DVD/VOD Releases – August 2016

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Zack Snyder, US, 2016

Cast:  Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Hardcore Henry (18)

 Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Dir. Ilya Naishuller, Russia/US, 2015, 96 min

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett

Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan; he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

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K Shop (18)

Thriller

Dir. Dan Pringle, UK, 2016, 115 mins

Cast: Reece Noi, Ewen MacIntosh, Scot Williams

K-Shop is a gritty urban Sweeney Todd inspired horror set in a British Kebab Shop plagued by binge drinking culture. After his father is killed in an altercation with drunken thugs, Salah’s fate is sealed in a fight with an angry customer. With a dead body on his hands the novice kebab shop owner turns vigilante disposing of the body in the one place he knows best…the kebabs. Salah watches gullible customers devour the new flesh kebabs and seizes the opportunity to seek revenge on abusive drunken binge drinkers, killing off those he deems punishable.

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (12)

Comedy

Dir. Kirk Jones, US, 2016

Cast: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Gia Carides, Joey Fatone, Elena Kampouris, Alex Wolff, Louis Mandylor, Bess Meisler, Bruce Gray

the long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time. Written by Academy Award® nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.

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We Are Many (12)

Documentary

Dir. Amir Amirani, UK, 2014, 104 mins

Cast (as themselves): Damon Albarn, susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Ken Loach, Mark Rylance, Richard Branson

Filmed across all seven continents over a period of 9 years, WE ARE MANY reveals the true story of the people power movements now sweeping the world, from opposition to the Iraq war to the Arab Spring and Syria.

In a series of captivating interviews with prominent figures from the anti-war community, as well as astonishingly frank inside accounts from those who launched the war, WE ARE MANY captures the shockwaves of public opinion – dubbed ‘The Second Superpower’ by the New York Times. 

Featuring rare and never-before-seen footage, the star-studded cast of contributors includes Damon Albarn, Tony Benn, Hans Blix, Richard Branson John le Carré,  Noam Chomsky, Brian Eno, Lindsey German, Danny Glover, Jesse Jackson, Ken Loach and Mark Rylance.

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Eddie The Eagle (PG)

Drama | Sport

Dir. Dexter Fletcher, UK/US/Germany, 2016, 106 mins

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Taron Egerton, Christopher Walken

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

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Hard Stop, The (15)

Documentary | Drama

Dir. George Amponsah, UK, 2015, 85 mins

Cast: Kurtis Henville, Marcus Knox Hooke

A documentary that reflects on the 2011 killing of Mark Duggan, a young, black, British man, at the hands of London’s Metropolitan Police. Duggan was pulled over by police early one morning, and minutes later, was shot dead. This event sparked the now-infamous Tottenham riots and made headlines around the globe, but, as so often happens, the issue soon dropped from the news reports. Picking up the story where the media left off, George Amponsah’s documentary The Hard Stop brings it back to its roots in Duggan’s neighbourhood, following his friends Marcus and Kurtis as they fight for justice and search for meaning, while struggling against ongoing discrimination in their daily lives.

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Midnight Special (12)

Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Jeff Nichols, US, 2015, 111 mins

Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst

Writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time with the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special.” A provocative, genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human, it follows a father, Roy (Michael Shannon), who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend.

What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs, in a story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.

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Sing Street (12)

Drama | Music

Dir. John Carney, Ireland/UK/US, 2016, 106 mins

Cast: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Sing Street takes us back to 1980s Dublin where an economic recession forces Conor out of his comfortable private school and into survival mode at the inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious and uber-cool Raphina, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised – calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the ’80s, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their hearts into writing lyrics and shooting videos. Combining Carney’s trademark warmth and humour with a punk rock edge, and featuring a memorable soundtrack with hits from The Cure, Duran Duran, The Police, and Genesis, Sing Street is an electrifying coming-of-age film that will resonate with music fans across the board.

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Tale of Tales (15)

Fantasy | Horror | Romance

Dir. Matteo Garrone, Italy/France/UK, 2015, 133 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave, Stacy Martin, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees

Hailed as a masterpiece at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Tale of Tales is a sumptuous, seductive and macabre re-telling of Giambattista Basile’s classic Italian fairy tales by renowned director Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality).

Comprising three wildly fantastical stories, including a queen who gives birth after eating a sea monster’s heart, an old peasant woman who finds youth after falling asleep in an enchanted forest and a proud king who raises a flea as his child, these are tales that your parents never dared tell you. Set in an epic landscape filled with a host of bizarre characters , this outlandish, grotesque and beguiling fantasy world is like nothing you’ve seen before.

Gloriously shot, with a spine-tingling soundtrack by Oscar-winning composer Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rust & Bone), Tale of Tales is a lavish production from the makers of High-Rise and Sexy Beast. Deliciously dark, wickedly funny and outrageously entertaining, these adult-only fairy tales are a breathtaking work of cinematic escapism.

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Where to Invade Next (15)

Documentary

Dir. Michael Moore, US, 2015, 120 mins

Cast (as themselves): Michael Moore, Krista Kiuru, Tim Walker

Just in time for election season, America’s favourite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, ‘Where to Invade Next’. Honoured by festivals and critics groups alike, ‘Where to Invade Next’ is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and ‘Bowling for Columbine’ has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before – an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

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Criminal (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Ariel Vromen, UK/US, 2016, 114 mins

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman

In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate in hopes the he will complete the operative’s mission.

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Huntsman: Winter's War, The (12)

Action | Adventure | Drama

Dir. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, US, 2016,109 mins

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt, Chris Hemsworth

The fantastical world of Snow White and the Huntsman expands to reveal how the fates of The Huntsman Eric and Queen Ravenna are deeply and dangerously intertwined. Chris Hemsworth and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron return to their roles in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, an epic action-adventure in which they are joined by Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain, as well as director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Producer Joe Roth (Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland) once again leads the team in a breathtaking new tale nested in the legendary saga.

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another.

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Louder Than Bombs (15)

Drama

Dir. Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark, 2015, 109 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Amy Ryan, Jesse Eisenberg, Rachel Brosnahan

An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death, brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house – forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three of them under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons, but they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.

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Men And Chicken (15)

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark/Germany, 2015, 104 mins, Subtitles

Cast: David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Gabriel and Elias are two very different brothers. Gabriel is a worn down university professor and Elias is a man whose only concern is women and trivial knowledge. During a lecture Gabriel receives a phone call. Their father is dead. Things take a turn when the brothers learn through a videotape recorded by their now late father, that he in fact wasn’t their biological father. Gabriel and Elias discover that their biological father lives on the island Ork. They set out to the island and here they meet their real family. The brothers’ first meeting with the family doesn’t go as expected. Gabriel and Elias are stranded in the marshland of Ork. Here they meet the mayor of Ork and his daughter Ellen, a neurotic woman who hates her life, herself, her father and the island. Surrounded by abnormal people, Gabriel and Elias discover the truth about themselves and their relatives. A truth that while paralyzing them also sets them free.

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Colony, The (15)

Drama | History | Romance

Dir. Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France, 2015, 110 mins

Cast: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist

Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events.

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Jane Got A Gun (15)

Action | Drama | Western

Dir. Gavin O’Connor, US, 2015, 98 mins

Cast: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor

Jane Got a Gun centers on Jane Hammond, who has built a new life with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond after being tormented by the ultra-violent Bishop Boys outlaw gang. She finds herself in the gang’s cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind Colin. With the vengeful crew hot on Ham’s trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost for help in defending her family against certain destruction. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival.

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Jungle Book, The (PG)

Adventure | Drama | Family

Dir. Jon Favreau, US, 2016, 106 mins

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray

Directed by Jon Favreau, based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves.

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Knight Of Cups (15)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Terrence Malick, US, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman

Knight of Cups follows writer Rick (Christian Bale, The Fighter, American Hustle) on an odyssey through the playgrounds of Los Angeles and Las Vegas as he undertakes a search for love and self. Even as he moves through a desire-laden landscape of mansions, resorts, beaches and clubs, Rick grapples over complicated relationships with his brother (Wes Bentley) and father (Brian Dennehy). His quest to break the spell of his disenchantment takes him on a series of adventures with six alluring women: rebellious Della (Imogen Poots); his physician ex-wife, Nancy (Cate Blanchett); a serene model Helen (Freida Pinto); a woman he wronged in the past Elizabeth (Natalie Portman); a spirited, playful stripper Karen (Teresa Palmer); and an innocent Isabel (Isabel Lucas), who helps him see a way forward.

Rick moves in a daze through a strange and overwhelming dreamscape — but can he wake up to the beauty, humanity and rhythms of life around him? The deeper he searches, the more the journey becomes his destination.

The 7th film from director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life), Knight of Cups (the title refers to the Tarot card depicting a romantic adventurer guided by his emotions) offers both a vision of modern life and an intensely personal experience of memory, family, and love.

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Miles Ahead (15)

Biography | Drama | Music

Dir. Don Cheadle, Germany, 2015, 92 mins

Cast: Don Cheadle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor

MILES AHEAD is a wildly entertaining and moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle’s bravura directorial debut is not a conventional bio-pic but rather a unique, no-holds barred portrait of a singular artist in crisis.

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Sweet Bean (PG)

Drama

Dir. Naomi Kawase, Japan/France/Germany, 2015, 113 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida

One of the most acclaimed figures in modern Japanese cinema, Naomi Kawase followed up her remarkable 2014 Still the Water with Sweet Bean [An], a small-town drama of culinary redemption, which opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard strain of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. 

Struggling street food vendor Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) finds himself confronted with Tokue (Kirin Kiki), an odd but sympathetic elderly lady looking for work. When he reluctantly accepts, it’s not long before Tokue proves to have an extraordinary gift when it comes to making “an” – the sweet red bean paste filling used in his dorayakis – which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.

With Sweet Bean, Kawase again focuses on people at the periphery of Japanese society and investigates their place in the flow of life itself. Using cookery to explore her perennial theme of communion with nature, Kawase also poignantly addresses the discrimination that condemns many like Tokue to live their lives segregated from the rest of society. Beautifully shot and quietly moving, Sweet Bean is a humble masterpiece from a singularly accomplished filmmaker. 

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Weiner (15)

Documentary

Dirs. Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, US, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Huma Abedin, Amit Bagga, Adam S. Barta

An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign and the landscape of today’s political landscape.

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Gods Not Dead 2 (PG)

Drama

Dir. Harold Cronk, US, 2016, 121 mins

Cast: Jesse Metcalfe, David A.R. White, Ray Wise

From the college classroom of GOD’S NOT DEAD to the public square in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, the name of Jesus is welcomed less and less with each passing day. If Christians don’t take a stand today, will we even have a choice tomorrow?

Welcome back to Hope Springs … home not only of Hadleigh University, but also Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher Grace Wesley helps students understand and enjoy history. Her love of teaching, her love for her students, and her love of life all come from the same place: her love of Christ.

So when Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, reaches out to Grace, their coffee-shop conversation naturally leads to Grace sharing the hope she finds in Christ.

When Brooke later asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace’s reasoned response lands her in big trouble—almost before she even finishes giving her answer.

With the principal and superintendent joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her the career she loves and expel God from the classroom—and the public square—once and for all!

GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved Pure Flix movie from 2014 and features an all-star cast.

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Kids in Love (15)

Drama

Dir. Chris Foggin, UK, 2016, 87 mins

Cast: Will Poulter, Alma Jodorowsky, Sebastian De Souza

Set against the backdrop of an underground, bohemian London, Kids In Love offers a new take on the traditional coming of age story.

Drifting through his gap year with internships and travel plans, Jack (Will Poulter) has always suspected there was more to life than this. A chance encounter with the beautiful and ethereal Evelyn (Alma Jodorowsky) and her friends, including free spirited Viola (Cara Delevingne), swerves his life radically off course.

She is like no one he’s ever met before, and he quickly becomes caught up in a whirlwind of all-day parties and wild nights in London’s hidden dives with her charismatic friends.

Giving up everything to follow Evelyn and her hedonistic lifestyle, it takes Jack a while to realise what he’s leaving behind, that love isn’t a game you want to lose and that these people might not be the kindred spirits he first thought.

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Ratchet And Clank (PG)

 Animation | Action | Adventure

Dirs. Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland, US, 2016, 94 mins

Cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward

Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

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Sid and Nancy (18)

Biography | Documentary | Music

Dir. Alex Cox, UK, 1986, 112 mins

Cast: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman

Celebrate 40 years of punk with this reissue Alex Cox’s (Repo Man) seminal 1986 biopic Sid and Nancy, starring an almost eerily brilliant Gary Oldman (in one of his most acclaimed and definitive roles). He plays Sid Vicious, bass guitarist of the Sex Pistols, with Chloe Webb as his girlfriend Nancy Spungen: together, an ill-fated King and Queen of alternative rock.

1978. Sid is arrested from the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan following Nancy’s sudden, tragic death. Dragged to a police station and questioned, he flashes back to how he first met her, an eager American groupie who came to London determined to seduce one of the band.

Falling deeply in love, their mutually destructive, heroin-fuelled relationship tests Sid’s relations with the rest of the Pistols and ultimately leads to a terrible night in the Chelsea Hotel – the exact nature of which is still disputed.

Full of sound and fury, Cox’s cultish film is a barnstorming portrait of a defiant generation and its music but also a very touching love story, elevated further by Oldman and Webb’s outstanding performances.

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