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This is a thread for all you film buffs and those of you who just want to know what is out or worth investing in, both at the cinema and on DVD.

Each month a list of new releases will be listed, along with links to various sites for extra information.

Use this thread to Discuss forthcoming and existing films
Ask questions about any films, actors, directors, etc, as i am sure there will be someone who can help in the thread.

All new release information will be updated on this 1st post, so  remember to keep checking back here.

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---------- September 9th ----------

Cinderella Man

What's it about? Russell Crowe plays a boxer who became an unlikely heavyweight contender in 1930s America in Ron Howard's true-life drama.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Connor Price, Paddy Considine, Paul Giamatti
Director: Ron Howard (Parenthood, Ransom, A Beautiful Mind)
Cert 12A | 144 minutes | Buena Vista | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews
Region 1 DVD out December 6th

The Longest Yard

What's it about? The second remake of Robert Aldrich's 1974 prison football movie, following 2001's UK version, Mean Machine. This time Adam Sandler plays the jailed American football star while original star Burt Reynolds has a supporting role.
Cast: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, James Cromwell, Nelly
Director: Peter Segal (The Naked Gun 33 1/3, Anger Management, 50 First Dates)
Cert 12A | 113 minutes | Sony | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews
Region 1 DVD out September 13th

Green Street
(US title: Hooligans)

What's it about?Drama about British football hooliganism, starring Elijah Wood as a young American who is accepted into a West Ham firm. Before you laugh, this has been winning awards at film festivals.
Cast: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren, Leo Gregory
Director: Lexi Alexander
Cert 18 | 109 minutes | UIP | General release | USA
Official site | IMDB Entry

The Man

What's it about? Comedy starring Eugene Levy as a hapless travelling salesman who stumbles into the middle of federal agent Samuel L Jackson's sting operation.
Cast: Eugene Levy, Samuel L Jackson, Luke Goss, Miguel Ferrer, Anthony Mackie
Director: Les Mayfield (Encino Man, Flubber, Blue Streak)
Cert 12A | 83 minutes | Entertainment | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry


What's it about? Erotic thriller written by Patrick Marber (Closer). The wife of a psychiatrist working at a maximum security mental hospital meets and becomes attracted to one of his most dangerous patients.
Cast: Natasha Richardson, Ian McKellen, Hugh Bonneville, Marton Csokas, Joss Ackland
Director: David Mackenzie (The Last Great Wilderness, Young Adam)
Cert 15 | 99 minutes | Momentum | General release | UK
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry

The Aristocrats

What's it about? A kind of experiment in comedy. A hundred comedians are asked to tell the same dirty joke, each in their own personal style. The comedians include Robin Williams, Chris Rock, Whoopis Goldberg, Eddie Izzard and Billy Connolly.
Director: Paul Provenza
Cert 18 | 89 minutes | Pathe | Limited release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews

Rock School

What's it about? Documentary about a real-life school of rock, an unconventional after-school music academy for teenagers in Philadelphia run by rock afficionado Paul Green.
Director: Don Argott
Cert 15 | 94 minutes | Icon | Limited release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews
Region 1 DVD out September 13th

The Jealous God

What's it about? British drama set in 1960s Yorkshire. A young Catholic man is torn between his mother's desire for him to become a priest and his own feelings for a pretty Protestant librarian.
Cast: Jason Merrells, Denise Welch, Mairead Carty, Andrew Dunn, Pamela Cundell
Director: Steven Woodcock
Cert 12A | 95 minutes | Miracle | Limited release | UK
Official site | IMDB Entry

The Adventures Of Arsène Lupin
(French title: Arsène Lupin)

What's it about? Arsène Lupin is a heroic, swashbuckling thief and a French cultural icon. This new, big-budget adventure movie, set in the early 20th century, aims to compete with Hollywood's efforts.
Cast: Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas, Pascal greggory, Eva Green, Robin Renucci
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Cert 15 | 131 minutes | Cinefile | Limited release | France | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

The Night Of Truth
(Burkinabé title: La Nuit De La Vérité)

What's it about? A film about civil war in Africa told by the Africans themselves. Set in a fictitious war-torn state, this follows a possibly doomed attempt to negotiate a peace settlement.
Cast: Moussa Cissé, Adama Ouédraogo, Rasmane Ouedraogo, Georgette Paré, Naky Sy Savane
Director: Fanta Régina Nacro
Cert 18 | 100 minutes | BFI | Limited release | Burkina Faso | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

Vengeance Is Mine
(Japanese title: Fukushû Suruwa Wareniari)

What's it about? Grim, realistic Japanese film, made in 1979, following the exploits of a sociopathic serial killer.
Cast: Ken Ogata, Mayumi Ogawa, Renturo Mikuni, Mitsuko Baisho, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Chocho Miyako.
Director: Shohei Imamura (Ballad Of Narayama, The Pornographer, The Eel)
Cert 18 | 140 minutes | CULT! | Limited release | Japan | Subtitled
IMDB Entry


He was a skater boy... Lords Of Dogtown

---------- September 16th ----------

Lords Of Dogtown

What's it about? Drama about the origins of today's skateboarding craze, telling the story of the young men who developed their tricks in drained pools in California in the 1970s.
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, Heath Ledger, John Robinson, Samantha Lockwood
Director: Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen)
Cert 12A | 105 minutes | Columbia | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews
Region 1 DVD out September 27th

Pride And Prejudice

What's it about? Last year we got the Bollywood version. Here's the real thing: an all-star costume drama based on Jane Austen's classic love story.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Judi Dench, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone
Director: Joe Wright
Cert U | 127 minutes | UIP | General release | UK
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry

Must Love Dogs

What's it about? Romantic comedy starring Diane Lane as an unattached fortysomething who decides to try the personal ads to pep up her love life.
Cast: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins, Dermot Mulroney, Christopher Plummer
Director: Gary David Goldberg (Dad)
Cert 12A | 98 minutes | Warner Bros | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews

Wolf Creek

What's it about? Visceral Australian horror movie in the Texas Chainsaw vein and inspired by a real life case. A group of teenage backpackers crossing the Outpack are terrorised by a maniac.
Cast: John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Andy McPhee, Kestie Morassi, Guy Petersen
Director: Greg McLean
Cert 18 | 99 minutes | Optimum | Limited release | Australia
Official site | IMDB Entry

Room 36

What's it about? Low budget British black comedy, made in black and white. A phone call mistakenly made to the wrong number sets in motion a chain of events.
Cast: Paul Herzberg, Portia Booroff, Brian Murphy, Norman Mitchell, Frank Scantori
Director: Jim Groom (Revenge Of Billy The Kid)
Cert 15 | 91 minutes | Winstone | Limited release | UK
IMDB Entry

(Swedish title: Om Jag VSnder Mig Om)

What's it about? Marital jealously and despair in the Swedish suburbs are the subjects of this drama with three story strands. It's been nominated for eight "Golden Bugs" at the Swedish Oscars.
Cast: Pernilla August, Jacob Eklund, Magnus Krepper, Ann PetrTn, Marika Lindström
Director: Bjørn Runge
Cert 15 | 108 minutes | Metrodome | Limited release | Sweden | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

With Blood On My Hands: Pusher II

What's it about? Sequel to the 1996 Danish crime drama. Tony, a supporting character in the original film, is released from prison and tries to go straight but finds it hard.
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Anne Sørensen, Øyvind Hagen-Traberg, Kurt Nielsen
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher, Bleeder, Fear X)
Cert 18 | 100 minutes | Vertigo | Limited release | Denmark | Subtitled
IMDB Entry


What's it about? Korean horror film. A group of Korean soldiers fighting on the American side in Vietnam are sent on a mission to locate some missing comrades. They soon discover that, besides the Vietcong, they face a supernatural foe.
Cast: Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Tae-kyung Oh, Won-sang Park, Seon-gyun Lee
Director: Su-chang Kong
Cert 15 | 107 minutes | Tartan | Limited release | S Korea | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

Tell Me Something
(Korean title: Telmisseomding)

What's it about? Gory Korean thriller, made in 1999, about the hunt for a serial killer in Seoul. His MO is leaving different parts of his victims' bodies mixed together.
Cast: Suk-kyu Han, Eun-ha Shim, Hang-Seon Jang, Jung-ah Yum, Seok-Hwan An
Director: Yoon-Hyun Chang
Cert 18 | 118 minutes | Tartan| Limited release | S Korea | Subtitled
Official site | IMDB Entry | US Reviews

The Rocky Road To Dublin

What's it about? Irish documentary, made in 1968, examining how independence from Britain affected the nation and its people. Controversial in Ireland for its less than flattering portrait of the country.
Director: Peter Lennon
Soda Pictures | Limited release | Ireland
IMDB Entry

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
(French title: Les Parapluies De Cherbourg)

What's it about? The BFI are re-releasing the unconventional 1964 musical that made Catherine Deneuve a star. The story may be a romance but it's a cynical, realistic one.
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner
Director: Jacques Demy (Lola, Bay Of Angels, The Young Girls Of Rochefort)
BFI | Limited release | France | Subtitled
IMDB Entry


Ray Liotta's doing the gangster thing again
in Guy Ritchie's Revolver

---------- September 23rd ----------


What's it about? Guy Ritchie's latest gangster movie shifts the location from London to Los Angeles but otherwise it's business as usual with Jason Statham playing a gambler who gets on the wrong side of mob boss Ray Liotta.
Cast: Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Andre Benjamin, Vincent Pastore, Andrew Howard
Director: Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Swept Away)
Cert 15 | 115 minutes | Redbus | General release | UK
Official site | IMDB Entry

Land Of The Dead

What's it about? Long-awaited fourth installment in George A Romero's Living Dead trilogy, set in a walled city, which is mankind's last refuge against an army of evolving zombies.
Cast: Asia Argento, Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo, Krista Bridges
Director: George A Romero (Dawn Of The Dead, Creepshow, The Dark Half)
Cert 15 | 93 minutes | UIP | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews
Region 1 DVD out October 18th

Howl's Moving Castle
(Japanese title: Hauru No Ugoku Shiro)

Read the DVD Times cinema review
What's it about? Spirited Away director Hayao Miyazaki's latest animated feature is a fantasy tale of a young girl's quest to break the curse placed on her by a wizard.
Voice cast: Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki
Director: Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away)
Cert U | 119 minutes | Optimum | Limited release | Japan | Dubbed / Subtitled
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews

When Will I Be Loved

What's it about? When his girlfriend starts becoming very sexually adventurous, a hustler hatches a plan to pimp her out to a rich man who finds her alluring.
Cast: Neve Campbell, Fred Weller, Ashley Shelton, James Toback, Alex Feldman
Director: James Toback (The Pick-Up Artist, Two Girls And A Guy, Black And White)
Cert 15 | 81 minutes | Verve | Limited release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews
Region 1 DVD out now

King's Game
(Danish title: Kongekabale)

What's it about? Danish political thriller. A pair of journalists investigate some dodgy dealings involving the husband of a powerful politician and it turns out to be the tip of an iceberg of parliamentary corruption.
Cast: Anders W Berthelsen, Søren Pilmark, Nastja Arcel, Nicolas Bro, Lars Mikkelsen
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Cert 12A | 107 minutes | Dogwoof | Limited release | Denmark | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

One Night In Mongkok
(Chinese title: Wong Gok Hak Yau)

What's it about? Hong Kong thriller in which cops try to head off a gang war by finding and stopping a contract killer who's been hired to kill a Triad boss.
Cast: Cecilia Cheung, Daniel Wu, Alex Fong, Anson Leung, Kar Lok Chin
Director: Tung-Shing Yee
Tartan | Limited release | China | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

Abnormal Beauty
(Chinese title: Sei person that I find irritating Se Jun)

What's it about? Gory thriller from Hong Kong. A young woman witnesses a horrific car accident and becomes obsessed with death.
Cast: Race Wong, Anson Leung, Rosanne Wong, Michelle Mee, Ekin Cheng
Director: Oxide Pang Chun (Bangkok Dangerous, The Eye, The Tesseract)
Tartan | Limited release | France | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

Agatha And The Storm
(Italian title: Agata E La Tempesta)

What's it about? Italian romantic comedy with a supernatural twist. Its heroine is a mild-mannered bookshop owner who causes electrical storms to occur whenever she gets too excited.
Cast: Licia Maglietta, Giuseppe Battiston, Emilio Solfrizzi, Marina Massironi, Claudio Santamaria
Director: Silvio Soldini
Cert 15 | 125 minutes | Capers-Matcine | Limited release | Italy | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

Bread And Tulips
(Italian title: Pane E Tulipani)

What's it about? An Italian housewife who has put up with her husband's philandering and bullying for years finally breaks free from him when her tour bus breaks down and leaves her stranded in Venice. Comedy.
Cast: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania, Marina Massironi
Director: Silvio Soldini
Cert 12A | 116 minutes | Capers-Matcine | Limited release | Italy | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

One Dollar Curry

What's it about? French comedy in which an Indian immigrant arrives in Paris and poses as a famous chef.
Cast: Vikram Chatwal, Gabriella Wright, Smriti Mishra, Trevor A. Stephens, Benoît Soles
Director: Vijay Singh
Cert 12A | 89 minutes | Silhouette | Limited release | France | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

(Russian title: Chetyre)

What's it about? A musician, a civil servant and a prostitute meet in a Moscow bar and set in motion this impressionistic, nightmarish thriller from Russia.
Cast: Shavkat Abdusalamov, Anatoli Adoskin, Yuri Laguta, Konstantin Murzenko, Sergei Shnurov
Director: Ilya Khrjanovsky
ICA | Limited release | Russia | Subtitled
IMDB Entry


Four Brothers back on the block and after revenge

---------- September 30th ----------

Four Brothers

What's it about? Revenge drama in which the eponymous four brothers set out to avenge the murder of their mother.
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese, Josh Charles, André Benjamin, Fionnula Flanagan
Director: John Singleton (Boyz N The Hood, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious)
Cert 15 | 109 minutes | UIP | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

What's it about? Former man-whore Rob Schneider is tricked by pimp Eddie Griffin into taking up his old profession again, this time in Europe, where he discovers a secret society of male gigolos.
Cast: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Til Schweiger, Jeroen Krabbé, Rachel Stevens
Director: Mike Bigelow (no relation)
Cert 15 | 83 minutes | Buena Vista | General release | USA
Quicktime Trailer | Official site | IMDB Entry | US reviews

A History Of Violence

What's it about? David Cronenberg's dark thriller is about a family man who attracts the unwanted attention of a gangster after he kills some thugs in his diner.
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Ashton Holmes
Director: David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly, Naked Lunch)
Cert 18 | 96 minutes | Entertainment | Limited release | USA
Official site | IMDB Entry


What's it about? A ghetto kid from Los Angeles who is obsessed with football (in the British sense!) gets a trial with Newcastle United FC.
Cast: Kuno Becker, Marcel Iures, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Kieran O'Brien
Director: Danny Cannon (The Young Americans, Judge Dredd, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer)
Icon | General release | UK
IMDB Entry


What's it about? British psychological drama. A drifer takes work from a blind farmer. While staying with him, he becomes attracted to the farmer's young wife.
Cast: Anders W. Berthelsen, Jodhi May, Peter Mullan, Phyllida Law, Samantha Bond
Director: Eleanor Yule
Cert 15 | 93 minutes | Guerrilla | Limited release | UK
Official site | IMDB Entry


What's it about? Bizarre, surreal Belgian film set at a girls' boarding school and focusing on a group of young girls in their last years of childhood.
Voice cast: Zoé Auclair, Laisson Lalieux, Astrid Homme, Lea Bridarolli, Ana Palomo-Diaz
Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic
Cert 15 | 121 minutes | Artificial Eye | Limited release | Belgium | Subtitled
IMDB Entry

Another Public Enemy
(Korean title: Gonggongui Jeog 2)

What's it about? Korean thriller. An unorthodox prosecutor investigates an old schoolfriend of his who he suspects may have murdered his father and brother to take control of the family business empire..
Cast: Kyung-gu Sol, Jun-ho Jeong, Shin-il Kang, Geun-hyeong Park, Hie-bong Byeon
Director: Woo-Suk Kang
Cert 15 | 148 minutes | Tartan | Limited release | S Korea | Subtitled
IMDB Entry


What's it about? Japanese drama. A young former medical student loses his memory after a car crash in which his girlfriend dies. He regains it by performing an autopsy on her.
Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Nami Tsukamoto, Kiki, Kazuyoshi Kushida, Lily
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto (Tetsu, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, A Snake Of June)
Cert 18 | 85 minutes | Tartan | Limited release | Japan | Subtitled


August Releases

1/08/2005 - 14/08/2005


Bradigor's Recommendations

24 Series 4

The Machinist

The Dream Team

When We Were Kings


Evil Dead SE

Watership Down SE

Admiral Ackbar:
I'm looking forward to The Island quite alot, say what you like about Michael Bay, he makes cracking action movies and the cast is exceptional.

۩ Imperator ۩:
I saw the trailer for Stealth yesterday. It looks absolutely catastrophically bad.


--- Quote from: blurred on July 19, 2005, 02:45:24 pm ---maybe whack the last week of July in there as well, Bradigor?

--- End quote ---

Good Point and ammended.

--- Quote from: Admiral Ackbar on July 19, 2005, 02:34:35 pm ---I'm looking forward to The Island quite alot, say what you like about Michael Bay, he makes cracking action movies and the cast is exceptional.

--- End quote ---

Pearl Harbour ;)

Although, The Island does look interesting.


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