American Honey leads the new cinema releases & trailers w/e October 14th 2016

American Honey This weekend there are just FOUR new films out for you to choose from: a road trip for Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf in American Honey, a different take on rom-coms in China for Love Stalk, a Dan Brown threequel in Inferno, and another pointless CGI movie in Storks.

Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl with nothing to lose, joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Directed by Andrea Arnold, who certainly favours 4:3 as a filming ratio, the film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and McCaul Lombardi, and there’s something interesting about this road movie, although at 164 minutes in length, does it really need to be that long?

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Love Stalk

Sharon (Angie Palmer) is a fast-­rising PR executive from Singapore, searching for love in Hong Kong, who may have found her dream guy, but as she chases after him online and in person, Sharon quickly finds out the dangers of stalking a secret crush.

Written and directed by Joe Fiorello, and also starring Ronan Pak, Dada Lo, Ines Laimins and Jae Leung, I rather like the look of this Chinese sideways look at a rom-com.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Inferno sees Tom Hanks return in the third and final part of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code trilogy, following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.

When famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything) – a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories – and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot, going on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself.

Directed by Ron Howard, who works with Hanks on the previous two Dan Brown movies, as well as Apollo 13 and Splash, the film also stars Ben Foster (The Program), Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen, The Duke of Burgundy), I haven’t seen the first two movies so am unlikely to watch this.
erno is released in the UK on October 14th.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Storks – another holiday season, another animated movie for children…

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl.

Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

So far, the only cast members announced are Andy Samberg, Keegan-Michael Keyand Kelsey Grammer, and it’s directed by Nicholas Stoller (Bad Neighbours and the 2016 sequel) and Doug Sweetland (animator on Finding Nemo, Cars and Toy Story 2).

Storks comes from the Warner Animation Group, who also brought us The Lego Movie, but this doesn’t look anywhere near as enticing as the brick one.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

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