In Cinemas September 2016

9th Life of Louis Drax, The (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Alxandre Aja, UK/Canada/US, 2016, 108 mins

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon, Aaron Paul

Adapted from Liz Jensen’s acclaimed bestselling novel, THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX is an intriguing mystery thriller starring Jamie Dornan, Sarah Gadon and Aaron Paul.

When nine-year-old Louis Drax inexplicably reawakens from the dead after his latest life-threatening accident, he becomes the patient of celebrated neurologist Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan), who specialises in chid psychology. Determined to uncover the truth of Louis’ bizarre existence, Pascal is drawn into both the child’s life and that of his fragile mother Natalie (Gadon), whose affections begin to cloud his judgements.

While Louis recuperates in a comatose state, Pascal sets about putting the mysterious pieces of the Drax family together, the truths of which begin to test the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Directed by Alexandre Aja (HORNS, MIRRORS), THE 9TH LIFE OF LOUIS DRAX also stars Oliver Platt, Aiden Longworth and Barbara Hershey.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Brotherhood (15)

Drama

Dir. Noel Clarke, UK, 2016, 104 mins

Cast: Jason Maza, Stormzy, Red Madrell, Shanika Warren-Markland, Arnold Oceng, Noel Clarke

A decade on from the events in Adulthood, and Sam Peel (Noel Clarke) has grown up, in a stable relationship with his lawyer girlfriend Kayla (Shanika Warren-Markland), and raise their child together, seeking a peaceful existence far away from the former’s disruptive background. But having made a lot of enemies down the years who still hold a grudge against him, it’s just a matter of time before Sam’s past comes back to haunt him. Wanting nothing to do with this particular lifestyle, when his family are threatened, Sam knows that it’s time to put an end to this ongoing conflict once and for all.

The film is written and directed by Noel Clarke.

Trailer     Official Site     Previews from 29th August

__________________________________________________

Cafe Society (12A)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Woody Allen, US, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively

Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance CAFE SOCIETY follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.

Centering on events in the lives of Bobby’s colorful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.

Poignant, and often hilarious, CAFE SOCIETY, a film with a novel’s sweep, takes us on a journey from pastel-clad dealmakers in plush Hollywood mansions, to the quarrels and tribulations of a humble Bronx family, to the rough-and-tumble violence of New York gangsters, to the sparkling surfaces and secret scandals of Manhattan high life.

With CAFE SOCIETY, Woody Allen conjures up a 1930s world that has passed to tell a deeply romantic tale of dreams that never die.

Trailer    Official Site

__________________________________________________

Call of Heroes (15)

World | Action

Dir. Benny Chan, Hong Kong, 2016, 120 mins, subtitles

Cast: Louis Koo, Ching Wan Lau, Eddie Peng

The story of CALL OF HEROES takes place within the early Republic of China, in a time of turmoil due to incessant civil wars. Amidst the unrest, a warlord’s ruthless son is arrested in a remote village that he had hoped to conquer. An army belonging to the warlord soon threatens to attack the village, and the village’s skilled guardians must stand their ground to protect their homeland.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Chick Lit (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Tony Britten, UK, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Christian McKay, Dakota Blue Richards, David Troughton, Miles Jupp, Tom Palmer, Caroline Catz, James Wilby, Cathy Tyson, Eileen Atkins, John Hurt

A comedy drama about four guys trying to save their local pub from closing down. They group write a chick lit, or more specifically a ‘mummy porn’ novel in the style of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and it gets snapped up. The only snag is that the publisher insists that the young woman ‘author’ does press and publicity. The guys have to keep their involvement a secret and so engage an out of work actress to ‘role play’ the part of the author. This leads to her becoming the star in the film of the book, the tables are turned on the guys and she is in control – leaving them with the awful prospect of having to secretly churn out sex novels for the foreseeable future.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Equity (15)

Drama

Dir. Meera Menon, US, 2016, 100 mins

Cast: Naomi Bishop, Anna Gunn, Michael Connor, James Purefoy, Erin Manning, Sarah Megan Thomas

When Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn) is passed over for a promotion at her firm, she fights for the opportunity to take a start-up public, hoping this promising IPO will secure her a place at the firm’s highest level. But when an employee at the start-up raises questions about a possible crack in the company’s walls, Naomi must decide whether to investigate rumors that may compromise the deal, or push forward with the confidence her superiors expect.

Soon Naomi finds herself tangled in a web of deception and office politics and begins to question if there is anyone she can trust. As the IPO draws closer, Naomi sees that the choices she has made for her career have left her very much alone. Forced to reexamine the rules of the cutthroat world she has always loved she finds herself in a fight for her very survival.

Trailer    Official Site

__________________________________________________

Jim: The James Foley Story (15)

Documentary

Dir. Brian Oakes, US, 2016, 111 mins

Cast (as themselves): Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie, Manu Brabo

Directed by his childhood friend, Brian Oakes, ‘Jim’ is the story of one man’s courage under fire to bring the stories of the Syrian people West, and the huge price he paid for doing this.

 On November 22nd 2012, Thanksgiving Day in America, photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and held hostage for two years. His execution video in 2014 sent shockwaves around the globe and introduced the world to ISIS. Brian Oakes tells Jim’s haunting story through interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists, as well as in-depth testimony from fellow hostages who reveal incredible, never-before-released details of his captivity. ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’ is an unforgettable and moving tribute.

Trailer     Official Site

 

__________________________________________________

Morgan (12)

Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-fi | Thriller

Dir. Luke Scott, US, 2016

Cast: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti

A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy from Amazon

__________________________________________________

Naam Hai Akira (a.k.a. Akira)

Bollywood | Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. A. R. Murugadoss, India, 2016, 139 mins, in Hindi

Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Konkana Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap

A gripping action thriller about a college girl Akira, who has grown up with the ideals of being self reliant. Her life spirals out of control when she becomes unwittingly involved in a crime involving four corrupt police officers.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Sausage Party (15)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon, US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast (voices): Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Bill Hader

‘Sausage Party,’ the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Things to Come (L'avenir) (12A)

Drama | World

Dir. Mia Hansen-Love, France/Germany. 2016, 102 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Édith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte, Élise Lhomeau, Lionel Dray, Grégoire Montana-Haroche, Lina Benzerti

Berlin Silver Bear winning director Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature ‘Things to Come’ is a tender, contemplative portrait of womanhood – and an irresistible collaboration between the filmmaker and the legendary actor Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, White Material, Amour).

Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a Parisian high school. She is deeply passionate about her job and enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking to others. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her eccentric mother, leading a life of personal and intellectual fulfilment. Unexpectedly, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With an newfound freedom suddenly thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent herself and establish a new way of living.

Featuring a remarkable performance from Huppert, ‘Things to Com’e is an intelligent, poetic and naturalistic exploration of one woman’s pursuit of happiness. Having gathered critical acclaim across the festival circuit, it certifies Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love, Eden) as one of the most distinguished emerging auteurs in European cinema.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Ben Hur (12)

Adventure | Drama

Dir. Timur Bekmambetov, US, 2016, 125 mins

Cast: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Anthropoid (15)

Biography | History | Thriller | War

Dir. Sean Ellis, Czech Republic/UK/France, 2016, 120 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon

Based on the extraordinary true story of the World War II operation to assassinate Nazi commanding officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler; he was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague,” his reign of terror and brutality prompted Czech authorities in London to hatch a top-secret mission, codenamed “Operation Anthropoid,” which would change history forever.

One of the most terrifying and thrilling stories of World War II, ANTHROPOID follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city locked down under Nazi occupation, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, the man many saw as Adolf Hitler’s natural successor. 

Trailer     Buy

__________________________________________________

Baar Baar Dekho

Bollywood | Action | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Nitya Mehra, India, 2016, 247 mins, subtitles

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Katrina Kaif, Sayani Gupta

What would you do if you could see the future of your relationship?

Jump on this roller coaster ride with Jai and Diya as they ride the ups and down of their relationship through the test of time…

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Blue Room, The (15)

Crime | Romance | Thriller | World

Dir. Mathieu Amalric, France, 2014, 76 mins, subtitles

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman who, after a round of kinky sex, makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation—but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Captain Fantastic (15)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Matt Ross, US, 2016, 118 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

Trailer     Buy

__________________________________________________

Don't Breathe (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Fede Alvarez, US, 2016, 88 mins

Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette

Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a serial killer, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his newest victims.

Trailer     Buy

__________________________________________________

Hell or High Water (15)

Crime | Drama

Dir. David Mackenzie, US, 2016, 102 mins

Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), resort to a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a veteran Texas Ranger (Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges) determined to take them down.

Trailer     Buy from Amazon

__________________________________________________

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dir. Travis Knight, US, 2016, 101 mins

Cast (voices): Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, George Takei, Brenda Vaccaro

‘Kubo and the Two String’s is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson ofGame of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award® nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Land of the Enlightened, The (15)

Documentary | Drama | War

Dir. Pieter-Jan De Pue, Belgium/Rest of the World, 2016. 87 mins

Cast (as themselves): Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops finally withdraw from their land, another gang of children keeps tight control on the caravans smuggling the blue gemstones through the arid mountains of Pamir.

In this seamless blend of fictional and documentary form, we experience a stunning cinematic journey into the beauty of war-tormented Afghanistan. Shot over seven years on evocative 16mm footage, first-time director Pieter-Jan De Pue paints a whimsical yet haunting look at the condition of Afghanistan left for the next generation. As American soldiers prepare to leave, we follow De Pue deep into this hidden land where young boys form wild gangs to control trade routes, sell explosives from mines left over from war, and climb rusting tanks as playgrounds—making the new rules of war based on the harsh landscape left to them. De Pue’s transportative and wonderfully crafted film confronts the visceral beauty and roughness of survival, serving as a testament to the spirited innovation of childhood and the extreme resilience of a people and country.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Man Who Fell To Earth, The (40th Anniversary R/I) (18)

Sci-fi | Drama

Dir. Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1976, 139 mins

Cast: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark

Travelling from his home planet that is gripped by a catastrophic drought, a humanoid alien named Thomas Jerome Newton comes to Earth on a mission to take water home. Using the advanced technology at his disposal to patent several inventions on Earth, Newton acquires incredible wealth as the head of a technology-based conglomerate that he intends to use to finance the construction of a space vehicle to ship water back to his planet. But Newton soon finds his true identity at risk due to the actions of an unscrupulous business colleague.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Theo & Hugo (18)

Drama | Romance | World

Dirs. Olivier Ducastel & Jacques Martineau, France, 2016, 97 mins, subtitles

Cast: Geoffrey Couët, François Nambot

Theo and Hugo encounter each other’s bodies one night in a Paris sex club. Later, they leave the club and drift down the deserted streets of nocturnal Paris. Before long, they’ll soon find out tonight is going to be more than just a casual sexual encounter. Love is imminent!

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, The

Documentary | Music

Dir. Ron Howard, UK/US, 2016

Cast (as themselves): John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrision, Ringo Starr

Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly anticipated documentary feature film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years’ has set its World Premiere Date in London’s Leicester Square 15 September 2016. 

Featuring rare and exclusive footage, the film is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.  

‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years’ is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. 

Only in cinemas September 15th. With world premiere broadcast live & specially remastered concert footage. 

The Beatles played Shea Stadium on August 15th 1965 in what was to be the first rock concert ever staged in a stadium in front of more than 55,000 people. The event was filmed by 14, 35mm cameras by Ed Sullivan Productions and Brian Epstein and for the very first time, the fully restored, remastered, 30-minute performance will be screened as part of the worldwide theatrical release of Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized documentary feature film, The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years.

ONLY AVAILABLE IN CINEMAS – the 4K restoration with sound remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, includes performances of the classic songs such as “A Hard Days Night,” “I’m Down,” “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.”

Trailer     Official Site     Tickets

__________________________________________________

Blair Witch (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Adam Wingard, US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid

It’s been 20 years since James’s sister and her two friends vanished into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland while researching the legend of the Blair Witch, leaving a trail of theories and suspicions in their wake. James (James Allen McCune of TV’s SHAMELESS) and his friends Peter (WRECK-IT RALPH’S Brandon Scott), Ashley (Corbin Reid of TV’s DISNEY STAR DARLINGS) and film student Lisa (Callie Hernandez of upcoming LA LA LAND and Ridley Scott’s upcoming ALIEN: COVENANT) venture into the same woods each with a camera to uncover the mysteries surrounding their disappearance.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang (TBC)

Documentary

Dir. Phil Strongman, UK, 2013, 150 Mins

Cast: Malcolm McLaren, Boy George, Sex Pistols

Making great use of a candid interview he conducted with Malcolm in Paris, not long before he died. Director, Phil Strongman, has unearthed some extraordinary, never-before-heard stuff about Malcolm’s childhood and personal life alongside his remarkable story.

Born to a young mother, Malcolm was brought up by his grandmother – – Alan Yentob describes her in the documentary, in Citizen Kane terms, as Malcolm’s ‘Rosebud’. She still had a foot in the Victorian era, and home-schooled her favourite grandson (as Malcolm’s brother describes him with evidently lingering bitterness) for greatness, drumming Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde into him. His art-school teacher was another huge influence, teaching him that “it’s better to be a glorious failure than any kind of benign success”.

But as the title of the film suggests, Anarchy: The Malcolm Westwood Gang also sets Malcolm within the arty-political framework of the time. He narrowly missed spending May 1968 in Paris during the student revolts, and was heavily influenced by the Situationist movement. The creation of the Sex Pistols and the attendant birth of punk and Malcolm’s subsequent career as Bow Wow Wow Svengali and hip-hop pioneer.

Almost three films in one: it’s a history of Anarchism in Europe; a personal biography of Malcolm; and a compelling exposé of the real birth of the Sex Pistols. (Sample: Malcolm originally wanted Sid Vicious rather than Johnny Rotten as lead singer, but, he says, “People didn’t have phones in those days. They didn’t have addresses. They didn’t even homes. Sid didn’t show up when I was anxiously looking, so John got the job… (fronting) a band who couldn’t play as a singer who couldn’t sing.”)

__________________________________________________

Bridget Jones's Baby (15)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Sharon Maguire, Ireland/UK/Rest of the World, 2016

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favourite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Brother, The (15)

Crime | Thriller

Dir. Ryan Bonder, Canada, 2016, 86 mins

Cast: Anthony Head, Tygh Runyan

Adam Diamond is man attempting to escape from his family’s arms dealing business but is quickly drawn back in when he discovers his father is involved in a deal with his estrange brother and can longer remember why as his memory has been eroded by dementia.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Clan, The (El Clan) (15)

Biography | Crime | Drama | World

Dir. Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain, 2015, 108 mins, subtitles

Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Lili Popovich

In an affluent suburb of Buenos Aires in the early-80s, a seemingly normal family makes its living off kidnapping and murder. Welcome to the home of the Puccios – and the astonishing true story of Argentina’s most notorious crime family.

Patriarch and former secret service agent Arquímedes (a terrifying, icy performance from Guillermo Francella) plans and heads up the gruesome operations. His eldest sun Alejandro, a star rugby player with rising hopes for Argentina’s national team, gives in to his father’s will and helps identify possible candidates for abduction. Slowly but surely, the other family members all become accomplices as they either support or turn a blind eye to the terrible crimes, living off the large ransoms paid by their victims’ families in the process.

Winner of the 2015 Venice Silver Lion for Best Director and five Argentine Academy Awards, Pablo Trapero’s thrilling new film is a true-life tale of corruption and manipulation, riddled with shocking intrigue and nail-biting suspense – taking place in the final years of the Argentine military dictatorship and incipient return to democracy.

Trailer     Official Site

__________________________________________________

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12)

Adventure | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Taika Waititi, New Zealand, 2016, 101 mins

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Infiltrator, The (15)

Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Brad Furman, UK, 2016, 127 mins

Cast: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger

Based on a true story, Federal agent ROBERT “BOB” MAZUR (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent EMIR ABREU (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé KATHY ERTZ (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar’s top lieutenant ROBERTO ALCAINO (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Sour Grapes (TBC)

Documentary

Dirs. Reuben Atlas, Jerry Rothwell, UK, 2016, 85 mins

With pockets full of cash, charisma and a preternatural memory for vintages, an unassuming young Rudy Kurniawan earns the reputation of a wine savant, surrounding himself with some of high society’s most fervent wine connoisseurs. But when Bill Koch, a top US collector,and, Laurent Ponsot, a Burgundian wine producer, discover suspicious bottles, a humorous and suspenseful investigation begins into one of the most ingenious cons of our time.

Trailer

__________________________________________________

31 (18)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Rob Zombie, US/UK, 2016, 102 mins

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Jeff Daniel Phillips

The day before Halloween, five carnival employees are kidnapped & held hostage in an isolated compound known as “Murderworld”. On Halloween, they are thrown into a sadistic game called “31” where they must survive 12 hours against a gang of maniacs dressed like clowns. However, the clowns aren’t the only ones they need to worry about – a grand scheme of satanic rituals & a much more sadistic plot awakens. It’s time to play 31.

Trailer  

__________________________________________________

A Good American (15)

Documentary | Biography | History

Dir. Friedrich Moser, Austria, 2016, 100 mins

Cast: William Binney, Thomas Drake, Edward Loomis

A  gripping docu-thriller about a groundbreaking surveillance program, the brilliant mastermind behind it and how a perfect alternative to mass surveillance was killed by NSA-management for money – three weeks prior to 9/11. Bill Binney was a brilliant cryptologist and long-time National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, since 1997 serving as Technical Director. Binney developed a sophisticated program named ThinThread for gathering data capable of providing clues, in real-time, of potential terrorist threats.

Built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Why was this program killed off? And who was behind that?

Friedrich Moser’s eye-opening and deeply disturbing documentary tells the complete story of Bill Binney and those, both inside the NSA and out, who backed ThinThread. A program that gathered data, lawfully, effectively, and more inexpensively, than the now discredited programs pursued by the US and EU governments.

It’s also a chilling account of those willing to go on the record and what happened to them when they tried to expose the truth. Could ThinThread have prevented 9/11? Very likely, as a test-run has shown, whose results are still classified to this day.

Trailer  

__________________________________________________

Girl With All The Gifts, The (15)

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Colm McCarthy, UK/US, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second- generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.

The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Imperium (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Daniel Ragussis, US, 2016, 109 mins

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts

Idealistic FBI agent Nate Foster goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy.

Trailer     

__________________________________________________

Little Men (PG)

Drama | Family

Dir. Ira Sachs, US/Greece, 2016, 85 mins

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García

Jake (Theo Taplitz) is a quiet, sensitive middle schooler with dreams of being an artist. He meets the affably brash Tony (Michael Barbieri) at his grandfather’s funeral, and the unlikely pair soon hit it off. The budding friendship is put at risk, however, when a rent dispute between Jake’s father, Brian (Greg Kinnear), and Tony’s mother, Leonor (Paulina Garcia), threatens to become contentious.

Little Men is a critical yet empathetic look at the dangers of gentrification. Ira Sachs, director of Love Is Strange and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Forty Shades of Blue, accentuates the natural vibrancy of Brooklyn and brings out the best in his actors. Taplitz and Barbieri have a natural rapport and earnestness that belies their young age. Kinnear and Garcia bring weight to their roles as the feuding parents, and Jennifer Ehle, Talia Balsam, and Alfred Molina round out the cast with wonderful supporting turns. It’s a triumphant return to the Festival for Sachs, who has made a film that never lets its abundant kindness interfere with its honest portrayal of a rapidly changing neighborhood.

Trailer  

__________________________________________________

Lovers And The Despot, The (PG)

Documentary | Thriller

Dirs. Ross Adam, Robert Cannan, UK, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: Paul Courtenay Hyu

After celebrated South Korean filmmaker Shin Sang-ok meets and falls in love with glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee in post-war Korea of the 1950s, it sets in motion a chain of events that lead to them becoming kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-il, their biggest fan.

Claimed as Jong-il’s own personal filmmakers, Choi and Shin spent five years under the exacting thumb of this most divisive of leaders. However, when they decided to mount a daring escape plan, the pair found that gaining Jong-il’s trust proved to be their biggest challenge.

An unbelievable true story, THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT is an enthralling account of one of Korean cinema’s most tightly kept secrets.

Trailer  

__________________________________________________

Magnificent Seven, The (12)

Action | Western

Dir. Antoine Fuqua, US, 2016, 132 mins

Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Peter Sarsgaard

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Courted (12)

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Dir. Christian Vincent, France, 2016, 98 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eva Lallier

Michel Racine is a feared presiding judge of the Assize Court. He’s as tough with himself as he is with others; he’s known as the “two-figure judge.” In his courtroom, people are always sentenced to more than ten years. Everything changes the day that Racine finds himself face-to-face with Ditte Lorensen-Coteret. She is a member of the jury who will judge a man accused of murder. Six years earlier, Racine had loved Ditte. Almost secretly. She is perhaps the only woman he has ever loved.

Trailer 

__________________________________________________

Deepwater Horizon (12)

Action | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Peter Berg, US, 2016, 107 mins

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dyaln O’Brien, Kate Hudson

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

 

__________________________________________________

First Monday In May, The (12A)

Documentary

Dir. Andrew Rossi, US, 2016, 90 mins

Cast: Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier

An unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of New York’s premier cultural events, THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY follows the creation of “China: Through The Looking Glass,” the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the 2015 Met Gala, the star-studded fundraiser. Follow Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and Met Gala chair, and Andrew Bolton, the curator who conceived the groundbreaking show, as they prepare for an unforgettable evening.

Trailer     Official Site 

__________________________________________________

Free State Of Jones (15)

Action | Biography | Drama

Dir. Gary Ross, US, 2016, 139 mins

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali

Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (12)

Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Tim Burton, US/Belgium/UK, 2016

Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson

When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Southside With You (12)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. Richard Tanne, US, 2016, 84 mins

Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Taylar Fondren

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

Trailer    Buy

__________________________________________________

Swiss Army Man (15)

Action | Comedy | Drama

Dirs. Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, US, 2016, 97 mins

Cast: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities…which may help him get home.

Trailer     Official Site    Buy

__________________________________________________

Top