British movies hitting the screens January 2019.
Here's some British films hitting Cinemas, Digital and DVD January 2019. Plus we've also included international title CLIMAX, as it was part of our FrightFest 2018 coverage.
ALL THE DEVIL'S MEN on Digial now & DVD 7th January 2019.
Synopsis: Jack Collins (Milo Gibson), a former Navy SEAL turned bounty hunter, tracks down terrorists in missions so hazardous that the CIA outsources them to private companies. But a life spent surviving fraught situations has left its mark on Collins, leading his CIA handler Leigh (Sylvia Hoeks) to offer him one last chance to keep fighting. Deployed as part of a hardened three-man team (William Fichtner, Gbenga Akinnagbe) to hunt down a rogue operative in London, Collins finds himself locked in relentless urban tactical combat, fighting a superior force alongside his own personal demons.
KING OF THIEVES on Digital 14th January and on DVD 21st January 2019.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Heist
KING OF THIEVES stars Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Charlie Cox, Michael Gambon & Ray Winstone. KING OF THIEVES, the incredible true story of the spectacular Hatton Garden diamond heist, the biggest and most daring in British history.
KING OF CRIME is released on DVD 14th January 2019.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Gangster
Synopsis: When Marcus King (Mark Wingett – Quadrophenia, The Bill), Britain’s most notorious cybercriminal, finds himself at the mercy of some extremists, he knows it’s time to settle some old scores, play one of the biggest scams of his life, and defeat the terrorists. It’s just a question of whether he can maneuver his footsoldiers, protect his wife (Claire King – Emmerdale, Bad Girls), and decipher some double-crossing before he’s safe in the land of milk and honey.
LONDON UNPLUGGED in selected Cinemas 18th January 2019.
Genre: Anthology, Drama
LONDON UNPLUGGED, 10 shorts from emerging, diverse filmmakers unearth the struggles of modern Londoners. LONDON UNPLUGGED , an anthology film about modern Londoners, comprises ten shorts of largely female-led stories from a talent pool of emerging filmmakers. The independent British film explores themes of isolation, asylum, unmanageable rents and identity.
POSSUM is released on Digital 21st January 2019.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
POSSUM is Matt Holness' debut feature. He is probably best known for 2004’s GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, and boy has he switched dramatic gears. Where once he revelled in a very British horror parody, be prepared to wallow in a bleak, fever dream about one man isolation and abandonment issues. Phillip (played by Sean Harris) is a disgraced puppeteer on the edge of his own sanity. He carries a brown leather holdall that contains a gruesome spider like puppet with an adult doll’s face. He spends a lot of the film trying to get rid of it, but like the book in THE BABADOOK, it inexplicably comes back. When he’s not coping with his own dissociative unreality he’s being taunted and teased by unhinged stepfather Maurice – a minimalist Fagin character who Alun Armstrong twists and turns for his own morbid fascination and ours. Experiencing the craziness of Phillip’s mind means POSSUM is light on traditional narrative cues until the final act where clarity is finally reached. Before then Kit Fraser’s stunning cinematography, Charlotte Pearson’s grimy and dilapidated production design, Crispin Buxton’s lost and lonely locations and the profound sounds and melodies of The Radiophonic Workshop are a dark, twisted delight for the eyes and ears as the madness unfolds. Stuart Wright
THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP On Digital 11th & DVD 21st January 2019
Genre: Crime, Urban, Gangster
Synopsis: THE INTENT 2: THE COME UP centres on Jay (Ghetts) who has big dreams; but his ambitions are crippled by his allegiance to both his crew and Hackney crime boss Beverley (Sharon Duncan-Brewster). Jay sets about laying the foundations for his own organised crime ring with the help of Mustafa (Adam Deacon). Things are going well until Beverley discovers his disloyalty, and an ill-fated robbery in North London and a trip to Jamaica tears the crew apart. All the while, their actions are being monitored by an undercover Met Police officer Gunz (Dylan Duffus), who has been deployed to integrate himself into the crew.
CLIMAX is released on Disc 21st January 2019.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Music (CLIMAX is listed as it was part of our 2018 FrightFest coverage.)
CLIMAX supposedly retells the fateful night a nineties dance troupe held a post-rehearsal party and unwittingly drank booze spiked with LSD. True or not the spectacle Gaspar Noe creates out of that kernel of an idea is both wildly audacious and exhilarating to watch. The music rarely gives up as it pounds the living daylights out of your ears to an assembly line of lithe and sexually provocative dancers led by Selva (Sofia Boutella: ATOMIC BLONDE, THE MUMMY). Shot in just 15 days and heavily reliant on improvisation to get the job done, it’s hard to imagine the first couple of routines were not choreographed and rehearsed within an inch of their lives, such is the orgiastic, frenetic unity enveloping these young men and women on the dancefloor. Their lust for the beat and each other is in every unabashed move they make. Their hormonally charged bodies seduce the screen and could stop at any moment to fuck each other until they collapse.
The giddy, emotional ascent of the first half of CLIMAX comes to a grinding halt when people begin to freak out and get sick from the LSD spiked sangria. The mechanical, rolling thunder of the music never lets up, but the joyful act of dancing that once accompanied it is replaced by confusion, anger, fear and random acts of violence. The collective bad trip gradually confines all but one of the troupe to the dark corners of their individual minds.
Beniot Debie’s camera takes a turn for the absurd and is rarely the right way up for the second half of CLIMAX. The subjects his films edge closer and closer to the lens until there’s almost nothing to see but a mass of limbs and torsos in concert with each other and bathed in a dim, crimson hue.
Structurally, CLIMAX cocks a snoot to normal rules of narrative, but when Noe finally (and literally) turns the music off and brings the house lights back up, he still manages to land you in a place that comprehends the chaotic aftermath that confronts us. Wasted and exhausted the denouement is a tableau of the collateral and detritus of human excess. Some are dead. Some found love. Some just survived to dance another day.
CLIMAX is devoid of humanity, but contrary to that assertion, manages to also feel like a condensed celebration of life itself. See it on the biggest screen you can find with the loudest sound system on the planet for the full mesmeric effect. Stuart Wright
AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS on Digital now & on Disc 28th January 2019
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Synopsis: It’s Christmas Day and the dysfunctional Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house.
Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, but what exactly?
An industrial accident, a terrorist attack, a nuclear war?
All their limited information now comes from the television. But as the ominous gogglebox exerts an ever more sinister grip on their psyches, their terrified paranoia escalates into bloody carnage…
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