DVD/VOD Releases – October 2016

400 Days (15)

Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Matt Osterman, US, 2015, 91 mins

Cast: Brandon Routh, Dane Cook, Caity Lotz

400 DAYS is a psychological sci-fi film centering on four astronauts who are sent on a simulated mission to a distant planet to test the psychological effects of deep space travel. Locked away for 400 days, the crew’s mental state begins to deteriorate when they lose all communication with the outside world. Forced to exit the ship, they discover that this mission may not have been a simulation after all.

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Alice Through The Looking Glass (PG)

Adventure | Family | Fantasy

Dir. James Bobin, US, 2016

Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Andrew Scott

When Alice wakes up in Wonderland she must travel through a mysterious new world to retrieve a magical scepter that can stop the evil Lord of Time before he turns forward the clock and turns Wonderland into a barren, lifeless old world. With the help of some new friends, Alice must also uncover an evil plot to put the Queen of Hearts back on the throne.

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Departure (15)

Drama | Family | Romance

Dir. Andrew Steggall, UK/France, 2015, 109 mins

Cast:  Juliet Stevenson, Alex Lawther, Finbar Lynch, Phenix Brossard

New British drama about a mother and son – both of whom are coming of age in their own ways.

Stevenson plays Beatrice, an independent and strong willed woman in midst of starting again. She is in the middle of a separation from her husband and is trying to work out how to live life on her own terms. Together with her son, Elliot (Lawther) they have come to their holiday home in the French countryside where they are getting ready to pack up and sell the house. Whilst on the trip, Elliot meets the handsome French bad boy, Clement (Brossard) and he begins to work through the dawning of his own sexuality and alienation from his mother.

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Jim: The James Foley Story (15)

Documentary

Dir. Brian Oakes, US, 2016, 111 mins

Cast (as themselves): Unai Aranzadi, Zac Baillie, Manu Brabo

Directed by his childhood friend, Brian Oakes, ‘Jim’ is the story of one man’s courage under fire to bring the stories of the Syrian people West, and the huge price he paid for doing this.

 On November 22nd 2012, Thanksgiving Day in America, photojournalist James “Jim” Foley was kidnapped in Syria and held hostage for two years. His execution video in 2014 sent shockwaves around the globe and introduced the world to ISIS. Brian Oakes tells Jim’s haunting story through interviews with his family, friends and fellow journalists, as well as in-depth testimony from fellow hostages who reveal incredible, never-before-released details of his captivity. ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’ is an unforgettable and moving tribute.

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Money Monster (15)

Crime | Drama| Thriller

Dir. Jodie Foster, US, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell

In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

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Mother's Day (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Garry Marshall, US, 2016, 118 mins

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis, Britt Robertson, Timothy Olyphant, Hector Elizondo, Jack Whitehall

In the tradition of his beloved holiday-themed hits ‘Valentine’s Day’ and ‘New Year’s Eve’, legendary filmmaker Garry Marshall directs an all-star cast in ‘Mother’s Da’y, an endearing and entertaining romantic comedy about everyone’s first love.

Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Britt Robertson star in interwoven stories about a group of women with one important thing in common- mothers. Expectant moms, single moms, stepmoms, gay moms, estranged moms, long-lost moms and mothers of all kinds get their due in an emotional tribute to the tie that can’t be broken. In the week before the one day of the year when Mom comes first, the lives of a group of strong, loving and wildly imperfect women, from a divorced mother dealing with her kids’ new stepmom to a young mom trying find her own birth mother, provide an emotional and humorous reminder that every mom is her own kind of hero.

As Mother’s Day approaches, each of them is about to prove the power of the maternal bond in sweet, smart, sassy and sexy celebration of mothers everywhere.

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When Marnie Was There (U)

Anime | Animation | Drama | Family

Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Japan, 2014, 103 mins

Cast (voices): Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Vanessa Williams, John C. Reilly, Geena Davis, Kathy Bates

When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. As the days go by, a nearly magnetic pull draws Anna back to the Marsh House again and again, and she begins to piece together the truth surrounding her strange new friend. Based on the young adult novel by Joan G. Robinson and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty),’ When Marnie Was There’ has been described as “Ghibli Gothic,” with its moonlit seascapes, glowing orchestral score, and powerful dramatic portrayals that build to a stormy climax.

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Me Before You (12)

Drama

Dir. Thea Sharrock, US, 2016, 110 mins

Cast: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Jenna Coleman

Based on the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes.

Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go…

Louisa “Lou” Clark (Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she faces her newest career challenge. Taking a job at the local “castle,” she becomes caregiver and companion to Will Traynor (Claflin), a wealthy young banker who became wheelchair bound in an accident two years prior, and whose whole world changed dramatically in the blink of an eye. No longer the adventurous soul he once was, the now cynical Will has all but given up. That is until Lou determines to show him that life is worth living. Embarking together on a series of adventures, both Lou and Will get more than they bargained for, and find their lives—and hearts—changing in ways neither one could have imagined.

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Warcraft: The Beginning (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Duncan James, US, 2016

Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky

Now in 4K Ultra HD.

An epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

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Angry Birds Movie, The (U)

Animation | Action | Comedy

Dirs. Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly, Finland/US, 2016, 97 mins

Cast (voices): Jason Sudeikis, Peter Dinklage, Bill Hader, Josh Gad

In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry.

The movie takes us to an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (Jason Sudeikis, We’re the Millers,Horrible Bosses), a bird with a temper problem, speedy Chuck (Josh Gad in his first animated role since Frozen), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride,This is the End, Eastbound and Down) have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to.

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Cell (15)

Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Tod Williams, US, 2016, 98 mins

Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman

Clay Riddell, a New England artist, is a witness to an ugly phenomenon: a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals. Now he and a few survivors must find and stop ‘the pulse’ and the person controlling it and reunite with his young son before it’s too late.

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Clan, The (El Clan) (15)

Biography | Crime | Drama | World

Dir. Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain, 2015, 108 mins, subtitles

Cast: Guillermo Francella, Peter Lanzani, Lili Popovich

In an affluent suburb of Buenos Aires in the early-80s, a seemingly normal family makes its living off kidnapping and murder. Welcome to the home of the Puccios – and the astonishing true story of Argentina’s most notorious crime family.

Patriarch and former secret service agent Arquímedes (a terrifying, icy performance from Guillermo Francella) plans and heads up the gruesome operations. His eldest sun Alejandro, a star rugby player with rising hopes for Argentina’s national team, gives in to his father’s will and helps identify possible candidates for abduction. Slowly but surely, the other family members all become accomplices as they either support or turn a blind eye to the terrible crimes, living off the large ransoms paid by their victims’ families in the process.

Winner of the 2015 Venice Silver Lion for Best Director and five Argentine Academy Awards, Pablo Trapero’s thrilling new film is a true-life tale of corruption and manipulation, riddled with shocking intrigue and nail-biting suspense – taking place in the final years of the Argentine military dictatorship and incipient return to democracy.

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Miracles from Heaven (12)

Drama

Dir. Patricia Riggen, US, 2016, 109 mins

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Martin Henderson, Hannah Alligood, Queen Latifah

Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family.

When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution.

After Anna has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

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Top Cat Begins (U)

Animation | Family

Dir. Andres Couturier, Mexico, 2015, 89 mins

Cast (voices): Ben Diskin, Chris Edgerley, Jason Harris, David Hoffman

Everyone’s favourite feline star is back, as Top Cat, or T.C. to his furry friends, embarks on a brand new feature length, animated adventure!

Tracing the roots of the famous animated series from cartoon legends Hanna-Barbera, get set for this ‘purrfect’ feature adventure that tells the ‘tail’ of how our hero, T.C. created his infamous, Manhattan alley cats gang.

Poor, lonely and living on the streets, Top Cat is one sad cat, until a chance meeting with Benny, a naive and good-hearted cat looking for adventure. The pair quickly become best buddies – and partners in crime – pick pocketing their way out of poverty and quickly believing they are the real cats’ whiskers!

Setting their sights higher, they decide to steal from Mr. Big, a mysterious diamond-stealing henchman who rules New York’s backstreets. As Top Cat and Benny hatch a plan to take the diamonds for themselves, little do they know, success is just the start of their problems.

Along the way, our heroes meet fellow alley cats Choo Choo, Fancy-Fancy and Brain, and together they’re a formidable bunch. However, when Mr. Big catches up with them and captures Top Cat, can his new friends save the day?

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Boss, The (15)

Comedy

Dir. Ben Falcone, US, 2016, 99 mins

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage

A titan of industry is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading. When she emerges ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

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Commune, The (15)

Drama | Family

Dir. Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands, 2016, 111 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares

The Commune reunites Danish director Thomas Vinterberg with scriptwriter Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt, A Hijacking) in a story that focuses on the clash between personal desires versus the solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the mid-1970s.

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Gods of Egypt (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Alex Proyas, US, 2016, 127 mins

Cast:  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton, Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush

The survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek (Brenton Thwaites) undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful and vengeful god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) in an unlikely alliance against Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.

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Man Who Fell To Earth, The (40th Anniversary R/I) (18)

Sci-fi | Drama

Dir. Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1976, 139 mins

Cast: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark

Travelling from his home planet that is gripped by a catastrophic drought, a humanoid alien named Thomas Jerome Newton comes to Earth on a mission to take water home. Using the advanced technology at his disposal to patent several inventions on Earth, Newton acquires incredible wealth as the head of a technology-based conglomerate that he intends to use to finance the construction of a space vehicle to ship water back to his planet. But Newton soon finds his true identity at risk due to the actions of an unscrupulous business colleague.

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Notes On Blindness (U)

Documentary

Dirs. Pete Middleton, James Spinney, UK, 2016, 90 mins

Cast: Dan Renton Skinner, Simone Kirby, John M. Hull

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.

Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’

Following the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, the feature version of Notes on Blindness takes a creative approach to the documentary form. Actors lip-synch to the voices of the family, embedding John’s original audio recordings within compelling cinematography and textured sound design. The result is a poetic and intimate story of loss, rebirth and transformation, documenting John’s extraordinary journey into ‘a world beyond sight’.

The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival (alongside our virtual reality project), as well as winning the Special Jury Prize at the 59th San Francisco Film Festival and the Wellcome Trust Innovation and Storytelling Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (12)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. David Green, US, 2016

Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Laura Linney, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Brian Tee

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael return to cinemas this summer to battle bigger, badder villains, alongside April O’Neil (Fox), Vern Fenwick (Arnett), and a newcomer: the hockey-masked vigilante Casey Jones (Amell). After supervillain Shredder escapes custody, he joins forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman (Perry) and two dim-witted henchmen, Bebop (Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady (WWE Superstar Stephen “Sheamus” Farrelly), to unleash a diabolical plan to take over the world. As the Turtles prepare to take on Shredder and his new crew, they find themselves facing an even greater evil with similar intentions: the notorious Krang.

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Central Intelligence (12)

Comedy

Dir. Rawson Marshall Thurber, US, 2016

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Aaron Paul, Kevin Hart

The story follows a one-time bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent (Johnson), coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, he enlists the help of the former “big man on campus” (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than he can count.

“Central Intelligence” also stars Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”), Aaron Paul (TV’s “Breaking Bad”), and Danielle Nicolet (TV’s “The Game”).

The film is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“We’re the Millers,” “Dodgeball”).

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Elvis & Nixon (15)

Comedy | History

Dir. Liza Johnson, US, 2015, 92 mins

Cast:  Evan Peters, Ashley Benson, Kevin Spacey

On the morning of December 21st 1970 the world’s biggest star, Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) arrived on the White House lawn to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey). Elvis & Nixon tells the astounding true story of this meeting between two men at the height of their powers.

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Learning to Drive (15)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Isabel Coixet, UK/US, 2014, 90 mins

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Sarita Choudhury, Grace Gummer

Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life’s road blocks.

Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.

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Maggie's Plan (15)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Rebecca Miller, US, 2015, 98 mins

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore

In Rebecca Miller’s witty, modern romantic comedy MAGGIE’S PLAN, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker working at the New School who, without success in finding love, decides now is the time to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), a “ficto-critical anthropologist” and struggling novelist, Maggie falls in love for the first time, and adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in a strained marriage with Georgette Nørgaard (Julianne Moore), a brilliant Danish academic. With a Greek chorus of Maggie’s eccentric and hilarious best friends Tony and Felicia (played by Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph) observing wryly from the sidelines, Maggie sets into motion a new plan that catapults her into a nervy love triangle with John and Georgette, intertwining their lives and connecting them in surprising and humorous new ways. Maggie learns that sometimes destiny should be left to its own devices. MAGGIE’S PLAN is a sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance, mixing heart and humor in a story of the delightful variability of relationships over the course of time.

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Neon Demon, The (18)

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, France/Denmark/USA, 2016, 118 mins

Cast: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves

Nicolas Winding Refn co-writes and directs this horror thriller starring Elle Fanning. The film follows 16-year-old aspiring model Jesse (Fanning) as she moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dream. Signed by Jan (Christina Hendricks)’s modelling agency, Jesse quickly finds herself working with some of the city’s top designers and photographers. But her innocence and youth make her a target of her fellow models, including Gigi (Bella Heathcote) and Sarah (Abbey Lee), who it seems are willing to go to any lengths to possess Jesse’s X factor and to get revenge for the theft of their limelight. The cast also includes Jena Malone, Desmond Harrington, Keanu Reeves and Alessandro Nivola.

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