Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Plenty to get excited about in the remainder of 2011

Any sane person on this planet won't be getting excited for Christmas already just because the fall is imminent, despite the supermarkets and chain pubs efforts in getting us to start buying for the festive period asap there's really no need to think past everything and towards Christmas just yet. For new cinema releases 2012 is looking like a rather special year but that's not to say we haven't got some exciting releases between now and the new year to get worked up about.

This month sees Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska (surely worth the price of admission on surnames sake alone) in a promising adaptation of Jayne Eyre, and the best British ensemble cast known to man has formed for a new adaptation of John Le Carre's classic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Also, Cameron Crowe's much awaited Pearl Jam Twenty documentary celebrates the rock band's history and music as they approach their twentieth anniversary.
Tom Hardy, in a pre-Dark Knight Rises role will surely attract audiences with his latest Warrior; the story of two brothers destined to battle each other in a mixed martial arts tournament, with fans dying to see how Hardy has prepared for his role as Bane in the final episode of Christopher Nolan's Batman saga, Warrior has the potential to be a big hit! After winning best actress at the Cannes Film Festival this year we can finally see why Kirsten Dunst won over the judges in Lars Von Trier's apocalyptic drama Melancholia, and Kevin Smith's political/religious horror film Red State gets a UK release too. (Note: all release dates listed at bottom of page)

In October the Guillermo Del Toro penned/produced horror film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark sees Katie Holmes and Guy Pierce battling demonic creatures Hell bent on consuming their daughter. The much celebrated Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris will finally come to Britain too, as well as the new collaboration between Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer and star Jesse Eisenberg in their new comedy 30 Minutes or Less. Director Steven Soderbergh is ready to take us back to the 1970s disaster movie with his new pandemic crisis Contagion which boasts a cast of Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. Since his slip up with the last Indiana Jones film, Steven Spielberg hopes to set things right with new Adventures of Tin Tin. Plenty to get excited about here.

November sees Withnail & I director Bruce Robinson release his first film in nearly 10 years with The Rum Diary, Johnny Depp leads an impressive cast in this drama about a freelance journalist trying to secure better things for himself. Philip Seymour Hoffman's 2010 directorial debut Jack Goes Boating gets a release, but on a slightly larger note so does the new episode of the Twilight saga Breaking Dawn - Part 1. Speaking of Phillip Hoffman again, you can see him team up with Capote director Bennett Miller once again in the true success of baseball coach Billie Beane in Moneyball. Oh yeah and that also stars Brad Pitt. Not too long after his Pearl Jam documentary Cameron Crowes' next film will feature Matt Damon moving his family to the countryside to renovate a zoo in the aptly titled We Bought a Zoo, two offerings from Mr. Crowe in two months ain't bad at all!

December will set up some snow set carnage in David Fincher's (is it a remake, is it an adaptation?) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and another pointless exercise with The Thing (1982) prequel confusingly titled The Thing...? Anyway, big films such as Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol are sure to attract the big audiences while hopefully Martin Scorsese's family friendly Hugo will add to the Christmas cheer.

So here is a thorough enough guide to what to keep an eye out for in the coming months, let's not set our eyes on Christmas just yet as there's plenty to get excited about at the cinema.

Jane Eyre - Sept 9th
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Sept 16th
Pearl Jam Twenty - Sept 20th
Warrior - Sept 23rd
Red State - Sept 30th
Melancholia - Sept 30th

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Oct 7th
Midnight In Paris - Oct 7th
30 Minutes or Less - Oct 16th
Contagion - Oct 21st
The Adventures of Tin Tin - Oct 26th

The Rum Diary - Nov 4th
Jack Goes Boating - Nov 4th
The Twilight Saga : Breaking Dawn - Part 1 - Nov 18th
Moneyball - Nov 25th

The Thing (prequel) - Dec 2nd
Hugo - Dec 2nd
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Dec 16th
We Bought a Zoo - Dec 23rd
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Dec 26th

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