This Week’s Film Releases From Monday 14th August 2017

Napping Princess

Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Kenji Kamiyama, Japan, 2017, 110 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Yôsuke Eguchi

Kokone has university exams to prepare for, but instead she dozes off. Even when her father is unceremoniously arrested prior to the Tokyo Olympics and the family is hiding away a mystery or two she finds herself taking refuge in sleep where thrills await her. Could there be more to her dreams?

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An Inconvenient Sequel (PG)

Documentary

Dirs. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk, US, 2017, 98 mins

Cast: Al Gore, Hilary Ashford-Ng, George W. Bush         

A sequel to The Inconvenient Truth, the follow-up documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore’s global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016’s Paris Climate Agreement.

Trailer     Official Site

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Bending the Arc

Documentary

Dirs. Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos, US, 2017, 102 mins

Cast: Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, Jim Yong Kim        

The epic story of the global health movement is seen through the intimate narrative of Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and other courageous doctors and patients who led the fight, against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, to bring medical care to the poorest people and most neglected regions around the world.

Trailer     Official Site

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Dark Night (15)

Drama

Dir. Tim Sutton, US, 2016, 85 mins

Cast: Eddie Cacciola, Anna Rose Hopkins, Robert Jumper         

Based on harrowing real events, the film tells an increasingly common story of violence in contemporary America, where a suburban landscape plays witness to the inevitable, unfolding evens that culminate in a Cineplex massacre. 

Over the course of one day, from sunrise to midnight, six strangers – the shooter among them – share in the new American nightmare. 

Trailer     Official Site

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Dark Tower, The (12A)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Nikolaj Arcel, US, 2017, 95 mins

Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey          

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious story from one of the world’s most-celebrated authors, makes its long-awaited launch to the big screen, starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. Sharing an ancient vendetta, they must fight to the death in this epic battle over the fate of the All-World Universe. 

Trailer     Official Site

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Everything, Everything (12A)

Drama | Romance

Dir. Stella Meghie, US, 2017, 96 mins

Cast: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose          

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

Trailer     Official Site

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Final Portrait (15)

Biography | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Stanley Tucci, UK, 2017, 90 mins

Cast: Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Geoffrey Rush         

In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days.

Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

FINAL PORTRAIT is a portrait of a genius, and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.

Trailer     Official Site

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Hitman's Bodyguard, The (15)

Action | Comedy

Dir. Patrick Hughes, US, 2017, 118 mins

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman         

THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD is an action comedy about the world’s top protection agent (Ryan Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman (Samuel L. Jackson). They’ve been on opposite ends of a bullet for years but now must come together for 24 hours to get from England to The Hague. The only thing standing in their way is the murderous dictator (Gary Oldman) who uses his power to create trouble for the pair at every stop along their way.

Trailer     Official Site

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Odyssey, The

Adventure | Biography

Dir. Jérôme Salle, France, 2016, 122 mins, Some Subtitles

Cast: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou        

1946. Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his family live a dream life in their house overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. But Jacques yearns for adventures beneath the sea.

With his invention, the aqualung, his vessel, the Calypso, and a crew of free-spirited adventurers, he is ready to cross the world’s oceans. But is this odyssey worth the sacrifices?

With stunning images, a haunting soundtrack and a superb cast including a magnetic Lambert Wilson as the famous ocean explorer, The Odyssey is worth the journey.

Trailer     Official Site

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Untamed, The (18)

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Dir. Amat Escalante, Mexico/Denmark/France/Germany/Norway/Switzerland, 2016, 96 mins

Cast: Kenny Johnston, Simone Bucio, Fernando Corona          

Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with husband Angel in a small city.

Her brother Fabian works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism exist.

Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Something whose force they cannot resist and with whom they must make peace or suffer its wrath.

Trailer     Official Site

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