Release Date: 25th of July 2014 Certification: 15 Running Time: 103 Minutes Director: James DeMonaco Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoë Soul, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Michael K. Williams
In a dystopian near future America, there’s one night a year where all crimes are legal. Enforced by a sinister, faceless government this annual Purge is said to relieve tensions in the country, and with national crime and unemployment statistics at an all time low throughout the rest of the year, the populace is willing to tolerate it. Anyone who wants to rob, rape or murder are encouraged to go out on the streets and ‘unleash the beast’. Everyone else is best advised to lock up tight and stay at home. The Purge: Anarchy, sequel to last year’s sleeper hit The Purge, takes the same basic premise of a twelve hour lawless period but fleshes it out somewhat, enlarging its scope beyond the drab and derivative home invasion thriller of the first film by bringing the action out onto the wild, lawless streets.
Release Date: 25th of July 2014 Certification: 12A Running Time: 98 Minutes Director: Brett Ratner Starring: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
When sitting down to watch a film starring a former wrestler and directed by the maker of X-Men: The Last Stand and Rush Hour 3, there are certain expectations. The most you might be able to hope for is a movie that is silly rather than stupid. A silly movie might have an inherent amount of stupidity, but it has a level of self-awareness and exuberance that elevates it to campy fun. Unfortunately, Hercules is more of a stupid movie than a silly one.
Directors: Simon Helberg / Jocelyn Towne
Starring: Simon Helbergh, Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto
Running Time: 95 Minutes
The Edinburgh International Film Festival’s final curtain call this year comes in the form of Simon Helberg’s directorial debut, We’ll Never Have Paris. A whiny and neurotic study in how to fuck up a successful relationship; they may never have Paris, but something tells me Paris won’t mind.
Release Date: 25th of June 2014 Certification: 15 Running Time: 114 Minutes Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman
Jon Favreau – indie darling of the late 90s – has spent much of the past ten years plying his trade as director on well crafted but creatively stifling blockbusters such as Zathura, Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens. Now though he returns to his low-budget roots with Chef, the story of, well, a chef, who rediscovers his mojo when he opens a low-key food truck after years of working in an unimaginative but well funded restaurant. D’ye see what he did there?
Showing:Thu 26 June – 18:20 @ Cineworld Fountain Park // Fri 27 June – 20:30 @ Filmhouse 1 Director: Jeff Baena Starring:Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, John C Reilly, Anna Kendrick, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser Running Time:91 Minutes
The zombie flick is a well-trodden formula, and it wouldn’t be stretch to say that the market has been somewhat saturated as of late. First time director Jeff Baena made his name a while back as the co-writer of David O Russell’s oddball comedy I Heart Huckabees, and now hopes to bring his own brand of humour to the horror sub-genre.