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The Club - Preview

The Club

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the release of Pablo Larrain’s critically acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated The Club NETWORK are pleased to offer the chance to win a copy of the DVD, out May 30, 2016.

Written by Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín, Daniel Villalobos and starring Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers and Alfredo Castro, The Club is centred on four men who live together in a secluded house in a small, seaside town. Each of them has been sent to this place to purge sins from the past.

They live according to a strict regime under the watchful eye of a female caretaker when the fragile stability of their routine is disrupted by the arrival of a fifth man, a newly-disgraced companion bringing with him the past they thought they had left behind.

Critically acclaimed director Pablo Larraín is best known for Tony Manero (2008), Post-mortem (2010), and Oscar-nominated No (2012), starring Gael García Bernal, which was released to great critical acclaim, and all previously released in the UK through Network Releasing.

Pablo is currently filming Jackie, a biopic about Jackie Kennedy starring Natalie Portman.

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The Club is available on DVD and Blu-ray from May 30, 2016.

Win The Hound Of The Baskervilles on Blu-ray

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of The Hound Of The Baskervilles – on Blu-ray (for the first time!), DVD, EST and DVD/Book gift set on May 30 – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray.

The classic 1939 version of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous and entertainingly macabre Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hound Of The Baskervilles, stars Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as his trusted sidekick Dr Watson.

Sherlock Holmes has proved an enduring favourite with audiences since Conan Doyle’s first story featuring the Baker Street detective was published in 1887.

More recently, interest has been revived with the hugely popular BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as the big screen hits starring Robert Downey Jr; but the series of films starring Basil Rathbone are regarded by many to be the most faithful, and entertaining, of all the Holmes adaptations, and The Hound Of The Baskervilles is considered one of the very best.

The Hound Of The Baskervilles, about a titular beast plaguing an aristocratic family, marked Basil Rathbone’s debut as Sherlock Holmes. Arguably the greatest screen incarnation of the detective, he would go on to star in thirteen more Sherlock Holmes films and became world famous for the part, smoking a pipe and wearing his trademark deerstalker hat and cape.

Alongside him, Nigel Bruce made a memorably bumbling Dr Watson, providing comic relief to Holmes’s sleuthing. The success of this film paved the way for an unlikely but formidable cinematic pairing.

In supporting roles the film features such legendary actors as John Carradine (The Grapes Of Wrath), Wendy Barrie (The Private Life of Henry VIII) and Lionel Atwill, who would go on to play Holmes’s nemesis Moriarty in the 1942 film, Sherlock Holmes And The Secret Weapon, also starring Rathbone.

Despite the English setting, the film was made in California, and Rathbone and Bruce returned to the roles the same year in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, released a mere six months later.

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To celebrate the release of The Hound Of The Baskervilles on Blu-ray for the first time from May 30, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy. Simply answer the following question…

Q. In which country was The Hound Of The Baskervilles? shot

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Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me - Preview

Glen Campbell, I'll Be Me

Preview by Jack Foley

WITH worldwide hits such as Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy, legendary country and Western artist Glen Campbell has released more than 70 albums, sold 45 million plus records earning gold and platinum albums galore, including nine number ones in a career that has spanned some 60 years.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

In 2011, Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour, across the US, Australia and Europe with more than 150 sell out performances.

But this was no ordinary tour, he had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, but instead of hanging up his cowboy boots and waiting to succumb to the inevitable he and his wife announced his illness and the intended farewell tour to the World.

His incredible tour and struggle with the devastating effects of the disease has been documented by James Keach in the moving feature documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, which makes its UK DVD debut courtesy of Simply Media on May 23, 2016.

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To celebrate the release of Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me on DVD from May 23, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me?

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Win a copy of Youth on DVD

Youth

To celebrate the Home Entertainment release of Paolo Sorrentino’s critically-acclaimed drama Youth we have a copy of the DVD to give away.

From the Academy Award®- winning director of The Great Beauty, Youth is a warm, witty and deeply moving portrait of love and loss.

Fred and Mick, two old friends now approaching eighty, are on vacation together in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred (Michael Caine), a retired composer, is resisting attempts to revive his greatest work, while elderly film director Mick (Harvey Keitel) is desperate to make a comeback movie starring his former, favoured actress Brenda (a Golden Globe nominated Jane Fonda).

The two friends reflect on their past, as they look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests, all of whom, it seems, have all the time that they lack.

Youth is available to own on Digital Download from May 23 and on DVD and Blu-ray on May 30, 2016.

To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question…

Q. Which of these was Golden Globe nominated for Youth?

A) Michael Caine
B) Rachel Weisz
C) Jane Fonda

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Dark Signal - Preview

Dark Signal

Preview by Jack Foley

To celebrate the release of Dark Signal – available on DVD & Download from May 30, 2016 – we are giving away a DVD and a poster signed by director Edward Evers-Swindell and star Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood).

From master of British horror, Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) comes the terrifying and blood-curdling Dark Signal.

Part slasher, part ghost story, Dark Signal creates spine-tingling atmosphere, shocking moments of brutality and jump-out-of-your-seat scares. It’s sure to make the staunchest of sceptics sleep with the lights on.

Get ready to become a believer with one of the year’s best British horrors!

Synopsis

Deep in the heart of the isolated Welsh valleys, an eerie hush spreads throughout the deserted wilds. Stranded and terrified, single mother, Kate (Joanna Ignaczewska), finds herself entangled in an ill-thought-out plan: a midnight robbery about to take a dangerous turn.

On lookout for her boyfriend, and left trembling in the middle of a secluded forest, she quickly realises she is not alone. With her is the vengeful spirit of a murdered girl…

Meanwhile, across the valley at a local radio station, Ben (Gareth David-Lloyd) and Laurie (Siwan Morris) are midway through their last ever radio show. With the arrival of medium, Carla, and filled with determination to go out with a bang, Laurie and Ben are about to get much more than they bargained for.

Patching together fragments of ghostly sounds, they begin to unravel the clues to a frightening crime before doing do the unthinkable… making contact with the dead.

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Win Dark Signal on DVD and a signed poster

To celebrate the release of Dark Signal on DVD from May 30, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy of the film on DVD and a signed poster. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Dark Signal?

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Intruders - Preview

The Intruders

Preview by Jack Foley

TO celebrate the release of Intruders – available on Blu-ray, DVD & Download 6th June – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray.

From the producer of Insidious comes Intruders – an original, claustrophobic and utterly terrifying invasion movie for the next generation (which also marks the feature debut of Adam Schindler)!

Masterfully shot and with gripping performances from Martin Starr (This Is The End, Superbad) and Rory Culkin (Signs, Mean Creek), this is an invasion movie like you’ve never seen before!

Synopsis

Anna is afflicted with severe agoraphobia, and her crippling fear of the outside world confines her to the safety of her home. When three men break in and invade her house on the outskirts of town, she is physically unable to flee, frozen by her phobia.

But the intruders soon discover that looks can be deceiving. Within her home, Anna is hardly helpless at all… harbouring dark secrets and a deadly will to survive.

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To celebrate the release of Intruders on Blu-ray and DVD from June 6, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 copy on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Intruders?

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Spotlight - DVD Review

Spotlight

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

A TRICKY subject matter is given the mature and highly intelligent treatment it deserves in Spotlight, Tom McCarthy’s true story of the Boston journalists who uncovered widespread abuse of children by Catholic priests.

Told primarily from the perspectives of the Spotlight team of journalists who reported on it, as well as the editor who oversaw them, this also remains hugely mindful of its victims as well as pointing the finger at corporative wrong-doing and collective culpability.

One line, in particular, resonates: “If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.” And therein lies the central truth at which the film is driving at, providing plenty of food for thought for some time afterwards.

McCarthy’s film picks up as the Boston Globe‘s new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), instructs Robby Robinson (Michael Keaton) and his Spotlight team to look into allegations of abuse involving one local priest.

But as their investigation exposes a much wider problem, possibly involving global culpability within the Catholic Church, the pressure mounts on those reporting it, whether from those who would seek to bury it, or from within the journalists’ own belief systems.

In that way, McCarthy’s film – based on a script he co-wrote with Josh Singer – is an extremely probing one. It asks questions of its audience, while expertly deconstructing the process by which the scandal was revealed. And the result makes for mesmerising viewing.

What’s more, McCarthy’s direction remains first-rate, avoiding any temptation to become overly sentimental or unnecessarily sensational, or even confrontational. And it allows the performances to take centre-stage.

Keaton excels as Robinson, combining quick wit and free-flowing charisma with piercing intelligence and even personal soul-searching, but he’s backed up by a uniformly excellent ensemble. Mark Ruffalo is highly engaging as the dynamic and passionate Mike Rezendes, one of the unit’s primary reporters, while Rachel McAdams, as the more mild-mannered Sacha Pfeiffer, provides a nice contrast.

But then Matt Carroll, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle and Stanley Tucci also make their mark – the latter, especially, as the lawyer who has committed his life to taking on the church. As ever, the actor makes a point of commanding the screen whenever opportunity allows.

The highest accolades, however, must go to McCarthy for the way in which he juggles the many elements so expertly. Spotlight would have been a difficult film to lose control of in some way, but the film combines sensitivity with courage, inspiration with outrage and insight with the need to pose further questions.

In a career already littered with fine movies (from The Station Agent through The Visitor to Win Win), McCarthy has now delivered his masterpiece. Spotlight is, without question, one of the best films of the year and a hands-down must-see.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 128mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: May 23, 2016

Three Days in Auschwitz - Preview

Three Days in Auschwitz

Preview by Jack Foley

Film director Philippe Mora and music legend Eric Clapton have joined forces to co-produce a very personal film – Three Days in Auschwitz – which details life and death in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

As a Jew, born the year after the end of World War II, Philippe Mora was a second-generation holocaust survivor who lost eight members of his family at Auschwitz.

Unaware for many years about the role his father played in the French Resistance and how his mother had evaded certain death at Auschwitz by one day, Philippe Mora takes us on a personal journey that many holocaust survivors have had to walk to try to come to terms with the scale of inhumanity that the Nazis showed towards the Jews.

From Melbourne to Paris and London, Mora traces the people who lived through the horrors of concentration camps and discovers how his own life was very nearly extinct before he was even born.

As well as being a co-producer, Mora’s heartfelt film boasts a score which has been specially composed and performed by Eric Clapton.

The haunting sound of Clapton’s guitar accompanying the train trucks ferrying thousands of Jews into their death on the rail tracks of Auschwitz is unforgettable, according to Mora, who has a long-standing friendship with Clapton that goes back to their days as flatmates around the Kings Road in Chelsea when Mora was a young artist and Clapton about to hit the big time in music.

Three Days in Auschwitz is available now on DVD, courtesy of Screenbound Pictures.

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To celebrate the release of Three Days in Auschwitz on DVD from May 9, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who composes the soundtrack to Three Days in Auschwitz?

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The Assassin - Preview

The Assassin

Preview by Jack Foley

STUDIOCANAL is delighted to announce the Home Entertainment release of the critically acclaimed & award-winning The Assassin, the latest masterpiece by Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

Awarded the Best Director prize at Cannes Film Festival, followed by a BAFTA nomination for Best Film Not In The English Language, The Assassin arrives to DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, May 23, 2016 preceded by a Digital HD release May 16.

The Assassin has been lauded as the result of a renowned filmmaker at the peak of his powers. The first foray into the ‘Wuxia’ Martial Arts genre by the legendary Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the saga transports the viewer into a lavish spectacle of courtly intrigue, love, honour and power in Tang dynasty China.

The magnetic Shu Qi (Millennium Mambo, The Transporter) continues her regular collaboration with Hou to play Nie Yinniang, the eponymous ‘Assassin’ of the story, adapted from a traditional Chinese folk tale of a young girl raised as a killer.

Abducted by a sisterhood of nuns as a young girl, she is initiated into the warrior arts and transformed into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors.

One day, having failed to complete a mission due to her empathy for the young child of the victim, her mistress the princess-nun Jiaxin, later revealed to be her maternal aunt, punishes her for the ‘weakness’ she perceives in her sentiment by sending Yinniang back to the land of her birth, Weibo.

She has orders to kill the man to whom she was once promised – Tian Ji’an, a cousin who now leads the province, the largest military region in North China.

After 13 years of exile, Yinniang must now confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings.

A slave to the orders of her mistress, Yinniang must negotiate the machinations of Lord Tian’s court – including the rivalry between his ruthless wife and more gentle concubine – and choose to either sacrifice the man she still loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

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To celebrate the release of The Assassin on Blu-ray and DVD from May 23, 2016, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 3 copies on Blu-ray. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs The Assassin?

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Creed - DVD Review

Creed

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

LIKE the underdog story it depicts, Creed is a film that defies expectations and punches well above its weight.

Co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler, of the little seen but excellent Fruitvale Station, this is far more than just a mere reboot of the Rocky franchise. It’s a stirring and inspirational boxing drama that lands a fairly weighty emotional upper cut to boot.

Admittedly, Coogler has opted to take the Star Wars approach to breathing new life into the Rocky story, by plucking the best bits of the Oscar-winning original and building a fresh story around it. Hence, just as the original Rocky saw Balboa rising from obscurity and poverty to land an unlikely shot at the boxing title, so Creed follows the exact same path.

But just like JJ Abrams did with The Force Awakens, Coogler tweaks and subverts things here and there, freshening things up while honouring the foundations that allowed the franchise to become so iconic in the first place.

The story focuses on Adonis Johnson (Michael B Jordan), the illegitimate son of late world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Determined to make his own destiny and to right the wrongs of a misspent youth, Johnson resolves to become a boxer and subsequently travels to Philadelphia to enlist the help of Creed’s former adversary turned friend Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).

But while initially reluctant, Balboa agrees to train Johnson and the two form a potent partnership that eventually lands the young protégé an unlikely shot against a champion… so long as he adopts his father’s name for the bout.

One of the most impressive things about Coogler’s film is the way that it effortlessly juggles the expected with the surprising. For while there are certainly generic elements, such as training montages and cheap sentimentalism akin with all of the films in the series to date, there’s so much more going on as well. And even then, the training montages are genuinely rousing and shot in such a fashion that they exhilarate.

Of the surprise elements, it’s the emotional drama that really sets this film apart. Both Jordan and Stallone are brilliant. The former is a whirlwind of raging intensity, whose greatest opponent will – as Rocky so wisely states – ultimately be himself. Watching Jordan navigate a path from self-destructive loner to vulnerable team player [and even lover] is genuinely inspiring, not least during an emotional breakdown with Balboa that cuts to the bone of his insecurity and rage.

But Stallone is every bit as good too. His ageing Rocky is a humble, even broken man, whose own battle in the film unfolds in truly poignant fashion. On at least two occasions, Stallone will have you holding back the tears, thereby delivering a potent reminder of what he has long been able to do as an actor (see Rocky or Copland) but – for such long periods – has opted against.

There’s eye-catching support, too, from Tessa Thompson as Creed’s love interest… an altogether sassier version of the ‘Adrian’ character from the original, who has her own journey to take.

Coogler deserves credit for giving these characters the room to breathe and grow, rather than reducing them to mere caricatures. But he’s also more than up to the task when it comes to the boxing scenes.

An early match, in particular, impresses by virtue of the fact it was shot in a single take, thereby capturing the sheer breathless intensity of life in the ring, as well as the bone-crunching nature of the blows. But he also leaves you gasping during the final confrontation, expertly working up the tension and even dropping in that iconic Rocky theme at exactly the right moment.

If the film does drift into mawkish sentimentality thereafter, Coogler has earned the right to indulge. And besides, he still manages to throw in a final scene between Jordan and Stallone that genuinely resonates.

Hence, Creed emerges from the initial doubts surrounding it as a heavy-hitter of the highest calibre – a heavyweight in every sense that will keep you hooked from gritty start to celebratory finish.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 2hrs 12mins
UK Blu-ray & DVD Release: May 16, 2016