DVD/VOD Releases – August 2015

Cub (15)

Adventure|Horror

Dir. Jonas Govaerts, Belgium, 2014, 84 mins

Cast: Maurice Luijten, Evelien Bosmans, Titus De Voogdt

CUB is a horror adventure in which a young imaginative twelve-year-old boy named Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack, leaders Peter and Chris and quartermaster Yasmin. Once they enter the woods, Sam quickly feels something is not quite right. He soon stumbles upon a mysterious tree house and meets a shifty, masked feral-looking child. When Sam tries to warn his leaders, they ignore him: the boy often tells tall tales and Sam’s mysterious past which he refuses to talk about makes his leader Peter mistrust him. As Sam gets more and more isolated from the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them: the Feral Child, it turns out, is the helper of the Poacher, an evil psychopath, who has riddled the forest with ingenious traps and is intent on slaughtering the scouts… one by one…

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Divergent Series: Insurgent, The (12)

Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Robert Schwentke, US, 2015, 119 mins

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Jai Courtney

‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’ raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite.  Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them.  Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.

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Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, The (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Paul Tibbitt, US, 2015, 92 mins

Cast: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas, Bill Fagerbakke

SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

 

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Woman In Gold (12)

Drama

Dir. Simon Curtis, US/UK, 2015, 109 mins

Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl

Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making.

 

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Burning, The (15)

 Drama| Western

Dir. Pablo Fendrik, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, France, US, 2015, 101 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Alice Braga, Jorge Sesán

Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land. Part love story, part western, Fendrik turns this latter genre on its head as so-called civilisation becomes a destructive force over both the rich jungle setting and the communities living within it.

Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, No) joins forces with Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium) in Argentinian director Pablo Fendrik’s tale of unfolding revenge.

 

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Dark Horse: The incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance (PG)

Documentary | Drama

Dir. Louise Osmond, UK, 2015, 85 mins

Cast (as themselves): Jan Vokes, Brian Vokes, Howard Davies, Angela Davies

The larger than life true story of how a barmaid in a former mining village in South Wales bred a racehorse, Dream Alliance,  on her allotment that went on to become a champion. Jan had successfully bred dogs and birds and believed she could do the same with a different animal – though she knew nothing about racing and had never been on a horse. Convincing a handful of locals to part with £10 a week for her scheme, she found a thoroughbred mare with a terrible racing record for £300, a stallion past his best, put them together and – against all the odds – bred a winner.

It’s an audacious tale of luck and chance and beating the odds; a story of how a gaggle of working class folk from the Welsh Valleys took on the racing elite, broke through class and financial barriers, and brought hope and pride back to their depressed community.

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Get Hard (15)

Comedy

Dir. Etan Cohen, US, 2015, 100 mins

Cast: Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Alison Brie

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order. Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars. But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart join forces in the feature comedy “Get Hard,” also starring Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. Nelson.

 

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Robot Overlords (12)

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Dir. Jon Wright, US, 2014, 90 mins

Cast: Gillian Anderson, Ben Kingsley, Callan McAuliffe

Earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy. survivors are confined to their houses and must wear electronic implants, risking incineration by robot sentries if they venture outside.

 

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Run All Night (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra, US, 2014, 114 mins

Cast:  Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman

Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days.  Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years.  Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.

But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago.  With Mike on the run, Jimmy’s only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he’ll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun.  Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.

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Timbuktu (12)

Drama

Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, US, 2015, 106 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly.

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Water Diviner, The (15)

Drama | War

Dir. Russell Crowe, Australia/Turkey/US, 2014, 111 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Russell Crowe

In 1915 as Europe is suffering the effects of World War I, three young brothers leave their rural Australian home to fight with the Allied Forces on a mission to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Four years later, after the devastating Battle of Gallipoli, Arthur, Edward and Henry Connor are reported missing in action.

With no further news, their father Joshua (Russell Crowe), a farmer and water diviner, travels to Turkey to discover their fate but on arrival in Constantinople finds his questions blocked by military bureaucracy. Aided by a beautiful hotel owner (Olga Kurylenko – Quantum of Solace) and then by a Turkish war hero (Yilmaz Erdogan), who becomes an unlikely ally, Joshua heads across the tragic, war-torn landscape struggling to find his own peace and desperately holding onto hope.

Inspired by historical events and filmed both in Australia and on location in ancient Turkish sites, including the breathtaking Blue Mosque, THE WATER DIVINER is Russell Crowe’s directorial debut.

 

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Duff, The (12)

Comedy

Dir. Ari Sandel, US, 2014, 101 mi

Cast: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell

Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.

 

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La Grande Bouffe (18)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Marco Ferreri, France, Italy, 1973, 130 min, Subtitles

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret

Four successful middle-aged men Marcello, a pilot; Michel, a television executive; Ugo, a chef; and, Philippe, a judge go to Philippe’s villa to eat themselves to death. After the first night, Marcello insists that women should join them. Three prostitutes make it through a day or two; Andrea, a local school teacher, stays to the end. The villa, the food, and a Bugati roadster are essential props.

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (PG)

Action | Comedy

Dir. Andy Fickman, US, 2015, 94 mins

Cast: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui

After six years of keeping our malls safe, Paul Blart has earned a well-deserved vacation. He heads to Vegas with his teenage daughter before she heads off to college. But safety never takes a holiday and when duty calls, Blart answers.

 

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Town That Dreaded Sundown, The (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, US, 2014, 86 mins

Cast: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson,Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele

65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.

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Child 44 (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Daniel Espinosa, US/UK/Rest Of The World, 2015, 137 mins

Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, Charles Dance, Jason Clarke, Vincent Cassel, Dev Patel, Paddy Considine

A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, CHILD 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov [Tom Hardy], who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa [Noomi Rapace], as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov [Gary Oldman] to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili [Joel Kinnaman], who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”

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Cinderella (U)

Adventure | Drama | Family

Dir. Kenneth Branagh, US, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. Keen to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella into the family home. But when Ella’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella since she used to work in the cinders, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who abuse her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an employee at the palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul.

 

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Iris (12)

Documentary | Biography | History

Dir. Albert Maysles, US, 2015, 131 mins

Cast: Carl Apfel, Iris Apfel

The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”

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Queen and Country (15)

Drama

Dir. John Boorman, Ireland/France/Romania, 2014, 115 mins

Cast: Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant

A sequel to the multi-Oscar® nominated 1987 film ‘Hope and Glory’.

1943: Bill Rohan is 9, overjoyed that his school has been ruined by a stray Luftwaffe bomb, but saddened by the departure of his older sister, pregnant by a Canadian soldier and emigrating to the new world. A decade on, 1952: 18 year old Bill’s (Callum Turner) idyllic life at his family’s riverside home is shattered after he is called up for two years’ conscription in the Army.

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Samba (15)

Comedy | Drama | World

Dirs. Olivier Nackache & Eric Toledano, France, 2014, 118 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim

Samba, a Senegalese man who’s been living in Paris for ten years, gets by doing odd jobs. Alice is ahigh-level business woman suffering a burnout. He’s been doing every thing he can to get his French identity papers, while she’s trying to pull herself together by doing volunteer work for an immigrant association. Both are trying to find a way out of the impasse their lives are in, until the day that their paths cross. Between humor and emotion, their story opens up another way to happiness. What if life has more imagination than they do?

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Two By Two: Oops... The Ark Has Gone (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family

Dirs. Toby Genkel & Sean McCormack, Germany/Rest Of The World, 2015, 85 mins

Cast (voices):  Carla Becker, Ava Connolly, Lotta Doll

It’s the end of the world. A flood is coming. Luckily for Finny and his dad Dave, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, an Ark has been built and all animals are welcome… well almost all. Unfortunately for them, Nestrians are not on the list! But Dave has a plan, and Finny and he manage to sneak onto the Ark disguised as Grymps – much to the horror of real Grymps, Hazel and her daughter Leah.

However their troubles are just beginning as the two curious youngsters end up falling over board. Now Finny and Leah have to brave the elements in their quest to find higher ground while fighting off hungry predators and making unlikely friends. Meanwhile on board the Ark the parents must set aside their differences and hatch a plan to turn the boat around and make it back in time to rescue their kids.

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Far From The Madding Crowd (12)

Drama

Dir. Thomas Vinterberg, US/UK, 2015, 119 mins

Cast: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple

The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

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Good Lie, The (12)

Drama

Dir. Philippe Falardeau, Kenya/India/US, 2014, 110 mins

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker

They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”

Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (15)

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Dir. Steve Pink, US, 2015, 93 mins

Cast: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke

When Lou finds himself in trouble, Nick and Jacob fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future with Adam Jr. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past – which is really the present.

 

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Pressure (15)

Thriller

Dir. Ron Scalpello, UK, 2015, 91 min

Cast: Danny Huston, Matthew Goode, Joe Cole

A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship.

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Zombie Fight Club (18)

Action | Horror

Dir. Joe Chien, Taiwan, 2014, 95 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Andy On, Jessica Cambensy, Michael Wong

It’s the end of the century at a corner of the city in a building riddled with crime – Everyone in the building has turned into zombies. After Jenny’s boyfriend is killed in a zombie attack, she faces the challenge of surviving in the face of adversity. In order to stay alive, she struggles with Andy to flee danger.

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