Home Entertainment Releases April 2015

Black Sea (15)

Adventure | Thriller

Dir. Kevin Macdonald, UK, 2014, 115 mins

Cast: Jude Law, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Tobias Menzies

A rogue submarine captain, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumoured to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

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Decent One, The (15)

Documentary | Drama | History

Dir. Vanessa Lapa, France, 2014, 96 mins, Some Subtitles

On 6 May 1945, soldiers of the US Army occupied the Himmler family home in Gmund, Germany, where they discovered hundreds of private letters, documents, diaries and photographs. Vanessa Lapa’s extraordinary new film The Decent One makes use of these materials to sketch the biography and expose the inner mind, ideals, plans and secrets of the SS commander, the architect of the Final Solution – Heinrich Himmler.

How did this Catholic nationalistic middle-class man become Hitler’s henchman responsible for masterminding, developing and executing he see himself and how was he perceived in private by his wife Margarete, his daughter Gudrun and his mistress Hedwig? How could the man who often referred to so-called German virtues such as order, decency and goodness also write home in the midst of the war and Holocaust: ‘Despite all the work I am doing fine and I sleep well?’ How can a man become a hero in his own eyes but a mass murderer in the eyes of the world?

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Kon Tiki (15)

Adventure | History

Dir. Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg, UK/Norway/Rest Of The World, 2012, 118 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård

The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsawood raft in 1947, together with five men, to prove that South Americans back in pre-Columbian times could have crossed the ocean and settled on Polynesian islands. After financing the trips with loans and donations, they set off on an epic 101-day-long trip across 8000 kilometers, while the world was waiting for the result of the trip. The film tells about the origin of the idea, the preparations, and the events on the trip. The “Kon-Tiki” was named after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, and “Kon-Tiki” is an old name for this god. Heyerdahl filmed the expedition, which later became the Academy Award winning documentary in 1951, and he wrote a book about the expedition that was translated into 70 languages and sold more than 50 millions copies around the world. Heyerdahl believed that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times, although most anthropologists now believe they did not…

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (PG)

Adventure | Comedy | Family

Dir. Shawn Levy, US/UK, 2014, 97 mins

Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson 

Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

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Pyramid, The (15)

Horror

Dir. Grégory Levasseur, US, 2014, 89 mins

Cast: Garsha Arristos, Joseph Beddelem, Omar Benbrahim

A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

 

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Signal, The

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. William Eubank, US, 2015, 97 mins

Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp

On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness – only to find himself in a waking nightmare.

 

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Snow In Paradise (18)

Thriller

Dir. Andrew Hulme, UK, 2014, 108 mins

Cast:  Frederick Schmidt, Martin Askew, David Spinx

Dave’s a petty criminal living on drugs and violence in London. When his actions kill his best friend, he’s propelled into feelings of shame and remorse. Discovering Islam, he begins to find peace but his old life comes back to test him.

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Still Life (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. Uberto Pasolini, UK, Italy, 2014, 92 mins

Cast:  Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury

Still Life is a poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and the afterlife. Meticulous and organized to the point of obsession, John May (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized, John must up his efforts on his final case, taking him on a liberating journey that allows him to start living life at last.

 

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What We do In The Shadows (15)

Comedy

Dirs. Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi, New Zealand, 2014, 86 mins

Cast: Jermaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Follow the lives of Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

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Big Eyes (12)

Biography | Drama

Dir.Tim Burton, US, 2014, 105 min, English | French | Italian

Cast: Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter

Big Eyes tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the 1960s, painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered: Walter’s works were actually created by his wife Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world.

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Dumb And Dumber To (15)

Comedy

Dir.Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, US, 2014

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle

It’s been 20 years and Harry Dunn has found something out – he has a daughter! Lloyd Christmas, his equally dim witted friend, takes one look at a picture of her, develops a crush, and insists the two track her down. What ensues when Harry finally agrees is a bizarre encounter with an old lady and more hilarity because of their sheer stupidity.

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Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies, The (12)

Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Peter Jackson, New Zealand/US, 2014, 144 mins

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans

The epic conclusion of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

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Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast (U)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dir. Steve Loter, US, 2014, 69 mins

Cast (voices): Mae Whitman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Rosario Dawson, Lucy Liu, Mel B

Tinker Bell’s latest adventure explores an ancient myth of a fabled creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this animal—massive and strange with glowing green eyes—is not really welcome in Pixie Hollow, and the scout fairies are determined to capture the mysterious beast before it destroys their home. Fawn, who sees a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior, must convince Tink and the girls to risk everything to rescue the NeverBeast before time runs out. 

This new heart warming adventure sees a new fairy in Pixie Hollow, introducing Nyx (voice of Rosario Dawson) – a scout fairy charged with protecting Pixie Hollow and all of the fairies who reside there. A true professional, she takes her job very seriously—maybe too seriously—allowing facts and logic to guide her every move. Driven to succeed, Nyx is often willing to let compassion take a back seat.

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Annie (PG)

Comedy | Drama | Family

Dir.Will Gluck, US, 2014, 118 min

Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) – advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) – makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

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Cobain: Montage Of Heck (15)

Documentary | Biography

Dir. Brett Morgen, US, 2014, 132 mins

Cast: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Courtney Love

The authorized documentary on late Guitar/lead singer Kurt Cobain from his early days in Aberdeen Washington to his success and downfall with Grunge band Nirvana. The documentary features acres of previously unseen or rare footage of the Washington-born musician, including new music and home video footage shot at home with Courtney Love and his daughter, along with new animations created specifically for the film.It’s an unflinching portrayal of the grunge star who tragically took his own life in 1994 aged 27, and the director told us this warts and all approach was only possible thanks to being granted final cut of the documentary.

 

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Duke Of Burgundy The (18)

Drama

Dir. Peter Strickland, UK, 2014, 104 mins

Cast:  Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D’Anna

In an unnamed European town, in an unspecified year, live Cynthia and Evelyn. Every day Evelyn cycles to Cynthia’s mansion to work as a lowly maid – and every day the cruel, vindictive Cynthia inflicts countless sadistic humiliations upon her. But as the days go by and the pair begin to reveal themselves, it soon becomes clear that the humiliation may not all be of Cynthia’s design…

Startling, stylish and heady with atmosphere, The Duke of Burgundy is a dazzling exploration of romance, relationships and desire from the multi-award winning director of Berberian Sound Studio. Laden with wit and brimming with filmic references, it is one of the most remarkable films of the year and will doubtless leave you reeling.

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Exodus: Gods And Kings (12)

Action | Adventure | Drama

Dir.Ridley Scott, UK | US | Spain, 2014, 150 min

Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

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Harlock Space Pirate (12)

Adventure | Animation | Anime | Sci-Fi

Dir. Shinji Aramaki, Japan, 2013, 115 mins

Cast (voices): David Matranga, Jessica Boone, Adam Gibbs

Sci-fi legend Captain Harlock is back! A stunning reboot of the classic franchise, Harlock Space Pirate boasts state-of-the-art CG animation, edge-of-your-seat interstellar action and epic drama on a galactic scale. With the might of the Gaia Coalition ranged against him, the dashing Captain Harlock defiantly sails to war in his battlecruiser Arcadia – and this time the fate of humanity is at stake!

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In The Blood (a.k.a. Peterman) (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Mark Abraham, UK, 2014, 91 mins

Cast:  Joe Cole, Kenny Doughty, Stuart Graham, Alison Steadman, Peter Bowles, Phil Davis

The death of his safecracking Grandfather (Phil Davis) has landed Johnny (Joe Cole) as the only one left alive who can open a safe for a degenerate crew of violent gangsters lead by the menacing Jim (Kenny Doughty) — but he’s just a junkie with little more on his mind than getting that next fix. As withdrawal sets in and tensions rise in this increasingly bloody crime gone awry, Johnny’s time is most definitely running out.

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Rigor Mortis (18)

Action | Drama | Horror | World

Dir. Juno Mak, Hong Kong, 2013, 103 mins, subtitles

Cast: Siu-Ho Chin, Anthony Chan, Hee Ching Paw

Starring action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho (Siu-ho) as a former vampire hunting actor who now finds himself reaching the end of the line as a washed-up star who is also separated from his wife and alienated from his son. Down on his luck and with barely a dollar to his name, he checks into room 2442 in the housing estate which is allegedly a haunted flat. His aim is to end his misery by doing himself in, but instead Siu-ho is interrupted by some of the other “occupants” of the building including a Taoist master-exorcist (Anthony Chan), a traumatized housewife with a tragic past (Kara Hui), as well as a seemingly benign elderly woman (Paw Hee-ching) who has an empty coffin conspicuously hanging in the middle of her apartment.

Soon it becomes apparent to Siu-ho that the people around him, and the situation is far from normal. Despite his lack of belief in superstition, Siu-ho is soon thrust into the battle of his life as vicious vampires having a lot of unsettled business begin to rise from the dead…

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