Here are the new UK cinema releases for this week. What will you be watching?
12 Years A Slave
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt
1: Life on the Limit
Narrated by Michael Fassbender, 1: Life On The Limit is an action-packed, cinematic documentary that channels the speed, excitement and abject danger inherent in this most glamorous of sports. The film charts Formula One’s journey from its comparatively humble beginnings in post-war Britain, through to the game-changing events of the 1976 season recently examined in the smash hitRush, as well as the untimely death of F1 superstar Ayrton Senna. In so doing, 1: Life On The Limit showcases a world where drivers were akin to rock stars and where safety definitely wasn’t always put first.
Utilising rare archive footage and gathering the largest and most comprehensive selection of Formula One interviews ever collected, the film examines a sport that, even in its Golden Age, was stealing lives at a terrifying rate. With comment from Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Bernie Ecclestone and Niki Lauda to name but a few, 1: Life On The Limit is not only an irresistible companion piece to the superb Rush but also a riveting, essential documentary in its own right.
Director: Paul Crowder
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti
Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country provide third-trimester abortions. With unprecedented access, this film goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm.
Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson
20 years in the future, a special breed of outlaws sets out to exact vengeance from white collar criminals, and become famous with the have nots.
Director: Henry Saine
Starring: Matthew Marsden, Kristanna Loken, Christian Pitre
This is the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well.
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders
Exposed: Beyond Burlesque
To classify the burlesque performers of this exuberant documentary as male or female would contradict their gender-bending philosophy. But there are eight of them: ranging from X-rated rabbi Rose Wood, to Mat Fraser, whose thalidomide-stunted arms are no barrier to his comically subversive routines. This affable and articulate bunch impart their views on body image, gender assignments, sexual mores and the constructedness of sexuality with keen, entertaining eloquence. Interspersed are the performances themselves, running the gamut of risqué, from ‘mildly shocking’ to ‘censor-baiting’. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a clarion call to anyone dissatisfied with hetero-hegemony, offering an alternative discourse both intelligent and highly entertaining.
Director: Beth B
Kiss The Water
Everyone has a story about the one they snared or the one that got away. Such fish tales form the poetry behind this trip to Scotland’s far northern highlands, as Eric Steel, director of the acclaimed 2006 documentary The Bridge, focuses on the life and remarkable influence of Megan Boyd, fishing fly-maker extraordinaire. Self-taught in this enigmatic, artful craft, Boyd became an internationally renowned artisan and supplier to, among others, Prince Charles. In turn, her flies have been collected as folk art pieces or, when used in the way Boyd intended, revered as the best some fishermen have ever cast. Here her notes and methods are intoned in earnest voiceover as her followers reproduce her finest creations despite or in defiance of modern shortcuts.
Director: Eric Steel
Patron Mutlu Son Istiyor
Screenwriter Sinan is suffering from a nasty case of writer’s block but he must deliver a script with a happy ending. So he travels to a hotel in the historical region of Cappadocia in search of a muse and he finds her in Eylul, the daughter of the hotel’s owner. A balloon trip above the beautiful countryside helps to spark romance. However, Sinan’s creativity is curtailed by a chance encounter with his old friend and now rival, the artist Faruk.
Director: Kivanc Baruonu
Starring: Tolga Cevik, Ezgi Mola, Murat Basoglu
The Railway Man
During World War II, Eric Lomax (Colin Firth) is a British officer who is captured by the Japanese in Singapore and sent to a POW camp, where he is forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. During his time in the camp, Lomax is tortured by the Kempetai primarily for building a radio.
Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax, with the help of his wife Patti, and best friend Finlay (Skarsgård), decides to find and confront one of his captors. Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor, Japanese officer Takashi Nagase (Sanada), from the prison camp, “in an attempt let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate”
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeremy Irvine, Hiroyuki Sanada
Egyptian revolutionaries battle their leaders and regime to build a new society.
Director: Jehane Noujaim
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Via Launching Films