|The Boxtrolls bring some old school stop motion animation (and beardage) to a cinema near you.
Magic in the Moonlight
It’s time for another Woody Allen flick, as he continues his prestigious output of a film a year. In contrast to recent years spent as a critical darling, his latest arrives in a year that has seen his off-screen life once again grabbing headlines. A romantic comedy set in the 1920s French Riviera, a surprising series of events eventuate after a master magician attempts to expose a psychic as a fraud. Colin Firth and Emma Stone costar. Typical for an Allen film, the cast is packed with top shelf thespians, including the likes of Marcia Gay Harden and Jacki Weaver.
After the financial and critical smash that was Blue Valentine last year, reviews have been somewhat tepid this time around. But have no fear, his next film is already well into production, offering another chance next year to witness his brilliance.
Premieres 29 August
Clouds of Sils Maria (K7)
Following its debut screening earlier this summer at the Midnight Sun Film festival, director Olivier Assayas’ latest follows the goings-on of Juliette Binoche’s successful actress in the later stages of her career. When a budding young actress is chosen to interpret one of the roles onstage that made the aging icon famous, Binoche’s world begins to crumble. Asked to take the decidedly more mature role opposite the young thespian, the star retreats to the Swiss town of the film’s title along with her assistant to rehearse, as she is haunted by her past life.
Premieres 5 September
As Above / So Below
Anyone who has visited the catacombs that weave their way underground beneath the streets of Paris can vouch for their undoubtedly eerie nature. Walls lined with skulls doth maketh a prime setting for illogical thoughts, deep down, surrounded by the remains of hundreds of souls. So, why not set a horror film there? Ka-ching! And so, two archaeologists set off in search of some lost treasure, and come up trumps with a little more that they had bargained for. However, just when it appears as if their journey can’t possibly get any more nightmarish, their past demons resurface with a vengeance.
Premieres 12 September
Given the saturation of computer animation these days, it’s with genuine surprise and thrill to discover that the makers of Coraline and Corpse Bride are back to offer some classic stop-motion animation fun. Based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!, the filmmakers have managed to scoop up a stellar voice cast to match their vision. Those stepping behind the mic include the likes of Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan.
Premieres 19 September