Welcome to The Light Cinema New Brighton’s Ones to Watch Blog. Each month we will take a look at some upcoming movies that are sure to satisfy to all tastes and moods.
- ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL
The Sundance Film Festival is usually a good indicator of a films quality, previous Sundance hits include The Coen’s Blood Simple, Clerks and Little Miss Sunshine, ensuring that, as the winner of the Jury Prize, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is in good company. Helmed by relative newcomer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon who worked his apprenticeship on films such as Babel, Julie & Julia and Argo and written for the screen by the novel author Jesse Andrews the story follows a couple of aspiring teenage filmmakers (Gregg and Earl) and the terminally ill, Rachel. Greg and Earl spend their day shooting their versions of classic movie scenes and they couldn’t be happier. However, their cinematic fun comes to an abrupt end when Greg’s mother forces him to befriend Rachel. The movie stays true to the coming of age formula and soon has Greg and Rachel as an inseparable pair. However as Rachel gets sicker they must both come to terms and deal with what lie ahead. Poignant, funny and creatively shot, and featuring actors such as Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Connie Britton (Nashville) and Molly Shannon (Twin Peaks & SNL) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is sure to be one the this years indie breakout hits.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl opens September 4th.
The Martian is the eagerly anticipated adaptation of the Andy Weir novel of the same name. There are several reasons that you must watch this film; Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover and Chewetel Ejiofor. Sometimes the casting is enough to convince you to see a film and I think this is one of those times! The film follows a manned mission to Mars. Astronaut Mark Watney (Damon) is lost after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew and presumed dead. Watney then finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet with the recovery mission set to take over 4 years to reach him yet he only has the previsions and oxygen to last just over a month. According to Whatney, he is going to have to “science the hell” out of this conundrum for any chance of survival!
The Martian opens September 30.
Also this September:
Written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and directed by Nima Nourizadeh (Project X), American Ultra follows stoner (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) who find their lives disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him when a government operation descends upon their small town with the aim of wiping him stoner out, who is in fact a sleeper agent.
American Ultra had the misfortune to come up against the much-hyped Straight Outta Compton that did incredible opening weekend business, leaving American Ultra in its wake and suffering a terrible opening weekend (in terms of $$’s). However, as the reviews come continue to roll out some reviewers side favourably with the stoner/crime/action film, despite it being out-performed by the several re-boots, sequels, and sequels of re-boots which were all received less than favourably with the reviewers! So head down, try something new, and prove that we don’t need reboots or sequels to be entertained!
American Ultra opens September 4th.
This epic and star-studded 3-D survival thriller is based on true events that occurred during an ascent up Everest in 1996. Everest documents the journey of two separate expeditions up the world’s highest mountain who are challenged by one of the fiercest storms on record. What begins as a test of skill and endurance soon turns into a fight for survival. Billed as gripping, immersive and tragic, this story is adapted from Jon Krakauer’s bestseller, Into Thin Air, and directed by Baltasar Kormakurplus boasts an impressive cast of Jason Clark, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal alongside Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Keira Knightley.
Everest is released September 18th.
Guillermo del Toro has been directing and producing great films for the past 30 years including critically acclaimed titles such as The Devils Backbone and Pans Labyrinth, alongside box office smashes including the Hellboy movies and Pacific Rim. In Crimson Peak del Toro hits us with a bit of gothic horror, and we couldn’t be happier/more petrified! In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam, del Toro uses his unique ability to create entire new worlds to tell a gothic romance that features odd characters, ghosts, and a house that you’d never want to live in.
Catch Crimson Peak from September 25th.
During September The Light Cinema New Brighton is hosting a wealth of live cinema including theatre, opera and ballet.
The Battle Of Britain At 75’ – September 18th
This live cinema experience features Dermot O’Leary and Jeremy Vine who will be joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra, archive footage from the conflict and a 30 min programme (exclusive to cinemas) that includes a tour of a Spitfire and veteran fighter pilots recounting their memories of the battle.
Romeo and Juliet – September 22nd.
This Royal Opera House production of Romeo and Juliet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations. Kenneth MacMillan’s famous version of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score opens the 2015/16 Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season.
Coriolanus – September 24th
Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, featuring a performance from Tom Hiddleston in the title role and is set to once again draw in big crowds.
Roger Waters – The Wall – September 29th
Based on the groundbreaking concept album, Roger Waters The Wall could be called a concept film: it’s a state-of-the-art show that dazzles the senses with pyrotechnics, “phantasmagoric puppets”, stunning animations, audio effects and 360-degree sound.