‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ sees our Marvel heroes go in search of Peter Quill’s true parentage, a young orphan makes a new friend in the anime ‘The Boy and the Beast’, and Julian Barratt is the has-been actor about to make a surprising comeback in the comedy ‘Mindhorn’. Meanwhile, Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale are rivals for the attention of Charlotte Le Bon in pre-war Constantinople in ‘The Promise’, and award-winning director Nick Broomfield documents the life and tragic death of one of the world’s greatest singers in ‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’.
The Boy and the Beast (12)
Animation | Action | Adventure
Dir. Mamoru Hosoda, Japan, 2015, 119 mins, Subtitles
Cast (voices): Bryn Apprill, Kumiko Asô, Morgan Berry
The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he”s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who”s been searching for the perfect apprentice.
Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son.
But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to the ultimate test–a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (12)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Dir. James Gunn, US, 2017, 137 mins
Cast: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Sylvester Stallone
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos.
The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage.
Old foes become new allies and fan-favourite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Dir. Sean Foley, UK, 2016, 89 mins
Cast: Julian Barratt, Essie Davis, Kenneth Branagh, Andrea Riseborough, Steve Coogan, Harriet Walter
Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) is a has-been British TV actor who used to be famous in the late 1980’s for playing the titular and charismatic lead role in the Isle of Man detective show Mindhorn, a character with a Robotic eye that can literally “see the truth”. Unfortunately, after becoming a little too pompous and arrogant, Richard ends up insulting both the Isle of Man and his fellow cast members on the Wogan chat-show, including his on-screen and real life love interest Patricia DeVille, (Essie Davies) his Stuntman, (Simon Farnaby) and bit-part costar Peter Easterman (Steve Coogan). He decides to leave to try and make it big in Hollywood, but 25 years later and he’s balding in a flat in North London and has recently been replaced for an orthopaedic sock advert by John Nettles, much to his chagrin. He is even more jealous that Easterman now fronts a long running spin-off show which has far eclipsed the success of Mindhorn. Richard has an unexpected opportunity to reignite his career though …
The Promise (12)
Drama | History
Dir. Terry George, Spain/US, 2016, 132 mins
Cast: Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Shohreh Aghdashloo
It is 1914. As the Great War looms, the mighty Ottoman Empire is crumbling. Constantinople, the once vibrant, multicultural capital on the shores of the Bosporus, is about to be consumed by chaos.
Michael Boghosian (Oscar Isaac), arrives in the cosmopolitan hub as a medical student determined to bring modern medicine back to Siroun, his ancestral village in Southern Turkey where Turkish Muslims and Armenian Christians have lived side by side for centuries.
Photo-journalist Chris Myers (Christian Bale), has come here only partly to cover geo-politics. He is mesmerized by his love for Ana (Charlotte le Bon), an Armenian artist he has accompanied from Paris after the sudden death of her father.
When Michael meets Ana, their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. As the Turks form an alliance with Germany and the Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities, their conflicting passions must be deferred while they join forces to survive even as events threaten to overwhelm them.
The one promise that must be kept is to live on and tell the story.
Whitney: Can I Be Me (15)
Documentary | Music
Dirs. Nick Broomfield & Rudi Dolezal, UK/US, 2017, 105 mins
Cast (as themselves): Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Cissy Houston
From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a new film about one of the greatest singers of all time, the story of Whitney Houston’s extraordinary life and tragic death.
Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an “American Princess”, the most awarded female artist ever. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles, and became recognized as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at just 48 years old. Made with largely never-seen before footage and exclusive live recordings, Whitney: Can I Be Me tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her.