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Studio Canal have just given us the first look at The King Of Thieves. Starring Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, The Prestiege), Michael Gambon (Gosford Park, The King’s Speech), Charlie Cox (Daredevil, Stardust), Ray Winstone (The Departed, Beowulf), Jim Broadbent (Gangs Of New York, Moulin Rogue!) and Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor ZhivagoThe King of Thieves is due out in September this year.

Le Week-End

Summary: Nick and Meg, a British couple celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary with a weekend getaway in Paris. As they travel around the city, they revisit the highs and lows of their relationship, fight about their faults, and continue to run out of restaurants without paying the bill. They meet up with an old colleague of Nick’s and attend a dinner party at his house, leading to some painful truths being spoken aloud.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 20th February, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK

Director: Roger Michell

Screenwriter: Hanif Kureishi

Cast: Olly Alexander (Michael), Marie-France Alvarez (Victoire La Chapell), Brice Beaugier (Robert), Jim Broadbent (Nick), Xavier De Guillebon (Jean-Pierre Degremont), Lindsay Duncan (Meg), Jeff Goldblum (Morgan), Charlotte Leo (Dominique Ertel), Lee Michelsen (Harry Rose), Denis Sebbah (Christopher Aragues), Sebastien Siroux (Valentin Lefevre)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:CTC

OUR LE WEEK-END REVIEWS & RATINGS

David Griffiths:

At a quick glance Le Week-End could easily be written off as a film that is meant for the older set, but director Roger Michell (most noted for Notting Hill) instead makes this a film with a really strong message for anyone fascinated with love.

Written by Hanif Kureishi Le Week-End sees an aging couple, made up of the seemingly lost teacher Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and the all-at-sea Nick (Jim Broadbent). Nick has decided to take Meg to Paris for a weekend where he hopes their marriage of thirty years can have some new life pumped into it, and during which time he can pluck up the courage to tell her that he has been recently fired from his job as an university lecturer for making an inappropriate comment to a student.

Their time in France however isn’t exactly what Nick had in mind. First Meg is not happy with where they are staying and then it becomes painfully obvious that Jim can’t do or say anything right in Meg’s eyes. Just to top it off they couple soon find themselves experiencing money problems and just as some home truths are being laid down on the line they run into Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum).

As a film Le Week-End seems to be all over the place… but in a good way. It seems that Roger Michell has the uncanny ability to mash his genres so well the audience never really knows what is coming next. The film reaches high tensions of drama as accusations of adultery are flung around, while at other times the film hits the comedy spots as a nervous Meg tries to run out on a restaurant bill that she can’t afford.

Likewise this is a film that at times will make its audience feel uncomfortable. The Meg/Nick relationship often leaves the audience feeling claustrophobic and ill at ease as you are trapped watching a car crash getting worse right in front of you. Then there are the other times of uncomfortableness as frank scenes of a sexual nature play out in front of you, including one where Meg has Nick on all fours acting like a dog who is desperate for just one sniff of her… privates.

The film’s up and down nature is also on show by the fact that the audience is often left drowning in moments of emotional suspense but then left out to dry by an over long dinner party towards the film’s finale.

What brings even more emotion to Le Week-End are the strong performances by the key cast. Lindsay Duncan portrays the fragile and cold Meg with complete ease while Jim Broadbent again puts on an acting master class as he portrays Nick as a conflicted yet interesting character that the audience can’t help but feel for. Then there is Jeff Goldblum who isn’t called upon to do much but does deliver a smarmy presence when he really needs to.

Le Week-End does throw up some challenges for its audience but it is well worth a look if you like a good emotionally fuelled drama.

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IMDB Rating:  Le Week-End (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Le-Weekend′: Nil.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly

This week Dave, Nick, Adam and Greg take a look at new release films Cloud Atlas, Side Effects, I Give It A Year, Save Your Legs!, The Imposter and The Paperboy. Plus they took an in depth look at all The Oscars wrap-up and have Part 1 of their look at the 2013 Alliance French Film Festival. This episode also features interview with Zac Efron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jude Law, Scott Burns, Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Minnie Driver, Dan Mazer, Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Jason Flemying, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, James D’Arcy, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Keith David, Lana Wachowski and the cast of Housos vs Authority.

Also make sure you listen for your chance to win a copy of ‘Storm Surfers 3D’ on Blu-Ray thanks to Madman Entertainment.

Cloud Atlas

Summary: Lana and Andy Wachowski collaborate with Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer to co-direct and adapt David Mitchell’s British Book Award-winning novel Cloud Atlas. Examining how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, CLOUD ATLAS explores the connectedness of life as one soul is shaped over centuries from a killer into a hero, and how a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw and Doona Bae each appear in multiple roles as the audience is transported across the ages from the 19th century South Pacific to a distant post-apocalyptic future.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th February, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA/Germany/Hong Kong/Singapore

Director: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Screenwriter: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell (novel)

Cast: Doona Bae (Tilda/Megan’s Mom/Mexican Woman/Sonmi-451/Sonmi Prostitute), Halle Berry (Native Woman/Jocasta Ayrs/Luisa Rey/Indian Party Guest/Ovid/Meronym), Jim Broadbent (Captain Molyneux/Vyvyan Ayrs/Timothy Cavendish/Korean Musician/Prescient 2), James D’Arcy (Young Rufus Sixsmith/Old Rufus Sixsmith/Nurse James/Archivist), Keith David (Kupaka/Joe Napier/An-kor Apis/Prescient), Tanja de Wendt (Mrs. Hotchkiss), Louis Dempsey (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 3/Jarvis Hoggins), Martin Docherty (Eddie Hoggins), Niall Greig Fulton (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 2/Mozza Hoggins), Robert Fyfe (Old Salty Dog/Mr. Meeks/Prescient 1), Hugh Grant (Rev. Giles Horrox/Hotel Heavy/Lloyd Hooks/Denholme Cavendish/Seer Rhee/Kona Chief), David Gyasi (Autua/Lester Rey/Duophstye), Raevan Lee Hanan (Little Girl with Orison at Papa Song’s/Catkin/Zachry Relative 1), Tom Hanks (Dr. Henry Goose/Hotel Manager/Issac Sachs/Dermot Hoggins/Cavendish Look-a-like Actor/Zachry), Heikie Hanold-Lynch (Nurse Judd Look-a0like), Andrew Havill (Mr. Hotchkiss), Sylvestra Le Touzel (Nurse Judd), Brody Nicholas Lee (Javier Gomez/Jonas/Zachry’s Older Nephew), Robin Morrissey (Young Cavendish), Mya-Lecia Naylor (Miro), Gotz Otto (Groundsman Withers), Jeremy Paxman (himself), Alistair Petrie (Haskell Moore’s Dinner Guest 1/Musiciian/Felix Finch/Lascivious Businessman), Ralph Riach (Ernie), Jim Sturgess (Adam Ewing/Poor Hotel Guest/Megan’s Dad/Highlander/Hae-Joo Chang/Adam/Zachry Brother-In-Law), Susan Sarandon (Madame Horrox/Older Ursula/Yusouf Suleiman/Abbess), Victoria Esteban Sole (Mr. Roderick), Laura Vietzen (Young Ursula), Amanda Walker (Veronica), Hugo Weaving (Hakell Moore/Tadeusz Kesselring/Bill Smoke/Nurse Noakes/Boardman Mephi/Old Georgie), Ben Whishaw (Cabin Boy/Robert Frobisher/Store Clerk/Georgette/Tribesman), Martin Wutke (Mr. Boerhaave/Guard/Leary The Healer), Xun Zhou (Talbot/Hotel Manager/Yoona-939/Rose), Zhu Zhu (Megan Sixsmith/12th Star Clone)

Runtime: 172 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘Cloud Atlas’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Cloud Atlas′: Check Episode #22 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Cloud Atlas’.

Rating: 3.5/5

IMDB Rating: Cloud Atlas (2012) on IMDb