In Cinemas January 2015

Birdman (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, US, 2014, 119 mins

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton

Riggan Thomas, once known quite well to movie theater goers as an iconic super hero called “The Birdman” had recently turned down a fourth installment of the franchise. Now washed up, he attempts to reinvent himself as a director by staging a new retelling of a classic Broadway dramatic play called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”. The events leading up to the Saturday night premiere prove to be one disaster after another as the original lead actor is injured while on set and Riggan scrambles to find a replacement, but the replacement proves to be exactly who he needs – a method actor who takes the job way too seriously. But Riggan has a hard time juggling between the set, his replacement actor, his equally washed up daughter, and a host of other disasters that prevent a proper staging of the play. Meanwhile, a New York Times critic who Riggan has to woo threatens to shut down production of the play before it even starts with a scathing review of the opening night

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Theory Of Everything, The (12A)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. James Marsh, UK, 2014, 123 mins,  English | French

Cast:  Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The film, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). In 1963, as a cosmology student at the storied U.K. university Cambridge, Stephen (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne of Les Misérables) is making great strides and is determined to find a “simple, eloquent explanation” for the universe. His own world opens up when he falls deeply in love with an arts major, fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones of The Invisible Woman). But, at 21 years of age, this healthy, active young man receives an earth-shattering diagnosis: motor neuron disease will attack his limbs and his abilities, leaving him with limited speech and movement, and will take his life within two years.

Jane’s love, fierce support, and determination are unwavering – and the duo wed. With his new wife fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen refuses to accept his diagnosis. Jane encourages Stephen to finish his doctorate, which includes his initial theory of the creation of the universe. They start a family, and with his newly earned and widely hailed doctorate Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. As his body faces more limits, his mind continues to explore the outer limits of theoretical physics.

Together, he and Jane defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed – well into the 21st century.

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Woman In Black: Angel Of Death, The (15)

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Tom Harper, UK | Canada, 2014, 98 mins

Cast:  Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Phoebe Fox

During the London bombings of World War II, school teachers Eve Parkins (Phoebe Fox) and Jean Hogg (Helen McCrory) lead a group of children in evacuation to Crythin Gifford, a remote village outside of the city. When the group takes up residence at the Eel Marsh House, 40 years after Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) investigated the first haunting, Eve soon realizes they are not alone. The longer they stay in the house, the more the awful past of the residence unravels itself and the evil spirit that lurks around them threatens the well-being of the children. With the help of a pilot (Jeremy Irvine), Eve does all that she can to protect the children and discover the truth behind the Woman in Black.

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Dying Of The Light (18)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Paul Schrader, US | Bahamas, 2014, 94 mins,  English | Romanian | Arabic

Cast:  Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim

A veteran CIA agent (Nicolas Cage) discovers that he’s suffering from an advanced case of dementia. With only a short amount of time left before his eventual decline, he becomes obsessed with tracking down the terrorist mastermind who once narrowly escaped his grasp.

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Enemy (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Denis Villeneuve, Canada | Spain, 2013, 94 mins

Cast:  Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon

Adam Bell is a Toronto area History college professor. He is a rather somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor in a bit part that looks like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out about this double of his. He learns that the actor’s stage name is Daniel Saint Claire, whose legal name is Anthony Claire. Claire is a Toronto based actor with only a few on-screen credits, and is married to a woman named Helen who is currently several months pregnant. Adam then becomes obsessed with meeting Claire, who he learns upon first sighting that they look exactly the same, from the facial hair to a scar each has, but Claire who outwardly is more “put together” than Adam. Their lives become intertwined as Claire himself ends up becoming obsessed with Adam, but in a slightly different way.

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Green Ray (Le Rayon Vert) (R/I), The (12A)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Eric Rohmer, France, 1986, 98 mins,  French

Cast:  Marie Rivière, Vincent Gauthier, Amira Chemakhi

Though largely improvised, this funny, truthful, deeply moving account of a young woman’s quest for good company – and, perhaps, a dream lover – is brilliantly executed in every respect.

Let down by a boyfriend and horrified at the idea of a summer stuck in Paris, secretary Delphine (Marie Rivière) tries to salvage her holiday by joining friends or travelling solo around France. But things never feel quite right; can no-one alleviate her sense of solitude? From this simple premise Rohmer conjures both a wondrously detailed portrait of a sensitive, slightly picky individual in need of a break and a surprisingly suspenseful slice of everyday realism laced with intriguing ideas about love, hope, chance, free will and faith. Fiction and actuality are seamlessly interwoven to create a geographical, intellectual and emotional odyssey of rare honesty and quietly miraculous humanity. A masterpiece.

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Taken 3 (12)

 Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Olivier Megaton, France, 2004, 109 mins

Cast: Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

 

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Erebus: Into The Unknown (12A)

Documentary

Dir. Charlotte Purdy, New Zealand, 2014

Cast:  Tama Jarman, Andrew Munro, Niamh Peren

This is the true story of the men who came face to face with one of the world’s worst aviation disasters and became part of one of the most extraordinary police operations in history. On November 28th 1979, a jet with 257 passengers went missing during a sightseeing tour over Antarctica. Within hours eleven ordinary police officers were called to duty to face the formidable Mount Erebus. But as the police recovered the victims an investigation team tried to uncover the mystery of how a jet could fly into a mountain in broad daylight, did the airline have a secret they tried to bury?

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Foxcatcher (15)

Biography | Drama | Sport

Dir. Bennett Miller, US, 2014, 134 mins

Cast:  Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure.

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Into The Woods (PG)

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Rob Marshall, US, 2014, 124 mins

Cast:  Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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Last Of The Unjust, The

Documentary

Dir. Claude Lanzmann, France | Austria, 2013, 220 mins, German | French | English

Cast:  Benjamin Murmelstein, Claude Lanzmann

A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the “model ghetto”, designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the last step before the gas chamber. A man: Benjamin Murmelstein, last president of the Theresienstadt Jewish Council, a fallen hero condemned to exile, who was forced to negotiate day after day from 1938 until the end of the war with Eichmann, to whose trial Murmelstein wasn’t even called to testify. Even though he was without a doubt the one who knew the Nazi executioner best. More than twenty-five years after Shoah, Claude Lanzmann’s new film reveals a little-known yet fundamental aspect of the Holocaust, and sheds light on the origins of the “Final Solution” like never before.

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National Gallery (12)

Documentary

Dir. Frederick Wiseman, France | US | UK, 2014, 180 mins

The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions. The relation between painting and storytelling is explored.

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Tevar

Action | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Amit Sharma, India, 2015, 157 mins, Hindi

Cast:  Sonakshi Sinha, Shruti K. Haasan, Arjun Kapoor

A Kabaddi player rescues a young woman from an unwanted marriage and hides her in his home.

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Exhibition On Screen - Girl With A Pearl Earring

‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer is one of the most enduring paintings in the history of art. Even today, its recent world tour garnered huge queues lining up for the briefest glimpse of its majestic beauty – In Japan 1.2 million people saw the exhibition. Yet the painting itself is surrounded in mystery. This beautifully filmed new documentary seeks to investigate the many unanswered questions associated with this extraordinary piece. Who was this girl? Why and how was it painted? Why is it so revered?

After its world tour, the ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ returned to the much-loved Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands, which has just completed extensive renovations. Enjoying unparalleled exclusive access to this historical exhibition, the film takes the audience on a journey as it seeks to answer many of the questions surrounding this enigmatic painting and its mysterious creator, Vermeer. Using the recently completed and highly complex makeover of the museum as its starting point, the film goes on a behind the scenes detective journey to seek out the answers that lie within the other masterpieces housed in the collection.

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American Sniper (15)

Action | Biography | Drama

Dir. Clint Eastwood, US, 2014, 132 mins

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

 

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Duck Soup (R/I)(U)

Comedy | Musical

Dir. Leo McCarey, US, 1933, 68 mins

Cast: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx

The small state of Freedonia is in a financial mess, borrowing a huge sum of cash from wealthy widow Mrs. Teasdale. She insists on replacing the current president with crazy Rufus T. Firefly and mayhem erupts. To make matters worse, the neighboring state sends inept spies Chicolini and Pinky to obtain top secret information, creating even more chaos!

 

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Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy (15)

Drama | World

Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, Thailand, 2013, 127 mins, subtitles

Cast: Patcha Poonpiriya, Chonnikan Netjui

A cinematic first! Social media and cinema merge in this adapatation of a Twitter stream consisting of 410 consecutive tweets. A beautifully crafted coming-of-age story following the often absurdly comic as well as emotional trials and tribulations of an unknown teenage girl Mary.

As high school student Mary prepares to graduate, she is faced with the prospect of change all around her: in life, love and friendship. In the midst of her own internal struggles, strange unrelated things start happening to her and she expresses her uncertainty through her Twitter stream. The film centres around the concept of a scriptwriter’s control over narrative. Thamrongrattanarit as a professional scriptwriter experiments with the idea of letting a real life twitter feed tell a story. Mary’s tweets are those of the real life twitter feed of an anonymous girl, inspiring this whimsical portrait of contemporary youth culture in Asia.

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Paper Souls

Comedy | Fantasy

Dir. Vincent Lannoo, France | Luxembourg | Belgium, 2013, 90 mins, French

Cast:  Stéphane Guillon, Julie Gayet, Jonathan Zaccaï

Paul has a strange job: he writes funeral orations. Victor, his friend and neighbor, no longer knows what to do to shrug off his loneliness. One day Emma, a young widow, asks Paul to do a curious thing and tell her 8-year-old son about his dead father. A relationship then forms between Paul and Emma, but the ghosts of the past come to haunt them. A love story… with ghosts!

 

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Point And Shoot

Documentary

Dir. Marshall Curry, US, 2014, 83 mins

Cast:  Matthew Vandyke

Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, POINT AND SHOOT follows Matt VanDyke, a timid 26-year-old with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, who left home in Baltimore in 2006 and set off on a self-described “crash course in manhood.” He bought a motorcycle and a video camera and began a multi-year, 35,000-mile motorcycle trip through Northern Africa and the Middle East.

While traveling, he struck up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution broke out in Libya, Matt joined his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. With a gun in one hand and a camera in the other, Matt fought in — and filmed — the war until he was captured by Gaddafi forces and held in solitary confinement for six months. Two-time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry tells this harrowing and sometimes humorous story of a young man’s search for political revolution and personal transformation.

 

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Testament Of Youth (12)

Biography | Drama | History | War

Dir. James Kent, UK, 2014, 129 mins

Cast:  Hayley Atwell, Dominic West, Kit Harington

A searing story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain which became the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A powerful and passionate journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the griefs of war, as one by one those closest to her are killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to find a new purpose, which spurs her towards a powerful act of remembrance.

 

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Whiplash (15)

Drama | Music

Dir. Damien Chazelle, US, 2014, 107 mins

Cast:  Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist

A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student tries to achieve greatness, and the professor tries to stop him.

 

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Wild (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, US, 2014, 115 mins

Cast:  Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann

Director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures –as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

 

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A Most Violent Year (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. J.C. Chandor, US, 2014, 125 mins, English | Spanish

Cast:   Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

 

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Beyond Clueless (15)

Documentary | Horror | Romance

Dir. Charlie Lyne, UK, 2014, 89 mins

Cast:  Fairuza Balk

Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk, Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.

 

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Ex Machina (15)

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Alex Garland, US|UK, 2014, 108 mins

Cast:  Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

From acclaimed writer/director ALEX GARLAND (28 Days Later, Sunshine) comes EX MACHINA, a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence.

In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine.

DOMHNALL GLEESON, OSCAR ISAAC and ALICIA VIKANDER lead the cast of Ex Machina, an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle. The film explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.

 

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La Maison De La Radio (PG)

Documentary

Dir. Nicolas Philibert, France | Japan, 2013, 104 mins, French

Cast:  Jean-François Achilli, Evelyne Adam, Jean-Claude Ameisen

Renowned French filmmaker Nicolas Philibert (Etre et Avoir, Nenette) journeys into the heart of Radio France to discover what usually escapes our gaze: the mysteries, personalities and everyday oddities of a beloved national institution.

Filmed over the course of a six-month period, La Maison de la Radio is a witty, tender and revealing exploration into the airwaves of a nation and another triumph from one of France’s most important contemporary filmmakers.

 

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Mortdecai (12)

Action | Comedy

Dir. David Koepp, US, 2014, 106 mins

Cast:  Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

 

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The Gambler (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Rupert Wyatt, US, 2014, 111 mins

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (15)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Matthew Vaughn, UK, 2014, 129 mins

Cast:  Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

 

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Au Revoir Les Enfants (R/I) (12A)

Biography | Drama | War

Dir. Louis Malle, France, West Germany, Italy, 1987, 109 mins, Subtitles

Cast:  Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette

This richly detailed, immaculately acted film traces the friendship between two 12-year-olds, one from a wealthy Catholic family through whose eyes the events are seen, the other a Jewish boy hidden by the priests, his identity concealed. The crowded dorms and freezing classrooms suggest Dickens, the central relationship hints at Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes, occasional bizarre moments echo Vigo’s Zéro de conduite. It’s a movie about childhood, friendship, betrayal, and how to understand a confused world. The priests are neither mocked nor turned into plaster saints; Nazism and anti-Semitism are seen as evil, but the German occupiers are not demonised. The infinitely moving final words are spoken on the soundtrack by Malle himself looking back over the years to a moment he will never forget.

 

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Big Hero 6 (PG)

Animation | Action | Adventure

Dir. Don Hall, US, 2014, 102 mins

Cast:  Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

 

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I Am Yours (18)

Drama 

Dir. Iram Haq, Norway, 2013, 100 mins,  Subtitles

Cast:  Amrita Acharia, Ola Rapace, Prince Singh

Iram Haq’s courageous and provocative semi-autobiographical debut feature I Am Yours is a powerfully honest and moving portrayal of a young woman struggling with love, motherhood and being caught between two cultures. Mina is a 27 year old actress, second generation Pakistani and single mother of 4 year old Felix. She’s separated from her husband whom her family adore, and this is just one in a line of perceived misdemeanours that her parents believe have brought shame upon their family. Burdened by their constant disappointment and desperately lonely, Mina looks for comfort in the wrong places, and places her trust in the wrong people, repeatedly compromising her relationship with her family and her son, all to devastating effects on her state of mind. Featuring Ola Rapace (Crimes of Passion, Skyfall) and Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones).

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Inherent Vice (15)

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, US, 2014, 148 mins

Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson

“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.

It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

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No Manifesto A Film About Manic Street Preachers (15)

Documentary

Dir. Elizabeth Marcus, US, 2015, 96 mins

Cast:  James Dean Bradfield, Richey Edwards, Sean Moore

In 1991, a band with the unlikely name of Manic Street Preachers came on to the British music scene proclaiming ambitions to make one album, sell 16 million copies of it, and then split up. A quarter century, multiple hit records and one missing member later, they are still here. Now this colourful and contentious band faces off with their equally colourful and contentious fans in a verité multimedia mash-up experiment that will turn the traditional rock’n’roll documentary upside-down and shake it until all the change falls out of its pockets. For the making of No Manifesto, the Manics provided unprecedented access. The film tells the story of the band’s rise from mouthy punks to international renown, takes a fascinating look at the band’s creative process, and joins them on tour. By combining footage shot at home and on the road with rare archival materials and fan interviews that provide commentary, lore, criticism and praise, No Manifesto gives a comprehensive look at a most unusual band.

 

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Pelo Malo (Bad Hair) (15)

Drama

Dir. Mariana Rondón, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Germany, 2014, 93 mins, Subtitles

Cast:  Samuel Lange Zambrano, Samantha Castillo, Beto Benites

Junior (Samuel Lange) is a nine-year-old boy growing up on a housing project in Venezuela with his recently widowed mother, Marta (Samantha Castillo), and his baby brother. Searching for an identity without a father figure, Junior starts to feel marginalised by his mother’s pre-occupation with his younger brother. When school term approaches and his yearbook photo is due to be taken, Junior decides to straighten his stubbornly curly hair. His grandmother recommends Junior spend time with her as they have a strong connection and share a love of music and singing. She introduces him to her favourite sixties crooner, Henry Stephen (“My Lemon, My Lemon Tree”) and suggests he might like to imitate his look for the school photo. As Junior’s fixation with his appearance grows, it soon puts him at odds with his mother. Overwhelmed with searching for a job to provide for her family, she finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s personality and tries to induce him into ‘macho’ ways, convinced his obsessions are in fact signs of his undefined sexuality…

Winner of the prestigious Golden Shell at the San Sebastián Film Festival and numerous awards internationally, PELO MALO (“Bad Hair”) is a nuanced, wonderfully spirited and touching coming-of-age story from writer-director Mariana Rondón (“Postcards from Leningrad”), featuring exceptional lead performances by Samuel Lange and Samantha Castillo.

 

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Son Of A Gun (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Julius Avery, Australia, 2014, 108 mins

Cast:  Alicia Vikander, Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites

Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.

 

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Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (15)

Documentary | Crime

Dirs. Nick Broomfield, US, UK, 2014, 102 mins

Cast:  Pam Brooks

Master documentary provocateur Nick Broomfield  shows himself in stunning form in Tales Of The Grim Sleeper, the story of a serial killer who ran unchecked for 20 years in South Central Los Angeles. When Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in 2010 as the suspected murderer of a string of young black women, police hailed it as the culmination of 20 years of investigations. Four years later, Broomfield visited the alleged killer’s neighborhood to find out if the police had earned their self-given kudos. There, he finds a world of people who suspected for decades that there might be some connection between their odd neighbor and the dozens of women who had gone missing from the street – but who had good reason not to trust the LAPD to help their community. After the residents are initially as reluctant to talk to him, Broomfield enlists the help of Pam, a charismatic, funny and fearless former prostitute eager to help get to the bottom of these murders. With Pam leading the charge, Franklin’s friends and neighbors open up to Broomfield on just how much of the spree was common knowledge to anybody who went looking, and how little interest the police seemed to take. In scenes building to an unbelievably powerful conclusion, Broomfield reveals the journey of a serial killer and gives voice to his victims, as he builds a powerful assemblage of testimony conveying a grave injustice that extends well beyond this case.

 

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Trash (15)

Adventure | Comedy | Crime

Dir. Stephen Daldry, UK, Brazil, 2014, 114 mins

Cast:  Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura

When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael and Gardo, realize that what they’ve found must be important.

 

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