Release date: 24 February 2016 Certification:15 Running time: 83 min Director:Louis Leterrier Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Penelope Cruz, Rebel Wilson, Gabourey Sidibe, Ian McShane.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest bad taste odyssey arrives in theatres within a few days of Hollywood’s prestigious Academy awards, and it couldn’t have been better timed. While everyone ponders whether Leo will finally get his Oscar, and stars swoon and fawn over each other like they’ve just cured cancer, Cohen bulldozes in and takes everything down a peg or ten. Much like South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone he cares little about who he pisses off along the way, but beneath the puerile humour lies a subtle and admirable intelligence.
Release date:14 November 2014 Certification: 12A Running time: 114 min Director: Morten Tyldum Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance.
Mathematician. Computer scientist. Philosopher. War hero. Alan Turing’s genius cannot be overstated, and his story is as compelling as it is harrowing. The queen posthumously pardoned him last year for the harsh convictions that led to his suicide, after an online petition brought the issue to the attention of government. It is no surprise then that this biopic should be released little less than a year later, featuring man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch on leading role duty.
Release Date: 5th September 2014 Certification: 15 Running Time: 92 minutes Director: Rowan Joffe Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong
It would seem that Oscar-Winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are on a quest in 2014 to star exclusively in poorly made yawn-fests. This is the second time this year their paths have crossed: they were also husband and wife in January’s mediocre historical drama The Railway Man, as well as individually starring in howlers The Devil’s Knot and Grace of Monaco. Before I go to Sleep isa thriller with all the suspense and class of a true-life story from Take a Break magazine, nestling comfortably between such front cover stories as ‘He wrote me poems… then attacked me with a meat cleaver!’. To reveal this story’s front cover line would of course spoil the ‘revelation’ two thirds of the way through, although it’s likely that anyone who has seen more than 3 films in their lifetime will have guessed by then, and will be impatiently waiting for the characters to play catch-up.