23rd September: New Film Releases

Here are some of the films released in selected countries from today:
The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua, 2016)


This remake of a remake (with John Sturges’s 1960 ‘original’ itself a western[ised] adaptation of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai) promises action aplenty from its international cast.
Denzel Washington steps into the Yul Bryner (and Takashi Shimura) role as the leader of the ragtag septet in the defense of a frontier town from Peter Sarsgaard’s band of thieving bandits. Chris Pratt provides the wisecracks as the comic foil to Washington’s laconic gunslinger.

It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan, 2016)


The sixth film by Québécois prodigy Xavier Dolan (he’s still only 27) and his first to feature only French actors. And it’s some cast at that. It features Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux, Nathalie Baye as well as Gaspard Ulliel as a dying writer, who has been estranged from his family for twelve years. The plot involves his decision to reconnect with them over dinner. Needless to say, if the director’s previous films are anything to go by (I Killed My Mother, Mommy), fireworks should ensue.
The film was roundly booed when it played at Cannes earlier this year, but then went on to clinch the Grand Jury prize. Clearly Dolan’s latest is polarising audiences.

Storks (Nicholas Stoller & Doug Sweetland, 2016)


‘From the studio that delivered The Lego Movie‘ reads the poster to Storks, the latest animation from Warners, which sees feathered hero Junior teaming up with orphan Tulip to find a home for a baby he ordered by accident. The conceit here is that the eponymous birds have moved on from delivering babies down chimneys to transporting goods sold by an omnipotent internet shopping site.
Storks looks to capture the same zany energy and oddball comedy as The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are executive producers) with the trailer culminating in a funny gag involving birds and their inability to see glass.

De Palma (Noah Baumbach & Jake Paltrow, 2015)


Directors Baumbach and Paltrow sit down with respected, yet controversial, filmmaker Brian De Palma (Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables) as he talks about his directorial style as well as the challenges he has faced making films in Hollywood.
This looks to be a documentary both for fans and cinephiles alike who enjoyed Hitchcock/Truffaut released earlier this year as an insight into the filmmaking process.

Little Men (Ira Sachs, 2016)


From Ira Sachs, director of Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange, his latest Little Men arrives in cinemas. Sachs deals in deeply human stories and this seems no different. The film centres on two best friends (newcomers Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz) whose bond is tested when their parents clash over a dress shop lease. 
Already an indie hit with critics when it played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, we shall see if it can find an audience.

Imperium (Daniel Ragussis, 2016)


Daniel Radcliffe continues his move away from Harry Potter in this thriller inspired by the story of FBI agent Michael German (who co-writes the script). 
Radcliffe plays agent Nate Foster, tasked with infiltrating a white supremacist group. He must take them down from within before they launch a deadly terrorist attack. The supporting cast includes Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell and Chris Sullivan.

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