DVD/VOD Releases – March 2016

Fathers and Daughters (15)

Drama

Dir. Gabriele Muccino, US/Italy, 2015,

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Diane Kruger

A Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

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Lady in the Van, The (12)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Nicholas Hytner, UK, 2015, 104 mins

Cast: Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam

Maggie Smith recreates one of her most celebrated roles – the singular Miss Shepherd – in TriStar’s The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett’s big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honored stage play. Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys) to bring this touching, poignant, and life-affirming story to the screen. Trailer     Official Site

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Last Witch Hunter, The (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Breck Eisner, US, 2015, 106 mins

Cast: Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine

The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

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Mississippi Grind (15)

Drama

Dirs. Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, US, 2015, 108 mins

Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Yvonne Landry, Anthony Howard, Ryan Reynolds

Down on his luck and facing financial hardship, Gerry teams up with younger charismatic poker player, Curtis, in an attempt to change his luck. The two set off on a road trip through the South with visions of winning back what’s been lost.

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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (15)

Comedy | Horror

Dir. Christopher Landon, US, 2015, 93 mins

Cast: Patrick Schwarzenegger, Halston Sage, Cloris Leachman

Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

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Backtrack (15)

Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Michael Petroni, Australia, 2015, 90 mins

Cast: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence

Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. Backtrack is a spine-chilling story from the acclaimed writer-director, Michael Petroni.

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Dragon Blade (15)

Action | Adventure | Drama

Dir. Daniel Lee, China, 2015, 127 mins

Cast: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody

A massive success this year in its native China, “Dragon Blade” brings action spectacle on a grand scale to US audiences. Featuring an international cast led by Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody, the film features the fight for the Silk Road when East and West collide. When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle.

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Dressmaker, The (TBC)

Drama

Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving

Bittersweet comedy, set in the 1950s, about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly (Kate Winslet) comes home, she not only reconciles with her ailing mother Molly (Judy Davis) but, with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, she transforms the women of the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss and her most destructive deed. Based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham.

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Gueros (TBC)

Comedy | World

Dir. Alonso Ruiz Palacios, Mexico, 2014, 106 mins, subtitles

Cast: Tenoch Huerta, Sebastián Aguirre, Ilse Salas

Güeros is a road movie in which the travellers barely manage to leave town. A coming of age comedy which pays homage to the French new wave. Tomas is too much for his lone mother so she sends him to live with his older brother Federico, aka Sombra, who is studying in Mexico City. Tomás has brought a cassette along with him; the tape is part of his father’s legacy and contains the music of Epigmenio Cruz. They say his songs moved Bob Dylan to tears, and that he could have saved Mexico’s rock music scene from ruin. When they learn that their idol is in hospital fading fast and alone, they set off in their rusty heap of a car to pay their last respects to this one-time rock star.

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Perfect Guy, The (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. David M. Rosenthal, US, 2015, 100 mins

Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut

After a painful breakup, successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) jumps into a passionate relationship with a charming stranger (Michael Ealy). When her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut) resurfaces in her life she has to figure out who she should trust and who she should fear.

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Time out of Mind (15)

Drama 
 
Dir. Oren Moverman, US, 2014, 120 mins 
 
Cast: Richard Gere, Jena Malone, Steve Buscemi
 
 
George (Gere) is a desperate man. With faltering health and nowhere to turn, he finds himself thrust onto New York City’s unforgiving streets. After exhausting all other avenues of temporary housing, he seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan’s largest intake centre for homeless men. It too proves a harsh and difficult-to-navigate environment, crowded as it is with similarly marginalized souls. But when George befriends a seasoned shelter-dweller named Dixon (Ben Vereen), he begins to harbour hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged daughter (Malone). 
 
With a successful career spanning four decades, Time Out Of Mind sees Gere immerse himself in the role of George – navigating the bureaucratic troubles of shelters in New York City, providing additional insight into urban poverty, challenging our perception of the homeless and bringing compassion to a group of people who are often neglected by society. 

Trailer     Official Site

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Black Mass (15)

Biography | Crime | Drama

Dir. Scott Cooper, US, 2015, 122 mins

Cast:  Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon

In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob.  BLACK MASS tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.

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Carol (TBC)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Todd Haynes, UK/US, 2015, 118 mins

Cast: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson

A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.  As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens.

While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) threatens her competence as a mother when Carol’s involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light.  As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of self-discovery coincides with her new sense of space.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel, The Price of Salt.

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Good Dinosaur, The (TBC)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Peter Sohn, US, 2015

Cast (voices): Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn

What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

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Hallow, The (15)

Horror

Dir. Corin Hardy, UK, 2015, 97 mins

Cast: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton

A family who move into a remote milllhouse in Ireland find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

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Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, The (12)

Adventure | Sci-fi | War

Dir. Francis Lawrence, US, 2015, 137 mins

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

The powerful final chapter in which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) realises the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.

With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.

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Steve Jobs (TBC)

Biography

Dir. Danny Boyle, US, 2015, 122 mins

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen

Working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography, the film takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to create a revealing portrait of the man at its epicentre. Spanning a period of 14 years between 1984 and 1998 the story is built around three seminal product launches — of the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT ‘Cube’ in 1988 and the iMac in 1998 — and it uses this innovative structure to create a cross-hatched portrait of Jobs’ life and to tell the story of the new mass-market technologies that have revolutionised how we communicate with one another.

Trailer     Official Site

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Welcome to Leith (15)

Documentary | Thriller

Dirs. Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker, US, 2015, 85 mins

‘Welcome to Leith’ is a feature documentary chronicling the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. Filmed in the days leading up to Cobb’s arrest for terrorizing the townspeople on an armed patrol and his subsequent release from jail six months later, the film is an eerie document of American DIY ideals.

Trailer     Official Site

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Bridge of Spies (12)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Steven Spielberg, US, 2015

Cast: Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge Of Spies tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

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Fall Of The Krays (15)

Crime

Dir. Zackary Adler, UK, 2016, 116 mins

Cast: George Webster, Simon Cotton, Kevin Leslie

The brutal brothers from Bethnal Green are back and bloodier than ever as FALL OF THE KRAYS explodes into cinemas and on demand from January 1st, 2016, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Following on from the huge success of The Rise Of The Krays which was released on Blu-ray and DVD in August 2015 before going on to break sales records across the board, FALL OF THE KRAYS picks up the story of the infamous Firm as the cracks start to show in the brothers’ business plans and their sanity.

Directed by Zackary Adler, FALL OF THE KRAYS once again stars Simon Cotton as Ronnie and Kevin Leslie as Reggie. Having secured their empire and their infamy, the brothers must now fight to keep hold of both as the obsession of one police officer becomes entwined with a burgeoning romance and a dangerous state of mind for Reggie and Ronnie respectively.

The sequel to 2015’s must-see, blood-soaked gangster epic is here and two of history’s most terrifying siblings demand that respect is paid: see the film!

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Horse Money (12A)

Drama | World

Dir. Pedro Costa, Portugal, 2014, 103 mins, subtitles

Cast: Ventura, Vitalina Varela, Tito Furtado, Antonio Santos, Benvindo Tavares

The film follows Ventura – the enigmatic lead of Costa’s earlier groundbreaking film Colossal Youth (2006) – as he traverses a seemingly endless night populated by the ghosts of his, and his country’s, past. From the restless spirits that haunt this decaying urban landscape, Costa conjures a spellbinding and unclassifiable cinematic experience. Winner of the Best Director prize at the 2014 Locarno Film Festival, and featured in many worldwide critics’ Top 10 Films of 2014 lists, Horse Money is a hauntingly beautiful contemplation of Portugal’s tumultuous past and uncertain future from one of the true poets of contemporary European cinema.

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Tangerine (TBC)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Sean Baker, US, 2015, 88 mins

Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (Rodriguez) is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend (James Ransone) hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumor. Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

A decidedly modern Christmas tale told on the streets of L.A., Tangerine defies expectation at every turn.

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