DVD/VOD Releases – October 2017

Berlin Syndrome (15)

Thriller

Dir. Cate Shortland, Australia, 2017, 116 mins

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Lucie Aron

A riveting psychological thriller from acclaimed director Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore), Berlin Syndrome features a raw and compelling performance from Teresa Palmer (Hackshaw Ridge, Knight of Cups). While

While traveling alone in Berlin, Australian photographer Clare (Palmer) meets Andi (Max Riemelt, Sense8), a charismatic local English teacher with whom she shares an instant physical attraction. After spending the night together, Clare wakes up alone in Andi’s apartment to discover the door locked and the windows secured, with no means of escape.

Now the only inhabitant of an otherwise abandoned apartment complex, Clare must confront her lover to have any hope of escaping the nightmare of her confinement. Elegantly constructed and deeply suspenseful, Berlin Syndrome is both a nuanced character study and an engrossing thriller that explores the dynamics of power and control, and the psychological complexities between captor and captive. Exhilarating, nerve-wracking and unforgettable, it finds Cate Shortland at the peak of her powers.

Exhilarating, nerve-wracking and unforgettable, it finds Cate Shortland at the peak of her powers.

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City of Ghosts (18)

Documentary | War

Dir. Matthew Heineman, US, 2017, 90 mins

Cast (as themselves): N/A

A real-life international thriller, ‘City of Ghosts’ exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (‘Cartel Land’, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), ‘City of Ghosts’ is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today. – Sundance Film Festival

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Exception, The (15)

Drama | Romance |War

Dir. David Leveaux, UK/US , 2015, 107 mins, 

Cast: Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer Lily James            

A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

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Ghoul, The (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Gareth Tunley, UK , 2016, 85 mins, 

Cast: Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones          

From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller to sit alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s Performance, David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan’s Following.

Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest.

On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague and former girlfriend Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult…

The debut feature of writer-director Gareth Tunley, starring Tom Meeten (Sightseers), Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) and Dan Renton Skinner (Notes on Blindness), The Ghoul is the latest standout addition to a thriving new wave of British cinema.

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Goon: Last of the Enforcers (15)

Comedy | Sport

Dir. Jay Baruchel, Canada, 2017, 101 mins

Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, T.J.Miller, Wyatt Russell, Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel

A hockey player plagued by injuries is confronted with the possibility of retirement when a tough new player challenges his status as the league’s top enforcer.

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Journey, The (12)

Drama

Dir. Nick Hamm, UK, 2016, 94 mins

Cast: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens

The gripping account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history. In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region. Driven by two virtuoso central performances, The Journey is a more-relevant-than-ever reminder of how simple humanity can overcome political division.  John Hurt co-stars.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (12)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, US, 2017

Cast: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Kaya Scodelario, david Wenham, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Javier Bardem

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Director's Cut (4K Restoration) (PG)

Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Steven Spielberg, US, 1977, 137 mins

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

On its 40th anniversary, audiences will be able to enjoy Steven Spielberg’s science fiction adventure in a new 4K digital print for the first time. Made in 1977, following the success of ‘Jaws’, this is a compelling story about a group of people who try and contact alien intelligence.

Electrical lineman Roy Neary encounters a UFO on a deserted road whilst investigating a major power cut. He becomes increasingly obsessed with UFOs and subliminal messaging following his experience, distancing himself from his wife and children but drawing him closer towards parallel investigations being conducted by scientists, the military and other survivors of encounters who are attempting to communicate with the mysterious otherworldly presence.

Audiences will also be treated to a short about the making of the film which includes an all new interview with Steven Spielberg.

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Land Of Mine (15)

Drama | History | War

Dir. Martin Zandvliet, Denmark/Germany, 2015, 100 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman          

As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline.

With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over.

Inspired by real events, LAND OF MINE exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.

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Vault, The (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Dan Bush, US, 2017, 91 mins

Cast: James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood

Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank.

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Wonder Woman (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Patty Jenkins, US, 2017, 141 mins

Cast: Gal Gadot, David Thewlis, Robin Wright

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.

Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.

Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.

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A Man Called Ove (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Hannes Holm, Sweden, 2015, 116 Mins, Subtitles

Cast: Rolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg

59 year old Ove is the block’s grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist.

When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove’s mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

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Churchill (PG)

Biography | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Jonathan Teplitzky, UK, 2017, 98 mins

Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery

Tensions mount for the beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) in the days leading up to infamous Allied D-Day landings in Normandy, France in June, 1944.

Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon.

Clashing with his Allied political opponents U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery (Julian Wadham), the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill (Miranda Richardson).

With her strength and shrewdness, “Clemmie” halts Winston’s physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness.

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Fast & Furious 8 (12)

Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. F. Gary Gray, US/France/Canada/UK /Samoa, 2017, 136 mins

Cast: Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson

On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.

 

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Monster Island (PG)

Animation

Dir. Leopoldo Aguilar, Mexico, 2017, 80 mins

Cast (voices): Fiona Hardingham, Roger L. Jackson, Katie Leigh

When young Lucas finds out he’s not really a human; the news changes his whole world. Especially since his first monster transformation happened in front of the most popular kids at school! After unreasonably blaming his Dad for keeping his identity a secret, the angry and embarrassed Lucas runs away from home. His search for Monster Island and his real roots takes him on a fabulously scary journey that puts him face to face with more tentacles, fangs and far-out situations than he can shake one of his new wings at. Ultimately Lucas learns that being a freak, isn’t freaky—it means you’re a member of a brand new type of family, you can proudly call your own.When Lucas finds out he is not really a human, but actually a monster, the news changes his whole world! Embarking on a quest to Monster Island to discover his real roots, Lucas will undergo a journey he will never forget…

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My Cousin Rachel (12)

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Dir. Roger Michell, UK/US, 2017, 106 mins

Cast: Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger

A dark romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

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Thomas & Friends Journey Beyond Sodor (U)

Animation | Musical

Dir. David Stoten, UK, 2017, 73 mins

Cast (voices): Mark Moraghan, John Hasler, Darren Boyd, Sophie Colquhoun, Jim Howick, Nigel Pilkington

Determined to prove his importance on Sodor, Thomas takes James’ trucks and sets off on a big adventure to the Mainland. On the way he makes friends with the cheerful and helpful “Experimental Engines” but, after a wrong turn, finds himself lost in the steelworks. There, Thomas encounters two mysterious engines who instantly make him feel welcome but who aren’t what they first seem… After Thomas fails to return, James sets off to the Mainland but runs into trouble himself and it is up to Thomas and the Experimental Engines to save the day. Join Thomas in a tale of daring escapes, heroic rescues and discover that true friendship comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Alone In Berlin (12)

Drama

Dir. Vincent Perez, UK/France/Germany, 2017, 103 Mins

Cast: Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Brendan Gleeson

Berlin, 1940. The City is paralysed by fear.

Otto (Brendan Gleeson) and Anna Quangel (Emma Thompson) are a working-class couple living in a shabby apartment block trying to stay out of trouble under Nazi rule.

But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss propels them into an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime.

If caught, it means certain execution. Soon their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo inspector, Escherich (Daniel Brühl), and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins.

Based on the incredible true story and best-selling book by Hans Fallada.

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Despicable Me 3 (PG)

Animation | Action | Adventure

Dirs. Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin, US, 2017, 96 Mins

Cast: Jenny Slate, Miranda Cosgrove, Kristen Wiig

The team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions. Despicable Me 3, directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon,

Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (PG)

Comedy | Family

Dir. David Bowers, US, 2017, 90 mins

Cast: Jason Ian Drucker, Charlie Wright, Owen Asztalos, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. This family cross-country adventure turns into an experience the Heffleys will never forget.

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The Mummy

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Alex Kurtzman, US, 2017, 116 mins

Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis

Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (upcoming King Arthur, television’s Peaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World) and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson) and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator).

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All Eyez On Me (15)

Biography | Drama | Music

Dir. Benny Boom, US, 2017, 140 Mins

Cast: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat GrahamRolf Lassgård, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg

ALL EYEZ ON ME tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.

Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.

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Blood Simple (R/I)(18)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dirs. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, US, 1984, 99 mins

Cast: John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya

Texas bar owner Julian Marty, who is generally regarded as not a nice person, hires shady private detective Loren Visser, who is able to obtain what Marty requests: evidence – in this instance, photographic – that his wife, Abby, and one of his bartenders, Ray, are having an affair.

As Ray and Abby realize that Marty has found out about them, it allows them to plan for their future away from Marty, while be up front with Marty about the situation. Marty, in turn, decides to hire Visser once again, this time to kill Abby and Ray, and dispose of their bodies so that they won’t be found.

The out in the open affair and the contract hit lead to some actions based on self interest, and a standoff of sorts between the four players, which is compounded in complexity by some wrong assumptions of what has happened, with an innocent bystander, another of the Marty’s bartenders, Meurice, potentially and unwittingly adding to the scenario.

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Zoology (15)

Drama

Dir. Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, Russia/France/Germany, 2016, 91 mins, subtitles

Cast: Natalya Pavlenkova, Masha Tokareva, Aleksandr Gorchilin

Writer-director Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s prize-winning sophomore feature (Special Prize of the Jury at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Best Picture at Fantastic Fest) deftly mixes the deadpan humour of Aki Kaurismäki with a poignant examination of social issues including loneliness and aging.

Natasha is a middle-aged admin employee at a zoo where her female co-workers take pleasure in making fun of her. She lives with her God-fearing mother and leads a dull existence without prospects, until one day she grows a tail. Medical examinations follow where she meets Peter, a young radiologist and her dreary life is turned upside down.

Described as Kafka meets Cronenberg (Hollywood Reporter) Tverdovsky s film is a beautifully photographed portrait of Eastern Europe that recalls the recent New Romanian Cinema and features a brave and brilliant central performance from Natalya Pavlenkova.

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