Bits & Pieces: Loose Women Edition
Based on the play by Anton Chekhov, the film follows aristocratic actress Irina (ANNETTE BENING, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool) as she hosts family and friends with her brother Sorin (BRIAN DENNEHY, First Blood) and her son Konstantin (BILLY HOWLE, On Chesil Beach) at their lakeside estate. When Irina’s lover, the successful novelist Boris Trigorin (COREY STOLL, House of Cards) accompanies her one year, Nina (SAOIRSE RONAN, Lady Bird), a naïve girl who lives on a neighbouring estate falls in love with Boris. He basks in her adulation, while Masha (ELISABETH MOSS, The Handmaid’s Tale) is obsessed with Konstantin, who loves Nina.
Ahead of the film’s release, a new clip ‘WHAT IS ROCK’N’ROLL’ is released from the upcoming acclaimed documentary THE KING, featuring the country music singer-songwriter Radney Foster discussing the difference between rock and rock’n’roll. From award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (The House I Live In, Why We Fight), THE KING is a fascinating journey across America’s troubled past framed alongside the ups and downs of the life of rock and roll legend, Elvis Presley.
PUZZLE is a closely observed portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it. After years of concerning herself exclusively with the needs and wants of her husband Louie and sons Ziggy and Gabe, Agnes has found something that she wants to do. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognizes her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament. Each day she spends out in the world, puzzling and conversing with Robert, takes Agnes further along on the road to a new understanding of herself and her strengths. With that understanding come new insights and an assertiveness that finds her speaking out on her own behalf and pushing back against the assumptions and routines that have until now defined her role in her family. Ultimately, Agnes will decide for herself what comes next.
Set in an illegal night-time rave, in a factory where contaminated energy drinks caused a worker to go fatally berserk, that turns into a nightmare. As a forgotten batch of the drink is found and consumed by drunken ravers, a truly terrifying physical transformation takes over and those unaffected try to escape in panic. Becky (Hirst), a germophobic journalist, reluctantly there to cover the event, is trapped among the increasingly hostile crowd of dancers, and to save herself and her friends, she must overcome her deepest phobias to help them get out alive.
When a virus outbreak causes widespread panic, a doomsday prepper retreats into his new house, believing that he’s safe from the dangers outside, but soon discovers that his house is haunted by terrifying ghosts. “Sean Gloria’s performance is realistic and gripping. He takes the audience on a terrifying journey into fear and paranoia. You can’t help getting sucked right in.”
POSSUM is the debut feature film from writer/director Matthew Holness, co-creator and writer/star of the cult TV series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Following its successful World Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Irish Premiere at the Galway Film Festival, POSSUM will screen at Frightfest in August and will be released in UK cinemas on 26 October. Starring Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible, Southcliffe) and Alun Armstrong (Frontier, Get Carter), POSSUM is a distinctive psychological thriller which pays homage to the British horror films of the 70s. The film’s unique and stylish exploration of a man’s isolation and abandonment is accompanied by a compelling soundtrack from the legendary electronic BBC music studio The Radiophonic Workshop.
Following its theatrical release earlier this year, Xavier Legrand’s award-winning critically acclaimed debut feature CUSTODY comes to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on 3rd September 2018. A huge critical success at various international festivals, including Glasgow, Dublin and the BFI London Film Festival 2017, Legrand’s intensely gripping film features some stunning performances, making it one of the must see films of 2018. After a bitter divorce, Miriam (Léa Drucker) and Antoine (Denis Ménochet) battle for sole custody of their son, Julien (Thomas Gioria). Miriam claims the father is violent but lacks proof. Antoine accuses her of manipulating their son for her own ends. Both sides seem to be hiding something with the truth buried beneath layers of deceit and jealousy. When the judge awards joint custody, an already tense situation soon brings the family’s fraught past to light. And as the truth slowly begins to emerge, a chain of events is set in motion with Julian an innocent bystander in an increasingly dangerous situation.
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.
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption… before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.
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