A week in movies - 24th August 2012

After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, the bootlegging thriller Lawless has been building anticipation, especially as stars Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman did the press tour for The Dark Knight Rises. The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce and Mia Wasikowska, and it opens next week in the US and the week after in the UK. If you can't wait, the film has a terrific trailer.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - The Last Stand

When Arnold Schwarzenegger said he'd be back, he wasn't joking. Less than a year after wrapping up his two-term stint as California's governator, he barged back onto the big screen in The Expendables 2, and this week he builds on that momentum with the new trailer for his action romp The Last Stand, in which he plays a sheriff trying to stop a Mexican drug cartel boss. Directed by Korean maestro Kim Jee-woon, the film opens next January, and looks hilariously action-packed.

On the other hand, the riotous trailer for Nicolas Cage's new thriller Stolen looks like a spoof, mainly because it seems to have the exact same plot as Cage's last five movies (he's chasing kidnapper who has his daughter trapped in the back of a speeding taxi). Not to mention the fact that the title is essentially, erm, taken from a certain Liam Neeson hit with the same premise. The film opens in September.

And the Jolie-Pitts have been all over the news this week, with reports that Brad Pitt may star with Denzel Washington in the crime thriller Candy Store, a two-hander about a deep-cover operative who opts to simplify his life by becoming a beat cop in Brooklyn. Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) is writing and directing.

Jon Voight

We also heard that Angelina Jolie has found a small role for their 4-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in her new film Maleficent, a variation on the story of Sleeping Beauty. Vivienne will play a younger version of Elle Fanning's character, Princess Aurora.

Finally at an event in Toronto, Jolie's father Jon Voight was caught on camera warmly describing for an audience what she was like in high school - a rebel who knew even then how to perform. The audience loved it.

Rich Cline



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