Idris Elba in THE DARK TOWER

New in Cinema… 18th August, 2017

An ancient vendetta pitches Elba against McConaughey in Stephen King’s hotly-anticipated ‘The Dark Tower’, while Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson make for another deliciously mismatched duo in the action-comedy ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’. There’s love in ‘Everything, Everything’ and horror in ‘The Untamed’, plus some big hitting documentaries, including ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’, as Al Gore takes a look at the progress made in tackling the issue of climate change.

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An Inconvenient Sequel (PG) film posterAn 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 film posterBending the Arc

Documentary

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

Cast (as themselves): 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 film posterDark 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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The Dark Tower film posterThe Dark Tower (12A)

Action | Adventure | Fantasy

Dir. Nikolaj Arcel, US, 2017, 95 mins

Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey          

The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

Trailer     Official Site

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Everything, Everything film posterEverything, 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 film posterFinal 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 (Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (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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The Hitman's Bodyguard film posterThe Hitman’s Bodyguard (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 (Reynolds) and his new client: a notorious hitman (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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La Soledad film posterLa Soledad

Drama

Dir. Jorge Armand Thielen, Venezuala/Canada/Italy, 2016, 89 mins, subtitles

Cast: Jose Dolores Lopez, Adrializ Lopez, Marley Alvillares

Capturing the life of real people amidst the Venezuelan crisis, La Soledad is the story of José, a young father who discovers that the dilapidated mansion he occupies will soon be demolished. Desperate to save his family from homelessness, José begins a search for a cursed treasure that has long said to be buried in the house.

Trailer     Official Site

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Napping Princess film posterNapping Princess (PG)

Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi

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

Cast (voices): 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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The Odyssey film posterThe Odyssey

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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Quest filmQuest (12A)

Documentary

Dir.  Jonathan Olshefski, US, 2017, 104 mins

Cast (as themselves): Christopher ‘Quest’ Rainy, Christine ‘Ma Quest’ Rainey

Filmed over a decade, ‘Quest: the Fury and the Sound’ was originally planned as a documentary portrait of the Rainey family and their home music studio, which serves as a special sanctuary within their North Philadelphia neighbourhood. When a stray bullet wounds their youngest daughter, the film shows the family’s strength in the face of adversity and their dedication to being a force for good in their community.

Trailer     Official Site

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The Untamed film posterThe Untamed (18)

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Dir. Amat Escalante, Mexico/rest of the world, 2016, 96 mins, some subtitles

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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