In Cinemas – February 2017

Gold

Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Stephen Gaghan, US, 2016, 121 mins

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard

GOLD is the story of Kenny Wells (McConaughey), a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

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Guardians of Oz (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Alberto Mar, Mexico, 2015, 86 mins, in English

Cast (voices): Jordan Ancel, Dino Andrade, Raymundo Armijo, Ambyr Childs

Visionary animator Jorge Gutiérrez (THE BOOK OF LIFE) continues the enchanted saga of Oz as seen through the eyes of Ozzy, a kindhearted flying monkey. Wicked witch Eveline (Ambyr Childers, THE MASTER) tries to steal back the broom that holds her powers, but Ozzy snags it instead and zooms off. Hoping to rescue his father, Ozzy joins forces with cheeky young sorceress Gabby. But can they find the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Woodman – and lift the enchanted spells Eveline has imprisoned them with?

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Journey to the West: Demon Chapter (12A)

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy

Dir. Hark Tsui, China, 2017, 109 mins, subtitles

Cast: Bei-Er Bao, Mengke Bateer, Sihan Cheng

Tang Monk brings three disciples on a journey to the West. On the outside, everything seems harmonious. However, tension is present beneath the surface, and their hearts and minds are not in agreement. After a series of demon-capturing events, the monk and his disciples gain mutual understanding of each others’ hardships and unease. Finally, they resolve their inner conflict and work together to become an all-conquering, demon-exorcising team.

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Loving (12A)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. Jeff Nichols, UK/US, 2016, 123 mins

Cast: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton

“Loving” celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.

Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – making their love story an inspiration to couples everywhere.

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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (15)

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Dir. Paul W.S. Anderson, Ireland, 2016, 86 mins

Cast: Ruby Rose, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead.

Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

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Rings

Drama | Horror

Dir. F. Javier Gutiérrez, US, 2017

Cast: Vincent D’Onofrio, Johnny Galecki, Laura Wiggins

A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise.

A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…

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Toni Erdmann (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Maren Ade, Germany/Austria/Romania, 2016, 162 mins

Cast: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn

Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she’s busy as a corporate strategist.

The geographical change doesn’t help them to see more eye to eye. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork.

Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried’s flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ work circle, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach.

As Toni, Winfried doesn’t hold back, and Ines meets the challenge. The harder they push, the closer they become. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life.

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Tower

Documentary | Animation | Crime

Dir. Keith Maitland, US, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson

On August 1st, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed untold stories of the witnesses, heroes and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

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20th Century Women (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Mike Mills, US, 2016, 119 mins

Cast: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig

Written and directed by acclaimed writer and director Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker), and starring 4-time Academy Award® Nominee Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty), Greta Gerwig (France Ha, Greenberg) and Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8).

20th Century Women tells the story of three remarkable women, each from a different era of the 20th century, coming together to help teach a teenage boy about life and love, sex and freedom, men and women.

Set in Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979, filled with punk-rock verve, 20th Century Women takes a humorous and heartfelt look at how we figure out who we are.

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (15)

Drama | War

Dir. Ang Lee, US/UK/China, 2016, 113 mins

Cast: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Arturo Castro

Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel.

The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour.

Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions.

The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, with Vin Diesel, and Steve Martin. Lee used new technology, shooting at an ultra-high frame rate for the first time in film history, to create an immersive digital experience helping him dramatize war in a way never seen before.

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Fences (12A)

Drama

Dir. Denzel Washington, US, 2016, 139 mins

Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson

Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes.

Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter.

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Fifty Shades Darker

Drama | Romance

Dir. James Foley, US, 2017, 115 mins

Cast: Bella Heathcote, Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker, the second chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.

Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015’s blockbuster film that grossed more than $560 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day and invites you to slip into something a shade darker. When a wounded Christian Grey tries to entice a cautious Ana Steele back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance.

As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple, determined to destroy their hopes for a future together.

Also returning from Fifty Shades of Grey are Academy Award® winner Marcia Gay Harden, Jennifer Ehle, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford and Max Martini, who are joined for the first time by Oscar® winner Kim Basinger, Hugh Dancy, Bella Heathcote and Eric Johnson. 

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LEGO® Batman™ Movie, The (U)

Animation | Action | Adventure

Dir. Chris McKay, US/Denmark, 2017, 104 mins

Cast: Jenny Slate, Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with other, and maybe, just maybe learn to lighten up.

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Prevenge (15)

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Dir. Alice Lowe, UK, 2016, 88 mins

Cast: Gemma Whelan, Kate Dickie, Jo Hartley

A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It’s her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth’s actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims.

Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood.

Having shown at Venice, Toronto and most recently the London International Film Festival, Prevenge marks the directorial debut from Lowe, who is a true triple threat, writing, directing, and acting in the film during her own real-life pregnancy.

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Space Between Us, The (PG)

Adventure | Drama | Romance

Dir. Peter Chelsom, US, 2017, 120 mins

Cast: Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant.

Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing.

While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa.

When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary.

But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

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Taxi Driver (R/I) (18)

Crime | Drama

Dir. Martin Scorsese, US, 1976, 113 mins

Cast: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd

Travis Bickle is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. As he suffers from insomnia, he spends his time working as a taxi driver at night, watching porn movies at seedy cinemas during the day, or thinking about how the world, New York in particular, has deteriorated into a cesspool.

He’s a loner who has strong opinions about what is right and wrong with mankind. For him, the one bright spot in New York humanity is Betsy, a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine. He becomes obsessed with her.

After an incident with her, he believes he has to do whatever he needs to make the world a better place in his opinion. One of his priorities is to be the savior for Iris, a twelve-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession and under the thumb of her pimp and lover Matthew.

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Across the Waters (Fuglen Over Sudet)

Drama | History | War | World

Dir. Nicolo Donato, Denmark, 2016, 94 mins, subtitles

Cast: David Dencik, Danica Curcic, Jakob Cedergren

Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin (David Dencik) is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife Miriam (Danica Curcic) hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid however, forces the couple to flee their home with five-year-old son Jakob (Anton Dalgård Guleryüz). Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey for the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. Amidst lurking danger from the Gestapo and their collaborators, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers whose allegiance and motives are not always clear.

Based on true events, the well paced and strongly edited ACROSS THE WATERS is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.

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Founder, The (12A)

Biography | Drama | History

Dir. John Lee Hancock, US, 2016, 115 mins

Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch

1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel’s heads.

Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another.

It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald’s Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald – Dick and Mac.

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Great Wall, The (3D) (12A)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Yimou Zhang, China/US, 2016, 103 mins

Cast: Matt Damon, Tian Jing, Willem Dafoe

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.

The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.

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Hidden Figures (PG)

Drama

Dir. Theodore Melfi, US, 2016, 127 mins

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.

Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.

Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

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John Wick: Chapter 2

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Chad Stahelski, US, 2017

Cast: Ruby Rose, Keanu Reeves, Ian McShane

Keanu Reeves returns in the sequel to the 2014 hit as legendary hitman John Wick who is forced to back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild.

Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.

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Love of my Life (15)

Comedy | Drama 

Dir. Joan Carr-Wiggin, Canada, 2016, 106 mins

Cast: Anna Chancellor, John Hannah, Hermione Norris

After a stormy first marriage to a cheating husband, Grace Givens built the perfect life: a solid second marriage to a good and faithful man, two successful daughters, and a dream career as an architect.

So when she finds out that she has a fatal brain tumour she accepts her impending demise the way she lives her life, graciously and without fuss… that is until her first husband, arrives in the middle of the night vowing to win her back.

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Moonlight (15)

Drama

Dir. Barry Jenkins, US, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.

Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

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Multiple Maniacs (R/I) (18)

Comedy | Crime | Horror

Dir. John Waters, US, 1970, 91 mins

Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, Edith Massey, Cookie Mueller

John Waters’ gloriously grotesque, unavailable-for-decades second feature comes to theatres at long last, replete with all manner of depravity, from robbery to murder to one of cinema’s most memorably blasphemous moments.

Made on a shoestring budget in Baltimore, with Waters taking on nearly every technical task, this gleeful mockery of the peace-and-love ethos of its era features the Cavalcade of Perversion, a travelling show put on by a troupe of misfits whose shocking proclivities are topped only by those of their leader: the glammer-than-glam, larger-than-life Divine, who’s out for blood after discovering her lover’s affair.

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Without Name

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Dir. Lorcan Finnegan, Ireland, 2016, 93 mins

Cast: Alan McKenna, Niamh Algar, James Browne

Land surveyor Eric, alienated from urban existence and those who love him, travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a dubious development project. Intangible elements are at play in this ethereal environment. The place seems to be imbued by an intelligence of sorts. A silhouette flits between trees. The place fascinates the fragmenting Eric as much as it disturbs him. Following in the psychonautic footsteps of the mysterious Devoy, Eric attempts to communicate with his surroundings, but risks becoming a prisoner of a place Without Name.

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Patriots Day (15)

Drama | History | Thriller

Dir. Peter Berg, US, 2016, 1339 mins

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons

Based on true events, “Patriots Day” is a powerful story of a community’s extraordinary courage in the face of adversity. An account of the events surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing, the tension-packed dramatic thriller chronicles in detail one of the most sophisticated and well-coordinated manhunts in law enforcement history.

The 2013 Boston Marathon bombing shattered lives and tested the fabric of the American spirit. But in its wake, an entire city came together to bring the perpetrators to justice before they could inflict further damage. Rather than give themselves over to panic and fear, the citizens of Boston banded together, choosing solidarity over divisiveness in pursuit of a common enemy.

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A Cure for Wellness (18)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Gore Verbinski, Germany/US, 2016, 146 mins

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.

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Best

Documentary | Sport

Dir. Daniel Gordon, UK, 2016, 90 mins

Cast: George Best

He was football’s first rock and roll star – a handsome, charismatic Belfast boy who could thrill and excite the crowds with every turn of the ball.

But George Best was also the lead in his own Shakespearean tragedy, a flawed genius, brought down by drink, temptation and depression. In this 30 for 30 documentary jointly presented by ESPN Films, the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen, director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough) recounts the tale of this beloved but be-devilled superstar with riveting, evocative footage and testimony by those who knew him at his best—and worst.

There’s a lot of ground to cover in Best’s short life—from his electrifying debut with Manchester United at the tender age of 17, through the glory years that United won the 1968 European Cup, his adventures in the North American Soccer League, not to mention his time spent romancing the world’s most beautiful, intoxicating women.

But Gordon tells Best’s story with a skill worthy of the man himself. The film draws you into the drama that surrounded Best and makes you understand just why an estimated quarter of a million people lined the route of his funeral cortege to mourn his tragic passing.

 

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Bitter Harvest (15)

Drama | Romance | War

Dir. George Mendeluk, Canada, 2017, 103 mins

Cast: Max Irons, Samantha Barks, Tamer Hassan, Terence Stamp

Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th century, BITTER HARVEST  is a powerful story of love, honour, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, a young artist named Yuri ( Max Irons ) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka ( Samantha Barks ) from the “Holodomor,” the death‑by‑starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti‑Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.

Filmed on location in Ukraine, this epic love story brings to light one of the most devastating chapters of modern Europe.

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Fits, The (12A)

Drama

Dir. Anna Rose Holmer, US, 2015, 72 mins

Cast: Royalty Hightower, Alexis Neblett, Antonio A.B. Grant Jr.

Eleven-year-old tomboy Toni (a showstopping Royalty Hightower) is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamored by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother, and instead eagerly absorbs the dance routines and masters drills from a distance, and even pierces her own ears in an effort to fit in. But when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance becomes more complicated. Gorgeously shot and with a mesmerizing score, THE FITS is a transformative experience and a marvelous portrait of adolescence.

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It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) (15)

Drama | World

Dir. Xavier Dolan, Canada/France, 2016, 97 mins, subtitles

Cast: Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel, Antoine Desrochers

After 12 years of estrangement, a writer (Gaspard Ulliel) returns to his hometown, planning on announcing his impending death to his family. However, his mother (Nathalie Baye), tempestuous siblings (Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux) and beleaguered sister-in-law (Marion Cotillard) have their own personal grievances to air. As buried resentments threaten to surface and fits and feuds begin to unfold, all attempts at empathy are sabotaged by the family’s inability to listen and love.

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD is a bold and stylistically daring melodrama performed with thunderous emotion. Taut, tense and packed with explosive performances shot in claustrophobic close-up, it further confirms Dolan as one of the most singular talents in world cinema.

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Rangoon

Bollywood | Action | Drama | History

Dir. Vishal Bhardwaj, India, 2017, in Hindi & English

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut

A love triangle forms against the backdrop of the Second World War.

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Shut In (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Farren Blackburn, Canada/France, 2016, 91 mins

Cast:  Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt

Child psychologist Mary (Naomi Watts) is trying to put her life back together after losing her husband in a car accident, a tragedy which also left her teenage son, Stephen (Charlie Heaton) paralysed from the neck down and unable to communicate. Mary spends her days meticulously caring for Stephen at their remote Maine home, fitting in occasional appointments at her consultancy, situated in an adjacent out-building. Tom, a disturbed little boy, grieving after his mother’s death, is her latest assignment, but before being permanently transferred away he escapes from child-services during a fierce winter storm and is later presumed dead by the authorities, though a body isn’t found. Mary begins hearing his voice in the house and then catches fleeting glimpses of him during the night. Fearing for her sanity, she connects with her own Doctor, via Skype, who puts the incidents down to ongoing sleep problems. Her mental strength is put further to the test as the relentless storm shuts her in from the outside world just as the apparitions intensify to the point where she not only fears for her sanity, she now also fears for her life…

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Southern Fury (18)

Crime | Thriller

Dir. Steven C. Miller, US, 2017, 93 mins

Cast: Adrian Grenier, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, Jonathon Schaech

Adrian Grenier (Entourage, The Devil Wears Prada) takes the lead in this brutal action thriller that tells the intertwining stories of the Lindel brothers who have relied on each other as they grew up. As adults, JP (Grenier) has found success as the owner of a construction company while Mikey (Jonathon Schaech – TV’s Legends of Tomorrow, Quantico) has become a small-time mobster mired in a life of petty crime

When Mikey is kidnapped and held for a ransom by ruthless crime boss Eddie King (Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage – Army Of One, Snowden), JP turns to the brothers’ old pal Sal, a plain clothes detective, for help. In order to rescue his brother, JP must risk everything and unleash his vengeance against King’s relentless army of gangsters.

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Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) (12A)

Drama | Romance | World

Dir. Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France, 2016, 134 mins, subtitles

Cast: Berenice Bejo, Valerio Mastandrea, Fabrizio Gifuni

Set in 1990s Turin, Valerio Mastandrea (Perfect Strangers) stars as an accomplished journalist whose sudden panic attacks leads him to confront devastating events from years earlier, when an idyllic childhood was shattered by the death of his mother. Forced to relive his traumatic past, he is helped along by a compassionate doctor (played by the Academy Award-nominated Bérénice Bejo,The Artist), who is dedicated to helping her latest patient open up and face his childhood wounds.   

A highlight at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, where it screened in the Director’s Fortnight section, Sweet Dreams is an intimate drama about the importance of embracing the past to make sense of the present. 

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Tomato Red (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Juanita Wilson, Ireland/Canada, 2017, 112 mins

Cast: Julia Garner, Jake Weary, Anna Friel

When small town drifter Sammy Barlach drives into town on the search for his next cold beer and the bunch that’ll have him, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Food, lodging and the possibility of a better future thanks to redheaded Jamalee and her brother Jason who dream of hitting the big time. But breaks aren’t easy to come by if you live in Venus Holler. Finding themselves powerless against the forces of corruption and prejudice, the hardest thing Sammy has to fight is the demons inside his own head.

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Transpecos

Thriller

Dir. Greg Kwedar, US, 2016, 86 mins

Cast: Johnny Simmons, Gabriel Luna, Clifton Collins Jr.

On a remote desert highway a makeshift Border Patrol checkpoint is manned by three agents: Flores (Gabriel Luna): with an uncanny ability to track; Davis (Johnny Simmons): joined the Border Patrol with dreams of romancing señoritas and riding on horseback; Hobbs (Clifton Collins Jr): one of the old guard who believes a college degree can’t stop a bullet.

It’s like most boring days, but soon the contents of one car will change everything. 

What follows is a journey to uncover the surreal, frightening secrets hidden behind the facade of this lonely outpost. The end of the path may cost them their lives along a border where the line between right and wrong shifts like the desert itself.

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Within (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Phil Claydon, US, 2016, 88 mins

Cast: Michael Vartan, Erin Moriarty, Nadine Velazquez

A widower, his daughter and new wife are ready to begin a new life when they move into a peaceful suburban neighborhood. But as strange things begin to happen around them, it becomes clear that something about their seemingly perfect home isn’t right. As they learn the deadly secrets of their new house, they risk becoming the next chapter in its horrifying history.

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