NEVER BACK DOWN 3: NO SURRENDER (2016)
Michael Jai White is back, both as the character Case Walker and the films director. Showing us that he can do it all with equal skill, MJW acts, fights, directs and brings the pain with style and panache, this time around, focusing on his character. Expect some veteran, martial artistry mayhem! US Release date: 7th June (2016)
LIGHTS OUT (2016)
The unseen has always been where scary lived, so Lights Out seeks to wholly capitalise on one of the world's most scariest dimensions of the normal - the dark. James Wan of the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises serves as producer, so you know exactly what type of shocks are in store. US Release Date: 22nd June (2016)
In this high concept Sci-fi story, a group of unsuspecting people are lured to and into a building...that jumps universes. Headed for an alternate Earth adventure, time, space and what you think you know about dimensions will be challenged. Available to rent, buy or stream from Amazon.
BLOOD FATHER (2016)
Mel Gibson's fall from grace has not seen him completely out of the movie world. Though I imagine he has to suffer distribution woes from his lack of star power. Playing a father-bear, that you really shouldn't poke to provoke, Mel is out to protect his daughter from drug dealers, ink some bodies as well as smash a few in the process. US Release Date: 26th August (2016)
LET US PREY (2014)
I can't remember how I bumped into this gem of a film, but what a find! It has moments that remind me of a less theatrical version of The Crow and director Brian O'Malley is definitely one to watch. A lone avenger has come looking for some unruly people, that have condemning secrets...he's come to play judge, jury and executioner. Available to rent, buy or stream.
THE CONJURING 2 (2016)
Those paranormal detectives are back and they are about to face a very malevolent entity. This time James Wan directs and contributes to scribing duties. Since Insidious 4 is a long way away, get your supernatural, sinister story scares from this for now. UK Release Date: June 17th (2016)
You know the score, plan your films and visits to the cinema galore!
BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE (2016)
Following a worldwide war, a new type of international slavery is born, where the plantation, this time is a video game. In order for slaves to remain alive, slave-players must collect a certain amount of points, per month to live. The rule is play or die, win or die...but behold, a revolution is coming! Release Date: May 2016.
QUEEN OF KATWE (2016)
An introduction to the game of chess, changes the life of 10 year old, corn seller Phiona Mutesi forever. A true story of heart warming sentiment, Queen of Katwe is a story of heart, perseverance and the importance of family and community. Release Date: 23rd September (2016)
PAN-AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN CINEMA RELEASES & EVENTS
For films of the African-Caribbean diaspora that don't often get picked up by international distributors or have lengthy pan-UK releases, there are organisations that hold multiple screenings of such hard-to-see films. One such organisation is Black History Walks, who recently played both Dear White People and Nzinga - Queen of Angola this year. Below, is a timetable of upcoming events and screenings, including Battledream Chronicle's viewing. Click on the timetable to go directly to their Facebook page.
A biopic on the athletics legend Jesse Owens finally gets his due. Winner of 4 gold Olympic medals, Jesse Owens single handedly destroyed the Nazi Aryan myth about the 'master' race. Release Dates: USA & Canada February 16th, Germany May 5th, UK See Timetable Above!
ASSASSIN'S CREED (2016)
In 2007, a computer game called, Assassin's Creed was released by Ubisoft. 9 years later it is one of the biggest gaming franchises to date. Consequently, it was only a matter of time before the obvious cinematic elements that so easily lent themselves to being a film, became one - here it is. Expect sequels galore just like the game. Release Date: September 2016
SWISS ARMY MAN (2016)
A marooned man, who has given up on survival, comes across a dead body that reinvigorates his own will to survive. Using the body for all manner of survival (hence the title) we are taken on one crazy adventure. If you thought Radcliffe was radical in Horns, he just went one step further into Bat s**t crazy territory in this here production - good on him. US Release Date: June 24th (2016)
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