UK Cinema Releases: Friday 4th November 2011


In Time (20th Century Fox): Dystopian sci-fi thriller set in the not-too-distant future where the aging gene has been switched off and time has become the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. Directed by Andrew Niccol, it stars Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Cilian Murphy and Olivia Wilde. [Nationwide / 12A]

Tower Heist (Universal): Comedy about a group of hard working guys who find out they’ve fallen victim to a wealthy business man’s Ponzi scheme and the conspire to rob his high-rise residence. Directed by Bret Ratner, it stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck and Matthew Broderick. [Nationwide / 12A]

Straw Dogs (Sony Pictures): Remake of the 1971 Sam Pekinpah film relocated to the US South where an L.A. screenwriter (James Marsden) relocates with his wife (Kate Bosworth) and tensions build between them and the locals. Directed by Rod Lurie, it -co-stars lexander Skarsgard and James Woods. [Nationwide / 18]

Machine Gun Preacher (Lionsgate UK): The story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been forced to become soldiers. Directed by Marc Forster, it co-stars Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon.


The Future (Picturehouse Entertainment): The latest film from Miranda July is about a couple who adopt a stray cat which changes their perspective on life. It stars July, Hamish Linklater and David Warshofsky. [Selected cinemas / 12A]

Jack Goes Boating (Trinity Filmed Entertainment): The tale of a shy limo driver (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who goes on a blind date with a friend of a friend (Amy Ryan), based on the 2007 play by Robert Glaudini. Directed by Hoffman, it co-stars John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Thomas McCarthy. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (20th Century Fox): A story set in 19th century China about the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women. Directed by Wayne Wang, it stars Ami Canaan Mann and Gianna Jun.

Weekend (Pecadillo Pictures): This romantic drama about two guys who fall for each other over a weekend has already garnered positive reviews on the festival circuit. Directed by Andrew Haigh, it stars Tom Cullen, Chris New and Laura Freeman. [Selected cinemas / 18]

The Human Centipede 2 (Bounty Films): Horror sequel which caused a brief kerfuffle with the BBFC, which may or may not have been part of an elaborate marketing campaign. Directed by Tom Six, it stars Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie and Maddi Black.

Junkhearts (Soda Pictures): British drama about a returning soldier from Iraq (Eddie Marsan), a homeless teenager (Candese Reid) and a businesswoman (Romola Garai). Directed by Tinge Krishnan, it co-stars Tom Sturridge. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Oslo, August 31st (Soda Pictures): A day in the life of a young recovering drug addict (Anders Danielsen Lie), who takes leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. Directed by Joachim Trier, it stars Malin Creplin, Akel M. Thanke, and Hans Olva Brenner. [Selected cinemas / 15]

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DVD & Blu-ray

UK DVD & Blu-ray Releases: Monday 24th October 2011


Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (Optimum Home Entertainment): Controversial 1986 low-budget drama about a serial killer (John Rooker) directed by John McNaughton , which took four years to get a release after numerous problems with ratings boards in the US and UK. [Click here to read the full review] [Buy the Blu-ray & DVD from Amazon UK]

Straw Dogs (Fremantle Home Entertainment): Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 drama about a US academic (Dustin Hoffman) who moves to Cornwall with his wife (Susan George) and then gets into trouble with the locals. Banned on home video for many years, this release is the uncut version. [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

The Guns of Navarone (Sony Pictures Home Ent.): 1961 World War II adventure about an allied mission to destroy Nazi guns on a key strategic Mediterranean island. Directed by J. Lee Thompson, it stars Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn and was adapted by Carl Foreman from Alistair MacLeanโ€™s best-selling novel. [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]

Ashes & Diamonds (Arrow Academy): Classic 1958 Polish drama set in 1945 that depicts the postwar power struggles in the country. Directed by Andrzej Wajda, it stars Zbigniew Cybulski and Ewa Krzyzewska. This is a new 2K resolution restoration, features a 25 minute interview with the director and a booklet of notes by Michael Brooke. [Buy the Blu-ray & DVD from Amazon UK]

Red Desert (BFI Video): Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic 1964 film was his first in colour and ended up being one of his best. It depicts the crisis of a young woman (Monica Vitti) stuck in an unhappy marriage and her relationship with a British engineer (Richard Harris). [Buy the Blu-ray & DVD from Amazon UK]

Withnail and I (Studiocanal): This 1987 film dramatises the struggles of two out of work actors in North London (Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant) who go on a visiti to the countryside. Based on writer-director Bruce Robinson’s experiences, it was financed by George Harrison’s Handmade Films and cult viewing on home video.ย [Buy the Blu-ray from Amazon UK]


Angels of Evil (Artificial Eye) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Blood Creek (EV) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Holy Rollers (Crabtree Films) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Honey/Honey 2 (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Ice Age 3 – Dawn of the Dinosaurs (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy]
John Lennon: LENNONYC (Go Entertain) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Jurassic Park/The Lost World – Jurassic Park/Jurassic Park 3 (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / with Digital Copy – Double Play]
Mother’s Day (Optimum Home Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Pearl Jam: Twenty (Sony Music Entertainment) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Planet Dinosaur (2 Entertain) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Rio (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / Normal]
Scooby-Doo: Curse of the Lake Monster (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / + DVD and Digital Copy – Triple Play]
Sea Rex 3D – Journey to a Prehistoric World (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition]
Shelter (TLA Releasing) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Ballad of Narayama (Eureka) [Blu-ray / with DVD – Double Play]
The Caller (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (20th Century Fox Home Ent.) [Blu-ray / 3D Edition + 2D Edition + DVD + Digital Copy]
The Conspirator (Universal Pictures) [Blu-ray / Normal]
The Whistleblower (High Fliers Video Distribution) [Blu-ray / Irish Version]
V: Seasons 1-2 (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]
V: The Complete Second Season (Warner Home Video) [Blu-ray / Normal]

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