Movie Guide The line-up in cinemas in July and August, with must-see films for everyone, including Shrek Forever After, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The A-Team, The Karate Kid, Knight & Day, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and many more! Whatever your taste in stories, from astonishing adventures to heartfelt romances and state-of the-art animation, the cinema has it all throughout the summer holidays! It’s where any story will look, sound and feel best, where you are plunged into the heart of the action. Look out for films also released in eye-popping 3D! So sit back, relax and take your pick from our comprehensive, week-by-week guide to the season’s new releases. Enjoy the experience!
Shrek Forever After 3D
When You’re Strange
See it from 2 July www.shrekforeverafter.co.uk
2 July www.whenyourestrangemovie.com Cinema’s most lovable ogre enters a nightmarish alternative reality in Shrek Forever After, after he is duped by the notoriously dodgy Rumpelstiltskin. Suddenly Shrek’s world is turned upside down – Donkey doesn’t know him, Puss in Boots is a little on the cuddly side and (worse still) he has never met his beloved Fiona. Presented in glorious 3D, and reuniting stars Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas, this film more than lives up to its illustrious predecessors.
Picture: Elektra Records
“I liken the experience of watching a Shrek movie as like going to a fantastic party,” executive producer Aron Warner notes. “Everywhere you turn there’s someone cool to talk to, something interesting to do and there’s something odd going on in the next room.
Nearly two decades after Oliver Stone dramatised the life of Jim Morrison in The Doors, Tom DiCillo’s documentary When You’re Strange revisits the California based band and tells their story through never before seen archive footage. This stretches back to their formation at UCLA’s film school in 1965 through to Morrison’s death six years later, and promises to be a wild, unforgettable ride. The perfect companion piece to Stone’s earlier work.
2 July www.skeletonsthemovie.com
2 July www.artificial-eye.com
2 July www.heartbreakermovie.com
8 July www.predatorsthemovie.co.uk
Dark secrets are exposed in Skeletons, as a pair of freelance operatives delve into the lives of clients to exorcise deceit and mendacity, to metaphorically clean the skeletons out of their closet. As they do so – instructed by their boss, The Colonel (Jason Isaacs) – they find themselves on a case that baffles even them, and begins to work its way into their own innermost thoughts and secrets. An offbeat comedy debut from director Nick Whitfield, the film stars Ed Gaughan and Andrew Buckley.
Set in an unnamed African country beset by civil war, White Material follows the efforts of an expatriate French family struggling to keep their coffee plantation going as more violence and uncertainty brews. Isabelle Huppert heads the cast of a film by French auteur Claire Denis, whose previous work includes the acclaimed Beau Travail and who spent her formative years living in Africa.
Love, someone once said (in a movie, of course) means never having to say you’re sorry. There’s little remorse evident in Alex (Romain Duris), whose job requires him to break up relationships to order in the French film Heartbreaker. It’s a logical extension of the service industry and anyway, his particular talents for making women fall for him save them from an unhappy union. That is until he is assigned to a relationship that is genuinely good and (worse) he finds himself falling for his intended target (Vanessa Paradis).
The thrilling new chapter in the Predator universe. Adrien Brody stars as a cold-blooded mercenary leading a group of elite warriors who come to realise that they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician (Topher Grace), they are all hardened killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human ‘predators’ who are now being systematically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
9 July www.erosentertainment.com
9 July www.metrodomegroup.com
9 July www.eclipse-themovie.co.uk
A change of tone is offered by Milenge Milenge, a Hindi film that offers a rich combination of sweet romance and broad comedy, as it brings together Amit (Shahid Kapoor) and Priya (Kareena Kapoor). Their attraction is instant and deep. They part abruptly, and their lives move on – but can fate contrive to reunite two lovers who are meant to be together?
English actress Kristin Scott Thomas has lived most of her adult life in her adopted France, and frequently delivers fine performances in French movies. Leaving is a good example, casting her as a middle aged wife and mother of two who resumes her career and soon finds herself attracted to a rough hewn odd job man (Sergi Lopez). Torn between duty and passion, the result is another riveting performance from the actress.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse needs little introduction, as audiences who fell for Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black in the first two movies – or indeed in the original books – will have eagerly awaited this instalment. It sees Bella (Kristin Stewart) forced to make a choice between the two loves of her life (played by Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner), in the knowledge that her decision risks sparking an all out war between vampire and werewolf on Earth. For Stewart this film gave her a rare chance to get to know the stories’ author, Stephenie Meyer. “She’d paid us visits in the past, but we didn’t have any deep discussions about the character. But on this she was on set watching a lot of scenes and I really loved going and asking her about details, if there was anything I wasn’t doing that she imagined I should, or if there was a little tic that was happening that bothered her. I was really into that.”
16 July www.optimumreleasing.com
16 July www.inceptionmovie.co.uk
23 July www.entertainmentfilms.co.uk
23 July www.e1entertainmentuk.com
A musical triumph of the spirit, The Concert follows the attempt of a once illustrious conductor to achieve redemption by reuniting his musicians for a special performance in Paris. Andrei (Aleksei Guskov) was fired during the Communist era for his refusal to purge the Jewish members of the Bolshoi Orchestra, and was reduced to working as a cleaner in his former place of work. But now circumstance has delivered an opportunity for a delicious revenge, and a chance to make beautiful music once more.
British director Christopher Nolan is synonymous not only with the re-imagined Batman franchise after Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but for complex, reality bending ideas such as that behind Memento. The thrilling action and high concept of each strand come together in Inception, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as one of a team of operatives adept at stealing ideas from the very minds of their victims. But the stakes are high when you enter dreams and alter perceptions, as very soon fantasy and reality prove hard to tell apart.
Toy Story 3 3D
Jasper, Penguin Explorer
23 July www.disney.co.uk/toystory
23 July www.artificial-eye.com
23 July www.sodabubbles.co.uk
In Andrew Kotting’s Ivul Alex (Jacob Auzanneau) is a troubled young man who climbs onto the roof of his house and refuses to leave it, preferring to observe the family he loves but cannot live with, from this dangerously detached perspective.
The family tale Jasper, Penguin Explorer sees our eponymous hero make a new friend when a parrot – a long way from home – stops by, and brings with him the idea that maybe there’s more to the world than the barren snows of Jasper’s Antarctic home. Before long he has hitched a ride on a passing cruise ship, and is set on finding out for himself just what wonders await beyond the horizon.
23 July www.optimumreleasing.com
23 July www.facebook.com/TheReboundUK
The toys are back in town, as Pixar’s Toy Story 3 hits screens this summer. Woody, Buzz and the gang return in eye popping 3D, and find themselves faced with a room full of young kids keen to play. As ever, they must work hard to look out for each other and ensure that no toy gets left behind. It’s a winning formula, and 15 years on from cinema’s first fully digital animation the appeal of these characters remains undimmed. The reason for that is partly to do with the incredible attention to detail that goes into the making of these films, and the fund of wonderful movie in-jokes that underscores them. Director Lee Unkrich, who worked as an editor on the original Toy Story and co-directed the first sequel, notes that this is also part of the fun for the filmmakers.
Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, ‘The Tournament’ takes place – a secret hitman competition between 30 of the world’s deadliest assassins; with the last man standing receiving a $10m cash prize. The Tournament is set up by a syndicate of high stake billionaire gamblers, watching the mayhem unfold via CCTV cameras, betting on its outcome. Only one will survive…
“They may not be things that anybody notices, but we know they’re there. In the case of the original Toy Story, all the carpeting in the upstairs hallway of Sid’s house came directly from The Shining. So a lot of things like that creep into these films.”
Neatly blending a brand of horror that harks back to Mary Shelley’s famous nightmare on the shores of Lake Geneva, with cutting edge science, Splice presents a pair of brilliant biologists (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley) who defy expectations and ethics with DNA experiments to produce a human-animal hybrid. Their creation is stunning but, they are quick to realise, may trigger an evolutionary chain reaction they are powerless to control.
A picture perfect life of suburban domesticity is established and swiftly shattered in Catherine Zeta Jones’ latest The Rebound, which sees her move her kids out and relocate in New York City after discovering her husband’s infidelity. She strikes up a friendship with the sweet natured Aram (Justin Bartha), and as she regains her confidence and begins to find professional fulfilment in a new job her thoughts turn to romance once more. But is the man for her closer than she thinks?
The Karate Kid
28 July www.theateammovie.co.uk
28 July www.karatekid-movie.co.uk
30 July www.vervepics.com/beautifulkate
Action adventure following the daring exploits of a colourful team of former Special Forces soldiers who were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going ‘rogue’, they use their unique talents not only to try to clear their names but also to find the true culprit. Liam Neeson (hot from Taken), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), mixed martial arts champ Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, and District 9 sensation Sharlto Copley are The A-Team.
Taking up the mantle of a role made famous by Ralph Macchio – and fleetingly by double Oscar winner Hilary Swank – The Karate Kid stars Jaden Smith as the young man who learns some important life lessons through the patient coaching of an unlikely teacher. Dre (Smith) has moved to China with his mother and quickly made a friend of classmate Mei Ying, but this incurs the wrath of a bully who is also adept at kung fu. But Dre finds unlikely salvation through the intervention of janitor Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who happens to be a martial arts master himself.
English actress Rachel Ward – remember her in The Thorn Birds and Against All Odds? – has long been based in Australia, and married to actor Bryan Brown. The rural Outback offers a setting for her directorial debut Beautiful Kate, a haunting tale of family secrets and repressed emotions. Returning home after a 20 year absence, Ned (Ben Mendelsohn) introduces his fiancée to his dying father (Bryan Brown) and younger sister (Rachel Griffiths). But it is the loss of his adored, long dead twin Kate who proves the catalyst to a chain reaction of poignant revelations.
Giuseppe Tornatore, director of the sublime Cinema Paradiso, returns with Baaria, a captivating story of life in the Sicilian town of the title. A sweet combination of comedy, romance and drama it all unfolds with masterly poise against the rapidly changing, politically turbulent period of Italian history in the first half of the 20th century.
To win a Karate Kid package tell us: Which actor played the original Karate Kid in 1984?
To win a Marmaduke package tell us: What breed of dog is Marmaduke? Email: email@example.com with your answer, name and address. Competition closes: August 27th 2010 Entrants must be UK residents aged 16 and over. For a full check list of the prize packs, further details on the competition and T&C’s go to www.moviepreviewguide.com
South Of The Border
30 July www.artificial-eye.com
30 July www.separado.co.uk
30 July www.gainsbourgfilm.com
30 July http://southoftheborder.dogwoof.com
The documentary Separado follows the highly personal, determinedly psychedelic journey of Gruff Rhys – the Welsh musician best known for his work with the Super Furry Animals – as he travels through Patagonia tracing his family there.
There is a great deal of poignancy about the French biopic Gainsbourg too, not least for the tragic death of actress Lucy Gordon – who plays Jane Birkin – so soon after filming ended. But this is primarily a fascinating exploration of the life of Birkin’s great love, Serge Gainsbourg (Eric Elmosnino), a hugely influential singer and artist whose star shone brightly from the 1960s until his own passing in 1991.
By coincidence Oliver Stone journeys through Latin America in South of the Border, but his is a political odyssey in which he interviews seven presidents in order to form a fresh view of governments – most notably that of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez – that are demonised in the American mainstream media.
Iranian born filmmaker Babak Jalali trained at the London Film School, finding immediate recognition with a BAFTA nomination for his graduation film. His latest is Frontier Blues, a look at disparate characters through interweaving stories in Iran’s northern frontier that is by turns droll and dramatic. Above all Jalali never loses sight of the toughness of life there, and draws his story from extensive research conducted in the region where he was born.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore 3D
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky 6 Aug www.sodapictures.com
Knight And Day
6 Aug www.stepup3d.co.uk
Music plays its part in Step Up 3D as well, but as its name implies this is another vividly realised entry in the vibrant dance franchise. This time a talented New York University student (Adam Sevani) is matched with a street team who do battle with the world’s best break dancers in a life changing contest that tests the very limit of their abilities.
Following Audrey Tautou’s biopic of the iconic French designer, Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky explores her romance with the exiled Russian composer in a passionate and tempestuous meeting of two brilliant creative minds. Anna Mouglalis plays Coco, with Mads Mikkelsen in the role of Stravinsky.
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this globe-trotting action-comedy. Throughout their glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure, nothing and no one – not even the fugitive couple themselves – are quite what they seem. But what is the truth and who can be trusted? Knight and Day was shot on spectacular locations including in Spain, Austria and Jamaica.
The Last Airbender
13 Aug www.thelastairbendermovie.co.uk
13 Aug www.artificial-eye.com
The Secret In Their Eyes 13 Aug www.metrodomegroup.com
Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) has just met his perfect girl, but if the 22 year old garage band wannabe is to win the hand of Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) he must battle her seven evil exes – a typically left field subject for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright to tackle. Based on the graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World offers a neat twist on boy meets girl convention as the increasingly outlandish characters from Ramona’s past fight to find if Scott is indeed worthy of her.
Adapted from an animated television series on Nickelodeon, The Last Airbender is the latest from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan and depicts a world riven by conflict over control of the classical elements – Air, Water, Earth and Fire. One man, Aang (Noah Ringer), discovers that he alone has the power to control all four, and teams with brother and sister Sokka and Katara to restore balance in the world. Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel also features.
Young and in love, Mousse (Isabelle Carre) and Louis (Melvil Poupaud) are also gripped by a heroin addiction in Francois Ozon’s The Refuge. After an accidental overdose leaves Louis dead Mousse discovers she is pregnant. She leaves seeking comfort in a location far away from their Parisian home where she is joined by Louis’ brother. Tangled, conflicting emotion are the order of the day in Ozon’s work – a diverse range from 8 Women to The Swimming Pool – and all are to be found in this absorbing tale.
A film that dwells in the present but lives in the past, The Secret In Their Eyes is a crime story that unfolds in twin time frames, and in revealing its secrets speaks to the wider issues of the Argentine society against which it took place. It’s a richly drawn environment, a classic noir setting with the added ingredient of a troubled political history, the echoes of which are felt to this day. Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year, the film stars Ricardo Darin and Soledad Villamil.
Five Easy Pieces
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dinner For Schmucks
13 Aug www.parkcircus.com
13 Aug www.disneymovies.co.uk
18 Aug www.marmaduke-movie.co.uk
20 Aug www.paramountpictures.co.uk
Bob Rafelson’s classic Five Easy Pieces looked like a disaffected state of the nation summary when it was first released in 1970. Jack Nicholson stars as a privileged young man who drops out and works on oil rigs across America, then heads home hoping for a reconciliation with his dying father. Extensively restored by Sony Pictures, the re-released movie features five songs by Tammy Wynette including her hit Stand By Your Man.
In modern day New York magic is in the air, as Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) uses his powers to protect the city from his evil nemesis Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina) in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Balthazar recruits an assistant, a young man (Jay Baruchel) with hidden magic potential, but as fans of the Disney Fantasia chapter that inspired this tale will know, dramatic resolution will not come without some complication. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub reunite with Cage for the first time since National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
Family comedy starring Marmaduke, the world’s most lovable Great Dane, here making the leap from his comic strip origins to the big screen. We meet the super-sized hound living the good life with the Winslow family – mum, dad, three children and a cat. But when the family has to uproot and move house across America, Marmaduke’s life is turned upside down. He soon finds himself embroiled in a Mutts vs. Pedigrees turf war while trying to woo the purebred of his dreams!
Based on Francis Veber’s French comedy Le diner de cons and made by Meet The Parents director Jay Roach, Dinner For Schmucks translates perfectly to a corporate American setting. Ambitious young executive Tim (Paul Rudd) is reluctant to join in the office tradition of a dinner party where each employee brings a wildly inappropriate guest, the more stupid the better for potential professional advancement. That is until he meets Barry (Steve Carell), an eccentric IRS employee who seems the answer to his idiot dreams, even if Tim’s sensible girlfriend finds the whole Mickey taking enterprise distasteful.
4 Aug www.warnerbros.co.uk
Almost a decade after they first clashed on screen, two of nature’s most basic foes face each other once more. But in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore – which is being screened in 3D where available – canines and felines are forced to work together in order to foil the dastardly plans of a Kitty Galore, who is bent on world domination. Chris O’Donnell is among the film’s human stars and there’s also a contribution from a former 007 that might raise eyebrows.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 13 Aug www.scottpilgrimthemovie.co.uk
Step Up 3D
6 Aug www.knightanddaymovie.co.uk
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
20 Aug www.piranha-3d.com
20 Aug www.pathe.co.uk
20 Aug www.salt-movie.co.uk
27 Aug www.diaryofawimpykidmovie.co.uk
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Richard Dreyfuss returns in Piranha 3-D. He may have survived an encounter with Jaws all those years ago, and even ridden along on The Poseidon Adventure remake more recently, but his luck has not changed in this gruesome horror tale that sees a million killer fish unleashed from a crack in the Earth’s crust to wreak havoc upon the unwary once more.
Based on an unproduced script by French cinematic legend Jacques Tati, The Illusionist tells of a man out of time, an old school stage entertainer whose spotlight is moving on to a new breed of performer. This is the 1950s, and genteel tricks are no match for the lure of rock and roll, except for a young girl, Alice, who is enthralled by the magician’s apparent powers. Fantasy and reality nudge against each other in a sweetly poignant tale, animated by Sylvain Chomet who won acclaim for his 2003 hit Belleville Rendezvous.
As the secret service debriefs a Russian defector to find the identity of a double agent in their midst, chief interrogator Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is unprepared for the assertion that it is her. She must go on the run to prove her innocence, but at each turn her every motive seems ambiguous – could she really be a spy in deep cover? Experienced Australian director Phillip Noyce cranks up the tension, in an explosive and action packed tale set in the smoke and mirrors world of international espionage.
27 Aug www.grownups-movie.co.uk
27 Aug www.e1entertainmentuk.com
The Girl Who Played With Fire 27 Aug www.thegirl.co.uk
Adam Sandler heads the cast of Grown Ups, a wry view of mid life preoccupations for a group of friends who reunite after decades apart. Following the death of their high school basketball coach the old pals decide to spend a holiday weekend together, to re-discover past friendships and get to know each other’s families – ripe territory for comic exploitation from Sandler and a talented cast that includes Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, David Spade and Kevin James.
The title of The Runaways is the story of the seminal 1970s all girl band who made their mark on the California rock scene. With Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) among their number the group opened the door for successive generations of female musicians.
No Impact Man
27 Aug www.artificial–eye.com
3 Sept www.dogwoof.com/cinemas/no-impact-man
Meet the kid who made being ‘wimpy’ cool! This is a live-action family comedy based on the best-selling illustrated novel of the same title that has sold 24 million copies to date. It chronicles the adventures of wise-cracking pre-teen Greg Heffley (played by Zachary Gordon) who must somehow survive the never-ending ordeals, trials, tribulations and would-be triumphs of middle school.
Lisbeth Salander returns in The Girl Who Played With Fire, second in the screen adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, which this time sees reporter Mikael Blomqvist (Michael Nykvist) racing against the clock to clear his ace investigator – and some time lover – Lisbeth from a murder charge. Noomi Rapace, the Finnish actress who plays Lisbeth, made the role her own in the first film – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – but explains that apart from the physical transformation of cutting her hair and getting in shape there is a mental transformation she undertakes to get in character. “I don’t like to pretend things, I don’t like to fake, so I tried to do everything as near to reality as I possibly could. It’s like I had to find her in me and use myself, to translate things that I’d gone through into feelings and emotions for her.”
Also look out for Charlie St. Cloud Dog Pound L’Affaire Farewell Legend Of The Guardians 3D
A hit at the Sundance Film Festival, The Maid tells of truculent domestic Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) who is determined to maintain the position within the wealthy Valdes family that she held for the past 23 years. This role gives her life meaning, and she brooks no interference in looking after a family she evidently loves as her own. But when they try to help ease the workload Raquel does all she can to see off anyone she considers a potential rival.
The Debt Is it possible to live in the modern world and not deplete the environment of its vital resources? That’s the experiment undertaken by the Beavan Family in No Impact Man, as they swap their Fifth Avenue existence for the good life, or so they hope. Directors Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein follow their experiences in this noble enterprise over the course of a year.
Contact your local cinema AMC Cinemas Apollo Cinemas
0870 755 5657 amccinemas.co.uk 0871 220 6000 apollocinemas.co.uk
Caledonian Cinemas caledoniancinemas.co.uk Curzon Cinemas Cineworld Cinemas
curzoncinemas.co.uk 0871 200 2000 cineworld.co.uk
0871 471 4714 empirecinemas.co.uk
0870 066 4777 everymancinema.com
Merlin Cinemas Odeon Cinemas Picturehouse Cinemas
merlincinemas.co.uk 0871 22 44 007 odeon.co.uk picturehouses.co.uk
The Other Guys The Rum Diary Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps World’s Greatest Dad Warrior & The Wolf What the film certificates mean
0871 230 3200 scottcinemas.co.uk
Showcase Cinemas 0871 220 1000 showcasecinemas.co.uk Showcase Cinemas De Lux
0871 220 1000 cinemadelux.co.uk
Silver Screen Cinemas
0871 224 0240 myvue.com
0871 200 3304 wtwcinemas.co.uk
Many films are released with digital subtitles and audio description. Please check your local cinema listings or, for full details of accessible screenings around the UK, visit www.yourlocalcinema.com
Universal – Suitable for audiences aged four years and over.
Parental Guidance – General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children.
Suitable for 12 years and over. No-one younger than 12 may see a ‘12A’ film in a cinema unless accompanied by an adult.
Suitable only for 15 years and over.
Suitable only for adults.
For more information about the films your children see, visit the website for parents, www.pbbfc.co.uk. And look out for the consumer advice provided by the British Board of Film Classification, which usually appears on individua film advertisements and posters alongside the certificates.
3D denotes a film showing in digital 3D where available. Check out www.moviepreviewguide.com for more information Film certificates are correct at the time of going to press. All release dates may be subject to change. Tickets for some films may go on sale a few weeks before they open. For local times and ticket information, please check cinema websites and phone lines.