And now, that smile will shine again.
That’s right guys – while there were some promising releases this week, today we’re dealing with the director’s version of RoboCop (vintage 1987) hitting select cinemas.
This legendary cyberpunk has long held a place on the altar of science fiction due to its deliciously dystopian vision of Detroit’s future, the protagonist’s senseless ‘Hammer of Justice’, and its grim, grim scent, oh so very, grim violence.
Considering that said grit and message have already been toned down for the theatrical version we know and love, this director – airing in celebration of his 35th birthday – is perhaps just one for those with strong stomachs. But if you can hack it, it promises to be an unmistakable nostalgic beauty.
Of course this week we’re also dealing with the release of the powerful period drama, Benediction — part of which was filmed on our doorstep in Weston Park, near Shifnal.
Directed by Terence Davies, this film tells the story of acclaimed poet Siegfried Sassoon, and how, after surviving the horrors of World War I, he became one of the conflict’s fiercest critics.
With a strong premise and a talented team including Jack Lowden, Peter Capaldi and Kate Phillips, this can be one click to cut you to the core multiple times.
Once again, it’s a great week for film and movie fans everywhere, with plenty of other mature and trendy shows hitting the silver screen.
Let’s take a closer look at those new releases…
Liverbudley writer-director Terence Davies explores the horror of World War I through the eyes of one of England’s great poets in a melancholy drama that was nominated for two awards at last year’s British Independent Film Awards.
As a soldier, Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowden) was honored for his bravery on the battlefield.
However, the loss of young lives haunts Sassoon as he publicly disobeys orders to become an outspoken critic of the government’s continuing conflict.
Faced with a potential marital event that will tarnish the reputation of the family name, Sasson accepts the advice of his friend Robbie Ross (Simon Russell Beale) and is transferred to a military psychiatric hospital, where his behavior is dismissed as a nervous breakdown.
Far from home, he meets Wilfred Owen (Matthew Tennyson) and becomes a mentor to the young wordmaker.
Struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality, Sasson fosters potentially harmful relationships with figures from London’s illustrious literary scene and theater including Ivor Novello (Jeremy Irvine) and Stephen Tennant (Calame Lynch).
Eskil Vogt, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for The Worst Person In The World, directs and writes a tense psychological horror set during a bright northern summer that distorts and subverts the metaphors of a supernatural origin story.
Nine-year-old Ida (Raquel Lenora Flotum) lives in an apartment block with her autistic sister, Anna (Alpha Prinsmo Ramstad).
Siblings struggle to communicate and young Ida explores her surroundings, meeting a neglected and restless boy named Ben (Sam Ashraf), who directs his anger and isolation into the murder of a cat.
Left to their own devices, Ida and Ben unleash mysterious and mysterious powers when they are together.
Anna and another girl Ayesha (Mina Yasmin Premseth Achim) are also blessed with dangerous abilities.
When adults don’t look, the four kids cross the limits of playtime with dire consequences.
A group of friends make tough split-second decisions in this thriller comedy written by Academy Award nominee KD Davila and directed by Carrie Williams.
College seniors (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean (RJ Cyler) return to their apartment to find the front door open.
Inside, best friends discover a semi-conscious girl, whom they call Goldilocks (Maddie Nichols), and their video game roommate Carlos (Sebastian Chacon) oblivious to the intruder.
Refusing to call the police and answering questions about how two black men and a Latino man found a white woman who passed out, Conley, Sean and Carlos decide to put the stranger in Sean’s truck and take her to a safe place to recover.
Little do they know that the girl, Emma, has a sister named Maddy (Sabrina Carpenter), who is tracking the location of Emma’s phone to locate her missing brother.
In October 1985, Norwegian pop music group a-ha reached number two on the UK Singles Chart with their anthem Take On Me accompanied by a music video fondly remembered by Steve Baron.
Guitarist Pal Waktar Savoy, keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, and singer Morten Harket topped the chart later that year with The Sun Always Shines On TV, continuing a string of songs that included Train Of Thought, Hunting High and Low, I’ve Been Missing You , wolf cry, Manhattan skyline, live daylights and survival on these roads.
Coinciding with their upcoming a-ha tour of the UK, this documentary directed by Thomas Robsahm and Aslaug Holm follows the group over four years to remember the trio’s fortunes more than 35 years after their success.
The film includes unreleased footage and interviews with Aktar Savoy, Voroholmen and Harkett, and reveals that they drive separate cars and stay apart behind the scenes, only appearing together on stage to perform their songs.
You have 20 seconds to comply when the definitive 4K restoration of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven’s chilling sci-fi parody hits cinemas once again to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
The director’s clip was censored for his graphic violence on screen, in particular the protagonist’s execution before he was revived as an honorary criminal.
Approved by Verhoeven, this restore from the original camera passive by MGM enters dystopian Detroit as the ED-209 robot is touted for law enforcement as an alternative to cops on city streets.
Meanwhile, dedicated officer Alex Murphy (Peter Wheeler) and his partner, Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen), serve the Metro West area, responding to a call to arms to defeat hardened criminal Clarence Bodecker (Courtwood Smith) and his gang.
Murphy was killed by thugs and revived as a heavily armored cyborg called RoboCop, programmed to serve and protect the public.
This metal crime criminal is supposed to have no memory of the past, but RoboCop faces a flashback of confused memories of Murphy’s past and begins delving into the circumstances of Murphy’s brutal death.
Riccardo Frieza directs Simon Stone’s bold new Australian theater and film performance of Donizetti’s tragic opera, broadcast live from the Lincoln Center Theater for the Performing Arts in New York, with script by Salvador Camarano.
Lucia (American soprano Nadine Sierra) privately exchanges rings with her lover Edgardo (Javier Camarena), choosing the desire of her heart rather than marrying a wealthy suitor, ensuring Lammermore’s fortune.
When her cheating brother Enrico (Artur Rosinsky) learns that she has pledged her heart to his archenemy, he tricks Lucia into believing Edgardo was unfaithful until she concludes a marriage contract with his favorite fiancé, Arturo.
Moments after Lucia signs the contract, Edgardo discovers his sweetheart’s apparent betrayal of their love, which leads to a tragic chain of events that brings down the Lammermore clan.
Born in Saint Thomas, part of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, Camille Pissarro became one of France’s most famous artists in the 19th century.
He gathered a group of enthusiastic young artists around him in Paris and gained a reputation as the father of Impressionism.
In February, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford opened a major retrospective, Pissarro: The Father of Impressionism, featuring 80 works by the artist including eight paintings for the first time in that country.
This documentary directed by David Biggerstaff relies heavily on the heartwarming and revealing letters that Pissarro wrote to his family to chart his life and production.
The film provides moviegoers a front-row seat to some of the paintings in the gallery and other treasures from the museum’s archive.