DVD/VOD Releases – November 2015

Amy (15)

Documentary | Biography | Music

Dir. Asif Kapadia, UK, 2014, 127 mins

Cast (as herself): Amy Winehouse

From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Senna), AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words.

Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.  

A once-in-a-generation talent and a pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most original and adored songs of the modern era.

Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel.

Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

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Get Santa (U)

Comedy | Family

Dir. Christopher Smith, UK/US, 2014, 102 mins

Cast: Nonso Anozie, Warwick Davis, Jim Broadbent

A father and son who team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police.

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Longest Ride, The (12A)

Drama | Romance

Dir. George Tillman Jr, US, 2015, 139 mins

Cast: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston

Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, ‘The Longest Ride’ centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and life altering connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, ‘The Longest Ride’ explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

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Misery Loves Comedy (tbc)

Comedy | Documentary

Dir. Kevin Pollak, US,  2015, 94 mins

Cast (as themselves): Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow

Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, and Jon Favreau are among over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the age-old truth: misery loves company. In-depth, candid interviews with some of the most revered comedy greats who each share their unique path and a life devoted to making strangers laugh. With arresting anecdotes and insights from the comedy underbelly that reveal a performer’s deep desire to connect with audiences, Kevin Pollak’s MISERY LOVES COMEDY is the definitive master class on the art of humor that details a comedian’s rare ability to help us understand life as only they can.

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Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? (U)

Comedy

Dir. Debbie Isitt, UK, 2014, 109 mins

Cast: Martin Clunes, Marc Wootton, Jason Watkins, Adam Garcia, Catherine Tate, Ralf Little, Celia Imrie

This Christmas the pupils of St Bernadette’s and their much-loved, madcap teacher Mr Poppy are back for their biggest adventure yet involving fantastic flashmobs, excitable elves, Christmas carols and of course Archie the donkey!

When their new teacher Mr Shepherd loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, as well as his fiancée Sophie and the whereabouts of the beloved Archie, it’s up to the pupils of St Bernadette’s to save the day.

Led by the ever enthusiastic Mr Poppy, they embark on a Christmas journey like never before – but time is against them if they are to help Mr Shepherd get to New York in time for his magical yuletide wedding…!

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Terminator Genisys (12)

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Dir. Alan Taylor, US, 2015, 119 mins

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney

When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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Brand: A Second Coming (15)

Documentary | Biography

Dir. Ondi Timoner, UK/US, 2015, 100 mins

Cast (as themselves): Russell Brand, Simon Amstell, Barbara Brand, Ron Brand, Katy Perry, Jeremy Paxman, Noel Gallagher, David Lynch

Follows comedian/author/activist Russell Brand as he dives headlong into drugs, sex & fame in an attempt to find happiness, only to realize that our culture feeds us bad ideas & empty idols. Through his stand up, Brand explores his own true icons – Gandhi, Che Guevara, Malcolm X & Jesus Christ- & evolves from addict & Hollywood star to an unexpected political disruptor & newfound hero to the underserved. Will Brand hold fast against the roar of criticism to break out of the very system that built him?

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Lessons in Love (a.k.a. Some Kind of Beautiful) (15)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Tom Vaughn, US, 2014, 99 mins

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Malcolm McDowell

Richard (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful college professor who gives up a steady stream of one-night stands for fatherhood with much younger Kate (Jessica Alba). Three years later when Kate falls in love with someone else and moves out, she sends her sister, Olivia (Salma Hayek), to make sure Richard is properly caring for their son. Assuming Richard is back to his irresponsible playboy lifestyle, Olivia is shocked when she starts to fall in love with him herself.

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Palio (12)

Documentary | Drama | Sport

Dir. Cosima Spender, UK, 2015, 91 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Gigi Bruschelli, Giovanni Atzeni

The Palio horse-race in Siena isn’t a matter of life or death… It’s much more important than that. Twice a year the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Not your average race: strategy, bribery and corruption play as much a part as the skill of the riders.

‘Palio’ explores the thrilling story of a rivalry between a young ‘outsider’ keen to break in to a dangerous but lucrative game and the corrupt ‘insider’ who has manipulated the city of Siena for a decade. Their passionate and dramatic battle is an epic and cinematic tale of Italian life in microcosm.

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Ronaldo (PG)

Documentary | Sport

Dir. Anthony Wonke, UK, 2015, 102 mins

Cast (As Themselves): Dolores Aveiro, Hugo Aveiro, Georgie Bingham

Filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of the man and the sport, this is the first official and fully authorized film of one of the most celebrated figures in football. For the first time ever, the world gets vividly candid and un-paralleled, behind-closed-doors access to the footballer, father, family-man and friend in this moving & fascinating documentary. Through in-depth conversations, state of the art football footage and never before seen archival footage, the film gives an astonishing insight into the sporting and personal life of triple Ballon D’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo at the peak of his career.

In Cinemas One Night Only

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Song Of The Sea (PG)

Animation | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Tomm Moore, Ireland/Rest of the World, 2014, 93 mins

Cast: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan

Saoirse is a child who is the last of the selkies, women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people. She escapes from her grandmother’s home to journey to the sea and free fairy creatures trapped in the modern world.

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Spy (15)

Action | Comedy

Dir. Paul Feig, US, 2015, 120 mins

Cast:  Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Morena Baccarin, Jude Law, Miranda Hart

Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

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Gallows, The (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dirs. Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing, US, 2015, 81 mins

Cast: Cassidy Gifford, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos

Twenty years after an accident during a small town high school play results in death, students at the school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

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Legend Of Barney Thomson, The (15)

Comedy | Crime

Dir. Robert Carlyle, Canada, UK, 2015, 96 mins

Cast: Robert Carlyle, Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone

Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber, lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.

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Minions (U)

Animation | Comedy | Family

Dirs. Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, US, 2015, 91 mins

Cast (Voices): Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

The story of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Minions begins at the dawn of time. Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters-from T. rex to Napoleon-the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan, and he-alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob-ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. The trio embarks upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation.

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Under Milk Wood (Dan y Wenalt) (15)

Drama

Dir. Kevin Allen, UK, 2015, 87 mins

Cast: Rhys Ifans, Charlotte Church

A lovely and lyrical Under Milk Wood. Barnstorming and raunchy, ushered in by Verdi and a Welsh male voice choir, this is an utterly beautiful vision of Dylan Thomas’ seminal offering of magical prose poetry. This lush, enthralling production beautifully compliments the lyricism of Thomas’ masterpiece with its bold, dreamlike imagery. Allen’s erotic, surreal cinematic interpretation explores some of the more visceral elements of the funny, filthily fluid magical dreamscape of Thomas’ Welsh seaside village Llareggub (buggerall backwards).

Two versions of the film were shot back to back and the Welsh language version has been aired in Welsh cinemas and on S4C.

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13 Minutes (15)

 Biography | Drama | History

Dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2015, 114 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner

Oliver Hirschbiegel directs this German drama based on a true story. Georg Elser (Christian Friedel) is an apolitical man who becomes determined to put a stop to the Nazis and attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler (Udo Schenk) in November 1939. When his attempt fails he is captured and questioned by the authorities. It is revealed through his confession how he was driven to perform such an act and how the people he cares for, including his lover Elsa (Katharina Schüttler), have suffered because of his resistance to Nazism.

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3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (15)

Documentary | Crime | Drama

Dir. Marc Silver, US, 2015, 98 mins

Cast (as themselves): Leland Brunson, Angela B. Corey, Ron Davis

In 3 ½ Minutes, two lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday in 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead.

Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defence. Thus began the long journey of un-ravelling the truth. 3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy.

Directed by Marc Silver (Who is Dayani Cristal?), the documentary intercuts powerful exclusive footage from a riveting trial with intimate, observational scenes of Jordan’s parents, Ron and Lucy. We see firsthand how difficult it is for them to grapple with unimaginable loss while fighting for justice for their son. The film integrates police interrogation footage, prison phone recordings and interviews with the others at the scene that night. The result is a powerful story about the devastating effects of racial bias, and the search for justice within the judicial system.

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A Christmas Star (U)

Drama | Family

Dir. Richard Elson, UK, 2015, 92 mins

Cast: Rob James-Collier, Suranne Jones, Bronagh Waugh, Pierce Brosnan

Born in dramatic circumstances under the Christmas Star, Noelle believes she has the gift to perform strange miracles. When conniving developer McKerrod threatens her peaceful life she teams up with a misfit gang to save the village from demolition. However, one by one her friends lose faith in Noelle’s abilities and she is left to fight McKerrod on her own. It all hinges on a final showdown in Belfast’s historic Stormont building as Noelle implores politicians, her friends and the watching world to believe in the true meaning of Christmas… love.

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Hot Pursuit (12)

Action | Comedy| Crime

Dir. Anne Fletcher, US, 2015, 87 mins

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, Matthew Del Negro

After some past screw-ups police officer Rose Cooper (Witherspoon) gets an opportunity to prove herself when she is given the job of protecting Felipe Riva (Vincent Laresca), who turned informer against cartel boss Vincente Cortez (Joaquín Cosio), and his wife Daniella (Vergara). While collecting the Rivas from their house they come under attack from masked gunmen and Cooper manages to escape with Daniella. From then on one thing after another goes wrong and the situation gets increasingly out of hand. Can Cooper protect Daniella from harm and gain the respect of her colleagues?

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Inside Out (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen, US, 2015, 94 mins

Cast (voices): Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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Maggie (15)

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Henry Hobson, US/Switzerland/UK, 2015, 95 mins

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson

By the time a necrotic viral pandemic spread cross-country to small town America and infected the film’s titular character, 16-year-old MAGGIE (ABIGAIL BRESLIN), authorities had established a protocol for patients infected with the deadly virus: they are removed from society and taken to special isolation wards to complete the agonizing and dangerous transformation into one of the walking dead. The authorities do not speak about what happens after that.

Wade Vogel (ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER) is not ready to give up his daughter. After weeks of searching for Maggie when she runs away following her diagnosis, Wade brings his daughter back to her home and family – stepmother, Caroline (JOELY RICHARDSON), and her two children–for whatever time may be left as the teenager begins an excruciatingly painful metamorphosis. Having lost Maggie’s mother years earlier, Wade is determined to hold on to his precious daughter as long as he can, refusing to surrender her to the local police who show up with orders to take her. As the disease progresses, Caroline decides to take their two younger children and move out, leaving Wade alone with Maggie to watch helplessly as she suffers.

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Make More Noise: Suffragettes in Silent Film (E)

Archive Footage | History

Dirs. Various, 72 mins mins

Cast: Various

You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself obtrusive then anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under…’.

Bad behaviour, noise, clamour and violence are not traits normally associated with British women – but for the first 15 years of the twentieth, fearless females fought with the authorities, and society at large, to make themselves heard. At the same time, cinema was becoming established as a dominant art form, and the suffragettes made it their business to get in front of the cameras.

Make More Noise! combines documentary footage of the suffragettes’ public activities with comedy films of the period, which joyously pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable behaviour. These gloriously anarchic pre-war comedies are full of bright sparks like the Tilly girls (starring Alma Taylor and Chrissie White) who gleefully disobey society’s strictures. Women are seen acting like men, dressing in men’s trousers and even leaving the men at home minding the babies. The films reveal how girls and women were already acting differently, had higher aspirations and expected more freedom than their grandmothers could have imagined, going against conventional wisdom that female emancipation was a result of war-time changes.

Special features

  • Suffragette Demonstration in London (1910, 3 mins): newsreel of an early suffragette mass march
  • Tilly the Tomboy Visits the Poor (1910, 6 mins): The Tilly girls star in this mischievous comedy
  • London Factory Girls on Strike in Camden Town (1911, 27 secs): newsreel footage of the strikers
  • Suffragette Pageant in London (1911, 1 min): footage of the Women’s Coronation Procession
  • London Church Completely Destroyed by Fire (1913, 1 min): newsreel of an arson attack
  • St Leonards Outrage (1913, 1 min): footage of an arson attack on a MP’s home
  • Suffragette Derby of 1913 (1913, 5 mins): Gaumont’s footage of the 1913 Derby
  • Law Abiding Suffragists in Hyde Park (1913, 1 min): a mass NUWSS meeting
  • Suffragettes Again (1913, 1 min): newsreel of an arson attack in Plymouth
  • Trafalgar Square Meeting (1916, 1 min): Mrs Pankhurst and Mrs Dacre Fox address the crowd
  • Labour’s First Woman MP (1922, 14 secs): short clip of Susan Lawrence
  • Lady Astor (Conservative) in Again for Plymouth (1923, 13 secs): the first female MP celebrates another win
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Bryony Dixon and Lillian Henley, film notes and credits

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Mr Calzaghe (15)

Documentary | Sport

Dir. Vaughan Sivell, UK, 2015,

Cast (as themselves): Joe Calzaghe, Enzo Calzaghe, Matthew Rhys, Michael J Fox, Ioan Gruffudd, Mike Tyson

The extraordinary life and career of Welsh-Italian Boxer, Joe Calzaghe, and his father and trainer, Enzo. The film charts Joe’s life from impoverished beginnings in industrial Wales and a child-hood of gruelling training and horrendous bullying, to Joe and Enzo taking on the vicious world of Boxing, beating the best fighters that America could throw at them and getting out with their lives, relationship and fortune in tact. Mr.Calzaghe  is a real life Rocky tale of incredible sporting challenges and triumphs and an emotional study of a unique father and son team.

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Southpaw (15)

Action | Drama | Sport

Dir. Antoine Fuqua, US, 2015, 123 min

Cast: Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, 50 Cent

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.

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Ted 2 - Extended Edition (15)

Comedy

Dir. Seth MacFarlane, US, 2015, 103 mins

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Seth MacFarlane (voice)

Seth MacFarlane returns as writer, director and voice star of Ted 2, Universal and Media Rights Capital’s follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time.

Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law.

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Ant-Man (12)

Action | Sci-Fi

Dir. Peyton Reed, US, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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Listen To Me Marlon (15)

Documentary | Biography

Dir. Stevan Riley, UK, 2015, 103 mins

Cast (as himself): Marlon Brando

A creative odyssey into the mind and motivation of an enigma. Like an arch hypnotist Brando’s own voice lead the storytelling – there are no interviewees, no talking heads, just Marlon guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory, and through the story of his life.

In homage to the corkscrew personality of its subject, previously unheard audio tapes reveal witty and unexpected turns of Marlon’s thinking; dipping between light and dark, humour and self-psychoanalysis.

The non-linear approach leaps and drifts back and forth in chronology to help illustrate memory’s haunting effect on the present. Visually the film conveys hypnotic states and quixotic departures as we lose ourselves in Brando’s spoken daydreams, playful asides and confiding whispers.

As Marlon looks back on his legendary career, film clips are woven alongside personal archive; the young Brando’s electrifying looks, raw performances and brooding charm put us entirely under his spell, leaving no doubt why he once skyrocketed to overnight stardom. In mid-life his meteoric comeback continues to resonate, while the reclusive exile of later years offers up rare flashes of acting brilliance from a waning supernova. The film draws narrative parallels between Marlon’s screen performances and personal life. And, as screen and real persona become increasingly blurred, his entire life becomes the stage. Throughout, Marlon provides a surprising range of insights – from his revolutionary methodology to his relationship with his father to his politics. What emerges is Brando’s intellectual introspection, humour and sensitivity; a man in perpetual search for moral clarity.

The film’s undercurrent and final note will be one of celebration, a homage to a creative genius. The film is emotionally complex, revealing and insightful, but ultimately playful and surprising, moving between harmonious and discordant notes with eccentric virtuosity. Like Marlon himself.

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Magic Mike XXL (15)

Comedy | Drama | Music

Dir. Gregory Jacobs, US, 2015, 115 mins

Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, Channing Tatum

‘Magic Mike XXL’ reunites Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, stars of the 2012 worldwide hit ‘Magic Mike.’

Picking up the story three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, ‘Magic Mike XXL’ finds the remaining Kings of Tampa likewise ready to throw in the towel.

But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them.

On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

Joining the returning cast, in brand new roles, are Amber Heard (“The Rum Diary”), Donald Glover (“Community”), Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss (“Step Up Revolution”) and Michael Strahan (“Live with Kelly and Michael”), with Andie MacDowell (“Footloose”), Elizabeth Banks (“The Hunger Games” franchise), and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Gotham”).

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Max (12)

Adventure | Family

Dir. Boaz Yakin, US, 2015, 111 mins

Cast: Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church

When Kyle Wincott is killed in the war, his war dog, Max, suffers from stress. Max is to be put down because he has trouble listening to anyone else, until he meets Justin, Kyle’s brother. Justin adopts and saves Max. Then both of their lives will never be the same again.

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