Bits & Pieces: The Jet Lag Edition

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This Summer, Aisling Knight is hired for a job to die for.  Shot in a real haunted house in Oxfordshire, Simon Richardson’s blood-curdling spite spookfest The Sitter tells of Charlotte (Knight), a broke college student who gets a gig to house sit for an eccentric couple for a long weekend. She couldn’t believe how lucky she is. When darkness falls, things start to take a far more sinister turn. Charlotte is unable to shake the feeling that her every move is being watched and it is not long before her worst fears are confirmed — there is something else in the house with her…

Five English football fans have a violent encounter with a group of Russian hooligans at the European Cup. Their fight leaves one man dead and a vengeful Russian with an axe to grind. Two years later, former SAS man Ed Leighton (Ben Freeman) and four of his best mates travel to the World Cup in Russia, hoping for a trouble free tournament. Unfortunately for them, the Russians have other ideas.  Herded into a Russian prison and dragged to an unknown secure location, Ed and his mates must find a way out. Aided by the mysterious Veronika (Ali Bastian: The Bill), Ed, Tom, Vince, Jeff and Davie (Charlie Wernham: Bad Education) must evade the most dangerous Russian gangster intent on retribution.

Netflix announced that their upcoming original series Sacred Games will premiere on July 6, 2018 in all territories where Netflix is available. A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, politicians, cultists, spies, and terrorists—the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmic consequences amid the chaos of modern-day Mumbai. The series is based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel Sacred Games by author Vikram Chandra.

I Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe), a teenage girl who escapes the realities of a troubled school and family life by retreating into a magical realm fighting evil ‘giants’ – colossal monsters who attack her quiet coastal town. With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school counsellor (Zoe Saldana), Barbara will learn to face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, coming to terms with her difficult home life and battling the mythic giants that threaten her world.

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) turns regret into re-set by going back to college…landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who’s not entirely sold on the idea.  Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna—now Dee Rock—embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected.

Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival and winner of Best Film at this year’s Dublin Film Festival, Xavier Legrand’s gripping new film CUSTODY is in UK cinemas on 13 April 2018. When Antoine (Denis Ménochet) wins shared custody of his son Julien (Thomas Gioria) following the bitter divorce from his wife Miriam (Léa Drucker), he begins to rekindle the relationship with his young son but it’s not long before a troubled past begins to resurface to affect the whole family. Award-winning and critically-acclaimed, CUSTODY is an explosive family drama that is as thrilling as it is authentic. An intensely powerful debut feature from Xavier Legrand, it is an absolute must-see for 2018.

In Be With You, based on Japanese author Takuji Ichikawa’s novel of the same name, Woo-jin (So Ji-sub, The Battleship Island) mourns the passing of his wife Soo-a (Son Ye-jin, The Truth Beneath), their young son holds onto his mother’s vow to return when the next rainy season breaks. Miraculously, a year later the three are reunited on that promised first day of the rainy season, yet Soo-a has no memory of the husband and son whom she once treasured so dearly…  Lee Chang-hoon’s directorial debut takes us on a heart-wrenching journey deep into sunaebo, the type of pure and eternal love lying at the core of countless Korean and Japanese melodramas of the kind; yet is perhaps a concept less familiar to the Western eye.

Producer and visual effects artist Adam C. Sager’s extensive filmography includes the animation Coraline, TNT’s fantasy-adventure television series The Librarians, fantasy horror Grimm and the sketch-comedy series Portlandia. Director Mark C. Smith’s filmography includes North, Denmark and A House, A Home. As a cinematographer, Mark spent many years filming winter expeditions in North and South America. He is the co-author of two photography books, Osterlandet and The Powder Road. Two Balloons is Mark’s first animated film.

JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN is the third installment of the Johnny English comedy series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the much loved accidental secret agent. The new adventure begins when a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the secret service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.

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