New in Cinema… 21st July, 2017

‘Survival is victory!’ Christopher Nolan’s epic new movie, ‘Dunkirk arrives on the big screen this week, while Lucas finds out he’s not really a human in animated adventure ‘Monster Island. ‘Victim set in 1960’s London and starring Dirk Bogarde is re-released, and ‘SHOT! The Psycho-spiritual Mantra of Rock’ takes a deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers.

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City of Ghosts (18)

Documentary | War

Dir. Matthew Heineman, US, 2017, 90 mins

Cast (as themselves): N/A

A real-life international thriller, ‘City of Ghosts’ exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (‘Cartel Land’, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), ‘City of Ghosts’ is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today. – Sundance Film Festival

Trailer     Official Site

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Dunkirk (12A)

Action | Drama | History | War

Dir. Christopher Nolan, US/UK/France/Netherlands, 2017, 107 mins

Cast: Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. At the end of this heroic mission, 330,000 French, British, Belgian and Dutch soldiers were safely evacuated.

Trailer     Official Site

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Monster Island (PG)

Animation

Dir. Leopoldo Aguilar, Mexico, 2017, 80 mins

Cast (voices): Fiona Hardingham, Roger L. Jackson, Katie Leigh

When young Lucas finds out he’s not really a human; the news changes his whole world. Especially since his first monster transformation happened in front of the most popular kids at school! After unreasonably blaming his Dad for keeping his identity a secret, the angry and embarrassed Lucas runs away from home. His search for Monster Island and his real roots takes him on a fabulously scary journey that puts him face to face with more tentacles, fangs and far-out situations than he can shake one of his new wings at. Ultimately Lucas learns that being a freak, isn’t freaky—it means you’re a member of a brand new type of family, you can proudly call your own.When Lucas finds out he is not really a human, but actually a monster, the news changes his whole world! Embarking on a quest to Monster Island to discover his real roots, Lucas will undergo a journey he will never forget…

Trailer     Official Site

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Munna Michael

Bollywood | Action | Drama | Musical

Dir. Sabir Khan, India, 2017, 149 mins, subtitles

Cast: Nawazuddin SiddiquiTiger ShroffChitrangda Singh

A young man tries to follow the footsteps of his idol, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Trailer     Official Site

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Scribe (La Mecanique De L’Ombre) (15)

Action | Thriller

Dir. Thomas Kruithof, Belgium/France, 2016, 91 mins, subtitles

Cast: Francois Cluzet, Denis Podalydes, Sami Bouajila, Simon Abkarian, Alba Rohrwacher

From first time feature director Thomas Kruithof, ‘Scribe’ stars François Cluzet (Untouchable, Tell No One, Little White Lies) as the middle aged and financially struggling man who is looking for work two years after suffering a burn-out. He gets hired by a mysterious employer to transcribe phone tapped conversations, which propels him into the heart of a large-scale political plot and gets him trapped in the French secret services underworld.

A paranoid thriller in the spirit of ’70s pics such as ‘Marathon Man’ and ‘The Conversation’, ‘Scribe’ was originally inspired by the 1983-1984 Lebanon hostage crisis, in which three French people were kidnapped and their release was allegedly withheld by the French government so that it would benefit presidential candidate Jacques Chirac, who was then prime minister.

Trailer     Official Site

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SHOT! The Psycho-spiritual Mantra of Rock (15)

Documentary | Biography | Music

Dir. Barney Clay, UK/US, 2016, 98 mins

Cast (as themselves): Mick Rock

A deep look into the mind of one of rock’s greatest living photographers: Mick Rock. Rock’s work with some of the most accomplished personalities of the past forty years – David Bowie, Queen, Blondie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop – created many of the images that would come to define them.

Presented in his own words, Rock takes us through his journey from the glam rock shimmer of London, through to the snarl of NYC punk and into the new millennium, combining a portrait of the man who did the work, with a look at what the work did to a man.

With a searing soundtrack featuring tracks by Lou Reed, Barrett, Bowie and The Sex Pistols, and featuring rare audio, film footage and stills from Rock’s collection, SHOT! is a dazzling, psychedelic account of a man destined to become one of the world’s greatest, and wildest, photographers.

Trailer     Official Site

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Victim (R/I) (PG)

Crime | Drama | Thriller | LGBT

Dir. Basil Dearden, UK, 1961, 101 mins

Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Sims

Hiding in plain sight, the gay community of 1960s London call Soho their home. This cloistered community live in fear of persecution and under the shadow of blackmail; in a world where gossip spreads through whispered conversations and meaningful glances in crowded bars, where compromising photographs circulate in anonymous envelopes, and where young men are found dead in mysterious circumstances.

Enter Melville Farr: a successful barrister – and a married man – who is drawn into a murder enquiry involving a former acquaintance. As Farr finds himself increasingly implicated in the case, he becomes determined to catch those responsible and refuses to meekly accept his peers’ pact of silence and role as victim.

Trailer     Official Site

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Water & Sugar: Carlo Di Palma (PG)

Documentary

Dir. Fariborz Kamikari, Italy, 2016, 90 mins, some subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Woody Allen, Ken Loach, Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders

A galaxy of cinema luminaries — from Ken Loach and Ettore Scola to Wim Wenders and Bernardo Bertolucci — pay tribute to the great Italian cinematographer Carlo di Palma, in this loving documentary that chronicles di Palma’s extraordinary work for such directors as Elio Petri, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Woody Allen.

The result is a glorious celebration of a humanist and an engaged artist of uncommon talent.

Trailer     Official Site

 

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