Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.
This week’s feature sees the release of Guardians of the Tomb, Chronically Metropolitan, The Mimic, Singularity, Final Score, The Disaster Artist, and The Ballad of Lefty Brown.
3rd September – Guardians of the Tomb
Synopsis: A search-and-rescue team including scientist Dr Mason and Jia head off to remote China when her brother Luke goes missing while on a research trip. After surviving a violent electrical storm, the group discovers a well-preserved mummified Chinese Emperor from 200BC which unearths a two-thousand-year-old nightmare, a secret that should have remained buried.
Director: Kimble Rendall
Cast: Bingbing Li, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Chun Wu, Shane Jacobson, and Stef Dawson
4th September – Chronically Metropolitan
Synopsis: First-time novelist Fenton returns to New York from self-imposed exile on the West Coast in a bid to win back his ex-girlfriend. It turns out that a fictional story he wrote for The New Yorker about her and her family didn’t go down well. She’s about to marry a new man, but Fenton is determined to rekindle the flame and face a few lingering childhood fears.
Director: Xavier Manrique
Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Victor Cruz, Mary-Louise Parker, Josh Peck, and Addison Timlin
5th September – The Mimic (Jang-san-beom)
Synopsis: After their son goes missing, distraught Hee-Yeon and her husband Min-Ho move to the remote countryside to make a fresh start with their young daughter, Jun-Hee, and Hee-Yeon’s elderly mother. One night, they find a little girl wandering in the woods and Hee-Yeon fights to keep her. Soon, strange occurrences begin, as the family encounter The Jangsan Tiger which mimics human voices to lure people close.
Director: Jung Huh
Cast: Jung-ah Yum, Hyuk-kwon Park, Jin Heo, Rin-Ah Shin, Yu-sul Bang, and Jun Hyeok Lee
6th September – Singularity
Synopsis: In 2020, tech CEO Elias van Dorne puts the supercomputer Kronos online as a means to ending all wars. However, it identifies mankind as Earth’s greatest threat and sets out to rid the “infection”. 97 years later, rebel teenagers Andrew and Calia band together to escape a robot army overseen by the computer and form an unlikely alliance to reach a new world, where it is rumoured mankind exists without fear of robot persecution. But does this world actually exist? And will they live long enough to find out?
Director: Robert Kouba
Cast: Julian Schaffner, John Cusack, Carmen Argenziano, Eileen Grubba, Jeannine Wacker, and Pavlo Bubryak
7th September – Final Score
Synopsis: Described as “Die Hard in a soccer stadium”, the film follows ex-soldier Michael Knox who has to use all his lethal fighting skills to save the 35,000 capacity crowd at a top-flight football match in London’s East End. The fans – plus the daughter of an old colleague – are being held hostage by armed kidnappers demanding a ransom. Knox wages a one-man war to save her and prevent mass destruction.
Director: Scott Mann
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ray Stevenson, Amit Shah, Pierce Brosnan, Lara Peake, and Ralph Brown
Review: It wasn’t as brutal or lethal as I thought it was going to be, but it takes itself seriously and Dave Bautista is pretty good.
8th September – The Disaster Artist
Synopsis: Telling the true story about the creation of Tommy Wiseau’s cult bad film, The Room, the film explores the relationship of aspiring film actor Greg Sestero who meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class. The two travel to Hollywood together but when Tinseltown rejects them, Tommy decides to write, direct, produce and star in their own movie.
Director: James Franco
Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, and Jacki Weaver
Review: I haven’t actually watched The Room. I’ve certainly heard about it and I’ve watched a few clips, but I had no idea about the hilarity of it all. Despite not having seen it, I thought that this depiction of its making was such a laugh. I don’t know how right or wrong they got anything, but the side-by-side scenes of the real film and this biopic looked excellent. Most of all, James Franco’s performance is incredible (as is his brother’s, Dave) and I’m left so intrigued by Tommy Wiseau.
9th September – The Ballad of Lefty Brown
Synopsis:A Western about loyalty, friendship, and the relentless pursuit of justice, the film follows reluctant Montana cowboy Lefty Brown who is thrust into the limelight after his lifelong buddy and rich rancher boss is gunned down by horse-rustlers. Left for dead, Lefty makes his way home and swears revenge, despite being regarded by those around him as a perpetual loser…and possibly his friend’s killer.
Director: Jared Moshe
Cast: Bill Pullman, Peter Fonda, Stephen Alan Seder, Kathy Baker, Joseph Lee Anderson, and Tyson Gerhardt