This month Brad Pitt returns to the big screen in Bullet Train as well as Jordan Peele’s much anticipated Nope.
Kicking off the month on Wed 3 Aug is David Leitch’s high octane assassin flick Bullet Train. Adapted from the Japanese novel Maria Beetle, the film boasts an all-star cast of Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The film follows Pitt’s character, Ladybug, as he is sent on what he believes is a simple mission to retrieve a briefcase from a high speed bullet train travelling between Tokyo and Kyoto, but while on the train, he learns that other assassins have been sent on the same mission. Leitch has previously directed Fast & Furious: Hobbes & Shawe and Charlize Theron’s action vehicle Atomic Blonde, so you can guarantee jaw dropping actions scenes are on the cards, check out the trailer for Bullet Train here.
On Fri 5 Aug, we’re delighted to be hosting BUFF Media Day, a sneak peek of some international titles headed to this year’s British Urban Film Festival. With short film titles from Nigeria to Germany (including Collision Course, by award winning director Bolanle Austen Peters), don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the BUFF!
Now, for one of the most eagerly-awaited films of the year: Jordan Peele’s Nope hits our screenings from Fri 12 Aug, starring Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Judas & The Black Messiah) and Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee, Hustlers). The critically acclaimed and Academy Award winning writer/director has turned slightly from horror to deliver us a sci-fi epic. Brother and sister duo OJ and Emerald Haywood have recently taken over their father’s historic Hollywood ranch after his sudden suspicious death. When the siblings are hounded by a UFO, they decide to take matters into their own hands to record it. A parable on the lengths Hollywood will go to to ‘get the shot’ and a stunning reinvention of a genre that has been slowly losing life, Nope will have you on the edge of your seat in awe. Read a 5 star spoiler-free review of Nope from Little White Lies.
Finally, screening from Fri 26 Aug, we have Beast from Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Everest), a survival thriller about a safari trip gone wrong starring Idris Elba (Luther, The Wire). Intended to be a journey of healing, Idris Elba plays Dr Nate Samuels, a recently widowed husband and father, who takes his teenage daughters to South Africa, where he first met their mother. But soon enough, the trip goes haywire and the tables are turned as they cross the path of a man hunting lion. Watch the Beast trailer here.
Words by Rōgan Graham.