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Best of Brighton Film Releases August 2016

SUICIDE SQUAD

FRI 5 AUG

Here’s some more nylon-clad film action for the summer holidays. The third instalment in the blossoming DC Extended Universe brings together an ensemble cast, including Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis. David Ayer, after successes with Fury and End of Watch, brings his keen eye for an action sequence to this off-beat superhero romp. It sees a secret government agency recruiting imprisoned supervillains for dangerous black ops missions. Diehard Batman fans will already be familiar with this motley crew of individuals, but there are a few surprises for even the biggest aficionado. Deadshot, The Joker, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc are amongst those saving the world in exchange for clemency. With colleagues like these, who needs a mysterious and powerful enemy?


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DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD

FRI 19 AUG

After bringing global success to his creator, Ricky Gervais’ odious example of middle-management nonsense gets a big screen outing. No longer a regional manager for a mid-level paper company, Brent is now working as a salesman shifting cleaning and personal hygiene products. But he hasn’t given up on his ambitions of becoming a music icon. A ‘where are they now’ documentary finds him using his holiday days and pension fund to assemble his band – Foregone Conclusion. With this group of mercenary session musicians, a slightly rubbish manager and a talented sidekick, he sets off to conquer the world. It’s a lesson in following your dreams, no matter how unrealistic and embarrassing they might be,


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POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

FRI 26 AUG

From The Lonely Island (creators of Internet sensation Jizz in My Pants) and blockbuster producer Judd Apatow comes a sharply observed mockumentary. We go behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real faces a crisis of popularity. His new album has flopped leaving fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all. Starring Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Joan Cusack and Imogen Poots, it also features enough celebrity cameos to fill the Staples Center. If you’ve ever marvelled at the overwhelming crassness of concert films from people like Katy Perry, One Direction and Justin Bieber, or shaken your head at TMZ news reports, then this is undoubtedly for you.


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ROTHERHOOD

MON 29 AUG

West London isn’t all about appearing on Made in Chelsea. Just in case you’d become too comfortable walking past that bunch of hoodies on your street corner, Noel Clarke is back to complete his trilogy of ‘yoot’ films. It’s ten years on since the original story, our protagonist, Sam, is facing up to a new world. But he realises it also comes with new problems and new challenges which will require old friends to help him survive new dangers. With performances from Clarke, Olivia Chenery, Steven Cree, Tonia Sotiropoulou and Stormzy, the film’s soundtrack also brings some new music from the latter, along with Chip and Krept & Konan. A charged S lice of British urban life, its themes remain as current as ever.

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