New in Cinema… 04th August, 2017

From executive producer Ben Wheatley comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller, The Ghoul, a standout addition to a thriving new wave of British cinema. The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone, three unlikely friends embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone. England Is Mine, a feature length origins story based on the early life of Morrissey, the outspoken former lead singer of seminal British band The Smiths. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the new adventure film from Luc Besson, Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Back in cinemas this week, Prick Up Your Ears, the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton.


Cardboard Gangsters (18)

Crime

Dir. Mark O’Connor, Ireland , 2017, 92 mins, 

Cast: John Connors, Fionn Walton, Kierston Wareing          

Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale, led by Jay Connolly (John Connors), who sell drugs to make a living. They set out in a bid to gain more money and power and enter the big leagues of the drug trade. Things begin to unravel quickly as not everyone in Darndale is willing to let these Cardboard Gangsters achieve the notoriety they crave without a fight.

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Emoji Movie, The (U)

Animation | Adventure | Comedy

Dir. Tony Leondis, US, 2017, 86 mins

Cast: James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user.

In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak.

Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

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England Is Mine (15)

Biography | Drama

Dir. Mark Gill, UK, 2017, 94 mins

Cast: Jessica Brown Findlay, Jack Lowden, Jodie Comer

In 1970’s Manchester, Steven Morrissey (Jack Lowden – Dunkirk, A United Kingdom, ’71), an introverted, uncompromising teenager, finds himself frustrated with his working-class existence.

With dreams of a successful music career being dampened by his run-of-the-mill job at the local tax office, Steven finds solace in the city’s underground gig scene where he meets Linder Sterling (Jessica Brown Findlay – Downton Abbey, The Riot Club) – an intelligent, self-assured artist – who encourages him to make his ideas of superstardom a reality.

Culminating in his first meeting with Johnny Marr, ENGLAND IS MINE is a feature length origins story based on the early life of Morrissey, the outspoken former lead singer of seminal British band The Smiths.

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 Ghoul, The (15)

Drama | Thriller

Dir. Gareth Tunley, UK , 2016, 85 mins, 

Cast: Tom Meeten, Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones          

From executive producer Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire) comes a mind-bending British psychological thriller to sit alongside such classics of the genre as Nicolas Roeg and Donald Cammell’s Performance, David Lynch’s Lost Highway and Christopher Nolan’s Following.

Chris is a homicide detective called to London to investigate a strange double murder. Both victims appear to have continued moving towards their assailant despite multiple gunshots to the face and chest.

On a hunch, and with the help of an old colleague and former girlfriend Chris decides to go undercover as a patient to investigate the suspect s psychotherapist, the mysterious Alexander Morland, who has a taste for the occult…

The debut feature of writer-director Gareth Tunley, starring Tom Meeten (Sightseers), Alice Lowe (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) and Dan Renton Skinner (Notes on Blindness), The Ghoul is the latest standout addition to a thriving new wave of British cinema.

Trailer     Official Site

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Land Of Mine (15)

Drama | History | War

Dir. Martin Zandvliet, Denmark/Germany, 2015, 100 mins, Subtitles

Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman          

As World War Two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline.

With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over.

Inspired by real events, LAND OF MINE exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.

Trailer     Official Site

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Maudie (12A)

Biography | Drama | Roamance

Dir. Aisling Walsh, Ireland/Canada , 2016, 115 mins, 

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett

MAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper.

Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art.

Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

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Prick Up Your Ears (R/I)(15)

Biography | Drama | Romance

Dir. Stephen Frears, UK, 1987, 105 mins, 

Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it’s fairly obvious that it’s not all about sex.

Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms; Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as Orton, doesn’t fare so well in those environs. While both long to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame – his plays “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” and “Loot” become huge hits in London of the sixties, and he’s even commissioned to write a screenplay for the Beatles.

But Orton’s success takes him farther from Halliwell, whose response ended both his life and the life of the up-and-coming playwright.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (12A)

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Dir. Luc Besson, France/US, 2017, 134 mins

Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen          

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other.

There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Trailer     Official Site

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Williams (15)

Documentary | Biography | Sport

Dir. Morgan Matthews, UK, 2017, 109 mins, 

Cast: Emily Bevan, Jenny Funnell

Charting the story of Formula One’s most celebrated family, Williams is a thrilling account of how one man built a racing empire and a vivid, heart-rending portrait of the aftermath of a tragedy.

Starting life with nothing other than a single-minded obsession for speed, Sir Frank Williams created one of the world’s most enduring Formula One racing teams, winning nine Constructors’ Championships over the last 40 years.

But in 1986 at the height of this success, a near fatal car accident left Frank fighting to survive and the team’s future hanging in the balance.

Williams, a brand-new documentary from BAFTA-wining director Morgan Matthews, tells the story of Frank’s rise to fame and how his family battled to keep him alive and the team afloat after the crash that left Frank wheelchair-bound for the rest of his life.

Featuring heart-pounding racing footage, interviews with much-loved Formula One stars (including Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Alan Jones and Sir Patrick Head)

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