Out Now – 4th April 2014

The Double

Shut up, I like the books. For backstory on this non-Hunger Games film that will inevitably be compared to Hunger Games read my introduction and then my defence of the franchise. See it if only because this will be the next big thing. Or don’t. Hipster.

I love director Darren Aronofsky (Darrenofsky) and we all know I love Emma Watson so the idea of the two of them working on a film together should be film heaven for me. And yet the biblical epic Noah makes me wary. Do I want to see Russell Crowe build an ark? I don’t think I do but know that I inevitably will.

Rio 2
Follow up to 2011’s animated adventure Rio in which some birds fell in love. This time the lovebirds (pun not intended but unavoidable) find themselves in the Amazon for some reason. All I know of this franchise is the irritating Orange ads they were featured in. Ads I refuse to link to.

The Double
I absolutely adored Richard Ayoade’s second film about a man who is so unremarkable that nobody notices when his exact double starts working in the same office. Slowly Jesse Eisenberg’s distraught character finds his life being overtaken in a hugely stylistic dystopian comedy that blew my tiny mind.

A Story of Children and Film
Mark Cousins follows up his epic The Story of Film with a more focused (and infinitely shorter) documentary about the role of children in film. Nobody knows their stuff quite like Cousins and his intonation is as unique as it is mesmerising. Watch. Learn. Enjoy.

Tom at the Farm
French Canadian film about a man who meets his deceased lovers family, a family unaware of their son’s sexual orientation.

Paddy Considine stars as an apparently racist bounty hunter. I will patiently wait for his follow-up to Tyrannosaur instead.

“Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity’s trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species.”

The Motel Life – London only
“A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.”

Haunter – Hyde Park Picturehouse only
“The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.”