DVD/VOD Releases – January 2016

At Any Price (18)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Ramin Bahrani, US, 2012, 105 mins

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens

In the competitive world of modern agriculture, ambitious Henry Whipple wants his rebellious son Dean to help expand his family’s farming empire. However, Dean has his sights set on becoming a professional race car driver. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens the family’s entire livelihood.

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Cobbler, The (12)

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Dir. Tom McCarthy, US, 2014, 131 mins

Cast: Elli, Adam B. Shapiro, Evan Neumann

Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

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Just Jim (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Craig Roberts, UK, 2015, 84 mins

Cast: Craig Roberts, Emile Hirsch, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Aneirin Hughes

Life sucks for Jim. His best friend Michael is now hanging with the cool kids and Jim’s only companion is his dog. He’s stuck in a small town where nothing ever exciting happens, until… Dean, a mysterious American moves in to the house next door. Dean is older, good looking and in Jim’s eyes the coolest guy he’s ever met. Jim can’t believe his luck. Dean offers him friendship, helps him win the girl of his dreams and he soon becomes the most popular boy in school. But when it turns out Dean is hiding a dark secret, Jim is forced to question if his newfound popularity is really worth it. 

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Love & Mercy (12)

Biography | Drama | Music

Dir. Bill Pohlad, US, 2015, 120 min

Cast: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

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Runner, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Austin Stark, US, 2015, 90 mins

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Paulson, Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen, Bryan Batt, Wendell Pierce

In the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill, an idealistic but flawed politician (NICOLAS CAGE) is forced to confront his dysfunctional life after his career is destroyed in a sex scandal.

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45 Years (15)

Drama |Romance

Dir. Andrew Haigh, UK, 2015, 95 mins

Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay, Geraldine James

There is just one week until Kate Mercer’s 45th wedding anniversary and the planning for the party is going well. But then a letter arrives for her husband. The body of his first love has been discovered, frozen and preserved in the icy glaciers of the Swiss Alps. By the time the party is upon them, five days later, there may not be a marriage left to celebrate.

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Chemsex (18)

Documentary

Dirs. William Fairman & Max Gogarty, UK, 2015, 83 mins

Cast (as themselves): TBA

In hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, Chemsex is a documentary that exposes frankly and intimately a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous drug use and weekend-long sex parties, Chemsex tells the story of several men struggling to make it out of ‘the scene’ alive – and one health worker who has made it his mission to save them. While society looks the other way, this powerful and unflinching film uncovers a group of men battling with HIV, drug addiction and finding acceptance in a changing world.

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Diary of a Teenage Girl, The (18)

Drama

Dir. Marielle Heller, US, 2o15, 102 mins

Cast: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig) boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.

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Love (18)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Gaspar Noe, France/Belgium, 2015, 135 mins, in English

Cast: Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin

The film is a sexual melodrama about a boy, a girl and another girl. It’s a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way.

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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl (12)

Comedy | Drama 

Dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, US, 2015, 105 mins

Cast: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

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My Skinny Sister (15)

Drama | World

Dir. Sanna Lenken, Sweden/Germany, 2015, 95 mins, subtitles

Cast: Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont, Henrik Norlén

Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. The disease slowly tears the family apart. A story about jealousy, love and betrayal told with warmth, depth and laughter.

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No Escape (15)

Action | Thriller

Dir. John Erick Dowdle, US, 2015, 103 mins

Cast: Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson

Jack (Owen Wilson) is a man desperate to protect his family in this intense, fast-paced action thriller that will leave you breathless.

As he relocates his family to Asia, with wife Annie (Lake Bell) and their two young girls, Jack has no idea of the terror that lies in store. Within days of their arrival, a violent political uprising has swept through the city and the family are on the run frantically searching for safety as rebels mercilessly attack.

With seasoned expat Hammond (Pierce Brosnan) as their only ally, time is against Jack and his family as they are caught in the middle of a nation at war. Desperately attempting to survive in a country under siege, their courage is put to the ultimate test.

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Straight Outta Compton (18)

Biography | Drama| Music

Dir. F. Gary Gray, US, 2015, 157 mins

Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell

In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

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We Are Your Friends (15)

Drama | Music |Romance

Dir. Max Joseph, UK/France/US, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Emily Ratajkowski, Zac Efron, Jon Bernthal

WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS, the much anticipated directorial debut from MTV’s Catfish co-creator Max Joseph, starring Zac Efron (Bad Neighbours) and Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), in a stylish look the world of electronic music and the Hollywood party scene

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Aaaaaaaah! (18)

Thriller

Dir. Steve Oram, US, Germany,  2015, 79 mins

Cast: Julian Rhind-Tutt, Noel Fielding, Alice Lowe

Alpha Male Smith and his Beta, Keith, move to take over a local community. They hook up with restless Female, Denise, igniting a deadly feud in which emotions run high and deep-seated grudges resurface amongst the tribe. Are we not men? Or are we simply beasts? Steve Oram, the actor/writer from SIGHTSEERS and KILL LIST stars in his long-awaited debut feature with a host of his friends. Get ready for the most unusual celluloid primal scream – an anarchic, hilarious, disturbing and touching look at the human condition. THEMROC meets PINK FLAMINGOS in the Cult Movie of the Year

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Breakdown (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Jonnie Malachi, UK, 2016, 107 mins

Cast: Craig Fairbrass, Emmett J Scanlan, James Cosmo

Alfie Jennings. Loving father. Faithful husband. Professional contract killer. Haunted by horrific visions of the men he has killed, Alfie spirals towards the brink of madness as his past catches up with him. One of the founding members of elite hitman fraternity, Homefront, Alfie’s panic attacks now compromise this once ruthless ex-elite soldier and leader of men. His tense family life rapidly approaching boiling point, a sheltered daughter on the brink of womanhood, a beautiful, neglected wife on the brink of despair, Alfie is lost, desperately trying to hold everything together. An embarrassing public breakdown during a torture in front of his employers and client, calls Alfie’s sanity and professionalism into question, forcing ex-Army Major, Albert Chapman, the psychopathic head of Homefront, to begin threatening the lives of Alfie and his family.

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Everest (12)

Adventure | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Baltasar Kormakur, UK/US/Iceland, 2015, 121 mins

Cast:  Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

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Momentum (15)

Action | Thriller

Dir. Stephen S. Campanelli, South Africa/US, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Morgan Freeman, James Purefoy

Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between Alex and a master assassin. Now she must uncover the lies behind the heist and discover the secrets behind the men who have made her a target.

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Solace (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Afonso Poyart, US, 2015

Cast: Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish

The story of a veteran FBI detective (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his younger ambitious partner (Abbie Cornish) who enlist the help of a reclusive, retired civilian analyst, Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins) to help solve a series of bizarre murders. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers, which come in the form of vivid and disturbing visions, put him on the trail of the killer (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his gift of second sight is little match against the extraordinary powers of this elusive murderer on a mission.

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Visit, The (15)

Comedy | Horror

Dir. M. Night Shyamalan, US, 2015, 94 mins

Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge

The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip.  Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day. 

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99 Homes (15)

Drama

Dir. Ramin Bahrani, US, 2014, 112 mins

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern

In this timely thriller, charismatic and ruthless businessman, Rick Carver (Academy nominee Michael Shannon), is making a killing by repossessing homes – gaming the real estate market, Wall Street banks and the US government. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Golden Globe nominee Andrew Garfield), a single father trying to care for his mother (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and young son (newcomer Noah Lomax), Nash becomes so desperate to provide for his family that he goes to work for Carver – the very man who evicted him in the first place. Carver promises Nash a way to regain his home and earn security for his family, but slyly seduces him into a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost – on Carver’s orders, Nash must evict families from their homes. As Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

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Legend (18)

Biography | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Brian Helgeland, UK/France, 2015

Cast: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton

From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River) and Working Title (The Theory of Everything) comes the true story of the rise and fall of London’s most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ronnie Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an amazing double-barrelled performance.

Together, the Kray Twins take over the city. But as their reign expands, power-struggles, fierce madness, and a woman diminishes their bond; the weak link that could cause their empire to collapse. LEGEND takes us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray twins.

“The Old East End and the Swinging Sixties are long gone, and so are its doppelgängers, the Krays; all of it slipped into the alchemy of legend. Lies abound, the facts are elusive, but some truth can still be found… “ Brian Helgeland, Director

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Star*Men (PG)

Documentary | Biography | Comedy | History

Dir. Alison E. Rose, Canada/US/UK, 2015, 90 mins

Cast (as themselves): Alison E. Rose (narrator), Roger Griffin, Donald Lynden-Bell CBE, FRS, Nick Woolf, Wallace L. Sargent FRS

Four exceptional astronomers celebrate 50 years of work and friendship on a return road trip in the southwestern United States, recapturing youthful adventures and recounting each other’s influences on the most exciting period in astronomy’s history.

Roger the instrument-maker, Donald the theoretician, Nick the visionary, and Wal the observer: together they represent the most productive period astronomy has ever had. They helped build the world’s biggest observatories and made revolutionary discoveries about the evolving universe, discoveries that have the power to change the way humanity sees itself.

In old age and facing death, their journey through memory and the breathtaking landscape provokes them to reflect on how their profound work on the universe has reflected back on the individual, affecting their sense of religious faith, how life may have purpose, and what is knowable and unknowable.

Filmed in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, the film features POV narration, and draws a character-driven, intimate portrait of friendship as the men travel from the century-old telescope on Mt. Wilson through a progression of larger and more powerful observatories. They pause at the Grand Canyon, and re-take a hike that nearly defeated them when they were young.

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Tangerines (15)

Drama | War | World

Dir. Zaza Urushadze, Estonia/Georgia, 2013, 87 mins, subtitles

Cast: Lembit Ulfsak, Mikheil Meskhi, Giorgi Nakhashidze, Elmo Nüganen, Raivo Trass

Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, this compassionate story focuses on two Estonian immigrant farmers who decide to remain in Georgia long enough to harvest their tangerine crop. When the fighting arrives at their doorsteps, Ivo (played by legendary Estonian actor Lembit Ulfsak) along with friend Margus (Elmo Nüganen), treat two wounded soldiers from opposite sides, Ahmed (Giorgi Nakhashidze) and Niko (Mikheil Meskhi). During their extended period of convalescence under the administration of Ivo, they are forced not only to confront the reasons that fuel their hatred for each other, but also the conflict which rages around them.

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Warriors (12)

Documentary

Dir. Barney Douglas, UK, 2015,

Cast: N/A

Under the shadow of Mount Kenya, a tribe of Maasai fear for their future. With cultural traditions such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) being performed on girls as young as six, and with HIV/Aids a constant dark shadow, the community “must change or perish.” That change is coming in the form of young Maasai Warriors who’ve remarkably formed a cricket team. They relate the sport to old hunting techniques – the ball is their spear, the bat is their shield – and now they have found confidence and a voice through the game. They want equal rights and education for girls, an end to FGM, and a change of attitude to HIV/Aids. 

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