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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100 Streets (15)

Drama

Dir. Jim O’Hanlon, UK, 2016, 93 mins

Cast: Idris Elba, Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen

Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton star in 100 STREETS, a layered and gripping drama, which takes a fresh look at the vibrant and compelling life of residents in contemporary London – destination capital of the world. Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Jim O’Hanlon directs.

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Blair Witch (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Adam Wingard, US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid

It’s been 20 years since James’s sister and her two friends vanished into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland while researching the legend of the Blair Witch, leaving a trail of theories and suspicions in their wake. James (James Allen McCune of TV’s SHAMELESS) and his friends Peter (WRECK-IT RALPH’S Brandon Scott), Ashley (Corbin Reid of TV’s DISNEY STAR DARLINGS) and film student Lisa (Callie Hernandez of upcoming LA LA LAND and Ridley Scott’s upcoming ALIEN: COVENANT) venture into the same woods each with a camera to uncover the mysteries surrounding their disappearance.

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Captain Fantastic (15)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Matt Ross, US, 2016, 118 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, George MacKay

Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.

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Girl With All The Gifts, The (15)

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Colm McCarthy, UK/US, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine

The near future; humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects.

At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second- generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure.

The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

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Infiltrator, The (15)

Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Brad Furman, UK, 2016, 127 mins

Cast: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger

Based on a true story, Federal agent ROBERT “BOB” MAZUR (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1986 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent EMIR ABREU (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé KATHY ERTZ (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar’s top lieutenant ROBERTO ALCAINO (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.

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Magnificent Seven, The (12)

Action | Western

Dir. Antoine Fuqua, US, 2016, 132 mins

Cast: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Peter Sarsgaard

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

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Southside With You (12)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. Richard Tanne, US, 2016, 84 mins

Cast: Tika Sumpter, Parker Sawyers, Taylar Fondren

Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

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Wiener-Dog (15)

Comedy

Dir. Todd Solondz, US, 2016, 88 mins

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Keaton Nigel Cooke, Tracy Letts

A dachshund is taken in by a veterinary technician named Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig), who soon sets off on a road trip. The lovable dog also encounters a young boy, a film professor, and a troubled grandmother and granddaughter. The character of Dawn Wiener first appeared in the 1995 coming-of-age film Welcome to the Dollhouse, which was also written and directed by Todd Solondz. Wiener-Dog made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

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Bridget Jones's Baby (15)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Sharon Maguire, Ireland/UK/Rest of the World, 2016

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey, Jim Broadbent, Gemma Jones, Emma Thompson

Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth are joined by Patrick Dempsey for the next chapter of the world’s favourite singleton in Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones’s Diary), the new film in the beloved comedy series based on creator Helen Fielding’s heroine finds Bridget unexpectedly expecting.

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Fortysomething and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new. For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch…she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

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Deepwater Horizon (12)

Action | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Peter Berg, US, 2016, 107 mins

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dyaln O’Brien, Kate Hudson

On April 20th, 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. Directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), this story honours the brave men and women whose heroism would save many on board, and change everyone’s lives forever.

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Life, Animated (PG)

Documentary | Animation | Drama

Dir. Roger Russ Williams, US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast (as themselves): Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Based on a book by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ron Suskind, ‘Life, Animated’ tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world. By evocatively interweaving classic Disney sequences with verite scenes from Owen’s life, the film explores how identification and empathy with characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel forge a conduit for him to understand his feelings and interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations further give form to Owen’s fruitful dialogue with the Disney oeuvre as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity in a tribe of sidekicks. With an arsenal of narratives at his disposal, Owen rises to meet the challenges of adulthood in this moving coming-of-age tale.

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War On Everyone (15)

Comedy 
 
Dir. John Michael McDonagh, UK, 2016, 98 mins 
 
Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Michael Pena, Theo James
 
 
Award-winning writer-director of THE GUARD & CALVARY, John Michael McDonagh crosses the globe for his much-anticipated third film, a jet-black action comedy starring Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña and Theo James.  
 
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Terry Monroe (Skarsgård) and Bob Bolaño (Peña) are two corrupt cops who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he? 
 
Known for his distinctively witty sensibility and confrontational humour, McDonagh previously wrote and directed the acclaimed drama Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson, and offbeat comedy The Guard, also starring Gleeson alongside Don Cheadle, which became a worldwide sleeper hit. 
 
 
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