Cinema Releases: January 2014

Released 1st January:





American Hustle (18) Running time: 129 minutes

Director: David O. Russell, Writers: Eric Singer, David O. Russell

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Michael Pena

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).  DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting.  Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.







Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (15) Running time: 84 minutes

Director: Christopher Landon,  Writer: Christopher Landon

Cast: Molly Ephraim, Crystal Santos, Richard Cabral, Andrew Jacobs

After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.




Released 3rd January:





Last Vegas (12A) Running time: 105 minutes

Director: Jon Turteltaub,  Writer: Dan Fogelman

Cast: Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen

Billy (Michael Douglas), Paddy (Robert De Niro), Archie (Morgan Freeman) and Sam (Kevin Kline) have been best friends since childhood. So when Billy, the group’s sworn bachelor, finally proposes to his thirty-something (of course) girlfriend, the four head to Las Vegas with a plan to stop acting their age and relive their glory days. However, upon arriving, the four quickly realize that the decades have transformed Sin City and tested their friendship in ways they never imagined. The Rat Pack may have once played the Sands and Cirque du Soleil may now rule the Strip, but it’s these four who are taking over Vegas.






Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom (12A) Running time: 146 minutes

Director: Justin Chadwick,  Writer: William Nicholson

Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Tony Kgoroge

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.



Released 10th January:





12 Years a Slave (15) Running time: 134 minutes

Director: Steve McQueen,  Writers: John Ridley, Solomon Northup

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Michael K. Williams, Dwight Henry, Ashley Dyke, Scoot McNairy,  Quvenzhané Wallis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.



Released 16th January:





Devil’s Due (15) Running time: 89 minutes

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Writer: Lindsay Devlin

Cast: Allison Miller, Zach Gilford, Steffie Grote

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.




Released 17th January:




The Wolf of Wall Street (18) Running time: 180 minutes

Director: Martin Scorsese,  Writers: Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jon Bernthal, Cristin Milioti, Spike Jonze

Based on ex-stockbroker Jordan Belfort’s memoirs, DiCaprio take on the role of Belfort, and his rise and fall in the 1980s financial scene. Hard partying and drug abusing Belfort was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering, and spent 22 months in a federal prison as a result.





Released 24th January:





Grudge Match (12A) Running time: 113 minutes

Director: Peter Segal,  Writers: Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman, Doug Ellin

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal, Kevin Hart, Griff Furst.

In “Grudge Match,” De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight.  Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers.  Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.

But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral.  The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event.  Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.







Inside Llewyn Davis (15) Running time: 105 minutes

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen,  Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles—some of them of his own making.







Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (12A) Running time: 105 mins

Director: Kenneth Branagh,  Writers: David Koepp, Adam Cozad, Tom Clancy

Cast: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, Kennth Branagh, Gemma Chan, Colm Feore, Karen David, Nonso Anozie

Based on the character created by bestselling author Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan” is a global action thriller set in the present day.  This original story follow a young Jack (Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot.

The story follows him from 9/11, through his tour of duty in Afghanistan, which scarred him forever, and into his early days in the Financial Intelligence Unit of the modern CIA where he becomes an analyst, under the guardianship of his handler, Harper (Kevin Costner).  When Ryan believes he’s uncovered a Russian plot to collapse the United States economy, he goes from being an analyst to becoming a spy and must fight to save his own life and those of countless others, while also trying to protect the thing that’s more important to him than anything, his relationship with his fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley).




Released 29th January:




I, Frankenstein (15) Running time: 87 minutes

Director: Stuart Beattie,  Writers: Kevin Grevioux, Stuart Beattie

Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Socratis Otto, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney.

200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. From the co-writer of the hit supernatural saga, UNDERWORLD, comes the action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN, written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie, screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie, based on the Darkstorm Studios graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” created by Kevin Grevioux. The story is brought to life by a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, and Aden Young as Victor Frankenstein.




Out of the Furnace (15) Running time: 116 minutes

Director: Scott Cooper,  Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.



Released 31st January:





Lone Survivor (15) Running time: 121 mins

Director: Peter Berg,  Writer: Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Ludwig

Based on the failed mission “Operation Red Wings” which tasked four members of SEAL Team 10 on June 28, 2005 to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. They were quickly compromised and under attack, Marcus Luttrell being the only member to survive and evade capture.




Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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