Boy And The Beast, The (12)
Animation | Action | Adventure
Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2015, 119 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Bryn Apprill, Kumiko Asô, Morgan Berry
The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he”s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who”s been searching for the perfect apprentice.
Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son.
But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to the ultimate test–a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (12)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Dir. James Gunn, US, 2017, 137 mins
Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Dir. Sean Foley, UK, 2016, 89 mins
Cast: Julian Barratt, Essie Davis, Kenneth Branagh, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan, Harriet Walter
Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) is a has-been British TV actor who used to be famous in the late 1980’s for playing the titular and charismatic lead role in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, a character with a Robotic eye that can literally “see the truth”. Unfortunately, after becoming a little too pompous and arrogant, Richard ends up insulting both the Isle of Man and his fellow cast members on the Wogan chat-show, including his on-screen and real life love interest Patricia DeVille, (Essie Davies) his Stuntman, (Simon Farnaby) and bit-part costar Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan). He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but 25 years later and he’s balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advert by John Nettles, much to his chagrin. He is even more jealous that Easterman now fronts a long running spin-off show which has far eclipsed the success of Mindhorn. Richard has an unexpected opportunity to reignite his career though …
Promise, The (12)
Drama | History
Dir. Terry George, Spain/US, 2016, 132 mins
Cast: Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, Shohreh Aghdashloo
It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.
Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.
When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.
Whitney: Can I Be Me (15)
Documentary | Music
Dirs. Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal, UK/US, 2017, 105 mins
Cast (as themselves): Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Cissy Houston
From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a new film about one of the greatest singers of all time, the story of Whitney Houston’s extraordinary life and tragic death.
Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess”, the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognized as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, WHITNEY ‘Can I Be Me’ tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.
David Lynch: The Art Life (15)
Biography | Documentary
Dirs. Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, US/Denmark, 2016, 88 mins
Cast: David Lynch
From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, the film, which is narrated by Lynch himself, looks at the events that helped shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic and revered directors.
Infusing Lynch’s own art, music and films, while shining a light into his unique world, the documentary offers audiences a greater understanding of the artist as well as the man.
Dir. Martin Provost, France, 2017, 117 mins
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet
Two French acting greats, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, share the screen for the very first time in The Midwife, a bright and charming drama about old acquaintances and new beginnings from celebrated director Martin Provost (Séraphine, Violette).
Conscientious, inhibited and perhaps a little self-righteous midwife Claire (Frot) is stuck in a rut. After years of placing other people before herself, she’s worried she might have been left behind. One day, however, an unexpected phone call changes everything. The call is from her father’s former mistress, Béatrice (Deneuve), a capricious free spirit who’s been off-grid since she walked out on them over three decades ago. As circumstances reunite these two polar-opposites, flighty Béatrice is forced to consider her responsibilities, while uptight Claire finally learns to let go of her troubles.
Sparkling with humour, tenderness and mischievous charm, Provost’s film provides a perfect canvas for its tour-de-force lead performances. A bold and buoyant two-hander, The Midwife is a bewitching and unapologetic celebration of life’s loves, losses and endless fresh surprises.
Action | Crime | Thriller
Dir. Baran Bo Odar, US, 2017, 95 mins
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Dermot Mulroney, David Harbour
Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx) finds himself caught in a high-stakes web of corrupt cops, internal affairs and murderous gangsters. When a failed heist leads to the kidnapping of his teenage son (Octavius J. Johnson), Downs must race against time during a wild and restless night to save him and bring the criminals to justice.
Action | Comedy
Dir. Jonathan Levine, US, 2017
Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Joan Cusack, Ike Barinholtz, Wanda Sykes, Christopher Meloni
After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.
Alien: Covenant (15)
Sci-fi | Thriller
Dir. Ridley Scott, US/UK/Rest of the World, 2017
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Miss Sloane (15)
Drama | Thriller
Dir. John Madden, France/US, 2016, 132 mins
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow
In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price.
My Life as a Courgette (PG)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
Dir. Claude Barras, Switzerland/France, 2017, 66 mins
Cast: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud
After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first, he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment.
Yet, with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.
The film is being released in both original French-language subtitled version as well as an English-language dubbed version, which features the voices of Ellen Page, Nick Offerman and Will Forte.
Dir. Seth Gordon, US, 2017, 116 mins
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach
BAYWATCH follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12)
Action | Adventure | Drama
Dir. Guy Ritchie, UK/Australia/US, 2017, 126 mins
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Annabelle Wallis
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” Starring Charlie Hunnam in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne.
When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.