Action | Drama | Romance
Dir. Robert Zemeckis, US, 2016
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
The story of intelligence officer Max Vatan (Pitt), who in 1942 North Africa encounters French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.
Don't Knock Twice (15)
Dir. Caradog W. James, UK, 2016, 93 mins
Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton, Richard Mylan
Knock once to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead…”
So goes a disturbing urban legend involving an abandoned house supposedly inhabited by a vengeful, child-stealing witch.
When troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton) raps at the door one night, she has no idea the horror she’s about to unleash.
Fleeing to the country home of her estranged mother (Katee Sackhoff)—a recovering addict who’s turned her life around to become a famous artist—Chloe must learn to trust the woman who gave her up years ago in order to stop the bloodthirsty, shape-shifting demon stalking them.
This wild supernatural shocker delivers a barrage of nonstop jolts and searing nightmare images.
Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family
Dirs. Ron Clements & John Musker, US, 2016, 103 mins
Cast (voices): Auli‘i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Rachel House, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfil her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”).
Biography | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Oliver Stone, France/Germany/US, 2016, 134 mins
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo
Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year.
Comedy | Drama
Dir. David E. Talbert, US, 2016, 111 mins
Cast: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover
A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12)
Action | Adventure | Sci-fi
Dir. Gareth Edwards, US, 2016, 133 mins
Cast: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker
Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier and criminal, is about to experience her biggest challenge yet when Mon Mothma sets her out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. With help from the Rebels, a master swordsman, and non-allied forces, Jyn will be in for something bigger than she thinks.
Shut In (15)
Drama | Thriller
Dir. Farren Blackburn, Canada/France, 2016, 91 mins
Cast: Naomi Watts, Charlie Heaton, Jacob Tremblay, Oliver Platt
Child psychologist Mary (Naomi Watts) is trying to put her life back together after losing her husband in a car accident, a tragedy which also left her teenage son, Stephen (Charlie Heaton) paralysed from the neck down and unable to communicate.
Mary spends her days meticulously caring for Stephen at their remote Maine home, fitting in occasional appointments at her consultancy, situated in an adjacent out-building. Tom, a disturbed little boy, grieving after his mother’s death, is her latest assignment, but before being permanently transferred away he escapes from child-services during a fierce winter storm and is later presumed dead by the authorities, though a body isn’t found.
Mary begins hearing his voice in the house and then catches fleeting glimpses of him during the night. Fearing for her sanity, she connects with her own Doctor, via Skype, who puts the incidents down to ongoing sleep problems. Her mental strength is put further to the test as the relentless storm shuts her in from the outside world just as the apparitions intensify to the point where she not only fears for her sanity, she now also fears for her life…
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.
Animation | Adventure | Family
Dirs. Eric Summer & Eric Warin, France/Canada, 2016, 89 mins
Cast (voices): Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dane DeHaan
Félicie has one dream, to become a ballerina at the world’s best ballet school. She also has one big problem; she’s stuck in an orphanage with her best friend Victor hundreds of miles away.
After a hair-raising escape and a gruelling journey the partners in crime arrive in the city determined to follow their dreams; Félicie’s to dance and Victor’s to become a famous inventor. She is taken in by Odette to work with her as a house maid but Odette has a secret; a talented dancer herself until her dreams were shattered, she sees the potential in Félicie and agrees to train her.
Driven by her passion for dancing Félicie goes to extraordinary lengths in order to audition for the role of a lifetime, but now the hard work will begin.
With her mentor Odette and Victor by her side, will Félicie master the grace, skill and discipline it takes to become a professional dancer? One thing is for sure, she’ll have to strive harder than ever before to achieve her dreams…
Birth of a Nation, The (15)
Biography | Drama | History
Dir. Nate Parker, US, 2016, 120 mins
Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Jr., Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Dwight Henry, Aja Naomi King, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith, Gabrielle Union
Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Sully: Miracle on The Hudson (12)
Biography | Drama
Dir. Clint Eastwood, US, 2016, 96 mins
Cast: Tom Hanks. Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Biography | Documentary
Dir. Steven Cantor, UK/Russia/Ukraine/US, 2016, 85 mins
Cast: Jade Hale-Christofi, Sergei Polunin
Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal ballet’s youngest ever principal.
At the peak of his success, aged 25, he walked away, driven to the brink of self-destruction by stardom – his talent more a burden than a gift. Here is an unprecedented look into the life of a complex young man who has made ballet go viral. Urban rebel, iconoclast, airborne angel, Sergei is transforming the shape of ballet as we know it.
But virtuosity comes with a high price. How can you be free to be yourself when you are ballet’s ‘hottest property’?
Dir. Bill Clark, UK, 2016, 95 mins
Cast: Joanne Froggatt, Tom Riley, Michele Dotrice, Phoebe Nicholls
The true and incredibly moving story of Tom and Nicola Ray (Tom Riley, Joanne Froggatt), whose love is tested to the limit when their perfect life falls apart.
When Tom puts his small daughter to bed one chilly December evening, he has everything he could ever want – the house of his dreams, the life of a writer, a beautiful wife and a second baby on the way, By the next morning, all of this is in jeopardy as Tom succumbs to the devastating illness that is sepsis.
As Tom and Nic battle to hold their family and their marriage together, the strength of their relationship is the only thing that can save them.