Friday, 11 October 2013

Billboard 24: Releases of the week

Le Weekend

A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.

The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

Romeo and Juliet

When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.

The Fifth Estate

Through the eyes of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange, the film follows the heady, early days of Wikileaks to its abrupt end after a series of controversial and history changing info leaks. The website's overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects, but as their power expanded across the globe, Daniel grew increasingly disillusioned with Julian's questionable tactics and ethics. The rift between the two friends became irreparable and their ideological differences tore them apart, but not before they revolutionized, for better and worse, the flow of information to news media and the world at large.

The tradition of the Irish pub. Speaking to pub owners all over Ireland, Alex Fegan gets into the heart of what makes "the Irish pub" the institution that it is.

The "front line" is war-speak that has become a recognised English language idiom, describing an exposed position with nowhere to hide. In one of his videos, we hear Tim Hetherington's voice behind the camera asking to be taken there: to the "front line", the thick of conflict. Unlike the "embedded journalists" in mainstream media, Hetherington was not interested in getting to the gory action, but to the people who lived under its threat every day. Betraying his journalistic objectivity by genuinely befriending the soldiers and rebels he followed, Hetherington captured an intimate understanding of wartime aggression through his photography: macho posturing is sometimes a way to exorcise fear; bravery has less to do with politics than the wish to get home alive. Sebastian Junger's (colleague and co-director of Academy Award-nominated Restrepo) thoughtful homage is as much for his good friend as it is for the young fighters we send off to the "front line".

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