DVD/VOD Releases – October 2015

Choir, The (PG)

Drama

Dir. François Girard, US, 2014, 103 mins

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas

Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.

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Danny Collins (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Dan Fogelman, US, 2015, 106 mins

Cast:  Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner

Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon, he decides to change course and embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover his family, find true love and begin a second act. He soon warms to hotel manager, Mary (Annette Bening) with whom he develops an unconventional romance.

Extras:

Behind the Scenes of Danny Collins

Danny Collins – Album Covers Through the Years

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London Road (15)

Adventure | Musical | Mystery | Thriller

Dir. Rufus Norris, UK, 2015, 91 mins

Cast: Tom Hardy, Olivia Coleman, Kate Fleetwood

‘London Road’ documents the events that shook Suffolk in 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. The film follows the community who found themselves at the epicentre of the tragic events. Using their own words set to an innovative musical score, ‘London Road’ tells a moving story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences.

Hailed as a remarkable, ground-breaking work during two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, the feature film adaptation of ‘London Road’ reunites the award winning team.

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Mad Max: Fury Road (3D) (15)

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Dir. George Miller, Australia/US, 2015

Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.

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Shooting for Socrates (PG)

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Dir. James Erskine, UK, 2014, 91 mins

Cast: Conleth Hill, John Hannah, Richard Dormer

A David and Goliath story set in Belfast against the backdrop of the 1986 World Cup. In a Northern Ireland divided on religious lines, nine-year-old Tommy learns to make sense of his world through his passion for football and his father’s love of Greek philosophy. Meanwhile, the country’s football team, a collection of ringers and misfits, are pitted against a modern day Goliath – the Brazilian football team, led by the remarkable politician/philosopher/footballing genius Socrates de Souza who pronounces “victory is secondary, what matters is joy”. This joyous comedy is about following your dreams, no matter where you come from, and losing your heart to the “beautiful game”.

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Tomorrowland - A World Beyond (PG)

Adventure | Mystery | Sci-fi

Dir. Brad Bird, US, 2015

Cast: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Judy Greer

Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world – and them – forever.

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Ghosthunters (PG)

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Tobi Baumann, Germany/Austria/Ireland, 2015, 99 mins

Cast:  Milo Parker, Anke Engelke, Bastian Pastewka

Based on the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke, this heartwarming tale of an unusual friendship, built out of the need to defeat an ancient evil, GHOSTHUNTERS.

When the often-fearful eleven-year-old Tom (Milo Parker – Mr Holmes) discovers a slimy green ghost in his cellar called Hugo, he is understandably afraid.  However, Tom soon realises that Hugo, who is an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), is not only completely harmless but also desperately in need of his help. He has been banished from his haunted house by a dangerous AIG (Ancient Ice Ghost) who has moved in and is spreading an arctic cold over the entire town in the middle of summer!

To help get rid of this AIG, Tom and Hugo enlist the services of a professional Ghosthunter, Hetty Cuminseed, who has just lost her job at the CGI (the Central Ghosthunting Institute). Hetty doesn‘t like children or ghosts very much but Tom and Hugo convince her to teach them the basics of ghosthunting. The three become an unlikely team – only with friendship, courage and self–confidence can they overcome their adversary and save the town from the AIG.

Will the unconventional trio overcome their differences, and manage to defeat the evil Ancient Ice Ghost, and save the town from an icy end?

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Insidious: Chapter 3 (15)

Horror

Dir. Leigh Whannell, US, 2015

Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye

The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

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Look of Silence, The (15)

Documentary

Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/UK/Rest of the World, 2014, 103 mins

Cast: Not known

Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated ‘The Act of Killing’. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.

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San Andreas

Action | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Brad Peyton, US, 2015

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Archie Panjabi, Art Parkinson, Ioan Gruffudd, Paul Giamatti, Kylie Minogue

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.  But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning, and when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started.

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Survivor (12)

Action | Thriller

Dir. James McTeigue, US/UK, 2015 mins, 97 mins

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson,James D’Arcy, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett

Milla Jovovich stars in a thriller about a State Department employee newly posted to the American embassy in London, where she is charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. Putting her in the line of fire: targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, discredited and on the run. Now she must find a way to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square.

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Theeb (15)

Adventure | Drama | Thriller | World

Dir. Naji Abu Nowar, UAE/Rest of the World, 2014, 100 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

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Connection, The (15)

Action | Crime | Thriller | World

Dir. Cedric Jimanez, France, 2014, 135 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette

A stylish thriller set in 1970s and early 1980s Marseilles, the film is based on the true story of magistrate Pierre Michel’s six year battle to bring down a powerful drug ring led by infamous gangster Tany Zempa.

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Jurassic World (3D)

Action | Adventure | Sci-fi 

Dir. Colin Trevorrow, US, 2015

Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’onofrio, Judy Greer

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

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Knock, Knock (18)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Eli Roth, Chile/US, 2015, 99 mins

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas

Evan (Reeves) seems like the perfect guy. He’s an architect, lives in a beautiful California home, has two kids and a lovely talented wife. One afternoon, the wife and kids go to the beach but Evan has to stay home and work. It’s raining, he’s alone, listening to music, and there’s a knock at the door. Two beautiful young girls, played by Ana De Armas and Lorenza Izzo, are standing in the cold. They’re drenched, lost and just want to come in to dry off and use the phone.

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Cartel Land (15)

Action | Drama | Documentary

Dir. Matthew Heineman, Mexico/US, 2015, 100 mins

Cast: Robert Hetrick

With unprecedented access, CARTEL LAND is a riveting, on-the-ground look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. In the Mexican state of Michoacán, Dr. Jose Mireles, a small-town physician known as “El Doctor,” leads the Autodefensas, a citizen uprising against the violent Knights Templar drug cartel that has wreaked havoc on the region for years. Meanwhile, in Arizona’s Altar Valley – a narrow, 52-mile-long desert corridor known as Cocaine Alley – Tim “Nailer” Foley, an American veteran, heads a small paramilitary group called Arizona Border Recon, whose goal is to stop Mexico’s drug wars from seeping across our border. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as Nailer, El Doctor, and the cartel each vie to bring their own brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. CARTEL LAND is a chilling, visceral meditation on the breakdown of order and the blurry line between good and evil.

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Entourage (15)

Comedy

Dir. Doug Ellin, US, 2015, 104 mins

Cast: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven

Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven).  Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.

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Howl (18)

Horror

Dir. Paul Hyett, UK, 2015, 95 mins

Cast: Ed Speleers, Holly Weston, Elliot Cowan

Last train, full moon, all change.

A late-night train journey out of London turns into a hellish nightmare when the young guard and his band of commuters are forced into a fight for survival against a pack of malevolent and terrifying creatures.

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Mr Holmes (PG)

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Dir. Bill Condon, UK, US, 2015, 104 mins

Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada

An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Long-retired and near the end of his life, Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) grapples with an unreliable memory and must rely on his housekeeper’s son as he revisits the still-unsolved case that led to his retirement.

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Pasolini (18)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Abel Ferrara, France/Belgium/Italy, 2014, 84 minutes, subtitles

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Maria de Medeiros, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ninetto Davoli

On 2 November 1975, aged just 53, Pier Paolo Pasolini, the outspoken writer, filmmaker and Marxist was found dead on a beach on the outskirts of Rome, left badly beaten and run over by his own car. His murder ignited a series of theories and conspiracies that continue to this day, with the case still open despite a conviction. In Pasolini, director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Welcome to New York) charts the last day in the legendary Italian’s extraordinary life. He layers real events with vibrant imaginary scenes from an unmade Pasolini film, to create a cool and engaging portrayal of a fearless intellectual who was irresistibly drawn to the low-life on the streets.

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Poltergeist - Extended Cut (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Gil Kenan, US, 2015

Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jane Adams

Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.

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