Explore the life of one of the world's greatest visionary artists, Vincent Van Gogh, in a stunning biopic spanning his early life through to the last months before his suicide by gunshot wound in 1890 at the age of just 37. We see his world from the perspective of those who knew him the best, including his brother Theo and the postmaster Roulin. Of course, many people mocked him for his eccentricities, for he suffered badly with poor mental health for most of his life; one incident relating to which saw him cut off his own ear and subsequently become hospitalised. Ironically, he never sold any of his paintings, but his talent has lived through more than a century and his works are some of the most priceless pieces in the world.
Shot in the incredible, technicolour style of the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist himself, including animated versions of some of his most famous pictures, 'Loving Vincent' is the world's first painted biographical feature film. Written and directed by Dorota Kobiela ('The Flying Machine') and the Academy Award winning Hugh Welchman ('Peter & the Wolf') in his directorial debut, the making of the film was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign to enable the training of oil painters in their pursuit of becoming painting-animators, eventually spanning 65,000 frames with a team of 115 painters. A further writing credit was also attributed to Jacek Dehnel.
'Loving Vincent' has already won several prizes including the Audience Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, two Golden Trailer Awards for Best Foreign Animation/Family Trailer and Best Foreign Graphics and a Golden Goblet at the Shanghai International Film Festival for Best Animation Film. It was also nominated for the People's Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at Melbourne International Film Festival.
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Lady Sandra Abbott is relieved to finally be planning a well-deserved retirement with her wealthy husband, but when she catches him having an affair with her best friend, she is forced out of her privileged life to a run-down old council estate in central London where her older sister Bif lives. They couldn't be more different a pair; while Sandra is all about status and the finer things in life, Bif is a free spirit who loves to date, dance and generally live life to the fullest no matter how little money she has in the bank. All Sandra wants is to be happy again, and so Bif encourages her to attend a local dance class for older people where she meets friends Charlie, Jackie and Ted. It's then when she realises that there's a lot more to retirement than she initially thought, because she's about to have the most fun she has ever had.
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The Silent Storm which is set in the idyllic moorlands of the Scottish Islands, post WWII, holds a dark secret that is tearing the community apart. The exceedingly strict minister of the community is called Balor and he'll got to extreme lengths to see his way of life, a traditional way of life, preserved. However due to his relentless actions, the relationship with his withdrawn wife, Aislin, is suffering. They have a troubled relationship together and they are reaching breaking point because Aislin feels more at one with nature and a free spirt than an individual in the community.
In the chaos of the violent argument that erupts between them a 17 year old male delinquent arrives to live with them as a last ditched attempt at rehabilitation. Aislin is drawn to his nature and the fact that he too is an outsider brings comfort to her. As their relationship deepens, the minister finds himself becoming more and more jealous until the situation erupts into a fight. If Aislin needed a saviour, perhaps Fionn's arrival will be the release she needs.
The film directed by Corinna McFarlane deals with the theme romance and offers a form of escapism for the character of Aislin to live her life beyond the remote Scottish Island.
Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
Despite this being a film about Sherlock Holmes, the fact that it's not much of a mystery may disappoint die-hard fans, but as an astute drama it's more than worth a look because Ian McKellen is simply terrific in the title role. This is a much more complex character than he has been able to play recently either in movies (like the X-men and Lord of the Rings franchises) or television (the nutty sitcom Vicious). The film also reunites him with Bill Condon, who directed him to an Oscar nomination in Gods and Monsters 17 years ago.
It's 1947, and Sherlock is 93 years old when we meet him, living on the Sussex coast where he keeps bees and has befriended Roger (Milo Parker), the curious son of his tough-minded housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney). As Sherlock teaches Roger about both beekeeping and sleuthing, he is also trying to work out his final case some 30 years ago, which his mind simply refuses to recall. As he relives it in his mind, rather than through Watson's embellished account, all he can remember is a worried husband (Patrick Kennedy) asking him to follow his wife (Hattie Morahan). In addition, Sherlock is also still thinking about the things he discovered while recently in post-war Japan at the invitation of a fan (Hiroyuki Sanada).
The main story and the two flashback sequences are intriguingly intertwined in Sherlock's mind, offering parallel discoveries that help him piece together events that unfold in all three. It's a clever approach that allows McKellen to dig deep into the character as a man discovering that his mind is fading, perhaps into senility. His take on Sherlock is simply fascinating, a witty detective who has always resisted the fictional depiction of him in Watson's stories. And he's also an ageing man who hasn't lost his childlike curiosity, which makes his friendship with the young Roger surprisingly tender and engaging.
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Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, London was at the mercy of the terrifying Kray twins (Tom Hardy). Reggie Kray was forced to spend most of his life holding back his identical twin brother, Ronnie, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. As acclaimed night club owners and feared gangsters, the two twins were seen to own London, and lived a life of glitz and glamour, as well as blood and brutality. That is, until Detective Superintendent Leonard "Nipper" Read (Christopher Eccleston) took the task of bringing two of the most powerful and dangerous criminals in the city's history to justice, by any means necessary.
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Pudsey is tired of living alongside his cooing middle-aged owner and decides to embark on a solo journey across town. Soon enough though, he meets teenagers Molly, George and Tommy - siblings who he spectacularly saves from some bullies - who take him in with the promise of a treat for his bravery. However, the children are bereft after the death of their father and their mother is moving them to an isolated country village. Pudsey decides to join them, despite the new landlord Mr. Thorne's objections, and he makes friends with some of the farmyard animals. He soon discovers that Mr. Thorne's hatred of dogs is not the only questionable thing about him and he starts to uncover a dastardly plan unfolding. Will this little dog manage to thwart Mr. Thorne and save the town?
Following the spectacular win of Pudsey the dog and his young trainer Ashleigh Butler on the sixth series of 'Britain's Got Talent', the dancing pooch embarks on a screen adventure with 'Pudsey The Dog: The Movie'. The charming comedy film has been directed by BAFTA nominee Nick Moore ('Wild Child', 'Horrid Henry: The Movie') and written by Paul Rose ('Dani's House', 'My Parents Are Aliens'), and will reach UK cinemas on July 18th 2014.
As another full-on Irvine Welsh adaptation Trainspotting did in 1996, this bracingly original movie puts a new filmmaker on the map. Not only is this a loud blast of both style and substance, but it refuses to water down its subject matter, taking us through a shockingly profane story in a way that's both visually inventive and emotionally resonant.
This is the story of Bruce (McAvoy), an Edinburgh detective who's determined to beat his colleagues to a promotion. He's also a relentless womaniser, sexist, racist and drug addict. And he'll do anything to get ahead, hiding the sordid details of his private life from his boss (Sessions) while undermining the other cops at any chance while pretending to be their friends. In quick succession, he gets young Ray (Bell) addicted to cocaine, flirts continually with Amanda (Poots), has a fling with the kinky wife (Dickie) of fellow officer Gus (Lewis), torments Peter (Elliott) about his sexuality, and takes Bladesey (Marsan) on a sex-tourism holiday while making obscene calls to his needy wife (Henderson). All of this happens while Bruce leads the investigation into a grisly murder.
McAvoy dives so far into this role that we barely recognise him in there. Bruce is so amoral that we are taken aback by each degrading moment. And yet McAvoy somehow manages to hold our sympathy due to the film's blackly hilarious tone and a startling undercurrent of real emotion. Even though he's a monster, we see his boyish fragility, especially in surreal sequences involving his therapist (Broadbent), which merge with his fantasies, hallucinations and nightmares.
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Bruce Robertson is a vile, devious and emotionally disturbed individual who also happens to be a Detective Sergeant. Off duty, he lives a life of debauchery; snorting line after line of cocaine and indulging in sordid sexual encounters with numerous women while trying to control his unpredictable bipolar personality. On duty, he does everything within his power to trick, deceive and ruin the lives of his colleagues with whom he competes to achieve a promotion to detective inspector. He does nothing to hide his radical views on race and women as he attempts to solve a grisly murder that seems to have more to it than he initially thought. With the web of lies he weaves throughout his life, will he be able to sort out truths from the untruths in order to maintain his sanity as his deteriorating mental health threatens to cripple him? And will he ever be reunited with the wife he is so desperate to resolve things with?
Adapted from the novel by Irvine Welsh, 'Filth' has been directed and written by Jon S. Baird ('Cass') and sees an intense star-studded cast convert to screen an compelling story of insanity, romance and deceit. This shocking 18-rated crime drama is set to hit UK cinemas in September 2013.
Valentin (McAvoy) is a young Tolstoyan in 1910 assigned by the movement's leader Chertkov (Giamatti) to keep an eye on Leo Tolstoy (Plummer) and his sceptical wife Sofya (Mirren). But what Valentin finds is a lively, loving marriage that's strong enough to include opposing views. This isn't good enough for Chertkov, who moves to get Leo to change his will to leave everything to the movement. Which of course enrages Sofya. Meanwhile, Valentin is experiencing his first flush of love with a Tolstoyan commune resident (Condon).
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