Sea Without Shore
Dirs. André Semenza, Fernanda Lippi, UK, 2014, 90 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Livia Rangel, Fernanda Lippi, Anna Mesquita
A rhythmically captivating exploration of love and loss at the fin-de-siècle. An amorous relationship between two women abruptly cut short. Dissolving under the impact of the loss of her soul mate, the surviving lover is drawn into the depths of mid-winter forests, into spheres of the subconscious, initiated by unknown forces. There is no return. The stream-of-consciousness narration, a collage of poetic fragments, features words by 16th century lesbian poet Katherine Philips, 19th century fin de siècle poets Renée Vivien and Algernon Charles Swinburne whose agnostic, visionary poetry lend the film a hypnotic quality.
Appropriate Behaviour (15)
Dir. Desiree Akhavan, UK, 2014, 86 mins
Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer
For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.
BAFTA Shorts 2015
A feature-length selection of short live action and animated films from the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).
In cinemas around the UK from 6 March 2015.
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. Neill Blomkamp, Mexico, US, 2014, 120 mins
Cast: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman
In the near future, crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanized police force. But now, the people are fighting back. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. As powerful, destructive forces start to see Chappie as a danger to mankind and order, they will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and ensure that Chappie is the last of his kind.
Dir. Zeresenay Mehari, Ethiopia, US, 2014, 99 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Rahel Teshome
Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the continuing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.
Documentary | Crime | Family
Dir. Kim Longinotto, UK, US, 2015, 104 mins
For twenty-five years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself ‘Breezy’ and she dominated her world, or that’s what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a ‘john,’ Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life. Today she is a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for hundreds of women and girls as young as fourteen who want to change their own lives. ‘Dreamcatcher’ explores the cycle of neglect, violence and exploitation which each year leaves thousands upon thousands of girls and women feeling that prostitution is their only option to survive. By following the very charming, charismatic and truly empathic Brenda, we enter the lives of young women and see in verite footage their realities from their points of view. While the world may overlook these women and men, thankfully Brenda has not, providing an unflinching expose which contrasts seeming hopelessness against the difference that one person can make in the lives of many.
High Tide (15)
Dirs. James Gillingham, Jimmy Hay, UK, 2014, 93 mins
Cast: Melanie Walters, Sam Davies, Claire Cage
High Tide is the debut feature film from Long Arm Films. It tells the story of Bethan (Melanie Walters) who has one day to mend the broken relationship with her teenage son Josh (Samuel Davies). After taking him out of school Bethan drives him the short distance to the stunning Gower coastline in South Wales where the pair can talk openly to each other, free from distraction, for perhaps the first time ever. After some troubling revelations that will change both their lives forever, the pair find themselves at a party hosted by Tess (Claire Cage) at which they witness a reality very different from their own. High Tide is a is a moving, powerful and tender portrait of a vital twenty-four hours in two people’s lives. It is a story of love, forgiveness and change.
Crime | Drama
Dir. Gerard Johnson, UK, 2014, 112 mins
Cast: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell
Good policing doesn’t necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a “good” policeman survive?
Kill The Messenger (15)
Biography | Crime | Drama
Dir. Michael Cuesta, US, 2014, 112 mins
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
Life of Riley (12A)
Dir. Alain Resnais, FranceS, 2014, 118 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Sabine Azéma, Hippolyte Girardot, Caroline Sihol
In the Yorkshire countryside, the lives of three couples are turned upside down over a period of months between spring and fall by the mysterious behavior of their enigmatic friend George Riley. When general practitioner Dr. Colin inadvertently tells his wife Kathryn that his patient George Riley has only a few months left to live, he is unaware that Riley was Kathryn’s first love. Both husband and wife, who are rehearsing a play with their local amateur theater group, convince George to join them. This allows George, among other things, to play raunchy love scenes with Tamara, the wife of his best friend Jack, a rich businessman and unfaithful husband. Meanwhile, a tearful Jack tries to persuade George’s estranged wife Monica, who left him to live with a farmer named Simeon, to go back to her husband to support him in his final months. George has a strange seductive power over Monica, Tamara, and Kathryn, causing considerable distress to the men who share their lives. But which of the three women will George take with him on holiday to Tenerife?
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Still Alice (12)
Dirs. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, US, France, 2014, 101 mins
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
Unfinished Business (15)
Dir. Ken Scott, US, 2015, 91 mins
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson
A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
White Bird In A Blizzard (15)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Dir. Gregg Araki, France, US, 2014, 91 mins
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni
Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is a young woman embracing her newfound sexuality when her glamorous but strange mother Eve (Eva Green) vanishes. At first Kat is excited by her new freedom, distracted by the boy next door (Shiloh Fernandez) and the cop working the case (Thomas Jane). But as disturbing facts about the disappearance surface, the mystery begins to haunt her. From acclaimed director Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, Smiley Face, Kaboom), based on the best-selling novel. Also starring Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe and Angela Bassett.
Darkness, The (15)
Horror | Thriller
Dir. Greg McLean, US, 2016
Cast: Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Lucy Fry
From the director of the cult classic, WOLF CREEK, Greg McLean, comes the supernatural thriller THE DARKNESS, opening nationwide May 13th, 2016. As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.
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Elle L'Adore (15)
Dir. Jeanne Herry, France, 2014, 104 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte, Pascal Demolon
Muriel Bayen, a divorced beautician and mother of two, loves to tell stories. She is a huge fan of this singer Vincent Lacroix, in fact she is a dedicated fan. One day Vincent knocks on her door and ask for her help.
Cine Lumiere only
Far From The Madding Crowd (R/I) (U)
Drama | History | Romance
Dir. John Schlesinger, UK, 2014, 168 mins
Cast: Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Alan Bates
Based on Thomas Hardy’s 19th century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man’s complete and helpless adoration. And she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence.
Comedy | Family
Dir. Julien Neel, France/Belgium, 2014, 104 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Ludivine Sagnier, Kyan Khojandi, Lola Lasseron
Lou lives alone with her absurdly immature mother, Emma. She spends her days playing with her cat, eating at a Chinese restaurant, and spying on her dreamy neighbour Tristan, obsessively journalling his every move. But all this changes with arrival of the new bohemian neighbour, Richard, who ignites her goofy mother’s romantic interest and triggers a series of increasingly embarrassing episodes.
My Name Is Salt (U)
Dir. Farida Pacha, Switzerland/India, 2014, 92 mins, Subtitles
Cast (as themselves): Chhanabhai Bababhai Pagi, Devuben Chhanabhai Pagi, Guhabhai Lakshmanbhai Rathod
Year after year, for an endless eight months, thousands of families move to a desert in India to extract salt from the burning earth. Every monsoon their salt fields are washed away, as the desert turns into sea. And still they return, taking pride in producing the whitest salt in the world.
The desert extends endlessly – flat, grey, relentless. There is not a tree or blade of grass or rock. But there is one thing in abundance: salt. Salt is everywhere, lying just beneath the cracked, baked surface of the earth. This is the Little Rann of Kutch, 5000 sq kms of saline desert. And for eight months of the year, the salt people live here – laboriously extracting salt from this desolate landscape. They have been doing this for generations.
Year after year, they migrate from their villages, 40,000 of them, to live on this bleak land without water, electricity or provisions. Arriving just after the monsoon, Sanabhai and his family will live here from September until April.
Run All Night (15)
Action | Crime | Drama
Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra, US, 2014, 114 mins
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
Suite Française (15)
Drama, Romance, War
Dir. Saul Dibb, UK, France, Canada, 2014, 107 mins, Some Subtitles
Cast: Margot Robbie, Ruth Wilson, Michelle Williams
France, 1940. In the first days of occupation, beautiful Lucile Angellier is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers’ own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk, the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together and leads them into the tragedy of war.
X + Y (12)
Dir. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014, 111 mins
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
X+Y follows Nathan, an awkward, idiosyncratic teenager, grappling with the sudden death of the one person who understood him; his father. As he struggles to connect with those around him, he is introduced to an anarchic and unconventional maths teacher who takes Nathan under his wing.
Soon Nathan finds himself selected for the UK Mathematics Squad and, against the odds, representing his country in Taipei. Over there, the academically gifted aren’t bullied but celebrated, envied and even invited to parties. Nathan’s rational brain can cope with the most complex of maths problems just fine, the real test comes when he meets his female exchange partner, Zhang Mei, and has to cope with falling in love; the most irrational thing of all.
Drake's Homecoming: The Lost Footage (15)
Documentary | Music | Performance
Dir. Evan Kosiner, US, 2015, 79 mins
Cast (as themselves): Drake, James Prince, Jas Prince
This live sold out concert filmed at Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009 just prior to Drake signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money was believed lost and destroyed. After its recent re-discovery, additional production footage was added to the concert film including interviews with James Prince and his son Jas Prince; the latter credited with the actual discovery of Drake. The much anticipated concert film includes the international smashes, “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful”.
Drake the Grammy-Award winning, platinum-selling recording artist and multi-faceted entertainer first stepped on the scene for his role on the highly-successful television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Later going on the road with rap star Lil Wayne after he heard Drake’s music in the summer of 2008. Drake has asserted himself as a trailblazer in the creative world. He now holds the record for the most number one hits on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.
One night only. Visit the official site for showtimes.
A Second Chance (15)
Drama | Thriller | World
Dir. Susanne Bier, Denmark, 2014, 102 mins, subtitles
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ulrich Thomsen
A chilling, yet affecting Scandinavian drama about real people forced into incredible circumstances.
Andreas (Coster-Waldau) is a promising young detective, who has a lot on his plate. At home, he and his wife Anne (Maria Bonnevie), struggle with their newborn son, who spends every waking hour crying. At work, Andreas tries to rein in his newly divorced partner Simon (Ulrich Thomsen), who spends most of his time in strip clubs drunkenly looking for a fight.
One day Andreas and Simon are called out to a domestic disturbance where drug addicts Sanne (Lykke May Andersen) and Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) are found bickering. When Andreas and Simon intervene, they witness a shocking instance of neglect that sends a livid Andreas home to his family’s warm embrace. Then, one night, the unthinkable happens and Andreas’ family is struck by sudden tragedy. When Andreas sees his life unraveling, he makes a choice that will lead himself and everyone he knows down a rabbit hole of moral and ethical disarray.
Dark Summer (15)
Horror | Thriller
Dir. Paul Solet, US, 2015, 81 mins
Cast: Peter Stormare, Grace Phipps, Keir Gilchrist
A highly stylized modern ghost story that follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old on house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.
Divergent Series: Insurgent, The (12)
Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. Robert Schwentke, US, 2015, 119 mins
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney
‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
Gunman, The (15)
Action | Crime | Drama
Dir. Pierre Morel, Spain/UK/France, 2015, 115 mins
Cast: Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance, Jessica Trinca
A gripping action-thriller from the director of ‘Taken’ and the producer of ‘The Matrix and Non-Stop’, ‘The Gunman’ stars Oscar-winner Sean Penn as a former military operative dragged into a deadly cat and mouse game. With Penn in his first action role, and a top-notch cast including Javier Bardem and Idris Elba, ‘The Gunman’ is a high-octane must-see.
Animation | Adventure | Family| Fantasy
Dir. Tim Johnson, US, 2015, 94 mins
Cast (voices): Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek, invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home.Convinced they are doing a favour, they begin to relocate the human race, but one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture. When on the run, she is accompanied by a banished Boov, named Oh, who has accidentally notified the enemies of his whereabouts.
Dir. Xavier Dolan, Canada, 2014, 139 mins, some subtitles
Cast: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément
A passionate widowed single mom (Dorval) finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her unpredictable 15-year-old ADHD son (Pilon). As they struggle to make ends meet, Kyla (Clément), the peculiar new neighbor across the street, offers her help. Together, they strive for a new sense of balance.
Dir. Rob Brown, UK, 2013,80 mins
Cast: Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rachael Stirling, Rosie Day, Fady Elsayed, Sam Spruell
An urban thriller about an African former child soldier called Jumah was brought to London by Laura, an aid worker who he now lives with. Jumah is about to turn 16 in two days and wants to leave his violent past behind him. Things seem to have taken a turn for the better with Jumah now; he has a sweet but tentative romance blossoming with a girl at school. But then Jumah witnesses a stabbing and the people involved want to make sure that he says nothing to the police about what he saw that night. Pressure mounts as violence forces it’s way back into Jumah’s life.
Voices, The (15)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
Dir. Marjane Satrapi, US/Germany, 2014, 103 mins
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver
Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is an affable singleton who works on the factory floor at a bathtub factory, ever eager to get along with his co-workers, especially Fiona, (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick) from accounts. After work Jerry goes home to his pet cat, Mr. Whiskers, and loyal dog Bosco, where the three of them hang out, watch TV and discuss the day’s events. When one night he accidentally kills Fiona Jerry hastily covers his tracks, under the strict advice of the subversive Mr. Whiskers. But Jerry is already beyond the reach of his well-meaning psychiatrist Dr. Warren (Jacki Weaver) and things are also looking bad for Lisa, who has taken a shine to Jerry. Despite Bosco trying to keep Jerry on the straight and narrow, Mr. Whiskers seems to be the loudest voice in Jerry’s head and soon events have spiralled and salvation is all Jerry can hope for.
Wild Card (15)
Action | Crime | Drama
Dir. Simon West, US, 2015, 92 mins
Cast: Jason Statham, Sofia Vergara, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Hope Davis, Milo Ventimiglia
Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes…and this time, it’s all or nothing.
Dir. Francesca Zambello, US, 2015, 145 mins
Cast: Heidi Stober, Michael Todd Simpson, Bill Irwin
A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Director Francesca Zambello’s grand-scale production is “a triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long” (Chicago Classical Review). The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, which includes such classic songs as “Ol’ Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” “Make Believe” and “You Are Love,” will sound glorious “under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John DeMain” (Chicago Tribune). “No one should miss it” (Chicago Sun-Times).
According to General Director David Gockley, “Show Boat will be done in grand opera fashion in the way the creators conceived. The Opera House is—I believe—the appropriate venue for these great classic musicals that require full-voiced, ‘legit’ singing.”
In cinemas for one day only
Maxine Peake As Hamlet (12)
Dirs. Sarah Frankcom & Margaret Williams, UK, 2015, 180 mins
Cast: Maxine Peake, John Shrapnel, Barbara Marten
From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes this unique and critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s tragic Hamlet.
In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, giving a performance hailed as “delicately ferocious” by the Guardian and “a milestone Hamlet” by the Manchester Evening News. Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most iconic work. The play explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.
Hamlet’s father is dead and Denmark has crowned a new king. Consumed by grief, Hamlet struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences. This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was the Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade. Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonius and Rosencrantz, are also played by women.
Dir. Eskil Vogt, France, 2014, 91 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali
Ellen can see in her dreams. The way the world around her looks, her husband’s office, their favourite restaurant…memories. It’s when Ellen awakes each morning and opens her eyes that she suddenly remembers she is blind. With her life suddenly and dramatically changed, Ellen has retreated to the safety of her apartment where she can feel in control once again. Her imagination becomes her reality – her deepest fantasies, desires and fears provide a constant internal monologue. Inventing her own world to substitute the one she has lost. But how can she make sense of all that is happening to her and who can she trust now?
A playful, touching and thought-provoking story of a young woman’s journey to rediscover herself, her husband and the life that she once knew, BLIND is the outstanding directorial debut of Eskil Vogt, the co-writer of Joachim Trier’s acclaimed REPRISE and OSLO, AUGUST 31ST.
Scooping the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at Sundance, BLIND has gone onto win numerous awards internationally, including the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European film at Berlin, the New Talent Grand Pix at CPH PIX in Copenhagen and the Golden Tulip at Istanbul. Blind received its UK premiere at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival.
Adventure | Drama | Family
Dir. Kenneth Branagh, US, 2015, 112 mins
Cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul.
Dior And I (12)
Dir. Frédéric Tcheng, France, 2014, 90 mins, Some Subtitles
Cast: Raf Simons, Marion Cotillard, Anna Wintour
Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution. In Dior and I, one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.
Face Of An Angel, The (15)
Dir. Michael Winterbottom, UK/Italy/Spain, 2014, 101 mins, Some Subtitles
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne, Daniel Brühl
A fictionalized adaptation of Barbie Latza Nadeau’s “Angel Face.” Published in 2010, the true crime novel is officially described as follows: Despite all the airtime devoted to Amanda Knox, it’s still hard to reconcile the fresh-faced honor student from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 murder of her British roommate. Few Americans have heard all of the powerful evidence that convinced a jury that Knox was one of three people to sexually assault Meredith Kercher, brutalize her body, and cut her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based Daily Beast senior writer Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated personal relationships with the key figures in both the prosecution and the defense – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to control media coverage distorted the facts, inflamed an American audience, and painted an offensive, inaccurate picture of Italy’s justice system. An eye-opener for any parent considering sending a child away to study, Angel Face reveals what really went on in this incomprehensible crime.
Get Hard (15)
Dir. Etan Cohen, US, 2015, 100 mins
Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.
Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart join forces in the feature comedy “Get Hard,” also starring Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. Nelson.
Robot Overlords (12)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Dir. Jon Wright, US, 2014, 90 mins
Cast: Gillian Anderson, Ben Kingsley, Callan McAuliffe
Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy. survivors are confined to their houses and must wear electronic implants, risking incineration by robot sentries if they venture outside.
Seventh Son (3D) (12A)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Dir. Sergei Bodrov, US /UK /Canada /China, 2014, 102 mins
Cast: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges
In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar® winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.
Sergei Bodrov directed Seventh Son from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight and a screen story by Matt Greenberg, based on the book series “The Last Apprentice” by Joseph Delaney. The film is produced by Basil Iwanyk, Thomas Tull and Lionel Wigram. Jon Jashni, Brent O’Connor and Alysia Cotter are executive producers, with Jillian Share and Erica Lee co-producing. The film will be released in 3D.
Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. William Eubank, US, 2015, 97 mins
Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp
On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness – only to find himself in a waking nightmare.
Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, The (U)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Dir. Paul Tibbitt, US, 2015, 92 mins
Cast: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke
SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.
Wild Tales (15)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Damián Szifron, Argentina/Spain, 2014, 122 mins
Cast: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa
Vulnerable in the face of a reality that suddenly shifts and becomes unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover’s betrayal, a return to a repressed past and the violence woven into everyday life drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.