Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.”, From executive producer Ben Wheatley comes The Ghoul, a mind-bending British psychological thriller. A riveting psychological thriller from acclaimed director Cate Shortland, Berlin Syndrome features a raw and compelling performance from Teresa Palmer. Also The Journey, a gripping account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history.
Berlin Syndrome (15)
Dir. Cate Shortland, Australia, 2017, 116 mins
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Lucie Aron
A riveting psychological thriller from acclaimed director Cate Shortland (Somersault, Lore), Berlin Syndrome features a raw and compelling performance from Teresa Palmer (Hackshaw Ridge, Knight of Cups).
While traveling alone in Berlin, Australian photographer Clare (Palmer) meets Andi (Max Riemelt, Sense8), a charismatic local English teacher with whom she shares an instant physical attraction. After spending the night together, Clare wakes up alone in Andi’s apartment to discover the door locked and the windows secured, with no means of escape.
Now the only inhabitant of an otherwise abandoned apartment complex, Clare must confront her lover to have any hope of escaping the nightmare of her confinement. Elegantly constructed and deeply suspenseful, Berlin Syndrome is both a nuanced character study and an engrossing thriller that explores the dynamics of power and control, and the psychological complexities between captor and captive. Exhilarating, nerve-wracking and unforgettable, it finds Cate Shortland at the peak of her powers.
Exhilarating, nerve-wracking and unforgettable, it finds Cate Shortland at the peak of her powers.
City of Ghosts (18)
Documentary | War
Dir. Matthew Heineman, US, 2017, 90 mins
Cast (as themselves): N/A
A real-life international thriller, ‘City of Ghosts’ exposes a new type of warfare: a battle over ideas, a fight for hearts and minds, a conflict over clicks and views. Captivating in its immediacy, it follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently”—a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman (‘Cartel Land’, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), ‘City of Ghosts’ is a singularly powerful cinematic experience that is sure to shake audiences to their core as it elevates the canon of one of the most talented and exciting documentary filmmakers working today. – Sundance Film Festival
Exception, The (15)
Drama | Romance |War
Dir. David Leveaux, UK/US , 2015, 107 mins,
Cast: Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer Lily James
A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.
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.
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.
Journey, The (12)
Dir. Nick Hamm, UK, 2016, 94 mins
Cast: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens
The gripping account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history. In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region. Driven by two virtuoso central performances, The Journey is a more-relevant-than-ever reminder of how simple humanity can overcome political division. John Hurt co-stars.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
Dirs. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, US, 2017
Cast: Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Kaya Scodelario, david Wenham, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Javier Bardem
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, Stephen Graham as Scrum, David Wenham as Scarfield and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.