Mood Indigo and Guardians of the Galaxy lead the new cinema releases & trailers – w/e August 1st 2014


This weekend there are five new films out for you to choose from: bizarreness abound in Mood Indigo, sci-fi comedy in Guardians of the Galaxy, drama in Blackwood, dance competitions in Step Up: All In, CGI kids stuff in The Nut Job, and period drama in A Promise.

Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in a film with a bizarre storyline about a woman who suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs… but when you know that the director is Michel Gondry, the man behind films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and music videos like Bjork‘s Human Behaviour , you know it’s going to be a must-see.

Mood Indigo also stars Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy and Aïssa Maïga.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Guardians of the Galaxy

This film is a new action-packed, epic space adventure, expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Serafinowicz and Ralph Ineson.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!


Sadly not a biopic of the multi-talented Richard Blackwood, but instead the classic English ghost story gets a revision when a college professor finds himself plagued by spectral visions.

Starring Ed Stoppard, Sophia Myles, Russell Tovey, Paul Kaye and Greg Wise, this does look like an intriguing thriller.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!

Step Up: All In

All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

In other words, a desperate attempt to make a fifth film in the series. There’s no-one famous in this. and no reason to watch it.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

The Nut Job

More CGI-based hell for children to put their parents through, as an incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery.

Voices include Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson, and I shall not be partaking.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Miss!

A Promise

Young Friederich has humble origins, but rises to the attention of his new boss, Karl. As he volunteers to tutor his employer’s son, he gets more and more attached to Karl’s young wife Lotte. She refuses however to betray her husband even when they learn Friedrich must go to Mexico for two years to supervise a mining project for Karl. Friedrich and Lotte swear one another they will stay true to each other, but the oncoming war keeps them apart for far longer than expected. After six years, Friedrich goes back to Germany and finally sweeps Lotte off her feet.

Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, Richard Madden, Toby Murray and Maggie Steed, I don’t normally go for period dramas, but this one looks alright.

Hit or Miss? Verdict: Hit!