Warcraft leads the new cinema releases & trailers w/e May 27th 2016

warcraftThis weekend there are TWELVE new films out for you to choose from: videogame-to-movie action in Warcraft, British drama in Remainder, comedy in Love and Friendship, a return down the rabbit hole in Alice Through The Looking Glass, George Clooney drama in Money Monster, the return of the turtles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Nicolas Cage trots out another dud in The Trust, Adam Sandler sticks to Netflix comedies in The Do Over, CGI for kids in Minuscule, tedious drama in The Price of Desire, a prequel reboot in Top Cat Begins, and man-made global warming propaganda in A Beautiful Planet.

Warcraft is another videogame-to-movie transformation, but this one’s going to be one of the biggest around as it’s for the game World of Warcraft. How it ties in with the game, I have no idea, as role-playing games are not my cup of team. However, I know people who can play this until even after the cows have come home. That said, when I was a kid I dabbled in a bit of Dungeons and Dragons.

The film will take on the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis upon both the Alliance’s and the Horde’s sides of their conflict. Featuring characters such as Durotan (Toby KebbellFantastic Four, The Veteran) and Lothar (Travis Fimmel), the film will take place in a variety of locations established in the video game series.

The film also has a strong additional cast of Dominic Cooper, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Clancy Brown, Robert Kazinsky, Daniel Wu, Ruth Negga and Callum Keith Rennie, and I wasn’t originally sold on seeing this, but given that it comes from the directorialship of Duncan Jones, who brought us the incredible Moon, then I have to see this. He’s also the son of the late, great David Bowie, if you didn’t know.

Note: Warcraft isn’t released until Monday, hence is another of those films which will get almost two weeks’ worth of box office receipts in its first ‘week’ of release, since any film put out on a Saturday or later can’t can’t towards that first weekend’s Top 10.

Hit or Miss? Verdict:

Homefront: The Revolution on PC – The DVDfever Review

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Homefront: The Revolution is a first-person shooter that isn’t a sequel to 2011’s Homefront but is more like a reboot. Not sure why. Then again, the only question posed at the 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four was “Why?”, although that had an answer – 20th Century Fox were contracted to make three films based on those characters in ten years, they’d only made two and no-one was clamouring for a third. But I digress…

Actually, it’s meant to be in an ‘alternate timeline’ set in 2029… so, a reboot, then.

As Ethan Brady, you’ll do battle the KPA (Korean People’s Army), through red zones and yellow zones, the former being more hectic (well, red light spells danger) but if you sprint through, it’s normally not a chore to get through without dying. And when faced with a barrage of baddies – who all come dressed as Top Gear‘s The Stig, you can craft in advance items like Molotov cocktails, but all of this has been done so much better before in The Last Of Us, for example. There are also safe, green zones but you’ll be spending more time doing battle in the other two, since if you wanted peace and serenity, you’d instead buy Farming Simulator.

Seoul Searching Official Trailer #1 – Jessika Van

Seoul Searching Seoul Searching is an ’80s-set comedy, a time when the Korean government created a special summer camp for “gyopo” or foreign born teenagers where they could spend their summer in Seoul to learn about their motherland.

While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were not. The program was eventually cancelled after a few years because the government simply could not control the youth. Seoul Searching is a teen comedy and coming of age film, based on a true story about one of the summer camps that took place in 1986.

Written and directed by Benson Lee, and starring Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-Pyo Cha and Teo Yoo, I have a belief that the optimum length for a movie is 105 minutes – not too short and not too long. Some still work well outside of that, of course, such as Interstellar (169 mnutes) and Grandma (75 minutes), but few films need to last longer than two hours. This one also received three standing ovations at its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Seoul Searching doesn’t yet have a UK release date but I definitely want to see this one. And I’m loving the Breakfast Club-style poster!

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.

Gomorrah Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD from August 1st – new trailer online

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Gomorrah Season 2, the Italian crime drama is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on Monday August 1st.

Universally critically acclaimed as the most successful Italian TV production ever, the controversial gang warfare series returned for its second season on Wednesday May 11th at 9pm on Sky Atlantic.

The era of the Savastano clan, who once undisputedly reigned over north Naples, seems to be coming to an end. What lies ahead now is the largest ever power vacuum in the history of the “Camorra” – a coalition of crime families in and around the urban backstreets of Naples.

New Blu-ray and DVD releases May 23rd 2016

the-assassin-bluray New Blu-ray and DVD releases May 23rd 2016 are as follows:

    400 Days (DVD)
    Alan Clarke at the BBC: Volume 1 – Dissent 1969-1977 (DVD Box Set)
    Alan Clarke at the BBC: Volume 2 – Disruption 1978-1989 (DVD Box Set)
    Andrei Rublev (Blu-ray and DVD)
    Andromeda: The Complete Andromeda (Blu-ray)
    Chappie (4K Blu-ray)
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: The Finale (DVD)
    Desert Dancer (DVD)
    Dirty Grandpa: Extended Edition – Longer and Dirtier (Blu-ray) (review)
    Dirty Grandpa (DVD)

Victoria on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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Victoria, played by Laia Costa, is a Spanish woman in her twenties who’s recently moved to Berlin, working in a cafe by day and having a great night in a club at the time when we meet her, but the evening is drawing to a close, and after briefly meeting a man called Sonne (Frederick Lau) inside, she gets chatting to him on her exit, although since he’s following her and not taking no for an answer as she just wants to get home – and given that he’s with three other friends – I would’ve thought that even just *stopping* to talk to this group of drunken blokes out late at night would be a bad idea, so I was surprised that she didn’t just leave at that point…

The Secret: 2015 Remastered Version – The DVDfever Cinema Review

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The Secret The Secret shows that while school can be a fairly isolating place at the best of times – and we’ve all been there, some things just aren’t panning out the way an average school day should.

David (Steven Coward, right) arrives a bit late for school, just after the bus has drawn up and classes have begun, and as he takes his seat he’s ignored by his teacher, played by Nicola Haldane, when attempting to answer questions despite clearly wanting to impart the information. Other chilren sneer at him, while at the back, Rosie (Emily Batchford, below), asks the teacher to go easy on David because he doesn’t know yet… about the secret…, and adds with a chilling air, “but he will do soon.”

Five Pillars on DVD – The DVDfever Cinema Review

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Five Pillars Five Pillars begins just as Darren (Tom Bott) has returned from Afghanistan, struggling to fit in now he’s back on Civvy Street, especially with the UK deep in recession. Even three years on from when this film was made, I’m still struggling to see the “green shoots of recovery” that some politicians claim to have glimpsed.

The title suggests a link with the Five Pillars of Islam, and religion certainly plays a part as one of Darren’s friends, Gary (Aaron Jeffcoate), has long since been laid off from his mechanic job and sees the increasing immigration being the reason for it. Gary also sees his father, Robert (George Newton), already on the scrapheap and finding life’s answers at the bottom of a bottle, and he sees himself, thirty years from now, leading to him wanting to take brutal action that’ll turn society’s clock back 50 years.

The 5th Wave on Blu-ray – The DVDfever Review

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The 5th Wave

The 5th Wave is another of those ‘end of the world’ sci-fi dramas, this being at the behest of aliens, referred to as “The Others”, but I do like all of this sort of nonsense.

Why “The 5th Wave”? Well, the first wave was to take away all our power sources (wot no internet?), then the 2nd was to destroy all towns and cities. The plan for the 3rd is to infect as many people as possible with an airborne bird flu virus; and the 4th is to take over all human bodies still alive. The 5th… is not yet known.

Septembers of Shiraz – Official Trailer – Salma Hayek

Septembers of Shiraz Septembers of Shiraz is one of those dramas where everyone walks about pondering about the whys and wherefores of life, such is the lack of interest about anything going on here.

Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish, this is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

Directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires), with a script by Hanna Weg, based on the novel by Dalia Sofer, the film stars Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody, Gabriella Wright, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Alon Aboutboul and Anthony Azizi.

Septembers of Shiraz is released in the US on September 15th, but as of yet, there’s no UK date. Please don’t hurry.

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.

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