Bobby Sands: 66 Days (15)
Dir. Brendan J Byrne, UK, US, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, 2016, 105 mins
The relentless cycle of violence in Northern Ireland took a dramatic turn in 1981 when Bobby Sands and nine other IRA prisoners went on hunger strike. Their insistence that they be recognized as political prisoners soon garnered the world’s attention. Brendan Byrne uses a treasure trove of archive, testimonials and Sands’ personal diaries to tell the turbulent story of 66 transformative days.
Carer, The (15)
Dir. Janos Edelenyi, UK, 2016, 89 mins
Cast: Brian Cox, Coco Konig, Anna Chancellor, Emilia Fox, Karl Johnson, Andrew Havill
The Carer, made by Hungarian director Janos Edelenyi, is notable as a showcase for Brian Cox, who plays Sir Michael Gifford, a retired Shakespearean actor suffering from a form of Parkinson’s that has left him flailing and cantankerous at his country estate. He has alienated a host of caregivers, but his daughter forces a new companion on him, a Hungarian refugee who has acting aspirations of her own. It’s not hard to predict that a friendship will develop between the newcomer and the curmudgeon, a bond that threatens some of Sir Michael’s existing relationships but ultimately proves beneficial for all parties.
Sid and Nancy (18)
Biography | Documentary | Music
Dir. Alex Cox, UK, 1986, 112 mins
Cast: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman
Celebrate 40 years of punk with this reissue Alex Cox’s (Repo Man) seminal 1986 biopic Sid and Nancy, starring an almost eerily brilliant Gary Oldman (in one of his most acclaimed and definitive roles). He plays Sid Vicious, bass guitarist of the Sex Pistols, with Chloe Webb as his girlfriend Nancy Spungen: together, an ill-fated King and Queen of alternative rock.
1978. Sid is arrested from the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan following Nancy’s sudden, tragic death. Dragged to a police station and questioned, he flashes back to how he first met her, an eager American groupie who came to London determined to seduce one of the band.
Falling deeply in love, their mutually destructive, heroin-fuelled relationship tests Sid’s relations with the rest of the Pistols and ultimately leads to a terrible night in the Chelsea Hotel – the exact nature of which is still disputed.
Full of sound and fury, Cox’s cultish film is a barnstorming portrait of a defiant generation and its music but also a very touching love story, elevated further by Oldman and Webb’s outstanding performances.
Songs for Amy (15)
Comedy | Drama | Music
Dir. Konrad Begg, Ireland, 2012, 104 mins
Cast: Sean Maguire, Lorna Anderson, Barry Ward, Ross Mac Mahon
A feel good love story inspired by the music scene of the west of Ireland. Set against the stunning backdrop of County Galway and crossing the Atlantic to New York, the story follows Sean O’Malley (Maguire), a struggling Irish musician who writes an album for Amy (Anderson), the love of his life, in an attempt to redeem himself. Through his music, Sean deals with love, loss, friendship, fate, hope and unexpected turns, all with the help and hindrance of his misfit band mates.
Suicide Squad (15)
Action | Crime | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. David Ayer, US, 2016, 130 mins
Cast: Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Cara Delevigne
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?
Sweet Bean (PG)
Dir. Naomi Kawase, Japan/France/Germany, 2015, 113 mins, subtitles
Cast: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida
One of the most acclaimed figures in modern Japanese cinema, Naomi Kawase followed up her remarkable 2014 Still the Water with Sweet Bean [An], a small-town drama of culinary redemption, which opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard strain of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Struggling street food vendor Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) finds himself confronted with Tokue (Kirin Kiki), an odd but sympathetic elderly lady looking for work. When he reluctantly accepts, it’s not long before Tokue proves to have an extraordinary gift when it comes to making “an” – the sweet red bean paste filling used in his dorayakis – which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.
With Sweet Bean, Kawase again focuses on people at the periphery of Japanese society and investigates their place in the flow of life itself. Using cookery to explore her perennial theme of communion with nature, Kawase also poignantly addresses the discrimination that condemns many like Tokue to live their lives segregated from the rest of society. Beautifully shot and quietly moving, Sweet Bean is a humble masterpiece from a singularly accomplished filmmaker.
Up for Love (Un homme a la hauteur) (12)
Comedy | Romance
Dir. Laurent Tirard, France, 2016, 98 mins, subtitles
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Virginie Efira, Cédric Kahn
Diane (Efira) is brilliant, beautiful, witty… and a formidable lawyer. She’s just put an end to a toxic, unhappy marriage and is finally considering the idea of meeting someone new.
A series of fateful events lead Diane to receive a phone call from the mysterious Alexandre (Dujardin), who has found her lost mobile. Courteous, funny, and effortlessly charming, he soon wins Diane over… and before she knows it, she’s agreed to a date.
But their first meeting is not quite what either of them expected…
Confession: Living The War On Terror, The (15)
Dir. Ashish Ghadiali, UK, 2016, 96 mins
Cast: Moazzam Begg
Moazzam Begg has experienced a generation of conflict. The Confession captures the entirety of Begg’s story, from his forced confession and testimony as a free man, to his experience as a British Muslim and living the War on Terror. Commissioned by BBC Storyville and the BFI, The Confession is a gripping account of the rise of modern jihad, its descent into terror and the disastrous reaction of the West.
ID2: Shadwell Army (18)
Dir. Joel Novoa, UK, 2016
Cast: Simon Rivers, Linus Roache, Paul Popplewell
A young British Asian, Mo is a fast-rising police officer who goes under cover infiltrating Shadwell’s resurgent hooligan element, who are fired up by Shadwells’s takeover by a Russian oligarch and their unlikely adventure into European competition. Mo quickly becomes embroiled in the local schism between the BNP and EDL and plans to build a new mosque in the shadow of the Shadwell ground creates an explosive environment in which football and political violence form a perfect storm of social unrest. In the midst of this, Mo is faced with the essential existential question of of who he really is and where he really belongs. It’s 20 years on and clever Trevor is now chief super, but what happens to the rest of the gang?
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (12)
Documentary | Biography
Dir. Stig Björkman, Sweden, 2015, 114 mins
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, Pia Lindström
In spring 2011, director Stig Björkman meets Ingrid Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini and she suggests him to “make a film about Mama”. Through Isabella, Stig is able to tell Ingrid’s story through her own words and images. Seven time Academy Award-nominee and three time Academy Award-winner Ingrid Bergman was one of the most talented actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age with great performances in films such as CASABLANCA (1942), GASLIGHT (1944) and and AUTUMN SONATA (1978). Through never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews with her children, this documentary presents a personal portrait and captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.
Pete's Dragon (PG)
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Dir. David Lowery, US, 2016, 102 mins
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.
Shallows, The (15)
Drama| Horror| Thriller
Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra, US, 2016, 86 mins
Cast: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose
In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity & resourcefulness.
Valley Of Love (15)
Dir. Guillaume Nicloux, France/Belgium, 201, 91 mins, Some Subtitles
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Dan Warner
Nominated for the 2015 Cannes Palme d’Or, Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love is a poetic and poignant exploration of love and loss set in the blistering heat and alien beauty of Death Valley.
Two of French cinema’s most prolific performers, Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, reunite to play an estranged couple meeting for the first time in years. Their photographer son Michael has requested they visit a series of remote locations outlined in a note prior to his suicide six months earlier.
Respecting their son’s wishes, they put their personal grievances to one side and proceed to confront the wounds of the past. With stunning César Award winning cinematography of the Californian desert, Valley of Love reignites the chemistry between Depardieu and Huppert, not seen on screen together since Maurice Pialat’s Loulou in 1980.
These are tender and deeply felt performances rich with French cinematic history, as well as being some of the finest of both actors’ recent careers.
Wave, The (15)
Action| Drama| Thriller
Dir. Roar Uthaug, Norway, 2015, 105 mins
Cast: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro
Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village – and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord – it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning center, geologist Kristian is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path.
Dir. Todd Solondz, US, 2016, 88 mins
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts
A dachshund is taken in by a veterinary technician named Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig), who soon sets off on a road trip. The lovable dog also encounters a young boy, a film professor, and a troubled grandmother and granddaughter. The character of Dawn Wiener first appeared in the 1995 coming-of-age film Welcome to the Dollhouse, which was also written and directed by Todd Solondz. Wiener-Dog made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
400 Days (15)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. Matt Osterman, US, 2015, 91 mins
Cast: Brandon Routh, Dane Cook, Caity Lotz
400 DAYS is a psychological sci-fi film centering on four astronauts who are sent on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel. Locked away for 400 days, the crew’s mental state begins to deteriorate when they lose all communication with the outside world. Forced to exit the ship, they discover that this mission may not have been a simulation after all.
Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (U)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Dirs. Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier, France/Belgium, 2014, 85 mins
Cast: Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch, Laurent Lafitte
Julius Caesar unveils his latest plan to get rid of those indomitable Gauls once and for all. As his army has not been able to crush “the last pocket of resistance”, he decides to try a stealth invasion: civilisation delivered to the village gates! He builds a new Rome-The Land of the Gods-around Asterix’s village, pressuring the Gauls to assimilate or vanish. Despite Asterix and Obelix’s plans to stop the construction work, the buildings quickly rise and the Roman citizens start to peacefully invade their surroundings, bringing chaos to Asterix’s village. Could this finally mean victory for Caesar?
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Blinky Bill: The Movie (U)
Animation | Adventure | Family
Dirs. Deane Taylor, Noel Cleary, Australia/US, 2015, 93 mins
Cast (Voice): Toni Collette, Robin McLeavy, Rufus Sewell
Blinky Bill is a koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his explorer father’s footsteps. Mr Bill went missing in the Outback sometime ago and Blinky is the only one who believes his father is still alive.
When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback. He quickly makes friends with Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a nervous frill-necked lizard.
Pursued relentlessly by a vengeful feral cat who has a personal score to settle with Blinky, the trio must learn to work together if they ever want to survive the rugged Australian landscape and find Blinky’s father!
David Brent: Life on the Road (15)
Comedy | Music
Dir. Ricky Gervais, UK, 2015, 96 mins
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jo Hartley, Doc Brown
The highly anticipated big screen debut of one of comedy’s best-loved characters, David Brent (Ricky Gervais). The film catches up with Brent twelve years on from the BBC mockumentary ‘The Office’ to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, ‘Foregone Conclusion’. Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality. Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.
Lights Out (15)
Dir. David F. Sandberg, US, 2016, 81 mins
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello
When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.
Nine Lives (PG)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Dir. Barry Sonnenfeld, France/China, 2016, 87 mins
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell
Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants. En route to present his daughter with her dream pet, a bizarre turn of events finds Tom trapped inside the body of Mr. Fuzzypants. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet.
Swallows And Amazons (PG)
Dir. Philippa Lowthorpe, UK, 2016, 97 mins
Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall
Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve.
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Lake District, Swallows and Amazons is a heartwarming adventure for all the family.
Dirs. David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, New Zealand, 2016, 96 mins
Cast: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr
Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn’t stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.
Bad Moms (15)
Dirs. Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, US, 2016, 101 mins
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell
Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett Smith) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell), Amy gets a jolt of freedom that shakes up her life and might even make her a better mom. So call a sitter, put on your comfy pants, and pour yourself a double Chardonnay, because these moms are about to get bad.
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. Tod Williams, US, 2016, 98 mins
Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman
Clay Riddell, a New England artist, is a witness to an ugly phenomenon: a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals. Now he and a few survivors must find and stop ‘the pulse’ and the person controlling it and reunite with his young son before it’s too late.
Gary Numan: Android In La La Land (15)
Documentary | Biography | Music
Dirs. Steve Read, Rob Alexander, UK/US, 2016, 85 mins
Cast: Gary Numan
The Godfather of electronic pop music has moved home, lock stock and apparel to embark on a one-way trip to California, in search of a new life in the sun and new challenges in Hollywood.
With him go his wife Gemma, daughters; Raven, Persia and Echo and filmmakers Steve Read & Rob Alexander. Numan took the sound of early electronica and fused it with strong images of his on stage alter-egos, to invent something totally unique. Seemingly coming from nowhere and topping the charts with songs about the merits of being an android and the solitude of car interiors, he took the planet by storm. Although hugely successful in his early career, life for Numan was far from easy. Gary achieved all his success with Asperger’s syndrome, at a time when the general public knew or cared little about the condition, the media world wasn’t kind, he was labeled a freak and was attacked by a vicious music press. Depression, anxiety, near bankruptcy and a long period in the wilderness followed. However, a renewed passion for writing and performing thankfully came into Gary’s life, upon meeting his wife Gemma, herself a childhood Numan fan. Gemma inspired Gary to get back into the studio and back on the stage. He’s never looked back since and has gone on to produce some of his best work, forever pushing the boundaries of musical innovation. Filmed with candour, warmth and humour, Android In La La Land explores life for Gary and his Numanoid family as they set up home in California and as Gary records his eagerly anticipated new album Splinter. With exclusive access to the Numan family as they unpack in California, the story unfolds at home, in the studio and on the road. What does the future hold for the Numans and how will Splinter be received by an expectant worldwide fan base?
Drama | Romance
Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2016, 99 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Emma Suárez
Julieta is a teacher of fifty five. She writes a long letter to her daughter, Antía, trying to explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years. When she has finished her confession, she doesn’t know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn’t heard from her in the past twelve years. She has searched everywhere, but now realizes that Antía has become a total stranger to her. Julieta is about destiny, guilt complex and the unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon those they love, erasing them as if they meant nothing. And about the pain that this brutal desertion provokes in the victim.
Kids in Love (15)
Dir. Chris Foggin, UK, 2016, 87 mins
Cast: Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky, Sebastian De Souza
Set against the backdrop of an underground, bohemian London, Kids In Love offers a new take on the traditional coming of age story.
Drifting through his gap year with internships and travel plans, Jack (Will Poulter) has always suspected there was more to life than this. A chance encounter with the beautiful and ethereal Evelyn (Alma Jodorowsky) and her friends, including free spirited Viola (Cara Delevingne), swerves his life radically off course.
She is like no one he’s ever met before, and he quickly becomes caught up in a whirlwind of all-day parties and wild nights in London’s hidden dives with her charismatic friends.
Giving up everything to follow Evelyn and her hedonistic lifestyle, it takes Jack a while to realise what he’s leaving behind, that love isn’t a game you want to lose and that these people might not be the kindred spirits he first thought.
Mechanic: Resurrection (15)
Action | Crime | Thriller
Dir. Dennis Gansel, France/US, 2016, 99 mins
Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones
The most dangerous hitman in the world, Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.
Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping (15)
Comedy | Music
Dirs. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, US, 2016, 87 mins
Cast: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer
Universal Pictures’ Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all.
The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances.
Purge: Election Year, The (15)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
Dir. James DeMonaco, France/US, 2015, 91 mins
Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
War Dogs (15)
Comedy | Drama | War
Dir. Todd Phillips, US, 2016, 114 mins
Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz
Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.