In Cinemas May 2016

1920 London (15)

Horror

Dir. Tinu Suresh Desai, India, 2016, 120 mins, Hindi

Cast: Sharman Joshi, Meera Chopra, Vishal Karwal

The third part in the 1920 franchise. Shivangi (Chopra) and her husband, Veer Singh (Karwal), have everything going well for them in London until, Veer receives a gift from Rajasthan, India. Strange things begin to happen with and Shivangi becomes increasingly worried as his physical, spiritual & mental condition spirals out of control. Convinced he is the victim of Black Magic , Shivangi decides to seek help of a spiritual healer & guru Jai (Joshi).

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Arabian Nights Volume 3: The Enchanted One

Drama

Dir. Miguel Gomes, Portugal/Rest of the World, 2015, 125 mins, subtitles

Cast: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Americo Silva

The latest from Miguel Gomes (Tabu, Our Beloved Month of August) ‘Arabian Nights’ (As mil e uma noites) is probably this year’s most ambitious cinematic undertaking, and the most talked about film experience of the last Cannes Film Festival. Arabian Nights uses the framing device from the original Arabian Nights of the beautiful young Scheherazade telling tale after tale in order to keep her murderous husband from killing her—but that’s where the similarities end. Over three features, Gomes channels the current struggles of economically depressed Portugal through an assortment of tales that range from farcical yarns to grounded accounts of social issues.

Having escaped the palace, Scheherazade explores a seaside landscape where she encounters, among others, a “wind genie” and a daft suitor. This segues into a documentary-style exploration of the working-class sport of chaffinch singing competitions. Movingly and unexpectedly, the last gesture of Arabian Nights is to scale back its scope and provide a disarmingly modest and poignant grace note on which one of contemporary cinema’s new masterpieces can close.

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Bad Neighbours 2 (15)

Comedy

Dir. Nicholas Stoller, US, 2016, 92 mins

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Chloë Grace Moretz, Dave Franco, Selena Gomez

What happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood?

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.

Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon. If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home. But if they think that their neighbours are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.

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Evolution (15)

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Dir. Lucile Hadzihalilovic, France/Belgium/Spain, 2015, 81 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Nicolas is a boy living on a remote island set in the future, or another planet – or is it a dream? His village consists of white-painted houses located above the sea with a volcanic rock and black sand coastline, populated by young women and boys all of a similar age to Nicolas. Whilst swimming, Nicolas makes a discovery in the ocean, which is shrugged off my his mother, who, like all the women in the town has tied-back hair, is pale and wears a simple thin beige dress. Nicolas is curious, thinks that he is being lied to and starts to explore his environment, witnessing some unsettling scenes. He then finds himself taken to a hospital-like building where he along, with the others, undergoes a series of medical procedures by the women, dressed as nurses. He is befriended by one nurse, who becomes instrumental in the film’s denouement. The film is not easy to categorise; it is not only enigmatic but beautifully filmed with deeply poetic imagery.

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Florence Foster Jenkins (PG)

Biography | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Stephen Frears, UK, 2016, 110 mins

Cast: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson

The inspirational true story of the eponymous New York heiress who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The film celebrates the human spirit, the power of music and the passion of amateurs everywhere. The voice Florence heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager managed to protect her from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at Carnegie Hall, he realised he may have bitten off more than he could chew.

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I Saw The Light (15)

Biography | Drama | Music

Dir. Marc Abraham, US, 2015, 123 mins

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Maddie Hasson

I SAW THE LIGHT tells the story of the iconic, tormented singer-songwriter Hank Williams who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, most of which are considered American standards today and have been recorded many times over by pop, rock and country artists alike.

Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) emerged from the local Alabama music scene after World War II. Wife Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen) was desperate to sing by his side despite being of lesser talent, which fueled an extremely turbulent home life. But Williams’ ability to write songs covering a wide range of emotions, using his own personal troubles as inspiration, became the essence of country music. In the end, he realized his dreams: hit records, a place on Nashville’s prestigious stage and radio show the Grand Ole Opry and even guest spots on the then-new medium of TV.

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Johnny Guitar (PG) (R/I)

Drama | Western

Dir. Nicholas Ray, US, 1954, 110 min

Cast: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge

Vienna has built a saloon outside of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone. When four men hold up a stagecoach and kill a man the town officials, led by Emma Small, come to the saloon to grab four of Vienna’s friends, the Dancin’ Kid and his men. Vienna stands strong against them, and is aided by the presence of an old acquaintance of hers, Johnny Guitar, who is not what he seems.

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Knight Of Cups (15)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Terrence Malick, US, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman

Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward.

Rick moves in a daze through a strange and overwhelming dreamscape — but can he wake up to the beauty, humanity and rhythms of life around him? The deeper he searches, the more the journey becomes his destination.

The 7th film from director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life), Knight of Cups (the title refers to the Tarot card depicting a romantic adventurer guided by his emotions) offers both a vision of modern life and an intensely personal experience of memory, family, and love.

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Robinson Crusoe (3D) (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen, Belgium/France, 2016, 90 min, Some Subtitles

Cast (Voice): Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Matthias Schweighöfer

On a tiny exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, Tuesday can’t stop dreaming about discovering the world.

After a violent storm, Tuesday and his friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach: Robinson Crusoe. Tuesday immediately views Crusoe as his ticket off the island to explore new lands. Likewise, Crusoe soon realizes that the key to surviving on the island is through the help of Tuesday and the other animals.

It isn’t always easy at first, as the animals don’t speak “human.” Slowly but surely, they all start living together in harmony, until one day, when their comfortable life is overturned by two savage cats, who wish to take control of the island.

A battle ensues between the cats and the group of friends but Crusoe and the animals soon discover the true power of friendship up against all odds (even savage cats).

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Sky Trembles And the Earth Is Afraid And The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers, The (12A)

Drama

Dir. Ben Rivers, UK, 2015, 100 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Oliver Laxe

At the heart of the film’s layered narratives is an adaptation of ‘A Distant Episode’, the savage short story set in Morocco by American author Paul Bowles, first published in 1947. Moving between documentary, fiction and fable, The Sky Trembles… sees its protagonist, filmmaker Oliver Laxe, directing his own film in Morocco, the forthcoming Las Mimosas, before walking off set and into Rivers’ narrative.

The Sky Trembles… was shot on 16mm against the staggering beauty of the Moroccan landscape, from the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains to the stark and surreal emptiness of the Sahara, with its encroaching sands and abandoned film sets. Oliver Laxe is drawn into a hallucinatory adventure of cruelty, madness and malevolence, as his narrative combines with Bowles’ story and observational footage to form a multi-layered excavation into the constructs of cinema itself.

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These Final Hours (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Zak Hilditch, Australia, 2013, 87 min

Cast: Jessica De Gouw, Nathan Phillips, David Field

It’s the last day on earth, twelve hours before a cataclysmic event will end life as we know it. James makes his way across a lawless and chaotic city to the party to end all parties. Along the way, he somewhat reluctantly saves the life of a little girl named Rose who is desperately searching for her father. Stuck with the unexpected burden of responsibility, James is forced to come to terms with what really matters in life as the final hours tick away.

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Truman (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Cesc Gay, Spain/Argentina, 2016, 108 min

Cast: Ricardo Darín, Javier Cámara, Dolores Fonzi

Julián receives an unexpected visit from his friend Tomás, who lives in Canada. The two men, accompanied by Julián’s faithful dog, Truman, will share emotional and surprising moments prompted by Julián’s complicated situation.

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Angry Birds Movie, The (U)

Animation | Action | Comedy

Dirs. Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly, Finland/US, 2016, 97 mins

Cast (voices): Jason Sudeikis, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Josh Gad

In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We’re the Millers,Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride,This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

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Cabin Fever (15)

Horror

Dir. Travis Zariwny, US, 2016, 99 Mins

Cast: Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Samuel Davis

The story is familiar: fresh out of college, a group of five friends retreat to a remote cabin in the woods for one last week of partying-only to become snacks for a gruesome, flesh-eating virus. What’s surprising are the ingenious new deaths, which offer a fresh spin on a horror-comedy milestone.

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Everybody Wants Some!! (15)

Comedy

Dir. Richard Linklater, US, 2016, 117 mins

Cast: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman

From writer/director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) comes the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused. Set in the world of 1980 college life, Everybody Wants Some!! is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood. Get ready for the best weekend ever.

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Green Room (18)

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Jeremy Saulnier, US, 2015, 96 Mins

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat

Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.

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Kill Command (15)

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Dir. Steven Gomez, UK, 2016, 99 mins

Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Thure Lindhardt, David Ajala

Kill Command is a sci-fi action thriller set in a near future, technology-reliant society that pits man against killing machines. Against this backdrop an elite army unit is helicoptered to a remote, off-the-grid island training facility. What starts out as a simple training exercise for Captain Bukes and his tight-knit unit, descends into a terrifying battle to the death, as the marines discover the island is overrun by an enemy that transcends the human concept of evil.

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Mustang (15)

Drama

Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey/France/Qatar/Germany, 2015, 97 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Elit Iscan

Early summer. In a village in northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. The immorality of their play sets off a scandal that has unexpected consequences. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instruction in homemaking replaces school and marriages start being arranged. The five sisters who share a common passion for freedom, find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them.

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Our Kind of Traitor (15)

Thriller

Dir. Susanna White, UK, 2016

Cast: Naomie Harris, Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis

A young Oxford academic and his attorney girlfriend holiday on Antigua. They bump into a Russian millionaire who owns a peninsula and a diamond watch. He wants a game of tennis. What else he wants propels the lovers on a tortuous journey to the City of London and its unholy alliance with Britain’s intelligence establishment, to Paris and the Alps.

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Seventh Fire, The (15)

Documentary | Drama | Family

Dir. Jack Pettibone Riccobono, US, 2015, 96 mins, Subtitles

When Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader on a remote Minnesota reservation, is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved Ojibwe community. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.From Executive Producers Terrence Malick, Natalie Portman, and Chris Eyre comes this haunting and visually arresting nonfiction film about the Native American gang crisis.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (15)

Comedy | War

Dirs. Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, US, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman

To get away from her job and her depressive boyfriend, Kim Barker (Tina Fey), an American journalist, volunteers to travel to Afghanistan and the Middle East to cover the wartime conflict during “Operation Enduring Freedom.”

She immediately encounters discrimination against Americans, a bevy of other crazy foreign journalists, and finds herself in the middle of explosive situations.

Based on the memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker.

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X-Men: Apocalypse (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Bryan Singer, US, 2016

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

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A Hologram for the King (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Tom Tykwer, UK/France/Germany, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: Tom Hanks, Sarita Choudhury, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Alexander Black, Ben Whishaw

Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Eggers.

He lost his job, his wife left him and he cannot pay his daughter’s tuition fees. Alan Clay (54) sets his hopes in the “King Abdullah Economic City”, a shiny, modern metropolis in the Arabian desert. He tries to sell an American IT company’s teleconferencing system to the king. But when Alan arrives for the deal, the king lost his interest in the project, and does not show up. Alan befriends Yousef, a young driver, with whom he gets to know the country and all the contradictions between modern and traditional spirits. On a hospital visit Alan meets Zahra. He ignores Yousef‘s warning, not to get involved with her. In the end, the project does not concern Alan anymore. He is not disappointed, that it failed, because he found happiness. With Zahra, a new professional calling and a new home.

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Call Up, The (15)

Action | Science Fiction

Dir. Charles Barker, UK, 2016, 90 mins

Cast: Max Deacon, Parker Sawyers, Morfydd Clark

When a group of elite online gamers each receive a mysterious invitation to trial a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game, it’s a dream come true and impossible to resist.

Arriving at the test site, the group step into hi-tech gear and prepare for a revolutionary, next-level gaming experience that brings modern warfare to life with frightening realism.

At first it’s a unique and exhilarating experience.  But what starts out like a dream encounter with cutting edge technology quickly takes a turn for the sinister.

Once the group are attacked by enemy combatants, they soon realize this is no game after all.  Make a mistake here and you pay with your life.  Now these masters of the shoot ‘em up will have to fight for survival within a game gone bad, but this time it’s for real.

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Chicken (15)

Drama

Dir. Joe Stephenson, UK, 2015, 86 mins

Cast: Scott Chambers, Morgan Watkins, Yasmin Paige

Richard, 15 with learning difficulties, longs to put down roots but his restless and destructive brother, Polly, needs to keep moving. When the land they live on is bought by a new landowner, and the electricity supply to their caravan is cut, their already precarious living conditions get even worse. Then a chance meeting with the new landowner’s daughter, 17-year-old Annabel, leaves Richard besotted; whilst Polly befriends the guys who run a seedy travelling fair. Richard’s optimistic view on life becomes increasingly difficult to maintain as Polly’s abusive behaviour worsens, family secrets are revealed, and he is torn between loyalty to his brother and his first true friend in Annabel. For better or worse, Richard’s life is about to change forever.

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Departure (15)

Drama | Family | Romance

Dir. Andrew Steggall, UK/France, 2015, 109 mins

Cast:  Juliet Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Finbar Lynch, Phenix Brossard

New British drama about a mother and son – both of whom are coming of age in their own ways.

Stevenson plays Beatrice, an independent and strong willed woman in midst of starting again. She is in the middle of a separation from her husband and is trying to work out how to live life on her own terms. Together with her son, Elliot (Lawther) they have come to their holiday home in the French countryside where they are getting ready to pack up and sell the house. Whilst on the trip, Elliot meets the handsome French bad boy, Clement (Brossard) and he begins to work through the dawning of his own sexuality and alienation from his mother.

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Heart of a Dog (PG)

Documentary

Dir. Laurie Anderson, France/US, 2015, 75 mins

Cast (as themselves): Laurie Anderson, Archie the Rat Terrier, Jason Berg, Heung-Heung Chin, Julian Schnabel

“Hello, little bonehead. I’ll love you forever.” So begins Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson’s cinematic journey through love, death and language. Cantering on Anderson’s beloved rat terrier Lolabelle, who died in 2011, Heart of a Dog is a personal essay that weaves together childhood memories, video diaries, philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife, and heartfelt tributes to the artists, writers, musicians and thinkers who inspire her. Fusing her own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies and artwork culled from exhibitions past and present, Anderson creates a hypnotic, collage-like visual language out of the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told — and how we use them to make sense of our lives.

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Sing Street (12)

Drama | Music

Dir. John Carney, Ireland/UK/US, 2016, 106 mins

Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and uber-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ’80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Combining Carney’s trademark warmth and humour with a punk rock edge, and featuring a memorable soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis, Sing Street is an electrifying coming-of-age film that will resonate with music fans across the board.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass (PG)

Adventure | Family | Fantasy

Dir. James Bobin, US, 2016

Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Andrew Scott

When Alice wakes up in Wonderland she must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical scepter that can stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless old world. With the help of some new friends, Alice must also uncover an evil plot to put the Queen of Hearts back on the throne.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Director's Cut (R/I)

Drama | Science Fiction

Dir. Steven Spielberg, US, 1977, 137 mins

Cast:  Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Dreyfuss) is an electrical lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. Neary’s wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a “logical” explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his job, his home, and his family to pursue the “truth” about UFOs. Neary’s obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who’ve had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Jillian (Dillon), a single mother whose son disappeared during her UFO experience, and Claude Lacombe (celebrated French filmmaker Francois Truffaut), a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors. Lacombe’s theory is put to the test when a band of government researchers and underground UFO enthusiasts (including Neary) join for an exchange with alien visitors near Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. [Source: Mark Deming, Rovi]

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Daughter, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Simon Stone, Australia, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Odessa Young, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Ewan Leslie

In the last days of a dying logging town Christian (Schneider) returns to his family home for his father Henry’s (Rush) wedding to the much younger Anna (Anna Torv). While home, Christian reconnects with his childhood friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie), who has stayed in town working at Henry’s timber mill and is now out of a job. As Christian gets to know Oliver’s wife Charlotte (Otto), daughter Hedvig (Young) and father Walter (Neill), he discovers a secret that could tear Oliver’s family apart. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.

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Love & Friendship (U)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Whit Stillman, Ireland/Rest of the World, 2016, 92 mins

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell, Justin Edwards, Tom Bennett, Morfydd Clark, Jemma Redgrave, James Fleet, Jenn Murray, Stephen Fry

Based on the Jane Austen novella ‘Lady Susan’ and set in the 1790s, earlier than most Austen tales, Whit Stillman’s exquisite comedy of matchmaking and heart-breaking Love & Friendship concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale).

The deliciously scheming and manipulative Lady Susan has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.

Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her eligible but reluctant school-girl daughter Frederica (Clark). The waters are troubled by the arrival at Churchill of the handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel) and silly but cheerful – and very rich – Sir James Martin (Bennett).

Chloe Sevigny, who starred with Beckinsale in Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco (1998) plays Lady Susan’s friend and confidante Alicia Johnson, with Stephen Fry as her husband, the “very respectable” Mr. Johnson.

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Miniscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (U)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dirs. Helene Giraud & Thomas Szabo, France/Belgium, 2013, 89 mins

Cast: N/A

In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark a standoff between two tribes of ants. A bold and brave young ladybird finds himself caught in the middle of the battle but, having befriended Mandible, one of the black ants determined to protect their haul of sugar cubes, sides are picked. With the safety of the black ants’ nest at risk, our plucky ladybird helps take on the aggressive red ants, led by the evil Butor, and must use all his ingenuity and resolve to win the day.

A fantastic tale taking place at ground level, Minuscule is the perfect half term treat for all the family. Based on the popular Cbeebies TV show, Minuscule blends stunning CGI animation with live action backdrops to really transport little ones to the undergrowth where they’ll embark on a huge adventure with this half term’s tiniest heroes.

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Money Monster (15)

Crime | Drama| Thriller

Dir. Jodie Foster, US, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell

In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

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Top Cat Begins (U)

Animation | Family

Dir. Andres Couturier, Mexico, 2015, 89 mins

Cast (voices): Ben Diskin, Chris Edgerley, Jason Harris, David Hoffman

Everyone’s favourite feline star is back, as Top Cat, or T.C. to his furry friends, embarks on a brand new feature length, animated adventure!

Tracing the roots of the famous animated series from cartoon legends Hanna-Barbera, get set for this ‘purrfect’ feature adventure that tells the ‘tail’ of how our hero, T.C. created his infamous, Manhattan alley cats gang.

Poor, lonely and living on the streets, Top Cat is one sad cat, until a chance meeting with Benny, a naive and good-hearted cat looking for adventure. The pair quickly become best buddies – and partners in crime – pick pocketing their way out of poverty and quickly believing they are the real cats’ whiskers!

Setting their sights higher, they decide to steal from Mr. Big, a mysterious diamond-stealing henchman who rules New York’s backstreets. As Top Cat and Benny hatch a plan to take the diamonds for themselves, little do they know, success is just the start of their problems.

Along the way, our heroes meet fellow alley cats Choo Choo, Fancy-Fancy and Brain, and together they’re a formidable bunch. However, when Mr. Big catches up with them and captures Top Cat, can his new friends save the day?

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Trust, The (15)

Crime | Thriller

Dirs. Alex Brewer & Benjamin Brewer, US, 2016, 92 mins

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jerry Lewis, Sky Ferreira

Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers.

When Stone hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash. Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside. But by the time they figure out what the vault contains, it’s already too late to turn back.

The Trust is a film about the philosophy behind a crime. It’s a taxonomic approach to the heist movie that gives the audience a chance to examine closely each dark development, as the two cops slip quietly into a rabbit hole from which they cannot return.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (12)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. David Green, US, 2016

Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to cinemas this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Fox), Vern Fenwick (Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Perry) and two dim-witted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

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Warcraft: The Beginning (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Duncan James, US, 2016

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky

Now in 4K Ultra HD.

An epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

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