Release Date: 22 October 2014 Certification: 15 Running time: 134 min Director: David Ayer Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, Jason Isaacs
‘War Never Ends Quietly’ claims Fury’s poster tagline; for this war epic that may even be an understatement. Ditching LA Cops for WWII soldiers, David Ayer once again provides his trademark blend of uber-machismo and unflinching violence. Exploding heads, flying guts; this is a grim and incredibly brutal depiction of the carnage and suffering experienced by both sides. Despite the 15 rating, the level of bloodshed on show is not for the faint of heart. Unfortunately despite its best attempts at credibility and realism, Fury shows Ayer at his most crass and downright obnoxious.
Release Date: 24 October 2014 Certification: 15 Running Time: 93 min Director: Jennifer Kent Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West
There has been a real dearth of decent horror films in recent years. Film makers are seemingly happy enough to startle audiences with loud noises or repulse them with sickening violence without saying anything of significance in the process. Which is a shame, because like science-fiction, horror at its best is capable of exploring the human condition in ways other genres cannot. Thank whatever cloven-hooved gods are responsible for The Babadook then, because this is a smart, thoughtful chiller that gets under the skin and stays there. … Continue Reading
Release date: 17 October 2014 Certification: 12A Running time: 101 mins Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring:Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub
Assemble the villagers. Sharpen the pitchforks. Light the flaming torches. When it was first announced that Michael Bay would be overseeing a reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise as a producer, the internet community was up in arms, ready to run the menace out of town once and for all. It has become very fashionable to criticise Bay; his shallow approach to storytelling, childish sense of humour and despicable attitude towards women often makes this completely justifiable. However with this re-imagining of the heroes in a half shell, there is very little to get angry about. Call off the witch hunt! False alarm, sorry everyone.
This year marks the 12th annual Document Film Festival in Glasgow; showcasing and celebrating the unique power of the human rights documentary. Running from 9 – 12 October it may be over quickly, but by including directors and works from all over the globe it boasts a richly diverse programme. Not discriminating entries in terms of running time or budget -the shortest run for just over 10 minutes- also allows for wide-ranging discussion. More than anything, Document gives voice to those who have dared to stand up to oppressive authority, and gives a platform to more unconventional guerilla styles of filmmaking.
Based at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), this year includes a number of specific programming strands which allow for more concise discussion. These include the Women’s programme, which is being presided over by the local Glasgow Women’s Library, as well as a Youth programme; created in reaction to the Scottish referendum and the lowering of the voting age.
Release Date: 10 October 2014 Certification: 12A Running Time: 113 minutes Director: Wes Ball Starring: Dylan O’Brian, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Dexter Darden, Blake Cooper, Aml Ameen, Jacob Latimore, Ki Hong Lee, Patricia Clarkson.
You wake up on a mysterious, industrial elevator. You have nothing but the clothes you’re wearing and a sack of miscellaneous provisions. As the lift climbs ever higher you realise you have no recollection of how you got there. It shudders to a halt and a hatch opens. You are momentarily blinded by sunlight. Your eyes adjust their focus and you take in your new surroundings; a grassy clearing surrounded by four impossibly tall, metal walls. Welcome to the The Glade; a small, male only community at the centre of a ominous, metal maze. Your new home. These are the first moments of The Maze Runner, the latest addition to the ever growing teen, sci-fi genre.