DVD/VOD Releases – July 2016

Choice, The (12)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Ross Katz, US, 2016, 111 mins

Cast: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Tom Welling, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easy-going lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’s beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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Fifty Shades of Black (15)

Comedy

Dir. Michael Tiddes, US, 2016, 92 mins

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Fred Willard, Mike Epps, Jane Seymour

Written and produced by, and starring Marlon Wayans (of Scary Movie fame), Fifty Shades of Black is a parody of the 2015 erotic romance film Fifty Shades of Grey.

Hannah (Hawk), an awkward student, goes to interview Christian Black at his Black Enterprises office building for her school newspaper. Despite the fact that he made his money through shady means (and a stint as a male stripper), she falls for him, but discovers he’s not looking for romance.

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Grimsby (15)

Comedy

Dir.Louis Leterrier, UK, 2016

Cast: Isla Fisher, Penélope Cruz, Sacha Baron Cohen

MI6’s top assassin (Mark Strong) has a brother. Unfortunately for him, he’s an English football hooligan (Sacha Baron Cohen) from the town of Grimsby.

Nobby has everything a man from the poor English fishing town of Grimsby could want – 9 children and the most attractive girlfriend in northern England (Rebel Wilson).

There’s only one thing missing in his life: his little brother, Sebastian. After they were adopted by different families as children, Nobby spent 28 years searching for him. Upon hearing of his location, Nobby sets off to reunite with his brother, unaware that not only is his brother an MI6 agent, but he’s just uncovered a plot that puts the world in danger.

On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.

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Secret In Their Eyes (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Billy Ray, US, 2015,

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts

A tight-knit team of rising investigators – Ray and Jess, along with their supervisor Claire – is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul.

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Strangerland (12)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Kim Farrant, Australia/Ireland, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes, Hugo Weaving

Newcomers to the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine and Matthew Parker’s lives are flung into crisis when they discover their two teenage kids, Tommy and Lily, have mysteriously disappeared just before a massive dust storm hits. With Nathgari eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the townsfolk join the search led by local cop, David Rae. It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to Tommy and Lily. Suspicions run riot, rumours spread and public opinion turns savagely against the Parkers. With temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink as they struggle to survive the mystery of their children’s fate.

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Zoolander 2 (12)

Comedy

Dir. Ben Stiller, US, 2016

Cast: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell

Dim male model Derek Zoolander is back in Ben Stiller’s side-splitting sequel to his comedy classic. Fifteen years have passed since pouty Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) bestrode the world like a colossus as the world’s greatest male fashion model. Today, Derek and his catwalk rival-turned-friend Hansel (Owen Wilson) find themselves cruelly dismissed as old and irrelevant. But then someone starts murdering the world’s most beautiful people, who are all found sporting Derek’s iconic Blue Steel look. Baffled Interpol Fashion Division agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) recruits our heroes to go undercover in the world of high fashion, which is now dominated by plastic surgery enthusiast Alexanya Atoz (Kristen Wiig). Delighted to find themselves back in the game, Derek and Hansel soon find that all roads lead to their old foe, Mugatu (Will Ferrell). Ben Stiller’s long-awaited sequel to his much-loved fashion industry satire includes a host of great star cameos, from Benedict Cumberbatch to Justin Bieber.

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Blood Orange (15)

Thriller

Dir. Toby Tobias, UK/Spain, 2016, 85 mins

Cast: Iggy Pop, Kacey Barnfield, Ben Lamb, Antonio Magro

In a stunning modern Spanish Villa lives Bill an aging, half-blind rock star with his young, very beautiful and sexually promiscuous wife Isabelle. Into their peculiar paradise comes Lucas, an ex-lover looking for revenge. Lucas wants his inheritance back; he believes she stole it from him, but Isabelle will give him nothing. Bill asks Lucas to stay, pretends to make the peace, but really he has another agenda – he has a plan…

The next day Lucas plants a nasty seed: he convinces David, their pool boy, that Isabelle likes rough sex. From the way she has been teasing David, this seems to make sense. When David attacks Isabelle, Bill comes to her defence and things seem to spiral dangerously out of control.

Or is it all part of Bill’s plan?

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Divergent Series: Allegiant, The (12)

Adventure| Sci-Fi

Dir. Robert Schwentke, US, 2016

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Theo James

The third instalment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, Allegiant takes Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.

After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

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Hail Caesar (12)

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Dirs. Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, US/UK, 2016, 106 mins

Cast:  Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes

When the world’s biggest star vanishes and his captors demand an enormous ransom for his safe return, it will take the power of Hollywood’s biggest names to solve the mystery of his disappearance. An all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix, bringing the audience along for a comic whodunit that pulls back the curtain and showcases the unexpected humour and industry drama found behind the scenes. Hail, Caesar! marks the Coens at their most inventive.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG)

Animation | Action | Adventure

Dirs. Alessandro Carloni & Jennifer Yuh, China/US, 2016, 95 mins

Cast (Voices): Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liyu, Kate Hudson

Continuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness”, Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

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Queen Of Earth (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Alex Ross Perry, US, 2015, 90 mins

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston, Patrick Fugit

Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) has entered a particularly dark phase in her life: her father, a famous artist whose affairs she managed, has recently died, and on the heels of his death she’s dumped by her boyfriend James (Kentucker Audley). With relaxation and the idea of gathering her thoughts, Catherine heads to her friend Virginia’s (Katherine Waterston) lake house for some much needed rest. However, once Catherine arrives relaxation proves impossible to find, as she is overcome with memories of time spent at the same house with James the year before. As cracks in the relationship between the two women begin to appear, Catherine soon starts descending into a downward spiral of delusion and madness.

A bracing, eerie look at the deep bonds of friendship and the horrific effects of such bonds being frayed, Queen of Earth is an extremely dark study of the effects that the two women’s misery has upon their own relationship.

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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (18)

Drama

Dir. Eva Husson, Franfce, 2015, 98 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Finnegan Oldfield, Marilyn Lima, Marilyn Lima, Daisy Broom, Fred Hotier, Manuel Husson

George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, they each deal with the scandal in radically different ways. Faced with the implosion of their value systems, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and their real desires.

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High Rise (15)

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Ben Wheatley, US, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller

London, 1975. Robert Laing (Hiddleston) is a young doctor seduced by the lifestyle in a high-rise, an isolated community, cut off from the rest of society in their luxury tower block, and its creator, the architect Anthony Royal (Irons). Taking up residence on the twenty-fifth floor, Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Miller). After Laing befriends Richard Wilder (Luke Evans), a documentary filmmaker relegated to the second floor who is determined to provoke the class injustices inherent in the high-rise, a dangerous social situation develops and the high-rise eventually fragments into violent tribes.

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London Has Fallen (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller 
 
Dir. Babak Najafi, UK/US/Bulgaria, 2016, 99 mins 
 
Cast: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Charlotte Riley
 
 
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable secret service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one. 

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Norm of the North (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Trevor Wall, India/US, 2016, 90 mins

Cast (voices): Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Bill Nighy, Colm Meaney

A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.

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Trust, The (15)

Crime | Thriller

Dirs. Alex Brewer & Benjamin Brewer, US, 2016, 92 mins

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jerry Lewis, Sky Ferreira

Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers.

When Stone hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash. Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside. But by the time they figure out what the vault contains, it’s already too late to turn back.

The Trust is a film about the philosophy behind a crime. It’s a taxonomic approach to the heist movie that gives the audience a chance to examine closely each dark development, as the two cops slip quietly into a rabbit hole from which they cannot return.

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Truth (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. James Vanderbilt, Australia/US, 2015, 121 mins

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid

The story of The Killian Documents controversy (a.k.a. “Rathergate”) in the days leading up to the 2004 presidential election. When veteran newscaster Dan Rather and CBS News head Mary Mapes choose to air a segment on 60 Minutes exposing how President Bush avoided being drafted to Vietnam through his father’s political advantages, the resulting fallout ultimately costs them their jobs and reputations.

Based on American journalist and television news producer Mary Mapes’ memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, the President and the Privilege of Power.

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Witch, The (15)

Horror

Dir. Robert Eggers, Canada/US, 2015, 90 mins

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

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10 Cloverfield Lane (12)

Drama | Mystery | Sci-fi

Dir. Dan Trachtenberg, US, 2016

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr., Mat Vairo

After surviving a car accident, a young woman wakes up in an underground cellar, where most of the action takes place. She fears she has been abducted by a survivalist, who tells her he saved her life and that a worldwide chemical attack has left Earth’s surface uninhabitable. Uncertain what to believe, she decides she must escape, no matter what dangers she may face outside.

The film started as a script titled The Cellar, but during production under Bad Robot Productions, it evolved to become what producer J. J. Abrams describes as “a blood relative” of the 2008 film Cloverfield.

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Disorder (aka Maryland) (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Alice Winocour, France/Belgium, 2015, 101 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy

Following a tour of duty, Special Services soldier Vincent (Schoenaerts) takes a job in security for a wealthy Lebanese businessman and his family.

During a lavish party one night, at their luxurious ‘Maryland’ villa, Vincent senses that something is amiss. When his employer is then urgently called away on business Vincent is left to ensure the safety of his wife Jessie (Kruger) and their child. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, Vincent battles his own paranoia whilst clinging to the certainty that Jessie and her family are in immediate danger, unleashing a hell-bent determination to protect them at all costs.

From French director Alice Winocour (Augustine) Disorder is a masterful thriller full of suspense that takes audiences on a cinematic and atmospheric ride through the mind of its flawed but heroic main character.

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Grump, The (12)

Comedy

Dir. Dome Karukoski, Finland/Iceland, 2014, 104 mins

Cast: Antti Litja, Petra Frey, Mari Perankoski

The Grump is a man from the past. A man who knows that everything used to be so much better in the old days. Pretty much everything that’s been done after 1953 has always managed to ruin The Grump’s day.

Our story unfolds as The Grump takes a fall from his basement steps, hurting his ankle. He has to spend a weekend in Helsinki to attend physiotherapy.

The Grump doesn’t like this for four reasons: 1) He has to take a taxi. 2) He can’t take daily care of his wife, an Alzheimer’s patient. 3) He can’t drive, which means he might have to sit in a car with a female driver. 4) He has to spend time with his family.

The daughter-in-law is a career woman, not keen to spend time with The Grump when he comes to the city. Her boss has given her the task to look after Russian businessmen supposed to close a major deal over the weekend. It doesn’t make her any happier when The Grump decides to help with the deal. Then The Grump has to face his useless son to become the father he never was.

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Poor Cow (15)

Drama

Dir. Ken Loach, UK, 1967, 101 mins

Cast: Terence Stamp, Carol White, John Bindon

A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (another thief) who seems to give her some happiness but who also ends up in the nick. She then takes up with a series of seedy types who offer nothing but momentary pleasure. Her son goes missing and she briefly comes to grips with what is most important to her.

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Risen (12)

Action | Adventure | Drama

Dir. Kevin Reynolds, US, 2016, 107 mins

Cast: Tom Felton, Joseph Fiennes, Cliff Curtis, Peter Firth, Maria Botto

the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Felton), are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumours of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

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Rock the Kasbah (15)

Comedy | Music | War

Dir. Barry Levinson, US, 2015, 106mins

Cast: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, Scott Caan, Leem Lubany

A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson.

Richie Lanz (Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Richie partners with a savvy hooker (Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (McBride and Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”

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Zootropolis (PG)

Animation | Action | Adventure

Dirs. Byron Howard, Rich Moore & Jared Bush, US, 2016, 108 mins

Cast (Voices): Idris Elba, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.

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