DVD/VOD Releases – May 2016

A Letter To Momo (PG)

Animation | Anime | Drama | Family

Dir. Hiroyuki Okiura, Japan, 2011, 120 mins

Cast (voices):  Karen Miyama, Yuka, Daizaburo Arakawa

Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children and learning their routines and customs. However, it’s not long before several bizarre occurrences crop up around the previously tranquil island. Orchards are found ransacked, prized trinkets start disappearing and, worst of all, each morning after her mother leaves for work, Momo hears strange mumblings coming from the attic of their home. Annoyed by these creepy goings-on and her mother’s refusal to believe them, Momo embarks on a strange and supernatural adventure to discover the source of the mischief, which leads her to a trio of troublesome imps: the flatulent lizard Kawa, the childlike Mame and their hulking ogre leader Iwa. Momo also learns that her visit to the island is in some way connected to her father’s mysterious letter.

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Daddy's Home (12)

Comedy

Dirs. Sean Anders & John Morris, US, 2015, 98 mins

Cast: Linda Cardellini, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Thomas Haden Church

A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepdad to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

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In the Heart of the Sea (12)

Action | Adventure | Drama

Dir. Ron Howard, US, 2015, 121 mins

Cast: Frank Dillane, Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Tom Holland, Ben Whishaw, Charlotte Riley, Brendan Gleeson

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.  The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.  But that told only half the story.  “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.  Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.

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Ran (15)

Action | Drama | War

Dir. Akira Kurosawa, Japan | France, 1986, 162 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons – Taro and Jiro – agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son’s brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo c an possibly save him.

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Hateful Eight, The (18)

Western

Dir. Quentin Tarantino, US, 2015, 182 mins

Cast: Channing Tatum, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern

Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces: Bob (Demian Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Michael Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all…

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Janis: Little Girl Blue (15)

Documentary

Dir. Amy Berg, US, 2015, 103 mins

Cast: Janis Joplin, Cat Power

Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at age 27. With Janis: Little Girl Blue, Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis) examines Joplin’s story in depth for the first time on film, presenting an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist.

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Room (15)

Drama

Dir. Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers

ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted Ma. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical – they are trapped – confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space, which Ma has euphemistically named “Room.” Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world.

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Speed Sisters, The (PG)

Documentary | Adventure | Drama

Dir. Amber Fares, Palestine/US/Rest of the World, 2015, 80 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): The Speed Sisters

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, The Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.

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Creed (12)

Drama | Sport

Dir. Ryan Coogler, US, 2015, 95 mins

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.

Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.

With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?

‘Creed’ also stars Tessa Thompson (‘Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’) as Bianca, a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis; Phylicia Rashad (Lifetime’s ‘Steel Magnolias’) as Mary Anne Creed, Apollo’s widow; and English pro boxer and former three-time ABA Heavyweight Champion Anthony Bellew as boxing champ ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan.

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Danish Girl, The (15)

Biography| Drama

Dir. Tom Hooper, UK/Germany/US, 2015, 120 mins

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Eddie Redmayne

Copenhagen, early 1920s. Danish artist, Gerda Wegener, painted her own husband, Einar Wegener (Redmayne), as a lady in her painting. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to change his appearance into a female appearance and named himself Lili Elbe. With his feminism passion and Gerda’s support, Einar – or Elbe attempted first-ever male to female sex reassignment surgery, a decision that turned into a massive change for their marriage, that Gerda realized her own husband is no longer a man or the person she married before. A childhood friend of Einar, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Schoenaerts), shows up and starts a complex love triangle with the couple.

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Orthodox (18)

Crime | Drama

Dir. David Leon, UK, 2015, 98 mins

Cast: Stephen Graham, Christopher Fairbank, Michael Smiley

Benjamin, a boy bullied for his Jewish faith, takes up boxing as a means of self-defense, alienating himself from his religious community. As an adult caught between two worlds, his desperation to provide for his family becomes the catalyst for a devastating series of events that ensures he may never find the acceptance he has always craved.

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We'll Never Have Paris (tbc)

Comedy | Romance

Dirs. Simon Helberg & Jocelyn Towne, US, 2014, 92 mins

Cast: Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynskey, Zachary Quinto

In a story based on true events, Quinn (Simon Helberg) has been in a devoted relationship with Devon (Melanie Lynskey) for several years, and is ready to propose marriage until a gorgeous blonde co-worker reveals her love for him. Quinn immediately has second thoughts about matrimony and ends up terminating his relationship with his long-time better half. After a brief relationship with the blonde, Quinn quickly realizes he’s made the mistake of a lifetime, so he sets off to Paris, where his one and only true love has moved, to win her back.

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5th Wave, The (15)

Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. J Blakeson, UK, 2016

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe

Four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

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Assassin, The (12)

Action | Drama

Dir. Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan/China/Hong Kong, 2015, 105 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki

9th century China. 10-year-old general’s daughter Nie Yinniang is abducted by a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into an exceptional assassin charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed in a task, she is sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was promised – a cousin who now leads the largest military region in North China. After 13 years of exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.

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Big Short, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Adam McKay, US, 2015

Cast: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

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Dirty Grandpa (15)

Comedy

Dir. Dan Mazer, US, 2016

Cast: Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Julianne Hough

Jason Kelly (Zac Efron), an uptight lawyer headed down the wrong path, is tricked by his rambunctious Grandpa, Dick (Robert De Niro), into taking an outrageous road trip. While his methods may be unconventional, Dick is determined to teach him how to live life on his own terms.

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Mavis (PG)

Documentary | Biography | Music

Dir. Jessica Edwards, US, 2015, 80 mins

Cast: Mavis Staples, Adam Ayres, Gene Barge

Mavis! is the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, the Staple Singers. From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped pioneer in the 1950s, to the “message songs” of the civil rights era marching beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to massive hits such as “I’ll Take You There” in
 the soul-filled Stax era, and her recent Grammy-winning work with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples is one of the most influential and enduring vocalists of our time and a true American icon.

With dynamic live performances, rarely-seen archival footage and conversations with friends and collaborators like Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, Levon Helm, Chuck D, Al Bell, Julian Bond, Sharon Jones and more,Mavis! reveals the struggles and successes of her journey. Through a 60-year career crossing music genres and societal shifts, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. She occupies a singular place in American music: a soldier of love and peace whose fight continues. At 75, she’s making the most vital music of her career, and her message of equality is needed now more than ever.

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Spotlight (15)

Thriller

Dir. Tom McCarthy, US, 2015, 128 mins

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo

A thriller based on real events, Spotlight tells the story of Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) and his team of Boston Globe reporters who uncover a shocking history of the Church’s complicity in a wide range of child abuse cases. Determined to leave no stone unturned in their hunt for the truth, they launch a fearless investigation that threatens to bring down some of the city’s most powerful figures.

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Victoria (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Sebastian Schipper, Germany, 2016, 138 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski

Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local guys outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends are real Berliners who promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these boys have got themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favour that needs repaying that evening. As Victoria’s flirtation with Sonne begins developing into something more, he convinces her to come along for the ride. As the night rolls on, what started out as a good time, quickly spirals out of control.

As dawn approaches, Victoria and Sonne realise it’s all or nothing, and they abandon themselves to a heart-stopping journey into the depths of the night.

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Club, The (18)

Drama

Dir. Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2015, 98 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Alfredo Castro, Alejandro Goic, Alejandro Sieveking

A group of priests of various ages lives together with Mónica, a nun, in a house on the Chilean coast. When they are not praying and atoning for their sins, they train their greyhound for the next race. What on earth has brought them here, practically to the end of the world, where a stiff breeze constantly blows?

When a new priest moves in, a man suddenly turns up at the door and starts making strong accusations about the newcomer. His voice grows louder and louder until a shot rings out. The priest has evaded the accusations by committing suicide.

The church sends an investigator, but does he really intend to uncover the truth or is he merely meant to ensure that the appearance of beautiful holiness is maintained?

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Goosebumps (PG)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Rob Letterman, US/Australia, 2015, 103 mins

Cast: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

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Rams (15)

Drama

Dir. Grímur Hákonarson, Iceland/Denmark/Norway/Poland, 2015, 93 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving

In a secluded valley in Iceland, Gummi and Kiddi live side by side, tending to their sheep. Their ancestral sheep-stock is considered one of the country’s best and the two brothers are repeatedly awarded for their prized rams who carry an ancient lineage. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, the entire valley comes under threat. The authorities decide to cull all the animals in the area to contain the outbreak. This is a near death sentence for the farmers, whose sheep are their main source of income, and many abandon their land. But Gummi and Kiddi don’t give up so easily – and each brother tries to stave off the disaster in his own fashion: Kiddi by using his rifle and Gummi by using his wits. As the authorities close in the brothers will need to come together to save the special breed passed down for generations, and themselves, from extinction.

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Ride Along 2 (12)

Action | Comedy

Dir. Tim Story, US, 2016

Cast: Olivia Munn, Glen Powell, Ken Jeong

As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.

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Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Steve Martino, US, 2015, 86 mins

Cast (voices): Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Mariel Sheets

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the ICE AGE films, SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE will prove that every underdog has his day.

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Youth (15)

Drama

Dir. Paolo Sorrentino, UK, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.

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