SPECTRE is the big new release of the week, the newest entry in the James Bond series, and the 2nd highest grossing in the series. From Taiwan, there’s the beautiful looking The Assassin. There’s Spike Lee’s political satire Chi-Raq, the gothic horror film Crimon Peak, and the documentary In My Father’s House.
You can see all of this weeks trailers here: New Releases – 1/26/16 – Youtube Trailer Playlist.
The Assassin (Nie yin niang)
– Director Hou Hsiao-Hsien usually makes sparse, quiet, beautiful films, sometimes called minimalist, but this is a big departure; a period piece martial arts film, in the style of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. An assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in seventh-century China.
The Assassin won best Director at Cannes, and this film was Taiwan’s submission to the Oscars. Rated #1 film of 2015 in the Sight and Sound poll. Chinese with English subtitles.
– A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of epidemic gang violence in Chicago. Spike Lee directs; Samuel L. Jackson narrates and functions as a commentator and Greek chorus. Also stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and John Cusack.
– Gothic Romance set in the late 1880’s. Directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Devil’s Backbone). Premiered at Fantastic Fest 2015.
In My Father’s House
– Grammy-Winning rapper Rhymefest reconnects with his father, who he hasn’t seen in twenty years in this dramatic documentary. Award: Nashville Film Festival – Best Film (Audience Award).
– Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in his fourth appearance as 007, and Ralph Fiennes debuts as M. Christoph Waltz plays opposite our heroes, as the leader of the infamous underground terrorist organization, SPECTRE. As is typical with Bond films, it was nominated for several awards for Best Original Song, including the Academy Award (nominated; pending), Golden Globe (won), and Critics’ Choice (nominated), for “Writing on the Wall” by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.