Easter Cinema Rundown

Grace Murray 22 March 2015

Planning a cinema trip to avoid the piles of revision awaiting you on your desk? March may traditionally be a post-Oscars wasteland, but this year there are a few gems to keep you occupied as you while away the Easter vacation. Take your pick from the list below!

A Second Chance: March 20, 2015

If you’re a Nordic noir aficionado, don’t pass up on A Second Chance. The trailer’s stark and hyperrealist aesthetics, inspired by the Dogme 95 film current, sets up a tense and gripping plot. With some of Denmark’s finest actors — including Nikolaj Lie Kaas, alias Mathias Borch in the third season of The Killing — this film promises quality and thrills.

Mommy: 20 March, 2015

Although the themes of single parenting and violent children could have led to a tear-jerk tragedy, Mommy seems to have taken the opposite route by focusing on joy instead of sadness along life’s path. The beautiful twang of Canadian French and extraordinary image of a boy twirling and lifting a shopping trolley into the air should be reason enough to watch Mommy. It also won the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury (Prize of the Jury).

Cinderella: March 27, 2015

How can it be that Helena Bonham Carter and Kate Winslet both signed up for this oh-so-classical goody-goody-two-shoes Disney story—albeit it being rated PG? Although a lot of effort has been put into fresh décor and costumes, especially the stepmother’s array of green dresses, the trailer announces a stereotypical Western fairy tale. From the prince’s Technicolor blue eyes to Cinderella’s Barbie-blond hair, this film promises to deliver your traditional Cinderella Disney tale, est. 1950.

Savage Tales: 27 March, 2015

The trailer’s fragmented images are hard to qualify or link together due to the film being an anthology of shorts, but what become apparent are crashes, collapses, and explosions. All of these catastrophic scenes verging on the absurd are woven together by absurdly imperturbable and grandiose classical music. The trailer reveals an auteur cinema sprinkled with Argentine humour.

While We’re Young: April 2, 2015

The trailer announces a light rom-com film almost à la Woody Allen with a modern twist: when a couple verging on middle age befriends a couple about half their age, and old-fellow-angst takes over.