New in Cinema… 08th September, 2017

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears. Based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name IT hits cinemas this week, while A US Fish & Wildlife agent, is forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent, in a quest to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank in The Vault, plus The Drummer and the Keeper, the story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in.


Belle de Jour (R/I) (18)

Drama

Dir. Luis Bunuel, France/Italy, 1967, 100 mins, subtitles

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli

Beautiful young housewife Severine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Severine pays a visit and eventually begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.

50th anniversary 4K restoration released in selected UK/Ireland cinemas.

Trailer     Official Site

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Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast

Documentary | Biography

Dir. Daniel Draper, UK, 2017, 102 mins

Cast (as themselves): Dennis Skinner

A feature-length documentary about socialist, trade unionist and Labour politician Dennis Skinner. 

Raised alongside nine siblings within a mining village, Dennis has fought for the rights of the working class for over 50-years. Uncompromising in his views and with a set of incorruptible principles, Dennis is respected and feared on both sides of the House of Commons. Nature of the Beast looks at what lies behind his passion and drive, and tracks his rise from a local councillor to today, where he is one of Britain’s most recognisable politicians – known as ‘The Beast of Bolsover’.

Trailer     Official Site

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Drummer and the Keeper, The

Drama

Dir. Nick Kelly, Ireland, 2017

Cast: Dermot Murphy, Charlie Kelly, Peter Coonan, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Annie Ryan, Niamh Algar, Jacob Mc Carthy

The story of the unlikely friendship formed between two young men; Gabriel, a reckless young drummer with bipolar disorder, who revels in rejecting society’s rules and Christopher, a 17 year old with Asperger’s Syndrome, who yearns to fit in. This heartwarming story shows the strength of the human bond in the face of adversity.

Trailer     Official Site

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Goon: Last of the Enforcers (15)

Comedy | Sport

Dir. Jay Baruchel, Canada, 2017, 101 mins

Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, T.J.Miller, Wyatt Russell, Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel

A hockey player plagued by injuries is confronted with the possibility of retirement when a tough new player challenges his status as the league’s top enforcer.

Trailer     Official Site

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Insyriated (15)

Drama

Dir. Philippe Van Leeuw, Belgium/France, 2017, 85 mins, subtitles

Cast: Hiam Abbass, Diamond Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas, Moustapha Al Kar, Alissar Kaghadou

The reality of life as a civilian in modern-day Damascus is explored in gripping and visceral detail in Philippe Van Leeuw’s ‘Insyriated’, winner of the Panorama Audience Award at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Trapped inside her own home as the city around her is reduced to rubble, mother of three Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) takes comfort in the familiarity of household routines. The streets below are a war zone, with a barricaded doorway providing the only protection from the threat of deadly bombs and sniper fire. One day, an ominous knock on the door signals that their time in hiding is almost up. And when the world outside finally bursts in, Oum Yazan is forced to make a terrible sacrifice in order to protect those she loves.

Executed with gut-punch realism and formal flair, this chilling chamber piece digs deep into the headlines to expose the raw human experiences beneath. Tense and immersive, it is a powerful and timely portrait of the everyday fight for survival in war-torn Syria.

Trailer     Official Site

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IT (15)

Drama | Horror

Dir. Andres Muscchietti, US, 2017, 135 mins

Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

Based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise.

Trailer     Official Site

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Lure, The

Documentary

Dir. Tomas Leach, US/UK, 2016, 77 mins

Cast (as themselves): Amanda FryPaulina Longenbaugh

Sometime around 2010, Forrest Fenn buried $3 million worth of treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Fenn published the secret to its location via a cryptic poem, which lured thousands out on a wild hunt to uncover the buried riches.

THE LURE meets an ensemble of these hunters as they match wits against Fenn, each driven by his or her own search for something more than just riches. This quixotic quest develops into an act of redemption for some, akin to a religious fervor. But is the treasure real, or a hoax perpetrated by a master manipulator?

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Primaire (12A)

Drama

Dir. Helene Angel, France, 2016, 105 mins, subtitles

Cast: Sara Forestier, Vincent Elbaz, Albert Cousi

Devoted primary school-teacher Florence (Sara Forestier) is a single mother who pours her heart and soul into her students each and every day. When she encounters the disruptive student Sacha and finds he has been abandoned by his mother, Florence devotes herself to helping him. But Sacha’s plight combined with her impending work assessment put unthinkable strain on Florence, pushing her to a breaking point where she will put everything on the line, including her vocation and even her relationship with her own son.

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Vault, The (15)

Horror | Thriller

Dir. Dan Bush, US, 2017, 91 mins

Cast: James Franco, Taryn Manning, Francesca Eastwood

Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. But this is no ordinary bank.

Trailer     Official Site

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Wind River (15)

Action | Crime | Mystery

Dir. Taylor Sheridan, UK/Canada/US, 2017, 107 mins

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Julia Jones

A US Fish & Wildlife agent, Cory Lambert (Renner), is forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent, Jane Banner (Olsen), in a quest to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

Together, they venture deep into a world ravaged by violence and the elements. While Jane is compelled to rely more on her instincts than her education, Cory is forced to confront emotions buried years ago as the possibility of solving not only this murder, but also the disappearance of his daughter, unfolds before him.

WIND RIVER is a stark look at life on the edge of the largest wilderness in the lower 48, where the rule of law is eclipsed by the laws of nature.

Trailer     Official Site

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Work, The (15)

Documentary

Dirs. Jairus McLeary & Gethin Aldous, US, 2017, 89 mins

Cast (as themselves): N/A

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

Trailer     Official Site

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