DVD/VOD Releases – April 2016

Forbidden Room, The (12)

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Dir. Guy Maddin, Canada, 2015, 130 mins

Cast: Roy Dupius, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin

A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that’s been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears.

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Guy Maddin’s ultimate epic phantasmagoria. Honoring classic cinema while electrocuting it with energy, Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson take us high into the air, around the world, and into dreamscapes, spinning tales of amnesia, captivity, deception and murder, skeleton women and vampire bananas. Playing like some glorious meeting between Italo Calvino, Sergei Eisenstein and a perverted six year-old child, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM is Maddin’s grand ode to lost cinema.

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Grandma (15)

Comedy

Dir. Paul Weitz, US, 2015, 79 mins

Cast: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden

Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 dollars before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

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Kill Your Friends (18)

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Owen Harris, UK, 2015, 100 mins

Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Ed Skrein, Rosanna Arquette, James Corden, Craig Roberts, Georgia King

When the road to success is littered with losers and even your closest colleagues are desperate for you to fail, what would you do to make it to the top?

London, 1997; the British Music Industry is on a winning streak. Britpop bands Blur, Oasis, The Verve rule the airwaves and Cool Britannia is in full swing.

27-year-old A&R man Steven Stelfox is slashing and burning his way through the music business, a world where ‘no one knows anything’ and where careers are made and broken by chance and the fickle tastes of the general public. Fuelled by greed, ambition and inhuman quantities of drugs, Stelfox lives the dream, as he searches for his next hit record.

But as the hits dry up and the industry begins to change, Stelfox takes the concept of “killer tunes” to a murderous new level in a desperate attempt to salvage his career.

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Sunset Song (15)

Drama

Dir. Terence Davies, UK, 2015, 135 mins

Cast: Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie, Jack Greenless, Ian Pirie

Inspired by Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s acclaimed novel, the story follows Chris Guthrie from childhood, through to motherhood, played by Agyness Deyn as the powerful central female character and symbol for Scotland. Her strength of character, never undermined by the hardship she faces, offers a rich tale set against the majestic Scottish landscape of Aberdeenshire set within a small, symbolic, rural community trying to forge a meagre living from an inhospitable land. All this takes place in the rising turmoil of the early 20th Century a time of vast industrial change, devastation brought about by WWI and the Great Depression.

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A Warriors Tail (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Maksim Fadeev, Russia, 2016, 85 Mins

Cast (Voice): Milla Jovovich, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Chase

An international animation project that is coming out in Russian and English languages. It is a fairytale about a grand life journey of a 10-year old boy Savva devoted to help his Mom and fellow village people to break free from the vicious hyenas. Trying to escape from hyenas Savva finds himself in a magical world he had only heard stories of. That is where he meets the white wolf Angee, a hilarious tiny pink creature Puffy, a strange looking semi-baron FAFL and his passenger, as well as Nanty, Shaman’s charming daughter. New friends help Savva through his journey to the Magician that lives on a mountain and, as legend has it, might help Savva free his village from the angry hyenas. However, each of them have their own reasons to see the magician that some of them keep only to themselves. On their way to the Magician the friends will face multiple dangers, pleasant and unpleasant surprises, discover terrifying secrets and even have a battle with a monkey army.

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Anguish (15)

Drama | Horror

Dir. Sonny Mallhi, US, 2016, 91 Mins

Cast: Ryan Simpkins, Annika Marks, Karina Logue

Tess is a teenage girl diagnosed with identity disorder, however that may not be the problem after all. Lucy, a teenage girl who’s in the same town, and around the same age. The unlikely pair meet in a way that so few people actually understand, and usually misinterpret.

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Chronic (15)

Drama

Dir. Michel Franco, US, 2015, 106 mins

Cast: Tim Roth, Tate Ellington, Bitsie Tulloch

David is a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated to his profession, he develops strong – even intimate – relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work David is ineffectual, awkward and reserved. He needs each patient as much as they need him. For years he has carried a burden of guilt and remorse. Now the weight has grown unbearable – David must return and face his past in order to heal.

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Swung (18)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Colin Kennedy, UK, 2015, 87 mins

Cast: Elena Anaya, Owen McDonnell, Elizabeth McGovern

David’s life is on the slide: he’s in the middle of a divorce, broke and ‘can’t get it up’. His girlfriend, Alice, is his rock, but the magazine she writes for is going down and the pressure is on to find a story. While job hunting online, David stumbles across the perfect antidote to his boredom: a ‘Swingers’ site. The resulting inbox of lewd invitations on the home-laptop justifiably upsets Alice, until she realises this could be just the ‘story’ she needs. The idea of uncovering the swinging scene causes quite a stir in Alice’s office and, much to David’s chagrin, she is urged to pursue the story. Their first reluctant foray is an hysterically low-rent initiation, however, an unexpected upturn for David’s manhood is all the extra encouragement they need. As events accelerate beyond their control the once adoring couple become lost and fundamental questions are asked of their relationship and them as individuals.

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Victor Frankenstein (12)

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Dir. Paul McGuigan, US, 2015,

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance, Mark Gatiss, Freddie Fox, Daniel Mays

A dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale. Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.

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Amazonia (E)

Adventure | Family

Dir. Thierry Ragobert, France/Brazil, 2013, 83 mins

Unaware of the epic journey her beloved pet will embark on, a little girl bids her adorable baby monkey Sai goodbye as he boards a separate plane to their destination. However disaster strikes after the plane crashes and the pilot flees. Sai suddenly finds himself torn apart from everything he s known, stranded and lost in a vast and wild kingdom: the Amazon rainforest. Born in captivity and facing a strange new world, Sai befriends a variety of beautiful Amazonian creatures and opens his eyes to the exquisite spectacles of forest life. Avoiding sharp-taloned birds of prey, venomous boas and luxuriously alluring big cats, will Sai understand nature s danger and be able to find fellow capuchin monkeys in order to survive? Join Sai on this magically enchanting jungle adventure, as he discovers love, family and one of the most magnificent wonders on earth.

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Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Dir. J. J. Abrams, US, 2015,

Cast: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson, Simon Pegg, Oscar Isaac, Daisy ridley, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Adam Driver

Visionary director J.J. Abrams brings to life the motion picture event of a generation. As Kylo Ren and the sinister First Order rise from the ashes of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is missing when the galaxy needs him most. It’s up to Rey, a desert scavenger, and Finn, a defecting stormtrooper, to join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca in a desperate search for the one hope of restoring peace to the galaxy.

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Survivalist, The (18)

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Stephen Fingleton, UK, 2015, 104 Mins

Cast: Mia Goth, Andrew Simpson, Martin McCann

The story of a man in a time of starvation, living off the grid since before the grid went down. Growing food on a small farm hidden deep in a forest, he protects his land from thieves and foragers with man traps and a shotgun. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him, and he is beginning to lose his grip on reality. His isolation is broken by two visitors; Kathryn and her teenage daughter, Milja. They are starving and desperate for food. Initially reluctant to share any, he relents when they offer a night with Milja. The exchange becomes an uneasy ongoing arrangement; as Kathryn schemes to take control of the farm, and the Survivalist finds his feelings growing for her daughter. When the farm comes under attack from outsiders, they find they must work together to survive, developing loyalties which will be tested when food runs short.

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Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues (PG)

Adventure | Family

Dir.Christian Duguay, France, 2015, 97 Mins, Subtitles

Cast: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Thierry Neuvic

The follow-up to Nicholas Vanier’s 2013 adaptation of Cécile Aubry’s novel sees the 1940s French boy/dog duo return for more Alpine escapades.

September 1945, everybody is celebrating the end of the war. Young Sebastian (Félix Bossuet), now ten years old, waits with faithful Belle for Angelina’s (Margaux Châtelier) return. When news reaches the village that her plane crashed deep in the Transalpine forest, Sebastian’s grandfather knows a man who can help them find her. On their mission to locate Angelina, Belle and Sebastian must face peril, risk their lives and confront a secret – the adventure continues…

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Hitchcock/Truffaut (12)

Documentary

Dir. Kent Jones, France/US, 2015, 80 mins

Cast (as themselves):  Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher

In 1962, Francois Truffaut persuaded Alfred Hitchcock to sit with him for a week-long interview in which the great British auteur would share with his young admirer the secrets of his cinema. Basedon the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the seminal book “Hitchcock/Truffaut”—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plunges us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds and Vertigo.

Hitchcock’s singular vision is elucidated and brought vividly to life by today’s leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader.

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Ip Man 3 (12)

Action | Biography | Drama

Dir. Wilson Yip, Hong Kong, 2015, 105 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Donnie Yen, Jin Zhang, Patrick Tam

The highly anticipated third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series. When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

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Joy (12)

Biography | Comedy | Drama

Dir. David O. Russell, US, 2015, 83 mins

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper

JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Jennifer Lawrence stars, with Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, and Virginia Madsen. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

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Krampus (15)

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Dir. Michael Dougherty, US, 2015,

Cast: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen, Krista Stadler

A darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas.  Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

 All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.

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Next To Her (15)

Drama

Dir. Asaf Korman, Israel, 2014, 90 mins, subtitles

Cast: Liron Ben-Shlush, Liat Goren, Varda Ben Hur, Dana Ivgy

Chelli (Ben-Shlush) has dedicated her life to helping her sister, Gabby (Ivgy), a 24-year-old girl with a severe mental disability. The pair live together in a dingy apartment, existing in an unhealthily symbiotic bubble where everything from toothbrushes to baths are shared.

After a social worker insists that Gabby is enrolled in a day care centre and forges new friendships and routines, Chelli feels abandoned and embarks on a romance with a colleague, Zohar. They fall in love and he moves in, slowly helping her to find a healthy distance from her sister. However, when it becomes apparent that Zohar and Gabby have their own special bond, Chelli’s possessive streak is triggered and the extent of her co-dependence is revealed.

Based on on Ben Shlush’s own experience of having a mentally disabled sister, is a stark, moving and naturalistic portrayal of how family ties can both bind and unravel us.

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Sisters (TBC)

Comedy

Dir. Jason Moore, US, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, James Brolin, John Leguizamo, Kate McKinnon, Dianne Wiest, John Cena

Two disconnected sisters are summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need.

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