New in Cinema… 15th September, 2017

In Darren Aronofsky’s Mother!, a couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence, while American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley. Victoria and Abdul, the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule, plus on its 40th anniversary, audiences will be able to enjoy Steven Spielberg’s science fiction adventure Close Encounters of the Third Kind in a new 4K digital print for the first time.


A Journey Through French Cinema (12A)

Documentary

Dir. Bertrand Tavernier, France, 2016, 201 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Bertrand Tavernier, Thierry Fremaux, Jacques Becker

Legendary director Bertrand Tavernier’s personal journey through French cinema, from films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures.

Trailer     Official Site

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American Assassin (18)

Action | Thriller

Dir. Michael Cuesta, US, 2017, 111 mins

Cast: Michael Keaton, Dylan O’Brien, Taylor Kitsch

AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien), a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair are then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

Trailer     Official Site

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Case for Christ,The (15)

Drama

Dir. Jon Gunn, US, 2017, 112 mins

Cast: L. Scott Caldwell, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway

Based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist — and avowed atheist — who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results.

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Centre of My World (Die Mitte der Welt) (15)

Drama

Dir. Jakob M. Erwa, Germany/Austria, 2016, 115 mins, subtitles

Cast: Bendix HansenSarah FuhrerLouis Hofmann

After a summer spent with his his best friend Kat to escape his family, Phil goes back to school and starts to question his feelings towards Nicholas, a new classmate.

Trailer     Official Site

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Director’s Cut (4K Restoration) (PG)

Drama | Sci-Fi

Dir. Steven Spielberg, US, 1977, 137 mins

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

On its 40th anniversary, audiences will be able to enjoy Steven Spielberg’s science fiction adventure in a new 4K digital print for the first time. Made in 1977, following the success of ‘Jaws’, this is a compelling story about a group of people who try and contact alien intelligence.

Electrical lineman Roy Neary encounters a UFO on a deserted road whilst investigating a major power cut. He becomes increasingly obsessed with UFOs and subliminal messaging following his experience, distancing himself from his wife and children but drawing him closer towards parallel investigations being conducted by scientists, the military and other survivors of encounters who are attempting to communicate with the mysterious otherworldly presence.

Audiences will also be treated to a short about the making of the film which includes an all new interview with Steven Spielberg.

Trailer     Official Site

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Graduation, The

Documentary

Dir. Claire Simon, France, 2016, 121 mins, subtitles

Cast (as themselves): Alain Bergala, Xanaë Bove, Emmanuel Chaumet

With LE CONCOURS the director will delve into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: “everyone’s equal, but only the best get in…”

Through the admission process, the hard work all year and the graduation exams, LE CONCOURS will establish a portrait of our relationship to excellence in the Art world and of one of the most prestigious art school in France. A place of culture where generations intermingle.

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Jungle Bunch, The (U)

Animation

Dir. David Alaux, France, 2017, 97 mins

Cast (voices): Paul BornePhilippe BozoPascal Casanova

THE JUNGLE BUNCH follows a gang of misfit animals on a mission to protect their jungle home. In their first big screen adventure, the Jungle Bunch’s tiger striped Kung Fu penguin leader Maurice and his comrades – a goldfish, tarsier and gorilla – fight to protect the jungle from a gang of silly baboons lead by Igor the evil Koala.

Trailer     Official Site

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Kills on Wheels (Tiszta szívvel) (15)

Action | Comedy | Drama

Dir. Attila till, Hungary, 2016, 103 mins, subtitles

Cast: Szabolcs ThuróczyZoltán FenyvesiÁdám Fekete

Zoli and Barba are inseparable friends and outcasts. Both physically disabled, they live in a rehabilitation facility where life seems rather aimless. Zoli needs life-saving surgery but doesn’t want his absent father to pay out of guilt and pity. Enter Rupasov, a mysterious wheelchair-using man newly released from prison. He quickly adopts the two friends and offers them a chance to make some extra money by helping him in his work. That work, however, is murder. Rupasov is a hitman. 

Trailer     Official Site

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Mother! (18)

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Dir. Darren Aronofsky, US, 2017

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Trailer     Official Site

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My Pure Land (15)

Drama

Dir. Sarmad Masud, UK, 2017, 92 mins, subtitles

Cast: Suhaee Abro, Eman Malik, Syed Tanveer-Hussain

In rural Pakistan, a mother and her two daughters are forced to defend their family home from their uncle and his men. As the women fight to keep the men at bay, the film alternates through different timelines and we watch the events that have led to the siege unfold.

When the women’s resistance leaves two of his men dead, their enraged uncle calls in a local ragtag militia – two hundred armed bandits. With only a handful of bullets left, eldest daughter Nazo refuses to give in.

The film is based on an extraordinary true story.

Trailer     Official Site

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Seven Days (Sette Giorni)

Drama

Dir. Rolando Colla, Italy/Switzerland, 2016, 96 mins, subtitles

Cast: Bruno TodeschiniAlessia BarelaGianfelice Imparato

Ivan and Chiara meet on a Sicilian island to prepare the wedding for Ivan’s brother and Chiara’s best friend. Despite the fact that Ivan is determined not to repeat the failure of his last relationship and Chiara does not want to jeopardise her marriage, the two fall in love with each other. They resolve to live their relationship for only a few days and then break it off when the wedding guests arrive on the island. However, they made such a plan, without taking love into account.

Trailer     Official Site

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Victoria and Abdul (PG)

Biography | Drama | History

Dir. Stephen Frears, UK/US, 2017, 112 mins

Cast: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Adeel Akhtar, Tim Pigott-Smith, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar, Paul Higgins, Robin Soans, Julian Wadham, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

Trailer     Official Site

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Villainess, The (18)

Action | Drama

Dir. Byung-gil Jung, South Korea, 2017, 129 mins, subtitles

Cast: Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung

Exploding onto the screen in a kinetic flurry of hyper-stylised action, The Villainess is a stunning vengeance film that draws its inspiration from western classics including Nikita and Kill Bill… Sook-hee (Kim Ok-bin, Thirst) is a trained assassin who takes revenge on the men who murdered her father in a breathtaking opening sequence.

After losing consciousness she awakes at the National Intelligence Service who recruit her as an agent to undertake confidential missions. Initially refusing, Sook-hee soon realises it is her only method of escape, until she is assigned a new assignment that changes everything…

Deliriously indulging in the excesses of South Korean action, recalling Park Chan-wook s Oldboy, The Villainess is a visionary new take on the neo-noir genre and an incredible thrill ride not to be missed.

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