Since I don’t get to the cinema to see new releases that often anymore, this is my new weekly feature reviewing the latest releases on Sky Cinema Premiere (and in turn, Now TV). I will write a short review and rating for each of the films that I have watched and then give you the details for the ones that I didn’t get a chance to see.
This week’s feature sees the release of Permanent, #Screamers, Two Lottery Tickets, Habit, Black Panther, Zombillénium, and A Little Something for Your Birthday.
8th October – Permission
Synopsis: Longtime couple Anna and Will are on the cusp of moving in together when Anna – spurred on by a friend – declares that she wants them to start sleeping with other people. Anna is quickly picked up by a handsome musician, Dane, while Will takes up with Lydia, a sexy older woman. Will it work to make their relationship stronger?
Director: Brian Crano
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Gina Gershon, François Arnaud, and Raúl Castillo
9th October – #Screamers
Synopsis: When rising internet company Gigaler.com realise that the majority of their website traffic is coming from a ‘Screamer’ – a short web video that pretends to be a game before catching the off-guard viewer with a jump shock – they decide to investigate a missing person’s case when said missing person appears in one of the videos. But would they have been better off deleting the video from the start?
Director: Dean Ronalds
Cast: Tom Malloy, Chris Bannow, Griffin Matthews, Emanuela Galliussi, Theodora Miranne, and Abbi Snee
Review: Aside from the fact that screamers are about 20 years old and nobody is bothered about them anymore, I enjoyed the concept of this film in the beginning. The found footage style of filming suited it really well, and I was interested in seeing how the story developed. Then, when the crew get to the house, the atmosphere was tense and I jumped with every scream. But then it just ends. This easily could have been quite a decent horror film if the story was given some kind of conclusion, but it just gives up which was a huge disappointment.
10th October – Two Lottery Tickets (Doua lozuri)
Synopsis: A down-on-their-luck Romanian trio – gambling addict Sile, car mechanic Dinel, and the more reserved Pompiliu – embark on a quest around their village to recover a lottery-winning ticket after it was stolen in a doorstep mugging. In Romanian with English subs.
Director: Paul Negoescu
Cast: Dragos Bucur, Dorian Boguta, Alexandru Papadopol, Nora Cupcencu, Ioana Florentina Dimitriu, and Elias Ferkin
11th October – Habit
Synopsis: Young Mancunian no-hoper Michael is looked after by his bipolar sister after his mother died. In a bid to stay out of trouble, he accepts the offer of a job from enigmatic waif Lee. She works in a massage parlour, which may be the cover for something much more infernal than just a brothel.
Director: Simeon Halligan
Cast: Elliot Langridge, Jessica Barden, William Ash, Sally Carman, Andrew Ellis, and Roxanne Pallet
12th October – Black Panther
Synopsis: The eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and following on from the death of his father in Avengers: Age of Ultron, T’Challa becomes ruler of the African kingdom of Wakanda. On the face of it, it’s a cloud-shrouded, little-visited, poverty-stricken land but, in reality, it possesses an ultra-advanced technology and boasts a vast metropolis, built on the proceeds of the precious natural mineral vibranium. Threatening the peace are South African gangster Klaw and African mercenary Killmonger.
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Letitia Wright
Review: It is a landmark film, representing not just one black superhero or one black actor, but representing a community and a whole host of talent. Despite there being so many new characters, each and every one of them make an impact. And let’s not forget the strong female characters, too, who strong in both will and strength.
13th October – Zombillénium
Synopsis: Workaholic safety inspector and single dad Hector finds himself the reluctant employee of a Halloween theme park – Zombillénium – staffed entirely by the undead. He’s been killed by the park’s manager and turned into a zombie, but gradually proves to be a success in his new role, as well as a threat to the elite group of vampires. French animation dubbed in English.
Directors: Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord
Cast: Emmanuel Curtil, Alain Choquet, Kelly Marot, Alexis Tomassian, Mathieu Monnaert, and Emmanuel Jacomy
14th October – A Little Something for Your Birthday
Synopsis: Commitment-phobe fashion designer Senna is revisited every year – on her birthday – to see if she’s found success and love. She gets advice and support from her pal Darla and judgemental mum Celia, but it’s only when she meets emotionally confused businessman Adam that life looks like it may be starting to take shape.
Director: Susan Walter
Cast: Sharon Stone, Tony Goldwyn, Ellen Burstyn, Liza Lapira, Famke Janssen, and Caitlin FitzGerald