In Cinemas – January 2017

Assassins Creed (3D) (12A)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Justin Kurzel, UK/France/Hong Kong/US, 2016, 115 mins

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

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Monster Calls, A (12A)

Drama | Fantasy

Dir. J.A. Bayona, UK/US/Spain/Canada, 2016, 108 mins

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother’s sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

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Silence (15)

Drama | History

Dir. Martin Scorsese, Mexico/Taiwan/US, 2016, 107 mins

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson

Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) — at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

The celebrated director’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this New Year.

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Endless Poetry (15)

Biography | Drama | Fantasy

Dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky, Chile/Japan/France/UK, 2016, 128 mins

Cast: Adan Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Leandro Taub

Through Alejandro Jodorowsky’s autobiographical lens, Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist’s youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, from his family, and was introduced into the foremost bohemian artistic circle of 1940s Chile where he met Enrique Lihn, Stella Díaz Varín, Nicanor Parra… at the time promising young but unknown artists who would later become the titans of twentieth-century Hispanic literature.

He grew inspired by the beauty of existence alongside these beings, exploring life together, authentically and freely. A tribute to Chile’s artistic heritage, Endless Poetry is also an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth, as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever, written by a man who has dedicated his life and career to creating spiritual and artistic awareness across the globe.

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Zero Days

Documentary

Dir. Alex Gibney, US, 2016, 116 mins

Cast: David Sanger, Emad Kiyaei, Eric Chien

A black ops cyber-attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences.

The Stuxnet virus infiltrated its pre-determined target only to spread its infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet. Delve deep into the burgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney.

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Bye, Bye Man, The (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Stacy Title, US, 2017, 96 mins

Cast: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas

When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.

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Irreplaceable (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Thomas Lilti, France, 2016, 102 mins, Subtitles

Cast: François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Christophe Odent

All the people in this countryside area, can count on Jean-Pierre, the doctor who auscultates them, heals and reassures them day and night, 7 days a week. Now Jean-Pierre is sick, so he sees Natalie, a young doctor, coming from the hospital to assist him. But will she adapt to this new life and be able to replace the man that believed to be irreplaceable?

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La La Land (12A)

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Dir. Damien Chazelle, Canada, 2016, 107 mins

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Damien Chazelle, LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

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Live By Night (15)

Crime | Drama

Dir. Ben Affleck, US, 2016, 128 mins

Cast: Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson

Oscar winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”) directed and stars in the dramatic crime thriller “Live by Night.” Affleck also wrote the screenplay, based on the award-winning best-seller by Dennis Lehane; it marks the second collaboration for the fellow Boston natives, following the acclaimed drama “Gone Baby Gone.”

What you put out into this world will always come back to you, but it never comes back how you predict. Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin’s nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a self-proclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe’s not all bad, though; in fact, he’s not really bad enough for the life he’s chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love. Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.

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Manchester By The Sea (15)

Drama

Dir. Kenneth Lonergan, Canada, 2016, 133 mins

Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city.

His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

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Underworld: Blood Wars (15)

Action | Horror

Dir. Anna Foerster, US, 2016, 91 mins

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies

The next installment in the blockbuster franchise follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.

With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Young Offenders, The (15)

Comedy

Dir. Peter Foott, Ireland, 2017, 83 mins

Cast: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose

Inspired by the true story of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a comedy road movie about best friends Conor and Jock, two inner-city teenagers from Cork who dress the same, act the same, and even have the same bum-fluff mustaches.

Jock is a legendary bike thief who plays a daily game of cat-and-mouse with the bike-theft-obsessed Garda Sergeant Healy. When a drug-trafficking boat capsizes off the coast of West Cork and 61 bales of cocaine, each worth 7 million euro, are seized, word gets out that there is a bale missing.

The boys steal two bikes and go on a road trip hoping to find a missing bale which they can sell so as to escape their troubled home lives….But Sergeant Healy is in hot pursuit.

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Trainspotting (R/I) (18)

Drama

Dir. Danny Boyle, UK, 1996, 94 mins

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a family. Choose the original Trainspotting on the big screen for one night only, 17 January.

A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who’s never touched drugs but can’t help being curious about them…

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xXx 3 The Return Of Xander Cage (12A)

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Dir. D.J. Caruso, US, 2016, 107 mins

Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone

The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.

Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “xXx:RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.

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GoodFellas (R/I) (18)

Biography | Crime |Drama

Dir. Martin Scorsese, US, 1990, 146 mins

Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

Henry Hill might be a small time gangster, who may have taken part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who might have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners could kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to think about climbing up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, might be badly affected by his partners’ success, but will he consider stooping low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?

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Jackie (15)

Biography |Drama

Dir. Pablo Larraín, Chile/France/US, 2016, 100 mins

Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig

JACKIE is a portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman).

JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a portrait of the First Lady as she fights to establish her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that she created and loved so well.

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Lion (PG)

Drama

Dir. Garth Davis, Australia, 2016, 118 mins

Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara

In LION, five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train travelling away from his home and family. Frightened and bewildered, he ends up thousands of miles away, in chaotic Kolkata.

Somehow he survives living on the streets, escaping all sorts of terrors and close calls in the process, before ending up in an orphanage that is itself not exactly a safe haven. Eventually Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds love and security as he grows up in Hobart.

Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he suppresses his past, his emotional need for reunification, and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother. But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his buried yearning.

With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times.

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Split (15)

Horror |Thriller

Dir. M. Night Shyamalan, US, 2016, 117 mins

Cast: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

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Ghost In the Shell (R/I) (15)

Animation | Action | Mystery

Dir. Mamoru Oshii, Japan, 1995, 83 mins

Cast: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka

The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.

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Cameraperson (15)

Documentary

Dir. Kirsten Johnson, US, 2016, 102 mins

Cast: Kirsten Johnson

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.

Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative.

A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

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Christine (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Antonio Campos, UK/US, 2016, 119 mins

Cast: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts

Rebecca Hall gives a career-best performance in the highly praised drama directed by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Afterschool) which tells the true story of a Florida news reporter who, in 1974, shocked the world by taking her own life live on air.

Always the smartest person in the room at a small-town news station, Christine (Hall) is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings.

Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark turn.

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Denial (12A)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Mick Jackson, UK/US, 2016, 109 mins

Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall

Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton (Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson), to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.

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Guardian

Action | Thriller

Dir. Helfi C.H. Kardit, Indonesia, 2014, 91 mins

Cast: Sarah Carter, Tio Pakusadewo, Nino Fernandez

After the mysterious death of her undercover cop husband, a female martial artist must protect her daughter from corrupt police, politicians and hired assassins who will do anything to conceal the truth.

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Hacksaw Ridge (15)

Drama | History | War

Dir. Mel Gibson, Australia/US, 2016, 139 mins

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

HACKSAW RIDGE is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss [Andrew Garfield] who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun.

He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.

Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Sing (U)

Animation | Comedy | Drama

Dirs. Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings, US/UK, 2016, 108 mins

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times.

Buster is an eternal optimist—okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel—who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

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T2 Trainspotting

Drama

Dir. Danny Boyle, UK, 2016

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Kelly Macdonald, Jonny Lee Miller

First there was an opportunity……then there was a betrayal.

Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same.

Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle).

Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.

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White King, The (12A)

Drama | Sci-Fi

Dirs. Alex Helfrecht, Jörg Tittel, UK/Germany/Sweden/Hungary, 2016, 89 mins

Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Olivia Williams, Fiona Shaw

Djata is a care-free 12-year-old growing up in a brutal dictatorship shut off from the outside world. When the government imprisons his father, Peter, and Djata and his mother Hannah are labeled traitors, the boy will not rest until he sees his father again.

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