DVD/VOD Releases – August 2017

City Of Tiny Lights (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Pete Travis, UK, 2016, 110 mins

Cast: Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper, James Floyd

‘City Of Tiny Lights’ is a witty gumshoe in contemporary (sub)urban London.

When Asian Private Eye, Tommy Akhtar, is put on the trail of missing hooker, Sexy Russian, he begins to expose a series of dark secrets that reveal uncomfortable truths about Tommy’s own past and London itself.

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Ghost in the Shell (12)

Action |Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Rupert Sanders, US, 2017, 137 mins

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott

They created her, but they cannot control her. 

Based on the internationally-acclaimed sci-fi property, “GHOST IN THE SHELL” follows Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9.

Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic’s advancements in cyber technology.

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Handmaiden, The (18)

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Dir. Chan-wook Park, South Korea, 2016, 144 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Jo

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki).

But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse.

The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

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Shepherd, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Jonathan Cenzual Burley, Spain, 2016, 98 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Maribel Iglesias, Miguel Martín, Alfonso Mendiguchía

A lonely shepherd’s home and way of life are threatened when building promoters become interested in his land.

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SHOT! The Psycho-spiritual Mantra of Rock (15)

Documentary | Biography | Music

Dir. Barney Clay, UK/US, 2016, 98 mins

Cast (as themselves): Mick Rock

A deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. Rock’s work with some of the most accomplished personalities of the past forty years – David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop – created many of the images that would come to define them. 

Presented in his own words, Rock takes us through his journey from the glam rock shimmer of London, through to the snarl of NYC punk and into the new millennium, combining a portrait of the man who did the work, with a look at what the work did to a man.

With a searing soundtrack featuring tracks by Lou Reed, Barrett, Bowie and The Sex Pistols, and featuring rare audio, film footage and stills from Rock’s collection, SHOT! is a dazzling, psychedelic account of a man destined to become one of the world’s greatest, and wildest, photographers.

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Viceroy's House (12)

Drama | History

Dir. Gurinder Chadha, UK/India, 2017, 106 mins

Cast: Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville

Directed by Gurinder Chadha, VICEROY’S HOUSE tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India.

Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten (played by Hugh Bonneville), great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.

The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife (Gillian Anderson) and daughter (Lily Travers); downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.

The film is deeply personal to the director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as British rule came to an end. Her film examines those events through the prism of a marriage – that of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten – and a romance – that between a young Hindu servant, Jeet (Manish Dayal), and his intended Muslim bride, Aalia (Huma Qureshi). The young lovers find themselves caught up in the seismic end of Empire, in conflict with the Mountbattens and with their own communities, but never ever giving up hope…

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Graduate 50th Anniversary, The (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Mike Nichols, UK, 2017, 102 Mins

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

One of the most beloved American films of all time. Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his “Homecoming” party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter.

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I Am Not Your Negro (12)

Documentary

Dir. Raoul Peck, France/US, 2016, 93 mins

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte

Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO touches on the lives and assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.

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Raw (18)

Drama | Horror

Dir. Julia Ducournau, France/Belgum, 2016, 99 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet, and a vegetarian.

At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world.

During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time.

Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self begins to emerge

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Rules Don’t Apply (12)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Warren Beatty, US, 2017, 127 mins

Cast: Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire, Howard Hughes, (Warren Beatty) for whom they work.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles.

At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist.

Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress.

Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

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Sense Of An Ending, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Ritesh Batra, UK, 2017, 108 mins

Cast: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter

Starring Academy Award®-winner Jim Broadbent, alongside a stellar cast that includes Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Dockery, The Sense of an Ending is based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Julian Barnes.

From acclaimed director Ritesh Batra, it is a deeply moving and uplifting story about the paths chosen in life, and the power of memory, love and forgiveness.

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Smurfs: The Lost Village (U)

Animation |Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Kelly Asbury, US, 2017, 89 mins

Cast (Voice): Ariel Winter, Julia Roberts, Ellie Kemper

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

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Souvenir

Drama | Music | Romance

Dir. Bavo Defurne, Belgium/Luxembourg/France, 2016, 90 Mins, Subtitles

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Kévin Azaïs, Johan Leysen

Liliane works at a meat factory, adding bay leaves to liver patties. Once known as ‘Laura’, she was a rising star in the music industry and even took part in the European Song Contest. Now she leads a secluded life in an apartment stuffed with relics from her bygone days of glory. But then 22-year-old Jean walks into her life.

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Williams (15)

Documentary | Biography | Sport

Dir. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2017, 109 mins, 

Cast: Emily Bevan, Jenny Funnell

Charting the story of Formula One’s most celebrated family, Williams is a thrilling account of how one man built a racing empire and a vivid, heart-rending portrait of the aftermath of a tragedy.

Starting life with nothing other than a single-minded obsession for speed, Sir Frank Williams created one of the world’s most enduring Formula One racing teams, winning nine Constructors’ Championships over the last 40 years.

But in 1986 at the height of this success, a near fatal car accident left Frank fighting to survive and the team’s future hanging in the balance.

Williams, a brand-new documentary from BAFTA-wining director Morgan Matthews, tells the story of Frank’s rise to fame and how his family battled to keep him alive and the team afloat after the crash that left Frank wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.

Featuring heart-pounding racing footage, interviews with much-loved Formula One stars (including Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones and Sir Patrick Head)

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Belko Experiment, The (18)

Action | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Greg McLean , US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona

Eighty Americans locked inside Belko Industries’ high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, are horrified when an unknown voice issues a command through the intercom system:kill two people in the next 30 minutes or more people will die.

Pacifist Mike Pelk (John Gallagher, Jr.) & his girlfriend Leandra (Adria Arjona) try to convince their office mates to resist the order, but when the heads of four random co-workers explode and the anonymous voice directs the office workers to kill 30 more of their colleagues, cold-blooded COO Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn) takes charge and violence escalates as the staff members turn on one another in a desperate attempt to survive.

 

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Lady Macbeth (15)

Drama

Dir. William Oldroyd, UK, 2016, 89 mins

Cast: Florence Pugh, Christopher Fairbank, Cosmo Jarvis

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The film is loosely based on a nineteenth century novella called Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov and was later adapted as an Opera. Lady Macbeth is a tragic portrait of a beautiful, determined and merciless young woman seizing her independence in a world dominated by men.

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Risk (15)

Documentary

Dir. Laura Poitras, Germany/US, 2016, 92 Mins

Cast: Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Jacob Appelbaum

From Academy Award winner Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR). Filmed over six years including through the 2016 presidential election and up to the present moment, RISK takes viewers closer than they have ever been before to Julian Assange and those who surround him.

With unprecedented access, Poitras give us the WikiLeaks story from the inside, allowing viewers to understand our current era of massive leaks, headline-grabbing news, and the revolutionary impact of the internet on global politics. RISK is a portrait of power, principles, betrayal, and sacrifice when the stakes could not be any higher. It is a first-person geopolitical thriller told from the perspective of a filmmaker immersed in the worlds of state surveillance and the cypherpunk movement.

RISK confirms Poitras’ directorial ability to record history as it unfolds on camera, and craft narratives at the highest level.

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Their Finest (12)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Lone Scherfig , UK, 2016, 117 mins

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war.

Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.

THEIR FINEST, based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!

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A Dog's Purpose (PG)

Adventure | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Lasse Hallstrom, US, 2017, 100 mins

Cast: Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Oritz, Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

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Unforgettable (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Denise Di Novi , US, 2017, 100 mins

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults

Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily.

Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

 

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Unlocked (15)

Action | Thriller

Dir. Michael Apted, UK, 2017, 98 mins

Cast: Noomi Rapace, Toni Collette, Orlando Bloom

Once one of the CIA’s top interrogators, Alice Racine’s (Rapace) career was sidelined when she failed “to unlock” a prisoner in time to save the lives of dozens of innocent people from a terrorist attack in Paris. Now leading a quiet life in London as a caseworker, Alice is unexpectedly called back into action when the CIA apprehends a suspect believed to have direct knowledge of another imminent attack.

Alongside Rapace, the stellar cast of UNLOCKED features ORLANDO BLOOM (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, The Hobbit franchise) as enigmatic war veteran Jack Alcott, two-time Oscar-winner MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Ant-Man, Wall Street) as Alice’s mentor Eric Lasch, along with Academy Award® nominees TONI COLLETTE (Little Miss Sunshine, The Sixth Sense) as MI5 Agent Emily Knowles, and JOHN MALKOVICH (Red 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) as Bob Hunter, the CIA’s Director of European Operations.

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Zookeeper’s Wife, The (12)

Biography | Drama| History

Dir. Niki Caro , Czech Republic/UK/US, 2017, 127 mins

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl

A real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.

When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

 

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