Gone Girl (18)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Dir. David Fincher, US, 2014, 149 mins
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Gone Girl – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn — unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour has everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
If I Stay (12)
Dir: R.J. Cutler, US, 2014, 106 mins
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley
Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.
Life After Beth (15)
Comedy | Horror | Romance
Dir. Jeff Baena, US, 2014, 89 mins
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly
A hike alone in the woods ends tragically for Beth Slocum with a fatal snake bite. Her death leaves her parents and boyfriend Zach reeling. After the funeral, Zach tries to make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Slocum, but even they reject him, and he’s determined to figure out why. Then he sees Beth. Her parents are trying to keep her resurrection a secret, but zombie Beth provides Zach with the opportunity to do everything with her that he didn’t get to do while she was still alive. But with Beth’s increasingly erratic behavior and even more strange occurrences around town, life with the undead Beth proves to be particularly complicated for her still-living loved ones.
Maps To The Stars (18)
Dir. David Cronenberg, Canada, US, Germany, France, 2014, 111 mins
Cast: Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Stafford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star. One of Stafford’s clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night… Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania and befriended a limo driver Jerome who is also an aspiring actor.
Night Will Fall (15)
Dir. Andre Singer, UK-Germany-France-Israel-USA-Denmark, 2014, 75 mins
Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein, Helena Bonham Carter
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened.
Making use of British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis’ unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including editor Stewart McAllister, writer and future cabinet minister Richard Crossman – and, as treatment advisor, his friend Alfred Hitchcock.
Yet, despite initial support from the British and US Governments, the film was shelved, and only now, 70 years on, has it been restored and completed by Imperial War Museums. This eloquent, lucid documentary by André Singer (executive producer of the award-winning The Act of Killing) tells the extraordinary story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies.
Acclaimed by the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest jury, this deeply moving film ‘reveals the power of documentary and why it matters.’
Best Of Me, The (12)
Drama | Romance
Dir. Michael Hoffman, US, 2014, 99 mins
Cast: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Liana Liberato
Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend.
Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.
Dracula Untold (15)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
Dir. Gary Shore, US, 2014, 92 mins
Cast: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon
Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes looks to make a deal with dangerous supernatural forces – without succumbing to the darkness himself.
Mystery | Thriller
Dir. Denis Villeneuve, Canada | Spain, 2013, 94 mins
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon
Adam Bell is a Toronto area History college professor. He is a rather somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a rental movie, he spots an actor in a bit part that looks like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out about this double of his. He learns that the actor’s stage name is Daniel Saint Claire, whose legal name is Anthony Claire. Claire is a Toronto based actor with only a few on-screen credits, and is married to a woman named Helen who is currently several months pregnant. Adam then becomes obsessed with meeting Claire, who he learns upon first sighting that they look exactly the same, from the facial hair to a scar each has, but Claire who outwardly is more “put together” than Adam. Their lives become intertwined as Claire himself ends up becoming obsessed with Adam, but in a slightly different way.
Hector And The Search For Happiness (15)
Adventure/ Comedy/ Drama
Dir: Peter Chelsom, UK, 2014, 120 mins
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer
The uplifting story of one man’s global quest to find out whether happiness truly exists. Featuring stunning performances from an all-star cast including Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Jean Reno. Hector (Simon Pegg – Shaun of the Dead, The Worlds End, Paul) is an eccentric yet loveable psychiatrist who finds himself at a crossroads in life; his patients just aren t getting any happier and his life is going nowhere. Feeling trapped between his mundane daily routine and his neurotic girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike – Made in Dagenham, Jack Reacher), Hector decides to break away from his sheltered London life and go on a global quest to find out whether happiness truly exists – and more importantly, whether it exists for Hector. Along the way he meets friends old and new, learning some valuable lessons on his journey of self discovery that proves equal parts colourful, dangerous, exotic and hilarious. Directed by Peter Chelsom (Funny Bones, Hear My Song) and featuring a career best performance from Simon Pegg as you ve never seen him before, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS is an inspirational, feel-good adventure that will leave you smiling.
Maze Runner, The (12)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. Wes Ball, US, 2014
Cast: Will Poulter, Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.
Rendlesham UFO Incident, The (15)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. Daniel Simpson, UK, 2014, 83 mins
Cast: Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler
33 years after the infamous Rendlesham Forest UFO incident, three metal detector enthusiasts hunting for Saxon gold in the same region, capture incredible footage of UFO’s whilst filming their expedition. As night falls and with their navigation equipment failing, they find themselves facing a terrifying encounter with an unforgiving alien presence.
Rewrite, The (12)
Comedy | Romance
Dir. Marc Lawrence, US, 2014, 106 mins
Cast: Marisa Tomei, Hugh Grant, Allison Janney
An Oscar-winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, where he falls for a single mom taking classes there.
The Unbeatables (U)
Dir: Juan Jose Capanella, Argentina, 2013, 106 mins
Cast: (Voiced by) Rupert Grint, Anthony Head, Ralf Little, Alistair McGowan, Rob Brydon, Eve Ponsoby
The adventures of Amadeo and his table football team who magically come to life.
What If (15)
Comedy/ Drama/ Romance
Dir: Michael Dowse, 2013, 102 mins
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Mackenzie Davis, Zoe Kazan
Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her long time boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
Babadook, The (15)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
Dir. Jennifer Kent, Australia, 2014, 93 mins
Cast: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tim Purcell, Noah Wiseman
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ six-year-old, Samuel (Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Book Of Life, The (PG)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Dir. Jorge R. Gutierrez, US, 2014, 95 mins
Cast (voices): Diego Luna, Soe Saldana, Christina Applegate, Ice Cube, Channing Tatum
From producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez comes an animated comedy with a unique visual style. ‘The Book of Life’ is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. Before choosing which path to follow, he embarks on an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Rich with a fresh take on pop music favorites, ‘The Book of Life’ encourages us to celebrate the past while looking forward to the future.
Calling, The (15)
Release date: 10/10/14 Thriller
Dir. Jason Stone, US, 2014, 108 mins
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn
Detective Hazel Micallef hasn’t had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Fort Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling.
Sci-Fi | Thriller
Dir. James Ward Byrkit, US, UK, 2014, 89 mins
Cast: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon
On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, COHERENCE is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.
Dolphin Tale 2 (U)
Drama | Family
Dir. Charles Martin Smith, US, 2014, 107 mins
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble
It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.
Keeping Rosy (15)
Drama | Thriller
Dir. Steve Reeves, US | UK, 2014, 93 min
Cast: Blake Harrison, Maxine Peake, Elisa Lasowski
Charlotte is a woman who is completely defined by her career.
All she wants from life is to be cut a slice of the media agency she has devoted herself to building.
However, the fragility of her perfect existence is exposed when, after finding out she’s been betrayed in the boardroom, she returns home and takes her anger out on her cleaner.
As Charlotte’s life disintegrates, we follow her on a heart-racing journey of self-discovery, atonement and danger as she fights for a future that is rosy…
No Manifesto A Film About Manic Street Preachers (15)
Dir. Elizabeth Marcus, US, 2015, 96 mins
Cast: James Dean Bradfield, Richey Edwards, Sean Moore
In 1991, a band with the unlikely name of Manic Street Preachers came on to the British music scene proclaiming ambitions to make one album, sell 16 million copies of it, and then split up. A quarter century, multiple hit records and one missing member later, they are still here. Now this colourful and contentious band faces off with their equally colourful and contentious fans in a verité multimedia mash-up experiment that will turn the traditional rock’n’roll documentary upside-down and shake it until all the change falls out of its pockets. For the making of No Manifesto, the Manics provided unprecedented access. The film tells the story of the band’s rise from mouthy punks to international renown, takes a fascinating look at the band’s creative process, and joins them on tour. By combining footage shot at home and on the road with rare archival materials and fan interviews that provide commentary, lore, criticism and praise, No Manifesto gives a comprehensive look at a most unusual band.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (12)
Action | Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
Dir. Jonathan Liebesman, US, 2014, 101 mins
Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner
Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.
Dir. John R. Leonetti, US, 2014, 98 mins
Cast: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.
Effie Gray (12)
Dir. Richard Laxton, UK, 2014, 108 mins
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Emma Thompson, Claudia Cardinale
In “Effie Gray” Dakota Fanning plays the title character, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, wife of the 19th century’s greatest art historian and critic, John Ruskin (Greg Wise). Ruskin’s sexual dysfunction and his wife’s sexual innocence and inexperience in the repressed atmosphere of Victorian England are further complicated by Effie’s affair with pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge) after Effie poses for the artist and falls in love with him.
Author and art historian Lady Elizabeth Eastlake (Emma Thompson, who wrote the screenplay), Effie’s friend and champion, encourages her to seek an annulment from her husband. In order to prove non-consummation of the marriage, Effie is forced to undergo a physical examination that confirms her virginity after five years of marriage to Ruskin. During the trial, which creates a scandal and more discussion than the ongoing Crimean War, a doctor (Robbie Coltrane) testifies that the plaintiff is a virgin.
Action | Drama | War
Dir. David Ayer, UK/China/US, 2014, 134 mins
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Kung Fu Killer (15)
Action | Thriller
Dir. Teddy Chan, China, Hong Kong, 2014, 100 mins, Subtitles
Cast: Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Baoqiang Wang
A vicious killer named Fung goes around Hong Kong killing top martial arts exponents and leaving a secret weapon called the Moonshadow as his calling card. When a convicted killer and kung fu expert named Ha – formerly working as a martial arts instructor before accidentally killing a man and being imprisoned and convicted for the crime he didn’t intend to do – hears of this, he offers to help the police catch the killer in return for his freedom. With Ha’s help, the police realize from the chronological order of the victims that the killer is targeting his victims, all top masters in their respective martial arts style, and following a martial code of training. After a close encounter with Fung, Ha suddenly disappears and the police begin to suspect the worse: that the two are accomplices and Fung was the bait to help spring Ha from jail. But Ha has actually gone back to his home in Foshan to find out more about the mysterious calling card.
Dir. Susanne Bier, US/France, 2014, 109 mins
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Toby Jones
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.