8 1/2 (R/I) (15)
Drama | Fantasy | World
Dir. Federico Fellini, Italy/France, 1963, 138 mins, subtitles
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimée, Claudia Cardinale
Struggling with the big-budget follow-up to his recent hit, Guido Anselmi (Mastroianni) – clearly the director’s alter ego – retreats into a realm of reminiscence, anxiety and fantasy that reflects his feelings both about the film folk constantly pestering him and about the various women in his life: his wife (Aimée), his mistress (Sandra Milo) and an idealised actress (Cardinale). Gianni Di Venanzo’s striking black-and-white camerawork blends realist observation with an evocation of Guido’s inner dreamworld, Mastroianni manages to invest the self-centred protagonist with charm and a degree of dignity, and Nino Rota’s score succeeds in bringing coherence to the chaotically freewheeling circus that is Guido’s daily routine. Creative block rarely resulted in such feverish invention.
A Letter To Momo (PG)
Animation | Anime | Drama | Family
Dir. Hiroyuki Okiura, Japan, 2011, 120 mins
Cast (voices): Karen Miyama, Yuka, Daizaburo Arakawa
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it’s not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother’s refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father’s mysterious letter.
Dir. Reg Traviss, Hungary/UK, 2015
Cast: Gregg Sulkin, Meghan Markle, Skepta, Josh Myers, Christian Berkel
Two brothers; Dee is a graffiti-artist confronting the establishment, Marcus is an armed-robber with big aspirations – being Anti-Social is a way of life! While London’s art-elite suddenly embrace Dee’s talent, Marcus soars through the echelons of organised-crime. But when a savage gangland-war erupts Dee must choose between his family allegiance and the prosperity he has carved.
A coming-of-age crime thriller inspired by the real events of London’s ‘Smash & Grab’ Gangs.
Documentary | Music
Dir. Stephanie Argerich, France/Switzerland, 2012, 94 mins, some subtitles
Cast (as themselves): Martha Argerich, Stephen Kovacevich, Lyda Chen, Annie Dutoit, Stéphanie Argerich
The world-renowned pianists Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich, two giants of classical music, are seen here under the scrutiny of their daughter Stephanie, now in her thirties and a mother herself.
Argerich is an warm, intimate and often funny family portrait that questions the relationship between a mother who is a quasi “goddess”, and a very private person, and her three daughters. Stephanie also uses the film to try to reconnect with her somewhat estranged father. Argerich explores with great subtlety the joys and difficulties of combining motherhood with an artistic career. A remarkable journey into the Argerich galaxy, with all its excentricities, indyosyncrasis, problems, and, most importantly, love of music.
Bad Land: Road To Fury (15)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
Dir. Jake Paltrow, South Africa/Rest Of The World, 2014, 100 mins
Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee
In a post-apocalyptic eternal drought, people kill for water. Where it is scarce and desperately needed, a farmer (Michael Shannon) defends his land from threat, and hopes to rejuvenate his parched soil in the hope of a better life for his family. However, his daughter’s boyfriend (Nicholas Hoult) wants the land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.
Born Of War (15)
Action | Thriller | War
Dir. Vicky Jewson, UK/Jordan/Cyprus, 2013, 109 mins
Cast: Sofia Black-D’Elia, Rupert Whittaker
A brutal home invasion turns teenager Mina’s life upside down.
Her parents murdered and the stunning discovery that she isn’t who she thinks she is. Mina’s real father is a ruthless warlord her mother once had an affair with and now he wants her back.
With dark and violent secrets exposed, her once simple life is turned inside out and she must choose on which side to fight and whom she can ultimately trust.
Darkest Day (15)
Action | Adventure | Horror
Dir. Dan Rickard, UK, 2015, 90 mins
Cast: Dan Rickard, Chris Wandell, Samantha Bolter
Dan wakes up on a beach with no memory. He discovers an empty city ravaged by a deadly virus. After befriending a small group of survivors it soon becomes clear the army are hunting him down, and the group are forced on a dangerous journey to escape.
Elsa & Fred (12)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
Dir. Michael Radford, US, 2014, 97 mins
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Shirley Maclane, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth
The story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in ‘La Dolce Vita’ at the Fontana di Trevi.
The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred is a bit younger than Elsa and has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa.
From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live – be it more or less – is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa’s terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.
Falstaff Chimes At Midnight (R/I) (PG)
Comedy | Drama | History
Dir. Orson Welles, France/Spain/Switzerland, 1965, 115 mins, BW
Cast: Orson Welles, John Geilgud, Jeanne Moreau, Margartet Rutherford
On the brink of Civil War, King Henry IV (John Gielgud) attempts to consolidate his reign while fretting with unease over his son s seeming neglect of his royal duties. Hal (Keith Baxter), the young Prince, openly consorts with Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) and his company. Hal’s friendship with the knight substitutes for his estrangement from his father. Both Falstaff and the King are old and tired; both rely on Hal for comfort in their final years, while the young Prince, the future Henry V, nurtures his own ambitions.
Welles gives a mesmerising performance as Falstaff, in a role that he was born to play, and stars alongside a fantastic cast including John Gielgud, Keith Baxter, Jeanne Moreau, Fernando Rey, Margaret Rutherfordand Ralph Richardson as the narrator. The film’s harrowing war scenes have proven especially influential, cited in Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V and Mel Gibson’s Braveheart.
Far From The Madding Crowd (12)
Dir. Thomas Vinterberg, US/UK, 2015, 119 mins
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple
The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
Get Up & Go
Comedy | Drama
Dir. Brendan Grant, Ireland/UK, 2014
Cast: Peter Coonan, Killian Scott, Gemma-Leah Devereux
The story of Coilin and Alex, two friends in Dublin at the wrong end of their 20’s whose dreams of artistic greatness haven’t quite worked out. When Alex discovers that his girlfriend is pregnant, he refuses to allow her derail his plans to leave Dublin for the bright lights of London. Meanwhile Coilin’s carefully constructed world of hopes, dreams and expectations begins to come crumbling down around him. Set against the backdrop of famous Dublin locations, pubs, and clubs, GET UP & GO shows a youthful and vibrant Dublin, rarely seen on film.
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Hero Of Colour City, The (U)
Animation | Family
Dir. Frank Gladstone, US, 2014, 77 mins
Cast (voices): Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Sean Astin
Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons enter a magical Crayon Box that transports them to Colour City, a world of dazzling hues and soaring fantasy. When timid Yellow is accidentally left behind in Ben’s room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings. They follow Yellow to Colour City where they wreak havoc and stop the flow of the enchanted Rainbow Waterfall that provides all the colour to the Crayons. It’s up to Yellow and her fellow Crayon pals to save the day and bring back the colour!
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story
Documentary | Biography | Drama
Dirs. Dave LaMattina & Chad N. Walker, US, 2014, 90 mins
Cast (as themselves): Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Caroll Spinney, Emilio Delgado
This heartwarming doc chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969.
For over 4 decades, Caroll’s characters have been cherished by generations of children. At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of slowing down. I AM BIG BIRD features incredible footage of Spinney’s earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces Caroll’s journey from bullied child to celebrated performer. This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird and as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.
In The Blood (a.k.a. Peterman) (15)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Mark Abraham, UK, 2014, 91 mins
Cast: Joe Cole, Kenny Doughty, Stuart Graham, Alison Steadman, Peter Bowles, Phil Davis
The death of his safecracking Grandfather (Phil Davis) has landed Johnny (Joe Cole) as the only one left alive who can open a safe for a degenerate crew of violent gangsters lead by the menacing Jim (Kenny Doughty) — but he’s just a junkie with little more on his mind than getting that next fix. As withdrawal sets in and tensions rise in this increasingly bloody crime gone awry, Johnny’s time is most definitely running out.
Made You Look
Dir. Anthony Peters, UK, 2015, 72 mins
Cast (as themselves): Sam Arthur, Jon Burgerman, Sophie Dauvois
Made You Look is a documentary which sets out to explore the landscape of the commercial arts in the 21st Century. It’s a film that gives an insight into how modern creative people feel about the challenges and triumphs of living in a hyper digital age.
This film is a rare and candid insight into the work of some of the UK’s top creative talent, including beautifully shot footage of artists at work and play in their own creative environments.
Main Gabbar (a.k.a. Gabbar Is Back)
Bollywood | Action | Crime | Drama | World
Dir. Radha Krishna Jagarlamundi, India, 2015, in Hindi
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Shruti K. Haasan, Kareena Kapoor
There’s no one more dangerous than a common man on a death wish. This is one such story of a man remorselessly wronged by the establishment. One freak incident results in everything he held dear taken away from him. Predictably, the system doesn’t seem to care let alone resolve. That’s when Ajay (AK) takes matters in his own hands. An underground vigilante army, a secret identity, an elaborate modus…all of these combined make a ‘GABBAR’ a true hero, with dreadful villainous instincts.
Monsters: Dark Continent (15)
Drama | Sci-fi | Thriller
Dir. Tom Green, UK, 2014, 119 mins
Cast: Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Nicholas Pinnock, Kyle Soller, Parker Sawyers
The continuation of Gareth Edwards’ critically acclaimed Monsters. Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency. The film follows four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do.
Comedy | Drama | World
Dirs. Olivier Nackache & Eric Toledano, France, 2014, 118 mins, subtitles
Cast: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim
Samba, a Senegalese man who’s been living in Paris for ten years, gets by doing odd jobs. Alice is ahigh-level business woman suffering a burnout. He’s been doing every thing he can to get his French identity papers, while she’s trying to pull herself together by doing volunteer work for an immigrant association. Both are trying to find a way out of the impasse their lives are in, until the day that their paths cross. Between humor and emotion, their story opens up another way to happiness. What if life has more imagination than they do?
Two By Two: Oops... The Ark Has Gone (U)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family
Dirs. Toby Genkel & Sean McCormack, Germany/Rest Of The World, 2015, 85 mins
Cast (voices): Carla Becker, Ava Connolly, Lotta Doll
It’s the end of the world. A flood is coming. Luckily for Finny and his dad Dave, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built and all animals are welcome… well almost all. Unfortunately for them, Nestrians are not on the list! But Dave has a plan, and Finny and he manage to sneak onto the Ark disguised as Grymps – much to the horror of real Grymps, Hazel and her daughter Leah.
However their troubles are just beginning as the two curious youngsters end up falling over board. Now Finny and Leah have to brave the elements in their quest to find higher ground while fighting off hungry predators and making unlikely friends. Meanwhile on board the Ark the parents must set aside their differences and hatch a plan to turn the boat around and make it back in time to rescue their kids.
Horror | Thriller
Dir. Levan Gabriadze, US, 2014, 82 mins
Cast: Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, Unfriended redefines ‘found footage’ for a new generation of teens.
We Are Monster (15)
Dir. Antony Petrou, UK, 2014, 85 mins
Cast: Leeshon Alexander, Aymen Hamdouchi, Gethin Anthony
On 8th February 2000 at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, Robert Stewart, a known violent racist was placed in a cell with Zahid Mubarek, a young Asian man due to be released in 6 weeks who had only been convicted of petty theft. Over this six week period, Stewart, with his unbalanced mind and deep seated racist tendencies is allowed, through indifference bordering on institutional culpability, to become the ‘monster’ he always wanted to be. Hours before Mubarek’s release, Stewart murdered him in an unprovoked attack.
Heaven Adores You (15)
Documentary | Biography | Drama | Music
Dir. Nickolas Dylan Rossi, US, 2014, 104 mins
Cast (as themselves): Elliot Smith, Autumn de Wilde, Marc Swanson, Larry Crane
An intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969 – 2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.
A Funny Kind Of Love (a.k.a. The Little Death) (18)
Dir. Josh Lawson, Australia, 2014, 95 mins
Cast: Bojana Novakovic, Damon Herriman, Josh Lawson
A truly original comedy about sex, love, relationships and taboo. In a multi story narrative, we peer behind the closed doors of a seemingly normal suburban street. A woman with a dangerous fantasy and her partners struggle to please her. A man who begins an affair with his own wife without her knowing anything about it. A couple struggling to keep things together after a sexual experiment spins out of control. A woman who can only find pleasure in her husband’s pain. A call centre operator caught in the middle of a dirty and chaotic phone call. And the distractingly charming new neighbour who connects them all. A Funny Kind Of Love explores why do we want what we want? How far will we go to get it? What are the consequences of that fleeting moment of sexual ecstasy?
Age of Adaline, The (12)
Drama | Romance
Dir. Lee Toland Krieger, US, 2015, 110 mins
Cast: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.
Big Game (12)
Action | Adventure
Dir. Jalmari Helander, Finland/UK/Germany, 2014, 110 mins
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent, Felicity Huffman
When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States stranded in the wilderness, there is only one person around who can save him – a 13-year old boy called Oskari.
In the forest on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk, Oskari had been planning to track down a deer, but instead discovers the most powerful man on the planet in an escape pod.
With the terrorists closing in to capture their own “Big Game” prize, the unlikely duo must team up to escape their hunters. As anxious Pentagon officials observe the action via satellite feed, it is up to the President and his new side-kick to prove themselves and survive the most extraordinary 24 hours of their lives.
Canal, The (15)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Dir. Ivan Kavanagh, Ireland, 2014, 92 mins
Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Hannah Hoekstra
Cinema Archivist David Williams lives with his wife, Alice, and their 5-year-old son, Billy. All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is then compounded by a bizarre coincidence at work: cataloguing a film-reel from 1902, he learns that his home was the site of a brutal series of murders by a man named William Jackson, who slew his wife for being unfaithful and drowned both of their children in the nearby canal. As David’s suspicions grow, a shadowy figure of a man, who resembles Jackson, starts to appear to him and David becomes convinced that this “evil supernatural presence” that inhabits his house, never ever wants him or his family to leave.
Futuro Beach (15)
Drama | World
Dir. Karim Ainouz, Brazil/Germany, 2014, 106 mins, subtitles
Cast: Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuíta Barbosa
Donato works as a life guard patrolling the spectacular but treacherous Futuro Beach. When he dives into the sea he saves Konrad, a German vacationing in Brazil, but Konrad’s friend is lost.
Soon a bond grows between Donato and Konrad and the initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper, emotional relationship. The two men find themselves falling in love and Donato decides to leave everything behind and follows Konrad to Berlin. Far from Futuro Beach, Donato finds both confusion and liberation in the cold but vital German capital.
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Drama | World
Dir. Celine Sciamma, France, 2014, 113 mins, subtitles
Cast: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh
Raw, raucous but tender look at a group of black high school students living in the tough banlieues of Paris.
Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom.
Crime | Drama | Romance
Dir. Rebecca Johnson, UK, 2014, 93 mins
Cast: Jessica Sula, Lucien Laviscount, Naomi Ryan, Ntong Mwanla
Yearning for love and status, fifteen-year-old Layla is swept into a whirlwind romance with self-styled gang leader/rapper Troy – and then spat out the other side. Desperate to win him back, she offers to set up the boy who’s in love with her to be killed…
Drama | History
Dir. Christian Petzold, Germany/Poland, 2014, 98 mins, some subtitles
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf
June, 1945. Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly returns to her hometown, Berlin. She is accompanied by Lene, an employee of a Jewish agency and Nelly’s friend from the pre-war days. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores Lene’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny – the love of her life who, by refusing to abandon their marriage, protected her from Nazi persecution for so long.
Nelly’s family has been murdered in the Holocaust. Johnny is convinced that his wife, too, is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognizes nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife. Nelly agrees: She becomes her own imposter. She wants to know whether Johnny loved her – and whether he betrayed her. Nelly wants her old life back.
Biography | Drama
Dir. Jon Stewart, US, 2014, 103 mins
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Claire Foy, Dimitri Leonidas
The directorial debut of Jon Stewart, whose Comedy Central show, “The Daily Show,” has won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards. This adaptation tells the true story of Iranian Canadian journalist, Maziar Bahari, who was detained in Iran in 2009 while attempting to cover the presidential election, and is based on the memoir Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Maziar Bahari (Gael García Bernal) was detained and brutally interrogated at Evin Prison for more than 100 days whilst his pregnant fiancée back in London campaigned tirelessly for his release. Bahari was usually blindfolded when being interrogated and the sole distinguishing feature of his interrogator was that he smelled of rosewater. His imprisonment was connected to an interview he conducted on The Daily Show in 2009; Shortly before he was arrested, Bahari filmed an interview with The Daily Show’s Jason Jones, who had travelled to Iran to do a series of satirical pre-election reports about the Iranian people entitled “Behind the Veil.”
Spooks: The Greater Good (15)
Action | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Bharat Nalluri, UK, 2015, 104 mins
Cast: Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle, Elyes Gabel, Peter Firth
When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, the legendary Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, no-one’s surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames…
With MI5 on its knees in the wake of the Qasim debacle and facing controversial reform, former agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington) is brought back from Moscow to uncover the truth they feared – Harry’s still alive. He’s gone rogue, and needs Will’s help. As Qasim prepares his devastating attack on the heart of MI5 in London, Will must decide whether to turn Harry in – or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous master spy who has already betrayed him once before…
Dir. Simon Blake, UK, 2014, 97 mins
Cast: Aiden Gillen, Jonathan Slinger, Elodie Yung, Amanda Mealing, Sonny Green, Kate Ashfield
Tom Carver is a man stumbling blindly towards a crossroads in his life, thrown out of focus by the death of his teenage son a year earlier in a car accident. One day he becomes involved in a feud with a teenage gang after a seemingly harmless collision with a young kid. This feud becomes gradually more disturbing and horrifying as Carver’s life starts to unravel until its painful and shattering climax.
Top Five (15)
Comedy | Romance
Dir. Chris Rock, US, 2014, 102 mins
Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smooth, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart
Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.
TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie.
Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead (18)
Dir. Kiah Roache-Turner, Australia, 2014, 98 mins
Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill
Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.
Beat Beneath My Feet, The (15)
Comedy | Drama | Family
Dir. John Williams, UK, 2014, 89 mins
Cast: Luke Perry, Nicholas Galitzine, Lisa Dillon
Tom, a teenage loner, dreams of becoming a rock star but feels thwarted by his God-fearing single mother, Mary. When an intimidating stranger moves into the flat below and plays loud rock music at all hours, Tom recognises him as disgraced guitarist, Max Stone, from rock band “Nothing”, who had disappeared presumed dead years earlier owing a fortune in unpaid tax. Tom agrees not to reveal him to the authorities on condition that Max, now known as Steve, teaches him rock guitar. As their relationship develops both man and boy navigate the path from rock hell to rock redemption.
A Fuller Life (15)
Documentary | Biography | History
Dir. Samantha Fuller, US, 2013, 80 mins
Cast (as themselves): Samuel Fuller, Jennifer Beals, Robert Carradine, James Franco, Mark Hamill, William Friedkin, Tim Roth
A FULLER LIFE celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even service to his country. The story takes us through highlights of Samuel Fuller’s unconventional and adventurous life spanning a century of American history, a great man’s great yarn, a love song to democracy, and an hymn to independence, originality, and endurance. !! Adapted from Sam Fuller’s award-winning autobiography, A Third Face, the film consists of 12 segments, each of which features an admirer of Sam’s dramatizing their interpretation of Sam’s memoirs. Set in the late director’s historic office, the cast channels Fuller amid his beloved Royal typewriter, massive collection of books, screenplays, treatments, war memorabilia, and, of course, the ever- present big fat cigar. A Fuller Life presents for the first time recently discovered 16mm films shot by Fuller, footage he shot on the front lines during World War II as well as location scouts and home movies. Every word spoken in this documentary, whether by a performer or from a clip of one of his films, was written by him, creating a posthumous self-portrait of the subject in his own words.
A Royal Night Out (12)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
Dir. Julian Jarrold, UK, 2015, 97 mins
Cast: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett, Emily Watson, Roger Allam
VE Day, 1945. Across the world, people are celebrating the end of the war. London overflows with celebration and excess. Two teenage sisters are allowed out at night for the first time to join the party. They have an amazing adventure; it’s like a first date. And they get back home far too late.
Home is Buckingham Palace. Our two teenagers are Princess Margaret and the future queen of England, Elizabeth II. Based on untold true events, A Royal Night Out is the heart warming and charming tale of the Queen as you’ve never seen her before.
Aerosmith Rocks Donington
Event Cinema | Performance | Music
Captured at Donington Park at Leicestershire UK on Sunday June 15, 2014, where tickets to the live event went for $800… Aerosmith proved beyond a doubt that they still have what it takes to ROCK an audience. Performing classic hits like Livin’ on the Edge, Last Child, No More No More, Come Together, and more — this concert will take fans on an epic Dream On journey full of Sweet Emotion.
Bombay Velvet (15)
Bollywood | Crime | Drama | History | World
Dir. Anurag Kashyap, India, 2015, in Hindi
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar
Set against the backdrop of ambition, love, greed, and jazz – Bombay Velvet is the story of one ordinary man who goes against all odds and forges his destiny to become a ‘Big Shot’. Jazz clubs, a passionate love story, a growing metropolis and a phenomenal hunger for a good life. Welcome to the City of Dreams. Welcome to Bombay Velvet.
Clouds of Sils Maria (15)
Dir. Olivier Assayas, France/Rest Of The World, 2014, 124 mins, some subtitles
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn, Angela Winkler
Maria Enders (Binoche) is a renowned actress at the peak of her career. But when she’s cast opposite a young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Moretz) in a new production of the play that first made her famous, Maria must come to terms with what it means to be a middle-aged actress in a youth-obsessed industry. Retreating high into the mountains with her personal assistant (a revelatory Stewart, first-ever American winner of a César acting award), Maria confronts her personal demons and prepares for the most important role of her life. Set amidst the scenic splendor of the Swiss Alps, Clouds of Sils Maria is propelled by tour-de-force performances from three actresses at the top of their game.
Lambert And Stamp (15)
Documentary | Biography | History | Music
Dir. James D. Cooper, US, 2014, 117 mins
Cast (as themselves): Richard Barnes, Heather Daltrey, Roger Daltrey, Robert Fearnley-Whittingstall, John Hemming, Irish Jack, Kit Lambert, Chris Stamp, Terence Stamp, Pete Townshend
LAMBERT & STAMP tells the remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers from opposite sides of the tracks who set out to find a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who.
Inspired by the burgeoning 1960s youth culture, they found in the ‘High Numbers’ a rebellious restlessness that was just what they were looking for. Rechristening them ‘The Who’, they quickly scrapped the idea of making a movie and imbued into the process their unusual chemistry, filmic ideas, stylish dress and outrageous performance. They forged a complex and moving relationship, deeply tragic and brilliantly comedic, fueling the band’s artistic development and leaving an indelible imprint on its time and generations to come.
LAMBERT & STAMP is charged with a mad concoction of noise, love, rebellion, artistry, and hilarity. Starring Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, featuring Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, director James D. Cooper takes us along on the surprising ride of two men who shaped one of the most exciting bands of all time and on a universal search examining the sensitive and frightening bonds that make it possible to create.
Mad Max: Fury Road (3D) (15)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
Dir. George Miller, Australia/US, 2015
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.
Man Who Saved The World, The (15)
Documentary | History
Dir. Peter Anthony, Denmark, 2015, some subtitles
Cast (as themselves): Stanislav Petrov, Kevin Costner, Sergey Shnyryov
No one knows his name. No one knows his story. But everyone owes their life to Stanislav Petrov. September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov saves the world from disaster at the peak of the Cold War when tensions between the US and Russia are running high. Decades later, he lives alone in a one bedroom flat on the outskirts of Moscow, his life unravelling around him. But then the United Nations invite Stanislav to New York to reward him for his contribution to the world today and as he embarks on a spectacular journey to save himself, meeting Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner on the way, this unlikely real life hero reminds us how close we came to Apocalypse and how precarious the world still is today.
Only Angels Have Wings (R/I) (U)
Adventure | Drama
Dir. Howard Hawks, US, 1939, 121 mins
Cast: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Allyn Joslyn
Somewhere on the coast of South America there’s a ramshackle, fog-bound port and a landing strip from where mail pilots risk their lives over mountain passes to win a lucrative delivery contract. Into the life of an ace pilot and despatcher arrive two women: one a sassy nightclub pianist, the other his ex-lover.
This is one of Hawks’s most enjoyable explorations of his favourite themes: the connections between strong-willed women and stoical men, and the love and loyalty between men.
Pitch Perfect 2 (12)
Comedy | Music
Dir. Elizabeth Banks, US, 2015
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld
Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson return in this musical comedy sequel following the fortunes of an all-girl a cappella singing group. The film follows The Barden Bellas as they enter an international singing competition that a group from the US have yet to win. Can they impress the judges enough to beat their competitors? The cast also includes Elizabeth Banks, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow and Katey Sagal.
Bollywood | Action | Drama | World
Dir. S. P. Jhananathan, India, 2015, subtitles
Cast: Aarya, Vijay Sethupathi, Shaam
A racy & action packed thriller story of a mastermind convict & his attempt to escape the clutches of top cops.
Tribe, The (18)
Crime | Drama | World
Dir. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, Ukraine/Netherlands, 2014, 132 mins, sign languages
Cast: Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova, Rosa Babiy,Alexander Dsiadevich, Yaroslav Biletskiy, Ivan Tishko
Deaf mute Sergey enters a special boarding school for deaf-and-dumb. In this new place, he needs to find his way through the hierarchy of the school community and the local criminal organization – the tribe – headed by the so-called King. By taking part in several robberies Sergey gets higher up of this criminal organization. Then he meets one of King’s concubines Anna and unwillingly breaks the unwritten rules of the tribe.
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We Are Many (12)
Dir. Amir Amirani, UK, 2014, 104 mins
Cast (as themselves): Damon Albarn, susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Ken Loach, Mark Rylance, Richard Branson
Filmed across all seven continents over a period of 9 years, WE ARE MANY reveals the true story of the people power movements now sweeping the world, from opposition to the Iraq war to the Arab Spring and Syria.
In a series of captivating interviews with prominent figures from the anti-war community, as well as astonishingly frank inside accounts from those who launched the war, WE ARE MANY captures the shockwaves of public opinion – dubbed ‘The Second Superpower’ by the New York Times.
Featuring rare and never-before-seen footage, the star-studded cast of contributors includes Damon Albarn, Tony Benn, Hans Blix, Richard Branson John le Carré, Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno, Lindsey German, Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Ken Loach and Mark Rylance.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (15)
Horror | Romance | Thriller | World
Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour, US, 2014, 101 mins, subtitles
Cast: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains, Rome Shadanloo, Milad Eghbali, Reza Sixo Safai
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.
Dino Time (PG)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Dirs. Yoon-Suk Choi & John Kafka, US/S. Korea, 2012, 86 mins
Cast (voices): Melanie Griffith, Jane Lynch, Rob Schneider, Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin, Nolan North
Three curious kids accidentally trip an egg-shaped time machine into operation and find themselves back 65 million years in the middle of a nest of dinosaur eggs. The first thing they see is a giant T-Rex staring down at them in happy wonder. They’re not food, they’re family! Now the kids have just until the real eggs hatch to find their way back to the present, facing other prehistoric monsters and dangers along the way.
Moomins On The Riviera (U)
Animation | Comedy| Family
Dirs. Xavier Picard & Hanna Hemila, Finland/France, 2014, 80 mins
Cast (voices): Tracy Ann Oberman, Nathaniel Parker, Ruth Gibson, Russell Tovey
In search of adventures, the Moomins, Snorkmaiden and Little My set sail for the French Riviera. After a perilous journey, they reach their dream destination where Snorkmaiden is dazzled by the attentions of a playboy leaving Moomin consumed by jealousy. When Moominpappa befriends an aristocrat and adopts the name ‘de Moomin’, an exasperated Moominmamma retreats to the calm of their trusty old boat, to wait for her family to come to their senses and to remember their motto: “Live in peace, plant potatoes and dream.”
New Girlfriend, The (15)
Drama | World
Dir. Francois Ozon, France, 2014, 105 mins, subtitles
Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz
Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) is grieving the loss of her lifetime best friend, who has left behind a husband, David (Romain Duris), and a newborn baby. On an unannounced visit, a shocked Claire discovers David nuzzling his infant while wearing the clothes of his dead wife. Unfazed, David explains that his former wife had always been aware of this particular idiosyncrasy. In time, Claire begins to overcome her initial reaction, and helps David to create his own female persona to inhabit.
In this, his latest cinematic offering, Ozon has delivered a well-paced psychological drama that investigates grief and identity. The New Girlfriend is also a funny, good-natured poke at the mores and peccadilloes of France’s bourgeoisie in a film that effortlessly fuses the best of Hitchcock and Almodóvar. (Source: www.affrenchfilmfestival.org)
Poltergeist - Extended Cut (15)
Horror | Thriller
Dir. Gil Kenan, US, 2015
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jane Adams
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Return To Sender (18)
Dir. Fouad Mikati, US, 2015, 95 mins
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Rumer Willis, Nick Nolte, Shiloh Fernandez
A small town nurse goes on a blind date with a mysterious stranger who turns her life upside down.
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Horror | Romance | Sci-fi
Dirs. Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, US, 2014, 109 mins
Cast: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Vanessa Bednar
Evan is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.
Supreme Price, The
Documentary | History | War
Dir. Joanna Lipper, US/Nigeria, 2014, 75 mins
Cast (as themselves): Hafsat Abiola
Feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Following the annulment of her father’s victory in Nigeria’s Presidential Election and her mother’s assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigeria’s most marginalized population: women.
Tanu Weds Manu Returns
Bollywood | Comedy
Dir. Aanand Rai, India, 2015, in Hindi
Cast: Kangna Ranaut, R Madhavan, Jimmy Shergill, Deepak Dobriyal
It’s been four years since Tanu and Manu’s eventful wedding and they’re already feeling the seven year itch. Settled in London, their relationship is now as cold as the London winter. While Tanu expected her husband to be as flamboyant and star-like as Shahrukh Khan, Manu wanted a docile and peaceful wife. While Manu was regretting his marriage, his old friend Pappi was excited about his. Tanu and Manu decide to give their marriage one last chance on their trip to India for Pappi’s wedding. After reaching Kanpur, Tanu immediately transitions to her old self. Her new neighbour Chintu becomes her partner-in-crime and visiting old boyfriends and bike rides with him become a daily affair. Her actions had successfully managed to give Kanpur a taste of America. The situation worsens when Manu, now in Delhi, starts falling for a Delhi University student, Datto who looks exactly like Tanu. Things keep aggravating in both the cities as Raja Awasthi, Tanu’s ex-fiancee re-enters her life. So what happens next in their love story? Where does all this drama take them? Do they manage to work on their relationship? Does Pappi finally end up getting married to the love of his life or does his life get twisted as well? Take this roller coaster ride called marriage one more time with Tanu, Manu and Datto in this upcoming romantic comedy Tanu Weds Manu Returns. IS Manu – Still in love with Tanu? OR – Falling For Datto? OR – Looking for Tanu s reflection in Datto??? Tanu Weds Manu Returns Iss Baar Do Hain.
Tokyo Tribe (18)
Drama | Sci-fi
Dir. Shion Sono, Japan, 2015, 116 mins, subtitles
Cast: Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino
In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youth rule the streets. The city is carved up into ‘hoods, and the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. On the turf ruled by the savage yakuza Big Buppa, the simmering tension is about to boil over into all-out war. Who will emerge victorious? Territory, friendship, pride, love… Everything is put on the line in a desperate struggle for supremacy!
Based on a popular Manga series (Tokyo Tribe 2 by Santa Inoue) and told almost entirely in rap verse (by some of Japan’s top rappers), Tokyo Tribe has to be seen to be believed. The aggressive assault of the beats and rhymes wreaks havoc as a massive ensemble cast shocks, excites, and incites an unparalleled sonic war!
Tomorrowland - A World Beyond (PG)
Adventure | Mystery | Sci-fi
Dir. Brad Bird, US, 2015
Cast: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Judy Greer
Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world – and them – forever.
Up All Night (PG)
Family | Music
Dir. John Henderson, UK, 2015, 93 mins
Cast: Dionne Broomfield, Richard Wisker, Shannon Flynn, George Sear
The big-screen movie spin-off from the CBBC’s BAFTA winning hit kids TV show Friday Download.
UP ALL NIGHT sees the gang heading off for a holiday road trip together, which very quickly turns into a total nightmare, in more ways than one. Their van breaks down outside a creepy old mansion; there’s no phone signal and no alternative but to knock on the door and ask for help. Big mistake. Caleb and Clara, an oddly welcoming but sinister brother and sister who live there, are definitely hiding something. Turns out, what they’re hiding is that this creepy old mansion is haunted, and it’s about to be knocked down. The gang’s divided loyalties play havoc with their conscience – run away from their new oddball friends or pay back their kindness? They decide to do all they can to save the house with a special Friday Download music festival. Big mistake no 2. It seems the house has some secrets that suggest it would be best if it was knocked down after all…
Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists
Dir. Phil Grabsky
From the Musée du Luxembourg Paris, National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Uncover the story of art’s greatest revolutionaries. Featuring work by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas, Pissarro and many more.
Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir: some of the world’s most popular artists. Their works, and that of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why & how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?
To help answer these questions, this unique film secured unparalleled access to a major new exhibition focussing on the man credited with inventing Impressionism as we know it: 19th century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel. This eagerly anticipated international exhibition is possibly the most comprehensive exploration of the Impressionists in history.
It was Durand-Ruel’s brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 that introduced enlightened wealthy Americans to this modern French painting. In doing so, he not only filled great American galleries with Impressionist masterworks, but kept Impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film will tell his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves. Featuring universally loved masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Renoir, Pissarro and many more.
Connection, The (15)
Action | Crime | Thriller | World
Dir. Cedric Jimanez, France, 2014, 135 mins, subtitles
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette
A stylish thriller set in 1970s and early 1980s Marseilles, the film is based on the true story of magistrate Pierre Michel’s six year battle to bring down a powerful drug ring led by infamous gangster Tany Zempa.
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Danny Collins (15)
Comedy | Drama
Dir. Dan Fogelman, US, 2015, 106 mins
Cast: Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner
Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. He soon warms to hotel manager, Mary (Annette Bening) with whom he develops an unconventional romance.
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Dead Lands, The (15)
Dir. Toa Fraser, New Zealand, 2015, 107 mins,Subtitles
Cast: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi, a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior, a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.
Goob, The (18)
Dir. Guy Myhill, UK, 2014, 84 mins
Cast: Hannah Spearritt, Sienna Guillory, Marama Corlett
Young Goob, 16 years old, returns home to his mother where he grew up in the countryside, between a small restaurant and a field of pumpkins. His mother’s new companion and Goob don’t get along. This summer Goob will mature in many ways, dealing with a girl in the stock-car circuit, a gay cousin who dances, and problems with a seasonal woman fieldworker.
Man Up (15)
Comedy | Romance
Dir. Ben Palmer, UK,France, 2015, 88 mins, subtitles
Cast: Lake Bell, Simon Pegg, Ophelia Lovibond
A 34 year old single woman, Nancy, hung-over again, exhausted by the endless fruitless set ups by her friends, traveling across London to toast another 10 years of her parent’s successful happy magical marriage runs in with a 40 year old divorcee, Jack, who mistakes her for his 24 year old blind date. Nancy, deciding to go with it, happens to hop on the most chaotic yet hilarious journey of her life which neither of them will ever forget. There is drinking, truths, an old stalker class mate with long a standing crush, lost divorce papers, lost hopes, competitive indoor sports and yeah Jack finding out the truth that Nancy isn’t his blind date. ‘Man Up’ a romantic comedy about taking chances, finding about being yourself, making decisions and rolling with the consequences.
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Dir. Andrew Bujalski, US, 2015, 105 mins
Cast: Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan
Two mismatched personal trainers’ lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client.
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Action | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Brad Peyton, US, 2015
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Archie Panjabi, Art Parkinson, Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started.
Dir. Scot Armstrong, US, 2015, 93 mins
Cast: Alison Brie, Krysten Ritter, T.J. Miller
A pair of friends embark on a mission to reunite their pal with the woman he was going to marry.
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Sword Of Vengeance (15)
Dir. Jim Weedon, UK, 2015, 87 mins, subtitles
Cast: Stanley Weber, Edward Akrout, Misa Beric
From the creator of ‘Hammer of the Gods’, starring Stanley Weber (Borgia) and Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), the subjects of a ruthless tyrant’s oppression discover an unlikely freedom fighter whose code of honor demands bloody retribution.
Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, US, 2015, 106 mins, subtitles
Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.