Home Entertainment Releases June 2015

American Sniper (15)

Action | Biography | Drama

Dir. Clint Eastwood, US, 2014, 132 mins

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner

From director Clint Eastwood comes “American Sniper,” starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, whose skills as a sniper made him a hero on the battlefield. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter.

Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

 

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Dead Lands, The (15)

Action

Dir. Toa Fraser, New Zealand, 2015, 107 mins,Subtitles

Cast:  James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka

After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, Hongi, a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains, Hongi’s only hope is to pass through the feared and forbidden Dead Lands and forge an uneasy alliance with the mysterious Warrior, a ruthless fighter who has ruled the area for years.

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Dino Time (PG)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dirs. Yoon-Suk Choi & John Kafka, US/S. Korea, 2012, 86 mins

Cast (voices): Melanie Griffith, Jane Lynch, Rob Schneider, Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin, Nolan North

Three curious kids accidentally trip an egg-shaped time machine into operation and find themselves back 65 million years in the middle of a nest of dinosaur eggs. The first thing they see is a giant T-Rex staring down at them in happy wonder. They’re not food, they’re family! Now the kids have just until the real eggs hatch to find their way back to the present, facing other prehistoric monsters and dangers along the way.

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Ex Machina (15)

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Alex Garland, US|UK, 2014, 108 mins

Cast:  Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

From acclaimed writer/director ALEX GARLAND (28 Days Later, Sunshine) comes EX MACHINA, a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence.

In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire, a young man takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine.

DOMHNALL GLEESON, OSCAR ISAAC and ALICIA VIKANDER lead the cast of Ex Machina, an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle. The film explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.

 

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Far From The Madding Crowd (R/I) (U)

Drama | History | Romance

Dir. John Schlesinger, UK, 2014, 168 mins

Cast:  Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Alan Bates

Based on Thomas Hardy’s 19th century novel, Bathsheba Everdene is a willful, passionate girl who is never satisfied with anything less than a man’s complete and helpless adoration. And she captures the lives and loves of three very different men: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who is captivated by her beauty and proposes marriage; William Boldwood, a prosperous man in his early forties and a confirmed bachelor; and Sergeant Frank Troy, a handsome, reckless swordsman given to sudden fits of violence.

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Lost River (15)

Fantasy | Thriller

Dir. Ryan Gosling, US, 2014, 95 mins

Cast: Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Matt Smith

“Lost River” is a dark fairy tale about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger. In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together. Her teenage son Bones (Iain De Casestecker) discovers a mystery about the origins of Lost River that triggers his curiosity and sets into motion an unexpected journey that will test his limits and the limits of those he loves.

 

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Shaun The Sheep Movie (U)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dirs. Mark Burton, Richard Starzack, UK, France, 2015, 85 mins

Cast:  Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

 

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Sword Of Vengeance (15)

Action

Dir. Jim Weedon, UK, 2015, 87 mins, subtitles

Cast:  Stanley Weber, Edward Akrout, Misa Beric

From the creator of ‘Hammer of the Gods’, starring Stanley Weber (Borgia) and Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle), the subjects of a ruthless tyrant’s oppression discover an unlikely freedom fighter whose code of honor demands bloody retribution.

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The Gambler (15)

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Dir. Rupert Wyatt, US, 2014, 111 mins

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

 

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Inherent Vice (15)

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, US, 2014, 148 mins

Cast:  Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson

“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.

It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.

With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.

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Interview, The (15)

Action | Comedy

Dirs. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, US, 2014, 112 mins

Cast:  James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

 

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Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Daniel Alfredson, Netherlands/UK/Belgium, 2014, 95 mins, some subtitles

Cast: Yolanthe Cabau, Jim Sturgess, Anthony Hopkins

The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred “Freddy” Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

 

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (15)

Action | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Matthew Vaughn, UK, 2014, 129 mins

Cast:  Colin Firth, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

 

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Mortdecai (12)

Action | Comedy

Dir. David Koepp, US, 2014, 106 mins

Cast:  Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor

Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

 

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Son Of A Gun (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Julius Avery, Australia, 2014, 108 mins

Cast:  Alicia Vikander, Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites

Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.

 

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Trash (15)

Adventure | Comedy | Crime

Dir. Stephen Daldry, UK, Brazil, 2014, 114 mins

Cast:  Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura

When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael and Gardo, realize that what they’ve found must be important.

 

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Age Of Kill (18)

Action | Thriller

Dir. Neil Jones, UK, 2015

Cast: Philip Davis, Dexter Fletcher, April Pearson, Martin Kemp, Nick Moran, Patrick Bergin, Dani Dyer

The story of disgraced special ops sniper Sam Blake (Martin Kemp), who is plunged into a world of darkness when his daughter (Dani Dyer) is taken hostage by a mysterious terrorist. Out of options and with no one to turn to, Blake is forced to carry out their evil bidding and must assassinate six seemingly random targets within six hours on the streets of London.

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Gascoigne (15)

Documentary | Sport

Dir. Jane Preston, UK, 2015, 85 mins

Cast (as themselves): Paul Gascoigne

The Italia ’90 World Cup was a renaissance for English football, watched by millions of people across the UK. Its leading figure was the young Paul Gascoigne – a player who had come to prominence with his hometown club Newcastle United and who now, upon England’s semi-final exit, captured the hearts of the nation.

Gascoigne returned home to a hero’s welcome and became a superstar of international football. With his irrepressible spirit and extraordinary skills he was for a generation of players and fans the most captivating footballer they had ever seen.

Gascoigne is the definitive story – in his own words – behind the inspired play on the pitch and the personal struggles and controversies off it. With revealing contributions from Gary Lineker, Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney, it tells one of sport’s most remarkable tales.

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Love Is Strange (15)

Drama

Dir. Ira Sachs, US, France, Brazil, Greece, 2014, 94 mins

Cast:  John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei

After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage son (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

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Project Almanac (12)

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Dir. Dean Israelite, US, 2014, 106 mins

Cast:  Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner

A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

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Selma (12)

Biography | Drama | History

Dir. Ava DuVernay, UK, US, 2014, 128 mins

Cast:  David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

The story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

 

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Taken 3 (12)

 Action | Crime | Thriller

Dir. Olivier Megaton, France, 2004, 109 mins

Cast: Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact his unique brand of justice, and protect the only thing that matters to him now – his daughter.

 

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Tokyo Tribe (18)

Drama | Sci-fi

Dir. Shion Sono, Japan, 2015, 116 mins, subtitles

Cast: Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino

In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youth rule the streets. The city is carved up into ‘hoods, and the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. On the turf ruled by the savage yakuza Big Buppa, the simmering tension is about to boil over into all-out war. Who will emerge victorious? Territory, friendship, pride, love… Everything is put on the line in a desperate struggle for supremacy! 

Based on a popular Manga series (Tokyo Tribe 2 by Santa Inoue) and told almost entirely in rap verse (by some of Japan’s top rappers), Tokyo Tribe has to be seen to be believed. The aggressive assault of the beats and rhymes wreaks havoc as a massive ensemble cast shocks, excites, and incites an unparalleled sonic war!

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Blackhat (15)

Action | Crime | Drama

Dir. Michael Mann, US, 2015, 133 mins

Cast:  Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Wei Tang

Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s BLACKHAT follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.

Directed and produced by Michael Mann, the film stars Chris Hemsworth, Viola Davis, Tang Wei and Wang Leehom, and it is written by Morgan Davis Foehl and Mann. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce alongside Mann, while Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod serve as the executive producers.

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Blind (18)

Drama

Dir. Eskil Vogt, France, 2014, 91 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Vera Vitali

Ellen can see in her dreams. The way the world around her looks, her husband’s office, their favourite restaurant…memories. It’s when Ellen awakes each morning and opens her eyes that she suddenly remembers she is blind. With her life suddenly and dramatically changed, Ellen has retreated to the safety of her apartment where she can feel in control once again. Her imagination becomes her reality – her deepest fantasies, desires and fears provide a constant internal monologue. Inventing her own world to substitute the one she has lost. But how can she make sense of all that is happening to her and who can she trust now?

A playful, touching and thought-provoking story of a young woman’s journey to rediscover herself, her husband and the life that she once knew, BLIND is the outstanding directorial debut of Eskil Vogt, the co-writer of Joachim Trier’s acclaimed REPRISE and OSLO, AUGUST 31ST.

Scooping the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at Sundance, BLIND has gone onto win numerous awards internationally, including the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European film at Berlin, the New Talent Grand Pix at CPH PIX in Copenhagen and the Golden Tulip at Istanbul. Blind received its UK premiere at the 2014 BFI London Film Festival.

 

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Dior And I (12)

Documentary

Dir. Frédéric Tcheng, France, 2014, 90 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Raf Simons, Marion Cotillard, Anna Wintour

Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng follows up his work on excellent fashion films, including Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, with another masterful exploration of a towering fashion institution. In Dior and I, one enters the storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ highly anticipated first Haute Couture collection as the iconic brand’s new Artistic Director. From conception through its ultimate exhibition, the process is shown to be a true labor of love by the stoic Simons and a dedicated, charming, and often humorous team of collaborators. Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with an elegant reverence for the history of Dior, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical.

 

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Fifty Shades of Grey (18)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson, US, 2015, 124 mins

Cast:  Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.

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Stonehearst Asylum (15)

Thriller

Dir. Brad Anderson, US, 2014, 112 mins

Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Flemyng

A gothic psychological thriller based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.

When Edward (Sturgess), a young doctor fresh out of college, arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprentice position, he is warmly welcomed by the superintendent, Dr. Lamb (Kingsley) and his “staff”, including Finn (Thewlis) and a mesmerising woman by the name of Eliza Graves (Beckinsale).

Edward is intrigued by Lamb’s modern methods until a series of unusual events lead him to make a horrifying discovery, exposing Lamb’s utopia and proving that no-one is who or what they appear to be.

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Appropriate Behaviour (15)

Comedy

Dir. Desiree Akhavan, UK, 2014, 86 mins

Cast: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer

For Shirin, being part of a perfect Persian family isn’t easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn’t know she’s bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine, can’t understand why she doesn’t tell them. Even the six-year-old boys in her moviemaking class are too ADD to focus on her for more than a second. Following a family announcement of her brother’s betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of pansexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.

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Cake (15)

Drama

Dir. Daniel Barnz, US, 2015, 102 mins

Cast:  Jennifer Aniston, Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick

Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) is in pain. Her physical pain is evident in the scars that line her body and the way she carries herself, wincing with each tentative step. She’s no good at hiding her emotional pain either. Blunt to the point of searing insult, Claire’s anger seethes out of her with nearly every interaction. She has driven away her husband, her friends — even her chronic-pain support group has kicked her out.

The only one left in Claire’s otherwise solitary existence is her housekeeper-cum-caretaker, Silvana (Academy Award nominee Adriana Barraza), who barely tolerates her boss’ need for liquor and prescription pills. But the suicide of Nina (Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick), one of Claire’s fellow chronic-pain group members, prompts another fixation. In pursuing questions about the death of a woman she barely knew, Claire explores the boundaries between life and death, abandonment and heartbreak, danger and salvation. As she inserts herself into the lives of Nina’s husband (Sam Worthington) and the son Nina left behind, Claire just might find salvation.

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Force Majeure

Drama

Dir.Ruben Östlund, Sweden/France/Norway/Denmark, 2014, 124 mins, Subtitles

Cast:Johannes Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren

A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life… The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba’s marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.

 

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Jupiter Ascending (12)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dirs. Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, US, 2015, 127 mins

Cast:  Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

 

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Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (12)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. David Zellner, US, 2014, 105 mins

Cast:  Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, Shirley Venard

From executive producer Alexander Payne (NEBRASKA, THE DESCENDANTS, SIDEWAYS, ABOUT SCHMIDT) and acclaimed filmmaking duo the Zellner Brothers. A lonely Japanese woman becomes convinced that a satchel of money buried and lost in a fictional film, is in fact, real. With a crudely drawn treasure map and limited preparation, she escapes her structured life in Tokyo and embarks on a foolhardy quest across the frozen tundra of Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune.

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Last Knights (15)

Action | Adventure

Dir. Kazuaki Kiriya, Czech Republic/South Korea, 2015, 115 mins

Cast: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, Daniel Adeboyega

Gladiator meets Game of Thrones.  In an age of honour and justice by the sword, Raiden (Owen) is a fallen warrior who must rise up against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge Bartok (Freeman), his dishonoured master. This epic sword-clashing adventure of loyalty, honour, and vengeance is a stunning cinematic experience not to be missed.

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Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The (PG)

Comedy | Drama

Dir. John Madden, UK/UK, 2015, 122 mins

Cast: Maggie Smith, Richard Gere, Dev Patel, Bill Nighy, Tamsin Greig, Judi Dench

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai).  Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful’, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.

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