|Only Lovers Left Alive|
– Myrna E. Duarte
Afflicted is written and directed by Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse, who also star in the found footage horror film which follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Fantastic Fest gave the film Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director.
Alan Partridge is directed by TV helmer Declan Lowney, who has worked with Steve Coogan many times before. Written by Peter Baynham, Armando Iannucci (In the Loop), Neil and Rob Gibbons, the plot details haven’t been revealed other than the story involving Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan, who also helped write the film) being an unwilling participant at a large event in a small town somewhere.
Dom Hemingway is written and directed by Richard Shepard (The Matador), following the larger-than-life safecracker (Jude Law) with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After 12 years in prison, looking to collect what he’s owed for keeping his mouth shut for protecting his rich mobster boss, he finds himself drawn back to the perils and pleasures of his criminal lifestyle while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter. Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir and Emilia Clarke also star
The Fog of War documentary director Errol Morris is back with The Unknown Known, which focuses on Donald Rumsfeld, and his viewpoint of certain periods during his political career, including his highly criticized time spent as the Secretary of Defense when the US decided to invade Iraq. Rumsfeld almost seems creepily jolly.
David Gordon Green’s new film Joe looks like it might contain a Nicolas Cage performance worthy of praise. The film follows a man with a dark past named Joe Ransom (Cage), who is hesitant to unleash his anger when he witnesses an alcoholic father making hell for a teenage boy (Tye Sheridan) and his struggling family. This looks like a return to proper indie roots for Green (along with last year’s Prince Avalanche) and a fantastic role for Cage to shake off some of the box office schlock he’s turned in, though I have to admit I am a fan.
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The Railway Manstars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The film follows Colin Firth as a man looking for revenge years after being tortured by a Japanese military officer during World War II. Jonathan Teplitzky directs from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions) and first-time writer Andy Paterson, based on a memoir by Eric Lomax.
Brick Mansions is directed by Camille Delamarre and written by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri as a remake of their original film District B13. The film follows an undercover detective (Paul Walker) chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions.
The Other Woman is directed by Nick Cassavetes (My Sister’s Keeper, The Notebook) and written by Melissa Stack in her feature screenwriting debut. After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife (Leslie Mann) he’s been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.