5 March 2012

march film round up

Our resident film buff sums up the essential flicks to watch this month.



The arrival of a new month brings with it the promise of some exciting new release films. Michelle Veysey rounds up her pick of the four that should be making an appearance on your cinematic radar this March.

MY WEEK WITH MARIYLN

Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne and Kenneth Branagh
Season Starts: March 8
Rated: M – Offensive language

In the early summer of 1956, 23 year-old Colin Clark worked as a lowly assistant on the set of ‘The Prince and the Showgirl’. The film that famously united Sir Laurence and Marilyn Monroe, who was also on honeymoon with her new husband, the playwright Aurthur Miller. Nearly 40 years on, his diary account The Prince, the Showgirl and Me was published, but one week was missing and this was published some years later as My Week with Marilyn – this is the story of that week. When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from her retinue of Hollywood hangers-on and the pressures of work. Nominated for two Academy Awards and six BAFTA Awards, Michelle William’s performance as Monroe is not to be missed; she gives intimate insight into her character’s fragility, loneliness and insecurity.

“Made with sublime sensitivity – not to be mistaken for weakness – My Week With Marilyn is a shimmering, memorable, magnificent movie.”
Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile

HEADHUNTERS (Hodejegerne)

Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Season Starts: March 8
Rated: R16 – Violence & sex scenes

Intense and entertaining thriller packed with twists and based on award winning mystery writer Jo Nesbo’s novel, Headhunters’. It stars Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) as an elite corporate headhunter who finances his lavish lifestyle by stealing art from his own clients. This is another foreign film already set to be remade in the US, with rumours surfacing of Mark Wahlberg putting his hand up to play the lead. A gripping thriller with surprising moments of black comedy.

“…one of the most exciting, flat-out captivating thrillers to come around in quite some time.” David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

THE RAID

Stars: Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy
Season Starts: March 22
Rated: TBC

A no holes barred, non-stop Indonesian action flick, this could very well be the best action movie of the year, and is surely set for a remake. As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama  offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, rapist and thief in the building in exchange for their heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader and use every iota of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and every room to complete the mission and escape with his life. It won the audience award for Best Film at the 2012 Dublin International Film Festival and People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

“It’s easy to forget the story altogether in the sheer rush of Rama’s fight to the top floor; instead, viewers will wonder how the amazing battle that just ended could possibly be topped. But it is, again and again.” Robert Koehler, Variety

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

Stars: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith
Season Starts: March 22
Rated: PG – Coarse language & sexual references

British acting royalty come together in this delightful comedy-drama about a group of British retirees who decide to “outsource” their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.

“There’s a refreshing, amusing and touching candour to the picture’s portrayal of its oldies in crisis. It turns out they have the same problems as people half their age – just with a different perspective.” Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express

 

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