DVD/VOD Releases – January 2017

Donnie Darko (R/I) (15)

Drama | Sci-fi | Thriller

Dir. Richard Kelly, US, 2001, 113 mins

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Patrick Swayze, Katharine Ross, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Beth Grant, Maggie Gyllenhaal

October, 1988. In the middle of the night, a man in a monstrous rabbit suit appears to Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), a troubled teenager living with his family in suburban Virginia, to tell him that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. And so, a cult movie is born. As Donnie’s grip on reality weakens, we’re drawn into the darkness that lurks underneath the surface of suburbia. Underappreciated upon its initial release in 2001, Richard Kelly’s mind-bending film gets the 4K restoration treatment and is ripe for rediscovery on the big screen.

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Hell or High Water (15)

Crime | Drama

Dir. David Mackenzie, US, 2016, 102 mins

Cast: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges

Two brothers, Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster), resort to a calculated bank robbery spree that puts them on a collision course with a veteran Texas Ranger (Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges) determined to take them down.

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Julieta (15)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, Spain, 2016, 99 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, Emma Suárez

Julieta is a teacher of fifty five. She writes a long letter to her daughter, Antía, trying to explain all the things she has kept secret from her over the last 30 years. When she has finished her confession, she doesn’t know where to post the letter. Her daughter abandoned her when she was eighteen and Julieta hasn’t heard from her in the past twelve years. She has searched everywhere, but now realizes that Antía has become a total stranger to her. Julieta is about destiny, guilt complex and the unfathomable mystery that leads some people to abandon those they love, erasing them as if they meant nothing. And about the pain that this brutal desertion provokes in the victim.

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Morgan (12)

Drama | Horror | Mystery | Sci-fi | Thriller

Dir. Luke Scott, US, 2016

Cast: Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Toby Jones, Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Giamatti

A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident. She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

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Anthropoid (15)

Biography | History | Thriller | War

Dir. Sean Ellis, Czech Republic/UK/France, 2016, 120 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon

Based on the extraordinary true story of the World War II operation to assassinate Nazi commanding officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich was the Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler; he was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. Nicknamed “The Butcher of Prague,” his reign of terror and brutality prompted Czech authorities in London to hatch a top-secret mission, codenamed “Operation Anthropoid,” which would change history forever.

One of the most terrifying and thrilling stories of World War II, ANTHROPOID follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city locked down under Nazi occupation, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, the man many saw as Adolf Hitler’s natural successor. 

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Ben Hur (12)

Adventure | Drama

Dir. Timur Bekmambetov, US, 2016, 125 mins

Cast: Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Morgan Freeman

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but finds redemption. Based on Lew Wallace’s timeless novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

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Don't Breathe (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Fede Alvarez, US, 2016, 88 mins

Cast: Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette

Rocky, a young woman wanting to start a better life for her and her sister, agrees to take part in the robbery of a house owned by a wealthy blind man with her boyfriend Money and their friend Alex. But when the blind man turns out to be a serial killer, the group must find a way to escape his home before they become his newest victims.

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (12)

Adventure | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Taika Waititi, New Zealand, 2016, 101 mins

Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

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Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dir. Travis Knight, US, 2016, 101 mins

Cast (voices): Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, George Takei, Brenda Vaccaro

‘Kubo and the Two String’s is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson ofGame of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award® nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.

Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.

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