DVD/VOD Releases – February 2017

Girl on the Train, The (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Tate Taylor, US, 2016, 105 mins 
 
Cast:  Emily Blunt, Justing Theroux, Luke Evans, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson
 
 
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel, ‘The Girl on the Train’ is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child.

As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage.

The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. 
 
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (12)

Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Tim Burton, US/Belgium/UK, 2016

Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench, Samuel L. Jackson

When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

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Storks (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy
 
Dirs. Nicholas Stoller, Doug Sweetland, France, 2016, 87 mins 
 
Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer

 
Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to.

Now they deliver packages for global internet giant Cornerstore.com. Junior, the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl.

Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

 
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Unknown Girl, The (La Fille Inconnue) (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France, 2016, 113 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minnella

Two-time Palme d’Or winners Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Two Days, One Night, Rosetta, The Child) continue their empathetic examinations of the compromises faced by everyday people in their tense, intriguing and psychologically complex drama.

Rising French actor Adèle Haenel (Water Lilies, Les Combattants) stars as Jenny Davin, a talented doctor who refuses to open the door of her practice to a mysterious late-night caller. The next morning, she learns that the caller was a girl who has been found dead, and that the police have no way to identify her. Shocked and guilt-stricken by the news, Jenny resolves to discover the name of the young girl so that she will not be buried anonymously – so that she doesn’t disappear as if she had never lived.

Playing intelligently with the traits of traditional detective dramas, The Unknown Girl is another characteristically engaging social commentary from the Dardenne brothers – a morally astute and compelling investigation of personal responsibility, justice and guilt.

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Blood Father (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller 
 
Dir. Jean-Francois Richet, France, 2016, 88 mins 
 
Cast: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna
 
 
After her drug kingpin boyfriend frames her for stealing a fortune in cartel cash, 17 year old LYDIA goes on the run, with only one ally in this whole wide world: her perennial screw-up of a dad, JOHN LINK, who’s been a motorcycle outlaw, and a convict in his time, and now is determined to keep his little girl from harm and, for once in his life, do the right thing… 
 
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Cameraperson (15)

Documentary

Dir. Kirsten Johnson, US, 2016, 102 mins

Cast: Kirsten Johnson

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into Cameraperson, a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson.

Through a series of episodic juxtapositions, Johnson explores the relationships between image makers and their subjects, the tension between the objectivity and intervention of the camera, and the complex interaction of unfiltered reality and crafted narrative.

A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, Cameraperson is both a moving glimpse into one filmmaker’s personal journey and a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world.

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Keeping Up With The Joneses (12)

Action | Comedy
 
Dir. Greg Mottola, US, 2016, 121 mins 
 
Cast: Gal Gadot, Isla Fisher, Patton Oswalt
 
 
An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbours – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are covert operatives. 

 
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Phantom Boy (PG)

Animation | Fantasy 
 
Dirs. Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol, France/Belgium, 2015, 84 mins 
 
Cast: Vincent D’Onofrio, Jared Padalecki, Melissa Disney
 
 
The highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award®- nominated writers and directors of A Cat In Paris is a stylish noir caper, set in the shadowy streets and alleyways of New York. 
 
Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world. 
 
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Trolls (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy
 
Dir. Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn, US, 2016, 92 mins 
 
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor

 
From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks’ TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.

 
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American Honey (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Andrea Arnold, UK/US, 2016, 163 mins

Cast: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

The tale of Star (Sasha Lane), an adolescent girl from a troubled home, who runs away with a traveling sales crew who drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. Finding her feet in this gang of teenagers, one of whom is Jake (Shia LaBeouf), she soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard-partying nights, law-bending days, and young love.

For her first feature set and filmed in the U.S., British writer/director Andrea Arnold envisioned a story rooted in the realism and nuance of its characters and what she experienced while traveling across America. At its heart is Star, a teenage girl on the brink of adulthood who hits the road in search of independence while struggling to untangle what it feels like to fall in love.

American Honey was the winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Festival de Cannes.

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Free State Of Jones (15)

Action | Biography | Drama

Dir. Gary Ross, US, 2016, 139 mins

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali

Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

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Inferno (12)

Mystery | Thriller 
 
Dir. Ron Howard, US/Rest of the World, 2016, 121 mins 
 
Cast: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy

Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population

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Operation Chromite (15)

Action | Drama | History | War

Dir. John H. Lee, South Korea, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee, Beom-su Lee

American General Douglas MacArthur (Liam Neeson) sends eight members of the Korean Liaison Office, led by a South Korean Navy Lieutenant (Lee Jung-Jae) on a secret mission far behind North Korean lines to carry out Operation “X-ray”.

This covert operation must succeed so that MacArthur can launch the daring Incheon Landing Operation.This is a fictionalized version of the historical CIA/military intelligence operation “Trudy Jackson”, part of Operation Chromite.

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Warcraft: The Beginning (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Duncan James, US, 2016

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky

Now in 4K Ultra HD.

An epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

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A Street Cat Named Bob (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Roger Spottiswoode, UK, 2016, 103 mins

Cast:  Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head and Bob

The film adaptation of James Bowen’s much-loved, best-selling book. Starring Luke Treadaway (Unbroken, Clash of the Titans) as James Bowen, ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ tells the moving and life-affirming true story of the unlikely friendship between a young homeless busker, James Bowen, and the stray ginger cat named Bob who changed his life.

Also starring Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain, The Incident) Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Filth) Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and (of course) Bob, filming took place over six weeks in London, mainly in Covent Garden where James and Bob used to busk.

The film is directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies, Under Fire, Air America, Turner and Hooch), with a script from Tim John (Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde) and Maria Nation (Ice Bound).

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Christine (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Antonio Campos, UK/US, 2016, 119 mins

Cast: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts

Rebecca Hall gives a career-best performance in the highly praised drama directed by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Afterschool) which tells the true story of a Florida news reporter who, in 1974, shocked the world by taking her own life live on air.

Always the smartest person in the room at a small-town news station, Christine (Hall) is relentless in her pursuit of an on-air position. As an aspiring newswoman with an eye for nuance and an interest in social justice, she finds herself constantly butting heads with her boss (Tracy Letts), who pushes for juicier stories that will drive up ratings.

Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when on-air co-worker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark turn.

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I, Daniel Blake (15)

Drama 
 
Dir. Ken Loach, UK/France/Belgium, 2016, 100 mins 
 
Cast: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy

 

The new film by British filmmaker Ken Loach, I Daniel Blake won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.


 
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (12)

Action | Adventure | Crime
 
Dir. Edward Zwick, US, 2016, 118 mins 
 
Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Robert Knepper
 
 
Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a major government conspiracy in order to clear his name. On the run as a fugitive from the law, Reacher uncovers a potential secret from his past that could change his life forever. 


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Ouija: Origin Of Evil (15)

Horror | Thriller 
 
Dir. Mike Flanagan, US/Rest of the World, 2016, 121 mins 
 
Cast: Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Henry Thomas

 
In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

 
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Train To Busan (15)

Action | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Sang-ho Yen, South Korea, 2016, 118 mins, subtitles

Cast: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jeong

Sok-woo and his daughter Soo-ahn are boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the train is overrun by zombies which kill several of the train staff and other passengers. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passengers have to fight for their lives against the zombies.

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