Crime | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Jerry Jameson, US, 2015, 97 mins
Cast: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela, Jessica Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers, Michael K. Williams
Based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, CAPTIVE is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives. When Brian Nichols – on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son – takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life. While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.
Irrational Man (12)
Drama | Mystery
Dir. Woody Allen, US, 2013, 95 mins
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey
Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Abe feels that everything he’s tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn’t made any difference.
Soon after arriving to teach at a small town college, Abe gets involved with two women: Rita Richards (Parker Posey), a lonely professor who wants him to rescue her from her unhappy marriage; and Jill Pollard (Emma Stone), his best student, who becomes his closest friend. While Jill loves her boyfriend Roy (Jamie Blackley), she finds Abe’s tortured, artistic personality and exotic past irresistible. Even as Abe displays signs of mental imbalance, Jill’s fascination with him only grows. Still, when she tries to make their relationship a romantic one, he rebuffs her.
Pure chance changes everything when Abe and Jill overhear a stranger’s conversation and become drawn in.
Biography | Drama
Dir. Anton Corbijn, Canada/Rest of the World, 2015, 111 mins
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Peter Lucas, Lauren Gallagher, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton
The story of photographer Dennis Stock who convinced a rebellious young actor on the cusp of stardom, James Dean to allow him to shoot him for LIFE Magazine. The men take a trip from LA to Dean’s hometown of Fairmont, Indiana, via Times Square, New York so that Stock could, in his words, capture Dean in all the environments that had “affected and shaped the unique character “.
While Stock thinks he’s capturing a star in the moment before he breaks; in fact, he’s documenting Dean’s last moments of intimacy and simplicity. In the process of their journey, a deep affection and improbable friendship gradually develops between the two young men. Their trip would result in some of the most iconic images of the age and a new breed of film star.
Drama | History
Dir. Justin Kurzel, UK/France/US, 2015, 113 mins
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, David Thewlis, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor
The story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a truthful reimagining of what wartime must have really been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland.
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, The (12)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. Wes Ball, US, 2015
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
Miss You Already (12)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
Dir. Catherine Hardwicke, UK, 2015, 112 mins
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine
When life falls apart, friends keep it together.
They say opposites attract. Milly (Toni Collette) is the woman who has everything: a successful career; a devoted husband and two gorgeous kids. Her best friend is Jess (Drew Barrymore), Jess works in a community garden; lives in a boathouse with her boyfriend Jago and desperately wants a baby.
Friends since childhood Jess and Milly can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything –secrets, clothes, even boyfriends, their differences are the glue that binds them together. That is until Milly is hit with the life changing news that she has breast cancer and needs Jess’s support more than ever.
As Jess tries to balance her own life with being there for Milly it is only a matter of time before the pressure on their friendship becomes intolerable.
A powerful story for every modern woman, MISS YOU ALREADY charts the obstacles life throws in our path and celebrates the bond of true friendship that ultimately cannot be broken, even in life’s toughest moments.
Dir. Alejandro Amenabar, Spain/Canada, 2015, 106 mins
Cast: Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, Aaron Ashmore
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime.
When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
Action | Crime | Drama
Dir. Denis Villeneuve, US, 2015, 121 mins, some subtitles
Cast: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal, Josh Brolin
In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.
Walk, The (PG)
Adventure | Biography | Drama | Thriller
Dir. Robert Zemecki, US, 2015, 123 mins
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story. With innovative photorealistic techniques and IMAX 3D wizardry, The Walk is true big-screen cinema, a chance for moviegoers to viscerally experience the feeling of reaching the clouds. The film, a PG-rated, all-audience entertainment for moviegoers 8 to 80, unlike anything audiences have seen before, is a love letter to Paris and New York City in the 1970s but, most of all, to the towers of the World Trade Center.
Animation | Family | World
Dirs. Rémi Bezançon & Jean-Christophe Lie, France/Belgium, 2012, 78 mins
Cast (voices): Raeusi Uraeus, Sjaak Caderyn, Nya-Jolie Walters, Scottie Ray, Joel Stigliano
Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the undying friendship between Maki, a child aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, who was sent as a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X.
Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land – even if it means risking his life.
During a long journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, and a pair of unusual cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate Bouboulina.
Gemma Bovery (15)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
Dir. Anne Fontaine, France, UK, 2014, 99 mins, Some Subtitles
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng
Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes.
Lobster, The (15)
Comedy | Romance | Sci-fi
Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Rest of the World, 2015, 118 mins
Cast: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Olivia Colman, Ashley Jensen
An unconventional love story set in the near future where single people, according to the rules of The City, are arrested and transferred to The Hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choosing and released into The Woods. A desperate Man escapes from The Hotel to The Woods where The Loners live and falls in love, although it is against their rules.
Maya The Bee (U)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Dir. Alex Stadermann, Australia/Germany, 2014, 89 mins
Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor
Maya is a little bee with a big heart. She dreams of an exciting life of freedom, fun and adventure – the world is simply far too interesting to stay inside a hive! Her funny attempts to fit in get her into trouble with the Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina. With her best friend Willy, Maya buzzes out into the meadow on an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery.Based on the children’s novel by Waldemar Bonsels.
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
Dir. Joe Wright, US, 2015
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Adeel Akhtar, Levi Miller, Kathy Burke, Amanda Seyfried
Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the action adventure follows the story of an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
The Martian (12)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Dir. Ridley Scott, US, 2015, 79 mins
Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel.
Dir. Richard Bracewell, UK, 2015, 94 mins
Cast: Matthew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond
The story of ‘what really happened’ during Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’ – how the hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare left his family and home to follow his dream. Along the way he encounters murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth.
Crimson Peak (15)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
Dir. Guillermo del Toro, US, 2015
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam
When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place ﬁlled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG)
Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
Dir. Genndy Tartakovsky, US, 2015
Cast (voices): Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James
The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania… Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny – and in for a major cultural shock of her own – “Vampa” Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But little do they know that Drac’s grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood – and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania – things are going to get batty!
Biography | Drama
Dir. Stephen Bradley, UK /Vietnam, 2015, 100 mins
Cast: Deirdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Gloria Cramer Curtis
Vietnam. 1989. Fourteen years after the end of the war. When Irish-woman Christina Noble flies into Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) she leaves behind an extraordinary life story. But the best is yet to come. Christina lands in a country that she wouldn t be able to show you on a map . With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won abilities, she is about to change everything, for hundreds of thousands of people. Shifting between past and present, the film concentrates on Christina s strength of character, as she uses music and humour to pursue a seemingly impossible dream, always following her motto that a little insane goes a long way. NOBLE is the inspirational true story of a woman who believes that it only takes one person to make a difference. And of how she is proved right.
A Walk in the Woods (15)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
Dir. Ken Kwapis, US, 2015, 104 mins
Cast: Robert Redford, Emma Thompson, Nick Nolte
Legendary actor Robert Redford sets off for A WALK IN THE WOODS as Bill Bryson, based on the 1998 travel writer’s best-selling memoir.
Upon his arrival back in the United States following two decades in the UK, Bryson wants to find a way to reconnect with his homeland. Impulsively he decides to hike a section of the longest continuous footpath in the world, The Appalachian Trail, 1000 arduous miles stretching from Maine to Georgia, an expedition men half his age struggle to complete.
Fearing for his life, his wife Cathy (Emma Thompson) refuses to allow him to do a solo trek but is unsuccessful in persuading any of his friends to accompany him. When his old buddy Katz (Nick Nolte), a crude, overweight, recovering alcoholic, calls him out of the blue and offers to accompany him, Bryson has no choice other than to accept.
Thus begins an adventure as they encounter weird and wonderful characters and face hilarious trials and tribulations along the way. The men gamely persevere and together they learn that some roads are better left untravelled.
Biography | Drama | Romance
Dir. Peter Sollett, US, 2015, 103 mins
Cast: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell
Diagnosed with terminal cancer, decorated New Jersey detective Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) wishes to leave her pension benefits to domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). Denied by local county officials, Laurel receives help from hard-nosed colleague Dane Wells (Michael Shannon) and activist Steven Goldstein (Steve Carell), who unite to rally fellow police officers and ordinary citizens to support the couple’s fight for equality.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (15)
Documentary | Biography | History
Dir. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, US/Italy/UK, 2015, 96 mins
Cast (as themselves): Marina Abramović, Dore Ashton, Stephanie Barron, Diego Cortez, Susan Davidson, Robert De Niro
A colourful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim was an heiress to her family fortune who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists. Her colorful personal history included such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.
Sleeping With Other People (15)
Dir. Leslye Headland, US, 2015
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Jordan Carlos
Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star as two romantic failures whose years of serial infidelity and self-sabotage have led them to swear that their relationship will remain strictly platonic. But can love still bloom while you’re sleeping with other people? Writer/director Leslye Headland’s (Bachelorette) sexy romantic comedy co-stars Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, and Natasha Lyonne.
Action | Adventure | Thriller
Dir. Sam Mendes, US/UK, 2015,
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.
Taxi Tehran (12)
Drama | World
Dir. Jafar Panahi, Iran, 2015, 82 mins, subtitles
Cast (as himself): Jafar Panahi
A taxi driver is driving through the vibrant streets of Tehran. Diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his car, transforming de facto his car into a mobile film studio, captures the spirit and contradictions of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive. Banned from travelling and making films in 2010, Jafar Panahi has managed to astonish us with his beautiful trilogy composed of This is not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013) and now Taxi, winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.
Benefactor, The (15)
Dir. Andrew Renzi, US, 2015, 90 Mins
Cast: Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James
Francis L. Watts (Richard Gere) is an affluent business man living in Philadelphia. But despite his wealth and connections, he is still grieving over the death of his friends, caused by a tragic car crash he was responsible for years ago. In an attempt to relieve his pain and guilt, something that his morphine addiction can t fix, he gets back into the lives of his friend s daughter and her husband. But after showering them with gifts and new prospects, things quickly sour. What follows is a desperate man s attempts to keep hold of his life, while everything around him falls apart.
Drama | Romance
Dir. John Crowley, Ireland/UK/Canada, 2015, 111 mins
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen,Emory Cohen, Mary O’Driscoll, Julie Walters
The profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Comedy | Drama
Dir. John Wells, US, 2015,
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl
Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). BURNT is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances.
He Named Me Malala (PG)
Dir. Davis Guggenheim, US, 2015, 87 mins
Cast (as themselves): Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Mobin Khan
An intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
Intern, The (12)
Dir. Nancy Meyers, US, 2015, 121 mins
Cast: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Anders Holm, Reid Scott, Nat Wolff, Adam DeVine
In The Intern, Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).
Lost In Karastan (15)
Dir. Ben Hopkins, Germany/UK/Georgia/France, 2014, 96 mins, Some Subtitles
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, MyAnna Buring, Noah Taylor
A filmmaker from England is hired to direct an epic production in the Caucasus region of Europe.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (15)
Dir. Gregory Plotkin, US, 2015, 95 mins
Cast: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George
Strange events plague a family (Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George) in their new home after they discover a video camera in the garage.
Dir. Sarah Gavron, UK, 2015, 106 mins
Cast: Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff
A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.