DVD/VOD Releases – December 2016

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (15)

Comedy

Dir. Mandie Fletcher, UK/US, 2016, 90 Mins

Cast: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Gwendoline Christie, Rebel Wilson

Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. But when they accidentally push Kate Moss into the river Thames at an uber fashionable launch party, Eddy and Patsy become entangled in a media storm surrounding the supermodel’s untimely demise and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

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Ice Age: Collision Course (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu, US, 2016, 100 mins

Cast: John Leguizamo, Keke Palmer, Ray Romano

Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colorful new characters.

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Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World (12)

Documentary
 
Dir. Werner Herzog, US, 2016, 98 mins 
 
Cast: Elon Musk, Lawrence Krauss, Lucianne Walkowicz

 
Oscar-nominated Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback.

Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

 
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Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism (U)

Family

Dir. Christopher N. Rowley, UK, 2015, 98 mins

Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Joan Collins, Dominic Monaghan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff, Celia Imrie

Orphan, Molly Moon, lives a hard life in a cold, run down orphanage, run by Miss Adderstone, a woman of cruel rules.

Then one day, Molly finds a book, ‘Hypnotism, An Ancient Art Explained’. 

Can she learn its lessons and hypnotise her way out of her miserable life? Can she use hypnotism to get back to her friend, Rocky, who has been adopted? Molly starts by hypnotizing Petula the pug and amazingly, it works!

Perhaps hypnotism can do more for Molly than she ever even dreamed of.

After watching this film, take care when you use hypnotism to get what you want. For, as Molly finds out, though hypnotism can make your dreams come true, things can get out of control too and you may find yourself in places that you don’t want to be, at all! 

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Pete's Dragon (PG)

Adventure | Family | Fantasy

Dir. David Lowery, US, 2016, 102 mins

Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

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Shallows, The (15)

Drama| Horror| Thriller

Dir. Jaume Collet-Serra, US, 2016, 86 mins

Cast: Blake Lively, Óscar Jaenada, Angelo Jose

In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity & resourcefulness.

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Suicide Squad (15)

Action | Crime | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. David Ayer, US, 2016, 130 mins

Cast: Margot Robbie, Ben Affleck, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Cara Delevigne

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity.  U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do.  However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

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Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier, France/Belgium, 2014, 85 mins

Cast: Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch, Laurent Lafitte

Julius Caesar unveils his latest plan to get rid of those indomitable Gauls once and for all. As his army has not been able to crush “the last pocket of resistance”, he decides to try a stealth invasion: civilisation delivered to the village gates! He builds a new Rome-The Land of the Gods-around Asterix’s village, pressuring the Gauls to assimilate or vanish. Despite Asterix and Obelix’s plans to stop the construction work, the buildings quickly rise and the Roman citizens start to peacefully invade their surroundings, bringing chaos to Asterix’s village. Could this finally mean victory for Caesar?

Trailer     Official Site

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David Brent: Life on the Road (15)

Comedy | Music

Dir. Ricky Gervais, UK, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jo Hartley, Doc Brown

The highly anticipated big screen debut of one of comedy’s best-loved characters, David Brent (Ricky Gervais). The film catches up with Brent twelve years on from the BBC mockumentary ‘The Office’ to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, ‘Foregone Conclusion’. Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality. Get ready to join David Brent on the road as he takes one last shot at fame and fortune.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (15)

Adventure | Comedy | Romance

Dir. Jake Szymanski, US, 2016, 98 mins

Cast:  Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick, Adam Devine, Aubrey Plaza, Stephen Root

Hard-partying brothers Mike (Devine) and Dave (Efron) place an online ad to find the perfect dates (Kendrick & Plaza) for their sister’s Hawaiian wedding. Hoping for a wild getaway, the boys instead find themselves outsmarted and out-partied by the uncontrollable duo.

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Nine Lives (PG)

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Barry Sonnenfeld, France/China, 2016, 87 mins

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner, Robbie Amell

Tom Brand (Kevin Spacey) is a daredevil billionaire at the top of his game. His eponymous company FireBrand is nearing completion on its greatest achievement to date – the tallest skyscraper in the northern hemisphere. But Tom’s workaholic lifestyle has disconnected him from his family, particularly his beautiful wife Lara (Jennifer Garner) and his adoring daughter Rebecca (Malina Weissman). Rebecca’s 11th birthday is here, and she wants the gift she wants every year, a cat. Tom hates cats, but he is without a gift and time is running out. His GPS directs him to a mystical pet store brimming with odd and exotic cats- where the store’s eccentric owner- Felix Perkins (Christopher Walken), presents him with a majestic tomcat, named Mr. Fuzzypants. En route to present his daughter with her dream pet, a bizarre turn of events finds Tom trapped inside the body of Mr. Fuzzypants. Adopted by his own family, he begins to experience what life is truly like for the family pet.

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Swallows And Amazons (PG)

Family

Dir. Philippa Lowthorpe, UK, 2016, 97 mins

Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall

Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone… The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Lake District, Swallows and Amazons is a heartwarming adventure for all the family.

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Ardennes, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Robin Pront, Belgium, 2015, 96 mins, subtitles

Cast: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens

Brothers Dave and Kenneth are reunited on Kenneth’s release after four years in prison following a failed home invasion. While Kenneth is anxious to dive headfirst into the drug-centred existence that ensnared him in the first place, both Dave and Kenneth’s erstwhile girlfriend Sylvie, have adopted clean lifestyles. Drugs, crime and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller journey in The Ardennes.

Screening exclusively at the Ciné Lumière and Institute of Contemporary Arts from December 9th and Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff from December 16th.

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Napoleon (PG) (R/I)

Biography | Drama | History

Dir. Abel Gance, France, 1927, 313 mins

Cast: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële

Abel Gance’s heroic depiction of the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte is an undisputed cinema landmark. Famed for its groundbreaking technical innovations – including its famous triptych finale – and a running time of 5 ½ hours, Gance’s epic traverses many of the formative experiences that shaped Napoleon’s rapid advancement. Cool under pressure, Bonaparte overcomes fierce rivals, the deadly Terror and political machinations to seal his imperial destiny. Monumental and visionary, the story’s chapters play out in exhilarating fashion tied together by an incredible feat of editing and technical ingenuity. Featuring an equally mammoth score composed and conducted by Carl Davis (newly recorded in 7.1), this definitive digital restoration presents this silent masterpiece in all its grandiose glory.

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Bad Moms (15)

Comedy

Dirs. Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, US, 2016, 101 mins

Cast: Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell

Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) puts her family first, second, and third. But her man-child husband, high-maintenance kids and idiot boss are taking a toll. She gives and gives, and gives and gives, and then gives a little more, but it’s never enough. When the alpha moms (Christina Applegate, Annie Mumolo and Jada Pinkett Smith) at her kids’ school push her too far, Amy finally snaps. Good Amy becomes Bad Amy really fast — and she doesn’t go alone. Teaming up with two other misfit moms (Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell), Amy gets a jolt of freedom that shakes up her life and might even make her a better mom. So call a sitter, put on your comfy pants, and pour yourself a double Chardonnay, because these moms are about to get bad.

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Brotherhood (15)

Drama

Dir. Noel Clarke, UK, 2016, 104 mins

Cast: Jason Maza, Stormzy, Red Madrell, Shanika Warren-Markland, Arnold Oceng, Noel Clarke

A decade on from the events in Adulthood, and Sam Peel (Noel Clarke) has grown up, in a stable relationship with his lawyer girlfriend Kayla (Shanika Warren-Markland), and raise their child together, seeking a peaceful existence far away from the former’s disruptive background. But having made a lot of enemies down the years who still hold a grudge against him, it’s just a matter of time before Sam’s past comes back to haunt him. Wanting nothing to do with this particular lifestyle, when his family are threatened, Sam knows that it’s time to put an end to this ongoing conflict once and for all.

The film is written and directed by Noel Clarke.

Trailer     Official Site     Previews from 29th August

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Mechanic: Resurrection (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Dennis Gansel, France/US, 2016, 99 mins

Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones

The most dangerous hitman in the world, Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.

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Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping (15)

Comedy | Music

Dirs. Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, US, 2016, 87 mins

Cast: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer

Universal Pictures’ Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he’s no longer the dopest star of all.

The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances.

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Purge: Election Year, The (15)

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Dir. James DeMonaco, France/US, 2015, 91 mins

Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson

It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.

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Sausage Party (15)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon, US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast (voices): Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Bill Hader

‘Sausage Party,’ the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store.

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War Dogs (15)

Comedy | Drama | War

Dir. Todd Phillips, US, 2016, 114 mins

Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.

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