New Movie Releases – 25-07-14


So what to say about this lot? We did enjoy Norte, the End of History, but be warned it is over four hours long! It’s the type of film if you watch on DVD, it’ll take about four goes. Our other tip would be Nicolas Cage in Joe. That’s right, we’re recommending a film with Nicolas in it. I feel strange and kind of dirty. There’s another outing of Purge, but this time without the famous people involved. Really, what was Ethan Hawke doing in the first one anyway?

Joe – An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.

Director: David Gordon Green
Writers: Larry Brown (based on the novel by), Gary Hawkins
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter

Rotten Tomatoes – 85%

The House of Magic – Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos.

Directors: Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen
Writers: James Flynn (screenplay), Dominic Paris (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Stars: Cinda Adams, Edward Asner, George Babbit

Rotten Tomatoes – 64%

Norte, the End of History – An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.

Director: Lav Diaz
Writers: Lav Diaz, Rody Vera
Stars: Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania

Rotten Tomatoes – 95%

Earth to Echo – After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

Director: Dave Green
Writers: Henry Gayden (screenplay), Henry Gayden (story)
Stars: Teo Halm, Astro, Reese Hartwig

Rotten Tomatoes – 49%

Who Is Dayani Cristal? – An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.

Director: Marc Silver
Writer: Mark Monroe
Stars: Gael García Bernal

Rotten Tomatoes – 71%

The Purge: Anarchy – A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.

Director: James DeMonaco
Writers: James DeMonaco, James DeMonaco (characters)
Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford

Rotten Tomatoes – 55%

Hercules Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

Director: Brett Ratner
Writers: Ryan Condal (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay)
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane

Rotten Tomatoes – 63%

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