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Le Quattro Volte
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Conan the Barbarian
Click through the links to watch the trailers of this week's big releases:
Conan el Bárbaro (Conan the Barbarian) - A remake of the Arnie classic that hit our screens way back in 1982. In the shoes of Arnie is actor/model Jason Mamoa who some of you sci-fi geeks might know from Stargate Atlantica where he played Ronon Dex. Many film goers won't even be familiar with Arnie's classic turn and this version will be their first foray into sword and sorcery Barbarianism, and it will probably stand up well. However, for some, the comparisons between Arnie at the top of his game and Mamoa will prove too much and have them running to the video store to rent the '82 version.
Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times) - Michelangelo Frammartino's film is about the debilitating illness of a goat shepherd as he tends to his flock. Frammartino lovingly portrays the solitary life of the aging man and follows him and his herd all over the rambling, stunning Italian countryside. In this tribute to pastoralism Frammartino makes the animals become the stars of the film, all them real, not digitally replaced. For those with the urge to see some beautiful realised moments of cinema, without dialogue to get in the way of the story then this could be for you.
Manuale d'amore (Love Manual 3) - The third in the series of an Italian romantic comedy that we only know about because they've managed to cast Robert de Niro and Monica Bellucci. De Niro plays a professor on holiday in Rome who romances Bellucci and it's rumoured that he'll also be bringing some lines spoken in Italian to his part.
Super 8 - Already getting rave reviews J.J. Abrams' film Super 8, produced by none other than Steven Spielberg has lots of elements from the master's movie makers tool box. Group of young, cute kids, check. Old-fashioned fun to be had. Check. Disaster in a small town. Check. This group of kids are making a Super 8 film when a train, carrying some mysterious governmental presence that is released into the town when the train crashes. Abrams has created a long and moving love letter to Spielberg and his work and this film has the added bonus of being a new story in a cinema world full of sequels, prequels and remakes.