In Cinemas – August 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A)

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Dir. Luc Besson, France/US, 2017, 134 mins

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen          

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other.

There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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Cardboard Gangsters (18)

Crime

Dir. Mark O’Connor, Ireland , 2017, 92 mins, 

Cast: John Connors, Fionn Walton, Kierston Wareing          

Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors), who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade. Things begin to unravel quickly as not everyone in Darndale is willing to let these Cardboard Gangsters achieve the notoriety they crave without a fight.

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Emoji Movie, The (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Tony Leondis, US, 2017, 86 mins

Cast: James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user.

In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak.

Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

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England Is Mine (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Mark Gill, UK, 2017, 94 mins

Cast: Jessica Brown Findlay, Jack Lowden, Jodie Comer

In 1970’s Manchester, Steven Morrissey (Jack Lowden – Dunkirk, A United Kingdom, ’71), an introverted, uncompromising teenager, finds himself frustrated with his working-class existence.

With dreams of a successful music career being dampened by his run-of-the-mill job at the local tax office, Steven finds solace in the city’s underground gig scene where he meets Linder Sterling (Jessica Brown Findlay – Downton Abbey, The Riot Club) – an intelligent, self-assured artist – who encourages him to make his ideas of superstardom a reality.

Culminating in his first meeting with Johnny Marr, ENGLAND IS MINE is a feature length origins story based on the early life of Morrissey, the outspoken former lead singer of seminal British band The Smiths.

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Ghoul, The (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Gareth Tunley, UK , 2016, 85 mins, 

Cast: Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones          

From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller to sit alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s Performance, David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan’s Following.

Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest.

On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague and former girlfriend Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult…

The debut feature of writer-director Gareth Tunley, starring Tom Meeten (Sightseers), Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) and Dan Renton Skinner (Notes on Blindness), The Ghoul is the latest standout addition to a thriving new wave of British cinema.

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Land Of Mine (15)

Drama | History | War

Dir. Martin Zandvliet, Denmark/Germany, 2015, 100 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman          

As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline.

With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over.

Inspired by real events, LAND OF MINE exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.

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Maudie (12A)

Biography | Drama | Roamance

Dir. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada , 2016, 115 mins, 

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett

MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper.

Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art.

Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

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Prick Up Your Ears (R/I)(15)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. Stephen Frears, UK, 1987, 105 mins, 

Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it’s fairly obvious that it’s not all about sex.

Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms; Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as Orton, doesn’t fare so well in those environs. While both long to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame – his plays “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” and “Loot” become huge hits in London of the sixties, and he’s even commissioned to write a screenplay for the Beatles.

But Orton’s success takes him farther from Halliwell, whose response ended both his life and the life of the up-and-coming playwright.

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Williams (15)

Documentary | Biography | Sport

Dir. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2017, 109 mins, 

Cast: Emily Bevan, Jenny Funnell

Charting the story of Formula One’s most celebrated family, Williams is a thrilling account of how one man built a racing empire and a vivid, heart-rending portrait of the aftermath of a tragedy.

Starting life with nothing other than a single-minded obsession for speed, Sir Frank Williams created one of the world’s most enduring Formula One racing teams, winning nine Constructors’ Championships over the last 40 years.

But in 1986 at the height of this success, a near fatal car accident left Frank fighting to survive and the team’s future hanging in the balance.

Williams, a brand-new documentary from BAFTA-wining director Morgan Matthews, tells the story of Frank’s rise to fame and how his family battled to keep him alive and the team afloat after the crash that left Frank wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.

Featuring heart-pounding racing footage, interviews with much-loved Formula One stars (including Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones and Sir Patrick Head)

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Atomic Blonde

Action | Mystery | Thriller

Dir. David Leitch, US, 2017, 115 mins

Cast: Sofia Boutella, Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission.

Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

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Shin Godzilla

Action | Adventure | Drama

Dirs. Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi, Japan, 2016, 120 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara

An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay’s Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble.

All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named “Godzilla”. 

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A Ghost Story (12A)

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Dir. David Lowery, US, 2017, 92 mins

Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr.

With A Ghost Story, acclaimed director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection.

Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away.

Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

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Annabelle: Creation (15)

Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Dir. David F. Sandberg , US, 2017, 109 mins

Cast: Alicia Vela-Bailey, Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman

In “Annabelle 2,” several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker´s possessed creation, Annabelle.

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Le Doulos (R/I)(12A)

Crime | Thriller

Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville, France/Italy , 1962, 108 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani, Jean Desailly

Maurice, a burglar, is released from prison. Almost immediately, but with some reluctance, he commits murder; an act of vengeance for a past wrong.

From then on he descends into a world of moral ambiguity, rife with suspicion and distrust, as he hunts for the betrayer that first put him behind bars.

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Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, The (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Cal Brunker , Canada/US/South Korea , 2017

Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph          

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place.

Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

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Overdrive

Action | Thriller

Dir. Antonio Negret, France/US, 2017, 96 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Ana de Armas, Scott Eastwood, Gaia Weiss

The story centers on two car thieves, brothers, who journey to the south of France for new opportunities and wind up in the cross hairs of the local crime boss.

Andrew and Garrett Foster (Scott Eastwood and Freddie Thorp) are thieves who specialize in luxury cars, only the most expensive cars. They’ve been hired to steal a gorgeous Bugatti 1937 valued million euros, so they head to the south of France for the job.

But they get caught, and Jacomo Morier (Simon Abkarian), the local crime boss who owns the Bugatti, doesn’t take it lightly. In exchange for their lives the two brothers will have to steal a car from Max Klemp (Clemens Schick), Morier’s arch-rival, and not any car, Morier wants them to steal Klemp’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, his most prized car.

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Pawn Sacrifice (12A)

Biography | Drama | Sport

Dir. Edward Zwick , US/Canada, 2014, 115 mins

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire.

Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, PAWN SACRIFICE chronicles Fischer’s terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.

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Step (PG)

Documentary

Dir. Amanda Lipitz, US, 2017, 83 mins

Cast: Paula Dofat, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon

STEP is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step team against the background of the heart of Baltimore. These young women learn to laugh, love and thrive – on and off the stage – even when the world seems to work against them. Empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college. 

This all female school is reshaping the futures of its students’ lives by making it their goal to have every member of their senior class accepted to and graduate from college, many of whom will be the first in their family to do so. Deeply insightful and emotionally inspiring, STEP embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

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Tom Of Finland (18)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Dome Karukoski , Finland/Swede/Denmark/Germany/US, 2017, 115 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Jakob Oftebro, Werner Daehn, Jimmy Shaw          

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing.

He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children.

Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

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Napping Princess

Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Kenji Kamiyama, Japan, 2017, 110 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Yôsuke Eguchi

Kokone has university exams to prepare for, but instead she dozes off. Even when her father is unceremoniously arrested prior to the Tokyo Olympics and the family is hiding away a mystery or two she finds herself taking refuge in sleep where thrills await her. Could there be more to her dreams?

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An Inconvenient Sequel (PG)

Documentary

Dirs. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk, US, 2017, 98 mins

Cast: Al Gore, Hilary Ashford-Ng, George W. Bush         

A sequel to The Inconvenient Truth, the follow-up documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore’s global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016’s Paris Climate Agreement.

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Bending the Arc

Documentary

Dirs. Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos, US, 2017, 102 mins

Cast: Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, Jim Yong Kim        

The epic story of the global health movement is seen through the intimate narrative of Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and other courageous doctors and patients who led the fight, against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, to bring medical care to the poorest people and most neglected regions around the world.

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Dark Night (15)

Drama

Dir. Tim Sutton, US, 2016, 85 mins

Cast: Eddie Cacciola, Anna Rose Hopkins, Robert Jumper         

Based on harrowing real events, the film tells an increasingly common story of violence in contemporary America, where a suburban landscape plays witness to the inevitable, unfolding evens that culminate in a Cineplex massacre. 

Over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, six strangers – the shooter among them – share in the new American nightmare. 

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Dark Tower, The (12A)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Nikolaj Arcel, US, 2017, 95 mins

Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey          

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious story from one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. Sharing an ancient vendetta, they must fight to the death in this epic battle over the fate of the All-World Universe. 

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Everything, Everything (12A)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Stella Meghie, US, 2017, 96 mins

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose          

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

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Final Portrait (15)

Biography | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Stanley Tucci, UK, 2017, 90 mins

Cast: Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Geoffrey Rush         

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days.

Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

FINAL PORTRAIT is a portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.

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Hitman's Bodyguard, The (15)

Action | Comedy

Dir. Patrick Hughes, US, 2017, 118 mins

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman         

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is an action comedy about the world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson). They’ve been on opposite ends of a bullet for years but now must come together for 24 hours to get from England to The Hague. The only thing standing in their way is the murderous dictator (Gary Oldman) who uses his power to create trouble for the pair at every stop along their way.

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Odyssey, The

Adventure | Biography

Dir. Jérôme Salle, France, 2016, 122 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou        

1946. Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his family live a dream life in their house overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. But Jacques yearns for adventures beneath the sea.

With his invention, the aqualung, his vessel, the Calypso, and a crew of free-spirited adventurers, he is ready to cross the world’s oceans. But is this odyssey worth the sacrifices?

With stunning images, a haunting soundtrack and a superb cast including a magnetic Lambert Wilson as the famous ocean explorer, The Odyssey is worth the journey.

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Untamed, The (18)

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Dir. Amat Escalante, Mexico/Denmark/France/Germany/Norway/Switzerland, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Kenny Johnston, Simone Bucio, Fernando Corona          

Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with husband Angel in a small city.

Her brother Fabian works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism exist.

Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Something whose force they cannot resist and with whom they must make peace or suffer its wrath.

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Your Name (12A)

Animation | Drama | Fantasy

Dir. Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2016, 106 mins, subtitles

Cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita

Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way.

She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

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Logan Lucky

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Dir. Steven Soderbergh, US, 2017, 119 mins

Cast: Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan                      

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The production shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the actual NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500, as well as at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In a fun twist, six NASCAR stars pop up in non-driver cameo roles in the film.

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