Monday, 24 July 2017

Competition: Win Neither Heaven Nor Earth on DVD

Neither Heaven Nor Earth is out on DVD on July 31st and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
Afghanistan 2014. Approaching the withdrawal of troops, Captain Antarès Bonassieu and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote valley of Wakhan, Afghanistan, on the border of Pakistan.

Despite their determination, control of this so-called calm sector will gradually crumble as soldiers start to mysteriously disappear one by one…

Starring Jérémie Renier and Swann Arlaud

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Neither Heaven Nor Earth [DVD] [2017]

To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...

Who directs Neither Heaven Nor Earth?

Send you name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com

 

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1. Closing date 07-08-17
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win Wakefield on DVD

Wakefield  is out on DVD on July 31st and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
Drama directed by Robin Swicord and starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. A responsible husband and father, Howard Wakefield (Cranston) works as a lawyer in order to earn the money that gives him and his family a comfortable life. But after a particularly exhausting day at work Howard returns home to find a raccoon infestation in his garage.

As he wearily clears them out, he discovers that an isolated corner of the garage allows him to observe much of his home undisturbed.

Thinking only to rest for a short while, Howard wakes the next morning with the realisation that he doesn't want to go back to the tiresome routine of his life and work, electing to stay in the garage and watch from the outside looking in as his family respond to his apparent disappearance.


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Wakefield [DVD]

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Who directs Wakefield?

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1. Closing date 07-08-17
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk Triumphs at the UK Box Office


London –  July 24, 2017 – Dunkirk, the much-anticipated new cinematic event from director Christopher Nolan, soared to the top of the UK box office on its opening weekend debut, earning an estimated £9,500,000 across 637 cinemas, including £1,330,000 in IMAX venues, and still going strong.  The announcement was made today by Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire and Spain.

Written and directed by Nolan, the epic action thriller Dunkirk brings the story of Operation Dynamo to the big screen as it unfolds on land, sea and air utilizing a mixture of IMAX® and 65mm film.  The film opens as hundreds of thousands of Allied troops are trapped on the beach.  Their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

Debuting in cinemas on July 21, the epic action thriller gives Warner Bros. Entertainment UK it’s biggest opening weekend of 2017.


In making the announcement, Josh Berger stated: “Christopher Nolan has created a film that brings this extraordinary event to the screen in a thrilling and uniquely real cinematic experience.  Critics and audiences alike agree that Dunkirk must be seen on the biggest possible screen, and we anticipate that the incredible response among audiences across the UK will drive continued success well into the summer.”

Directed by Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy) from his own screenplay, Dunkirk features a multigenerational cast, including Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy and Barry Keoghan, with Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.  The film was produced by Emma Thomas and Nolan, with Jake Myers serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team on Dunkirk included director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema, production designer Nathan Crowley, editor Lee Smith, costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson and special effects supervisor Scott Fisher.  The music was composed by Hans Zimmer.    Dunkirk was filmed on location in France, Holland, the UK and Los Angeles utilizing a combination of IMAX® and 65mm film.

New trailer for The LEGO® Ninjago Movie HD


Discover a tale of good and dad in the new trailer for The LEGO Ninjago Movie featuring an all-star cast including the legendary Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Dave Franco as Lloyd and Justin Theroux as the evil Garmadon. From the team that assembled The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, The LEGO Ninjago Movie is in cinemas October 13 2017.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd (Dave Franco), aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders.  Led by kung fu master Wu as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.


Ready Player One - SDCC Teaser - Warner Bros. UK


Synopsis
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.  But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).  When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.  When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Joining Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse, Mud), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, Bloodline) and T.J. Miller (Deadpool, Silicon Valley), with Simon Pegg (the Star Trek movies, the Mission: Impossible movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies, Dunkirk) round out the cast. Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, Ready Player One was produced by Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman as executive producers. The film is slated for release worldwide beginning 30th March, 2018, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Annabelle: Creation | Two Brand New Clips


From the director of Lights Out, David F. Sandberg and master of horror, James Wan, audiences will see how Annabelle was first brought to life.

In “Annabelle: Creation,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

Scarlett Johansson’s Sci-Fi Successes


Hollywood quickly gained a starlet in Scarlett Johansson after she received critical accolade from her breakthrough performance in 2003’s Lost in Translation. Johansson has since gone on to become one of the most successful actresses this generation, and in recent years, has graced our screens in a string of science-fiction blockbusters. As her latest futuristic endeavour - Ghost in the Shell - becomes available for digital download on July 24th, let’s look back at the films which have crowned Scarlett Johansson a sci-fi screen-queen!

Marvel Cinematic Universe 
For nearly the last ten years, Scarlett has been suiting up as Natasha Romanova, AKA Black Widow. Making her first on-screen appearance in 2010’s Iron Man 2, Johansson’s Black Widow has since gone on to become a much-loved member of The Avengers team and a major character in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Her incredible fighting abilities and exceptional intelligence certainly verifies the fierce and formidable Black Widow a celebrated hero. As Marvel continue to expand their team of cool and kick-ass characters in preparation for the highly-anticipated Infinity War, this hugely successful franchise has enabled Scarlett to stand strong at the helm.

Her
In Spike Jonze’s 2010 sci-fi/romance hybrid, Johansson ascertains that her acting abilities can transcend beyond on-screen performances. Scarlett dazzles lending her silky, husky-toned voice to a high-tech computer operating system, which leading man Joaquin Phoenix falls for. The movie went on to be nominated for string of major awards, including Best Picture and Best Song at the 2014 Academy Awards, but scooped the win within the screen-writing category.

Lucy
In this sci-fi thriller, Johansson plays the title character Lucy, who gains psychokinetic abilities after a nootropic drug is absorbed into her bloodstream. Released in the summer of 2014, the film was a box-office success, grossing over $463 million, however, critics were left disappointed by a nonsensical plot that focused on being able to gain conscious control over the entire brain. Despite this, the film was praised for Scarlett’s charm and empowering performance.

The Island
Partnering up with Ewan McGregor for this futuristic adventure, Scarlett stars in her first of many science-fiction blockbusters. Set midway through the 21st century, Michael Bay presents an alternate world where human clones are harvested to provide needed organs for their original counterpart. The clones, however, are not aware of the reality they are destined to fulfil. When the movie flopped at the box-office, producers blamed the minor status of Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson for its commercial failure.  The pair both went on to become household names and Scarlett continues to shine as a leading sci-fi action star.

Under the Skin
April 2013 saw the release of two Scarlett Johansson sci-fi movies: Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which starred Johansson’s Black Widow, and the alien flick Under the Skin. The Captain America sequel may have been far more successful at the box-office, but Scarlett still brought a haunting and highly praised performance to Under the Skin, portraying a man-hunting, other-worldly woman.

Ghost in the Shell
Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, Scarlett Johansson is the titular Major, a cyborg tasked with taking down a diabolical hacker with her squad of investigators. In probably her biggest and most elaborate sci-fi role, Scarlett was initially met with Hollywood ‘white-washing’ criticism, but the movie overall was praised for a faithful visual style, exciting action sequences and stirring musical score.

Ghost in the Shell - See It First on Digital on July 24

THOR 3: RAGNAROK Comic-Con Trailer #2 (2017) Chris Hemsworth Marvel Movie HD


Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela (Cate Blanchett) from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Manga and Anime on the Big Screen


Live adaptations of anime and manga are often a very contentious subject amongst fans, however with many Western comics making it to the ‘live-action’ big screen, why not Japan’s graphic novels? With the release of Ghost in the Shell on digital download platforms from 24th July, we’re taking a look at some of the best Manga and Anime journeys to the cinema in recent years – There's been a longer history of big-screen adaptations of Japan's graphic novels than you might think…


Ghost in the Shell
Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, “The Ghost in the Shell,” written and illustrated by Shirow Masamune back in 1989, Ghost in the Shell has inspired a devoted worldwide following, including influential filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and the Wachowskis. The epic media franchise, set in a world where people are enhanced with technology, already includes two landmark anime feature-films and two television series, as well as novels, video and mobile games. Fast forward to 2017 and the live-action version of Ghost in the Shell was released, starring Scarlett Johansson as Major, a human mind inside an artificial body designed to fight a war against cyber-crime. This stylish, cyberpunk action flick takes inspiration from both the manga and the anime versions, but also throws in quite many new ideas as well, successfully broadening its appeal. And it’s absolutely stunning too!

Oldboy
2003’s Oldboy, directed by Park-Can Wook, is perhaps one of the best and most critically-acclaimed manga to be adapted into a live-action film. Successful enough that it was remade not once, but twice; first in 2006 into a Bollywood remake titled Zinda, and then in 2013 by director Spike Lee.Violent, and definitely not for the squeamish, Oldboy is a strange, powerful tale of punishment and vengeance. Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, the film follows the story of protagonist Oh Dae-Su who, after being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years without knowing his captor, is finally released, but finds himself still trapped within a web of conspiracy and violence. It’s a masterpiece of modern filmmaking, so make sure this one gets added to your watch list!

Speed Racer
Based on the 1960s ground-breaking Japanese anime and manga series of the same name, 2008 saw the release of the live-action film adaptation of Speed Racer. The American action-comedy didn’t open with great reviews, but anime fans have long debated the film and it is now considered an “underrated” film. Written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers, famed for the Matrix series and V for Vendetta, it scored a great cast. Starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Roger Allam, the plot revolves around an 18-year-old race-car chasing his (allegedly) deceased brother's career. Despite its problems, Speed Racer has plenty to admire, most notably the fantastic shots and editing – an IGN praised the film’s “exciting, brilliantly-conceived races, primary-colour characterizations” and “irresistible sense of fun". It appears the filmmakers played up to its origins’ manga-animated style, crafting it into a brilliantly visual live-action cartoon.

Edge of Tomorrow
Arguably the first Hollywood manga adaptation to cast big leads, Edge of Tomorrow saw Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt battle alien enemies at the helm of the 2014 action movie.  Its origins started back in 2004, with Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel of a future Earth-based war against an alien race called Mimics; the story follows a soldier who becomes trapped in a time-loop, dying and regenerating the following day, and so on-and-on. A manga adaptation was then written by Ryōsuke Takeuchi and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, in between January and May 2014, and a graphic novel adaptation was released in North America in May 2014. Edge of Tomorrow, which was also marketed under its original title ‘All You Need Is Kill’, and its tagline "Live, Die, Repeat", was definitely not a straight adaptation, but it takes the concept and characters from the book and added other elements and details to create its own similar story. Compelling, gripping and funny at times, Edge of Tomorrow was praised by critics during its release. The film is a great standalone production, regardless of its history!

Ghost in the Shell - See It First on Digital on July 24

Friday, 21 July 2017

Five Cinematic Worlds that’ll make you wish Time-Space Travel existed


To celebrate the release of Ghost in the Shell on digital download from July 24th, we’ve been searching for some of the most stunning science-fiction landscapes created for cinema. So feast your eyes on these beautiful, other-worldly and brilliantly constructed futuristic locations!

1. AVATAR (Pandora)
The planet of Pandora seen in 2009’s Avatar is probably one of the most visually stunning and creatively daring cinematic worlds, envisioned by director James Cameron when he was just 19, claiming “I had a dream - a literal dream - of bioluminescent forests and glowing trees.” The jungle alien landscape is just that – a lush, wild world filled with plants of varying shades of blue, purple and green; giant floating mountains, and cascading waterfalls.

2. Ghost in the Shell (Post-Cyberpunk Japan)
Ghost in the Shell takes place in a near-future Japan, a post-World War III environment which, having destroyed the power and wealth of Earth’s reigning countries, has proliferated the development and use of cyber technology. Consequently, the vast majority of humans in this retro-futurist Japan are augmented with cybernetics, and the environment also reflects this. The cityscape is amplified with lights and visuals that stream through the streets and buildings like veins, bringing this futuristic world to life.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Ego the Living Planet)
When the Guardians enter the world formed by Ego, they enter into a stunning mountainous landscape rich in hues of pink, orange and blue. The visionaries behind Guardians of the Galaxy take full advantage of the intergalactic setting, layering the psychedelic imagery and intense colour of classic 70’s space graphic novels. Director James Gunn proudly claims that creating the visual representation of Ego the Living Planet was the “biggest visual effect of all time.” And with over a trillion polygons constructed for the visionary scenes, making the planet feel alive, this cosmic landscape is well and truly a stunning feat.

4. Tomorrowland
Inspired by the original futuristic themed land found at the Disney parks, this 2015 sci-fi adventure film starring George Clooney presents a stunningly imagined city. Tomorowland, as the name suggests, is a construction of an idyllic ‘city of tomorrow,’ but instead incorporates the vintage touches of 60’s sci-fi iconography (jet-packs, glistening glass skyscrapers, and aerial walkways). As homage to the 1950’s Disney Park’s original Tomorrowland, the film's production designers incorporated the designs of rides Space Mountain and Spaceship Earth as architectural features of the cinematic cityscape.

5. Thor (Asgard)
Asgard is the mythic planetary home to Norse gods Thor, Odin and the Asgardians. The city exists in another dimensional plane, with a glowing rainbow bridge - Bifrost - allowing for travel between realms. The grandeur cityscape presented in the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows Asgard as rich, golden and metallic, with towering buildings and beautiful, infinitely flowing waterways. Emmy-nominated production designer Charles Wood incorporated a range of ethnic and architectural reference points into the visual construction of Asgard: “The basis of it was Norse runic shapes, though Islamic, Chinese and Gothic Romanesque influences also came into play.”

Ghost in the Shell - See It First on Digital on July 24 

UNA - New UK Trailer


Based on the Laurence Olivier Award winning stage play Blackbird by David Harrower, UNA is directed by Benedict Andrews, stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed.

UNA follows a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, Una ran away with an older man, Ray, a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail her stability. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of the past. Their confrontation raises unanswered questions and unresolved longings. It will shake them both to the core. UNA gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible.

UNA is released in UK & Ireland on 1 September by Thunderbird Releasing and is a project backed by Film4.

Stronger - starring Jake Gyllenhaal - New official poster & International trailer


Synopsis
Stronger is the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become the symbol of hope following the infamous 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff, a 27-year-old, working-class Boston man who was at the marathon to try and win back his ex-girlfriend Erin (Tatiana Maslany). Waiting for her at the finish line when the blast occurs, he loses both his legs in the attack. After regaining consciousness in the hospital, Jeff is able to help law enforcement identify one of the bombers, but his own battle has just begun. He tackles months of physical and emotional rehabilitation with the unwavering support of Erin and his family. It is Jeff’s deeply personal account of the heroic journey that tests a family’s bond, defines a community’s pride and inspires his inner courage to overcome devastating adversity.

Filled with raw emotion, humanity and humour, Stronger is the inspirational real-life story of the man who became the living embodiment of “Boston Strong.” The film also stars Academy Award® nominee Miranda Richardson and is directed by David Gordon Green.


Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Clancy Brown
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Screenplay by: John Pollono
Based on the book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter
Produced by: Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michel Litvak, Scott Silver
Executive Produced by: Gary Michael Walters, Jeffrey Stott, Anthony Mattero, Nicolas Stern, Riva Marker, Alexander Young, Peter McGuigan


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Jigsaw - Official Trailer - In Cinemas October 27


**WARNING: Parental Advisory - Explicit content!**

In Cinemas October 27
Starring: Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen, Josiah Black
Directed by: The Spierig Brothers

Synopsis:
One of the highest grossing Horror franchises of all time is back, taking the Jigsaw killer’s signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level.

A Lionsgate release, Twisted Pictures presents, a Burg/Koules/Hoffman production.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Major new sci-fi movie "1" starring Dan Ewing commences principal photography down under

A new sci-fi thriller starring rising young star Dan Ewing begins filming in Australia this week.

“1” from Truant Productions, will tell of the last man on Earth as he undertakes a long, perilous journey in search of redemption while trying to stay one step ahead of a malevolent alien invasion.

The film, from writer-director Robert Braiden, will shoot in South East Queensland – which previously played host to fellow science-fiction films and series Terra Nova, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treaderand Thor : Ragnarok.

Reckless car hooner Darren (Dan Ewing, TVs “Home & Away”) lives for the thrill of high-speed highway racing and burnouts. His life is going nowhere fast while his adoring girlfriend Misha dreams of them settling down and for Darren to do something more meaningful with his life. When Darren causes a car crash that injures Misha she decides to leave.

Now alone and guilt-ridden, Darren is forced to confront his behaviour until the arrival of an alien invasion throws his life into chaos as humanity is quickly wiped out. His love for Misha compels him to begin a long and dangerous journey to find her, and along the way he must survive alone in the wild, battle his guilt, and stay one step ahead of the alien ships that relentlessly search for him.

Says writer-producer-EP Robert Braiden : “‘1’ is unique in that it truly shows the very last person on earth – literally no one else is left. Films such as ‘The Quiet Earth’, ‘I Am Legend’, ‘The World The Flesh and The Devil’ all hint that they are last-person-on-earth films, yet all end up introducing other characters. ‘1’ is different. From the action and dangerous excitement of high-speed racing to the quiet and solitude of the natural world, ‘1’ will be a profoundly moving and powerful look at life, love, destiny and being able to let go of the material world in order to find new truths.”

Adds producer Tristan Barr, “‘1’ is set to be the most original, exciting and even groundbreaking independent science-fiction feature film ever produced in Australia. A big-screen film that not only will showcase some of the most stunning scenery here, it will also move and inspire audiences with its universal story of love and forgiveness.”

Damien Lipp, director of photography, was the first producer down under to shoot a full-length feature film, Watch the Sunset, in one single take, across the span of 9 different location and a running time of 82 minutes. Watch the Sunset, which Lipp co-directed with Michael Gosden, is currently playing festivals in Australia and is due out in the US next year.

Production on “1” begins this week in South-East Queensland, with a release expected in 2018.



Monday, 17 July 2017

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Trailer 2


The past will always find you. Watch the NEW Blade Runner 2049, in theaters October 6.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

From executive producer Ridley Scott and director Denis Villeneuve, #BladeRunner2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana De Armas, MacKenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista and Jared Leto.

Competition: Win The Lost City Of Z on DVD

The Lost City Of Z  is out on DVD & Blu-ray on July 24th and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
Based on the international bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam, Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller, High-Rise, American Sniper), son (Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp (Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga) - returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

An epic tale of courage and passion, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession.

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The Lost City Of Z [DVD]

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Who directs The Lost City Of Z?

Send you name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com




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2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
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Friday, 14 July 2017

CINEMA THAT DARES


Since the cinema experience was created in the late 19th century, the urge to thrill, shock and test audience boundaries has always been apparent. From the moment cinema goers ran for their lives at the sight of a train pulling into a station in the Lumière brothers’ L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat, cinema has dared to test audience’s limits wherever possible.

Now, after 140 years at the forefront of entertainment around the world and surviving many tests to its existence, cinema is still daring to push audiences beyond their comfort zone. Paul Verhoven’s critically adored thriller Elle is definitely a film that dares to go against the norm, and so to celebrate its release on Digital Download from on July 3rd and on DVD and Blu-ray from July 10th, we’re looking at other masterpieces from cinema’s global back-catalogue that dared, keeping the art as bold as it can be.

Straw Dogs (1971)
During the 1960’s and 70’s Hollywood became a melting pot for artistic inspiration. As the political mindset of western society began to change with a new generation, so did the focus of film’s that represented them, as themes of rebellion began to be championed by directors with increasing artistic power on set. A telling example of this era is Sam Peckinpah’s intense thriller Straw Dogs, set in the sticks of the British countryside, as an American couple (played by Dustin Hoffman and Susan George) move into a small village and are immediately made to feel unwelcome by the locals. This tension escalates to the point where Hoffman has to turn his home into a fortress to defend against a gang of intruders with anything he can find (surely an inspiration to Home Alone?). As the tension continues to rise, the leader of the gang graphically and violently rapes George’s character, in a scene that was met with immediate outrage, with many feeling it glamorised sexual violence. Views on the film have since become a lot less negative, as it became an example of how the era was testing audience boundaries during a period of massive social change.

Kids (1995)
Much in the same vein as Vietnam War-era Hollywood, the 90’s proved to be another mass venture into the bold and beautiful for cinema, coinciding with the emergence of a new indie genre. Many filmmakers looked to rebel against the increasingly generic mainstream the industry was heading towards, culminating in a host of micro-budget, personable films centred around human issues, such as Larry Clarke’s Kids. Written by Harmoney Korine (Spring Breakers), the film follows a group of youths in New York City, one of whom, Telly, has a goal to de-flower as many virgins as he can. When one of his old encounters discovers that she is HIV+, after only one encounter with a guy, Telly ignores this and decides to continue on his mission. During a time where the message of ‘safe sex’ was everywhere, Kids used the fear of HIV in society to test audiences view on youth culture.

Oldboy (2003)
Since Oldboy’s release at the start of the 21st century, it has snowballed to become a huge cult hit, as gobsmacked reactions to the film helped fan the flames of word-of-mouth. The film uses mystery as its catalyst, following the story of Oh Dae-su, who is imprisoned in a cell which resembles a hotel room for 15 years without knowing the identity of his captor or his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae-su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls in love with an attractive young woman. The film’s particularly violent and disturbing ending asks questions of its audiences morals when new-found information is presented to them in a plot twist for the ages.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
None of the films on this list are to be advised to watch with one’s grandparents, but this is especially true for Abdellatif Kechiche’s Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour. The film runs for three hours, and it feels like at least 10% of that is filled with long and graphic sex scenes, as the lead character Adèle strives to explore her new-found sexuality. Although French cinema is known for its fairly constant examination of eroticism, this gives a much more grounded look at sex, stripped of any glamour. As beautiful and touching a love story as it is a top shelf favourite, the film was met with a mix of rapture and shock but it also represents an age of acceptance over titillation.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
There are many things in Stanley Kubrick’s excessively bleak and crazed masterpiece A Clockwork Orange that make it a necessary mention. This obviously includes the opening 20 minutes where a gang dressed in top hats and jock straps take the term gallivanting to a whole new level, by beating homeless men to death and raping women in their own home. However, the rest of the film continues to test the audiences morals every which way, as after Malcolm McDowell’s gang leader is brought to justice, he get’s the brainwash treatment in a horrific Orwellian-like attempt at rehabilitation. Kubrick presents his audience with a vulgar human being, and then asks the audience whether they are able to sympathise with him in relation to the bigger social picture. Boundary-breaking cinema from the master himself!

Elle (2016)
Showing that filmmakers still thrive on the opportunity to shock, Paul Verhoven certainly doesn’t hold back with his visualisation of Phillippe Dijan’s novel Oh.... The film’s opening see’s the titular character being assaulted by a masked intruder. Whilst this assault is shocking in itself, it is Elle’s laissez faire response that has caused much of the debate around the film: she rises, sweeps up the broken glass, takes a bath and orders sushi, omits to tell the police but casually tells her closest friends over dinner. Elle appears to be, for the most part, unaffected by the incident, and takes on the task of tracking down the offender herself without help from the police, helping fuel reactions of a feminist masterpiece. Unlike traditional thrillers, it is not the violence that shocks or grips the audience (although violence is most certainly present), it is that Elle makes drastically different decisions to most people, subverting expectations and encapsulating the audience’s intrigue. Verhoven has since said that only the fierce Isabelle Huppert could have given the justification and accessibility to such a closed off character, something we can definitely agree with!

ELLE IS Available ON DIGITAL download JULY 3rd, 2017AND AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD JULY 10th, 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Exploration on Film


Exploration has become something of an obsession for the human race. Unhappy with our own lot, we have often been known to scout the far reaches of the earth in search of something else, something different and primarily something exciting.

The expeditions of infamous explorers Captain Cook and Christopher Columbus led to the discovery of extraordinary places, cultures and peoples that were previously unknown to the western world. Their stories are as remarkable as their findings, and so it comes as no surprise that cinema, the window through which we see our own world, has provided some of the greatest exploratory tales of all time. Ventures across high seas, prehistoric lost worlds and even the far corners of the universe have been adapted for cinema.
The latest addition to this intriguing sub-genre of the film world is James Gray’s fascinating adaptation of David Grann’s book The Lost City of Z, documenting the travels made by Percy Fawcett in the Bolivian Amazon, as he became obsessive in his search of an ancient city in the heart of the jungle. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release on July 24th, we’re counting down very best exploration adventures to ever hit the big screen...

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Our first introduction to the untouchable yet loveable Indy - the greatest museum artefact saviour in the modern age - came as he was tracking a golden idol in a booby-trapped temple in Peru. However after his quest is swiftly thwarted at the hands of the Nazis, Indiana proceeds to travel the globe in search of a much greater treasure: The Arc of the Covenant. A dramatic finale sees Indy and love interest Marion taken hostage by the Nazis as they perform a ritualistic opening of the lost Ark, only for them to escape by the skin of their teeth, spared by the almighty. This beloved adventure movie from Steven Spielberg is one of four from a franchise which spans 27 years, in which Mr. Jones tackles every corner of the earth. It may not surprise you to learn that the character of Indiana Jones was inspired by none other than Percy Fawcett. Both Indy and Percy’s passion for cultural artefacts and history, and their willingness to risk their lives to preserve them is something to inspire us all!

The Martian (2015)
In recent years, explorers have become bored with our blue and green planet, what with practically every inch available to see via Google Maps. So ever since the infamous space race during the 60s, outer space has been the centre of attention with cinema following suit. In this particular venture, Matt Damon and a fellow group of space boffs go on a mission to Mars, but during their departure they get the feeling that they’ve forgotten something... And so, with Damon stranded on the red planet with no sign of rescue any time soon, he is forced to try and survive in any way possible, including eating a fresh batch of poo-tatoes (no, that’s not a spelling error). During his time stuck on Mars, Damon’s character is forced to utilise the planet for all its worth until NASA come back to retrieve their forgotten man.

Jurassic Park (1993)
Although the island off the coast of Costa Rica had already been discovered, what was then bred there by Richard Attenborough’s obsessed eccentric millionaire John Hammond took exploration to a whole new level. In the hopes of building a one-of-a-kind theme park, Hammond cloned various dinosaurs back from extinction to make for more wonder and thrills for potential guests. However he got a little more than he bargained for when the park gets shut down by a ferocious storm and the snarling dinosaurs show that “just because you can play god, doesn’t mean you should” – to quote Mr Goldblum. Probably best to stick to roller-coasters next time, we think!

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Perhaps one of the earliest examples of true explorers comes in the form of men with eye patches, peg legs and sarcastic colourful birds on their shoulders. In this adaptation of a Disney Land theme park ride, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his crew of drunken misfits sail the high-seas in a quest to find the last golden coin which will grant him sweet, sweet mortality. During the film, Cap’ain Jack shows he is a true master of exploration, building a huge secret stash of booze on a desert island in case he’s stranded, which he then is. That man knows what his priorities are, if nothing else!

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Another example of space exploration on this list comes in the form of Stanley Kubrick’s mind-bending sci-fi symphony, 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the space of 2 and a half hours, Kubrick manages to explore where we’ve come from, where we are (through the film’s futuristic present day), and where we’re going. Through the presence of a ominous and shrill black monolith, the human race are seen to progress in their evolution, one step at a time; learning how to use tools as apes, and transforming into something ‘other’ from humans, and the completion of the monolith’s evolutionary mission. Kubrick spent over two years meticulously creating the most "realistic" depictions of outer space ever seen; greatly enhancing our knowledge of what it’s actually like to experience the cosmos.

The Abyss (1989)
Finally, after exploring outer space with Aliens, James Cameron turned his attentions to what has become a personal passion of his; deep-sea exploration. The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series of strange encounters leads the crew to suspect the accident was caused by an extraterrestrial craft, and that they may be participating in an encounter with an alien species, and in order to make contact, they must brave the abyss... Hollywood’s fascination with the great blue sea has been longstanding. An interest that is continually piqued by scientists who tell us that only 5% of the sea has been explored, allowing the power of film’s imagination to thrive in the untouched depths.

THE LOST CITY OF Z is Available on EST from 17th July  On Blu-ray & DVD from 24th July, 2017

Oats Studios - Volume 1 - Zygote


The latest short film from Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios, ZYGOTE, starring Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo.

War For the Planet of the Apes | 'Bad Ape and Maurice' | Official HD Clip 2017


In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel.  After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.  As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet

Director: Matt Reeves
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Greatest British Gangster Films


The British film scene has become synonymous with the rough-talkin’, underground gangster world that seems to thrive under our murky, grey skys. The gritty realism that is often absent in bigger budget counterparts from across the pond is at the forefront of the genre’s aesthetic, allowing audiences to get as close to the gangsters’ mean mugs as possible without taking a drastic career change.

With the genre continuing to intrigue audiences across the world, most recently with the release of London Heist out on DVD and Digital Download from July 17th, we’re taking the opportunity to take a look back at some of the pantheon of great British gangster films:

Scum (1979)
Alan Clarke’s drama is a brutal and depressing polemic about the British borstal system of the 70s as well as the home of Ray Winstone’s break-out performance. ‘Scum’ refers to the label slapped upon young-offender and reform-school inmate, Carlin (Winstone). When he isn't being beaten up by the other boys, Ray is being beaten down by The System. He rebels against this treatment and becomes more vicious than any of his oppressors. Scum raised a young Winstone’s profile and helped him grow into his now much-loved “tough guy” persona. Who could forget the iconic scene in which Carlin places two snooker balls inside a sock and beats Banks and his cronies to within an inch of their lives!

The Long Good Friday (1982)
Since the late, great Bob Hoskins death only a few years ago, this influential London gangster film has been remembered as probably his greatest role, as mobster Harold Shand. Shand’s world is sweet -- he lives in a fancy penthouse, he owns a yacht, and has a sensitive and intelligent mistress. But suddenly a bomb explodes inside his Rolls Royce, another bomb destroys a pub he owns, and a third is found inside his casino. Shand can't understand who would suddenly want him dead, but he is going to make damn sure he finds out before his envied life is cut short. This film was certainly ahead of the curb, and paved the way for the genre’s hay-day in the late 90s/early noughties.

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, directed by Guy Ritchie, is gripping, witty and extremely... cockney. The film follows four friends who are involved in a botched card game in London.  They collide with drug dealers, gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors in order to gain cash, weed and two antique shotguns.

With a cast including the mighty Jason Statham (The Expendables, The Transporter), Jason Flemyng (Clash of the Titans, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass, The Elephant Man), Nick Moran (Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow P1 & 2), and real-life bouncer and enforcer Lenny ‘The Guv’nor’ McLean”. Lock Stock is comfortably one of the greatest British gangster films of all time.

Snatch (2000)
Another masterpiece by Ritchie: two plots unwind, one dealing with the search for a missing diamond and the other with a small-time boxing promoter who gets himself under the control of a brutal gangster. With a similar style to Lock Stock, and a blockbuster cast, Ritchie pulls off yet another brilliant gangster film. Brad Pitt (Ocean’s Eleven, Fight Club) stars as an extremely convincing ‘pikey’.

Sexy Beast (2000)
Don Logan, played by Ben Kinglsey (Gandhi, Iron Man 3), is a brutal gangster, who recruits ‘retired’ safecracker Gal, played by our man Ray Winstone for one final job; however, it doesn’t end well for either of them. What ensues is a battle of wills between the two men, with Don intimidating, prodding, and manipulating his one-time friend to get what he wants, forever changing the lives of those around him in the process. It’s smart, it’s thrilling and both Kingsley and Winstone pull off astonishing performances.

Football Factory (2004)
Testosterone and football merge in this violent portrayal of middle-class England in Nick Love's adrenaline charged and sexually charged adaptation of the John King novel. The film has excellent performances including Danny Dyer (Severance, The Business), Frank Harper (In the Name of the Father, This is England) and Tamer Hassan. (Kick Ass, Layer Cake). Shot in documentary style with the energy and vibrancy of handheld, The Football Factory is frighteningly real yet full of painful humour as the four characters’ extreme thoughts and actions unfold before us.

In Bruges (2008)
Two hit-men, Ray and Ken, travel to the medieval Belgian city of Bruges on their boss’ orders to cool their heads after their last job went horribly wrong. Very much out of place, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. Ray, still haunted by the bloodshed in London, hates the place, while Ken manages to relax, even as he keeps a fatherly eye on Ray's often profanely funny exploits. Their vacation becomes a life-and-death struggle of darkly comic proportions and surprisingly emotional consequences. Although this may not be thought of as a gangster film because of its setting, the dark comedy, inelegant language and horrific violence means it feels right at home on this list.

London Heist (2017)
Finally we come to the latest addition to this ever-burgeoning list. London Heist, stars a roster of dependably violent Brit screen heroes including Steven Berkoff (The Krays, Octopussy), Roland Manookian (The Business), Mem Ferda (Revolver), James Cosmo (Game Of Thrones ) and Craig Fairbrass (Rise of the Footsoldier, The Bank Job).  Directed by the BAFTA-nominated Mark McQueen, the film is a gripping revenge thriller which follows career criminal Jack Creegan (Fairbrass) on a mission for revenge following his father’s brutal murder. The shattering revelations that follow, force Jack to pull off one last dangerous robbery on his way to exacting a brutal revenge on all those involved. The film gives fans exactly what they look for from a British gangster flick; cockney slang, a tale of revenge and a healthy dose of vengeful violence. Lovely jubbly!


LONDON HEIST IS AVAILABLE ON DVD and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, JULY 17th 2017

Eat Locals - Poster & Trailer - out in selected cinemas and digital download from September 1st 2017


12th July 2017: London, UK - The Movie Partnership are pleased to announce that their star-studded Horror/Comedy Eat Locals, will be having its UK Premiere at this year’s FrightFest at The Prince Charles Cinema on 26th August.

This will be the Directorial Debut for acclaimed actor, Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, X-Men: First Class), who unleashes an action-packed and darkly comic thriller of supernatural proportions. Effortlessly blending gut-busting laughs with blood-spattered shocks, Eat Locals is Assault On Precinct 13 meets Interview With A Vampire in the story of a coven of bloodsuckers whose bark is almost as bad as their bite.

The film boasts a whole host of acting talent including Charlie Cox (Stardust, Daredevil), Freema Agyeman (Dr. Who, Sense 8), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates Of The Caribbean, Game of Thrones), Tony Curran (Underworld: Evolution, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey, Stella), Annette Crosbie (One Foot In The Grave, Into The Woods) and Vincent Regan (300, Snow White & The Huntsman, Clash Of The Titans).

Flemyng also reunites the cast of Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, with Nick Moran and Dexter Fletcher both starring and Jason Statham directing the fight scenes.

“No vampires were harmed during the filming of this movie!” Freema Agyeman

Synopsis: 
In a quiet country farmhouse, Britain's vampires gather. They come together once every 50 years to discuss territories, disputes, threats and food stocks, and the approval of new members. On this night, a new face will be meeting them for the first time, and – if the vote is unanimous – could be the latest member to join their fanged ranks.

This new face, however – local lad Sebastian Crockett – merely thinks he's on a promise with sexy cougar Vanessa.

Unluckily for all, Sebastian's not the only guest who'll be dropping in tonight. A detachment of Special Forces vampire killers led by Colonel Bingham has tracked the coven to this remote location, although they've bitten off far more than they can chew: they expected one vampire, not an entire coven.

With barely a handful of men ill-equipped to take down such a bloodthirsty clan, Bingham must keep the vampires pinned down while the fractious coven must put their own differences aside if they're to escape before dawn.

For Sebastian, the soldiers and the coven, it may not only be the worst night of their lives. It may be their last.

EAT LOCALS will have its UK Premiere at FrightFest 2017 on 26th August, and will be in Selected Cinemas and PVOD from 1st September (iTunes & Sky Store, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video & Xbox Video Store & VOD/DVD from 30th October @Eat_Locals_Film

The Wall - New Poster and Trailer - Starring Aaron Taylor Johnson and WWE Star John Cena


The Wall is a deadly psychological thriller that follows two soldiers pinned down by a lethal Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship.

Directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), The Wall stars Golden Globe winner® Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals, Kick-Ass) and John Cena (Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home).

IN UK CINEMAS JULY 28, 2017


Oats Studios - Volume 1 - Firebase


The latest short film from Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios, Firebase, starring Steve Boyle and Nic Rhind

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Female titans of the big and small screen


As the Queen’s birthday honours list this year testifies, the power of the female actress is stronger than it’s ever been, with Damehoods being awarded to a trio of incredible women; Olivia de Havilland (Britain’s oldest Dame), Julie Walters and June Whitfield. To celebrate the release of Elle (available now on EST and on Blu-ray and DVD July 10th), which earned leading actress Isabelle Huppert an Oscar nomination for her incredibly powerful performance as Michèle, the ruthless head of a successful video game company, we take a look at female titans of the big and small screen who are continuing to inspire generations of women.

Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert is the undisputed queen of French independent cinema. Her exploration of enigmatic and emotionally distant characters is extensive, delivering notable performances in Maurice Pialat's Loulou (1980), Jean-Luc Godard's Sauve qui peut (la vie) (1980), Diane Kurys' Coup de foudre (1983), and Claude Chabrol's Une Affaire de Femmes (1988). Steely and indomitable, Huppert is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, compelling women working in the industry, and has been for a long time. During a career that spans over 45 years, Huppert has dominated French language cinema, theatre and everything in between, sweeping up awards left, right and centre along the way. She is the most nominated actress for the Molière Award (French theatre), with 7 nominations, and the most nominated actress for the César Award, with 16 nominations, not to mention two wins for La Cérémonie (1995) and most recently Elle. In Elle, Huppert is undoubtedly the film’s beating heart, giving an incredibly powerful performance that justifiably drew immense critical acclaim and a Best Actress gong at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, not to mention a nomination at the Academy Awards.

Marion Cotillard
Another French megastar, Marion Cotillard, rose to worldwide fame in 2007 for her role as Édith Piaf in the musical biopic La Vie en Rose. In recognition of her outstanding theatrical and musical performance, Cotillard won the Academy Award for Best Actress — marking the first time an Oscar had been given for a French-language role — a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and the César Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. From here, Cottilard went only from strength to strength, winning roles in Christopher Nolan’s blockbusters Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and the critically acclaimed Two Days, One Night (2014), for which she was given a fifteen minute standing ovation following its debut at 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Cotillard’s ability to show emotions only with her eyes and facial expressions is surely unrivalled, and she continues to dominate the screen in every role she is cast in.

Meryl Streep
There is not much left to say about Meryl Streep. Widely recognised as the most accomplished, decorated and sought-after actress of her generation, Streep is a bonafide powerhouse of Western cinema. Critics and film fans alike will continue to debate her most impressive role: she is towering as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, formidable and terrifying in The Devil Wears Prada, impervious as the eccentric celebrity chef Julie Childs in Julie & Julia, and beyond hilarious yet excruciatingly moving in the titular role of Florence Foster Jenkins. With a range as vast and reaching as that list suggests, it is no surprise that Streep is an Academy favourite. With three Oscars under her belt and yet another nomination this year, there is no sign of this cinematic juggernaut stopping soon...

Dame Helen Mirren
National treasure Dame Helen Mirren is a generation-spanning star of stage and screen who continues to shine in every role she scores. Like many of the UK’s most celebrated actors, Mirren began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, and has gone on to dominate theatre stages, TV and the silver screen for half a century. No mean feat, and her stellar performances have not gone unnoticed. Her role as Marcella in the 1984 film Cal earned her the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress; she won three consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Actress between 1992 and 1994 for her performance as police detective Jane Tennison on the British television series Prime Suspect; in 2003, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for Services to the Performing Arts; and in 2014 Mirren would be the recipient of the Academy Fellowship. And yet we would be foolish not to mention her most impressive achievements to date; in 2015 Mirren achieved what the industry refers to as the Triple Crown of Acting, having won an Academy Award (2007, The Queen), an Olivier Award (2013, The Audience), and a Tony Award (2015, also The Audience). Is there anything this woman can’t do?!

Dame Judi Dench
Yorkshire born and bred, Dame Judi Dench learned her craft at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama. From that launch pad, Dench started on a path that would see her becoming one of the most recognisable and popular female actresses of our time, with a career spanning stage, TV and film work. Dench won her first film BAFTA Award in 1966 (for Most Promising Newcomer) for her work on Four in the Morning. This started a long-standing relationship with BAFTA which in 2001 saw her awarded an Academy Fellowship Award; an honour won by such greats as Charlie Chaplin and Harold Pinter. Prior to this she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970, and was created Dame of Order of the British Empire in 1988. With credits too numerous to mention, perhaps one of Dench’s most incredible feats is her Best Supporting Actress Oscar win in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love; a film in which she spent only six minutes on screen!

Nicola Kidman
Switching hemispheres, perhaps one of Australia’s finest exports is the majestic Nicole Kidman. Born in Hawaii while her parents were there on educational visas, Kidman was raised in Sydney, and was a keen ballet dancer before acting took over. Kidman played roles in her home country but her big break came in 1990, when she was cast opposite Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder – a role which proved fortuitous in more ways than one! However not being content to sit back and be one half of Hollywood’s most influential couple defines why Kidman is a true powerhouse; taking on roles in films such as Gus Van Sant’s 1995 To Die For, which allowed her to show her true talent and earned her a Golden Globe win and BAFTA nomination. Perhaps her most lauded role came in 2002’s The Hours, for which she won Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for her outstanding performance as Virginia Woolf, alongside Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.

Jennifer Lawrence
Not many 26 year olds can say that they’ve won an Oscar and been nominated for three more, but Jennifer Lawrence is no ordinary 26 year old... Despite a much admired performance in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, she has 2012’s The Hunger Games franchise to thank for catapulting her into the mainstream; a film which grossed over two billion worldwide and made her the most sought after actress in Hollywood. She played the girl on fire, Katniss Everdeen, for four films, bringing to life one of fictions most beloved modern heroines. A leading role in Silver Linings Playbook followed in 2012, for which she earned her Oscar; swiftly followed by a Best Supporting Actress BAFTA win in 2014 for American Hustle. It’s safe to say that the cinema-going public hasn’t seen the last of this female powerhouse, as she goes from strength to strength with every performance, whilst maintaining a reputation as one of the most down to earth actresses in the industry.

Emma Stone
Another young Oscar winner who has sprung to prominence in recent years is 28 year old Emma Stone; winner of this year’s Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Best Actress awards for her performance opposite Ryan Gosling in the musical La La Land, and one of only eight actresses ever to win an Oscar for a performance in a musical. This year’s success follows a slew of Best Supporting Actress nominations for her role in the quirky, critically adored Birdman in 2015. Other high profile roles have been in 2011’s The Help and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She is widely considered to be one of her generation’s most talented actresses, and her presence in the industry is such that TIME magazine highlighted her as one of the “100 most influential people” this year.

ELLE IS OUT NOW ON EST, and AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY AND DVD JULY 10th, 2017

Jigsaw - New Poster


One of the highest grossing Horror franchises of all time is back, taking the Jigsaw killer’s signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level.

Cast: Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett, Hannah Emily Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Mandela Van Peebles, Paul Braunstein, Brittany Allen, Josiah Black

Directed by: The Spierig Brothers
Written by: Josh Stolberg & Peter Goldfinger        
Produced by: Oren Koules, Mark Burg, Greg Hoffman

A Lionsgate release, Twisted Pictures presents, a Burg/Koules/Hoffman production.

IN CINEMAS OCTOBER 27, 2017

Maudie - First Trailer and Poster


Based on a true story, MAUDIE, set in mid-century Nova Scotia, is directed by Aisling Walsh (TV’s Fingersmith) and stars Oscar nominees, Sally Hawkins (Paddington, Happy-Go-Lucky) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Before Midnight).

The film charts the unlikely romance between Maud Lewis (Hawkins), an increasingly popular folk artist, and the curmudgeonly reclusive fish peddler, Everett (Hawke).

Bright-eyed and intelligent, though crippled by arthritis, Maud yearns to be independent and to live away from her cold and oppressive family. She finds an escape when she answers Everett’s ad for a housekeeper.

To Everett’s consternation, Maud turns out to be terrible at housework, preoccupied as she is with painting every corner of his tiny shack with flowers, birds and butterflies. As her art blossoms into a burgeoning career, so too it brings Maud and Everett closer together in ways they never imagined.

MAUDIE is released in the UK on 4 August through Sony Pictures Releasing (UK). It made its world debut at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival before screening at Berlin earlier this year.

Running time: 117 mins │ Certificate: 12A

Monday, 10 July 2017

Killing Hasselhoff - Official Trailer (Universal Pictures)


Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Ride Along 2) and David Hasselhoff (Baywatch, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2) star in the most hilarious & outrageous comedy of the year!

Co-produced by the team behind 2017’s Baywatch and The Hoff himself, KILLING HASSELHOFF is packed with a host of celebrity cameos including comedian Howie Mandel, musician Kid Cudi and The Hoff’s original Baywatch partner in life-saving crime - Gena Lee Nolin (as well as further stratospheric surprises!), KILLING HASSELHOFF is available on digital download from 18 September 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD from 2 October 2017.

When Chris (Ken Jeong) a struggling nightclub owner, fails to pay back a debt to a loan shark, he decides that in order to get the money; his only option is to kill his entry in an annual ‘who will die this year’ celebrity death pool; David Hasselhoff.

What started out as a regular week quickly turns into the worst few days of his life as, aided by his friends Fish (Rhys Darby – Flight of the Conchords, The Boat That Rocked) and Tommy (Jim Jeffries – Tainted Love, Legit), Chris desperately tries everything he can to off the master of the slow-mo run and claim the jackpot.

Out on Digital (UK) - 18th September 2017
Out on DVD/Blu-Ray (UK) - 2nd October 2017

Competition: Win London Heist on DVD

London Heist  is out on DVD on July 17th and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 3 copies of the DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
Craig Fairbrass co-writes and stars in this British crime thriller directed by Mark McQueen. After his father Alfie (Steven Berkoff) is murdered and the money he took as part of a robbery at Heathrow airport is stolen, career criminal Jack Cregan (Fairbrass) sets out on a dangerous mission to get even.

Accompanied by fellow gang members Sammy (Roland Manookian), Eddie (Eddie Webber) and Frank (Tony Denham), Jack begins digging a little deeper and soon makes a shocking discovery which puts his and his family's lives in danger. With time running out, Jack is forced to pull off one last daring heist in a desperate bid to get his revenge.

The cast also includes James Cosmo, Mem Ferda and Nick Moran.

Check out the release on Amazon by clicking the link below: (Opens in a new window)
London Heist [DVD]

To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...

Who directs London Heist?

Send you name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com




Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 24-07-17
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.

Competition: Win Personal Shopper on DVD

Personal Shopper is out on DVD & Blu-ray on July 17th and to celebrate we have a great competition for you and 2 copies of the DVD to give away.

Synopsis:
Thriller directed by Olivier Assayas starring Kristen Stewart and Nora von Waldstätten. Maureen (Stewart) is a young woman working in Paris as a personal shopper for egotistical celebrity Kyra (von Waldstätten).

When she is not picking out clothes and jewellery for her patron however, she is tentatively reaching out to the spirit of her recently deceased brother whose congenital heart condition Maureen shares.

She and her brother had promised each other that whomever passed on first would make contact with their sibling from the other side and so she waits anxiously for a sign. Being alone in a quiet house, it is not long before Maureen suspects that her brother is making his presence felt. The cast also includes Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz and Anders Danielsen Lie.


Check out the release on Amazon by clicking the link below: (Opens in a new window)
Personal Shopper [DVD]


To enter all you have to do is answer this easy question...

Who directs Personal Shopper?

Send you name, address and of course the answer to competition@beentothemovies.com



Terms and conditions
1. Closing date 24-07-17
2. No alternative prize is available
3. When the competition ends as indicated on this page, any and all entries received after this point will not count and emails blacklisted due to not checking this page first.
4. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be informed via email.