This weeks movie releases

This weeks movie releases

FILM: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
CAST: HUGH JACKMAN, JAMES McACOY, MICHAEL FASSBENDER, JENNIFER LAWRENCE, PATRICK STEWART, IAN McKELLEN, HALLE BERRY, ANNA PAQUIN, ELLEN PAGE, PETER DINKLAGE
Director: BRYAN SINGER

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’. The beloved characters from the original ‘X-Men’ film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, ‘X-Men: First Class’, in order to change a major historical event and fight an epic battle that could save our future.
Director Bryan Singer reinvented the comic book genre as we’ve come to know it. With the debut of the hugely successful ‘X-Men’ in the summer of 2000, Singer established a new creative aesthetic in his motion picture adaptation of the beloved comics stories and characters. That film was followed by Singer’s even more successful ‘X2’ in 2003.

In ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, Singer returns to the director’s chair to expand upon his vision for the X-Men universe. “The biggest reason I wanted to return to the X-Men,” Singer confirms, “is not just the enormous cast and the story’s scope, but also the way it touches on things that haven’t been experienced in X-Men films to this point, like time travel, that have blossomed in the comic books for many years. I think with each movie you need to do something new, and I can guarantee there’s a lot of new stuff in ‘Days of Future Past’.”

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Scarlett-Johansson-in-'Under-The-Skin'FILM: UNDER THE SKIN
CAST: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Director: Jonathan Glazer

Part road movie and part science fiction, ‘Under The Skin’, based on Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name, tells the story of a predatory female who cruises the streets of Scotland looking for men to seduce.
At the inception of the film, director Jonathan Glazer was firm about a single point. “My thing was, I never wanted to cast it with famous people,” he recalls. “I wanted a barmaid from the Holloway Road! I didn’t want to have a movie star. And I was really conflicted about that, for obvious reasons.” Nevertheless, Glazer agreed to consider Scarlett Johansson, initially when the film was looking to be a more faithful rendition of Faber’s novel. Says Johansson, “Jonathan and I had been talking about this project for three years before shooting, and it went through many incarnations during that time. Originally, the script was kind of a two-hander; it was about a couple posing as man and wife. The community was more involved, so it was like a witch hunt, in a way.”

For Glazer, Johansson was the best of both worlds. “I understand the need to cast somebody who means something in the marketplace – it’s the law of the jungle, isn’t it? But while you’re making a film, you don’t want to be aware of any of that. I certainly don’t want to make a film with half an eye on the box office. I’m not interested in that, I’m interested in fulfilling a journey, an idea, and it soon became clear that she was the best candidate for the role. She had a real appetite to do something risky, and she threw herself into it. This is not the Scarlett Johansson as you might see her in a glossy magazine – this is an actress who’s fully committed.”