Border leads the new cinema releases March 8th 2019

This time, there are SEVEN new films out for you to choose from, led by Border. Here are the titles, with more info below:

    Ray and Liz
    Miss Bala
    The Kindergarten Teacher
    Everybody Knows
    Captain Marvel


A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence.

This comes from John Ajvide Lindqvist, the author of Let The Right One In. That was a fantastic movie (and I dodged the Hollywood remake), while this looks so damn intriguing, so I can’t wait to see it.

Director: Ali Abbasi
Screenplay: Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf, John Ajvide Lindqvist
Stars: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén, Sten Ljunggren

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Ray and Liz

Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz.

This looks like a cracking drama, looking at chav culture, with great acting and it also fills the old-style 4:3 frame well.

Writer/Director: Richard Billingham
Stars: Richard Ashton, Jamie-Lee Beacher, Michelle Bonnard, Sam Dodd, James Eeles

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Rosie tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless.

As Rosie tries to live with her whole family in the car, I’m very interested to see how this one plays out.

Director: Paddy Breathnach
Screenplay: Roddy Doyle
Stars: Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, Ellie O’Halloran, Ruby Dunne

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Miss Bala sees a massacre take place in a nightclub and Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) she’s captured and recruited to do a job for the baddies. If she completes it, they’ll let her and her friend go, but the police think she’s in on it and want her to help stop them, and as the trailer concludes, and she looks dressed like a new Nikita, she says, “In the end, a bullet solves everything”. Hmm…

Synopsis: Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength.

Checking IMDB, this is actually a remake of a 2011 Spanish film with the same title, and so it hasn’t taken long to see the light of day in Hollywood, but I’m not sure they should’ve bothered.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Screenplay: Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer
Also stars: Anthony Mackie, Matt Lauria, Aislinn Derbez

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Kindergarten Teacher places Maggie Gyllenhaal in the titular role as a teacher in New York, who becomes obsessed with one of her students whom she believes is a child prodigy.

I didn’t believe this to be any good based on the trailer.

Writer/Director: Sara Colangelo
Also stars: Gael García Bernal, Ato Blankson-Wood, Libya Pugh, Michael Chernus

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Everybody Knows is a film starring both Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, which I first confused with Loving Pablo, since they also recently paired up for that movie and it also looked equally tedious.

Ms Cruz plays Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, who returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister’s wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

Everybody Knows – aka Todos lo Saben – is released in the UK on March 9th 2019

Writer/Director: Asghar Farhadi
Also stars: Jaime Lorente, Bárbara Lennie, Ricardo Darín, Inma Cuesta

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

Captain Marvel

Another Marvel origin movie. I’m really bored of these, now.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!