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New Films In Cinemas and Others Coming to a Cinema Near You Soon

 

2015 looks like its going to be another bumper year for an array of films including African-American black films. Here is a short list of new films to look out for in cinemas this week and over the next couple of months.

In cinemas now is the Jennifer Aniston, Sam Worthington relationship drama ‘Cake’ the film received mixed reviews on its opening in the US but there has been acclaim for Aniston’s performance, some say she should have been nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the recent Oscars. The film follows Aniston’s character as she attempts to investigate the suicide of a fellow chronic-pain support group member.

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Kung Fu Killer opened up on the 20th February and is directed by Teddy Chan and stars martial arts legend Donnie Yen; this martial arts epic sees Yen play Hahou a former cop and top martial artiste who turns killer after killing another man in a vicious fight.  He is locked up in prison but when a mysterious killer starts to kill one by one all the top martial art fighters in town he is used by the police to track down the murderer in return for his freedom. The movie premièred at last year’s BFI Film Festival and has good reviews.

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Kevin Hart’s comedy The Wedding Ringer is now on release at UK cinemas following its success in the US, the comedy sees Hart as the owner of Best Man Inc providing friends for grooms, the film also stars the ‘Big Bang Theory’’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Josh Gad.

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Another hit from the Sundance and BFI Film Festival is the Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, an erotic and visually arresting drama about a cruel butterfly professor and her maid.
Released on 20th February and in cinemas now.

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This week also sees director and co-writer Daniel Wolfe’s independent hit Catch Me Daddy have a limited UK release, this dark British thriller won over critics at Cannes last year and follows Laila, a girl on the run from her family but pursued by her brother and his gang of thugs.

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Will Smith returns to our screens in Focus; Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct Smith as he plays a veteran con artist who takes a novice con artiste played by Margot Robbie under his wing. The movie pairing is hotly anticipated and has a simultaneous release with the US on the 27th of February.

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Looking ahead to March first up is Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie a sci-fi fable about a police droid who is secretly given new programming enabling it to feel and think for itself. But there are some who cannot allow this to happen and Chappie becomes a wanted droid who has to learn to fend for itself. The film stars Brit Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman and opens March 6th in UK cinemas.

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The Sundance and BFI Film Festival hit Difret from writer/director Zeresenay Mehari also hits UK cinemas March 6th. After she kills her abductor, a 14 year old teenager challenges Ethiopia’s tradition of kidnapping girls and forcing them into marriage.

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Director Gregg Araki’s intriguing thriller White Bird in a Blizzard tells the story of a teenager’s newfound freedom after her disturbed mother vanishes. Starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green and Christopher Meloni and based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, the movie opened to mixed reviews in the US but should be worth catching for Green and Woodley’s performances.
Released March 6th

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Opening 13th March is Saul Dibb’s Suite Francaise based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel an epic World War II romantic drama starring Kristen Scott Thomas, Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoena, Ruth Wilson and Margot Robbie. Set in 1940’s occupied France the story follows a young woman awaiting news of her soldier husband whilst leading a suffocating life with her domineering mother-in-law.

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BBC Films brings Morgan Matthews ‘X + Y” on 13th March, starring Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan. This compelling feel good drama follows an autistic young Yorkshire boy, who has a remarkable gift for Mathematics but is unable to connect with those around him.

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March 20th sees the arrival of the Divergent-Insurgent movie based on the books and the second film in the series, the first movie opened last year and took an impressive $288,747,895 globally at the box office. The futuristic tale of a fractured society and gutsy heroine/saviour that many feared too similar to the Hunger Games to be a success, stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.

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Opening the same day and the same week as the US is Pierre Morel’s gritty thriller The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone and Idris Elba. This high-octane action thriller follows a former Special Forces soldier, played by Penn, on the run to clear his name and reconnect with his long-time lover.

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The latest Dreamworks animated feature ‘Home’ arrives late March, featuring the voices of Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Jennifer Lopez this should make for good family fun. The plot follows a fugitive alien Oh, voiced by Parsons, as he arrives on Earth following the relocation of the planet’s population by the Boov. Oh meets and makes friends with the only remaining human, a little girl called Tip (Rihanna).

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And finally the end of March brings a British sci-fi action thriller from director and co-writer Jon Wright, ‘Robot Overlords’, The film’s headlining young cast hold their own against the likes of Gillian Anderson, Ben Kingsley and Steven Mackintosh in this ambitious tale of a Robot invasion of Earth. Shot mostly in the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland the film had modest reviews at the London Film Festival but may be just the thing for Easter!

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That’s it folks until next time!

2015 Early Releases Box Office Report

Written by Graeme Wood
17.02.15

 

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Although the critical acclaim for Selma is still making headlines its box office power seems to be slowing down somewhat, falling from the US Top 10 which is currently being topped by Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman; Secret Service and the Spongebob Movie. Paramount should be pleased with ‘Selma’s overall performance through its total US gross standing at $48,494,000 since its opening in December. The film has also performed well in the UK, now entering its third week of release, with a gross of £1,763,050, an initial £70,000 of this coming from its early preview screenings.

In comparison to the years other Oscar nominated movies Selma is behind American Sniper and The Theory of Everything but ahead of Whiplash (grossing £573,000). This time last year, 12 Years A Slave in comparison debuted with £2.51m but 12 Years had a Bafta nomination and huge marketing campaign behind it.

Meanwhile back in the states, Black or White the Kevin Costner, Viola Davis drama has made a strong entrance at No 10 with a US Box Office total so far of $20,090,000, just ahead of that at No.9 sits the Kevin Hart comedy ‘The Wedding Ringer’ with a total of $60,043,000.

The UK box-office for early February was led by Disney’s Big Hero 6, Kingsman and the Shaun the Sheep Movie but Fifty Shades of Grey, launched over Valentine’s Weekend opened to big business taking in £4.6 million on its opening night and $94.4m on its US debut. Impressive figures that distributor Universal Pictures is bound to be pleased with.

The Theory of Everything continues to do well at the UK box office, no doubt helped by its BAFTA nominations and award wins, with a current box office total of £18,944,146 and seven weeks after opening still playing on a lot of multiplexes. In comparison though the critically panned and predictable Liam Neeson thriller ‘Taken 3’ has also managed to bring in huge numbers with a box office total of £17,180,518, after only 6 weeks on release.

In the US Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ has performed well giving its distributor Paramount who bid for the rights a gross of $25,317,291 following its opening in December 2014, though for comparison Kevin Harts The Wedding Ringer which opened mid-January in the US has so far pulled in a gross of $59,743,000 the film opens in the UK this week, Top Five will be on UK screens sometime in May (a film Kush Promotions should be marketing).

Comedies aimed specifically at the African / American market continue to perform well at the US box office and account for about 13% of the US domestic film market. December alone had seven African-American films ranking among the Top 100 films and grossing nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in the domestic market.

So what else should we be looking forward to at the cinema over the next month or so? Well first up we have Michael Mann’s Blackhat action thriller, starring Chris (Thor) Hemsworth and Viola Davis. Set amongst a global back drop the plot involves a blackmail scheme to hack and blow up nuclear plants. This should prove entertaining if predictable fare for audiences and in the US the film under performed scoring only $7,89,395 at the box office.

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