In Cinemas October 2015

3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (15)

Documentary | Crime | Drama

Dir. Marc Silver, US, 2015, 98 mins

Cast (as themselves): Leland Brunson, Angela B. Corey, Ron Davis

In 3 ½ Minutes, two lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday in 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead.

Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defence. Thus began the long journey of un-ravelling the truth. 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy.

Directed by Marc Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?), the documentary intercuts powerful exclusive footage from a riveting trial with intimate, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy. We see firsthand how difficult it is for them to grapple with unimaginable loss while fighting for justice for their son. The film integrates police interrogation footage, prison phone recordings and interviews with the others at the scene that night. The result is a powerful story about the devastating effects of racial bias, and the search for justice within the judicial system.

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By Our Selves (tbc)

Documentary

Dir. Andrew Kotting, UK, 2015, 83 mins

Cast(as themselves): Iain Sinclair, Freddie Jones, Toby Jones, David Aylward, Simon Kovesi, Eden Kotting

By Our Selves documents a four-day walk made by the English Poet John Clare. Toby Jones, Iain Sinclair and a Straw Bear follow in his footsteps exactly 150 years after his death. En route they bump into Macgillivray, Dr Simon Kovesi and the wizard Alan Moore. Meantime the journey is narrated by Toby’s father Freddie, a maverick actor who featured in numerous David Lynch films.

John Clare’s escape from Epping Forest; an epic march through hunger and madness, is an English journey to set beside ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress’. Andrew Kötting, hyperkinetic camper-van captain of Gallivant, sets out in hot pursuit, dressed as a Straw Bear. Father and son, Freddie and Toby Jones, are possessed by the spirit of Clare, and locked in Beckettian embrace: one all-voice and one all-mute.

The writer Iain Sinclair watches from the shadows, Alan Moore waits like a bearded figure of fate, in Northampton and Dr Simon Kovesi hands out the medicine. Captured in lustrous black and white photography, they discover the only truth of the road; whatever our hopes and delusions, we are always By Our Selves. Inspired by Iain Sinclair’s Edge of the Orison and John Clare’s Journey out of Essex.

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Death and Resurrection Show, The (tbc)

Documentary | Music

Dir. Shaun Pettigrew, New Zealand/UK, 2013, 150 mins

Cast (as themselves): Jaz Coleman, Big Paul, Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page

Feature length music documentary charting the turbulent, dramatic and often unbelievable journey of the British post-punk industrial legends Killing Joke. The film brings together three decades of archive footage with two decades of never before seen new documentary footage and unprecedented access to the members of Killing Joke, their management, music producers, industry figures and associates.

The film explores the progression of the band and their music; the in-fights, splits, reformations, legal tussles and side projects into classical and trance music, but it also delves deep into the other side of Killing Joke and it’s core members. Brought together by a ritual ceremony performed in London, the 30 year experience that followed saw them constantly experimenting with the ritual, esoteric and mystical in their lives and their music.

Numerology shaped albums, experiments in sound waves and psychological manipulation refined live performances whilst ancient texts and prophecies drove them to the world’s mystical sites. From rituals at Iona and Glastonbury to recording sessions in the Egyptian Pyramids, living feral at the Nazca Lines, disappearing to Iceland for the apocalypse and discovering a mysterious island at the end of the world.

Killing Joke have innovated, amazed, shocked and repulsed throughout their careers, creating an influence that has stretched throughout the industry from Dave Grohl to Nigel Kennedy, Jimmy Page, Hinewehi Mohi or the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Famously described as “the sound of the earth vomiting” there isn’t another band, or music documentary, in the world like this one.

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Fidelio, Alice's Journey (tbc)

Drama | World

Dir. Lucie Borleteau, France, 2014, 97 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Ariane Labed, Melvil Poupaud, Anders Danielsen Lie

Alice is a 30 year-old sailor, in love with Félix who waits for her ashore as she unexpectedly sets off as second mechanic on the Fidelio, an old freighter. On board, she discovers not only that she replaces a recently deceased mechanic, but also that the Captain is none other than her first great love, Gaël. In her cabin Alice comes across the diary of the former mechanic, and by reading its content –accounts of technical problems, sexual conquests and lovelorn emotions – she finds, oddly, that they echo her own journey. As the ship calls at various ports, Alice deals with life aboard with an all-male crew, the notion of desire in such an environment and the swings of her romantic feelings, while trying to stay the course. 

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Ghosthunters (PG)

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Tobi Baumann, Germany/Austria/Ireland, 2015, 99 mins

Cast:  Milo Parker, Anke Engelke, Bastian Pastewka

Based on the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke, this heartwarming tale of an unusual friendship, built out of the need to defeat an ancient evil, GHOSTHUNTERS.

When the often-fearful eleven-year-old Tom (Milo Parker – Mr Holmes) discovers a slimy green ghost in his cellar called Hugo, he is understandably afraid.  However, Tom soon realises that Hugo, who is an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), is not only completely harmless but also desperately in need of his help. He has been banished from his haunted house by a dangerous AIG (Ancient Ice Ghost) who has moved in and is spreading an arctic cold over the entire town in the middle of summer!

To help get rid of this AIG, Tom and Hugo enlist the services of a professional Ghosthunter, Hetty Cuminseed, who has just lost her job at the CGI (the Central Ghosthunting Institute). Hetty doesn‘t like children or ghosts very much but Tom and Hugo convince her to teach them the basics of ghosthunting. The three become an unlikely team – only with friendship, courage and self–confidence can they overcome their adversary and save the town from the AIG.

Will the unconventional trio overcome their differences, and manage to defeat the evil Ancient Ice Ghost, and save the town from an icy end?

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Intern, The (12)

Comedy

Dir. Nancy Meyers, US, 2015, 121 mins

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Reid Scott, Nat Wolff, Adam DeVine

In The Intern, Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

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Letters to Max (tbc)

Documentary

Dir. Eric Baudelaire, France, 2014, 103 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Maxim Gvinja

When artist and filmmaker Eric Baudelaire posted a letter to Maxim Gvinjia, Abkhazia’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, he expected it to be returned ‘destination unknown’. To his surprise, he received a phone call from Max.

So began a conversation between them chronicling the contested state of Abkhazia, situated on the eastern coast of the Black Sea, which seceded from Georgia during the 1992–93 Civil War and remains a disputed territory. This is a country that, technically, to us in the UK does not exist; its independence only recognised by a few nations – and so occupies an odd place in both the international community’s, and its own, consciousness.

Documenting this correspondence, Letters to Max – a hit on the festival circuit, including Toronto and Rotterdam – is a resonant and timely meditation on a country’s physical and legal space, and how new places might be imagined into existence, raising intriguing questions of identity, nationhood and what it takes for a country to become ‘real’.

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Macbeth (15)

Drama | History

Dir. Justin Kurzel, UK/France/US, 2015, 113 mins

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor

The story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.

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Made You Look (12A)

Documentary

Dirs. Anthony Peters & Paul O’Connor, UK, 2015, 72 mins

Cast (as themselves): Sam Arthur, Anthony Burrill, Sophie Dauvois, Fred Deakin, Ed Cheverton, Pete Fowler

The last 15 years has seen a boom in the UK graphic arts and illustration industry, with a DIY scene emerging and prospering alongside new and affordable leaps in technology.

So much of our lives is now spent in the virtual digital realm, so what will become of the tactile objects we all hold so dear? Will we see books disappear in our lifetime? And why are more and more creatives moving away from the computer and getting back to using their hands to create art, both commercially and for art’s sake.

Made You Look is a documentary which sets out to explore the landscape of the commercial arts in the 21st Century. It’s a film that gives an insight into how modern creative people feel about the challenges and triumphs of living in a hyper digital age.

This film is a rare and candid insight into the work of some of the UK’s top creative talent, including beautifully shot footage of artists at work and play in their own creative environments.

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Sicario (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Denis Villeneuve, US, 2015, 121 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

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A Haunting in Cawdor (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Phil Wurtzel, US, 2015, 91 mins

Cast:   Shelby Young, Cary Elwes, Michael Welch

In this tense tale of psychological terror, Vivian Miller (Shelby Young) is a young twenties woman who’s serving out her jail sentence at a work release program in the Midwest. Her 90 days of probation takes her to The Cawdor Barn Theatre, a dilapidated summer stock theater run by Lawrence O’Neil (Cary Elwes). Lawrence, a failed Broadway director, is now reduced to staging amateur productions with young parolees and raging over the mistakes from his past. Vivian’s arrival in Cawdor starts a terrifying series of events that brings Lawrence’s secret past to the present. After Vivian views an old taped stage production of Macbeth, a force of evil is unleashed which soon turns its sights on her. With the help of Roddy (Michael Welch), a local outcast, Vivian sets about trying to discover who the supernatural killer on the tape is before she becomes the next victim.

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Addicted To Fresno (15)

Comedy

Dir. Jamie Babbit, US, 2015, 85 mins

Cast: Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Malcolm Barrett

2 co-dependent sisters, a recovering sex addict & a lonely lesbian who work as hotel maids, go to ludicrous lengths to cover up an accidental crime.

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Nightmare, The (15)

Documentary

Dir. Rodney Ascher, US, 2015, 91 mins

Cast:  Siegfried Peters, Yatoya Toy, Nicole Bosworth

From the creative teams behind THE PACT and ROOM 237 comes a new feature documentary exploring the worldwide phenomenon of sleep paralysis and night terrors.

Using dramatic reconstructions, compelling first hand accounts and slick cinematic trickery, THE NIGHTMARE is a unique proposition; a feature documentary that will entertain, educate and completely petrify.

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Red Army (PG)

Documentary | Biography | History

Dir. Gabe Polsky, US/Russia, 2014, 84 mins, some subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Viacheslav Fetisov, Scotty Bowman, Mark Deakins

Feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union.

RED ARMY is an inspiring story about the Cold War played out on the ice rink, and a man who stood up to a powerful system and paved the way for change for generations of Russians.

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Regression (15)

Thriller

Dir. Alejandro Amenabar, Spain/Canada, 2015, 106 mins

Cast: Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, Aaron Ashmore

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime.

When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

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Walk, The (PG)

Adventure | Biography | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Robert Zemecki, US, 2015, 123 mins

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film, a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80, unlike anything audiences have seen before, is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s but, most of all, to the towers of the World Trade Center.

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Zarafa (PG)

Animation | Family | World

Dirs. Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie, France/Belgium, 2012, 78 mins

Cast (voices): Raeusi Uraeus, Sjaak Caderyn, Nya-Jolie Walters, Scottie Ray, Joel Stigliano

Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the undying friendship between Maki, a child aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, who was sent as a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X.

Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land – even if it means risking his life.

During a long journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, and a pair of unusual cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate Bouboulina.

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Suffragette (12)

Drama

Dir. Sarah Gavron, UK, 2015, 106 mins

Cast: Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff

A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail (R/I) (PG)

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy | Event Cinema

Dirs. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, UK, 1975, 91 mins

Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

England 932 A.D. and King Arthur accompanied by his trusty servant Patsy is seeking knights to join his Round Table at Camelot.

Having recruited a band of wise, brave, pure and not-quite-so-brave lords, Arthur and his entourage avoid the silliness of Camelot and encounter God in a wondrous vision. He sets the band of heroes on a noble quest: to find the Holy Grail.

The 1975 classic will be screened in over 500 UK cinemas for one night only on Wednesday 14th October 2015 and for the first time the film will also be shown in a brand new sing-a-long version.

The screening will be accompanied by a specially filmed, exclusive, introduction from Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and John Cleese.

This a fun event and audiences are encouraged to come along dressed up as their favourite character. There will also be an interactive social media campaign in the lead up to the release.

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Censored Voices (tbc)

Documentary | History

Dir. Mor Loush, Israel/Germany, 2015, 84 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Amos Oz

One week after the 1967 ‘Six-Day War’, a group of young kibbutzniks, led by renowned author Amos Oz and Editor Avraham Shapira, recorded intimate conversations with soldiers returning from the battlefield. The Israeli army censored the recordings, allowing only a fragment of the conversations to be published. Censored Voices reveals these original recordings for the first time.

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Crimson Peak (15)

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Dir. Guillermo del Toro, US, 2015

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.

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Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)

Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Genndy Tartakovsky, US, 2015

Cast (voices): Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James

The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!

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Howl (18)

Horror

Dir. Paul Hyett, UK, 2015, 95 mins

Cast: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Elliot Cowan

Last train, full moon, all change.

A late-night train journey out of London turns into a hellish nightmare when the young guard and his band of commuters are forced into a fight for survival against a pack of malevolent and terrifying creatures.

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Lobster, The (15)

Comedy | Romance | Sci-fi

Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Rest of the World, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen

An unconventional love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.

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North v South (18)

Thriller

Dir. Steven Nesbit, UK, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Freema Agyeman, Judith Alexander, Keith Allen

Two star-crossed lovers navigate through all-out war between the North and South criminal underworlds

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Pan (PG)

Adventure | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Joe Wright, US, 2015

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Levi Miller, Kathy Burke, Amanda Seyfried

Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

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Program, The (tbc)

Biography | Drama | Sport

Dir. Stephen Frears, UK/France, 2015, 104 mins

Cast: Lee Pace, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons

The true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.

Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered while Armstrong convinced the world he was a hero, winning the Tour de France seven times.

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Rough Cut (tbc)

Action | Crime | Romance | Thriller

Dir. Owen Carey Jones, UK/France, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Stanley J. Browne, Angelique Joan, Matt Gras

Set mostly in the south of France, ROUGH CUT tells the story of an investigator who is hired in New York to find the source of some synthetic diamonds which have been fed into the natural diamond distribution chain.

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Back to the Future 2 (R/I) (PG)

Adventure | Comedy | Sci-fi

Dir. Robert Zemeckis, US, 1989, 108 mins

Cast: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Thomas F. Wilson, Elisabeth Shue

Great Scott! In 1985 Director Robert Zemeckis, Executive Producer Steven Spielberg and Producer/Screenwriter Bob Gale embarked on a three-part journey through time that broke box-office records worldwide and catapulted Back to the Future into one of the most beloved trilogies in motion picture history.  In 1989, the filmmakers gave us a glimpse of the future in Back to the Future Part II as Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to 2015… or, if our calculations are correct, October 21, 2015, to be exact.  “The Future” has finally arrived – and here is your chance to join the celebrations and see it on the big screen.

Picking up precisely where they left off, Marty and Doc launch themselves to the year 2015 to fine-tune the future and inadvertently disrupt the space-time continuum. Now, their only chance to fix the present is by going back to 1955 all over again before it is too late.

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Last Witch Hunter, The (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Breck Eisner, US, 2015, 106 mins

Cast: Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (15)

Horror

Dir. Gregory Plotkin, US, 2015, 95 mins

Cast: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George

Strange events plague a family (Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George) in their new home after they discover a video camera in the garage.

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Animal Kingdom: Let's Go Ape (PG)

Animation | Family

Dir. Jamel Debbouze, France/Rest of the World, 2015, 95 mins

Cast (voices): Jamel Debbouze, Melissa Theuriau, Arle Elmaleh, Patrice Thibaud

The unique and imaginative story about the start of man. Two million years ago deep in the Savannah desert lived Edward, the eldest son of a primate king who at birth is considered too small and puny for his tough tribe, and sent away to be brought up in secret. But as he grows he realises he is no ordinary ape. It’s not long before he discovers fire (well, someone had to!), hunting, modern living, love and even… Hope. Being a generous earthling he wants to share everything, revolutionising the established order, and bring his people bang up to date with his modern living with brilliantly funny moments along the way.

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Between Two Worlds (15)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. James Marquand, UK, 2015, 99 mins

Cast: Chris Mason, Hannah Britland, Lucien Laviscount, Elliot Gleave

Young writer Ryan (Chris Mason) is desperately searching for inspiration for his new novel whilst suffering a broken heart following a horrible break-up. As he navigates London’s nightlife with his hopeless mates, he meets the girl of his dreams (Hannah Britland) and starts to question everything in his life.

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Big Knights, The (U)

Animation | Family

Dirs. Neville Astley & Mark Baker, UK, 2015, 70 mins

Cast (voices): Alexander Armstrong, Brian Blessed, David Rintoul

From the award-winning animators behind PEPPA PIG, THE BIG KNIGHTS revolves around the exploits of brothers Sir Boris (the finest swordsman in the world), Sir Morris (the most enthusiastic) and their noble pets, Sir Horace the Dog and Sir Doris the Hamster. A newly remastered compilation, hand-picked by its creators, of the best of the brilliant BBC children’s series.

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Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, The (15)

Documentary | History

Dir. Stanley Nelson, US, 2015, 113 mins

Cast (as themselves): Kathleen Cleaver, Emory Douglas, Jamal Joseph

The first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

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Brand: A Second Coming (15)

Documentary | Biography

Dir. Ondi Timoner, UK/US, 2015, 100 mins

Cast (as themselves): Russell Brand, Simon Amstell, Barbara Brand, Ron Brand, Katy Perry, Jeremy Paxman, Noel Gallagher, David Lynch

Follows comedian/author/activist Russell Brand as he dives headlong into drugs, sex & fame in an attempt to find happiness, only to realize that our culture feeds us bad ideas & empty idols. Through his stand up, Brand explores his own true icons – Gandhi, Che Guevara, Malcolm X & Jesus Christ- & evolves from addict & Hollywood star to an unexpected political disruptor & newfound hero to the underserved. Will Brand hold fast against the roar of criticism to break out of the very system that built him?

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Listen To Me Marlon (15)

Documentary | Biography

Dir. Stevan Riley, UK, 2015, 103 mins

Cast (as himself): Marlon Brando

A creative odyssey into the mind and motivation of an enigma. Like an arch hypnotist Brando’s own voice lead the storytelling – there are no interviewees, no talking heads, just Marlon guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory, and through the story of his life.

In homage to the corkscrew personality of its subject, previously unheard audio tapes reveal witty and unexpected turns of Marlon’s thinking; dipping between light and dark, humour and self-psychoanalysis.

The non-linear approach leaps and drifts back and forth in chronology to help illustrate memory’s haunting effect on the present. Visually the film conveys hypnotic states and quixotic departures as we lose ourselves in Brando’s spoken daydreams, playful asides and confiding whispers.

As Marlon looks back on his legendary career, film clips are woven alongside personal archive; the young Brando’s electrifying looks, raw performances and brooding charm put us entirely under his spell, leaving no doubt why he once skyrocketed to overnight stardom. In mid-life his meteoric comeback continues to resonate, while the reclusive exile of later years offers up rare flashes of acting brilliance from a waning supernova. The film draws narrative parallels between Marlon’s screen performances and personal life. And, as screen and real persona become increasingly blurred, his entire life becomes the stage. Throughout, Marlon provides a surprising range of insights – from his revolutionary methodology to his relationship with his father to his politics. What emerges is Brando’s intellectual introspection, humour and sensitivity; a man in perpetual search for moral clarity.

The film’s undercurrent and final note will be one of celebration, a homage to a creative genius. The film is emotionally complex, revealing and insightful, but ultimately playful and surprising, moving between harmonious and discordant notes with eccentric virtuosity. Like Marlon himself.

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Little Penguin: Pororo's Racing Adventure, The (U)

Animation | Family

Dir. Young Kyun Park, South Korea/China, 2013, 78 mins

Cast (voices): Chris Jai Alex, Anthony Anderson, Drake Bell, Jon Heder, Dallas Lovato, Jay Mohr

Curious little penguin Pororo and his friends accidentally cause an airplane to make an emergency landing in their home of Pororo Village. On the airplane are some turtles being shipped to Northpia to deliver ice sleds, or racing ice cars. Nevertheless, Pororo and his friends believe that the turtles are racers, and the turtles end up giving the gang at Pororo Village some lessons and passing on the championship spirit. In the end, Pororo and his friends follow the turtles to Northpia to participate in the race. Upon arriving at icily beautiful Northpia’s race, Pororo and his friends wind up unlikely front-runners, ahead of the polar bears, and make it to the finals. However, a more complicated course awaits Pororo and his friends- as does their strongest adversary yet.

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Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film (E)

Archive Footage | History

Dirs. Various, 72 mins mins

Cast: Various

You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself obtrusive then anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under…’.

Bad behaviour, noise, clamour and violence are not traits normally associated with British women – but for the first 15 years of the twentieth, fearless females fought with the authorities, and society at large, to make themselves heard. At the same time, cinema was becoming established as a dominant art form, and the suffragettes made it their business to get in front of the cameras.

Make More Noise! combines documentary footage of the suffragettes’ public activities with comedy films of the period, which joyously pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable behaviour. These gloriously anarchic pre-war comedies are full of bright sparks like the Tilly girls (starring Alma Taylor and Chrissie White) who gleefully disobey society’s strictures. Women are seen acting like men, dressing in men’s trousers and even leaving the men at home minding the babies. The films reveal how girls and women were already acting differently, had higher aspirations and expected more freedom than their grandmothers could have imagined, going against conventional wisdom that female emancipation was a result of war-time changes.

Special features

  • Suffragette Demonstration in London (1910, 3 mins): newsreel of an early suffragette mass march
  • Tilly the Tomboy Visits the Poor (1910, 6 mins): The Tilly girls star in this mischievous comedy
  • London Factory Girls on Strike in Camden Town (1911, 27 secs): newsreel footage of the strikers
  • Suffragette Pageant in London (1911, 1 min): footage of the Women’s Coronation Procession
  • London Church Completely Destroyed by Fire (1913, 1 min): newsreel of an arson attack
  • St Leonards Outrage (1913, 1 min): footage of an arson attack on a MP’s home
  • Suffragette Derby of 1913 (1913, 5 mins): Gaumont’s footage of the 1913 Derby
  • Law Abiding Suffragists in Hyde Park (1913, 1 min): a mass NUWSS meeting
  • Suffragettes Again (1913, 1 min): newsreel of an arson attack in Plymouth
  • Trafalgar Square Meeting (1916, 1 min): Mrs Pankhurst and Mrs Dacre Fox address the crowd
  • Labour’s First Woman MP (1922, 14 secs): short clip of Susan Lawrence
  • Lady Astor (Conservative) in Again for Plymouth (1923, 13 secs): the first female MP celebrates another win
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Bryony Dixon and Lillian Henley, film notes and credits

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Maya The Bee (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Alex Stadermann, Australia/Germany, 2014, 89 mins

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor

Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in get her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.Based on the children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels.

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Mississippi Grind (15)

Drama

Dirs. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, US, 2015, 108 mins

Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard, Ryan Reynolds

Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.

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My Little Pony: Equestria Girls - Friendship Games (U)

Animation | Family | Fantasy | Musical

Dir. Ishi Rudell, US, 2015, 72 mins

Cast (voices): Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Britt McKillip

Canterlot High meets its rival school, Crystal Prep Academy, in a competition that’s a long-standing tradition – The Friendship Games. Sunset Shimmer is tasked with keeping magic out of the games to avoid the appearance of impropriety while she and her friends compete against Crystal Prep’s top students led by someone with an equal amount of interest in Equestrian magic – this world’s TWILIGHT SPARKLE.

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Paper Planes (U)

Family

Dir. Robert Connolly, Australia, 2014, 96 mins

Cast: Ed Oxenbould, Sam Worthington, Julian Dennison

An imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

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Queen of Ireland, The (TBC)

Documentary

Dir. Conor Horgan, Ireland, 2015, 82 mins

Cast (as themselves): Pandora ‘Panot” Bliss

PANDORA ‘PANTI’ BLISS is many things: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she’s a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world. Created by Rory O’Neill, Panti is also an accidental activist and in her own words ‘a court jester, whose role is to say the unsayable’.

Over the last few years Rory has become a figurehead for LGBT rights in Ireland and since the recent scandal around ‘Pantigate’, his fight for equality and against homophobia has become recognised across the world.

The Queen of Ireland is a documentary film that follows Rory’s journey from the small Mayo town of Ballinrobe to striding the world stage.

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Shaandar

Bollywood | Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Vikas Bahi, India, 2015, in Hindi

Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, Kumud Pant

Welcome to the craziest celebration of the year as a young boy finds his love in a mysterious way.

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They Will Have to Kill us First: Malian Music in Exile (15)

Documentary

Dir. Johanna Scwartz, UK, 2015, 100 mins

Cast (as themeselves): Khaira Arby, Songhoy Blues, Moussa Sidi

Feature-length documentary following musicians in Mali in the wake of a jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. Music, one of the most important forms of communication in Mali, disappeared overnight in 2012 when Islamic extremists groups rose up to capture an area the size of the UK and France combined. But rather than lay down their instruments, Mali’s musicians fought back.

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SPECTRE (12)

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Dir. Sam Mendes, US/UK, 2015,

Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.

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Black Souls (15)

Drama | World

Dir. Francesco Munzi, Italy/France, 2014, 103 mins, subtitles

Cast: Marco Leonardi, Peppino Mazzotta, Fabrizio Ferracane

Based on real events described in Gioacchino Criaco’s novel, BLACK SOULS (ANIME NERE) is a tale of violence begetting violence and complex morality inherited by each generation in rural, ancient Calabria, a real-life mafia (‘Ndrangheta) seat in Southern Italy. The Carbone family consists of three brothers, Luigi (Marco Leonardi) and Rocco (Peppino Mazzotta) who are engaged in the family business of international drug trade and Luciano (Fabrizio Ferracane) who has remained in the ancestral town of Africo in the Aspromonte mountains on the Mediterranean coast – herding goats. His 20-year old son Leo (Giuseppe Fumo) has little respect for his farmer father, but idealizes his Mafioso uncles. When Leo shoots up a bar owned by a rival family with a longstanding blood feud with the Carbones, his reckless actions create trouble that brings the whole family back to Africo for the inevitable bloody showdown.

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Bound to Vengeance (18)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. J. M. Cravioto, US, 2015, 93 mins

Cast: Tina Ivlev, Richard Tyson, Bianca Malinowski, Krisw Kjornes, Dustin Quick, Stephanie Charles

A gritty thriller about a young woman, Eve (Tina Ivlev), who fights back and manages to escape a malicious abductor. However, after discovering she may not be the only victim, Eve unravels a darker truth and decides to turn the tables on her captor. An official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, BOUND TO VENGEANCE puts an original twist on the revenge film and will leave audiences reeling.

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Do I Sound Gay? (15)

Documentary

Dir. David Thorpe, US, 2014, 77 mins

Cast (as themselves): David Thorpe, David Sedaris, Dan Savage, Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, George Takei

Determined to confront his anxiety about “sounding gay”, journalist David Thorpe embarks on a hilarious and touching journey, exploring the linguistic, cultural and historical origins of the stereotype of the gay voice.

Enlisting the frank and often funny perspectives of famous faces including writer David Sedaris, comedian Margaret Cho, actor George Takei and fashion guru Tim Gunn as well as family, friends, and even complete strangers, David learns that people – gay, straight and everything in between – often wish for a different voice.

Drawing upon movie and television clips, acting coaches and linguists, DO I SOUND GAY? uncovers the broader context of this widely-felt insecurity and illuminates the complexities at play in a highly personal and current issue.

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Fresh Dressed (15)

Documentary | History | Music

Dir. Sacha Jenkins, France/US, 2015, 90 mins

Cast: Damon Dash, Daymond John, Karl Kani

With funky, fat-laced Adidas, Kangol hats, and Cazal shades, a totally original look was born—Fresh—and it came from the black and brown side of town where another cultural force was revvingup in the streets to take the world by storm. Hip-hop, and its aspirational relationship to fashion,would become such a force on the market that Tommy Hilfiger, in an effort to associate their brand with the cultural swell, would drive through the streets and hand out free clothing to kids on the corner.

Fresh Dressed is a fascinating, fun-to-watch chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Reaching deep to Southern plantation culture, the Black church, and Little Richard, director Sacha Jenkins’ music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders, such as Pharrell Williams, Damon Dash, Karl Kani, Kanye West, Nasir Jones, and André Leon Talley. The result is a passionate telling of how the reach for freedom of expression and a better life by a culture that refused to be squashed, would, through sheer originality and swagger, take over the mainstream.

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MSG-2 The Messenger (12A)

Bollywood | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Dirs. Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ji Insan & Jeetu Arora, India, 2015, 134 mins

Cast: Charanpreet Insan, Honeypreet Insan, RooheMeet Insan, Sahil Insan

The savages and aboriginal inhabitants have lived a primitive life for centuries. Based on true events, the Movie captures the brutality of their life – from ruthless murders of the innocent to feeding themselves on raw flesh! There is no limit to their callous behavior and coldblooded activities! As the story unfolds, a devastating drought in the area leaves these pitiless souls to deal with the grave situation on their own.

Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, who plays himself, enters as the real life, selfless social reformer. In his pursuit to change the law of the jungle that prevails, he soon realizes the task isn’t a cakewalk. And that triggers a conflict of epic proportions. Also, these folks’ grudge against the civilized lot only strengthens by the day, owing to an age-old secret, which is shrouded in suspense. Those who were the direct beneficiaries of the lack of progress of the tribals had contrived to keep them in a backward State! The Saint is up against some big wigs now!

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Outcast (15)

Action | Adventure

Dir. Nick Powell, Canada/Rest of the World, 2014, 99 mins

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen

When the heir of the Imperial throne becomes the target of an assassination, the young prince must flee the kingdom and seek protection.

His only hope for survival is a reluctant war-weary crusader named Jacob (Hayden Christensen – Star Wars: Episode II & III), who must overcome his own personal demons and rally the assistance of a mythical outlaw known as The White Ghost (Nicolas Cage – Kick-Ass).

Together they must fight side by side in an epic battle to return the prince to his rightful place on the throne.

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Taxi Tehran (12)

Drama | World

Dir. Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2015, 82 mins, subtitles

Cast (as himself): Jafar Panahi

A taxi driver is driving through the vibrant streets of Tehran. Diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his car, transforming de facto his car into a mobile film studio, captures the spirit and contradictions of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive. Banned from travelling and making films in 2010, Jafar Panahi has managed to astonish us with his beautiful trilogy composed of This is not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013) and now Taxi, winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. 

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Under Milk Wood (Dan y Wenalt) (15)

Drama

Dir. Kevin Allen, UK, 2015, 87 mins

Cast: Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church

A lovely and lyrical Under Milk Wood. Barnstorming and raunchy, ushered in by Verdi and a Welsh male voice choir, this is an utterly beautiful vision of Dylan Thomas’ seminal offering of magical prose poetry. This lush, enthralling production beautifully compliments the lyricism of Thomas’ masterpiece with its bold, dreamlike imagery. Allen’s erotic, surreal cinematic interpretation explores some of the more visceral elements of the funny, filthily fluid magical dreamscape of Thomas’ Welsh seaside village Llareggub (buggerall backwards).

Two versions of the film were shot back to back and the Welsh language version has been aired in Welsh cinemas and on S4C.

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Vatican Tapes, The (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Mark Neveldine, US, 2015, 91 mins

Cast: Michael Pena, Dougray Scott, Kathleen Robertson, Djimon Hounsou

The ultimate battle between good and evil – God versus Satan. Angela Holmes (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Michael Pena) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

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