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Bad Land: Road To Fury (15)

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Jake Paltrow, South Africa/Rest Of The World, 2014, 100 mins

Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee

In a post-apocalyptic eternal drought, people kill for water. Where it is scarce and desperately needed, a farmer (Michael Shannon) defends his land from threat, and hopes to rejuvenate his parched soil in the hope of a better life for his family. However, his daughter’s boyfriend (Nicholas Hoult) wants the land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.

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Birdman (15)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, US, 2014, 119 mins

Cast: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton

Riggan Thomas, once known quite well to movie theater goers as an iconic super hero called “The Birdman” had recently turned down a fourth installment of the franchise. Now washed up, he attempts to reinvent himself as a director by staging a new retelling of a classic Broadway dramatic play called “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”. The events leading up to the Saturday night premiere prove to be one disaster after another as the original lead actor is injured while on set and Riggan scrambles to find a replacement, but the replacement proves to be exactly who he needs – a method actor who takes the job way too seriously. But Riggan has a hard time juggling between the set, his replacement actor, his equally washed up daughter, and a host of other disasters that prevent a proper staging of the play. Meanwhile, a New York Times critic who Riggan has to woo threatens to shut down production of the play before it even starts with a scathing review of the opening night

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Elsa & Fred (12)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Michael Radford, US, 2014, 97 mins

Cast: Christopher Plummer, Shirley Maclane, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth

The story of two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true. Elsa has lived for the past 60 years dreaming of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene in ‘La Dolce Vita’ at the Fontana di Trevi.

The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it, but with Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Fred is a bit younger than Elsa and has always been a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moves into a smaller apartment where he ends meeting Elsa.

From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live – be it more or less – is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Fred learns how to live. When he learns about Elsa’s terminal illness, he decides to make her dream come true and takes Elsa to Rome to reenact with her the famous scene at the Fontana di Trevi.

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Last Five Years, The (12)

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Dir. Richard LaGravanese, US, 2014, 94 mins

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan, Natalie Knepp, Nic Novicki, Alan Simpson, Meg Hudson

A musical deconstruction of a love affair and a marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through songs using an intercutting time line device; all of Cathy’s songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie’s songs start at the beginning of their relationship and move forward to the end of their marriage. Its beautiful pop music score portrays an honest, heart-breaking, often funny, exploration of love and its consequences on individual identity.

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National Gallery (12)

Documentary

Dir. Frederick Wiseman, France | US | UK, 2014, 180 mins

The National Gallery in London is one of the great museums of the world with 2400 paintings from the 13th to the end of the 19th century. Almost every human experience is represented in one or the other of the paintings. The sequences of the film show the public in various galleries; the education programs, and the scholars, scientists and curators, studying, restoring and planning the exhibitions. The relation between painting and storytelling is explored.

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Unbroken (15)

Action | Drama | Sport

Dir.Angelina Jolie, US, 2014, 137 min, English | Japanese | Italian

Cast: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney

Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

Starring alongside O’Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac—the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific—Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”

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Khumba: A Zebra's Tale (3D) (U)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dir. Anthony Silverston, South Africa, 2013, 85 min

Cast: Brendan Jake T. Austin, Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi

Life is not all black and white for Khumba

A young zebra, born with only half his stripes is rejected by his superstitious herd and blamed for a sudden drought affecting the land.

Teaming up with a sassy wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich, Khumba sets out on a daring mission across the Karoo desert to find the legendary waterhole where the first zebras got their stripes.

Along the way he meets a host of colourful characters, but before he can reunite with his herd, Khumba will have to come face to face with a menacing leopard to take part in an epic battle.

Khumba’s gotta earn his stripes!

 

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Nymphomaniac, Volume 1 & 2 (18)

Drama

Dir. Lars von Trier, Denmark | Germany | France | Belgium | UK, 2013,  118 min

Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin

NYMPHOMANIAC is the wild and poetic story of a woman’s erotic journey from birth to the age of 50 as told by the main character, the self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, Joe. On a cold winter’s evening the old, charming bachelor, Seligman, finds Joe beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe over the next 8 chapters recounts the lushly branched-out and multi faceted story of her life, rich in associations and interjecting incidents.

 

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Theory Of Everything, The (12A)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. James Marsh, UK, 2014, 123 mins,  English | French

Cast:  Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The film, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). In 1963, as a cosmology student at the storied U.K. university Cambridge, Stephen (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne of Les Misérables) is making great strides and is determined to find a “simple, eloquent explanation” for the universe. His own world opens up when he falls deeply in love with an arts major, fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones of The Invisible Woman). But, at 21 years of age, this healthy, active young man receives an earth-shattering diagnosis: motor neuron disease will attack his limbs and his abilities, leaving him with limited speech and movement, and will take his life within two years.

Jane’s love, fierce support, and determination are unwavering – and the duo wed. With his new wife fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen refuses to accept his diagnosis. Jane encourages Stephen to finish his doctorate, which includes his initial theory of the creation of the universe. They start a family, and with his newly earned and widely hailed doctorate Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. As his body faces more limits, his mind continues to explore the outer limits of theoretical physics.

Together, he and Jane defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed – well into the 21st century.

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We Are Monster (15)

Drama

Dir. Antony Petrou, UK, 2014, 85 mins

Cast:  Leeshon Alexander, Aymen Hamdouchi, Gethin Anthony

On 8th February 2000 at Feltham Young Offenders Institute, Robert Stewart, a known violent racist was placed in a cell with Zahid Mubarek, a young Asian man due to be released in 6 weeks who had only been convicted of petty theft. Over this six week period, Stewart, with his unbalanced mind and deep seated racist tendencies is allowed, through indifference bordering on institutional culpability, to become the ‘monster’ he always wanted to be. Hours before Mubarek’s release, Stewart murdered him in an unprovoked attack.

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Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead (18)

Horror

Dir. Kiah Roache-Turner, Australia, 2014, 98 mins

Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill

Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.

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A Most Violent Year (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. J.C. Chandor, US, 2014, 125 mins, English | Spanish

Cast:   Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

A crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history, and centered on a the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.

 

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Born Of War (15)

Action | Thriller | War

Dir. Vicky Jewson, UK/Jordan/Cyprus, 2013, 109 mins

Cast: Sofia Black-D’Elia, Rupert Whittaker

A brutal home invasion turns teenager Mina’s life upside down.

Her parents murdered and the stunning discovery that she isn’t who she thinks she is. Mina’s real father is a ruthless warlord her mother once had an affair with and now he wants her back.

With dark and violent secrets exposed, her once simple life is turned inside out and she must choose on which side to fight and whom she can ultimately trust.

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Foxcatcher (15)

Biography | Drama | Sport

Dir. Bennett Miller, US, 2014, 134 mins

Cast:  Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers. When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont’s majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure.

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Into The Woods (PG)

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Dir. Rob Marshall, US, 2014, 124 mins

Cast:  Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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Big Hero 6 (PG)

Animation | Action | Adventure

Dir. Don Hall, US, 2014, 102 mins

Cast:  Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

 

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Emperor's New Clothes, The

Documentary

Dir. Michael Winterbottom, US/UK, 2015, 107 mins

Cast (as themselves): Russell Brand

World-famous British comedian and activist Russell Brand joins forces with acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom on a polemical documentary about the financial crisis and gross inequality we currently face.  

Using a mixture of documentary, interviews, archive footage and comedy, Russell Brand takes us from his hometown Grays in Essex, to the heart of London ‘City’ and on to the Big Apple. This daring film will shake up the world by revealing the bewildering truth about how the people at the bottom are paying for the luxuries of those at the top.

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Gente De Bien (12)

Drama | World

Dir. Franco Lolli, Colombia/France, 2014, 86 mins, subtitles

Cast: Brayan Santamarià, Carlos Fernando Perez, Alejandra Borrero

Set in the backdrop of modern day Colombia, newcomer Brayan Santamaría plays 10-year-old Eric who, with his dog Lupe, is sent to live with his father Gabriel, played by Carlos Fernando Pérez. Gabriel’s employer offers to help by taking them away for Christmas with her family, but her good intentions merely highlight the class divide between them.

Gente de bien was nominated for Semaine de la Critique (Critics Week Grand Prize) and Camera d’or (Golden Camera) both at Cannes Film Festival 2014, and won the Horizons Award – Special Mention at San Sebastián International Film Festival and Best Film at Ghent International Film Festival.

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Honeytrap (18)

Crime | Drama | Romance

Dir. Rebecca Johnson, UK, 2014, 93 mins

Cast: Jessica Sula, Lucien Laviscount, Naomi Ryan, Ntong Mwanla

Yearning for love and status, fifteen-year-old Layla is swept into a whirlwind romance with self-styled gang leader/rapper Troy – and then spat out the other side. Desperate to win him back, she offers to set up the boy who’s in love with her to be killed…

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Spring (15)

Horror | Romance | Sci-fi

Dirs. Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, US, 2014, 109 mins

Cast:  Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Vanessa Bednar

Evan is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, where he meets and instantly connects with the enchanting and mysterious Louise. A flirtatious romance begins to bloom between the two – however, Evan soon realizes that Louise has been harboring a monstrous, primordial secret that puts both their relationship and their lives in jeopardy.

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Testament Of Youth (12)

Biography | Drama | History | War

Dir. James Kent, UK, 2014, 129 mins

Cast:  Hayley Atwell, Dominic West, Kit Harington

A searing story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain which became the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A powerful and passionate journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to University to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the griefs of war, as one by one those closest to her are killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to find a new purpose, which spurs her towards a powerful act of remembrance.

 

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Wild (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée, US, 2014, 115 mins

Cast:  Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann

Director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (An Education) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. WILD powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures –as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

 

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