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An early edition just in time for the Bank Holiday.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 03 Aug 2012
As manky as it is out there (though the sun has just crept out), we CAN NOT WAIT for the Bank Holiday. Seeing as you’ll all be getting up to mega-mischief when we usually go live, we’re bringing you this action-packed edition of Movies Monday early.
First off the editing block is the trailer for Killing Them Softly, which stars Brad Pitt as a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game.
Adapted from George V. Higgins’ novel and set in New Orleans, it also features Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Sam Shepard and James Gandolfini and has more than a whiff of the southern Sopranos about it.
The film hits Stateside screens on October 19.
A young couple’s nuptials go horribly, terminally wrong in Rec 3: Genesis, “a parallel sequel” to the previous pair of Spanish hack ‘n’ slashers.
Judging by the trailer, the bride – played by the delectable Leticia Dolera – gets her own back with an enthusiastically wielded chainsaw.
Those with an aversion to having the crap frightened out of them will also want to avoid Silent Hill: Revelation 3D,which features Adelaide Clemens, Malcolm McDowell and that old Sheffield reliable, Sean Bean.
“Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand,” reads the synopsis. “Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever.”
The second trailer has been released for Chasing Mavericks, the Michael Apted film about surfing icon Jay Moriarty and his search for the biggest wave in the world. While Jonny Weston is suitably mean ‘n’ moody as the lead, it’s the wild Atlantic that makes this such an exhilarating watch.
Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg share top billing in Celeste And Jesse Forever, a tender and wryly funny tale of love gained, lost and possibly re-gained again. It’s out Stateside this weekend with a European release to follow.
“Celeste and Jesse met in high school, married young and are growing apart,” we’re told. “Now thirty, Celeste is the driven owner of her own media consulting firm, Jesse is once again unemployed and in no particular rush to do anything with his life. Celeste is convinced that divorcing Jesse is the right thing to do – she is on her way up, he is on his way nowhere, and if they do it now instead of later, they can remain supportive friends. Jesse passively accepts this transition into friendship, even though he is still in love with her. As the reality of their separation sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realises she has been cavalier about their relationship, and her decision, which once seemed mature and progressive, now seems impulsive and selfish. But her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous. While navigating the turbulent changes in their lives and in their hearts, these two learn that in order to truly love someone, you may have to let them go.”
We suspect that sci-fi fans will lap up Prototype, the tale of a military robot that runs amok after escaping from an FBI lab. It’s not out until spring 2013, but the teaser is already racking up the hits.
Robert De Niro shows no signs of easing up in his old age with his third starring role of the year. This time it’s as a beardy dad in The Big Wedding, “an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son's wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.”
While the use of words like “uproarious” and “hilarious” worries us, the cast couldn’t be any more stellar with Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton also on board.
The countdown to the new Bond movie, Skyfall, continues with a new international trailer. Sadly, Her Maj isn’t in it.
Movies Monday can’t get past the fact he has the worst American accent ever, but the critics are purring over the new Hugh Laurie movie, The Oranges.
“David and Paige Ostroff and Terry and Cathy Walling are best friends and neighbours living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey," reads the blurb. "Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff, newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan, returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in the successful son of her neighbors, Toby Walling, which would please both families, it's her parents' best friend David who captures Nina's attention.”
Yep, it’s another tale of a menopausal middle-aged man dipping his winky-dink where he oughtn’t!
And that is where Movies Monday must leave you to your Bank Holiday fun. Thoughts, observations and cheery “hellos” should be sent to email@example.com