In Cinemas August 2015

Fantastic Four

Action | Adventure | Sci-fi

Dir. Josh Trank, US, 2015

Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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52 Tuesdays (15)

Drama | Family

Dir. Sophie Hyde, Australia, 2013, 114 mins

Cast: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Mario Spate

Billie’s journey to independence is accelerated when her mother Jane informs her she is going to live her future life as a man. Although Billie is going to move out and live with her father, every Tuesdays will be sacred as a space where both Billie and Jane/James can spend time together.

Winning Best Director at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at Berlin International Film Festival and shot in real time, every Tuesday for one year – exposing both characters’ transformations – 52 Tuesdays is a remarkable and enthralling experiment in storytelling.

Filmed one day, every week, for a year.

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Death of a Gentleman (12A)

Documentary | Sport

Dirs. Johnny Blank, Sam Collins & Jarrod Kimber, UK, 2015, 99 mins

Cast (as themselves): Giles Clarke, LalitModi, Michael Holding, Chris Gayle, Jonathan Agnew

What would you do if something you loved was dying?

What if the sport that created your heroes and the back-story to your life, was in danger of disappearing?

Test cricket is a game that has no right to exist in the 21st century. The five day game is the purest form of the second most popular sport on earth, representative of tradition, history and identity. Yet as the short attention spans of a new generation dictate immediacy, the Test game is in danger of being swamped by its shorter, sexier, more financially viable cousin ‘Twenty20’.

Two cricket fans who became journalists, Old Etonian Sam Collins and larrikin Aussie Jarrod Kimber, from opposite ends of the social and geographic scale but united by their love of Test cricket, join forces to try to help save it.

They embark on a journey across the cricketing empire to find the answer to the question ‘Who really cares about Test cricket?’ They talk to the players, ex-players, broadcasters, journalists, administrators and fans. They venture, often uninvited, into boardrooms, offices, hotel rooms and even the home of cricket itself, Lord’s, looking for answers as to who is responsible, and what are they doing to save their game.

 

Death of a Gentleman is not a nostalgic look back at a sport that professionals played against amateurs while stopping for tea. It’s a modern morality tale about a future where sport and money collide.

More than that, it is a final call; not just to cricket fans and administrators, but everyone in a rapidly changing world. If you care about something that’s in danger, then don’t pass the buck, do something about it.

Before it’s too late.

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Diary of a Teenage Girl, The (18)

Drama

Dir. Marielle Heller, US, 2o15, 102 mins

Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.

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Gift, The (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Joel Edgerton, US, 2015, 108 mins

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall

Simon and Robyn are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?

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Hard to be a God (Trudno byt bogom) (18)

Drama | Sci-fi | World

Dir. Aleksei German, Russia, 2013, 177 mins, subtitles

Cast: Gali Abaydulov, Yuriy Ashikhmin, Remigijus Bilinskas

A group of scientists visits the distant planet Arkanar, and discovers a society still trapped in its own medieval era. Unable to interfere with the course of its history, they can only watch in mounting horror as all sparks of intelligent and independent thought are mercilessly snuffed out by Arkanar’s cruel rulers. Will they remain enmired in their squalid existence for ever, or can the visitors subtly nudge the more open-minded in the right direction? Truly, it’s hard to be a god.

Legendary Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (whose Roadside Picnic was filmed as Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky) wrote the source novel, and adapting it was director Aleksei German’s dream project for decades. It would take six years of shooting, a further six of post-production and a posthumous premiere before his masterpiece was finally unveiled.

But masterpiece it is: a visually astonishing, almost tactile recreation of an unnervingly recognisable alternative universe, drenched in blood, mud and the tears of the oppressed.

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Manglehorn (12A)

Drama

Dir. David Gordon Green, US, 2014, 97 mins

Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine

Reclusive small town locksmith A.J. Manglehorn (Academy Award winner Al Pacino) has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Still, he forges on with his tenuous human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son (Chris Messina), taking misplaced pride in a former protégé gone astray (filmmaker Harmony Korine), and establishing a cautious friendship with a kindhearted woman from the local bank (Academy Award winner Holly Hunter). As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between staying mired in the past and embracing the present.

Instilled with director David Gordon Green’s unique brand of eccentricity and anchored by a remarkably rich, understated performance from Pacino, Manglehorn is a movingly humanistic portrait of a man rendered with unsentimental simplicity and idiosyncratic humour. Trailer     Official Site

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Marshland (La isla minima) (15)

Crime | Thriller | World

Dir. Alberto Rodriguez, Spain, 2014, 105 mins, subtitles

Cast: Javier Gutierrez, Raul Arevalo, Nerea Barros, Antonio de la Torre, Jesus Castro

The Spanish deep South, 1980. A series of brutal murders of adolescent girls in a remote and forgotten town bring together two disparate characters – both detectives in the homicide division – to investigate the cases. With deep divisions in their ideology, detectives Juan and Pedro must put aside their differences if they are to successfully hunt down a killer who for years has terrorized a community in the shadow of a general disregard for women rooted in a misogynistic past.

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War Book (15)

Drama | Thriller | War

Dir. Tom Harper, UK, 2014, 92 mins

Cast: Sophie Okonedo, Ben Chaplin, Shaun Evans, Phoebe Fox

A chilling chamber-piece set in the political back-rooms of London, depicting the government’s struggle to decide an appropriate course of action in light of a devastating nuclear attack

Trailer     Official Site     Q&A Screenings

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Pixels (12)

Action | Comedy | Sci-fi

Dir. Chris Columbus, US/China/Canada, 2015, 106 mins

Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage

When aliens intercept video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack Earth, using the games as models. Knowing that he must employ a similar strategy, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood pal, former videogame champ and home-theater installer Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcade players (Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad) and a military specialist (Michelle Monaghan) to save the planet.

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Unity (15)

Documentary | Event Cinema

Dir. Shaun Monson, US, 2015, 99 mins

Cast (as themselves): Rose Byrne, Selena Gomez, Lena Headey, Kristen Bell

Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on — none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can’t seem to get along, even after thousands and thousands of years.

Seven years in the making, UNITY is a new documentary that explores humanity’s hopeful transformation from living-by-killing into living-by-loving. It is a unique film about compassion for all beings and going beyond perceiving opposites. Writer/Director Shaun Monson (EARTHLINGS), collaborating with an unprecedented cast of 100 celebrity narrators, presents a message of love, tragedy and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th- and 21st-century footage imaginable.

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Absolutely Anything (12A)

Comedy | Sci-fi

Dir. Terry Jones, UK/US, 2015, 85 mins

Cast: Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley, Meera Syal, Robin Williams

A disillusioned school teacher (Pegg)  suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by Cleese, Gilliam, Jones, Palin & Idle), watching him from space.

As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams) to help him along the way.

Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed… should he choose the girl… or the dog…?

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Brothers

Bollywood | Drama | Sport

Dir. Karan Malhotra, India, 2015, in Hindi

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Jackie Shroff, Sidharth Malhotra

Two brothers, two fighters and one ultimate fight. Watch the emotional journey of David and Monty as they come face to face in their fight for love, hatred and family.

The official remake of the 2011 Hollywood film ‘Warrior’.

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Captain Webb (12A)

Drama | History

Dir. Justin Hardy, UK, 2015, 87 mins

Cast: Warren Brown, Steve Oram, Terry Mynott, Georgia Maguire, Hannah Tointon, Tom Stourton

The story of the first person to successfully swim the English Channel. In 1875 Captain Matthew Webb, a retired merchant seaman, survived fierce winds, treacherous currents and multiple jellyfish stings to swim from Dover to the shores of France, a crossing that took almost 22 hours and spanned 39 miles. The Channel would not be swum again for 36 years, and to this day more people have climbed Everest than successfully swum across the Channel.

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Confessions of Thomas Quick, The (15)

Documentary

Dir. Brian Hill, UK, 2015, 95 mins

Cast (as themeselves): Oskar Thunberg, Mimmi Kandler, Patrik Dufwa

This chilling film tells the gripping story of the making of a modern Swedish serial killer – taking us to the very heart of events that terrified a nation. Horrific and intriguing in equal measure, this is real Scandinavian noir, a dark tale of murder and lies. In a high-security psychiatric institute sits Thomas Quick, Sweden’s most notorious serial killer. A misfit loner who openly confessed to a range of unspeakable crimes including rape, murder and cannibalisation, Quick’s story has shocked and haunted the Swedish nation for over 20 years. However, new evidence including testimony from the man himself has taken this terrifying story in an even more disturbing direction. With full access to Quick and those around him, this real life thriller unravels the truth behind a self-confessed serial killer and uncovers a dark tale of murder and lies.

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Man from U.N.C.L.E., The (12A)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Guy Ritchie, US, 2015, 116 mins

Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Hugh Grant, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris

A fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series and set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” centers on CIA agent Solo and KGB agent Kuryakin. Forced to put aside longstanding hostilities, the two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a vanished German scientist, who is the key to infiltrating the criminal organization, and they must race against time to find him and prevent a worldwide catastrophe.

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Mistress America (15)

Comedy

Dir. Noah Baumbach, US, 2015, 84 mins

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke

Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (Greta Gerwig) – a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town – she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.

A comedy about dream-chasing, score-settling, makeshift families, and cat-stealing.

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Pleasure Island (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Mike Doxford, UK, 2014, 98 mins

Cast: Ian Sharp, Gina Bramhill, Rick Warnden, Nicholas Day, Michael J Jackson

A mysterious man, Dean, returns to his hometown of Grimsby after many years abroad in the Army. His arrival is met with animosity, particularly from his father, an avid pigeon racer. Dean is drawn back to confront his demons, and confess a secret to a childhood friend, Jess, only to discover she has been struggling since the untimely death of her husband. Whilst attempting to raise her child and battling a crumbling economy and dearth of opportunities, she is pulled into a harsh underworld. Dean must help her, throw her a lifeline, but the situation only darkens. When their lives are threatened he will do all it takes to make sure she is safe.

Trailer (behind the scenes)     Official Site

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Precinct Seven Five (15) (a.k.a. Seven Five, The)

Crime | Documentary

Dir. Tiller Russell, US, 2014, 104 mins

Cast (as themselves): Michael Dowd

During the crack cocaine explosion of the late 1980s and early 90s, one man – a New York City police officer – brazenly led a crew of crooked cops to build his own empire in East New York. Michael Dowd, labeled “The Dirtiest Cop Ever,” turned the department’s 75th Precinct into the dirtiest precinct ever, both protecting and robbing drug dealers and lining his own pockets until they were bursting with cash and drugs. His arrest in 1992 led to the largest police corruption scandal in New York City history.

Packed with interviews with both those who broke the law and those who protected it, PRECINCT SEVEN FIVE gives audiences the ultimate insider’s access, for the first time putting them inside the car – and the minds – of crooked cops.

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Theeb (15)

Adventure | Drama | Thriller | World

Dir. Naji Abu Nowar, UAE/Rest of the World, 2014, 100 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

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Trainwreck (15)

Comedy

Dir. Judd Apatow, US, 2015, 125 mins

Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James

Having thought that monogamy was never possible, a commitment-phobic career woman may have to face her fears when she meets a good guy.

Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s head by her rascal of a dad that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo – enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment – but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners, Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

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Paper Towns (12)

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Dir. Jake Schreier, US, 2015, 109 mins

Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith, Jaz Sinclair

Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears – leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship – and true love.

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Bad Education Movie, The (15)

Comedy

Dir. Elliot Hegarty, UK, 2015

Cast: Jack Whitehall, Talulah Riley, Jeremy Irvine

Alfie Wickers is probably the worst teacher to (dis)grace the English education system, but no one cares about their pupils quite as much as Alfie does. Having completed their GCSEs, Alfie is keen for his class to join him on one last hurrah and what follows is a coming of age story like no other.

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Dance Of Reality (15)

Biography | Drama | Fantasy

Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chile, France, 2013, 133 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits

Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.

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Escobar: Paradise Lost (15)

Romance | Thriller

Dir. Andrea Di Stefano, France, Spain, Belgium, Panama, 2014, 120 mins,  Some Subtitles

Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Claudia Traisac

Nicko and his brother take off from Canada in search of an easier life on the beaches of Colombia. Nicko meets a girl in the local village and they quickly fall in love, only for Nicko to later find out that Maria’s uncle is the drug trafficker, Pablo Escobar. His life takes a dramatic turn after meeting El Patron, and Nick is forced into impossible situations to try and keep his family safe, but does Pablo have other ideas?

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Forgotten Kingdom, The

Drama

Dir. Andrew Mudge, US, South Africa, Lesotho, 2013, 101 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Zenzo Ngqobe, Nozipho Nkelemba, Lebohang Ntsane

Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

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Gemma Bovery (15)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Anne Fontaine, France, UK, 2014, 99 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng

Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes.

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Good People (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Henrik Ruben Genz, UK, US, Sweden, Denmark, 2014, 90 mins

Cast: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Tom Wilkinson

Discovering a cache of cash in their dead tenant’s apt, a couple in debt take the money and find themselves the target of a deadly adversary-the thief who stole it.

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Pressure (15)

Thriller

Dir. Ron Scalpello, UK, 2015, 91 min

Cast: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole

A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship.

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Sinister 2 (15)

Horror

Dir. Ciarán Foy, US, 2015, 97 mins

Cast: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.

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Strange Magic (U)

Animation | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Gary Rydstrom, US, 2015, 99 mins

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelley, Kristin Chenoweth

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film, is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion.

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Treatment, The (18)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Hans Herbots, Belgium, 2014, 131 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Geert Van Rampelberg, Ina Geerts, Johan van Assche

Inspector Nick Cafmeyer seems to have it all – looks, brains and a successful career. But a dark cloud hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother, Bjorn. Plettinckx, a known sex offender, was questioned but quickly released. Plettinckx lives close by and takes fiendish pleasure in harassing Nick. Then, when a disturbing case comes to light involving a missing nine-year-old, Nick heads a massive search which turns into a relentless manhunt.

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Vacation (15)

Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. John Francis Daley, Jonathan M. Goldstein, US, 2015, 99 mins

Cast: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Gisondo

Hoping to bring his family closer together and to recreate his childhood vacation for his own kids, an adult Rusty Griswold takes his wife and two sons on a cross-country road trip to Walley World. Needless to say, things don’t go quite as planned.

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Wolfpack, The (15)

Documentary | Biography |  Drama

Dir. Crystal Moselle, US, 2015, 90 mins

Cast: Bhagavan Angulo, Govinda Angulo, Jagadisa Angulo

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed, ‘The Wolfpack,’ the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

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Hitman: Agent 47 (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Aleksander Bach, US, Germany,  2015, 96 mins

Cast: Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds

HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research ­ and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.

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We Are Your Friends (15)

Drama | Music |Romance

Dir. Max Joseph, UK/France/US, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Emily Ratajkowski, Zac Efron, Jon Bernthal

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, the much anticipated directorial debut from MTV’s Catfish co-creator Max Joseph, starring Zac Efron (Bad Neighbours) and Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), in a stylish look the world of electronic music and the Hollywood party scene

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45 Years (15)

Drama |Romance

Dir. Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015, 95 mins

Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James

There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

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Barely Lethal

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Kyle Newman, US, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Jaime King, Samuel L. Jackson, Madeleine Stack

Megan Walsh has been training to be an international assassin for Hardman. However while she is on a mission, she notices how other teenagers her age seem to be having fun and enjoying their lives. Desiring a normal life, she bails out of a mission and enrolls in a student exchange program, in the process, being adopted by a foster family. She soon becomes a part of the high school and is subjected to the pressures and life of being in this environment.

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L'Eclisse (R/I) (PG)

Drama

Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni,France, Italy, 1962, 126 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Monica Vitti, Alain Delon, Francisco Rabal

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1962, it was the final film in Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L’Avventura and La Notte), a series of films that redefined the concept of narrative cinema.

Filmed in sumptuous black and white, and full of scenes of lush, strange beauty, it tells the story of Vittoria (the beautiful Monica Vitti – L’Avventura, La Notte, Red Desert – Antonioni’s partner at the time), a young woman who leaves her older lover (Francisco Rabal – Viridiana, The Holy Innocents, Goya in Bordeaux), then drifts into a relationship with a confident, ambitious young stockbroker (Alain Delon – Le Samourai, Rocco and his Brothers, Le Cercle Rouge). But this base narrative is the starting point for much, much more, including an analysis of the city as a place of estrangement and alienation and an implicit critique of colonialism.

Using the architecture of Rome – old and new – as a backdrop for this doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of forming true connections amidst the meaninglessness of the modern world. The final shot remains one of the greatest endings in cinema. The film features stunning performances from two icons of 60s cinema: the seductive Monica Vitti and the elegant, chiseled Alain Delon.

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Phantom

Action | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Kabir Khan, India, 2015, Subtitles

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Katrina Kaif, Rajesh Tailang

Phantom is a political thriller that unfolds across various countries around the world. The plot revolves around protagonist Daniyal, whose journey to seek justice takes him from India to Europe, America and the volatile Middle East. However, he finds out that in a mission like this, there is always a price to pay, in this case, a very personal price.

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Straight Outta Compton (18)

Biography | Drama| Music

Dir. F. Gary Gray, US, 2015, 157 mins

Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

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Zombie Fight Club (18)

Action | Horror

Dir. Joe Chien, Taiwan, 2014, 95 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Andy On, Jessica Cambensy, Michael Wong

It’s the end of the century at a corner of the city in a building riddled with crime – Everyone in the building has turned into zombies. After Jenny’s boyfriend is killed in a zombie attack, she faces the challenge of surviving in the face of adversity. In order to stay alive, she struggles with Andy to flee danger.

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