DVD/VOD Releases – July 2017

A Cure for Wellness (18)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Gore Verbinski, Germany/US, 2016, 146 mins

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests there longing for the cure.

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Hidden Figures (PG)

Drama

Dir. Theodore Melfi, US, 2016, 127 mins

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history.

Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return.

Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

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Hipppotamus, The (15)

Comedy

Dir. John Jencks, UK, 2017, 89 mins

Cast: Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw, Matthew Modine, Russell Tovey, Tommy Knight, Emily Berrington

Triple Olivier Award winner Roger Allam heads a stellar cast as the cantankerous, whiskey-swilling protagonist in this brand-new adaptation of Stephen Fry’s bestselling novel. With a supporting cast that includes Tim McInnerny, Emily Berrington, Russell Tovey, Fiona Shaw and Matthew Modine, director John Jencks realises a decade-long ambition to become the first person to bring one of Fry’s novels to the screen.

Ted Wallace, lapsed poet and disgraced theatre critic, is summoned to his friends Lord and Lady Logan’s Norfolk manor to investigate a series of unexplained miracle healings. Ted tracks down the perpetrator of the phenomena, his fifteen-year-old godson David Logan, whose parents believe he has healing hands. Unaware of David’s disturbingly unorthodox methods, the Logans are now set on sharing their son’s “gift” with the world. With a poet’s passion for the truth, Ted hurries to debunk the miracles and save a young man from a lifetime of embarrassment.

SPECIAL FEATURES: [] Book to Screen  [] British Comedy Special  [] Making-of featurette [] Extensive interviews with cast and crew

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Trespass Against Us (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Adam Smith, UK, 2016, 99 mins

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal

Three generations of the notorious Cutler family live as outlaws in the Cotswolds, the heart of Britain’s richest countryside. The Cutlers live by their own rules, practising their own way of life—poaching, pilfering and provoking the police.

Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his archaic father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), and a desire to forge a better life for his children. When Colby coerces him into a major robbery one night, Chad is faced with a choice that will change his life forever. Should he follow tradition and do his father’s bidding as his rightful son and heir, or should he break the chain and set out on a new path?

With the law cracking down on the clan, Colby tightening his grip on the family, and prejudices among the local populace becoming ever more hostile, Chad discovers that his destiny may no longer lie in his own hands…

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Age Of Shadows, The (15)

Action | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Jee-woon Kim, South Korea, 2016, 140 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Byung-hun Lee, Yoo Gong, Kang-ho Song

Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop them.

A talented Korean-born Japanese police officer, who was previously in the independence movement himself, is thrown into a dilemma between the demands of his reality and the instinct to support a greater cause.

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Elle (18)

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Paul Verhoeven, France/Germany/Belgium, 2016, 130 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

Starring iconic actress Isabelle Huppert in a career-defining role, Elle is already one of the most acclaimed films of the year.

Huppert is Michèle LeBlanc; founder and CEO of a successful video game company, who is attacked in her own home. Taking what appears to be a desire to shrug off the terrifying incident, she locks the door after her attacker and refuses to tell the police.

Upending our expectations, Michèle begins to track down her assailant, and soon they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game, one that at any moment may spiral out of control.

From legendary filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, Elle is a gripping psychological noir thriller. Exhilarating and multi-layered, the film recalls the ambience of Hitchcock, De Palma and Polanski, with a thrilling cerebral edge.

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Frantz (12)

Drama | History | War

Dir. Francois Ozon, France/Germany, 2016, 113 mins, subtitles

Cast: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber

One of world cinema’s most prolific auteurs, François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In the House) returns with the moving and poetic period drama Frantz, an elegant reimagining of the story behind Ernst Lubitsch’s undersung 1932 drama Broken Lullaby.

In a small German town in 1919, Anna mourns every day at the grave of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in battle during World War I. One day she spies a mysterious young Frenchman, Adrien, also laying flowers at the grave. Together they begin to bond over their shared grief, though Anna is intrigued by the enigmatic nature of Adrien’s relationship with her fiancé. As the pair become increasingly close, long buried secrets are revealed that will change the fabric of their lives and take them across a wearied and battle-scarred Europe.  

Shot with stunning black-and-white photography, Frantz is a masterfully told story of romance, grief and guilt featuring two remarkable lead performances from newcomers Paula Beer and Pierre Niney. At once graceful and and gripping, it is an intimate and timely exploration of healing and forgiveness across European borders.

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Logan (15)

Action |Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. James Mangold, US, 2017, 137 mins

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

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Neruda (15)

Biography | Crime | Drama

Dir. Pablo Larrain, Chile/Rest of the World, 2017, 107 mins, subtitles

Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán, Diego Muñoz, Pablo Derqui

Chile, 1948: Senator Pablo Neruda, diplomat and future Nobel Prize-winning poet, accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached. Pursued by the police, Neruda and his artist wife are forced into hiding and an intimate game of cat and mouse begins.

In Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows and artists, led by Picasso, call for his freedom. Neruda, meanwhile, inspired by his transformative new life as a fugitive, writes his epic collection of poems, Canto General, capturing the turmoil of a Latin America in crisis.

Paying homage to a mercurial creator who is impossible to pin down in conventional biography, this playful, inventive feature by acclaimed director Pablo Larraín (Jackie and Oscar-nominated NO) is the story of the escape, the investigation and the literary legend of a man once hailed as ‘the greatest poet of the 20th century’. Starring Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal, the film plays out like a road movie, inviting us to soar alongside Neruda in his poetry, his memory, and his deeply held sometimes paradoxical political ideals.

SPECIAL FEATURES * BFI’s Maria Delgado interviews Pablo Larraín and Gael García Bernal  * Theatrical Trailer

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A Quiet Passion (12)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Terence Davies, UK/Belgum, 2016, 125 mins

Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff

Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this luminous biopic from director Terence Davies (The Deep Blue Sea, Sunset Song).

Now recognized as a genius who committed to paper some of the most important verse in American literature, the 19th-century poet was virtually unknown in her lifetime, with fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems published.

A recluse who eventually boarded herself up in her bedroom, Dickinson explored her inner self in great detail. As source material, her story is as poetic as her work itself.

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Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Family | Fantasy | Musical

Dir. Bill Condon, US, 2017, 129 mins

Cast: Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

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Levelling, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Hope Dickson Leach, UK, 2016, 83 mins

Cast: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden

Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Charlie (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face the man she hasn’t spoken to in years: her father Aubrey (David Troughton). She is shocked to discover her home changed forever by the devastating floods that destroyed the area six months earlier, and Aubrey a tormented shadow of his former self. As she learns what has been going on in her long absence she and her father forge a new understanding, but can it withstand the troubles that they face on the ravaged farm as well as the truth of what drove Charlie to take his own life?

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Personal Shopper (15)

Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Olivier Assayas, France/Germany, 2017, 105 mins

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz

Internationally acclaimed writer/director Olivier Assayas (Clouds Of Sils Maria) returns with PERSONAL SHOPPER, an ethereal and mysterious ghost story, starring Kristen Stewart as a high-fashion personal shopper to the stars who is also a spiritual medium. Grieving the recent death of her twin brother, she haunts his Parisian home, determined to make contact with him.

PERSONAL SHOPPER received its World Premiere as part of the Official Selection at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with 5 star reviews and much critical acclaim. Assayas was the recipient of the festival’s prestigious Best Director award. The film went on to screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the 60th annual London Film Festival.

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Get Out (15)

Horror | Mystery

Dir. Jordan Peele, US, 2017, 103 mins

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

In Universal Pictures’ Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).

At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

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Graduate 50th Anniversary, The (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Mike Nichols, UK, 2017, 102 Mins

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

One of the most beloved American films of all time. Ben has recently graduated from college, with his parents now expecting great things from him. At his “Homecoming” party, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner, has Ben drive her home, which leads to an affair between the two. The affair eventually ends, but comes back to haunt him when he finds himself falling for Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s daughter.

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Kong: Skull Island (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy 

Dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, US/Vietnam, 2017, 118 mins

Cast: Brie Larson, Tian Jing, Tom Hiddleston

“Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

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Lost City of Z, The (15)

Action |Adventure | Biography

Dir. James Gray, US, 2016, 141 min

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, THE LOST CITY OF Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.

Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages”, the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

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Other Side of Hope, The (12)

Comedy | Drama | World

Dir. Aki Kaurismaki, Finland/Germany, 2017, 100 mins, subtitles

Cast: Sherwan Haji, Sakari Kuosmanen, Janne Hyytiäinen, Ilkka Koivula, Nuppu Koivu, Simon Hussein Al-Bazoon, Niroz Haji, Kaija Pakarinen

Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

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Shepherd, The (15)

Drama

Dir. Jonathan Cenzual Burley, Spain, 2016, 98 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Maribel Iglesias, Miguel Martín, Alfonso Mendiguchía

A lonely shepherd’s home and way of life are threatened when building promoters become interested in his land.

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Boss Baby, The (U)

Animation | Comedy | Family

Dir. Tom McGrath, US, 2017, 97 mins

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel

DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby.

He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby.

The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.

With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.

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Future Shock! The Story Of 2000 AD (15)

Documentary

Dir. Paul Goodwin, US, 2014, 110 mins

Cast (As Themselves): Dan Abnett, Geoff Barrow, Emma Beeby

FUTURE SHOCK! tells the story of 2000 AD®: the UK science-fiction comic that changed the face of the comics industry. First published in 1977, it was violent, anti-authoritarian, blackly funny and above all, idiosyncratically British. FUTURE SHOCK! offers a comprehensive overview of the magazine’s history: a warts and all look at the various highs and lows, a peek inside the creative process of some of its most famous creators, and a funny, moving and passionate chronicle of how a band of talented eccentrics came together to create a visionary and extraordinary comic that is still a game-changer 39 years on.

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Life (15)

Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Daniel Espinosa, US, 2017, 103 mins

Cast: Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal

Life tells the story of the six-member crew of the International Space Station that is on the cutting edge of one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars.

As the crew begins to conduct research, their methods end up having unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.

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Power Rangers (12)

Action |Adventure | Sci-Fi

Dir. Dean Israelite, Canada/US, 2017

Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Becky G.

SABAN’S POWER RANGERS follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.

Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.

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Time Of Their Lives, The (12)

Comedy

Dir. Roger Goldby, UK, 2017, 104 mins

Cast: Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Franco Nero

Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral on glamorous French hideaway Ile-de-Re, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage.

Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road together by coach, ferry, car and foot in a race to get to the funeral on time, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way.

On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another – and have the time of their lives.

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