Another week at the Monster-plex and more features fighting for air! This week is a week like any other, but we do have a Cronenberg release, which is getting quite average reviews sadly. Still, a lot of teenage girls will be very weirded out after going to see it for Robert Pattinson, so that’s a good thing if nothing else. The Equalizer is a supposed remake of the ITV classic, although all I really remember about the original is that very little happened. The same could not be accused of this one! Think lots of explosions. Ida seems to be the one not to miss, with Human Capital also getting a lot of love. See the full list below.
Don’t forget the Stranger than Fiction series at the IFI.
Maps to the Stars – A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: Bruce Wagner (screenplay)
Stars: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson
55 – Rotten Tomatoes
The Equalizer – A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by – he has to help her.
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Writers: Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan (television series)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz
Ida – Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writers: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Human Capital – The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve.
Director: Paolo Virzì
Writers: Stephen Amidon (novel), Paolo Virzì (screenplay)
Stars: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
83 – Rotten Tomatoes
What We Did on Our Holiday (2014) – Explores the meaning of life and suggests how best to live and love.
Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Writers: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Stars: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly
I Origins – A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.
Director: Mike Cahill
Writer: Mike Cahill (screenplay)
Stars: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
51 – Rotten Tomatoes