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  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Why we’re excited?
    Because the first movie, 2005’s ‘Sin City’, was a sharp, stylish and ultraviolent blend of action, crime and comic book visuals, which found fans among folks who like their noir-ish thrillers with an edge of Tarantino-esque black humour.

    What could go wrong?
    Not everyone loved the first movie. Some called it crass, misogynistic and excessively gory (accusations which are pretty hard to refute, to be fair). Those people should probably avoid this sequel.

    Out on August 22.

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    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Two Days, One Night

    Why we’re excited?
    Because everyone's favourite actress Marion Cotilllard gives a career-high performance (another one!), playing a woman desperate to keep her job in a factory. While she's been off sick, her colleagues have been offered a vote: do you want to keep your bonus give Marion the push? The film is another masterpiece slice of Belgian realism from the celebrated Dardenne brothers.

    What could go wrong?
    Not a thing. ‘Two Days, One Night’ premiered to ecstatic praise at the Cannes Film Festival in May, including a five star review from Time Out film editor Dave Calhoun.

    Out on August 22.

    Read the Time Out review

    Two Days, One Night
  • Lucy

    Why we’re excited?
    Because this is Scarlett Johansson kicking ass as a drug mule who accidentally ingests a new narcotic that makes her superheroically smart, invincible and telekinetic. Where can we get some?

    What could go wrong?
    Well, it’s directed by French action-man Luc Besson, whose patchy cinematic oeuvre includes such misfires as ‘The Fifth Element’ and ‘The Family’. But the concept is good, and Besson certainly knows his way around an explosion.

    Out on August 22.

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    Lucy
  • The Rover

    Why we’re excited
    The Australian director David Michôd made a name for himself with the brutal gangland thriller ‘Animal Kingdom’. So hopes are high for his follow-up, a violent post-apocalyptic road movie starring Guy Pearce as a man on a mission to retrieve his stolen car.

    What could go wrong?
    Michôd doesn’t pull his punches. There’s a danger this might be too violent for the mainstream (not to mention Rob Pattinson fans) and too minimal and existential for Western lovers.

    Out on August 15

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    The Rover
  • Dinosaur 13

    Why we’re excited?
    Paleontology meets conspiracy theory in this documentary about the world’s largest complete T-Rex skeleton. The bones were discovered by fossil-diggers in South Dakota in 1990, but were seized by the American authorities and became the subject of a lengthy and complex lawsuit.

    What could go wrong?
    If you’re not interested in documentaries, dinosaur bones or epic battles for justice, this one might not grab you. Early reviews suggest that everyone else will be mightily satisfied.

    Out on August 15.

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    Dinosaur 13
  • Obvious Child

    Why we’re excited?
    Because this indie comedy tackling one of America’s last taboo subjects has been receiving plaudits from festival critics for months. Written and directed by first-timer Gillian Robespierre, it’s the tale of a single woman who decides to get an abortion after a one-night stand.

    What could go wrong?
    Not everyone was entirely convinced of the film’s quality – while all agree that it takes a brave stance on an important issue, some found the hipster humour a little forced. Still, American conservative groups are up in arms so the film must be doing something right.

    Out on August 29.

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    Obvious Child
  • Welcome to New York

    Why we’re excited
    Because Abel Ferrara’s new drama has it all: sex, power, a disgraced public figure. It’s inspired by the arrest in 2011 of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF (and tipped as a future president of France), for allegedly assaulting a hotel maid. Gérard Depardieu stars.

    What could go wrong?
    Quite a lot if you listen to the naysayers. Even this film’s fans are calling it ‘grubby’. To the haters ‘Welcome to New York’ ‘quickly chokes on its pretensions’.

    Out on August 8.

    Read the review

    Welcome to New York
  • The Unbeatables

    Why we’re excited
    This Argentinian cartoon has been a smash hit at home. It’s the story of table football team that comes to life to save a town from the bulldozers. It's got dodgy footballer haircuts and pint-sized players throwing lake Geneva-sized tantrums. Enough to keep grown-ups entertained we reckon. 

    What could go wrong?
    Very little. The big question is: why on earth didn’t they release this closer to the World Cup?

    Out on August 22.

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    The Unbeatables

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Why we’re excited?
Because the first movie, 2005’s ‘Sin City’, was a sharp, stylish and ultraviolent blend of action, crime and comic book visuals, which found fans among folks who like their noir-ish thrillers with an edge of Tarantino-esque black humour.

What could go wrong?
Not everyone loved the first movie. Some called it crass, misogynistic and excessively gory (accusations which are pretty hard to refute, to be fair). Those people should probably avoid this sequel.

Out on August 22.

Read more


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Chris jones
Chris jones

Schoenarts is amazing in 'Rust and Bone' as well, with Marainne Cotillard. By the way he's Belgian, not Dutch, and it not too hard to pronounce if you ignore the spelling - shone (rhymes with bone) arts - shone-arts .

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