Machete takes care of business once again in Robert Rodriguez’s latest cinematic pastiche, Machete Kills.


Continuing Matthew McConaughey’s somewhat astonishing about face from the doldrums of rom-com purgatory in recent times, director Jeff Nichols follows up his impressive Taking Shelter (2011) with Mud. Here two 14-year-old boys growing up in a small town beside the Mississippi stumble across McConaughey, who claims to be on the run from brutal bounty hunters after killing a man in Texas. Throw in Reese Witherspoon and more than a few Huckleberry Finn references and the McConaughey doubters left out there are bound to be converted. Otherwise, if still resisting, perhaps they can wait until McConaughey appears alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street later this year.

Premieres 27 September

The Grandmaster

Wong Kar-Wai’s hotly anticipated latest sees Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi star in the biographical drama based on the life of legendary martial artist Ip Man. Best known as a mentor to Bruce Lee, the film focuses on Ip Man’s adventures from the 1930s to the 1950s, as he helps to sort out the various rivalries among Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu schools, amongst other ass-kicking antics. While the film has admittedly received mixed reviews, the films of Wong Kar-Wai have always been nothing short of watchable during a long and exceptional career.

Premieres 4 October

Machete Kills

Follwing on from the moderately successful antics of exploitation flick pastiche Machete a couple of years ago, director Robert Rodriguez ups the ante with this sequel, adding the likes of Charlie Sheen (as the President of the USA), Mel Gibson (as the bad guy) and, ahem, Lady Gaga (as Gibson’s lackey La Chameleón) to the mix. This time ‘round, our man Machete is tasked to take out Gibson’s wealthy arms dealer who seeks to destabilise the entire globe. With Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba returning, and the whole shebang arriving with tongue planted firmly in cheek, what’s not to like? Oh, with Danny Trejo muttering this time around that ‘he don’t Tweet’, quotable one-liners are to be commonplace.

Premieres 11 October

Metallica: Through the Never

Band flicks that find a way to combine tunes and fantasy elements really don’t have the best of track records in cinematic history. Thus, hoping to erase memories of Led Zeppelin’s confused Song Remains the Same from the mid-‘70s, Metallica saddles up for the latest from Predators director Nimród Antal. Aside from the typically punishing metal tunes performed live, audiences can either bask in – or scratch their heads at the relevance of – the tale of Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan’s roadie who is sent out on a mission during a ‘tallica gig, and soon finds himself in for the night of his life. The rest of us can hope to stay inside the stadium and rock out.

Premieres 18 October

James O’Sullivan