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.
Release Date: 2 October 2014 Certification:18 Running Time: 149 minutes Director: David Fincher Starring:Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens
If there is one filmmaker that has defined the modern thriller, then surely that accolade must go to director David Fincher. From 1995’s Seven through to 2007’s Zodiac, Fincher has continually tested the boundaries of what the genre can achieve. Visceral, gritty, and possessed of an almost suffocating dread , his output continues to thrill and perturb in equal measure. His latest offering Gone Girl is adapted from Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel, with Flynn also on writing duties. It comes as little surprise that he has expertly assembled yet another tightly woven, incredibly compelling thriller; however this may be one of his most accomplished.
Release date: 3 October 2014 Certification: 15 Running time: 110 minutes Director:Ivan Reitman Starring:Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Sam Elliott
Everything about the UK release of Ivan Reitman’s American Football drama Draft Day screams of tough sell. Despite a growing interest for the sport on these shores- thanks in part to the annual NFL game held at Wembley Stadium- it remains very much a niche market. Featuring a nauseating amount of product placement -no doubt in an attempt to grow the brand in international markets- and with the game currently reeling from horror stories of the actions of it’s players (everything from dog fighting to domestic abuse), a feel-good romp through one of the biggest days on the sporting calendar feels poorly timed.