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The Hundred-Foot Journey - Preview

The Hundred Foot Journey

Preview by Jack Foley

STARRING Oscar® winner Helen Mirren (The Queen, Calendar Girls), comes the uplifting and feel-good cultural feast full of Indian spices, French sophistication and British wit, *The Hundred Foot
Journey*.

Directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and produced by Oprah Winfrey (Selma, The Great Debaters) and Steven Spielberg (Lincoln, War Horse) this charming adaptation from the novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais follows the Kadam family as they move from India to France.

Prepare for your tastebuds to be tickled and your senses tantalised as The undred-Foot Journey arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 9, 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Set in the beautiful Southern France countryside, this sumptuous story features outstanding performances from; Golden Globe® nominee Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory, the owner of a Michelin starred French restaurant; Om Puri (Charlie Wilson’s War, East Is East) as Papa Kadam, who leads his family to the South of France; Manish Dayal (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, 90210) as Papa Kadam’s son, young Indian chef Hassan Kadam; and Charlotte Le Bon (Yves Saint Laurent, Mood Indigo) as Madame Mallory’s French sous chef, Marguerite.

Hassan Kadam (Dayal) is a culinary prodigy who travels with his family to the South of France after being displaced from their native India. It’s the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, that is until Madame Mallory (Mirren), the icy proprietress of a Michelin starred French restaurant gets wind of it.

Her protests against the ‘Maison Mumbai’ located a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French cuisine and for a beautiful sous chef, Marguerite (Le Bon), combine with his mouth-watering talent to weave culinary magic between their two cultures.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 9, 2015, courtesy of Entertainment One.

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Win Fury on Blu-ray plus a goody bag

Fury

David Ayer (End of Watch) directs an all-star ensemble cast led by two-time Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt (Best Supporting Actor, Twelve Monkeys, 1995; Best Actor, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008) in the gritty war story Fury, available on Digital HD February 16 and on Blu-ray and DVD February 23 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Set in the closing days of WWII, Pitt leads the battle-hardened crew of a U.S. Sherman tank on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Fury also stars Shia LaBeouf (Transformers), Logan Lerman (3:10 to Yuma), Michael Pena (End of Watch) and Jon Bernthal (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Bonus features include more than 50 minutes of deleted and extended scenes, as well as four behind-the-scenes featurettes that put viewers in the driver’s seat of a tank.

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Fury is out now on Digital HD and Blu-ray and DVD Monday from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Read our interview with David Ayer

To celebrate the release of Fury on Blu-ray and DVD on February 23, 2015, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win a copy on Blu-ray as well as a goody bag containing a Sherman tank manual (courtesy of Haynes Manuals), Fury T-shirt and hip flask. Simply answer the following question…

Q. What is the name of Shia LaBeouf’s character in Fury (Clue, the answer is in our review)?

A) Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan
B) Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis
C) Norman Ellison

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The Imitation Game - DVD Review

The Imitation Game

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

MORTEN Tyldum shot to prominence by directing the headrush thriller that was Headhunters but continues to impress with his latest, The Imitation Game.

An altogether different affair, his latest film is based on the true story of little known British World War II hero Alan Turing, a socially awkward mathematician and cryptanalyst who belatedly became credited with cracking the hitherto unbreakable codes of Germany’s Enigma machine.

But that’s just half the story. Turing was also a gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal. And after the war, he was arrested on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that led to his conviction for the criminal offence.

Tyldum’s film combines both elements of Turing’s story but eschews the sometimes rigid structure of more conventional biopics by flitting back and forth between the definining periods in Turing’s life.

Hence, we simultaneously follow Turing as he leads a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers in breaking the codes, as well as his coming-of-age at university and his subsequent investigation and arrest for homosexuality.

The ensuing film, featuring an adapted screenplay by Graham Moore, makes for riveting viewing, even though it also carries the feeling of an ‘awards ready’ movie. But then Turing’s life was excluded from recognition for so long that it only seems fair that his story is now thrust into the awards spotlight now.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing and doesn’t shy away from portraying his weaknesses as well as his strengths. Hence, he becomes a fascinating enigma in himself… someone worthy of decoding to truly understand and appreciate. It has to rate as something of a tour-de-force.

But he’s surrounded by an impressive supporting cast, including Keira Knightley as a fellow team member and disappointed love interest who is able to give as good as she gets on an intellectual basis; Charles Dance as the commander in chief with whom Turing has a love-hate relationship with; Mark Strong, as a sympathetic MI6 officer who instantly recognises Turing’s genius; Rory Kinnear as a sympathetic detective investigating Turing’s later indiscretions, and Allen Leech and Matthew Goode as two more of Turing’s colleagues.

Tyldum, too, manages to imbue the film with a dramatic tension that remains taut in spite of the fact most people will know the outcome, while also exploring some of the moral and ethical complexities of fighting a war. There’s a notable scene, late on, where Turing and his team’s victory comes at a massive cost… and the ramifications are nicely debated. Likewise, a later exchange between Turing and Strong’s MI6 boss.

And then there’s the sexual element that is also expertly conveyed, with Turing forced to hide his secret like a spy covering up his duplicity.

There’s a lot going on but it’s masterfully handled so as to engage viewers on an intellectual level befitting its subject, while also providing them with the excitement and drama requisite from a World War II thriller.

The Imitation Game is therefore a film to savour. And one that finds triumph in a chapter of British history that is, by turns, hugely heroic (in Turing’s triumph) and yet ultimately sad and disgraceful (on the part of the British establishment).

Certificate: 15
Running time: 114mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: March 9, 2015

[REC] Apocalypse - Preview

REC: Apocalypse

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the release of [REC] Apocalypse – on DVD and Blu-ray on March 2, 2015 – we have a DVD copy to giveaway courtesy of Entertainment One.

The horror’s about to come full circle with the series’ original star and director Manuela Velasco and Jaume Balagueró returning for more terrifying fun, as the deadly demonic virus wreaks havoc on a voyage from hell!

[REC] Apocalypse is available to order on Amazon today

Synopsis

Following directly on from the brutal events in the doomed apartment building, TV reporter Ángela is rescued and taken to an oil tanker to undergo examination.

But unfortunately for the soldiers on board, Angela is carrying the seed of the mysterious demonic virus that turns its victims into mindless, bloodthirsty monsters. It’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose and the carnage begins again…

IGN said of [REC] Apocalypse that it “invoked a gag reflax more than once”, while Fangoria described it as “one hell of a good time” and The Hollywood News wrote: “A bone-crunching end to a dead brilliant franchise.”

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Clown - Preview & trailer

Clown

TO celebrate the release of the truly terrifying Clown – on DVD and Blu-ray on March 2, 2015 – we have a DVD copy to giveaway courtesy of Studiocanal.

From splatter-maestro Eli Roth (Hostel; Grindhouse) and starring Peter Stormare (Fargo; Jurassic Park: The Lost World), horror fans will rejoice as Clown sets out to break taboos and churn stomachs all at once!

Clown is available to order on Amazon today

The limited edition Blu-ray is available to order exclusively on Zavvi

Synopsis

It’s Jack’s 10th birthday, but the clown has cancelled. His dad, Kent, finds an old clown suit in the attic and saves the party. But after the party is over, Kent has a problem… the suit won’t come off.

What starts as a joke quickly turns into a hellish nightmare. Kent can feel himself changing, and his desperate attempts to free himself just leave him in agonising pain.

As the suit takes hold of his body, Kent slowly endures a brutal transformation. As he changes, an uncontrollable hunger begins to consume him, an overwhelming and insatiable hunger… for children.

Written and directed by Jon Watts, Clown has been described “A killer of a clown movie” by The Horror Channel and “The most terrifying clown since Pennywise“ by Box Office Buzz. “Gutsy, gory horror… strictly no funny business,” added The Hollywood News.

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Nightcrawler - DVD Review

Nightcrawler

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

THE spirit of ’70s era Martin Scorsese and Paul Schraeder runs throughout Nightcrawler, a hugely impressive character-driven thriller that also boasts a smart contemporary edge.

Jake Gyllenhaal is also on sizzling form in the central role of Lou Bloom, an opportunist loner trying to make a living who stumbles upon the idea of selling TV networks on-scene footage of car crashes or crime scenes.

Given the competitive nature of the industry, as personified by Bill Paxton’s rival cameraman, Lou resorts to increasingly desperate measures to be there first and get the best shot.

The ensuing film, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, is as twisted as it is brilliant, taking viewers on an increasingly nightmarish journey that is as eerily exhilarating as it is capable of posing moral and ethical questions, particularly of the media but also of society, and how far is too far.

Gyllenhaal is a magnetic presence, creating in Lou Bloom a character with personality and behavioural disorders that rival Taxi Driver‘s Travis Bickle. He is a menace prone to extremes but someone who is capable of being charming too. He knows how to get what he wants and there is nothing he won’t do.

Gyllenhaal’s performance marks a tour-de-force and is another impressive benchmark on a career CV that already includes Zodiac, Donnie Darko, Prisoners and End of Watch.

But there’s eye-catching support, too, from Paxton as Bloom’s main rival, Riz Ahmed as Bloom’s hopelessly out of his depth assistant and Rene Russo, terrific as the news editor who keeps commissioning Bloom.

Gilroy’s direction is also first-rate, keeping viewers on their toes and building the air of competition and tension so that he is able to deliver two or three genuinely gasp out loud moments. He also creates a neon-lit LA that is as sleazy and dangerous as Scorsese’s New York but which also boasts the seductive, translucent beauty of a Michael Mann landscape (with the help of cinematographer Robert Elswit).

Perhaps most impressive of all, however, is the way in which Gilroy combines moments of adrenaline-rush cinema with plenty to feed the brain.

It’s that more than anything that helps to ensure Nightcrawler becomes an instant classic: a film to stand the test of time but one that will also come to define the era in which it was made.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 117mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: March 2, 2014

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Nightcrawler

Preview by Jack Foley

THE most anticipated twisted thriller of the year – Nightcrawler – will be available to Download early from February 23, 2015 and on DVD, Blu-ray and a limited edition Blu-ray Steelbook from March 2, 2015. To celebrate its release, we’re offering three lucky winners the chance to take home a copy of the award-winning film on DVD!

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the neon-drenched streets of night time LA. Down on his luck Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles upon the dangerous, cut-throat world of freelance crime journalism – discovering that filming murder and mayhem can be a quick way to make a buck.

Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), a ruthless veteran of TV news, Lou combs LA’s seedy underbelly for the city’s most sensational news footage. He soon discovers he’s uniquely suited to his new job, but events begin to spiral out of control as one dark choice leads to another.

Read our 5-star review l Read our round-up of the best films of 2014

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Q. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the character Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler, who hires a young man called Rick to be his apprentice. What is the name of the actor who plays Rick (Clue, the answer is in our review)?

A) Ryan Gosling
B) Channing Tatum
C) Riz Ahmed

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Nightcrawler will be available to Download from February 23, 2015 and on DVD, Blu-ray and as a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook from March 2, 2015.

It is available to pre-order now from Amazon and iTunes.

Assassin (Danny Dyer) - Preview & trailer

Assassin

Preview by Jack Foley

ON A break from his duties as the landlord of The Vic, Danny Dyer takes you on a journey through the murky London underworld when Assassin is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Platforms on March 9, 2015, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

From the producers of Rise of the Footsoldier and Fall of the Essex Boys, and starring Danny Dyer (Vendetta), Martin Kemp (The Krays) and Gary Kemp (The World’s End), Assassin is the brutal, hard-hitting story of a former hitman out for revenge.

A story of the most corrupt crime bosses in the London underworld, and one man’s crusade to bring them to justice. A killer for hire (Dyer) breaks the rules of his profession when he falls for a beautiful young woman.

But when the most notorious gangland brothers in London (Martin & Gary Kemp) hire him to kill his girlfriend’s father, his world breaks down and he must turn against his notoriously fearsome employers and their gang to save the woman he loves.

Don’t miss the chance to see Danny Dyer give a career defining performance when Assassin is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Platforms on March 9.

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Q. The Kemp brothers have previously played another pair of notorious London crime bosses. What were their names?

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Dying of the Light - Preview

The Dying of the Light

Preview by Jack Foley

DIRECTED by the legendary Paul Schrader and executive produced by cinematic wunderkind Nicolas Winding Refn, Dying Of The Light, the essential thriller of 2015, explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD on March 2, 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage – On Frozen Ground, Face/Off) is a desk-bound Langley CIA agent, forced into retirement by signs of early onset dementia.

At the same time he discovers that his former nemesis, Jihadist Muhhamed Banir (Alexander Karim – Zero Dark Thirty, TV’s Tyrant), is not dead as has been assumed for the last two decades, but is alive and receiving experimental medical treatment.

Banir’s exact location is unknown but with the help of a disgraced young agent (Anton Yelchin – Odd Thomas, Star Trek), Evan sets out to track down and confront him before it is too late for both of them. A supremely classy cast is rounded out by French cinema icon Irene Jacob (Othello, The Inner Life Of Martin Frost).

Beating Homeland at its own game and taking a remarkably prescient and refreshingly original look at the cat and mouse thriller, Dying Of The Light sees Cage deliver a blistering, unforgettable performance as a man driven to obsession by his past and by what his own future holds.

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Poker Night – DVD Release (Release Date: Feb 10)

Poker Night

Feature by guest writer

AFTER some of the recent releases concerning the poker and casino genre unceremoniously flopping at the Box Office, many film production companies are hesitant in investing a genre that is now considered irrelevant. Take the likes of Runner Runner and the more recent Paramount flick, The Gambler as perfect examples as both performed poorly.

That’s probably why Poker Night didn’t even make the cinemas, globally. Fast-tracked to a DVD release, it’s understandable why indie filmmakers Wingman Productions didn’t sink their entire year’s budget into this film.

But regardless of forcefully pulled from the cinemas before a single showing; Poker Night is actually an intriguing film. It’s far from the cut-and-dry poker movie many would expect from the title. Instead, the film focuses on a police collective that tries to guide the lead character, Stan Jeter, played by Beau Mirchoff, through a precarious situation.

Featuring a stellar cast, even for an indie production, Poker Night showcases Hollywood stars Ron Pearlman (Sons of Anarchy), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Titus Welliver (Sons of Anarchy) and Roy Elard (Sleepers).

As the group of current and ex-policeman sit down to a game of poker, they talk their understudy Stan through some of life’s lessons. As they aim to educate Stan on how to be the best possible cop, the movie intertwines this with a real-time issue when he encounters a vicious psychopath.

It’s not a film for the poker purists as this crime thriller only uses the game to set the scene for the bloody scenes ahead. But with a raft of twists it manages to keep the audience gripped throughout.

Whether this film will help revive the poker genre remains to be seen but writer and director Greg Francis certainly does his best to breathe life into this struggling genre. With poker still extremely popular worldwide and poker giants such as Betfair reportedly being worth over $1 billion according to Business Insider, there should be an audience for this type of film.

Couple this with the raft of horror flicks performing well at the Box Office, maybe this is the sort off-kilter poker film ideal for your next movie night?