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A MONSTER CALLS (USA/SPAIN 2016, 108 MINS, 10-12PG)
Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall & Liam Neeson (as the tree-shaped monster) in a film produced by Guillermo del Toro, & directed by J.A. Bayona (of The Orphanage & The Impossible fame).
Stories are wild creatures.
✍ “Based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness, this darkly alluring film tells the story of a young boy doubly assailed by frightening dreams and fraught real-life circumstances. Both thrilling and emotionally affecting, A Monster Calls brings fantasy and reality together for an exceptionally moving, wondrous experience.” TIFF 2016
✍ “ A Monster Calls deftly balances dark themes and fantastical elements to deliver an engrossing and uncommonly moving entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.” ROTTEN TOMATOES
✍ “ A masterful work. The most beautiful, moving film I’ve seen last year.” THE VERVE
✍ “ Unconventional storytelling in the best way.” TORONTO STAR
✍ “ A dramatic, affecting tale.” THE GUARDIAN
✍ “ A beautiful movie.” VOX
✍ “ A dark, coming-of-age masterpiece.” CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
✍ “ Touching … well-acted … superb special effects.” INDIEWIRE

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (USA 2016, 135 MINS, 13LS)
Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Actor (Drama)!
Nominated for 5 Golden Globes (including Best Film)!

Movie of the year! AFI Awards!
Another 73 wins & 146 nominations!
Casey Affleck, in a career-defining performance, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick and others in the universally acclaimed film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (the screenwriter of Analyze This and Gangs of New York).
An uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee is shocked to learn that Joe has appointed him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick. Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, and the community where he was born and raised.
Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
✍" Lonergan’s genius is rooted not in the extraordinary, but the ordinary. In Manchester by the Sea, he has created a world so messy that it can only be described as wonderfully human.”
TIFF, 2016
✍" Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants.” TIME OUT
✍" Michelle Williams is stunning.” LA TIMES
✍" Heartbreaking and heartwarming. Packs an emotional wallop.” THE WRAP  ✍" A masterpiece.” ROLLING STONE
✍" Beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama.” VARIETY
✍" The funniest movie about grief ever made.” ROGEREBERT.COM

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ARRIVAL (USA 2016, 116 MINS, 10-12PG)
Winner Top Ten Films of the Year! American Film Institute
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes!
Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stahlberg & others in a mystery scifi thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve (of Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario & other fame).
Based on the short story Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang.
Why are they here?
A linguist is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.
✍" Arrival honours classic science fiction while also creating something truly original. When 12 alien spacecraft land around the world, a linguistics expert and a theoretical physicist are recruited by the US military to obtain the answer to one question: What do they want?
Certain to thrill mainstream moviegoers, cinephiles, sci-fi fans, and linguistics nerds alike, Arrival challenges the notion that technology improves our ability to communicate by focusing on fundamentals. At once beautiful and haunting, Arrival is an alien movie that is fundamentally human.”TIFF 2016
✍" Adams is awesome.” THE INDEPENDENT
✍" At once epic and intimate… the best film of the year to-date.”
 THE ATLANTIC
✍" Remarkable … a star performance by Amy Adams.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL
✍" Smart … great visuals and performances.” SCREEN RANT
✍" Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person’s sci-fi.” ROTTEN TOMATOES
✍" Smart, sophisticated.” IGN
✍" This is riveting, dizzying stuff.” THE TELEGRAPH
✍" Intelligently and effectively crafted.” TIME
✍" Astounding masterpiece.” 5* SUPER REVIEWER

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A UNITED KINGDOM (UK 2016, 111 MINS, 10-12 PG)
Based on extraordinary true events!
David Oyelowo (as Seretse Khama), Rosamund Pike (as Ruth Williams),
Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Terry Pheto (nominated for the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress for this role) and others in a film,
with a screenplay by Guy Hibbert, and directed by Amma Asante ( of Belle fame).
A true love story that inspired the world.
The marriage of Seretse Khama, first in line to the throne of Bechuanaland (today's Botswana) to Ruth Williams, a white London office worker, at a time and place when interracial marriages were not tolerated.
✍" Two luminous actors bring life to one of the great forbidden romances of the 20th century. Both sweeping and intimate, the film illustrates how love can challenge even the hardest constraints." TIFF, 2016.
✍" Unmissable....one of the best films of the year " DAILY MAIL
✍" A universally appealing, timely, and ultimately crowd pleasing true story told with conviction and warmth. Great performances "
USER REVIEW
✍ " Well acted,solidly crafted.......absorbing" ROTTEN TOMATOES
"✍ A rousing true love story " THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Love conquers all ..." 4* CAPE ARGUS (Tonight)

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MAGGIE'S PLAN (USA 2015, 98 MINS, 13LS)
Nominated for the Audience Award at the Edinburgh International
Film Festival 2016!
Winner of the Prize for Best US Fiction at the Traverse City Film
Festival, 2016!
Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader and others
in an offbeat romantic comedy, based on the original story by Karen
Rinaldi, and written for the screen and directed by Rebecca Miller
(of Personal Velocity fame ).
Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls
in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to
the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three
years later, Maggie is out of love and in a predicament: what to do
when you suspect that your man and his ex wife are actually perfect
for each other?
✍" Smart and sensitive......A delight " THE GUARDIAN
✍" A serious screwball comedy" NEW YORK TIMES
✍" Endearing.... Miller's most broadly appealing film yet."
THE HOLLYWOOD  REPORTER
✍" Exhilarating. " ROLLING STONE
✍" A sweet Woody-Allen-esque movie .... great entertainment"
SUPER REVIEWER
✍" Witty and hilarious " THE PLAYLIST
"Warm & wacky film exerts irresistible charm." 4* Cape Argus (Tonight)
“ Utterly delightful screwball comedy.” WASHINGTON POST

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ALONE IN BERLIN (UK/FRANCE/GERMANY 2016, 103 MINS, 10-12 PGV)
Nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Int. Film Festival!
Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl and others in a film, based on the brilliant and beloved bestselling novel by Hans Fallada, and directed by Vincent Perez. Music by Alexandre Desplat.
Inspired by a true story.
A German couple lose their son in WW2, and in protest, initiate a secret postcard campaign against the Nazi regime. This intense wartime thriller, set in Berlin, relates an incredible story of bravery based on real life characters and events.
" Based on the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis " PRIMO LEVI
✍" A handsome adaptation of the bestselling novel" THE GUARDIAN


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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN ( USA 2016, 112 MINS, 16 DLSV)
Based on the shocking bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins!
Emily Blunt, Haley Bennet, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux,
Luke Evans, Lisa Kudrow and others in a mystery thriller directed
by Tate Taylor.  Music by Danny Elfman.
What you see can hurt you.
A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation
that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
✍" Upscale psychodramatic confessional bad-behaviour porn.....
it generates a voyeuristic zing that's sure to carry audiences along "
VARIETY
✍" Emily Blunt raises the movie to the level of spellbinder."
ROLLING STONE
✍" A tightly-wound Hitchcockian ride wrought with tension. Elements of
voyeurism, self-loathing and murderous intent mix together in a volatile
cocktail " WE GOT THIS COVERED
✍" Blunt is excellent." TOTAL FILM
✍" Masterfully directed......The remarkable central performance by Emily Blunt should put her in the outside running for an Oscar " 3AW
✍" Blunt gives a devastating performance " 4* LS, SUNDAY TIMES 

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QUEEN OF KATWE (SA/USA 2016, 124 MINS, 7-9PGP)
Based on an amazing true story!
David Oyelowo (of Selma fame), Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar winner for her role in 12 Years a Slave), Madina Nalwanga & others in a film directed by Mira Nair (of Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding & other acclaim)
Music by Alex Heffes.
One girl’s triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.
Nominated for the People’s Choice Award at Toronto 2016, a thrilling story of hope & discovery. Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona and her family. Her world changes when she meets a missionary who introduces her to chess. Her success at the game offers her an opportunity to escape her life of poverty.
✍" A film with the warmest happily ever after.” INDIAN EXPRESS
✍" Inspirational feel-good film.” FIRSTPOST ENTERTAINMENT
✍" A potent and inspirational story of triumph against huge odds.”
THE WRAP
✍" Mira Nair’s best in years.” THE GUARDIAN
✍" Prepare to have your heartstrings plucked.” TIME OUT LONDON
✍" A truly pleasant surprise.” ROGEREBERT.COM
✍" Genuinely entertaining and involving.” THE PLAYLIST
" Tragic but triumphant.” 4*LS, SUNDAY TIMES
" Inspirational and uplifting. Highly recommended.”
4* THE NEXT 48 HOURS
" You need to see this film.” 4* ARGUS TONIGHT

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CAFÉ SOCIETY ( USA 2016, 96 MINS, 10-12PGV)
Premiered at Cannes, 2016!
Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and others in a romantic comedy drama written and directed by Woody Allen.
Anyone who is anyone will be seen at Cafe Society.
A young man seeks out the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles in the
1930s, and falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, the
latter being an agent to the stars.
A bittersweet film with laugh out loud moments, this is a glittering
valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, politicians and
gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.
" A love story drenched in nostalgia, Café Society is a film of
rare beauty" ST LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
✍" A luminous performance by Kristen Stewart " DETROIT NEWS
✍" One of the most poignant of Woody Allen's later movies" INDEPENDENT
✍" Visually beautiful ..... wistful ' ROGEREBERT.COM
✍" It's Stewart's film " THE TELEGRAPH
✍" Charming and beautifully shot by Vittorio Storaro.”THE GUARDIAN 
"An exceptionally adept cast ... a rich soundtrack of romantic tunes from the 1950s." Weekend Argus
"Gloriously funny." The Next 48 Hours
"Romantic, bittersweet and funny as hell!" NY OBSERVER

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