If you told us a few years ago that there was going to be a movie about Noah starring Russell Crowe, we would have laughed at the idea. But a production of Noah directed by Oscar-nominated auteur Darren Aronofsky? Now we’re intrigued.
Beset by visions of an almighty flood, Noah ignores the protestations of his family and peers, building a great ark in which life may be preserved. Among the skeptics are Ray Winstone, whose casting suggests that the ark was constructed somewhere east of Dagenham. Other cast members include Jennifer Connolly and Emma Watson.
As with many of Aronofsky’s movies, one of the real stars of Noah is composer Clint Mansell, who has assembled one of the year’s most memorable film scores.
Rio 2 (Early Digital Release)
Just as we turn our attention from the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, we find ourselves brought back to Brazil with the sequel to 2011′s bird-based family adventure.
Since we last saw Blu and Jewel (two rare Macaws voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway), they’ve started their own little family in the belief that they’re the last of their species. But when evidence arises suggest that there are still other blue macaws floating about, it’s time for a family holiday deep into the Amazon jungle!
Divergent (Early Digital Release)
Shailene Woodley (recently of The Descendants and The Fault in Our Stars) is the star of her own successful Young Adult franchise. Like many others films of this type, it’s about a youngster in a dystopian future who discovers that she’s a little bit special. In this particular future, the citizens of Chicago now live behind enormous walls, split into ‘factions’ that perform different tasks within their society. But when a test reveals that our heroine fits into none of these factions, it could spell danger for her.
Woodley is actually a very likeable lead and despite the premise of the film making very little sense, we found ourselves enjoying divergent an awful lot. It’s the first film in an already-assured trilogy, so watch it now before you get left behind!
A Long Way Down (New to Rent)
It’s the latest film to be based on the hugely-loved works of author Nick Hornby.
On New Year’s Eve, four people from different walks of life find themselves on the roof of a London skyscraper, with the intention of killing themselves. They collectively agree to postpone their suicide until Valentine’s Day, to see if their lives are actually worth living or not. The solid ensemble cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots (who also star in last week’s new release, Need for Speed).
Ironclad 2 (New to Rent)
The first Ironclad movie starred James Purefoy as a Templar Knight who storms a castle in the middle ages. This straight-to-video sequel doesn’t have Purefoy – who’s a bit busy at the moment, starring in TV’s The Following. Instead, it stars Danny Webb as a survivor of the first film who must protect his clan from Celtic bandits. Referendum satire, perhaps?
Ironclad 2 also stars Game of Thrones‘ Michelle Fairley. So if you miss seeing Catelyn Stark in medieval garb, here’s your chance!
The Double (Early Digital Release)
With this new release and Rio, you can get double your Jesse Eisenberg fix this week. Or should we say triple?
Eisenberg plays an anonymous and meek office drone who secretly covets his co-worker (Mia Wasichowska). His pointless existence gets thrown out of sorts with the arrival of a new colleague: a cocky, super-confident man who looks and dresses exactly like him. The only trouble is that no-one sees this resemblance apart from him.
This strange and dark film comes from writer/director Richard Ayoade (Moss from The IT Crowd), whose debut film Submarine caught the attention of film fans everywhere. Based on a novella by Dostoyevsky, The Double is a Kafkaesque journey into madness – one that’s truly worth taking.
David Morse is one of those classic character actors: you’ll recognise his face but you won’t always remember where you’ve seen it. (The Green Mile, 12 Monkeys, The Rock, among others) He stars in the titular character, a grizzled narcotics detective who goes rogue when he discovers that a young criminal has just been released from prison: a man who knows something that’s rather valuable to the cops.
Playing the young offender is Glee’s Corey Monteith, in a final performance before his untimely death.
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