Showroom Cinema: May Preview

Another busy month at the Showroom along with Showcomotion at the end of the month (details to follow).

The Raid

Whilst Hollywood appears to be obsessed with making bloated CGI-heavy shaky-cam action films, it is refreshing to know that this type of film has managed to make its budget back in America alone. This is old school blood and guts martial arts chaos from Indonesia. It has been a huge hit on the festival circuit; think Ong Bak on steroids withy guns. I’m lucky enough to have seen The Raid, and it is absolutely bonkers. There was lots of laughing, “oh my Gods” and winces throughout from the audience.

“…breathtaking in its sheer propulsive majesty…. about as pure an action film as you’re ever likely to see… the film wants to have its cake and eat it, too. It does.” –New York Magazine

“…poised at the midway point between an ultraviolent video game and a neo-classic dance musical. As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it’s pretty amazing…. an action painting in real time.” – Boston Globe

Café de Flore

Café de Flore is a love story between a man and woman, and between a mother and her son. Vanessa Paradis stars as we follow two stories separated by time and place; a metaphysical dramatic odyssey set in 60s Paris and in Montreal up to the present day. This is the new film from Jean-Marc Vallée, the visionary director of C.R.A.Z.Y, just make sure you stay until the very end.

“…astonishing…. sure-footed, emotionally and cinematically… the film is generous to all its besotted creatures, and to the audience as well. Viewers who fall in love with ‘Café de Flore’ will find that it loves them back.” – Time

Moonrise Kingdom

Arguably, Wes Anderson has not made a great film since The Royal Tenenbaums. His recent output has been good, if not great, but Moonrise Kingdom promises to be a return to form. With a superb cast including Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand & Harvey Keitel, the story follows two lovers who compelled to run away and their family’s efforts to locate them.


Breathing is the debut film from Karl Markovics who is best known for his role in The Counterfeiters. It is a poignant story of a 19 year old, who is struggling with guilt whilst trying to start a new life following his release from jail.

Beloved –Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni and Ludivine Sagnier star in this musical drama which follows a mother and daughter through their adventures in love.

Cabin in the Woods – If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s output, you should absolutely love this. Horror with a sci-fi twist.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home – Jason Segel and Ed Helms star in the new film from the Duplass brothers

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