This Week’s Film Releases From Monday 17th April 2017

Belko Experiment, The (18)

Action | Horror | Thriller

Dir. Greg McLean , US, 2016, 89 mins

Cast: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona

Eighty Americans locked inside Belko Industries’ high-rise corporate office in Bogotá, Colombia, are horrified when an unknown voice issues a command through the intercom system:kill two people in the next 30 minutes or more people will die.

Pacifist Mike Pelk (John Gallagher, Jr.) & his girlfriend Leandra (Adria Arjona) try to convince their office mates to resist the order, but when the heads of four random co-workers explode and the anonymous voice directs the office workers to kill 30 more of their colleagues, cold-blooded COO Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn) takes charge and violence escalates as the staff members turn on one another in a desperate attempt to survive.

 

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Bunch of Kunst (18)

Documentary | Biography | Music

Dir. Christine Franz , Germany, 2017, 103 mins

Cast: Andrew Fearn, Sleaford Mods, Steve Underwood

British punk duo Sleaford Mods have been called “the voice of Britain” by their fans, “Britain’s angriest band” by the Guardian and “The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band” by Iggy Pop.

“Bunch of Kunst” follows them on their two-year journey from Nottingham bedroom recording sessions to chart success.

 

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Finding Fatimah (12A)

Comedy | Romance

Dir. Oz Arshad, UK, 2017, 99 mins

Cast: Danny Ashok, Asmara Gabrielle, Nina Wadia

Finding Fatimah is a tale of one man’s struggle to find love against the odds.

All young Muslim Shahid (Danny Ashok) wants is to find a life partner but, after five years of trying, he is still struggling to find ‘The One’. The aspiring stand-up comedian is about to hit 30, and his printer business is grinding to a halt, but there’s something else that is rendering him well and truly UN-dateable… he’s divorced.

And now his ‘divorced tag’ is all people see.

Using an online match-making site, Shahid sees no option but to select ‘never married’ on his profile, and when he falls for the bold and beautiful Dr Fatimah (Asmara Gabrielle), he must decide when and how to break the news.

Funny and heart-warming, Finding Fatimah is a hilarious look at the modern British Muslim dating scene.

 

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Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, The (12A)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. Juho Kuosmanen , Finland/Sweden/Germany, 2017, 92 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Jarkko Lahti

The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli’s small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country.

There’s only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love.

 

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Molly Monster (U)

Animation | Adventure | Family

Dir. Matthias Bruhn , Switzerland/Germany/Sweden, 2016, 72 mins

Cast: Tom Eastwood, Stefan Fredrich, Denise Gorzelanny

Little Molly Monster is confronted with change. After many years of being the absolute center of her family, she is about to get a sibling. Molly is happy and has knitted a lovely bobble hat for the new baby’s head. But a monster baby doesn’t arrive overnight. In Monsterland, the mothers lay the eggs, and the fathers keep them warm, all the way to Egg Island, where monsters are hatched. Molly is looking forward to the journey and hasn’t yet realized that she can’t go. As the guilt-ridden parents hitch up the egg trailer and drive away, Molly is stricken and sad. To make matters worse, she discovers Papa has forgotten the baby’s bobble hat that she knitted for it. She decides to follow her parents. A baby’s head must be kept warm. Every monster knows that!

And so Molly sets out on a journey that is longer and more difficult than anything she could have imagined. Accompanied by Edison, her best friend and toy, their journey takes them on a crooked path over the Wild Hills where they meet challenges and other monsters, and learn what it means to be a friend, and part of a family, and a big sister along the way. Molly grows up quite a bit. When the family is re-united, the panicked parents are overwhelmed by joy. The egg hatches, and a new little monster emerges into the world. Molly Monster becomes a big sister.

“Molly Monster” deals with the theme of becoming a sister or a brother and the excitement that comes with it from the point of view of a small child. Enchanting and entertaining – a universal preschool adventure.

 

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Rules Don’t Apply (12A)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Warren Beatty, US, 2017, 127 mins

Cast: Lily Collins, Haley Bennett, Taissa Farmiga

An aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) struggle hopefully with the absurd eccentricities of the wildly unpredictable billionaire, Howard Hughes, (Warren Beatty) for whom they work.

It’s Hollywood, 1958. Small town beauty queen, songwriter, and devout Baptist virgin Marla Mabrey (Collins), under contract to the infamous Howard Hughes (Beatty), arrives in Los Angeles.

At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Ehrenreich), who is engaged to be married to his 7th grade sweetheart and is a deeply religious Methodist.

Their instant attraction not only puts their religious convictions to the test, but also defies Hughes’ #1 rule: no employee is allowed to have any relationship whatsoever with a contract actress.

Hughes’ behavior intersects with Marla and Frank in very separate and unexpected ways, and as they are drawn deeper into his bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

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Their Finest (12A)

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Dir. Lone Scherfig , UK, 2016, 117 mins

Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war.

Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.

THEIR FINEST, based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!

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Transfiguration, The (15)

Drama | Horror

Dir. Michael O’Shea , US, 2016, 97 mins

Cast: Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Jelly Bean

An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore.

When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality.

A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.

 

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Unforgettable (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Denise Di Novi , US, 2017, 100 mins

Cast: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults

Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily.

Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

 

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Zookeeper’s Wife, The (12A)

Biography | Drama| History

Dir. Niki Caro , Czech Republic/UK/US, 2017, 127 mins

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl

A real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.

When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

 

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