In Cinemas – December 2016

And Then Came Munich: The Story of Duncan Edwards (12)

Documentary | Sport

Dir. Rose Monk

Cast (as themselves): Sir Alex Ferguson, Bryan Robson, Denis Law, Nobby Stiles, Passy Crerand

The 1958 Munich air crash was not only one of the worst aviation tragedies of our time, it was undoubtedly one of the worst tragedies for English football.

The twin engine Elizabethan airplane that had just crashed on the runway at Munich airport was carrying a precious load … The Busby Babes, the cream of English football, Manchester United’s dream team, along with the man who was to become a hero of the beloved game of football, Matt Busby. 

Seven members of the brightest, best and most skilled footballers of the glory days of football died on the snowy runway in a foreign land. One lad however, amongst the chaos, the carnage and the heartache, clung onto life by a thread. He was a giant on the pitch, not just in stature but in his natural skill, knowledge and love of the game. His name was Duncan Edwards.

Unaware that his fellow team mates, his friends, had been killed Duncan, hung onto life, determined to play against Wolverhampton Wanderers that Saturday, determined to go home to his beloved hometown of Dudley and marry his fiancée Molly Leach. The world of football hung on too. Willing this young lad to live and see out his huge potential. It was not to be. 

‘And then Came Munich’ , by writer/director & fan, Rose Monk, tells the story of the shy and unassuming lad who went from living in a council house in the Priory Estate area of Dudley in the West Midlands, to his phenomenal rise to fame, one of the greatest footballers England as ever produced. 

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Bleed for This (15)

Biography | Drama | Sport

Dir. Ben Younger, US, 2016, 117 mins

Cast:  Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Ciarán Hinds, Katey Sagal, Ted Levine

After cocky Rhode Island boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) takes a brutal beating from Junior Welterweight Champion Roger Mayweather in 1988, fight promoter Lou Duva (Ted Levine) urges him to retire. Instead, Pazienza moves up two weight classes under the guidance of his shrewd new trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart). Rooney’s radical strategy pays off when Pazienza, 14 pounds heavier, takes down French boxer Gilbert Delé in front of a hometown crowd to become Super Middleweight champion of the world.

Pazienza doesn’t have much time to relish the victory, however. Shortly after the bout, a head-on car crash leaves him with a broken neck. Initially told he may never walk again, doctors recommend spinal fusion surgery that would guarantee mobility but effectively end his boxing career. Pazienza chooses the far riskier “halo” spine-stabilization treatment, requiring him to wear a circular metal brace screwed directly into his skull for six months.

Recovering in the modest home he shares with his fiercely devoted father Angelo (Ciarán Hinds) and anxious mother Louise (Katey Sagal), Pazienza secretly starts weight training in the basement with the help of a reluctant Rooney, and begins to rebound emotionally as well as physically. Thirteen months after the accident, the man fondly known as “The Pazmanian Devil” returns to the ring to do battle with Super Middleweight Champion Roberto Duran (Edwin Rodriguez) in the biggest fight of his life.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and based on a true story, ‘Bleed For This’ artfully blends action, humour and tragedy to portray one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports.

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Blue Velvet (R/I) (18)

Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Dir. David Lynch, US, 1986, 120 mins

Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper

There’s something going on behind the white picket fences of Lumberton, North Carolina. And after stumbling upon a severed human ear in a field, mystery-loving college student Jeffrey Beaumont is determined to find out what. Teaming up with the daughter of a local police detective, Jeffrey’s investigation leads him into a strange world of sensuality and violence, with the intrigue of the missing ear seemingly stemming from the relationship between a troubled nightclub singer and a sociopathic sadomasochist.

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Chi-Raq (15)

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Dir. Spike Lee, US, 2015, 127 mins

Cast: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Jennifer Hudson, David Patrick Kelly, D.B. Sweeney, Dave Chappelle

Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. After the murder of a Child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by a gang leader’s beautiful young girlfriend Lysistrata organize against the ongoing violence in Chicago’s South Side creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

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Dreamed Ones, The (Die Getraumten) (PG)

Drama

Dir. Ruth Beckermann, Austria, 2016, 89 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp

The themes of love and hate are depicted in the movie DIE GETRÄUMTEN (The Dreamed Ones). At centre stage are the two poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their dramatic postal exchange creates the textual basis of the film. Two young actors meet in a recording studio to read the letters. The tumultuous emotions of proximity and distance, fascination and fear captivate them. However they also enjoy each otherʼs company, arguing, smoking, discussing their tattoos and favourite music. Yesterdays love, todays love and tomorrows: where the lines are blurred lies the heart of the film.

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Eat That Question (15)

Documentary | Biography | Music

Dir. Thorsten Schutte, France/Germany, 2016, 93 mins

Cast (as themselves): Frank Zappa, Steve Allen, Angel Born in 1940, Frank Zappa – self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer and independent thinker -first transcribed his avant-garde, Varèse-influenced compositions onto paper at fourteen. He only began to write lyrics in his early twenties. Nevertheless, upon the ’66 release of his debut album, ‘Freak Out!’ (with The Mothers of Invention), he swiftly became the most quotable voice of dissent in popular music.

A subtle, skillful montage constructed solely from historic footage, ‘Eat That Question – Frank Zappa in his Own Words’  is an energetic celebration of this outspoken maestro. Zappa died far too early, in 1993, of cancer. How important then, that such unforgettable Zappa interviews and performances across three decades have been painstakingly gathered by director Thorsten Schutte from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this unique 90 minute feature documentary.

Following Zappa from clean-shaven, besuited youth, to fearless chief freak, to his relentlessly productive final days before his death at 52, ‘Eat That Question-Frank Zappa in His Own Words’ seats us right up front from the start; close enough to Zappa to read the flickering emotions in his eyes.

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Half Way

Documentary

Dir. Daisy-May Hudson, UK, 2015, 93 mins

Cast (as themselves): Beverley Bronte, Daisy Hudson

‘Half Way’ documents a family as they go through the emotional and physical anguish of becoming homeless and living ‘halfway’ between homes.

Daisy Hudson’s day to day filming of her family’s fight to retain their dignity as they wait for a new home from the council will give an audience a rare and direct insight into the struggles of homelessness and social housing.

Hundreds of  hours of raw footage has been edited down to a feature length film with the intent to defy stereotypes and challenge taboos towards homelessness and ‘scrounge culture’ – from the perspective of those living through it.

‘Half Way’ is an honest, often humorous and moving first hand testimony. Not only does it offer a powerful personal story, but is representative of a widespread problem in the UK. The definition of “homelessness” is changing, once a term reserved for those on the fringes of society, it is now becoming an epidemic of the mainstream.

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Heritage of Love, The

Action | Drama | Romance

Dir. Yuriy Vasilev, Russia, 2016, 86 mins, subtitles

Cast: Dima Bilan, Svetlana Ivanova

Andrey Kulikov (Dima Bilan) goes to Paris to visit the grave of his great-grandfather, Andrey Dolmatov, who had been an officer in the White Army during the Russian Revolution. On the headstone of the grave next to his great-grandfather’s, he notices the face of a young woman. Later, while walking through Paris, Andrey sees a woman, Vera (Svetlana Ivanova), who looks just like the young woman he had seen on the headstone. And so begins the telling of two love stories, separated by three generations and one hundred years.

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Kahaani 2

Bollywood | Thriller

Dir. Jujoy Ghosh, India, 2016

Cast: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal, Jugal Hansraj

A mysterious woman is charged with kidnapping and murder.

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Moana (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family

Dirs. Ron Clements & John Musker, US, 2016, 103 mins

Cast (voices): Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfil her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”).

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Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (U)

Family

Dir. Christopher N. Rowley, UK, 2015, 98 mins

Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Joan Collins, Dominic Monaghan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Celia Imrie

Orphan, Molly Moon, lives a hard life in a cold, run down orphanage, run by Miss Adderstone, a woman of cruel rules.

Then one day, Molly finds a book, ‘Hypnotism, An Ancient Art Explained’. 

Can she learn its lessons and hypnotise her way out of her miserable life? Can she use hypnotism to get back to her friend, Rocky, who has been adopted? Molly starts by hypnotizing Petula the pug and amazingly, it works!

Perhaps hypnotism can do more for Molly than she ever even dreamed of.

After watching this film, take care when you use hypnotism to get what you want. For, as Molly finds out, though hypnotism can make your dreams come true, things can get out of control too and you may find yourself in places that you don’t want to be, at all! 

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Mr Right (15)

Action | Comedy | Romance

Dir. Paco Cabezas, US, 2015, 90 mins

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick, Tim Roth, James Ransome, Anson Mount, Michael Eklund, RZA

Hyperactive at the best of times, Martha (Anna Kendrick; Pitch Perfect) has gone full-on manic since her latest breakup. She babbles, parties like a monster, cooks everything in sight — and is looking to do something terrible when she meets Francis (Sam Rockwell; The Way Way Back). To anyone else, Francis’s approach would come across as creepy, but Martha can’t help but be intrigued. They seem a perfect match: she’s bananas, he’s bananas… except he’s a deadly sort of bananas.  He’s a professional assassin.

Francis is a hitman with a cause: he unexpectedly kills the people ordering the hits. Just as Martha begins to realize her new beau wasn’t joking when he said he had to step out for a moment to shoot someone, things start heating up for Francis. His services are solicited by a dubious client who’s being sought by an equally dubious FBI agent (Tim Roth; The Hateful Eight, Reservoir Dogs). As the bodies pile up, Martha needs to decide whether to flee or join in the mayhem.  

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Sully: Miracle on The Hudson (12)

Biography | Drama 

Dir. Clint Eastwood, US, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Tom Hanks. Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

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Unknown Girl, The (La Fille Inconnue) (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France, 2016, 113 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night, Rosetta, The Child) continue their empathetic examinations of the compromises faced by everyday people in their tense, intriguing and psychologically complex drama.

Rising French actor Adèle Haenel (Water Lilies, Les Combattants) stars as Jenny Davin, a talented doctor who refuses to open the door of her practice to a mysterious late-night caller. The next morning, she learns that the caller was a girl who has been found dead, and that the police have no way to identify her. Shocked and guilt-stricken by the news, Jenny resolves to discover the name of the young girl so that she will not be buried anonymously – so that she doesn’t disappear as if she had never lived.

Playing intelligently with the traits of traditional detective dramas, The Unknown Girl is another characteristically engaging social commentary from the Dardenne brothers – a morally astute and compelling investigation of personal responsibility, justice and guilt.

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Weekend, The (15)

Comedy

Dir. Sheridan De Myers, UK, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: Jovian Wade, Percelle Ascott, Dee Kaate

British urban comedy about Lifelong friends Derrick (Joivan), Malcolm (Percelle) and Tyler (Dee), who accidentally come across £100,000. They embark on a hilarious spending spree, splashing the cash on expensive haircuts, new threads, a Range Rover and the party to end all parties: The Weekend to end all weekends. But the money belongs to a furious gangster, and he sets out to get it back…

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Coming War On China, The

Documentary

Dir. John Pilger, UK, 2016, 113 mins

Cast (as themselves): John Pilger

In his 60th documentary, Pilger reveals what the news doesn’t – that the United States and the world’s second economic power, China (both nuclear armed) are on the road to war. Pilger’s film is a warning and an inspiring story of resistance.

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Jet Trash (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Charles-Henri Belleville, UK/India, 2016, 85 mins

Cast: Sofia Boutella, Robert Sheehan

Lee and Sol are hiding out on a beach in Southern India living a slacker life of sex, drugs and parties. Trouble comes to paradise when Vix, a beautiful girl from Lee’s past, turns up. Things get worse when Lee accidentally kills a holy cow and the gang find themselves up against crooked cops, local hoodlums, gangsters…. and mysticism. How far do you have to go to get away?

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Nightmare Before Christmas 3D, The (PG)

Animation | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Henry Selick, US, 1993, 76 mins

Cast (voices): Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey

Tim Burton’s creepy Christmas classic returns to UK cinemas from 7 December 2016 in both 2D and 3D versions. Check local listings for details.

Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

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Office Christmas Party (15)

Comedy

Dirs. Josh Gordon & Will Speck, US, 2016, 105 mins

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, TJ Miller, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn

When the CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

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Nutcracker - Live at the Royal Opera House, The

Event Cinema

135 mins

Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without The Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker. Loosely based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it opens with the Christmas festivities of little Clara and her family and progresses through a sequence of dreams and enchantments that take Clara on her magical journey to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets. Peter Wright’s enchanting production with its wondrously growing Christmas tree and a rousing battle between the villainous Mouse King and an army of toy soldiers, mines the colour of Tchaikovsky’s score, retaining exquisite surviving fragments of the original Ivanov choreography, including the beautiful pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

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Ardennes, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Robin Pront, Belgium, 2015, 96 mins, subtitles

Cast: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens

Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth’s release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive headfirst into the drug-centred existence that ensnared him in the first place, both Dave and Kenneth’s erstwhile girlfriend Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles. Drugs, crime and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller journey in The Ardennes.

Screening exclusively at the Ciné Lumière and Institute of Contemporary Arts from December 9th and Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff from December 16th.

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Birth of a Nation, The (15)

Biography | Drama | History

Dir. Nate Parker, US, 2016, 120 mins

Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith, Gabrielle Union

Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

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Black Hen, The (a.k.a. Kalo Pothi)

Drama | World

Dir. Min Bahadur Bham, Nepal/Rest of the World, 2015, 90 mins, subtitles

Cast: Khadka Raj Nepali, Sukra Raj Rokaya, Jit Bahadur Malla, Hansha Khadka, Benisha Hamal

We are in the year 2001, a temporary ceasefire brings a much-needed break to a small war-torn village in Northern Nepal, bringing much joy among the residents. Prakash and Kiran, two young close friends, are also starting to feel the change in the air. Though they are divided by caste and social creed, they remain inseparable, and start raising a hen given to Prakash by his sister, with hopes to save money by selling her eggs. However, the hen goes missing. To find it, they embark on a journey, innocently unaware of the tyranny brought by the fragile ceasefire.

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Holy Cow

Documentary

Dir. Imam Hasanov, Azerbaijan/Germany/Romania, 2015, 77 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Majid Abbasov, Khanal Huseynli

Tapdig has a dream of bringing a European cow into his picturesque village in Azerbaijan to improve the condition of his poor family. He decides to call it Madona. His passion unsettles the traditional community, the Old Men see a threat in having a foreign cow among them as they say its milk is full of chemicals. Even his wife Vafa does not want to take care of such a strange breed. But Tapdig is ready to risk it all and challenges the conservative mentality to open up and rethink the attitude. How do human beings handle change while remaining true to their own traditions? ‘Holy Cow’ questions the prejudices against the unknown and how ready are we to accept a newcomer.

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I Am Not A Serial Killer (15)

Thriller

Dir. Billy O’Brien, Ireland/UK, 2016, 104 mins

Cast: Max Records, Laura Fraser, Christopher Lloyd, Karl Geary

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous and he knows it. He is 16 and helps his Mum and Aunt at the family Mortuary. John is obsessed with serial killers but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake and the safety of those around him he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”.

When somebody starts murdering people in John’s small Mid-West town, he has to investigate and risk letting his own dark side out in order to stop the killer. But without his rules to keep him in check he might be more dangerous than the monster he is stalking. As the icy winter tightens its grip on the community a deadly supernatural game of cat and mouse ensues…

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Krisha (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Trey Edwards Shults, US, 2015, 83 mins

Cast: Krisha Fairchild, Alex Dobrenko, Robyn Fairchild

Following a prolonged battle with addiction and self-destruction, Krisha, the black sheep of the family she abandoned, returns for a holiday celebration.But what begins as a moving testament to the family’s capacity to forgive soon spirals into a deluge of emotional bloodletting, as old wounds are torn open, and resentments are laid bare.

KRISHA is in cinemas December 9th with a special screening day at Everyman Cinemas Barnet, Harrogate, Esher and Leeds on December 14th.

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Life, Animated (PG)

Documentary | Animation | Drama

Dir. Roger Russ Williams, US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast (as themselves): Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind, ‘Life, Animated’ tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give form to Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity in a tribe of sidekicks. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.

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Pass, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Ben A. Williams, UK, 2016, 87 mins

Cast: Russell Tovey, Arinze Kene, Lisa McGrillis, Nico Mirallegro, Rory J. Saper

Nineteen-year-old Jason and Ade have been in the Academy of a famous London football club since they were eight years old. It’s the night before their first-ever game for the first team – a Champions League match – and they’re in a hotel room in Romania. They should be sleeping, but they’re over-excited. They skip, fight, mock each other, prepare their kit, watch a teammate’s sex tape. And then, out of nowhere, one of them kisses the other. The impact of this ‘pass’ reverberates through the next ten years of their lives – a decade of fame and failure, secrets and lies, in a sporting world where image is everything.

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Snowden (15)

Biography | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Oliver Stone, France/Germany/US, 2016, 134 mins

Cast:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.

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Eagle Huntress, The (U)

Documentary | Adventure | Family

Dir. Otto Bell, UK/Mongolia/US, 2016, 87 mins

Cast: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.

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Rats

Documentary | Horror

Dir.Morgan Spurlock, US, 2016, 84 mins

Cast: Ed Sheehan, Bobby Corrigan

Venturing into rat-dominated environments, Morgan Spurlock brings you face to face with the little, misunderstood creatures that live and breathe all around you.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12)

Action | Adventure | Sci-fi

Dir. Gareth Edwards, US, 2016, 133 mins

Cast: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker

Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.

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Son of Joseph, The

Drama

Dir. Eugène Green, France/Belgium, 2016, 115 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier, Fabrizio Rongione

Vincent, an adolescent, has been raised lovingly by his mother, Marie, but she has always refused to reveal who his father is. He finally discovers that it’s a certain Oscar Pormenor, an egoistic and cynical Parisian publisher.

Vincent develops a violent plan of revenge, but his meeting with Joseph, a man living on the fringe of society, has a profound impact on his life, as well as that of his mother.

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Through The Wall

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Rama Burshtein, Israel, 2016, 110 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Dafi Alferon, Noa Kooler, Oded Leopold

In this romantic comedy set in Israel, an Orthodox bride-to-be (Noa Koler) is devastated to learn her fiancé (Erez Drigues) doesn’t love her. Undeterred, she keeps all her wedding celebration bookings, convinced that in the next 22 days God will provide her with the man she’s meant to marry.

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Uncle Howard (15)

Documentary | Biography

Dir. Aaron Brookner, UK/US, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Aaron Brookner, John Giorno, Jim Jarmusch

Uncle Howard is an intertwining tale of past and present, the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner whose work captured the late 70’ s and early 80’s cultural revolution – and his nephew’s personal journey 25 years later to discover his uncle’s films and the legacy of a life cut short by the plague of AIDS.

Howard Brookner was buried on his thirty-fifth birthday in 1989. He was gay; an Ivy League graduate; broke artist; rising Hollywood star; heroin user; jet-setter; bohemian; seedy nightlife lover; director of cult docs; an honest and devoted friend – he was many things to many people. To director Aaron Brookner, he was a loving and inspirational uncle who died of AIDS when Aaron was only seven, right when Howard was on the brink of a promising filmmaking career.

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Ballerina (U)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dirs. Eric Summer & Eric Warin, France/Canada, 2016, 89 mins

Cast (voices): Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dane DeHaan

Félicie has one dream, to become a ballerina at the world’s best ballet school. She also has one big problem; she’s stuck in an orphanage with her best friend Victor hundreds of miles away.

After a hair-raising escape and a gruelling journey the partners in crime arrive in the city determined to follow their dreams; Félicie’s to dance and Victor’s to become a famous inventor. She is taken in by Odette to work with her as a house maid but Odette has a secret; a talented dancer herself until her dreams were shattered, she sees the potential in Félicie and agrees to train her.

Driven by her passion for dancing Félicie goes to extraordinary lengths in order to audition for the role of a lifetime, but now the hard work will begin.

With her mentor Odette and Victor by her side, will Félicie master the grace, skill and discipline it takes to become a professional dancer? One thing is for sure, she’ll have to strive harder than ever before to achieve her dreams…

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Passengers (3D)

Adventure | Drama | Romance | Sci-fi 

Dir. Morten Tyldum, US, 2016

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Michael Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

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12 Chairs

Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Algis Ramanauskas, Lithuania, 2016, Subtitles

Cast: Mantas Stonkus, Julius Zalakevicius, Dalius Skamarakas

A Former KGB officer and an opportunist partner go in search of hidden KGB treasure.

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Dangal

Action | Biography | Drama

Dir. Nitesh Tiwari, India, 2016, 169 min, Subtitles

Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh

Biopic of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat. Geeta Phogat was India’s first female wrestler to win at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where she won the gold medal (52 kg) while her sister Babita Kumari won the silver (55 kg).

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Donnie Darko (R/I) (15)

Drama | Sci-fi | Thriller

Dir. Richard Kelly, US, 2001, 113 mins

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Patrick Swayze, Katharine Ross, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Beth Grant, Maggie Gyllenhaal

October, 1988. In the middle of the night, a man in a monstrous rabbit suit appears to Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), a troubled teenager living with his family in suburban Virginia, to tell him that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. And so, a cult movie is born. As Donnie’s grip on reality weakens, we’re drawn into the darkness that lurks underneath the surface of suburbia. Underappreciated upon its initial release in 2001, Richard Kelly’s mind-bending film gets the 4K restoration treatment and is ripe for rediscovery on the big screen.

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Collateral Beauty (12A)

Drama

Dir. David Frankel, US, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Naomie Harris, Keira Knightley

When a successful New York advertising executive suffers a great tragedy, he retreats from life. While his concerned friends try desperately to reconnect with him, he seeks answers from the universe by writing letters to Love, Time and Death. But it’s not until his notes bring unexpected personal responses that he begins to understand how these constants interlock in a life fully lived, and how even the deepest loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.

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Marauders (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Steven C. Miller, Canada, 2016, 107 mins

Cast: Bruce Willis, Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista

When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case — and the deadly heists continue — it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play.

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Monster Trucks (3D)

Action | Adventure

Dir. Chris Wedge, US, 2016, 105 mins

Cast: Jane Levy, Lucas Till, Rob Lowe

Tripp is a student who spends his spare time building ‘Monster Trucks’ from pieces of scrap. But the last thing he expected was to find a monster in his truck.

Whatever it is, it’s smart, friendly and acts as an engine for the truck, letting it go faster and do things that should be impossible. It’s also being hunted down by shadowy forces, and Tripp is the only one who can help it get home.

Go on the ride of your life with ‘Monster Trucks’, an edge-of-your-seat adventure from the director of ‘Ice Age’.

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Operation Chromite (15)

Action | Drama | History | War

Dir. John H. Lee, South Korea, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee, Beom-su Lee

American General Douglas MacArthur (Liam Neeson) sends eight members of the Korean Liaison Office, led by a South Korean Navy Lieutenant (Lee Jung-Jae) on a secret mission far behind North Korean lines to carry out Operation “X-ray”.

This covert operation must succeed so that MacArthur can launch the daring Incheon Landing Operation.This is a fictionalized version of the historical CIA/military intelligence operation “Trudy Jackson”, part of Operation Chromite.

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Why Him?

Comedy

Dir. John Hamburg, US, 2016

Cast: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The rivalry develops,and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

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Crash & Burn (15)

Sport

Dir. Seán Ó Cualáin, Ireland, 2016, 86 mins

Cast: Tommy Byrne

For a fleeting moment in the early 80s Tommy Byrne was the world’s greatest driver, the motor racing equivalent of George Best and Muhammad Ali all rolled into one.

Eddie Jordan the former team-owner, who worked with both Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, will tell you: ‘Forget schuey and Senna – Tommy Byrne was the best of them of them all.’

His rise was meteoric and his fall spectacular.

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