In Cinemas September 2015

Building Jerusalem (12)

Documentary | Sport

Dir. James Erskine, UK,  2015, 90 mins

Cast (as themselves) : Jonny Wilkinson, Clive Woodward, Martin Johnson, Matt Dawson

22nd November 2003: The Rugby World Cup Final.

After six weeks of gruelling competition, England is battling reigning champions Australia. The two teams are inseparable after eighty minutes: the game drags deep into extra time: just two minutes are left on the clock.

England rumble to within 40 yards of the posts. The ball is sent spiralling back to Jonny Wilkinson, the golden boy of English rugby, in a split second he drop kicks for goal and a chance for sporting immortality….

From the producer of Oscar-winning ‘Man on Wire’ and ‘Senna’, Victoria Gregory, and Emmy-nominated Director, James Erskine, Building Jerusalem combines scintillating match action, extraordinary original interviews with the key players including Jonny Wilkinson, Clive Woodward, Martin Johnson and Matt Dawson, with never-before-seen behind the scenes and match footage.

It is an astonishing story of pressure, expectation and courage, tracing the roots of success back to the professionalization of the game in the 90s, culminating in that glorious World Cup campaign of 2003 that turned Woodward’s poisoned chalice into a golden cup.

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High-Rise (15)

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Ben Wheatley, US, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller

London, 1975. Robert Laing (Hiddleston) is a young doctor seduced by the lifestyle in a high-rise, an isolated community, cut off from the rest of society in their luxury tower block, and its creator, the architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Taking up residence on the twenty-fifth floor, Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller). After Laing befriends Richard Wilder (Luke Evans), a documentary filmmaker relegated to the second floor who is determined to provoke the class injustices inherent in the high-rise, a dangerous social situation develops and the high-rise eventually fragments into violent tribes.

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Aaaaaaaah! (18)

Thriller

Dir. Steve Oram, US, Germany,  2015, 79 mins

Cast: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Noel Fielding, Alice Lowe

Alpha Male Smith and his Beta, Keith, move to take over a local community. They hook up with restless Female, Denise, igniting a deadly feud in which emotions run high and deep-seated grudges resurface amongst the tribe. Are we not men? Or are we simply beasts? Steve Oram, the actor/writer from SIGHTSEERS and KILL LIST stars in his long-awaited debut feature with a host of his friends. Get ready for the most unusual celluloid primal scream – an anarchic, hilarious, disturbing and touching look at the human condition. THEMROC meets PINK FLAMINGOS in the Cult Movie of the Year

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American Ultra (15)

Action | Comedy

Dir. Nima Nourizadeh, US,  2015, 95 mins

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton

Small-town stoner Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel about a superhero monkey. What Mike doesn’t know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend from getting wasted.

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Bait (15)

Horror

Dir. Dominic Brunt, UK,  2015, 86 mins

Cast: Victoria Smurfit, Jonathan Slinger, Rula Lenska

Dominic Brunt’s impressive second feature after the beloved ‘Emmerdale’ actor took the genre by storm with BEFORE DAWN is a tense female revenge saga – a frightening true-life crime thriller graced by a scalpel-sharp screenplay and extraordinary performances. Two women who dream of opening their own café in a work-depressed northern town go to the wrong person for a loan in this chilling allegory of the economic brutality independent businesses face within the austerity-led banking system. Unable to meet the outrageous payment demands, the hardened duo must find it within themselves to take pitiless, bloody retribution on their malicious aggressor.

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Buttercup Bill (18)

Drama | Romance

Dirs. Remy Bennett, Émilie Richard-Froozan, UK/US,  2014, 96 mins

Cast: Remy Bennett, Evan Louison, Pauly Lingerfelt

A twisted romance in America’s deep south, Buttercup Bill follows mutually obsessed friends struggling to find something like love beneath the wreckage of a broken past. After the suicide of a childhood playmate, Pernilla (Remy Bennett) loiters in the seedy underbelly of New York’s nightlife until she calls on estranged Patrick (Evan Louison) and arrives on the doorstep of his isolated Louisiana cabin. Shut in there together, surrounded by the peeling walls of Southern religion and the bottle, they re-light what they once had. What is at first innocent and playful gives way to cruel games of sexual jealousy as the pair attempt to reconcile a terrible secret that haunts them both. With a breakthrough performance from lead and co-director Remy Bennett, Buttercup Bill is a stylish, provocative and unflinching portrayal of infatuation rusted with guilt.

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Cartel Land (15)

Action | Drama | Documentary

Dir. Matthew Heineman, Mexico/US, 2015, 100 mins

Cast: Robert Hetrick

With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.

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Closed Curtain (tba)

Drama

Dirs. Jafar Panahi, Kambuzia Partovi, Iran,  2013, 106 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Kambuzia Partovi, Maryam Moqadam, Jafar Panahi

In a secluded house by the sea with the curtains shut, a screenwriter hides from the world with only his dog as company. The tranquility is abruptly broken one night by the arrival of a young woman fleeing from the authorities. Refusing to leave, she takes refuge in the house. But come dawn, another unexpected presence will change everything.

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Dope (15)

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Dir. Rick Famuyiwa, US,  2013, 103 mins

Cast: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons

A coming of age comedy/drama for the post hip hop generation. Malcolm is a geek, carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighborhood in Inglewood, CA filled gangsters and drugs dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. His dream is to attend Harvard. A chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends into a, only in Los Angeles, gritty adventure filed with offbeat characters and bad choices. If Malcolm can persevere, he’ll go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (12)

Comedy | Drama 

Dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, US, 2015, 105 mins

Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

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Miss Julie (12A)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Liv Ullmann, Norway/UK/Rest of the World, 2015, 129 mins

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain, Samantha Morton

Miss Julie depicts a fierce battle between a man and a woman, a struggle for power and dominance enacted through a cruel and compulsive game of seduction and repulsion. A country estate in Ireland in 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and John, her father’s valet, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. She, all hauteur longing for abasement he, polished but coarse – both united in mutual loathing and attraction. By turns seductive and bullying, savage and tender, their intimacy leads to desperate plans and vision of a life together… Unsure if the morning brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in a final act as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.

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No Escape (15)

Action | Thriller

Dir. John Erick Dowdle, US, 2015, 103 mins

Cast: Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson

Jack (Owen Wilson) is a man desperate to protect his family in this intense, fast-paced action thriller that will leave you breathless.

As he relocates his family to Asia, with wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young girls, Jack has no idea of the terror that lies in store. Within days of their arrival, a violent political uprising has swept through the city and the family are on the run frantically searching for safety as rebels mercilessly attack.

With seasoned expat Hammond (Pierce Brosnan) as their only ally, time is against Jack and his family as they are caught in the middle of a nation at war. Desperately attempting to survive in a country under siege, their courage is put to the ultimate test.

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Ricki and the Flash (12)

Comedy | Drama | Music

Dir. Jonathan Demme, US,  2015, 101 mins

Cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer

Three-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep goes electric and takes on a whole new gig – a hard-rocking singer/guitarist – for Oscar®-winning director Jonathan Demme and Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in the uplifting comedy Ricki and the Flash. In a film loaded with music and live performance, Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband.

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Second Mother, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Anna Muylaert, Brazil,  2015, 112 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria, Michel Joelsas

After leaving her daughter in a small town in Pernambuco to be raised by relatives, Val spends the next 13 years working as a nanny to Fabinho in São Paulo. She has financial stability but has to live with the guilt of having not raised Jessica herself. As Fabinho’s college entrance exams roll around though, her daughter calls and gives her what seems to be a second chance.

Jessica wants to come to São Paulo to take her college entrance exams as well. Filled with joy as well as apprehension, Val gets ready, with the wholehearted support of her employers, for the long-dreamed moment of being near her daughter again. But when Jessica arrives, cohabitation is not easy. She doesn’t behave in conformity to what is expected of her and starts to create tension inside the household. Everyone will be affected by the girl’s personality and candor. And Val finds herself right in the middle, split between the living room and the kitchen, where she will have to find a new way of facing life.

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Transporter Refueled, The (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Camille Delamarre, US, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Gabriella Wright

Frank Martin, played by newcomer Ed Skrein, a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge. From the producers of LUCY and the TAKEN trilogy, THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED is a fresh personification of the iconic role of Frank Martin, that launches the high-octane franchise into the present-day and introduces it to the next generation of thrill-seekers.

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Draw on Sweet Night (tbc)

Drama

Dir. Tony Britten, UK,  2015, 86 mins

Cast: Mark Arends, Doon Mackichan, Sophia Di Martino

John Wilbye, considered the greatest of the Elizabethan madrigalists, spent his entire working life in the service of Sir Thomas and Lady Elizabeth Kytson at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk. This was not unusual – composers in the sixteenth century either worked for the Church or one of the great households. What is unusual is that after Wilbye’s second book of madrigals was published in 1609 he appears not to have composed anything else, yet Lady Elizabeth kept him on in the house until her death in 1628, showering him with gifts including the tenancy of the most prosperous sheep farm in the area.

So why, when Elizabeth died, did Wilbye throw all this up and spend the rest of his days with her daughter, the divorcee Lady Mary Darcy in Colchester? Why did he dedicate his second book of madrigals to the beautiful and notorious Lady Arbella Stewart? A collaboration with the internationally renowned vocal group; I Fagiolini, this sumptuously photographed film is a feast for movie fans and music lovers alike.

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How To Change The World (15)

Adventure | Biography | Documentary

Dir. Jerry Rothwell, Canada/UK, 2015, 110 mins

Cast (as themselves): Bill Darnell, David Garrick, Bobbi Hunter

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. Using never before seen archive that brings their extraordinary world to life, How To Change The World is the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.

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Legend (18)

Biography | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Brian Helgeland, UK/France, 2015

Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton

From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) and Working Title (The Theory of Everything) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double-barrelled performance.

Together, the Kray Twins take over the city. But as their reign expands, power-struggles, fierce madness, and a woman diminishes their bond; the weak link that could cause their empire to collapse. LEGEND takes us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

“The Old East End and the Swinging Sixties are long gone, and so are its doppelgängers, the Krays; all of it slipped into the alchemy of legend. Lies abound, the facts are elusive, but some truth can still be found… “ Brian Helgeland, Director

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Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, The (12)

Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Wes Ball, US, 2015

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.

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Brahmin Bulls (tbc)

Drama

Dir. Mahesh Pailoor, US,  2013, 96 mins

Cast: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Mary Steenburgen

When Ashok makes a surprise visit to Los Angeles to visit his estranged son, the two begin a journey to mend their relationship until Sid discovers that his father has actually come in search of an old flame.

Starring Sendhil Ramamurthy, Roshan Seth, Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen, Justin Bartha, and Academy Award nominated Michael Lerner, BRAHMIN BULLS is a heartfelt and humorous exploration of the ever-evolving relationship between a father and son, the women in their lives, and the powerful secrets they keep.

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Containment (15)

Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Neil Mcenery-West, UK,  2015, 77 mins

Cast: Louise Brealey, Sheila Reid, Andrew Leung

Neighbours in a housing block wake one morning to find they have been sealed inside their apartments. Can they work together, or will they destroy each other in their fight to escape?

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In Cold Blood (R/I) (tbc)

Crime | Drama | History

Dir. Richard Brooks, US,  1967, 134 mins

Cast: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

Adapting Truman Capote’s true-crime novel about the senseless murder of a family in rural Kansas, In Cold Blood is a grimly authentic American horror story. Shot in the same house, courtroom and penitentiary that were splashed across front pages less than a decade earlier – even featuring jurors from the trial itself – Richard Brooks’ fever dream noir is a haunting journey inside an atrocity that captivated a nation’s psyche.

Old prison buddies Dick Hickock and Perry Smith reunite in Kansas City hoping to cash-in on a tip from Hickock’s former cellmate. They’re to hit the Clutter farmhouse, take the $10,000 from Herbert Clutter’s safe and leave no witnesses. It’s set to be the perfect score, a cinch. Instead, Hickock and Smith go on the run with $42 to their name and the weight of four dead bodies hanging around their necks.

Jumbling timelines, points of view and levels of authenticity, In Cold Bloodcaptures the creeping horror and morbid fascination of Capote’s genre experiment. From premeditation to execution, it dissects the brutal, calculated murders that struck a chill in America’s heartland.

Newly restored in 4K, Sony Pictures’ In Cold Blood returns to cinemas from 11 September, opening at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas nationwide.

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Irrational Man (12)

Drama | Mystery

Dir. Woody Allen, US,  2013, 95 mins

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey

Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Abe feels that everything he’s tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn’t made any difference.

Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe’s tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Even as Abe displays signs of mental imbalance, Jill’s fascination with him only grows. Still, when she tries to make their relationship a romantic one, he rebuffs her.

Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger’s conversation and become drawn in.

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La Famille Belier (15)

Comedy | Drama | Music

Dir. Eric Lartigau, France/Belgium,  2014, 106 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Karin Viard, François Damiens, Eric Elmosnino

The Béliers are ordinary people : Rodolphe and Gigi are married, have two children and run their farm for a living. Ordinary people? Well, almost… since three of them, Dad, Mum and their son Quentin, are deaf. Which is not the case of the boy’s big sister, Paula. And not only can she speak but her music teacher scouts her beautiful voice as well. He offers her to sit for the entrance exam of the Maîtrise de Radio France, a vocal elite choir in Paris. Her parents, who rely on her as their ears and mouth in the outside world, take the news badly. Paula, who hates the idea of betraying her parents and her brother, goes through a painful dilemma.

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Pasolini (18)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Abel Ferrara, France/Belgium/Italy, 2014, 84 minutes, subtitles

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli

On 2 November 1975, aged just 53, Pier Paolo Pasolini, the outspoken writer, filmmaker and Marxist was found dead on a beach on the outskirts of Rome, left badly beaten and run over by his own car. His murder ignited a series of theories and conspiracies that continue to this day, with the case still open despite a conviction. In Pasolini, director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Welcome to New York) charts the last day in the legendary Italian’s extraordinary life. He layers real events with vibrant imaginary scenes from an unmade Pasolini film, to create a cool and engaging portrayal of a fearless intellectual who was irresistibly drawn to the low-life on the streets.

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Visit, The (15)

Comedy | Horror

Dir. M. Night Shyamalan, US, 2015, 94 mins

Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge

The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.  Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day. 

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A Girl At My Door (18)

Drama | World

Dir. July Jung, South Korea, 2014, 119 mins, subtitles

Cast: Doona Bae, Sae-ron Kim, Sae-byeok Song

Young-nam was a top graduate of the Korean police academy, but due to “misconduct” is transferred to a post at a small seaside village. On her first patrol she encounters the mysterious Dohee; a young girl excluded by her local community.

As Young-nam adapts to her new life, she witnesses Dohee’s situation and is compelled to protect the girl from her family by letting her move in. All is well with this unconventional arrangement until Dohee’s drunken father decides he wants her back.

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A Syrian Love Story (tbc)

Documentary | Drama

Dir. Sean McAllister, 2015, UK/Rest of the World, 76 mins

Cast (as themselves): Amer Daoud, RaghdaHassan

Filmed over 5 years, A Syrian Love Story charts an incredible odyssey to political freedom. For Raghda and Amer, it is a journey of hope, dreams and despair: for the revolution, their homeland and each other.

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A Walk in the Woods (15)

Adventure | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Ken Kwapis, US, 2015, 104 mins

Cast: Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Nick Nolte

Legendary actor Robert Redford sets off for A WALK IN THE WOODS as Bill Bryson, based on the 1998 travel writer’s best-selling memoir.

Upon his arrival back in the United States following two decades in the UK, Bryson wants to find a way to reconnect with his homeland.  Impulsively he decides to hike a section of the longest continuous footpath in the world, The Appalachian Trail, 1000 arduous miles stretching from Maine to Georgia, an expedition men half his age struggle to complete.

Fearing for his life, his wife Cathy (Emma Thompson) refuses to allow him to do a solo trek but is unsuccessful in persuading any of his friends to accompany him.  When his old buddy Katz (Nick Nolte), a crude, overweight, recovering alcoholic, calls him out of the blue and offers to accompany him, Bryson has no choice other than to accept.

Thus begins an adventure as they encounter weird and wonderful characters and face hilarious trials and tribulations along the way. The men gamely persevere and together they learn that some roads are better left untravelled.

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Bill (PG)

Family

Dir. Richard Bracewell, UK, 2015, 94 mins

Cast: Matthew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond

The story of ‘what really happened’ during Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’ – how the hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare left his family and home to follow his dream. Along the way he encounters murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth.

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D Train, The (15)

Comedy

Dirs. Andrew Mogel & Jarrad Paul, UK/US, 2015, 101 mins

Cast: Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor

All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden’s most outrageous performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular?

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Dartmoor Killing (15)

Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Peter Nicholson, UK, 2015, 94 mins

Cast: Gemma-Leah Devereux, Rebecca Night, David Hayman, Callum Blue

Susan and Becky’s plans for a quiet weekend on Dartmoor are de-railed by the psychological and sexual mind games of a charming stranger, Chris. Shocking secrets, recent and deeply buried, come to the surface. Nothing and no one is what they seem and the weekend swiftly becomes a desperate fight for a survival.

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Everest (12)

Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Baltasar Kormakur, UK/US/Iceland, 2015, 121 mins

Cast:  Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

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Horse Money (12A)

Drama | World

Dir. Pedro Costa, Portugal, 2014, 103 mins, subtitles

Cast: Ventura, Vitalina Varela, Tito Furtado, Antonio Santos, Benvindo Tavares

The film follows Ventura – the enigmatic lead of Costa’s earlier groundbreaking film Colossal Youth (2006) – as he traverses a seemingly endless night populated by the ghosts of his, and his country’s, past. From the restless spirits that haunt this decaying urban landscape, Costa conjures a spellbinding and unclassifiable cinematic experience. Winner of the Best Director prize at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, and featured in many worldwide critics’ Top 10 Films of 2014 lists, Horse Money is a hauntingly beautiful contemplation of Portugal’s tumultuous past and uncertain future from one of the true poets of contemporary European cinema.

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Infini (15)

Horror | Sci-fi | Thriller

Dir. Shane Abbess, Australia, 2015, 110 mins

Cast: Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Luke Ford

An elite Search and Rescue team embark on a mission to an off-world mining-facility in order to prevent a global threat and rescue soldier Whit Carmichael, the lone survivor of a biological outbreak.

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Katti Batti (tbc)

Bollywood | Romance

Dir Nikhil Advani, 2015, subtitles

Cast:  Kangana Ranaut, Imran Khan

Madhy is an architect who is in love with Payal because of her attitude towards life. The story revolves around Madhy & Payal’s live-in relationship for 5 years and until a sudden turn of events when Payal leaves Madhy mid-way.

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Messenger, The (15)

Drama | Horror | Mystery | Thriller

Dir. David Blair, UK, 2015, 101 mins

Cast: Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Tamzin Merchant, Lily Cole, Jack Fox

We all want to believe in life after death and imagine loved ones looking over us, feel their presence in a draft of air – knowing they wait for us. But Jack isn’t waiting, in and out of secure units all of his young life, the dead won’t leave him alone.

When Jack unwillingly becomes embroiled in the unfinished business of a local murder, he discovers hidden secrets which threaten to push him over the edge.  His estranged sister, Emma re-appears in his life and Jack starts to remember the past they shared together and to confront the truth about the death of his own father. 

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Misery Loves Comedy (tbc)

Comedy | Documentary

Dir. Kevin Pollak, US,  2015, 94 mins

Cast (as themselves): Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow

Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, and Jon Favreau are among over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company. In-depth, candid interviews with some of the most revered comedy greats who each share their unique path and a life devoted to making strangers laugh. With arresting anecdotes and insights from the comedy underbelly that reveal a performer’s deep desire to connect with audiences, Kevin Pollak’s MISERY LOVES COMEDY is the definitive master class on the art of humor that details a comedian’s rare ability to help us understand life as only they can.

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Tangerines (15)

Drama | War | World

Dir. Zaza Urushadze, Estonia/Georgia, 2013, 87 mins, subtitles

Cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Mikheil Meskhi, Giorgi Nakhashidze, Elmo Nüganen, Raivo Trass

Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate story focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the fighting arrives at their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) along with friend Margus (Elmo Nüganen), treat two wounded soldiers from opposite sides, Ahmed (Giorgi Nakhashidze) and Niko (Mikheil Meskhi). During their extended period of convalescence under the administration of Ivo, they are forced not only to confront the reasons that fuel their hatred for each other, but also the conflict which rages around them.

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99 Homes (15)

Drama

Dir. Ramin Bahrani, US, 2014, 112 mins

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern

In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the US government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family, but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost – on Carver’s orders, Nash must evict families from their homes. As Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

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Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes (tbc)

Documentary | Music

Dir. Kahlil Joseph, Canada, 2015

Cast (as themselves): Regine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, Win Butler, Tim Kingsbury, Will Butler

A fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Reflektor.

The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.

The Reflektor Tapes blends never before seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.

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Captive (12)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Jerry Jameson, US, 2015, 97 mins

Cast: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela, Jessica Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Michael K. Williams

Based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, CAPTIVE is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.

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Just Jim (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Craig Roberts, UK, 2015, 84 mins

Cast: Craig Roberts, Emile Hirsch, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Aneirin Hughes

Life sucks for Jim. His best friend Michael is now hanging with the cool kids and Jim’s only companion is his dog. He’s stuck in a small town where nothing ever exciting happens, until… Dean, a mysterious American moves in to the house next door. Dean is older, good looking and in Jim’s eyes the coolest guy he’s ever met. Jim can’t believe his luck. Dean offers him friendship, helps him win the girl of his dreams and he soon becomes the most popular boy in school. But when it turns out Dean is hiding a dark secret, Jim is forced to question if his newfound popularity is really worth it. 

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Lessons in Love (a.k.a. Some Kind of Beautiful) (15)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Tom Vaughn, US, 2014, 99 mins

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Malcolm McDowell

Richard (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful college professor who gives up a steady stream of one-night stands for fatherhood with much younger Kate (Jessica Alba). Three years later when Kate falls in love with someone else and moves out, she sends her sister, Olivia (Salma Hayek), to make sure Richard is properly caring for their son. Assuming Richard is back to his irresponsible playboy lifestyle, Olivia is shocked when she starts to fall in love with him herself.

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Life (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Anton Corbijn, Canada/Rest of the World, 2015, 111 mins

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Peter Lucas, Lauren Gallagher, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton

The story of photographer Dennis Stock who convinced a rebellious young actor on the cusp of stardom, James Dean to allow him to shoot him for LIFE Magazine. The men take a trip from LA to Dean’s hometown of Fairmont, Indiana, via Times Square, New York so that Stock could, in his words, capture Dean in all the environments that had “affected and shaped the unique character “.

While Stock thinks he’s capturing a star in the moment before he breaks; in fact, he’s documenting Dean’s last moments of intimacy and simplicity. In the process of their journey, a deep affection and improbable friendship gradually develops between the two young men. Their trip would result in some of the most iconic images of the age and a new breed of film star.

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McFarland (a.k.a. McFarland, USA) (PG)

Drama | Sport

Dir. Niki Caro, US, 2015, 129 mins

Cast: Kevin Costner, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts

Inspired by the 1987 true story, “McFarland, USA” follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school.

Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic.

With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family finally found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American dream.

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Mia Madre (15)

Drama | World

Dir. Nanni Moretti, Italy/France, 2015, 106 mins, subtitles

Cast: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini

Margherita is a director shooting a film with the famous American actor, Barry Huggins, who is quite a headache on set. Away from the shoot, Margherita tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.

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Miss You Already (12)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Catherine Hardwicke, UK, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine

When life falls apart, friends keep it together.

They say opposites attract. Milly (Toni Collette) is the woman who has everything: a successful career; a devoted husband and two gorgeous kids. Her best friend is Jess (Drew Barrymore), Jess works in a community garden; lives in a boathouse with her boyfriend Jago and desperately wants a baby.

Friends since childhood Jess and Milly can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything –secrets, clothes, even boyfriends, their differences are the glue that binds them together. That is until Milly is hit with the life changing news that she has breast cancer and needs Jess’s support more than ever.

As Jess tries to balance her own life with being there for Milly it is only a matter of time before the pressure on their friendship becomes intolerable.

A powerful story for every modern woman, MISS YOU ALREADY charts the obstacles life throws in our path and celebrates the bond of true friendship that ultimately cannot be broken, even in life’s toughest moments.

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Narcopolis (15)

Mystery | Sci-fi | Thriller

Dir. Justin Trefgarne, UK, 2014, 96 mins

Cast: Elliot Cowan, Elodie Yung, Jonathan Pryce, James Callis, Harry Lloyd

A fast thriller set in a futuristic city where the manufacture and use of all recreational drugs is legal. An elite unit, created by an over-stretched police force, works to keep the black market dealers off the streets and the licensed drug companies rich.

When Frank Grieves, police officer and former addict, is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse, he finds himself pulled into a world infected with corruption and in which the only person he can rely on is himself.

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Older Than Ireland (tbc)

Documentary

Dir. Alex Fegan, Ireland, 2015

Cast (as themselves): Kathleen Brennan, Kitty Fingleton, Kathleen Fosdike, Madge Fanning, Michael O’Connor

A landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish men and women aged 100 or over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian’s journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland.

Reflecting on such key events as the day they got their first pair of shoes, the thrill of their first kiss, from the magic of their wedding day to the tragic loss of their loved ones, these centenarians have lived through it all. Having witnessed a century of immense social, political and technological change each centenarian has a unique perspective on life and its true meaning.

From the oldest Irish person ever on record, 113-year-old Kathleen Snavely to Ireland’s oldest man, 108-year-old Luke Dolan we meet a colourful cast of characters, from all walks of life, from the four corners of Ireland. These centenarians are our living history and these are their extraordinary stories.

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ORION: The Man Who Would Be King (tbc)

Documentary | Biography | Music

Dir. Jeanie Finlay, UK/US, 2015, 88 mins

Cast (as themselves): Jimmy Ellis, Shelby Singleton, Jim Ellis Jr, Nannette Uselton Clark, Michael McCall, Nancy Crowson

The story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave. 

With a fictional identity torn from the pages of the best selling novel Orion by Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death exploded into a cult success – and the “Elvis is alive” myth began. 

The story of Orion proves that fact is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man?

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Palio (12)

Documentary | Drama | Sport

Dir. Cosima Spender, UK, 2015, 91 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Gigi Bruschelli, Giovanni Atzeni

The Palio horse-race in Siena isn’t a matter of life or death… It’s much more important than that. Twice a year the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Not your average race: strategy, bribery and corruption play as much a part as the skill of the riders.

‘Palio’ explores the thrilling story of a rivalry between a young ‘outsider’ keen to break in to a dangerous but lucrative game and the corrupt ‘insider’ who has manipulated the city of Siena for a decade. Their passionate and dramatic battle is an epic and cinematic tale of Italian life in microcosm.

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Premature (tbc)

Comedy

Dir. Dan Beers, US, 2014, 93 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Alan Tudyk, Carlson Young, Katie Findlay, John Karna, Craig Roberts

A high school senior has to re-live losing his virginity over and over again until he gets it right.

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Solace (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Afonso Poyart, US, 2015

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish

The story of a veteran FBI detective (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his younger ambitious partner (Abbie Cornish) who enlist the help of a reclusive, retired civilian analyst, Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) to help solve a series of bizarre murders. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers, which come in the form of vivid and disturbing visions, put him on the trail of the killer (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his gift of second sight is little match against the extraordinary powers of this elusive murderer on a mission.

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Whitey Bulger (15)

Documentary | Biography | Crime

Dir. Joe Berlinger, US, 2014, 107 mins

Cast (as themselves): Stephen Rakes, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Tommy Donahue, David Boeri, Steve Davis, Dick Lehr

A sweeping and revelatory documentary film that follows the trial of the infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, using the courtroom action as a springboard to examine accusations of multi-faceted corruption within the US law enforcement and legal systems.

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The Martian (12)

Action | Adventure |  Sci-Fi

Dir. Ridley Scott, US,  2015, 79 mins

Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.

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