05 October, 2007

Opening Weekend

28 September

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Across the Universe


Musical drama. A dock worker Jude travels to America in the 1960s to find his estranged father.

With Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther

Writers: Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (based on story by Julie Taymor)
Director: Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor interview

Official site


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The Brave One


Thriller. A woman and her fiancee are viciously attacked and the experience changes her dramatically.

With Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Naveen Andrews, Mary Steenburgen, Ene Oloja

Writers: Roderick Taylor & Bruce A. Taylor and Cynthia Mort
Director: Neil Jordan

Official site


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Dil Dosti Etc


Drama. Two students, one forward thinking and one old fashioned clash

With Nikita Anand, Smriti Mishra, Immaduddin Shah, Ishitta Sharma, Shreyas Talpade

Writers: Pawan Sony, Manish Tiwary
Director: Manish Tiwary

Manish Tiwary interview

Official site


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Drawing Restraint 9


Fantasy. The relationship between self-imposed resistance and creativity.takes place primarily aboard real Japanese whaling ship the Nisshin Maru

With Shigeru Akahori, Naomi Araki, Matthew Barney, Björk, Hisashi Fujita

Writer: Matthew Barney
Director: Matthew Barney

Matthew Barney interview

Official site


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Halloween


Horror. A boy loves cutting up animals and progresses to humans.

With Malcolm McDowell, Brad Dourif, Tyler Mane, Daeg Faerch, Sheri Moon, William Forsythe

Writer: Rob Zombie
Director: Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie interview 1
Rob Zombie interview 2 (video)
Rob Zombie interview 3

Official site


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Hot Rod


Comedy. Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life. Rod plans to clear fifteen buses in an attempt to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. He'll land the jump, get Frank better, and then fight him, hard.

With Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny R. McBride, Isla Fisher, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane, Will Arnett

Writer: Pam Brady
Director: Akiva Schaffer

Official site


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Kenny


Comedy. Mockumentary about porta-loo technician.

With Shane Jacobson, Eve von Bibra, Ronald Jacobson, Jesse Jacobson, Chris Davis, Ian Dryden, Morihiko Hasebe.

Writer: Clayton Jacobson & Shane Jacobson
Director: Clayton Jacobson

Clayton Jacobson & Shane Jacobson interview 1
Clayton Jacobson interview
"Kenny" interview

Production notes

Official site

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Michael Clayton


Thriller. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York.

With George Clooney, Sean Cullen, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack

Writer: Tony Gilroy
Director: Tony Gilroy

Tony Gilroy interview 1
Tony Gilroy interview 2(audio)
Tony Gilroy interview 3
Tony Gilroy interview 4

Official site


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Mr. Woodcock


Comedy. Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made high school hell for generations of students.

With Billy Bob Thornton, Seann William Scott, John Farley, Susan Sarandon, Amy Poehler, Melissa Sagemiller, Ethan Suplee

Writer: Michael Carnes & Josh Gilbert
Director: Craig Gillespie

Official site


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Mrs. Ratcliffe's Revolution


Comedy. Tells the true story of a mother from the north of England who took the remarkable step of travelling with her husband and children to communist East Germany in the Sixties, selling their house in order to start a new life in a socialist state.

With Catherine Tate, Iain Glen, Brittany Ashworth, Heike Makatsch, Jessica Barden, Christian Brassington .

Writer: Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan
Director: Billie Eltringham

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Rocket Science


Comedy-drama. Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team

With Reece Thompson, Dionne Audain, Anna Kendrick, NicholasD'Agosto, Vincent Piazza, Margo Martindale

Writer: Jeffrey Blitz
Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Jeffrey Blitz interview (video)
Jeffrey Blitz interview 1
Jeffrey Blitz interview 2
Jeffrey Blitz article

Official site

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The Singer (Quand j'étais chanteur)


Romantic drama. An aging dance hall singer is smitten by a wary young woman.
With Gérard Depardieu, Cécile De France, Mathieu Amalric, Christine Citti, Patrick Pineau

Writer: Xavier Giannoli
Director: Xavier Giannoli

Xavier Giannoli interview (en français)

Press pack

Official site

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War


Thriller. After his partner is brutally murdered by the infamous assassin Rogue, FBI agent Jack Crawford vows to find the elusive killer and personally avenge his partner's death.

With Jet Li, Jason Statham, John Lone, Devon Aoki,Luis Guzmán, Saul Rubinek, Ryo Ishibashi

Writer: Lee Anthony Smith & Gregory J. Bradley
Director: Philip G. Atwell

Official site

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5 October

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And When Did You Last See Your Father?


Biographical drama. The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

With Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Gina McKee, Sarah Lancashire

Writer: David Nicholls (based on the book by Blake Morrison)
Director: Anand Tucker

Blake Morrison interview

Official site


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Control


Biographical drama. A profile of Ian Curtis , the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23

With Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson

Writer: Matt Greenhalgh (based on the book by Deborah Curtis)
Director: Anton Corbijn

Official site


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Day Watch (Dnevnoy dozor)


Fantasy horror. A man who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event

With Konstantin Khabensky, Mariya Poroshina, Vladimir Menshov, Galina Tyunina, Viktor Verzhbitsky

Writer: Timur Bekmambetov (based on the novel by Sergei Lukyanenko)
Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Timur Bekmambetov interview

Official site

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Feast of Love


Romantic drama. A meditation on love and its various incarnations, set within a community of friends in Oregon.

With Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell, Billy Burke, Selma Blair

Writer: Allison Burnett (based on the book by Charles Baxter)
Director: Robert Benton

Allison Burnett on Author's Den

Official site

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Hatchet


Comedy horror. When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.

With Joel Moore, Tamara Feldman, Deon Richmond, Mercedes McNab, Kane Hodder

Writer: Adam Green
Director: Adam Green

Adam Green interview 1
Adam Green interview 2
Adam Green interview 3

Fan site

Official site

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The Heartbreak Kid


Comedy. A newlywed man who believes he's just gotten hitched to the perfect woman encounters another lady on his honeymoon.

With Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, Malin Akerman, Carlos Mencia, Rob Corddry

Writers: Scot Armstrong and Leslie Dixon and Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly & Kevin Barnett (based on the short story by Bruce Jay Friedman and screenplay by Neil Simon)
Director: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly

Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly interview
Bobby Farrelly interview 1
Bobby Farrelly interview 2

Official site

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The Kingdom


Thriller. A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East

With Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ashraf Barhom

Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan
Director: Peter Berg

Matthew Michael Carnahan interview 1
Matthew Michael Carnahan interview 2

Official site

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Seachd: The Inaccessible Pinnacle


Fantasy drama. When a young man, Angus, visits his dying Grandfather in hospital he cannot hold back his boyhood quest for the truth - the truth behind the death of his parents and the truth behind his Grandfather's ancient, incredible, fearful stories

With Aonghas Padruig Caimbeul, Padruig Moireasdan, Crisdean Domhnallach, Winnie Brook Young, Dolina MacLennan

Writer: Joanne Cockwell, Iain Finlay MacLeod, Aonghas Macneacail, Simon Miller, Iseabail NicDhomhnaill
Director: Simon Miller

Simon Miller interview 1

Official site

2 comments:

Annie Rhiannon said...

Ooh, loads of those sound good. I especially want to see The Singer.

Robin Kelly said...

Me too. I'm still waiting for that and Rocket Science to reach here.