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Joe (Nicolas Cage) - Preview

Joe

Preview by Jack Foley

A GRIPPING mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary backwoods of the South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core.

Directed by David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, Pineapple Express, Undertow, All The Real Girls), the film brings Academy Award®-winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble – until he meets a kid (Tye Sheridan – The Tree of Life, Mud) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector.

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Q. Who wrote the novel upon which Joe is based?

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Blood Ties (Clive Owen/Mila Kunis) - Preview

Blood Ties

Preview by Jack Foley

GUILLAUME Canet (Little White Lies) directs this stylish Seventies New York crime thriller with a star-studded cast including Clive Owen (Sin City), Mila Kunis (Ted), Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), Zoe Saldana (Out of the Furnace), Billy Crudup (Eat, Pray, Love) and James Caan (The Godfather).

Canet’s celebrated European cinema background adds a gritty realism to the ’70s East Coast swagger. Adapted from Michel Papet’s novel Les Liens Du Sang (aka Rivals) by James Gray (We Own The Night), the film screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

New York, 1974.

Fifty-year-old Chris has just been released from prison on good behaviour, several years after he was involved in a gangland murder. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future.

Hoping that Chris has changed, Frank is willing to give his brother a chance; he shares his home, finds him a job, and helps him reconnect with his children and his ex-wife. But Chris’ past quickly begins to catch up with him, and his descent back into a life of crime becomes inevitable.

For Frank, it’s the last in a long line of betrayals, and he banishes him from his life. But it’s already too late; the brothers’ destiny will be bounded, forever. Blood ties are the ones that bind.

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Q. Who directs Blood Ties?

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Saints & Soldiers The Void - Preview

Saints and Soldiers: The Void

Preview by Jack Foley

BASED on true events and capturing the spirit of wartime movie classics such as Kelly’s Heroes and A Bridge Too Far, this sequel to the acclaimed, award winning and phenomenally successful Saints And Soldiers is an explosive saga of brotherhood and heroism.

Directed by Ryan Little (Age Of The Dragons; Forever Strong; House Of Fears; Saints And Soldiers), the film stars K. Danor Gerald, Adam Gregory and Bart Johnson.

Germany, May 1945, deep in the Harz mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans preparing to ambush U.S. supply trucks. Joined by a British officer, cut off from his unit, a deadly game of cat and mouse quickly unfolds as the Allies find themselves out-gunned and out-manned by three German tanks.

Tension and fear begin to grow as the crew reluctantly decide they must stop the enemy from executing their deadly plan. Knowing that hundreds of lives are at stake they must put aside their differences and work together to fight a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.

Saints & Soldiers The Void is released on DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday, October 6, 2014.

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Afflicted - Preview

Afflicted

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM the producer of Insidious and Sinister, and winner of the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay awards at Austin’s prestigious Fantastic Fest, Afflicted reinvents a familiar horror genre with a smart and stylish combination of pulse-pounding action and bloody terror.

Best friends Derek and Clif embark on the trip of a lifetime, planning to travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest, while documenting their adventures via video footage posted to their website.

But things take a dark and bloody turn when, following an amorous encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris, Derek starts to show signs of a mysterious affliction. Now, thousands of miles from home, they must race to uncover the source of Derek’s illness before it consumes him completely.

Co-writers, co-directors and co-stars Derek Lee and Clif Prowse have produced a stunning debut feature, which is released on DVD on Monday, October 6, 2014.

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Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet - Preview

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM Production IG (Psycho Pass, Blood The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell) and the creator of Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero comes Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet, an action-packed sci-fi adventure like you’ve never seen before.

While fighting an intense inter-galactic war, a mecha pilot was accidentally warped into a space-time neither he nor the computer of his mecha could recognize. After waking up from a long-time hibernation, he found himself trapped on a planet, with human residents talking in an unknown form of language, using inferior technologies, and – most shocking to him – naturally breathable air..

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray now from Manga Entertainment UK.

For more information on Manga UK releases, please visit the website

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Q. What is the name of another of Production IG’s works?

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Win Postman Pat: The Movie on Blu-ray

Postman Pat: The Movie

A HOST of British talent come together as one of TV’s most beloved character leaps to glorious life on the big screen in Postman Pat: The Movie, delivering to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on September 29, 2014, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Featuring the vocal talents of Stephen Mangan (Rush, TV’s Episodes) and Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, the upcoming Paddington), his debut cinematic outing sees veteran Postman Pat Clifton (Mangan) enter TV talent show You’re The One when auditions hit his home town of Greendale.

Presented by Simon Cowbell, Pat – together with cat Jess – proves a knockout sensation, reaching the finals (with a singing voice provided by none other than Ronan Keating).

However, when Chief Executive Officer of the Special Delivery Service, Mr. Brown (Broadbent) plans to put Pat’s new-found publicity to good use, his very existence is threatened by the introduction of the Patbot 3000 – robot replicas that take over his postal duties! Can Pat save the day and his job?

Postman Pat: The Movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from September 29, 2014, courtesy of Icon.

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*Q. Which Harry Potter veteran co-stars in Postman Pat: The Movie (Clue, the answer is in our preview)?

A) Tom Felton
B) Rupert Grint
C) Matthew Lewis

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Jimmy's Hall - Preview

Jimmy's Hall

Preview by Jack Foley

JIMMY’S Hall is a beautifully filmed political drama that contains some of Ken Loach’s finest work to date.

It tells the story of true-life resistance leader Jimmy Gralton who is exiled from Ireland in the 1930s, during the country’s Red Scare, after he builds a community hall against the wishes of the powerful local priest.

In 1921, Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream….but above all to dance and have fun.

As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Co. Leitrim from the US to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. The hall stands abandoned and empty, and despite the pleas of the local youngsters, remains shut.

However, Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty, and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall despite the consequences he knows he will face…

Jimmy’s Hall is released on DVD and Blu-Ray from Monday, September 29, 2014.

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Blended - DVD Review

Blended

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

ADAM Sandler has previously found some of his biggest successes when teaming up with Drew Barrymore in the films The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. His third collaboration sadly fails to recapture any of the ‘magic’ of those movies.

In fact, the best that can be said for Blended is that it marks a minor improvement on his most recent work by virtue of the fact it calls upon him to do some acting and grapples with some heavier issues.

But even then, the drama is negated by the juvenile humour, the lacklustre characters and the awkward sentimentalising it tries repeatedly to inject (often after another crass routine).

The story finds single parents Jim (Sandler) and Lauren (Barrymore) hooking up for a wretched blind date, agreeing never to see each other again but then conspiring to end up on the same safari-based African holiday together with their children in tow.

Needless to say, hate gives way to love and each adult also gets to provide something missing in the children’s lives: for Lauren’s boys it’s an absentee dad; for Jim’s girls a dearly departed mother.

If this sounds like there’s a platform for something moving, then don’t be fooled. What emotion there is feels wholly patronising and unconvincing (Jim’s kids don’t even have a photo of their late mum), with the emphasis more on puerile comedy and supposedly feel-good genre staples such as the triumph of the underdog or the ugly duckling coming good.

What prevents this being a totally one-star experience (by Sandler’s extremely low standards) is the fact that Sandler and Barrymore do have a certain chemistry and some montage shots of African wildlife provide a respite from the main story.

But a film that includes throwaway ‘jokes’ about cancer and ruffies isn’t just ill-judged and bad – it’s also bordering on the offensive, particularly when masquerading as a family comedy. And all that’s without taking the extremely indulgent running time into account.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 117mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: September 29, 2014

Postman Pat: The Movie - DVD Preview

Postman Pat: The Movie

Preview by Jack Foley

A HOST of British talent come together as one of TV’s most beloved character leaps to glorious life on the big screen in Postman Pat: The Movie, delivering to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on September 29, 2014, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Featuring the vocal talents of Stephen Mangan (Rush, TV’s Episodes) and Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, the upcoming Paddington), this fun animation also features additional impressive voice work from David Tennant (TV’s Doctor Who, TV’s Broadchurch) and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley) as father and son duo Wilf and Josh.

This debut cinematic outing sees veteran Postman Pat Clifton (Mangan) enter TV talent show You’re The One when auditions hit his home town of Greendale.

Presented by Simon Cowbell, Pat – together with cat Jess – proves a knockout sensation, reaching the finals (with a singing voice provided by none other than Ronan Keating).

However, when Chief Executive Officer of the Special Delivery Service, Mr. Brown (Broadbent) plans to put Pat’s new-found publicity to good use, his very existence is threatened by the introduction of the Patbot 3000 – robot replicas that take over his postal duties! Can Pat save the day and his job?

An entertaining slice of beautifully animated fun that delivers an adventure for all the family, Postman Pat: The Movie will land on your doorstep this autumn, demanding its place as the most watched film in your home.

is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from September 29, 2014, courtesy of Icon.

Win Only Lovers Left Alive on DVD

Only Lovers Left Alive

Preview by Jack Foley

Soda Pictures is pleased to announce the Home Entertainment release of one of this year’s most talked-about films, Only Lovers Left Alive. The film will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and Steelbook exclusive to Zavvi.

The film boasts an all-star cast, including Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Mia Wasikowska (Tracks, Alice in Wonderland), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), and John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Only Lovers Left Alive is a film about music, love, and the transience of human culture.

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, Hiddleston plays Adam, an underground musician who is reunited with his enigmatic lover Eve (Swinton). Their love story has endured several centuries, but their idyll is soon disrupted by Eve’s wild younger sister (Wasikowska).

Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Only Lovers Left Alive will be available to own from Monday, September 15, 2014.

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Q. Who directs Only Lovers Left Alive (Clue, the answer is in our photo gallery)?

A) Nick Cave
B) Jim Jarmusch
C) John Hillcoat

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