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  Sing 2 [read more]
  Christmas already?
  This holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination's smash animated franchise arrives with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as the ever-optimistic koala, Buster Moon, and his all-star cast of performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet ...all in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There's just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world's most reclusive rock star - played by global music icon Bono, in his animated film debut - to join them.

Buster (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey) has turned the New Moon Theater into a local hit, but Buster has his eyes on a bigger prize: Debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City.

But with no connections, Buster and his cast - including harried mother pig Rosita (Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon), rocker porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), earnest gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton), shy elephant Meena (Tori Kelly) and, of course, porcine provocateur Gunter (Nick Kroll) - have to sneak their way into the world-famous Crystal Entertainment offices, run by ruthless mogul wolf Jimmy Crystal (Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale).

In a desperate attempt to get Mr. Crystal's attention, Gunter spontaneously pitches an outrageous idea that Buster quickly runs with, promising that their new show will star lion rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). Problem is, Buster has never met Clay, an artist who shut himself away from the world more than a decade ago after the loss of his wife. Even worse, Buster has failed to realize that Mr. Crystal is an egocentric gangster who would rather drop somebody off the roof of a building than be lied to.

As Gunter helps Buster dream up an out-of-this-world theatrical masterpiece, and the pressure (and sinister threats) from Mr. Crystal mount, Rosita's leading role in the show gets ripped away and handed to Mr. Crystal's spoiled daughter, Porsha, played by Grammy-nominated artist Halsey. Desperate to save the show, and his life, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage.

What begins as a dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.

Sing 2 is written and directed by acclaimed returning filmmaker Garth Jennings and features additional new characters played by music superstar Pharrell Williams, Black Panther's Letitia Wright and comedians Eric Andre and Chelsea Peretti. Watch the new trailer at the link above.

UK release date is 28 Jan 2022.
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 23:45]
     
  Ingmar Bergman: Volume 1 on Blu-ray [read more]
  More details on this release
  For more than 50 years, Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) produced groundbreaking works of cinema that established him as one of the world's most acclaimed, enduring and influential filmmakers. Ingmar Bergman: Volume 1, released by the BFI on 26 July 2021, is the first of a four-volume celebration of the auteur's work - available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK – and reflects on the opening stages of Bergman's career.

Presented over five discs, this beautifully packaged box set features 2K restorations of eight early films (1944-1950) written or directed by Bergman, including initial partnerships with regular collaborators such as cinematographer Gunnar Fischer and actor Birger Malmsten. These early works exhibit his burgeoning talents, introducing themes and tones that he would continue to develop over the following five decades. The discs are packaged with a 100-page perfect bound book and contain additional special features, details below. The films in Volume 1 are:

TORMENT (1944): Directed by Alf Sjöberg, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

CRISIS* (1946): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

MUSIC IN DARKNESS (1948): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Dagmar Edqvist

EVA (1948): Directed by Gustaf Molander, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

PORT OF CALL* (1948): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

PRISON (1949): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

THIRST (1949): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Herbert Grevenius

TO JOY* (1950): Directed by Ingmar Bergman, Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

Three films* from Volume 1 will be released on BFI Player Subscription on 9 August

All films in Volume 1 will be released on iTunes and Amazon Prime on 16 August
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 23:39]
     
  Settlers
  Settling the life on Mars question
  Vertigo Releasing has announced that Wyatt Rockefeller's stunning debut SETTLERS is being released in cinemas and on digital platforms on July 30th.

A Quiet Place meets The Martian in the dazzling sci-fi thriller SETTLERS, the story of a family who have made their home in a barren wilderness on Mars, only to have it torn apart when a dangerous stranger intrudes into their compound.

The fantastic cast includes Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Trek Beyond) and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) as the heads of the struggling family. Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones), Ismael Cruz Cordova (The Undoing), and award-winner Brooklynn Prince, the talented star of The Florida Project, also star.

Set to a superb score by acclaimed musician Nitin Sawhney (Mowgli, Midnight's Children), SETTLERS is a visually striking, wildly original and pulse-quickening tale of survival and redemption, which also explores pertinent issues such as immigration and isolation.

SETTLERS is London-based writer/director Wyatt Rockefeller's first feature. He received a dual MBA-MFA in film at NYU and has written, directed, and produced numerous short films, commercials, and documentaries. SETTLERS is among the NYU Production Lab's slate of supported projects.
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 23:36]
     
  Coda [read more]
  Sing us a song, then
  Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family - a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family's struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school's choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

Written and directed by Siân Heder, CODA was presented in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and became the first film to be honored with an unprecedented four awards at the festival: the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast, the Directing Award, the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. CODA is produced by Vendome Pictures and Pathé. Watch the trailer at the link above.

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 108 wins and 380 awards nominations.

CODA will be released in theaters and premiere globally on Apple TV+ on August 13, 2021.
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 23:32]
     
  Out of Death on DVD and digital [read more]
  And out of time! Probably
  ILY FIlms today confirmed that their latest action thriller, Out of Death, is set to be released on Digital Download from August 2nd and on DVD from Octover 4th.

Directed by Mike Burns, who makes his feature film debut, Out of Death stars the legendary action icon Bruce Willis (Die Hard), Jaime King (Sin City, My Bloody Valentine) and Lala Kent (Hard Kill, Vault).

Still grieving the untimely death of her father, photojournalist Shannon Mathers (Jamie King) spreads his ashes in the woods when she witnesses a cop (Lala Kent) shooting and killing an unarmed henchman during a drug deal. She captures the whole scene on her camera before being discovered. Shot at, scared, helpless and on the run, she races her way through the woods with no recognition of her location.

Distracted by the violent noise of the attack, Jack Harris (Bruce Willis) a newly retired police officer who is relaxing at his cabin, saves Shannon just in time and the two narrowly escape into the woods. Not sure of whom she can trust, as more dirty cops arrive to help hunt her down, including the brutal town sheriff Hank Rivers (Michael Sirow), she decides to rely on Jack, her only real chance to fight back the corrupt police and bring it to justice. See the trailer above.
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 23:28]
     
  Shudder in July [read more]
  Your horror needs fulfilled
  This July on Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, we have the streaming premieres of four new original and exclusive films, plus a bumper collection of classics joining the movie library.

NEW SHUDDER ORIGINAL & EXCLUSIVE FILMS

SON – Premieres 8 July **A Shudder Original Film

In Son, after a mysterious group breaks into Laura's home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Written and directed by Ivan Kavanagh (The Canal, Never Grow Old), Son stars Andi Matichak (Halloween franchise, Assimilate), Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe), and Luke David Blumm (The King of Staten Island).

THE TOLL - Premieres 15 July ** A Shudder Original Film

When a young woman and her rideshare driver break down on a dark forest road, each sees the other as a threat. A strange phenomena begin occurring around them, they gradually realize they've become trapped in the world of a terrifying supernatural being: The Toll Man. Directed by Michael Nader. Starring Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, James McGowan and Rosemary Dunsmore

KANDISHA – Premieres 22 July **A Shudder Original Film

It is summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree - and it's up to the three girls to break the curse. Directed by Inside and Livid duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. Starring Mathilde Lamusse, Samarcande Saadi and Suzy Bemba.

THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR - Premieres 29 July **A Shudder Original Film

In The Boy Behind the Door, a night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive... or die trying. Written and directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell (The Djinn). Starring Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Micah Hauptman (Homeland).
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 00:48]
     
  Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends
  Scrapbook of His Bobness
  ODDS AND ENDS is a new two-hour film composed of archival Dylan interviews, promotional videos and documentary shorts, conveying some of the most important moments in the artist's career. It is available now to Download & Keep and Rent on Digital courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Other Bob Dylan film essentials, also available to Download & Keep and to Rent on Digital include:

BOB DYLAN: TROUBLE NO MORE – A MUSICAL FILM
Bob Dylan: Trouble No More - A Musical Film, spotlights the artist's passionate, faith-based music, featuring electrifying footage from 1980 concerts in Toronto and Buffalo. Interspersed between the songs is new material written by Luc Sante and performed by Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), in the role of an evangelical preacher and directed by Jennifer Lebeau.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR: BOB DYLAN LIVE AT NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 1963-1965
The Other Side of The Mirror features over 80 minutes of Bob Dylan's historic Newport Folk Festival performances from 1963-65. Academy Award-winning director Murray Lerner captures Dylan's metamorphosis from folk prodigy to rock's fiercely confrontational poet, as he electrifies and inspires an entire nation. The film also features Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, The Freedom Singers, Pete Seeger and Peter Yarrow.

BOB DYLAN: THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION
On October 16, 1992, an impressive and eclectic group of artists gathered to celebrate the occasion of Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary of recording. Bringing together musical greats as far-flung as Johnny Cash, Eddie Vedder, The Clancy Brothers and Lou Reed, the show featured a remarkable lifetime of Dylan's songs performed in front of a sold-out audience at New York's Madison Square Garden. The film is directed by Gavin Taylor.

BOB DYLAN: MTV UNPLUGGED
On November 17, 1994, Bob Dylan entered Sony Studios in New York City to tape an historic performance for MTV Unplugged. Drawing from his extensive songbook of classics, Dylan brought the house down with stripped-down renditions of some of his greatest hits.
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 00:42]
     
  The Green Sea
  Isabelle necessary riding on a bicycle?
  Get swept away to The Green Sea, an enchantingly dark fantasy drama from writer/director Randal Plunkett (Out There), where nothing is quite what it seems.

This thrilling new feature, set for its UK premiere on 5 July from Reel To Reel Films, stars Canadian scream queen Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, American Mary, Hannibal) as an American writer living a solitary life in the remote Irish countryside... but why is she there and who or what is she trying to escape from?

When a car accident leads to a chance encounter with a young teenage girl, known only as "Kid" played by rising star Hazel Doupe (Ripper Street, Smother, Float Like A Butterfly), things begin to get stranger and stranger and both their lives are about to change forever. Offering the lost teen a place to stay, the pair strike up an unlikely friendship - can Simone protect her from the nefarious Collector who seems to be searching for Kid, and who really is this mysterious girl?

Ride the waves of mystery of The Green Sea, an intriguing fantasy thriller.
  Graeme Clark [24 Jun 2021 at 00:39]
     

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