Your Guide To All The Upcoming Film Releases - The Movie Preview Guide Easter & Bank Holiday Edition


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Establishing ShotSpring is almost here and that means the Movie Preview Guide have released their essential Easter & May Holiday edition guides to help guide you to the cinemas to see your favourite films. The guides are quick and easy to read, produced regularly and covers all the upcoming releases in the Film Distributors Association catalogue.  You can download a copy over at http://www.moviepreviewnetwork.com/ as well as browse information on upcoming releases, plan your trips to the cinema as well as book film tickets.

To make things easier I combined the Movie Preview Guide Easter & Bank Holiday Editions into one easy to digest bumper post covering your viewing pleasure until the Movie Preview Guide Summer Edition is released.

Below I cover upcoming releases for the remainder of March, April and some of May. I have also included The Establishing Shot's recommendations (of course) as well as films we are anticipating - so whether you are looking for Easter Family Films, Action & Adventure, Big Laughs, Music & Dance, Thrills & Chills, Romance, to be gripped  & engaged or Moved by Real Life Stories - we've got you covered.



      In cinemas now


Oz The Great And Powerful
The story of how the great wizard himself got to the land of Oz is told in this epic fantasy adventure, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco as small town magician Oscar Diggs. Oscar escapes by balloon from his own world and, arriving in the fantastical new land fi nds riches a-plenty, but just as many problems besetting the diverse residents of this beautiful yet troubled place. He meets three witches; Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), plus plenty of others besides as he learns that his own brand of ‘magic’ and goodness might just save the day.

Video: The Establishing Shot: SAM RAIMI'S OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL - 8 March 2013 


The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Steve Carell is on magical form as illusionist Burt Wonderstone, who has long wowed Las Vegas audiences with sidekick Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi). But their pre-eminence is threatened by the edgy antics of street magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), forcing them to return to what originally made them fall under the spell of stage magic.

Video: The Establishing Shot: THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE - 15 MARCH



Video: The Croods - Trailer


The Croods
This comedy-adventure follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on the journey of a lifetime after the cave they called home is destroyed. Travelling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover a world filled with fantastic creatures – and their outlook is changed forever.

Video: The Croods - Spring Solstice at Stonehenge 2

In cinemas from March 22


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RECOMMENDS: IDENTITY THIEF

I kind of saw Identity Thief by mistake and was completely surprised by how engaging it is. I had categorised Identity Thief in the middle of the road American humour file, but was pleasantly surprised how the bigger story became more important than the flashes of humour strung throughout and it all comes together surprisingly well.

Identity Thief
The well ordered life of businessman Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) is thrown into turmoil when his credit cards are cloned  and identity is stolen by brash chancer Diana (Melissa McCarthy). His efforts to take back what is his, however, prove far  from easy as the laughs come thick and fast in this raucous knockabout comedy.

In cinemas from March 22

Video: Identity Thief Trailer


Reincarnated
American rapper Snoop Dogg journeys to Jamaica and experiences an epiphany in this fascinating documentary, as he embraces the  culture and tradition of the island while reinventing himself musically. And, as he delves deeper within Rastafarian culture,  he emerges a new man and is dubbed Snoop Lion by islanders who embrace him just as warmly.

In cinemas from March 22

THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: NEIGHBOURING SOUNDS
Neighbouring Sounds
This stylish film from Brazil introduces the diverse folk living in an upmarket residential street, whose lives appear to be  improved by the arrival of private security guards. But all is not as it seems in this fractured community, where wary locals  protect themselves from the outside world by locking themselves into their gated apartments.

In cinemas from March 22


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RECOMMENDS: COMPLIANCE 
Compliance is currently our 5th favourite film of 2013. Compliance is not entertaining but certainly a gripping and uncomfortable piece of mature film making that raises challenging questions. Our review can be read here: http://www.theestablishingshot.com/2013/03/compliance-new-american-dream-gripping.html

Compliance
The urge to unquestioningly obey authority is taken to dark extremes in this American drama, inspired by actual events. A  prank call to an Ohio burger restaurant convinces the highly strung manager that an employee has committed a crime, setting in  motion a dramatic chain reaction that will have a profound effect on everyone concerned. Stars Dreama Walker.

In cinemas from March 22

Video: COMPLIANCE Official UK Theatrical Trailer - in cinemas 22nd March



THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: TRANCE
Trance
Mind games in the world of high art are the backdrop for Danny Boyle’s eagerly anticipated new thriller. James McAvoy plays  Simon, an auctioneer in league with a criminal gang who finds himself under pressure when the painting he helped to steal goes  missing. Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson co-star in a hypnotically compelling tale.

In cinemas from March 27

Video: The Establishing Shot: TRANCE TRAILER - 27 MARCH 2013



G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Betrayed by their own government, the G.I. Joes are forced to pick themselves up from a deadly assault, and prepare to respond  in kind. Veteran of the hit 2009 original Channing Tatum is joined by stars including Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis this  time around, in a sequel that promises to be even more explosive.

In cinemas from March 27

Video: The Establishing Shot: GI JOE 2 RETALIATION INTERNATIONAL TRAILER - 27 MARCH



      ... March 


Finding Nemo
Pixar’s much loved 2003 animated hit returns to the screens in 3D form, introducing a new generation of cinema audience to a classic tale of parental love that begins when Marlin (Albert Brooks) loses sight of his precious son Nemo (Alexander Gould). So begins an oceanwide search packed with laughter, cheers and the odd tear.

From March 29


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: GOOD VIBRATIONS
Good Vibrations
The story of Belfast music impresario Terri Hooley is so incredible you feel it must be made up. But the man who recorded The  Undertones’ breakthrough hit Teenage Kicks is real, and the background to his up-and-down career promoting bands in a troubled  region during difficult times makes for a feelgood hit of its own.

From March 29


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: IN THE HOUSE
In The House
A jaded teacher (Fabrice Luchini) is thrilled to discover the rare writing talents of a 16 year old student, but as he grows  closer to the boy finds that this gifted teenager’s eloquently expressed stories have a disturbing basis in reality. Kristin  Scott Thomas co-stars in an increasingly claustrophobic French thriller directed by Francois Ozon.

From March 29


The Host
The latest from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, this epic love story imagines a future in which humanity has been overrun by  an alien species that inhabits their bodies, erasing their memories. But the urge to hold on to those emotional strands that  bind us together proves hard to break. Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons star.

From March 29



      April


Spring Breakers
Friendship takes on extra importance for a group of American college friends when they risk everything for the holiday of a  lifetime. Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens head the cast, as two of the four pals who find themselves drawn into a world of  hedonism and crime, encouraged by bad boy rapper Alien (James Franco).

From April 5


Video: The Establishing Shot: DARK SKIES BIRDS CLIP - APRIL 5 2013

Dark Skies
A life of suburban normality turns into a nightmare for the Barret Family when a series of unexplained and extraordinary  events point to the presence of a mysterious force around their home. Nothing, it seems, can protect them from a terrifying  fate at the hands of an unseen foe, in this darkly gripping fantasy tale.

From April 5

Video: The Establishing Shot: DARK SKIES TRAILER - APRIL 5 2013


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RECOMMENDS: DRAGON 
Dragon is currently our 6th favourite film of 2013. If you enjoy Martial Arts films Dragon delivers in spades as well as transcends the genre and should please more than just Asian Cinema fans. Exceptional locations beautifully shot on crisp digital, with top notch fight choreography set to a pretty decent story raising Dragon above the run of the mill eastern fight films. With decent performances and some genuinely touching on screen relationships.

 If you have seen the astounding Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom, Dragon is in a similar vein but very much its own film.  Our review will be up closer to release date.

Dragon
A mild mannered villager becomes a local hero when he saves a shopkeeper from gangsters who had threatened his business. But  his momentary act of bravery lets slip the
secrets of his dangerous past, history which soon revisits him in this action packed wuxia tale from director Peter Chan, with  Donnie Yen heading the cast.

From April 5


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RECOMMENDS: THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
The Establishing Shot recommends The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. I saw  The Odd Life Of Timothy Green on a flight earlier this year and have to say I really enjoyed it. It harks back to the classic Disney film making of the 70s with a fantastical story that is engaging as well as touching albeit a little saccharine.

The Odd Life Of Timothy Green
Happily married couple Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) would like nothing more than a child of their own. Their dream unexpectedly comes true when young Timothy Green (CJ Adams) knocks on their door one rainy  night and introduces himself to his bemused parents, in this engaging and highly original family fable.

From April 5


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: HOME
Home
An award winning Turkish fi lm that eloquently captures the human desire for meaning in a fast changing world, Muzaffer  Özdemir’s film follows the journey of architect Dogan who revisits his homeland for the first time in many years in search  of the familiar but finds instead an uneasy balance between the past and the present.

From April 5


Snitch
Inspired by real events, this tense thriller features Dwayne Johnson as John, a devoted father who goes undercover to infi  ltrate a drug cartel in order to save his son from prison. A fi ne cast includes Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt and Barry  Pepper, but action takes centre stage as John risks everything to protect his family.

From April 5


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: A LATE QUARTET
A Late Quartet
Boasting a starry cast that includes Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener, this intense, tension  fuelled drama follows a respected classical string quartet as it heads toward its final performance. Peter (Walken) has  announced his intention to leave through ill health, sparking egos, unearthing bitterness and provoking arguments through to  the final curtain.

From April 5


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: FLYING BLIND
Flying Blind
Female aerospace engineer Frankie (Helen McCrory) falls head-over-heels in love with a handsome student, but is brought down to Earth when her fling with French-Algerian Kahil (Najid Oudghiri) comes to the attention of the security services. Soon Frankie begins to question the motives of everyone around her, as her tightly woven life starts to unravel.

From April 12


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RECOMMENDS: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
The Establishing Shot recommends The Place Beyond The Pines which is currently our 3rd favourite film of 2013. Going into see The Place Beyond The Pines I had no idea what to expect and just as well because The Place Beyond The Pines is a different film from the one I may have expected. Much larger in scope than anticipated it is a rare film that is made  against the grain of conventional film sales. Deep performances across the board from a cast playing against type or playing on expectations The Place Beyond The Pines come together in a meaningful way. Sadly by the time The Place Beyond The Pines is released every possible plot point will have leaked making it a different film from the wonderful tale I saw. Avoid all media and reviews to make the most of The Place Beyond The Pines viewing experience. I will have a spoiler free review up closer to release date.

The Place Beyond The Pines
Ace motorcycle stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling) puts his skills to use robbing banks, only to meet his nemesis in the form of a  policeman (Avery Cross) who is as determined to stop him as he is to get away. The cat-and-mouse game continues over many  years, soon touching the lives of a new generation. Also stars Eva Mendes.

From April 12

Video: The Establishing Shot: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES UK TRAILER - 12 APRIL 2013




Video: The Establishing Shot: OBLIVION IMAX BEHIND THE FRAME FEATURETTE - 12 APRIL 2013

THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: OBLIVION
Oblivion
With Earth in ruins after a brutal alien conflict, disgraced soldier Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is visiting one former warzone  to repair drones and ensure no invading races survive. But he discovers that the enemy is not always so obvious, as the truth  about a troubled and turbulent past for mankind comes into clearer focus.

From April 12

Video: The Establishing Shot: TOM CRUISE OBLIVION TRAILER - 12 APRIL 2013


Scary Movie 5
There are several things going bump in the night, as the Paranormal Activity movies and sundry other horror tales are spoofed  in this gleeful send-up. They’re certainly ripe for a comedic twist, and get their just desserts at the hands of writers  responsible in the past for the Airplane, Naked Gun and Hot Shots movies.

From April 12


First Position
Young dancers hoping to make it in the unforgiving world of ballet dominate this fascinating documentary, as it follows their  dreams and ambitions in the Youth America Grand Prix. This begins with 5,000 entrants, and offers the chance of scholarships  and professional contracts for those lucky few who are still dancing at the very end.

From April 12


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: THE GATEKEEPERS
The Gatekeepers
An eye-opening look at the shady world of Middle Eastern espionage, this documentary lifts the veil of secrecy covering the Israeli security agency Shin Bet, featuring interviews with the six former heads of this elite organisation. Part history tale, part meditation on the hopes for peace in a troubled region, it makes for compelling viewing.

From April 12


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED
Love Is All You Need
After an inauspicious start widower Philip (Pierce Brosnan) finds himself drawn to Ida (Trine Dyrholm) as they arrive in Italy for the wedding of their respective children. A cancer survivor recently separated from her boorish husband, Ida soon warms to her fellow in-law’s wary charm in this heart-warming  pleasingly mature romance from director Susanne Bier.

From April 19


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: ME AND YOU AKA IO E TE
Me and You aka Io e te
A poignant coming-of-age drama directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, this is the story of an introverted teenager who tells his family he is going on a skiing trip before hiding out in their basement. As dreams and reality interweave he is unexpectedly assisted by a troubled half-sister he barely knows who needs his help in return.

From April 19


Video: Evil Dead - Trailer Reactions

THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RECOMMENDS: EVIL DEAD
The Establishing Shot recommends Evil Dead. If you are a horror or Deadite you will probably enjoy this new version of Evil Dead if you can suspend disbelief for long enough . A bigger budget and pseudo intelligent update on the original. It has less out and out craziness that made Sam Raimi's memorable and  less intelligence than  the New French Extremity school of film making but is a worthy addition to the new genre of American horror films made by foreigners.  I will have a spoiler free review up closer to release date.

Evil Dead
A group of five friends sheltering in a remote cabin discover the Book of the Dead and so invoke all manner of demonic forces upon themselves, in this spirited remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 cult favourite. And, as each becomes possessed by an evil force, it is left to one to fight desperately for survival.

From April 18

Video: The Establishing Shot: EVIL DEAD GREENBAND TRAILER - 18 APRIL 2013 


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: IRON MAN 3
Iron Man 3
Cinema’s favourite billionaire industrialist crimefighter Tony Stark is back – this time facing a foe who has reached into Tony’s world and destroyed almost everything he has, in the process taking from him that which he holds most dear. His only option is to draw deep within himself the reserves of courage and ingenuity, to force his heart and nerve and sinew – with a little help from his electrical engineering background – to fight back. Robert Downey Jr is on great form once more as sardonic superhero Stark, alongside a cast that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley.

From April 25

The Establishing Shot: BRAND NEW IRON MAN 3 TRAILER - 25 APRIL 2013



THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: THE LOOK OF LOVE
The Look Of Love
The incredible story of Soho legend Paul Raymond is brought to life by director Michael Winterbottom, who casts Steve Coogan as the man who made his name with risqué entertainment and top shelf magazines yet built his huge fortune on property. But wealth could not protect him from heartbreak in a turbulent and dramatic life.

From April 26

Video: The Establishing Shot: THE LOOK OF LOVE TRAILER - 26 APRIL


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: BERNIE
Bernie
Bernie (Jack Black) is a much loved figure in his Texan hometown of Carthage. Seamlessly combining the role of undertaker and Sunday school teacher, he even befriends cantankerous widow Marjorie (Shirley MacLaine), a friendship abruptly ended by her sudden death with Bernie sensationally charged with her murder. Based on a remarkable true story.

From April 26


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: SCARECROW 
Scarecrow (Digitally Remastered re-release)
A half forgotten gem from 1973, this impressive character drama features Gene Hackman as Max, an ex-con with an ambition to open a carwash in Pittsburgh. He teams up with drifter Lion (Al Pacino) and they make slow progress hitchhiking cross country, fighting and bonding and meeting a rich variety of oddballs along the way.

From April 26


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: WHITE ELEPHANT
White Elephant
A powerful and gripping story from Argentina, White Elephant follows the lives of two maverick Catholic priests (Ricardo Darín and Jérémie Renier), a community worker (Martina Gusman) and their desperate attempts to save the poverty sticken and warring factions of Buenos Aires’ infamous slum community from certain destruction.

From Apr 26



      May


I’m So Excited!
Iconic Spanish director Pedro Almodovar returns with a vividly realised flight of fancy set on an airliner as it crosses over the Gulf of Mexico. Sudden mechanical failure causes panic on board, and before long the deepest secrets of both passengers and crew are revealed. A cast of Almodovar favourites includes Penelope Cruz and Antonio Banderas.

From May 3

The Establishing Shot: I'M SO EXCITED TRAILER LOS AMANTES PASAJEROS - 3 MAY 2013



Gimme The Loot
A high spirited urban drama following best friends, Malcolm (Ty Hickson) and Sofia (Tashiana Washington) over the course of two hot summer days, this indie hit sees them work to avenge the sabotage of their own street graffiti by a rival gang, as they undertake a bold plan to tag an iconic New York landmark.

From May 3


Chimpanzee
A stunning nature documentary in the best traditions of Disney’s True Life Adventures follows the antics of young chimp Oscar as he explores his environment. Belonging to a complex family structure in his forest home he is protected, but a conflict with a rival group forces the resourceful and spirited Oscar to fend for himself.

From May 3


All Stars
Two unlikely friends bond through their shared desire to save a doomed East End youth club  from closure. Shy Jaden (Theo Stevenson) and brash Ethan (Akai Osei- Mansfield) must put their differences to one side and pool their talents if they are to achieve the unlikely ambition of staging a wildly popular, sell out dance show.

From May 3


THE ESTABLISHING SHOT RECOMMENDS: 21 AND OVER
The Establishing Shot recommends 21 And Over. I really enjoyed 21 And Over it is a cut above the usual coming of age/kids run wild genre films that flood the cinemas every year. It has enough politically incorrect humour to keep it edgy, nicely counter balanced with a story that twists its way into your heart while keeping you engaged, faltering slightly at the second last hurdle before finishing a winner. That been said I was laughing the loudest and longest in the screening I was a decent riff and lands between; Vamp, National Lampoon's Animal House and Scorsese's After Hours.  I will have a spoiler free review up closer to release date.

21 And Over
In this raucous comedy from (some of) the team behind The Hangover, gifted student Jeff Chang takes his life in his hands when he lets his two best friends take him out for a birthday drink the night before an important medical school interview. Before long this celebratory beer turns into a chaotic, hilarious journey. Stars Justin Chon (Twilight Films) and Miles Teller (Footloose).

From May 3

Video: The Establishing Shot: 21 & OVER UK TRAILER HD - TRAILER HD - 3 MAY 2013



THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: DEAD MAN DOWN
Dead Man Down
An explosive revenge thriller from director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2009) starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper and Terrence Howard. When members of a gang start being killed off an inside job is suspected and suspicions are raised that it might be Victor (played by Colin Farrell).

From May 3

Video: The Establishing Shot: DEAD MAN DOWN TRAILER HD - 3 MAY 2013



THE ESTABLISHING SHOT IS ANTICIPATING: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Star Trek Into Darkness
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. In this explosive action thriller our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

From May 9

Video: The Establishing Shot: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS INTERNATIONAL TRAILER HI RES - 9 MAY 2013
 


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