In Cinemas February 2015

Amour Fou (12)

Drama

Dir. Jessica Hausner, Austria, Luxembourg, Germany, 2014, 96 mins, Subtitles

Cast:  Christian Friedel, Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann

Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his skeptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin’s insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich’s subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness.

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Interview, The (15)

Action | Comedy

Dirs. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, US, 2014, 112 mins

Cast:  James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

 

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Jupiter Ascending (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dirs. Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, US, 2015, 127 mins

Cast:  Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

 

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Rendlesham UFO Incident, The (15)

Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Daniel Simpson, UK, 2014, 83 mins

Cast:  Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler

33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region, capture incredible footage of UFO’s whilst filming their expedition. As night falls and with their navigation equipment failing, they find themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.

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Selma (12)

Biography | Drama | History

Dir. Ava DuVernay, UK, US, 2014, 128 mins

Cast:  David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

The story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

 

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Shamitabh

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Dir. R. Balki, India, 2015, Subtitles

Cast:   Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara

“Shamitabh” is a film about the birth of a big star and the smoke screen that was created to fulfil a dream. An ode to the joy of being part of the cinema industry, this film is a myriad of every emotion we experience whilst watching great cinema.

 

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Shaun The Sheep Movie (U)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dirs. Mark Burton, Richard Starzack, UK, France, 2015, 85 mins

Cast:  Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

 

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Still Life (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Uberto Pasolini, UK, Italy, 2014, 92 mins

Cast:  Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury

Still Life is a poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and the afterlife. Meticulous and organized to the point of obsession, John May (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized, John must up his efforts on his final case, taking him on a liberating journey that allows him to start living life at last.

 

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Turning, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Various, Australia, 2013, 180 mins

Cast:  Colin Friels, James Fraser, Henri Phillips

Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points in ordinary people’s lives in a stunning portrait of a small coastal community. As characters face second thoughts and regret, relationships irretrievably alter, resolves are made or broken, and lives change direction forever. This watershed film reinterprets and re-imagines the work for the screen.

 

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Coherence (15)

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. James Ward Byrkit, US, UK, 2014, 89 mins

Cast:  Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon

On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, COHERENCE is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.

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Dancing In Jaffa (PG)

Documentary

Dir. Hilla Medalia, US, 2013, 90 mins, Subtitles

Cast:  Pierre Dulaine, Yvonne Marceau, Alaa Bubali

Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a city divided by two communities that continue to grow increasingly apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. The film explores the complex stories of three children, all of whom who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice as they dance with their enemy. We watch Pierre transform their lives, confirming his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.

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Down Dog (15)

Comedy

Dir. Andres Dussan, UK, 2014, 97 mins

Cast:  Jason Durr, Nick Moran, Orla O’Rourke

Frank Clayton, having abandoned his wife (Rachel) and child (Sam), has for the last ten years been living exclusively for himself. Working hard, drinking hard and womanising, Frank looks after number one. He has little to no relationship with his teenage son and socialises almost exclusively with his misogynist boss (Bill). Frank’s son, Sam, has profound self-esteem problems. He grew up thinking that his father left because of him. He is about to fail his secondary school exams and, more importantly, he is having a very difficult time trying to talk to lovely Amy, the girl in his school who he loves. His mother (Rachel), as dedicated and loving as she can be, is struggling to offer him any real support. She reaches out to Frank for help, only to get his typically immature evasion. She has had enough… In conversation with some friends she discovers that some men change only when facing death. And although she is too good to harm Frank, she figures out a way of making Frank believe.

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Fairytale: Story Of The Seven Dwarves (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Boris Aljinovic, Harald Siepermann, Germany, 2014, 87 mins

Cast:  Joshua Graham, Matt Gilbert, Al Parrish

The evil witch Dellamorta cursed princess Rose when she was a baby. Before she turns 18, Rose will get stung in the finger by a sharp object and she and the whole castle will fall into a hundred year long sleep unless her true love would kiss her. The night before her birthday she sends her bf Jack to the 7 dwarfs, who live behind the 7 mountains to hide until after Rose has turned 18. Unfortunately he gets lost and captured by Dellamorta’s dragon Burner. So at the party, Rose gets stung in the finger, and everyone falls into deep sleep. Everyone but the 7 dwarfs of course who will go on a journey to save Jack so he can save Rose.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (18)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson, US, 2015, 124 mins

Cast:  Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.

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Love Is All

Documentary

Dir. Kim Longinotto, UK, 2014, 74 mins

Love is All takes us on a journey through the twentieth century, exploring love and courtship on screen in a century of unprecedented social upheaval. From the very first kisses ever caught on film, through the disruption of war, to the birth of youth culture, gay liberation and free love, we follow courting couples flirting at tea dances, kissing in the back of the movies, shacking up and fighting for the right to love. This is the celluloid story of love and courtship since the birth of the movie camera; told with spellbinding footage from the British Film Institute archive and Yorkshire Film Archive and many more! Directed by Kim Longinotto, edited by Ollie Huddleston and set to a stunning Richard Hawley soundtrack.

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Love Is Strange (15)

Drama

Dir. Ira Sachs, US, France, Brazil, Greece, 2014, 94 mins

Cast:  John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei

After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

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Philadelphia Story (R/I) (U), The

Comedy | Romance

Dir. George Cukor, US, 1941, 112 mins

Cast:  Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart

Adapted from Philip Barry’s play, the film boasts peak-form performances throughout. Having divorced her irresponsible millionaire husband (Grant), the aptly named Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is about to wed a dull but dependable fellow. However, any hopes of privacy at the wedding of the year are dashed by the arrival of her reluctant ex and a pair of journalists (Stewart and Hussey) sniffing for a scoop. The rest of the Lord family don’t help much either, for that matter. Donald Odgen Stewart’s script sparkles with wit and pithy social comment, while the moonlit amorous shenanigans fizz with a woozy eroticism.

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Snow In Paradise (18)

Thriller

Dir. Andrew Hulme, UK, 2014, 108 mins

Cast:  Frederick Schmidt, Martin Askew, David Spinx

Dave’s a petty criminal living on drugs and violence in London. When his actions kill his best friend, he’s propelled into feelings of shame and remorse. Discovering Islam, he begins to find peace but his old life comes back to test him.

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Two Night Stand (15)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Max Nichols, US, 2014, 85 mins

Cast:  Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton, Jessica Szohr

A no-strings-attached, online hook-up turns into a morning-after disaster for twenty-something New Yorkers Megan (Analeigh Tipton) and Alec (Miles Teller). When a paralyzing blizzard hits the city trapping them in Alec’s cramped Brooklyn apartment, they are forced to get to know each other far beyond the confines of a typical one-night stand. Marking the directorial debut of Max Nichols, Two Night Stand is a sexy, romantic comedy about finding love in the digital age.

Months after graduating from college Megan is unemployed, unattached and unable to get off the couch. Heartbroken by the collapse of her wedding engagement, she considers internet romance with limited interest. But following a chance encounter with her ex (Josh Salatin) and his new girlfriend (Kellyn Lindsay) – and egged on by her roommate Faiza (Jessica Szohr) and her boyfriend Cedric (Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi) – Megan boldly propositions Alec, a cute and funny guy she meets online, inviting herself to his apartment for her first ever one-night-stand. After a calamitously unromantic morning after, she tries to make a discreet exit only to discover that the city has been pulverized by a record-breaking snowfall that shows no sign of letting up.

Unable to leave the building, she sheepishly takes shelter with an equally mortified Alec. Forced to spend another day and night together, Megan and Alec’s first real face-to-face conversation veers from banter to bickering and back, as the provocative chemistry that lit up their online introduction quickly reignites. While rating each other’s erotic IQs, they realize they have a unique opportunity for a hands-on learning experience that inevitably leads them to a very adult snow day.

 

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Grease - Sing A Long

Musical | Romance

Dir. Randal Kleiser, US, 1978, 110 mins

Cast:  John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Grease is still the word as the classic John Travolta musical returns to Cineworld. And this time – ‘Just follow the bouncing ball’ as we present the Sing-A-Long version everyone is crazy about. It’s the summer of 1958 in sunny California, where local greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) meets and falls in love with sweetly innocent Sandy Olsen (Olivia Newton-John). Thinking she’s gone home after their holiday romance, Danny returns to Rydell High School, where he’s the swaggering leader of the T-Birds. But when Sandy also enrolls in Rydell High, she joins the Pink Ladies led by local bad girl Betty Rizzo (Stockard Channing). Adapted from the long running stage musical, ‘Grease’ cemented the charismatic young John Travolta’s superstar status after ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and also turned Olivia Newton-John into a ’70s screen icon. It boasts a fabulous, multi-million-selling soundtrack, including two chart-topping duets: ‘You’re the One That I Want’ and ‘Summer Nights’. Original UK release date 14 September 1978.

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Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots (U)

 Animation | Short

Cast:  Morwenna Banks, Alice May, Oliver May

Grab your wellies and head to cinemas this February half term, to give your little ones a brand new cinema experience with one whole hour of Peppa Pig fun!

Join Peppa in her first ever 15 minute special episode The Golden Boots! PLUS as part of the experience there’s 5 favourite Peppasodes to watch AND a whole lot of songs, giggles and snorts with the Milkshake presenters Jen Derek and Kemi!

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Casablanca (R/I) (U)

Drama | Romance | War

Dir. Michael Curtiz, US, 1942, 102 mins

Cast:  Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

In cinemas for one day only.

In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining a Czechoslovak underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick’s surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick’s one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan….

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Daryl Hall & John Oates: Recorded Live in Dublin (12A)

Music

Dir. Joss Crowley,  2014

Cast (as themselves):  Daryl Hall, John Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates finally returned to Europe as they played before a sellout crowd at Dublin’s famed Olympia Theatre on 15 July 2014, and the entire event was recorded in stunning 4K for theatrical distribution

With six number one hits including Rich Girl, Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go for That, Maneater, and Out of Touch, plus dozens of other top 40 songs, this legendary duo’s recently recorded concert is a “must see” for all music fans.

Set List: ManEater, Out of Touch, Say It Isn’t So, Family Man, It’s Uncanny, Back Together Again, Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song), She’s Gone, Sara Smile, Do What You Want, Be What You Are, and I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do) Encore: Rich Girl and You Make My Dreams Encore 2: Kiss on My List and Private Eyes

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Badlapur

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Sriram Raghavan, India, 2015, 123 mins, Subtitles

Cast:  Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Varun Dhawan, Yami Gautam

Raghav a.k.a Raghu is a man with a past.He witnessed his wife and son being killed during a robbery. 15 years later, Raghu finds out who pulled the trigger to kill his family.

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Blackhat (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Michael Mann, US, 2015, 133 mins

Cast:  Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang

Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s BLACKHAT follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.

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Cake (15)

Drama

Dir. Daniel Barnz, US, 2015, 102 mins

Cast:  Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick

Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical pain is evident in the scars that line her body and the way she carries herself, wincing with each tentative step. She’s no good at hiding her emotional pain either. Blunt to the point of searing insult, Claire’s anger seethes out of her with nearly every interaction. She has driven away her husband, her friends — even her chronic-pain support group has kicked her out.

The only one left in Claire’s otherwise solitary existence is her housekeeper-cum-caretaker, Silvana (Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza), who barely tolerates her boss’ need for liquor and prescription pills. But the suicide of Nina (Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick), one of Claire’s fellow chronic-pain group members, prompts another fixation. In pursuing questions about the death of a woman she barely knew, Claire explores the boundaries between life and death, abandonment and heartbreak, danger and salvation. As she inserts herself into the lives of Nina’s husband (Sam Worthington) and the son Nina left behind, Claire just might find salvation.

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Duke Of Burgundy The (18)

Drama

Dir. Peter Strickland, UK, 2014, 104 mins

Cast:  Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D’Anna

In an unnamed European town, in an unspecified year, live Cynthia and Evelyn. Every day Evelyn cycles to Cynthia’s mansion to work as a lowly maid – and every day the cruel, vindictive Cynthia inflicts countless sadistic humiliations upon her. But as the days go by and the pair begin to reveal themselves, it soon becomes clear that the humiliation may not all be of Cynthia’s design…

Startling, stylish and heady with atmosphere, The Duke of Burgundy is a dazzling exploration of romance, relationships and desire from the multi-award winning director of Berberian Sound Studio. Laden with wit and brimming with filmic references, it is one of the most remarkable films of the year and will doubtless leave you reeling.

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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. David Zellner, US, 2014, 105 mins

Cast:  Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard

From executive producer Alexander Payne (NEBRASKA, THE DESCENDANTS, SIDEWAYS, ABOUT SCHMIDT) and acclaimed filmmaking duo the Zellner Brothers. A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozen tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune.

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Kung Fu Killer (15)

Action | Thriller

Dir. Teddy Chan, China, Hong Kong, 2014, 100 mins, Subtitles

Cast:  Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Baoqiang Wang

A vicious killer named Fung goes around Hong Kong killing top martial arts exponents and leaving a secret weapon called the Moonshadow as his calling card. When a convicted killer and kung fu expert named Ha – formerly working as a martial arts instructor before accidentally killing a man and being imprisoned and convicted for the crime he didn’t intend to do – hears of this, he offers to help the police catch the killer in return for his freedom. With Ha’s help, the police realize from the chronological order of the victims that the killer is targeting his victims, all top masters in their respective martial arts style, and following a martial code of training. After a close encounter with Fung, Ha suddenly disappears and the police begin to suspect the worse: that the two are accomplices and Fung was the bait to help spring Ha from jail. But Ha has actually gone back to his home in Foshan to find out more about the mysterious calling card.

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Maidan (12A)

Documentary

Dir. Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine, Netherlands, 2014, 130 mins, Subtitles

MAIDAN chronicles a civil uprising against the regime of president Yanukovych which took place in Kiev (Ukraine) in the winter of 2013/14. The film follows the progress of the revolution: from peaceful rallies, half a million strong, in the Maidan square, to the bloody street battles between the protesters and riot police. MAIDAN is a portrait of an awakening nation, rediscovering its identity.

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Predestination (15)

Action | Drama | Mystery

Dir. The Spierig Brothers, Australia, 2014, 97 mins

Cast:  Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor

Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

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Project Almanac (12)

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Dean Israelite, US, 2014, 106 mins

Cast:  Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner

A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

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Wedding Ringer, The (15)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Jeremy Garelick, US, 2015, 101 mins

Cast:  Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a lovable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

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Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Off (15)

Documentary | Music

Dir. Stephen Kijak, UK/US, 2015, 101 mins

Cast (as themselves): Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, Kevin Scott Richardson

This film is about a band, of course, but it’s more universal a story than that – it is about five friends, it is about sacrifice and redemption, it is about a reckoning with a past and a path forward into a new kind of freedom. It is about home and family, and how many different ways we define those things. Having lived exceptional lives in a glaring spotlight, having lost a youth to the demands of fame, home and family can be many things.  We see that boys still struggle to become men, forging their paths both in private, in the public eye, and together, through their music.

A reunion in the recording studio; friendships renewed yet dynamic shifts reveal new tensions that need confronting and resolving, both creative and personal. An intimate and emotional journey home reveals personal truths, opens old wounds, brings them closer to each other (and their fans.) We travel with them through the landscape of their past, exploring the sights and sounds of weird American suburbia, the strange and lush dreamland of Orlando, and the natural beauty of the Kentucky countryside. We see just how far down their roots go and what makes them who they are today.

In an attempt to find some form of closure on their biggest unanswered question, the band talk properly for the first time in such depth about the man who made it all happen 20 years ago: Lou Pearlman, now currently an inmate at a state penitentiary. Former mastermind behind the biggest boy band of all time, Lou is behind bars for running a massive Ponzi scheme and a catalogue of bad business. Having cheated the Boys and many others out of millions, they attempt to process the biggest and toughest question: why?

The film dives back into their past as it pushes forward into their uncertain future. 20 years behind them, are there another 20 years ahead of them?  What is it like being a man in a boy band?  Can they grow up and evolve?

This is a film that finds the humour and the pathos in those questions and gives us an up close and personal view of a pop phenomenon.  It’s an opening up of a big story, to both their fans as well as to the harder to convince non-fans, for whom the story and winning personalities of these hardworking natural talents will surprise and overturn preconceptions.

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Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (PG)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. John Madden, UK/UK, 2015, 122 mins

Cast: Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Greig, Judi Dench

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).  Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful’, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

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Boy Next Door, The (15)

Thriller

Dir. Rob Cohen, US, 2015, 91 mins

Cast: Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman, John Corbett, Ian Nelson, Kristin Chenoweth

Psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far.

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Catch Me Daddy (15)

Thriller

Dir. Daniel Wolfe & Matthew Wolfe, UK, 2014, 112 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Conor McCarron, Gary Lewis, Wasim Zahir

A highly original portrayal of Love on the Run, a compelling blend of modern-day Western and visceral chase-thriller, set against a uniquely British backdrop.  

A universal tale of family conflict and teenage rebellion, ‘Catch Me Daddy’ follows Laila, a girl on the run from her family, hiding out in the badlands of West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend Aaron.  When her brother arrives in town with a gang of bounty hunters in tow, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night.

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Dark Reflection, A (15)

Thriller

Dir. Tristan Loraine, UK, 2015, 102 mins

Cast: Marina Sirtis, Stephen Tompkinson, Rita Ramnani

The film is based on actual events. World renowned, investigative journalist Helen Eastman returns to the UK after a disastrous assignment in the Middle East and takes a new job at a local paper to be closer to her air traffic controller boyfriend, Joe Forbes. Rather than be happy that she has finally given up her high profile career to be closer to him, he is despondent having been suspended from work following a serious JASP Air in-flight safety incident on his shift. The incident is not released to the public, triggering Helen’s instinctive journalistic curiosity to ask. Why not? Helen convinces her new editor Nick Robertson that there must be more to the incident known as Flight 313, then JASP Airlines and the aviation regulators are admitting to. Trainee journalist Natasha Stevens joins Helen to investigate matters further. As they probe the aviation industry for answers, a well-orchestrated pattern of denial emerges and they soon discover they are not the first to ask difficult questions.

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Focus (15)

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Dirs. Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, US, 2015, 104 mins

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro

Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky’s profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don’t go together. They split, only to see each other three years later… And things get messy.

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Hinterland (15)

Drama

Dir. Harry Macqueen, UK, 2015, 78 mins

Cast: Lori Campbell, Harry Macqueen

Hinterland is the debut feature film by actor Harry Macqueen nominated BEST UK FEATURE at RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2014 starring Harry Macqueen (‘Me and Orson Welles’) and acclaimed singer-songwriter Lori Campbell. Hinterland is a beautifully honest exploration of an old relationship re-kindled in a new context. An original and visually stunning British road-trip film released in UK cinemas from 27th February 2015 with Soda Pictures.

Hinterland is also a completely carbon neutral film.

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It Follows (15)

Horror

Dir. David Robert Mitchell, US, 2014, 100 mins

Cast: Linda Boston, Caitlin Burt, Heather Fairbanks

For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.

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Tales OF Hoffmann (R/I) (U), The

Fantasy | Music | Musical

Dirs. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, UK, 1951, 138 mins

Cast: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina

Following its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Tales of Hoffman will be re-released in cinemas in a new 4K restoration from 27 February 2015.

Starring Moira Shearer, Powell and Pressburger’s dazzling take on Jacques Offenbach’s 1881 opera brings together some of the greatest film, music and dance talents of the period. This sparkling 4K restoration contains previously unseen footage and is sure to astonish audiences on its return to the big screen.

German Romanticist E.T.A. Hoffmann and his rival Councillor Lindorf visit the theatre in Nürnberg, where they both hope to meet Stella, the prima ballerina performing The Enchanted Butterfly. When Lindorf intercepts a token from Stella intended for Hoffmann, the poet retires to a nearby tavern, orders a drink and recounts three stories of romantic misadventure to the rowdy student clientele.

Moving from the fashionable boutiques of Paris to bacchanalian orgies in a nightmarish Venice, and from the naiveté of youth to the weight of experience, Hoffmann’s stories combine to form three facets of their narrator’s evolving struggle with true love.

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White God (15)

Drama

Dir. Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, 2015, 121 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth

Thirteen-year-old Lili fights to protect her dog Hagen. She is devastated when her father eventually sets Hagen free on the streets. Still innocently believing love can conquer any difficulty, Lili sets out to find her dog and save him.

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