In Cinemas – November 2016

Light Between Oceans, The (12A)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Derek Cianfrance, UK/New Zealand/US, 2016, 133 mins

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz

Based on the bestselling novel by M. L. Stedman, ‘The Light Between Oceans’ tells the powerful story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Australia who discover a baby adrift in a rowboat. When they decide to raise the child as their own, the consequences of their choice will change their lives forever.

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A Street Cat Named Bob (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Roger Spottiswoode, UK, 2016, 103 mins

Cast:  Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Bob

The film adaptation of James Bowen’s much-loved, best-selling book. Starring Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash of the Titans) as James Bowen, ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

Also starring Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain, The Incident) Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Filth) Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and (of course) Bob, filming took place over six weeks in London, mainly in Covent Garden where James and Bob used to busk.

The film is directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies, Under Fire, Air America, Turner and Hooch), with a script from Tim John (Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde) and Maria Nation (Ice Bound).

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Accountant, The (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Gavin O’Connor, US, 2016, 128 mins

Cast: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, Jon Berthnal, J.K.Simmons

Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department’s Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons), starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise.

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Girls Lost (a.k.a. Pojkarna) (15)

Drama | World

Dir. Alexandra-Therese Keining, Finland/Sweden, 2015, 106 mins, subtitles

Cast: Tuva Jagell, Louise Nyvall, Wilma Holmén

Kim, Bella and Momo, three bullied teenaage girls are going through the throes of finding themselves. Surrounded by a dark world of teenage violence, marginalization and sexual confusion, the girls have only each other.

A seismic shift happens when they discover a curious plant in their beloved greenhouse. It turns out to have mysterious magical qualities that, when consumed, transforms the girls temporarily into boys. But not only does their gender change, the world around them, and their response to it, is profoundly altered.

At first they enjoy a newfound freedom but soon discover that being a boy isn’t all roses.

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My Feral Heart

Drama

Dir. Jane Gull, UK, 2016, 83 mins

Cast: Steven Brandon, Shana Swash, Will Rastall, Pixie Le Knot

The feature debut of award-winning director Jane Gull, the story follows Luke, a fiercely independent young man with Down’s syndrome, who is thrust into a daunting new environment after a sudden bereavement. As friendships bloom and long-buried secrets are revealed, Luke verges dangerously close to disaster in this orginal and thought-provoking social drama, which the Edinburgh International Film Festival described as “…a beautifully realised, understated character study bolstered by strong performances, distinctive cinematography and a deeply evocative score.”

NOTE: November’s release is driven by cinema-on-demand – BUY TICKETS HERE AND MAKE THIS RELEASE HAPPEN: www.ourscreen.com/film/My-Feral-Heart

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Nocturnal Animals (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Tom Ford, US, 2016, 117 mins

Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer

From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves.

A “story inside a story,” in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly.

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Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny

Documentary

Dirs. Louis Black & Karen Bernstein, US, 2016, 86 mins

Cast (as themselves): Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke Highlighting one of the most innovative American directors, this film reveals the path traveled by the auteur from his small-town Texas roots to his warm reception on the awards circuit. Long before he directed Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s intense desire to create fueled his work outside the Hollywood system. Rather than leave Texas, he chose to collaborate with like-minded artists crafting modest, low-budget films in a DIY style. His ability to showcase realistic characters and tell honest stories was evident from his films, and others soon took notice of his raw talent. Directors Louis Black and Karen Bernstein weave illuminating discussions with Linklater amongst testimonies from faithful actors, longtime crew members, and industry professionals who weigh in on his upward trajectory from Slackerto the Sunrise trilogy. Throughout his career, Linklater has worked with a core group of artists, raising the profile of both actors and the burgeoning independent film scene in Austin. This thoughtful examination of a groundbreaking filmmaker serves as a celebration of a rare talent.

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Arrival (12)

Drama | Mystery | Sci-fi

Dir. Denis Villeneuve, US, 2016, 116 mins

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

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100 Streets (15)

Drama

Dir. Jim O’Hanlon, UK, 2016, 93 mins

Cast: Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen

Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton star in 100 STREETS, a layered and gripping drama, which takes a fresh look at the vibrant and compelling life of residents in contemporary London – destination capital of the world. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Jim O’Hanlon directs.

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American Pastoral (15)

Crime | Drama

Dir. Ewan McGregor, US, 2016, 126 mins

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert, Rupert Evans, Uzo Aduba, Molly Parker, David Strathairn

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Phillip Roth novel, AMERICAN PASTORAL follows a family whose seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting 2, The Impossible, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) makes his directorial debut and stars as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life. When his beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. What he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.

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Francofonia

Documentary | Drama | History

Dir. Aleksandr Sokurov, France/Germany/Netherlands, 2015, 80 mins

Cast: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth

Following his mesmerising exploration of the Hermitage Museum in Russian Ark, visionary director Alexander Sokurov turns his attentions to the turbulent history of the Louvre in his poetic, complex and captivating new film Francofonia.

Focusing particularly on the museum’s occupation by Nazi forces following the summer of 1940, Francofonia tells the story of two remarkable men: Louvre director Jacques Jaujard and Nazi officer Franz Wolff-Metternich. First enemies then collaborators, their alliance was the driving force behind the preservation of the museum’s treasures in the face of untold destruction throughout the rest of the world. Exploring the relationship between art and power, Francofonia blurs the lines of fiction, documentary, memoir and video essay.

Punctuated by Sokurov’s own thoughtful musings and philosophies, it is a timely and poignant film, posing questions about the ownership and value of art during conflict while addressing notions of what it means to be European in times of division and conflict.

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Innocents, The (Les Innocentes) (15)

Drama | World

Dir. Anne Fontaine, France/Poland, 2016, 115 mins, subtitles

Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza

Poland, winter of 1945. Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Lâage) is a young intern working with a branch of the French Red Cross. They are on a mission to find, treat and repatriate French survivors of the German camps. One day, a Polish nun arrives in the hospital. In very poor French, she begs Mathilde to come to her convent. Mathilde’s life and beliefs change when she discovers the advanced state of pregnancy that affect several of the Sisters of the convent just outside the hospital where she performs.

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Napoleon (PG) (R/I)

Biography | Drama | History

Dir. Abel Gance, France, 1927, 313 mins

Cast: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële

Abel Gance’s heroic depiction of the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte is an undisputed cinema landmark. Famed for its groundbreaking technical innovations – including its famous triptych finale – and a running time of 5 ½ hours, Gance’s epic traverses many of the formative experiences that shaped Napoleon’s rapid advancement. Cool under pressure, Bonaparte overcomes fierce rivals, the deadly Terror and political machinations to seal his imperial destiny. Monumental and visionary, the story’s chapters play out in exhilarating fashion tied together by an incredible feat of editing and technical ingenuity. Featuring an equally mammoth score composed and conducted by Carl Davis (newly recorded in 7.1), this definitive digital restoration presents this silent masterpiece in all its grandiose glory.

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Dog Eat Dog (18)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Paul Schrader, US, 2016, 93 mins

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Paul Schrader

Carved from a lifetime of experience that runs the gamut from incarceration to liberation, Dog Eat Dog is the story of three men who are all out of prison and now have the task of adapting themselves to civilian life. The California three strikes law looms over them, but what the hell, they’re going to do it, and they’re going to do it their way. Troy, an aloof mastermind, seeks an uncomplicated, clean life but cannot get away from his hatred for the system. Diesel is on the mob’s payroll and his interest in his suburban home and his nagging wife is waning. The loose cannon of the trio, Mad Dog, is possessed by true demons within, which lead him from one situation to the next. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they’ll all be satisfied. Troy constructs the perfect crime and they pull it off, but in the aftermath, they keep finding the law surrounding them wherever they go.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12)

Adventure | Family | Fantasy

Dir. David Yates, UK/US, 2016, 140 mins

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Collin Farrell, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol

An all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars in the central role of wizarding world magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” blockbusters.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

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Gimme Danger (15)

Documentary | Music

Dir. Jim Jarmusch, US, 2016, 108 mins

Cast: Iggy Pop, Mike Watt, Ron Asheton

Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. Jim Jarmusch’s new film Gimme Danger chronicles the story of The Stooges, one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time.

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I, Olga Hepnarová (18)

Biography | Crime | Drama

Dirs. Petr Kazda, Tomás Weinreb, Czech Republic/Poland/Slovakia/France, 2016, 105 mins

Cast: Michalina Olszanska, Martin Pechlát, Klára Melísková

Raised in Prague, Olga Hepnarová was a timid by nature and troubled child with no friends, that was frequently bullied by her classmates.

Living in a strict family environment, feeling alone and unable to cope with life’s issues, she gradually alienated herself. Unable to fit in, she felt a raging hatred growing inside her towards the indifference of a society that left her destroyed by people.

Rejected by everyone and marginalised, she meticulously plotted against society, declaring her intention for revenge against her family and the world.

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In The Heat Of The Night (R/I) (12A)

Crime | Drama | Mystery 

Dir. Norman Jewison, US, 1967, 116 mins

Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates

“They call me Mister Tibbs!”

In the Heat of the Night returns to UK cinemas on 18 November as one of the key titles in BFI Black Star; a nationwide season of film events celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors.

One of three releases in 1967 that would cement Sidney Poitier’s position as the pre-eminent black actor of his generation, In the Heat of the Night is a taut culture clash thriller that first hit cinemas in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The legendary Bahamian-American actor stars oppositeRod Steiger as one half of an odd couple police duo forced to work together to solve a murder in a small Mississippi town bristling with racial tension.

Celebrated on its initial release with 5 Oscar® wins, including Best Picture, its representation of American race relations and law enforcement remains strikingly relevant.

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Indignation (15)

Drama

Dir. James Schamus, US/China, 2016, 110 mins

Cast: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts

Based on Philip Roth’s late novel, Indignation takes place in 1951, as Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, travels on scholarship to a small, conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War.

But once there, Marcus’s growing infatuation with his beautiful classmate Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon), and his clashes with the college’s imposing Dean, Hawes Caudwell (Tracy Letts), put his and his family’s best laid plans to the ultimate test.

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Music Of Strangers, The (12A)

Documentary | Music

Dir. Morgan Neville, US, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh, Kayhan Kalhor

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other international artists of The Silk Road Project discuss their philosophies on music and culture.

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Your Name (12A)

Animation | Drama | Romance

Dir. Makoto Shinkai, Japan, 2016, 106 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita

Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way.

She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

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A United Kingdom (12)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. Amma Asante, US/UK/Czech Republic, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Arnold Ocenga

The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the king of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker that he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, apartheid and empire – their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

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Allied (15)

Action | Drama | Romance

Dir. Robert Zemeckis, US, 2016

Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris

The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

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Almost Christmas

Comedy | Drama

Dir. David E. Talbert, US, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover

A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

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Creepy (15)

Thriller

Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2016, 130 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba

Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki’s memory.

She is the only surviving family member from the case. Meanwhile, Takakura and his wife Yasuko recently moved into a new home. Their neighbor, Nishino, has a sick wife and a young teen daughter. One day, the daughter, Mio, tells him that the man is not her father and she doesn’t know him at all.

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Magnus (U)

Documentary

Dir. Benjamin Ree, Norway, 2016, 78 mins

Cast: Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand

Magnus Carlsen is widely known as the ‘Mozart of Chess’ because, unlike many chess grandmasters, he not only possesses an innate ability and a remarkable memory, but he blends those attributes with unrivaled creativity and intuition. Memorized moves and calculated probabilities can carry a chess player extremely far. But Magnus’ journey eventually proves that there can be other elements of the game, ones that are impossible to measure or calculate.

From a young age Magnus Carlsen had aspirations of becoming a champion chess player. While many players seek out an intensely rigid environment to hone their skills, Magnus’ brilliance shines brightest when surrounded by his loving and supportive family. Through an extensive amount of archival footage and home movies, director Benjamin Ree reveals this young man’s unusual and rapid trajectory to the pinnacle of the chess world. This film allows the audience to not only peek inside this isolated community but also witness the maturation of a modern genius.

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Mum's List (12)

Drama

Dir. Niall Johnson, UK, 2016, 101 mins

Cast: Rafe Spall, Emilia Fox, Elaine Cassidy

A dying mother’s life lessons to the husband and sons she left behind. Based on the best-selling novel by St John (Singe) Greene, the film is the story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer.

Over her last few days, she created her list: writing her thoughts and memories down, to help the man she loved create the best life possible for their two sons, after she was gone.

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Paterson (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Jim Jarmusch, France/Germany/US, 2016, 118 mins

Cast: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Helen-Jean Arthur

Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer.

He goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura’s world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily, each a different and inspired project. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry.

The history and energy of the City of Paterson is a felt presence in the film and its simple structure unfolds over the course of a single week. The quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life are observed, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details.

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Edge Of Seventeen, The (15)

Comedy | Drama |

Dir. Kelly Fremon Craig , US, 2016, 104 mins

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner

Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy (Hayden Szeto) gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

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