Coming Soon: New Movie Releases
At Rooftop Film Club, we love our classic films. 80’s classics like Top Gun, and Stand By Me are always hot favourites on our rooftops; proof that great cinema is timeless.
However, we also like to think we’ve got an eye for spotting future classics. With award season in full swing, now feels like the perfect time for us to share our movie picks that will be hitting screens soon.
Dir: Spike Jonze
UK release date: 14th February 2014
Technology is changing the face of modern relationships. With the UK online dating industry now worth over £2 Billion and the likes of Skype allowing us to speak to our loved ones thousands of miles away, how long will it be until we cut out the middle man and fall in love with our computers?
Spike Jonze’s Her is a subtly futuristic look at our increasing dependency on technology. Joaquin Pheonix stars as introverted Theodore Twombley who falls in love with a computer operating system, also known as Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johannsson). Her is love story that holds a mirror up to our own relationships and values with an award-worthy performance from Joaquin Pheonix. Check out our full-length review of Her here.
Nymphomaniac (Parts I and II)
Dir: Lars Von Trier
UK Release: 22nd February 2014
You would have to have been living under a rock for the past year to have missed the media circus surrounding Lars Von Trier’s racy new movie. Featuring a poster-campaign of the movie’s stars in an uncompromisingly pleasurable disposition and a positively titillating trailer, many posed the question: will the PR campaign for Nymphomaniac would be more exciting than the movie itself?
Fortunately, this is not the case. The movie features a great ensemble cast of stars, each adding their own layer to the complex and occasionally humorous portrayal of clinical sex addiction. Watch out for Uma Thurman’s delightful return to the big screen as Mrs.H.
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Dir: Wes Anderson
UK Release: 28th February 2014
Wes Anderson is acclaimed for his unmistakable visual and narrative style – and his latest film Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception.
The film centres on the growing friendship between a hotel concierge Gustave H and a young hotel worker Zero Moustafa. The duo soon find themselves in the middle of a priceless art heist and a bitter battle for an enormous family inheritance fund; all of which taking place in a rapidly changing continent at war.
BENNY AND JOLENE
Dir: Jamie Adams
UK Release: Spring 2014
We don’t just love blockbusters at Rooftop Film Club, we’ve always got time for independent British films – and they don’t come more charming than Benny and Jolene.
The movie follows the plight of Jolene and her doting musical partner Benny as they grapple with the pressures of burgeoning commercial success within the indie folk scene. The movie was made for just £12,500 and thanks to the particularly brilliant casting of Charlotte Ritchie and Craig Roberts, we think it will be the first of many feature films from director Jamie Adams.
Dir: Lenny Abrahamson
UK Release: 2nd May 2014
In a move that may prove unpopular with his female fans, Michael Fassbender’s face is hidden throughout this movie. Fortunately, his performance permeates his plastic head mask and makes for one heck of a movie.
It’s a rip-roaring musical comedy which follows the crazy journey of an eccentric pop band, fronted by the enigmatic Frank (Fassbender). Go expecting lots of laughs, but the heart and soul of the film lies in the quietly poignant exploration of Frank’s mental health issues.
What movies are you looking forward to this Spring?