In Cinemas – May 2017

A Dog's Purpose (PG)

Adventure | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Lasse Hallstrom, US, 2017, 100 mins

Cast: Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Oritz, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

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Burden

Documentary | Biography

Dirs. Tim Marrinan & Richard Dewey, US/UK/Rest of the World, 2016, 88 mins

Cast (as themselves):  Chris Burden, Marina Abramovic, Vito Acconci

For more than 45 years, Chris Burden’s work has consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. His pioneering and often dangerous performance works of the 1970s earned Burden a place in the art history books while still in his early 20s. He had himself shot (Shoot, 1971), locked up (Five Day Locker Piece, 1971), electrocuted, (Doorway to Heaven, 1973), cut (Through the Night Softly, 1973), crucified (Trans-fixed, 1974), and advertised on television (4 TV Ads, 1973–77). But as the 70s progressed Burden became disillusioned with the expectations and misconceptions based on his early works and as the pressure grew, the line between his life and his art blurred. Burden quit performance in the late 70s and had to artistically reinvent himself, going on to create a multitude of assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures and scientific models. His work has influenced a generation of artists and been exhibited around the world, but the provocative nature of his art coupled with his sense of privacy mean that most people know the myth rather than the man. Now, having followed Burden creating new works in his studio and with access to his personal archive of images, video and audio recordings, CHRIS BURDEN: A LIFE IN ART will be the first feature documentary to fully explore the life and work of this seminal artist.

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (PG)

Documentary | Biography | History

Dir. Matt Tyrnauer, US, 2016, 92 mins

Cast (as themselves): Thomas Campanella, Mindy Fullilove, Alexander Garvin

In 1960 Jane Jacobs’ book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’ sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in fights in mid-century New York to stop ‘master builder’ Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’ prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.

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Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (15)

Drama

Dir. Koji Fukada, Japan/France, 2016, 120 mins, subtitles

Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Kanji Furutachi, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa, Kana Mahiro

From the director of ‘Au Revoir L’Ete’ and ‘Hospitalité’, Koji Fukada’s HARMONIUM is an off-kilter take on that most venerable of Japanese genres — the family drama, which screened to great acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury prize. 
In this slow-burn Japanese thriller Toshio invites an old acquaintance, Yasaka (just released from prison) to come and live with his family. Toshio lives above the small workshop that he owns with his wife, Akie, and their daughter, Hotaru. It is not clear why Toshio offers Yasaka a job; it doesn’t seem to be out of friendship or goodwill. Akie and Hotaru are wary of the new lodger, but with his persistent charm and goodwill, Yasaka befriends Toshio’s wife Akié and as Yasaka starts teaching their daughter Hotaru to play the harmonium, the family’s fragile domestic bliss is forever altered. Director Kôji Fukada is a master of incremental development, drawing the audience into the unfolding outcome.
 

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Journey, The (12A)

Drama

Dir. Nick Hamm, UK, 2016, 94 mins

Cast: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens

The gripping account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history. In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region. Driven by two virtuoso central performances, The Journey is a more-relevant-than-ever reminder of how simple humanity can overcome political division.  John Hurt co-stars.

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Lost in London (12A)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Woody Harrelson, UK, 2017, 103 mins

Cast: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Martin McCann, Willie Nelson

Back in January, screen icon Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers, White Men Can’t Jump) directed and starred in an unprecedented live feature-film event: a movie made on the fly, shot in real time in Central London in a single take and broadcast live to cinemas across the world.

A comic re-staging of one crazy night in Soho in 2002, Lost In London follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family after a scandal threatens to ruin his marriage. Run-ins with royalty, friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep him from succeeding. Funny, charming and finally quite moving, Woody’s film ultimately proves much more than a dazzling technical exercise.

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Mindhorn (15)

Comedy

Dir. Sean Foley, UK, 2016, 89 mins

Cast: Julian Barratt, Essie Davis, Kenneth Branagh, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan, Harriet Walter

Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) is a has-been British TV actor who used to be famous in the late 1980’s for playing the titular and charismatic lead role in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, a character with a Robotic eye that can literally “see the truth”. Unfortunately, after becoming a little too pompous and arrogant, Richard ends up insulting both the Isle of Man and his fellow cast members on the Wogan chat-show, including his on-screen and real life love interest Patricia DeVille, (Essie Davies) his Stuntman, (Simon Farnaby) and bit-part costar Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan). He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but 25 years later and he’s balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advert by John Nettles, much to his chagrin. He is even more jealous that Easterman now fronts a long running spin-off show which has far eclipsed the success of Mindhorn. Richard has an unexpected opportunity to reignite his career though …

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Sleepless (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Baran Bo Odar, US, 2017, 95 mins

Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour

Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) finds himself caught in a high-stakes web of corrupt cops, internal affairs and murderous gangsters. When a failed heist leads to the kidnapping of his teenage son (Octavius J. Johnson), Downs must race against time during a wild and restless night to save him and bring the criminals to justice.

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Unlocked (15)

Action | Thriller

Dir. Michael Apted, UK, 2017, 98 mins

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Toni Collette, Orlando Bloom

Once one of the CIA’s top interrogators, Alice Racine’s (Rapace) career was sidelined when she failed “to unlock” a prisoner in time to save the lives of dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack in Paris. Now leading a quiet life in London as a caseworker, Alice is unexpectedly called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have direct knowledge of another imminent attack.

Alongside Rapace, the stellar cast of UNLOCKED features ORLANDO BLOOM (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Hobbit franchise) as enigmatic war veteran Jack Alcott, two-time Oscar-winner MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Ant-Man, Wall Street) as Alice’s mentor Eric Lasch, along with Academy Award® nominees TONI COLLETTE (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense) as MI5 Agent Emily Knowles, and JOHN MALKOVICH (Red 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as Bob Hunter, the CIA’s Director of European Operations.

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Alien: Covenant

Sci-fi | Thriller 

Dir. Ridley Scott, US/UK/Rest of the World, 2017

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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Away (15)

Drama

Dir. David Blair, UK, 2016, 105 mins

Cast: Timothy Spall, Juno Temple, Hayley Squires

A story set in the north English seaside town of Blackpool and centered on two kindred spirits who form an unlikely friendship.

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Frantz (12A)

Drama | History | War

Dir. Francois Ozon, France/Germany, 2016, 113 mins, subtitles

Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber

One of world cinema’s most prolific auteurs, François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House) returns with the moving and poetic period drama Frantz, an elegant reimagining of the story behind Ernst Lubitsch’s undersung 1932 drama Broken Lullaby.

In a small German town in 1919, Anna mourns every day at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in battle during World War I. One day she spies a mysterious young Frenchman, Adrien, also laying flowers at the grave. Together they begin to bond over their shared grief, though Anna is intrigued by the enigmatic nature of Adrien’s relationship with her fiancé. As the pair become increasingly close, long buried secrets are revealed that will change the fabric of their lives and take them across a wearied and battle-scarred Europe.  

Shot with stunning black-and-white photography, Frantz is a masterfully told story of romance, grief and guilt featuring two remarkable lead performances from newcomers Paula Beer and Pierre Niney. At once graceful and and gripping, it is an intimate and timely exploration of healing and forgiveness across European borders.

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Jawbone (15)

Action | Drama | Sport

Dir. Thomas Napper, UK, 2017, 91 mins

Cast: Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Michael Smiley

A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill corner man Eddie and promoter Joe. Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world.

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Last Face, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Sean Penn, US, 2016, 130 mins

Cast: Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos, Jared Harris, Jean Reno

‘The Last Face’ centres around a love affair between Dr. Miguel Leon (Academy Award® winner, Javier Bardem), a relief-aid doctor, and Dr. Wren Petersen (Academy Award® winner, Charlize Theron), the director of an international aid organization.

Set against the devastating backdrop of war-torn Liberia, Miguel and Wren must find a way to keep their relationship alive in extraordinarily difficult conditions battling their mutual passion for the value of life matched by the intensity of their diametrically opposed opinions on how best to solve the conflict that surrounds them.

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Levelling, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Hope Dickson Leach, UK, 2016, 83 mins

Cast: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Charlie (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey (David Troughton). She is shocked to discover her home changed forever by the devastating floods that destroyed the area six months earlier, and Aubrey a tormented shadow of his former self. As she learns what has been going on in her long absence she and her father forge a new understanding, but can it withstand the troubles that they face on the ravaged farm as well as the truth of what drove Charlie to take his own life?

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Manhattan (12A) (R/I)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Woody Allen, US, 1979, 96 mins

Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Mariel Hemingway, Michael Murphy

Forty-two year old Isaac Davis has a romanticized view of his hometown, New York City, most specifically Manhattan, as channeled through the lead character in the first book he is writing, despite his own Manhattan-based life being more of a tragicomedy. He has just quit his job as a hack writer for a bad television comedy, he, beyond the ten second rush of endorphins during the actual act of quitting, now regretting the decision, especially as he isn’t sure he can live off his book writing career. He is paying two alimonies, his second ex-wife, Jill Davis, a lesbian, who is writing her own tell-all book of their acrimonious split. The one somewhat positive aspect of his life is that he is dating a young woman named Tracy, although she is only seventeen and still in high school. Largely because of their differences a big part of which is due to their ages, he does not see a long term future with her. His life has the potential to be even more tragicomical when he meets journalist Mary…

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Max 2: White House Hero (PG)

Family

Dir. Brian Levant, US, 2017, 85 mins

Cast: Zane Austin, Francesca Capaldi

Duty calls again, and our hero dog Max returns to action in “Max 2: White House Hero.” His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president’s Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

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Miss Sloane (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. John Madden, France/US, 2016, 132 mins

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price.

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Tomcat (Kater) (15)

Drama

Dir. Handl Klaus, Austria, 2016, 124 mins, subtitles

Cast: Lukas Turtur, Thomas Stipsits

Andreas and Stefan lead a happy and passionate life: Together with their beloved tomcat Moses, they live in a beautiful old house in Vienna’s vineyards. They work as a musician and as a scheduler in the same orchestra and they love their large circle of friends. An unexpected and inexplicable outburst of violence suddenly shakes up the relationship and calls everything into question – the blind spot that resides in all of us.

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Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry (15)

Anime | Animation | Action | Adventure

Dir. Tatsuma Minamikawa, Japan, 2017, subtitles

Cast (voices): Yuichi Nakamura, Aya Hirano

The Dragon Cry is a magic artefact with enough power to destroy the world. Enshrined within a temple in the Kingdom of Fiore, the Dragon Cry is stolen by Zash, a traitor of Fiore, and delivered to Animus, the ruler of the Kingdom of Stella.

The task of recapturing the Dragon Cry falls to Natsu and the Mages of the Fairy Tail Guild. During their mission to track down Zash, they infiltrate the Kingdom of Stella, and it is here they meet Animus’ magician, Sonya…

What does Animus plan to do with the Dragon Cry? Sonya wants to save her country, but what secret is she hiding? Within the interlacing ulterior motives, Fairy Tail fights against the danger that is the menacing world!

And in the middle of this heroic battle, Natsu’s instinct awakens…

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Colossal (15)

Action | Comedy | Sci-fi

Dir. Nacho Vigalondo, Canada/Spain, 2016, 109 mins

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dana Stevens, Austin Stowell

Gloria (Anne Hathaway) is an out-of-work girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to his far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

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Inversion (Varoonegi) (12A)

Drama | World

Dir. Behnam Behzadi, Iran, 2016, 84 mins, subtitles

Cast: Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa

Niloofar, 35 years old, lives alone in Tehran with her aged mother, and stays busy with her tailoring shop. Tehran’s air pollution has reached maximum levels because of thermal inversion, making it hard to breath. When doctors insist that her mother must leave smoggy Tehran or she will have not long to live, Niloofar’s older brother and sister decide that she must also move away to the countryside to accompany her mother. Niloofar is torn between family loyalty and living her own life and pursuing a potential love interest she has kept secret from her family. She is the youngest and she has always succumbed to family pressure, but this time she decides to stand up for herself.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12A)

Action | Adventure | Drama

Dir. Guy Ritchie, UK/Australia/US, 2017, 126 mins

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Annabelle Wallis

Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

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La Strada (R/I) (PG)

Drama | World

Dir. Federico Fellini, Italy, 1954, 108 mins, subtitles

Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart

A nationwide reissue of legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini’s ‘La Strada’, recently beautifully restored in 2k, over sixty years since it won the first Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

In a story of true outsiders, Masina plays Gelsomina, a naïve young woman sold by her desperate mother to boorish strongman Zampanò (an immensely charismatic Anthony Quinn) to be both his wife and performance assistant as he tours central Italy. Zampanò – a brute by trade and by nature – repeatedly abuses Gelsomina as she struggles to learn the ropes; meanwhile, she finds a kindred spirit in his rival the Fool (Richard Basehart). Soon all three find themselves part of the same travelling circus, but with tragic consequences.

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Machines (12A)

Documentary

Dir. Rahul Jain, India/Germany/India, 2016, 71 mins, some subtitles

Cast: N/A

Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanized place of physical labour and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India might just as well be the decorum for a 21st century Dante’s Inferno. In his mind-provoking yet intimate portrayal, director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich, poor and the perspectives of both.

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Secret Scripture, The (12A)

Drama

Dir. Jim Sheridan, Ireland, 2016, 108 mins

Cast: Rooney Mara, Jack Reynor, Theo James, Aidan Turner, Eric Bana, Vanessa Redgrave, Pauline McLynn

Roseanne McNulty (Redgrave) must vacate the soon-to-be demolished mental institution in Roscommon, Ireland that she’s called home for over 50 years. The hospital’s psychiatrist, Dr. William Grene (Bana), is called in to assess her condition. He finds himself intrigued by Roseanne’s seemingly inscrutable rituals and tics, and her fierce attachment to her Bible, which she has over the decades transformed into a palimpsest of scripture, drawings, and cryptic diary entries. As Grene delves deeper into Roseanne’s past, we see her as a young woman (Mara), whose charisma proves seductive. We learn that she moved to Sligo to work in her aunt’s café, fell in love with a dashing fighter pilot (Reynor), and that a local priest (James) fell tragically in love with her. (Source: TIFF)

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Snatched

Action | Comedy

Dir. Jonathan Levine, US, 2017

Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

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Spaceship (15)

Drama

Dir. Alex Taylor, UK, 2016, 86 mins

Cast: Alexa Davies, Lara Peake, Tallulah Haddon, Antti Reini

Lucidia is a teenage cyber-goth whose mother died mysteriously seven years ago in the family swimming pool. Her father Gabriel is an archaeologist who can’t move on. When Lucidia disappears in an apparent alien abduction, Gabriel is forced to confront her strange outsider friends and meets Tegan, a girl obsessed with unicorns and black holes. Emotional and audacious, the story is told from multiple points of view in an intriguing ride through a constellation of characters who are pulled together by teenage gravity, surrounded by adults who also feel the same irresistible pull as they orbit their own elusive identities, all looking for a universe to call their own.

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Whisky Galore! (PG)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Gillies Mackinnon, UK, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Sean Biggerstaff, Ellie Kendrick, James Cosmo

A remote island…  A shortage of whisky… A ship wreck with a cargo of Uisge Beatha, the water of life.

The inhabitants of a Scottish island try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a nearby stranded ship. A remake of the beloved black and white original film directed by Alexander Mackendrick for Ealing Studios, which was based on the novel by Sir Compton Mackenzie, which itself was based on the real events of 1941 when the S.S. Politician was shipwrecked in the Outer Hebrides leading to a hilarious battle as the wily islanders on nearby Eriskay tried to salvage the huge cargo of whisky on board, enraging the British authorities.

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Interlude in Prague (15)

Biography | Drama | History | Music | Romance | Thriller

Dir. John Stephenson, Czech Republic/UK, 2017, 103 mins

Cast:  James Purefoy, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark, Aneurin Barnard

1788, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart escapes the frustrating, privileged elite of Vienna to spend a few weeks in Prague. However, his unconventional presence soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events set off by a forbidden affair with young soprano Zuzanna. Overwhelmed by the tangled web of lust, violence and intrigue that surrounds him, Mozart finds inspiration to create the astonishing and dramatic piece of music that will become the operatic masterpiece Don Giovanni. Interlude in Prague is a powerful period thriller set to the music of Mozart and starring James Purefoy (High Rise, The Following), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Aneurin Barnard (SS-GB, War and Peace).

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McLaren (12A)

Documentary | Action | Drama | Sport

Dir. Roger Donaldson, New Zealand, 2016, 89 mins

Cast (as themselves): Bruce McLaren, Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti

The name McLaren is synonymous with motor racing excellence and stands today as a symbol for automotive superiority. Yet what is less known is that the brand was the creation of one young man from New Zealand – a pioneer who followed his dream and who against all odds led a team to greatness and himself to become a motorsport champion and hero.

Despite the tragic end to his life, Bruce’s legacy lives on and his vision, passion and drive to innovate continues to be at the heart of advanced motor engineering to this day. A truly inspirational story of a young boy from humble birth who dared to take on the elite world of motor racing and win.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)

Comedy | Family

Dir. David Bowers, US, 2017, 90 mins

Cast: Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.

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I Am Not Madame Bovary (12A)

Comedy | Drama | World

Dir. Xiaogang Feng, China, 2016, 128 mins, subtitles

Cast: Chengpeng Dong, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan

A a razor-sharp adaptation of Liu Zheyun’s 2012 novel, starring Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing and telling the tale of a wronged woman fighting for justice against her duplicitous husband and the government itself.

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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper and Beyond (12A)

Documentary | Music

Dir. Alan G. Parker, UK, 2017, 119 mins

Cast (as themselves): Pete Best, Freda Kelly, Simon Napier-Bell, Andy Peebles, Tony Bramwell, Hunter Davies

On 1st June, 1967 The Beatles released their ground-breaking studio album… Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “The most important rock & roll album ever made”, it marked a pivotal moment in the 60’s and went on to become one of the biggest selling records of all time.

Combining first-hand accounts of the events with rare and unseen footage forensically unearthed from mainstream archives and private collectors, this new music documentary by acclaimed director Alan G. Parker, picks up on the band as they end their grueling tour schedule in August 1966 (coincidentally following on from Ron Howard’s ‘Eight Days A Week’) to return to the studio to record this landmark album.

This insightful and revealing film journeys through the end of Beatles touring various solo projects to the release of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’, touching on Flower Power and The Summer Of Love, LSD, Meditation, the roots of ‘rock’ branching out of pop, the death of Brian Epstein and the rise of Apple.

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Other Side of Hope, The (12A)

Comedy | Drama | World

Dir. Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/Germany, 2017, 100 mins, subtitles

Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, Kaija Pakarinen

Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (3D) (12A)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, US, 2017

Cast: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Kaya Scodelario, david Wenham, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Javier Bardem

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

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Spark (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family

Dir. Aaron Woodley, Canada/South Korea, 2016, 91 mins

Cast (voices): Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hilary Swank, Jace Norman

Thirteen years ago, the power-mad General Zhong seized control of Planet Bana and tore it to pieces in the process. Now splintered into hundreds of shards, Zhong is Bana’s evil-overlord, ruling with an iron fist. Enter Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Vix, a battle-ready fox, and Chunk, a tech-savvy pig. Spark learns of Zhong’s secret plan to take over the universe by capturing a giant space monster known as the Kraken – a beast that has the power to create black holes. If Zhong manages to harness the Kraken’s power, he’ll have history’s deadliest weapon at his fingertips, and it’s up to Spark and his friends to stop him. Spark’s journey takes him to the farthest reaches of the universe, where he encounters great dangers and discovers the secret of his true identity. An action-packed space adventure full of humor and heart, Spark is the story of a boy who takes on great responsibility and in the process discovers his rightful place in the universe.

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Baywatch (15)

Comedy

Dir. Seth Gordon, US, 2017, 116 mins

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach

BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.

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