Out Now – 5th August 2011

After a week looking at TV we’re returning to the world of cinema with today’s releases. Luckily you’re reading the one film blog which has seen none of this week’s releases. Let’s bluff our way through this…

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
It would be too easy to make fun of a Jim Carrey film about a man who for some reason inherits some penguins. (Why doesn’t he just send them back!?) Instead we’ll just accept that this is a family film with some adorable looking penguins. (Seriously, just give them to a zoo or something!)

Super 8
It’s no secret that the things causing all the mischief (death, etc.) is an alien. This is J.J. Abrams’ love letter to Spielberg. Fingers crossed he hasn’t included an obscene polaroid.

The Tree (limited release)
The father of four children dies and one daughter decides he is living in the fig tree in the garden. When the tree becomes overgrown and threatens the house it must be cut down. Cue emotions and existential quandaries.

Sarah’s Key (limited release)
“In modern-day Paris, a journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942.” What more is there to say? Oh, Mark Kermode loved it.

Knuckle (limited release)
Documentary about Irish Traveller bare-knuckle fighting. It’s a knock-out!

The Referees (limited release)
A documentary about football referees during the Euro 2008 Championship. Sorry, a documentary about blind twats during the Euro 2008 Championship.

French Cancan (limited release)
Re-release of Jean Renoir’s comedy drama about “Paris’ most notorious dance”. Because any screening of Super 8 will have some right referees in the audience.

Super 8 – Trailer Dissection

11 months ago the first teaser trailer for Super 8 leaked online in horrible quality and we had no idea what was going on. Now we have a proper trailer, not ripped from anything and featuring actual actors, and I’m pretty sure it is a film about aliens. It is, right? Watch the trailer and then I’ll lay out the case for an alien invasion.

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The Best is Yet to Come: 2011

Today we’re looking ahead at out most anticipated releases of 2011… and there’s a lot. A few glaring omissions perhaps but we have no interest in giant robots fighting.

So what can top 127 Hours and The King’s Speech?

Friday 14 January 2011
Blue Valentine
Made the headlines by getting its rating reduced in America as they claimed the sex scene wasn’t obscene just realistic. If that doesn’t tempt you how about a realistic portrayal of a marriage and career best performances?

Friday 21 January 2011
Black Swan
It’s great, powerful stuff and yet is another with more coverage of a single sex scene that the rest of the film. Portman is at her prime and Kunis ain’t too shabby either.

Friday 11 February 2011
Never Let Me Go
True Grit

A small British sci-fi with a beautifully subtle plot and the Coen brothers’ latest acclaimed production. Good Friday.

Monday 14 February 2011
For some reason sneaking out on a Monday, Pegg and Frost’s latest is funny if not up to the standard of an Edgar Wright collaboration. We saw it, reviewed it and got asked to take it down.

Friday 18 February 2011
Chalet Girl
A hopefully above average romantic comedy starring our own Felicity Jones and the slimy one from Gossip Girl.

Friday 25 February 2011
No Strings Attached
Waste Land

Natalie Portman tries her hand at a comedy about two friends trying out casual sex before Mila Kunis gets the chance. And on the same day we have one of our favourites from the London Film Festival, though most likely only at three cinemas.

Friday 4 March 2011
The Tempest

Animated comedy starring Johnny Depp as a lizard that is set to offer something better than the average animated film accompanied by the apparently less than perfect Shakespeare film featuring… Felicity Jones!

Friday 18 March 2011
A film everyone should see as Richard Ayoade makes a strong directorial debut with a near perfect tale of young love and awkwardness.

Friday 1 April 2011
Sucker Punch
Zack Snyder kicks you in the face with amazing visuals, sexy crazy girls and general madness.

Friday 8 April 2011
Attack The Block
Joe Cornish made a film with a slightly bad sounding premise. Can Cornballs make a bad synopsis into a great film?

Friday 15 April 2011
Scream 4
Winnie the Pooh
Your Highness

A triple whammy in mid-April. First the fourth in the Scream series starring the cast of the entire TV alongside the usual faces. Then we have a hand animated Disney film about everyone’s favourite bear and a medieval comedy starring future Mrs Mild Concern, Zooey Deschanel and with her third film in four months, Natalie Portman.

Friday 22 April 2011
Source Code
Duncan Jones tries to top Moon with sci-fi action thriller involving confusing time travel in which Jake Gyllenhaal consistently fails to find the bomber on a train.

Friday 29 April 2011
Michael Gambon directing a comic book movie? Surely worth a look. Oh, hello Natalie Portman.

Wednesday 18 May 2011
Pirates Of The Caribbean 4
They’ve promised to keep it simple this time and have lost the less interesting characters, we’re excited.

Friday 15 July 2011
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II
Because Part I was so good this can only be the peak of the Potter series.

Friday 29 July 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger
It might be terrible but is the lead-in to The Avengers which might also be terrible. Wait, it could be good too!

Friday 5 August 2011
Rise Of The Apes
John Lithgow and James Franco! And monkeys!

Friday 19 August 2011
The Inbetweeners
Super 8

The spin-off from E4’s best output and J.J. Abrams top secret new film. Funny and surprising… and deeply shameful.

Friday 26 August 2011
Final Destination 5
Guilty pleasure alert… I like to see people die in ridiculous ways…

Friday 2 September 2011
Friends With Benefits
We Need To Talk About Kevin
Mila Kunis gets to do the friends having sex comedy to see if she can top Portman. Portman doesn’t care after having so many other films out.

Friday 7 October 2011
Johnny English 2
“It’s only a bit of poo.” Heh.

Friday 14 October 2011
The Thing

A musical remake of a personal favourite and a prequel starring Ramona Flowers. It could be a glorious pair or a double disaster.

Friday 21 October 2011
Paranormal Activity 3
With no new Saw film this is all we have for Halloween. Boo!

Wednesday 26 October 2011
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
Because the best British writers all seem to have had a hand in the writing of this particular film. Wright, Moffat and Cornish? Wow.

Cloverfield Has Prequel for a Day

Yesterday it was all over the internet that Cloverfield had a sequel/prequel and that the trailer for it would be shown in America before Iron Man 2 from this Friday. This was due to the fact that the trailer involved some kids watching some Super 8 footage back and seeing an alien.

More recently JJ Abrams has revealed that the trailer is in fact for a new, completely separate secret project and that we’ll have to wait to find out what it is. The film is called, I think, Super 8, and as with Cloverfield the fact that he’s made it this far without anyone knowing a thing is impressive and a little bit exciting.