Previews: Patriots Day Featurette, Rogue One, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including a Patriots Day featurette, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Silence, and more…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Featurette

Here is Diego Luna talking about working on the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna plays Cassian Andor, a Rebel Alliance officer. The Star Wars spin-off features a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits UK screens on 15th December 2016.

Patriots Day Featurette

This Patriots Day featurette focuses on J.K. Simmons and the character he plays in the film. Patriots Day is an account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath that followed. Also starring Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, and Kevin Bacon, Patriots Day is set for release in 2017.

Silence Poster

Silence Poster

Martin Scorsese’s latest film Silence revisits some of the themes prevalent in his earlier pictures. Starring Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as Jesuits priests who visit Japan to locate their mentor. Also starring Liam Neeson and Ciarán Hinds, Silence will hit UK screens on 1st January 2017.

Fences Trailer

Here is the second trailer for Denzel Washington’s Fences. This one reveals a little more about the plot and the main characters than the first look at the film. Based on August Wilson’s award-winning play, the film also stars Viola Davis and Jovan Adepo. Fences will be released in selected UK cinemas on 10th February 2017, and everywhere from 17th February.

 

Passengers Clip

Here is a brief clip from the upcoming Passengers, which showcases the special effects that the film offers. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, the film is about two passengers on a voyage to a new colony who wake up early in space. Passengers jets into UK cinemas on 21st December 2016.

Power Rangers Image

alpha 5 Power Rangers

Here is the first look at Alpha 5 from the upcoming Power Rangers movie. As with other images released from the film, the character looks pretty different from the 1990s TV show.  Alpha 5 is voiced by Bill Hader in the film. Also starring Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston, Power Rangers is scheduled for release on UK screens in 2017.

Hidden Figures Clip

Here is a brief clip from Hidden Figures. It is based on the true story of a group of black women who worked at NASA during the space race of the 1960s. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, and Kevin Costner. Hidden Figures is out in UK cinemas in February 2017.

Film Review: Bleed For This

BLEED FOR THIS

Bleed For This is a decently entertaining boxing film. It is perfectly watchable, but by no means a classic of the genre.

World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza is known for never giving up. When an accident threatens not only his career, but his life, it looks as if his boxing days are over. Vinny, however, wishes to prove the naysayers wrong…

Based on the true story of boxer Vinny Pazienza, Bleed For This follows the hallmarks of the boxing film. By the time the montage sequence rolls around in the first third, viewers will recognise the conventions. However, the accident puts a spin on things, and the film becomes more of a triumph over adversary.

Director and co-writer Ben Younger has created the archetypal boxing movie with Bleed For This. It follows a simple narrative to Rocky et al, following an underdog as he hopes to beat the odds. Younger’s film can be distinguished from others in the genre by the fact that it is based on real events. Besides this, however, there is little to make the film stand out.

The film blends drama and comedy, amongst the sports narrative. The film is very Hollywood in its style. Younger adds some nice touches, like the home video-style footage. The fight sequences are well executed; editing in the scenes add to the tension. Bleed For This focuses on Vinny and his relationship with those close to him. It is a male-heavy film; females are strictly supportive or viewed through a voyeuristic gaze. The film feels macho, a throwback to the era it is set in, perhaps. Miles Teller offers a strong performance as Vinny. Ciarán Hinds is decent as his father, whilst Aaron Eckhart is almost recognisable as coach Kevin.

Bleed For This is enjoyable and well executed. Compared to the recent Creed, however, it does not put its head above the parapet.

Bleed For This is being screened at BFI London Film Festival in October 2016.

Film Review: The Woman in Black

James Watkins’ adaption of Susan Hill’s novel is a decent supernatural horror. Not quite as unnerving as the stage play, the film nevertheless should satisfy those looking for a fright.

Arthur Kipps is a young lawyer tasked with travelling to a remote village in order to clear up some business with the sale of a house. With his young son reluctant to be parted from him, Kipps is met with hostility when he arrives in the village. When he visits the estate, he notices a mysterious woman in black…

The Woman in Black is a decent ghost story which is very disconcerting at times. There are some great scares, which are likely to disquiet even the most hardened of viewers. Director Watkins excels in generating tension; there are scenes in the film which are finely executed.

The film makes a few changes from the novel and stage play. Most of these are suitable, although there is a scene in The Woman in Black involving the car that is rather implausible and spoils the film to a certain extent. More of the action takes place in the village but away from the estate. This fills in some of the gaps of events only mentioned in the stage play. Otherwise, the film retains they key devices used to scare viewers.

The Woman in Black exudes an over-produced gothic atmosphere that is entirely in keeping with the tone of the film. Visual effects are thankfully kept to a minimum, with Watkins relying far more on sound and lighting to generate the apprehension and fear. The woman could have been less present and more vacillating in the first half of the film, in order to retain mystery. Notwithstanding, the film is still affective as a supernatural horror.

Daniel Radcliffe delivers a uninspiring performance as Arthur Kipps. In scenes of terror Radcliffe is fine, as he only needs to portray anxiety. It is the other scenes, when dialogue delivery is required, where is poor skills become apparent. Ciarán Hinds fairs better as Sam Daily, while Janet McTeer offers a good performance as Mrs Daily.

Although it has some flaws, The Woman in Black should appease those looking for a good fright. The easily scared will have a turbulent hour and a half.