster comedy filled with wild movie references and absurd gags, with the then 22-year-old filmmaker paying respect to some of his favorite films like KING KONG, 2001, THE BLOB, and FRANKENSTEIN. SHLOCK is also the beginning of Landis' partnership with makeup artist extraordinaire Rick Baker, and early feature from the gifted artist. There's a new trailer at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [15 Mar 2018 at 23:53]
  Below the Surface on DVD and digital [read more]
  Hostile hostages
  Following its TX on BBC Four, STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the explosive Danish Nordic Noir crime thriller - BELOW THE SURFACE - will be available on Digital Download on 1 April and DVD from 2 April 2018; available to pre-order now at the link above. This thrilling eight-part series comes from BAFTA award-winning writer/creator of The Killing Søren Sveistrup, who joins fellow BAFTA winner and Borgen creator Adam Price and A Royal Affair producer Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen as fellow executive producers.

On a rainy October morning, fifteen Danes have their lives turned upside down when the metro train they are travelling on is hijacked by unknown perpetrators, who will threaten to kill each of them, one by one, if their demands aren’t met.

This is the beginning of a historic hostage situation that, over the course of one single week, changes Denmark forever. The politicians argue whether or not to negotiate with terrorists. In the press, there are discussions on where the line is drawn in portraying the captives and seeking out their families. Ordinary Danes are left thinking that it could have been them.

Among the hostages, the thoughts vary between rebellion, negotiation and apathy, but one thought is shared by all: "Am I going to die now?"
  Graeme Clark [15 Mar 2018 at 23:51]
  Paradox [read more]
  Neil, the bathroom's free
  A fantasy, a loud poem and a free-spirited tale of music and love, PARADOX is a one-of-a-kind personal expression written and directed by Daryl Hannah. Sometime in the future - or is it the past? - a band of outlaws hide high up in the Mountains. The "Man in the Black Hat" (Neil Young), the "Particle Kid" (Micah Nelson) and "Jail Time" (Lukas Nelson) pass the hours searching for treasure while they wait for the full moon to lend its magic, bring the music and make the spirits fly. Vibrating with original music by Young + Promise of the Real, PARADOX furthers the legacy of an iconic performer who has always broken the rules.

Launches on Netflix March 23rd. Check out the trailer at the link.
  Graeme Clark [14 Mar 2018 at 00:08]
  Love, Simon [read more]
  Gender issues
  Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli's acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

Why do only gay people have to come out? Why is straight the default? This is the question posed by Simon (Nick Robinson) in this hilarious new clip from LOVE, SIMON, released by Twentieth Century Fox in cinemas April 6.

Watch The Default on YouTube at the link above.
  Graeme Clark [14 Mar 2018 at 00:03]

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