Films listed in order of last to first.
The House I Live in
For over forty years, America’s 'war on drugs' has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs in America are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before. Filmed in more than twenty U.S. states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories at all levels of America’s drug war - from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge. Together, these stories pose urgent questions: What caused the war? What perpetuates it? And what can be done to stop it?
Good Vibrations is the amazing story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, the man responsible for discovering The Undertones and recording Teenage Kicks; giving alternative music a chance to flourish in Belfast during the darkest days of Northern Ireland's Troubles. Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven) stars alongside Jodie Whittaker (Attack The Block, Venus). The film premiered at the London Film Festival in October at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square. Good Vibrations is released in the UK and Ireland by The Works UK Distribution on March 29, 2013. Terri Hooley is a radical, rebel and music-lover in 1970s Belfast, when the bloody conflict known as the Troubles shuts down his city. As all his friends take sides and take up arms, Terri opens a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe and calls it Good Vibrations. Through it he discovers a compelling voice of resistance in the city's nascent underground punk scene. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community – an Alternative Ulster – to bring his city back to life. Heartwarming and uplifting, Good Vibrations was a hit at this year's Galway Film Fleadh where it won Best Irish Feature. It also received the Audience Award at the Belfast Film Festival and opened Karlovy Vary. It features performances from Liam Cunningham (The Guard, Clash of The Titans), Adrian Dunbar (Ashes to Ashes, Mo), Dylan Moran (Run Fatboy Run, Sean of the Dead), Andrew Simpson (Notes on a Scandal), Mark Ryder (Albatross) and Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones) as Fergal Sharkey. It is the second film from Cherrybomb directing duo Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn and scored by David Holmes (Ocean's Eleven, Analyze That). Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connelly – who have known and loved Terri for many years – are executive producers. Producers are Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton, Bruno Charlesworth and David Holmes.
Robot & Frank
Robot & Frank is a buddy caper. Set in the near-future, ageing curmudgeon and retired jewel thief, Frank (Frank Langella), lives a solitary life until his son (James Marsden) installs a caretaker robot against he and his daughter's (Liv Tyler) wishes. The robot upends Frank's lonely life – filled only with books and a visit to his favourite librarian (Susan Sarandon) - with a strict regimen of exercise, diet and gardening. Stubborn at first, Frank soon realises Robot has the ability to pull off the most calculated of heists. An unlikely friendship – and crime duo – is born.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever – Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's 'precious' ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities – a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut-off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.
Pixar Animation Studios' thirteenth feature-length animated film features the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane. With a courageous and impetuous heroine leading the way, Disney/Pixar sets out on yet another extraordinary journey, this time across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland in Brave. Featuring Macdonald as the voice of Merida, a skilled archer and the daughter of King Fergus (Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Coltrane). Merida's actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it's too late
The Chemical Brothers: Don't Think
For nearly two decades, the Chemical Brothers' mind-bending audiovisual live show has played to packed houses and festivals across the globe. But it has never been documented on film. Until now. In 2011, at the iconic Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, The Chemical Brothers played a headline set in front of 50,000 fans which was captured on 21 cameras. Immersing us in the thick of a frenetic crowd, Don't Think captures a synaesthetic barrage of sound, film and light and the transforming effect it has on its audience. Directed by Adam Smith, one of the show's visual creators, we are taken on a psychedelic journey where we feel the show rather than merely watch it.
Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see – the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge.
Bad Day At The Office
synopsis coming soon.
Set in the deep south two years before the US Civil War, Django Unchained stars Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave whose brutal history with his former owners lands him face-to-face with German-born bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to his bounty. The unorthodox Schultz acquires Django with a promise to free him upon the capture of the Brittles - dead or alive. Success leads Schultz to free Django, though the two men choose not to go their separate ways. Instead, Schultz seeks out the South's most wanted criminals with Django by his side. Honing vital hunting skills, Django remains focused on one goal: finding and rescuing Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), the wife he lost to the slave trade long ago. Django and Schultz's search ultimately leads them to Calvin Candie (Academy Award-nominee, Leonardo DiCaprio), the proprietor of Candyland, an infamous plantation where slaves are groomed by trainer Ace Woody (Kurt Russell) to battle each other for sport. Exploring the compound under false pretences, Django and Schultz arouse the suspicion of Stephen (Academy Award-nominee, Samuel L. Jackson), Candie's trusted house slave. Their moves are marked, and a treacherous organisation closes in on them. If Django and Schultz are to escape with Broomhilda, they must choose between independence and solidarity, between sacrifice and survival.
Iron Man 3
Marvel's Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey will test his mettle at every turn. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Searching For Sugar Man
In the late '60s, a musician was discovered in a Detroit bar by two celebrated producers who were struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They recorded an album that they believed was going to secure his reputation as one of the greatest recording artists of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumours of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it became a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation led them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music.
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift
One of filmdom's most beloved trios – Ice Age's Manny, Diego, and Sid – embark upon their greatest adventure after cataclysm sets an entire continent adrift. Separated from the rest of the herd, they use an iceberg as a makeshift ship, which launches them on an epic seafaring quest. Manny and the gang are challenged, like never before, to become heroes and do the impossible as they encounter exotic sea creatures, explore a brave new world, and battle ruthless pirates. Scrat's reunion with his beloved but cursed acorn catapults him to places no prehistoric squirrel has gone before.
The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures – and their outlook is changed forever.
Otway: The Movie
In rock 'n' roll's greatest failure, Otway: The Movie, was funded entirely by the artist's fans. Here the UK cult legend, John Otway, returns to his old school to give a course on survival in the music industry. In the midst of Britain’s '70s punk revolution and after a momentous TV appearance where five and a half million viewers watched him land painfully on his testicles, Otway was high in the charts. Too bad his next chart hit was 25 years later. John Otway’s career is an educational, yet magical lesson in self-promotion; recruiting his fans for endless over-the-top projects which, among others, helped earn him status as the nation’s seventh favourite lyricist in a BBC poll, secured him a top ten hit for his fiftieth birthday and a feature movie for his sixtieth. Failure has its rewards. It’s kept Otway in the spotlight for 35 years.
God Bless America
Loveless, jobless and possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America. With nothing left to lose, Frank takes his gun and offs the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society. He finds an unusual accomplice: 16-year-old Roxy, who shares his sense of rage and disenfranchisement.
Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.
Star Trek Into Darkness 3D
When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organisation has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world with the aim of capturing this one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than they can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl's parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.
Life Of PI
Based upon the bestselling book by Yann Martel, Life Of PI tells the story of a young man's incredible survival at sea against impossible odds. A remarkable technological breakthrough in 3D epic adventure, PI is an emotionally captivating experience that will inspire, touch and transport audiences to a place of discovery that they will never forget.
Monsters Inc 3D
From the team that brought you Toy Story comes this CGI tale about the monsters that every child knows live in the cupboard! However these monsters are far less fierce that they'd have us believe.
Shup Up & Play The Hits
On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. Shut Up & Play The Hits documents this once in a life time performance and proves an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.
The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling
Newly discovered, never-before‐seen footage has been woven into an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Stones. Shot during a quick tour of Ireland just weeks after 'Satisfaction' hit number one on the charts, it features the first professionally filmed concert performances of the band and documents the early frenzy their appearances inspired. The band is shown traveling through the Irish countryside by train and dashing from cabs to cramped basement dressing rooms through screaming hordes of fans. Motel rooms host impromptu songwriting sessions and familiar classics are heard in their infancy as riff and lyric are united. Charlie Is My Darling is the invaluable frame that captures the spark about to combust into The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.
Last Shop Standing
Last Shop Standing features the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960's, '70s and '80s, the ever-increasing influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD and other new technologies. Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became – and still are – a part of their own musical education; a place to cherish and discover new bands and new music.
Svengali – advance preview
Svengali tells the story of ‘Dixie’ (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales, and music fanatic. All his life he’s dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them: ‘The Premature Congratulations’. He hunts them down and offers them his management services. They are young, arrogant, sexy, and utterly magnificent. Putting their demo on a cassette tape, Dixie heads out onto the streets of London. We follow innocent, wide-eyed Dixie on a roller coaster ride through the most infamous industry of them all. His partner, and his sanity through it all, is his soulmate ‘Michelle’ (Vicky McClure). Every day is a battle for Dixie, totally broke and working for nothing to get his beloved band gigs, we watch as their egos grow with their stardom. The more successful ‘The Prems’ get, the greater the chances are of Dixie losing them. He has to decide what are his real priorities in life? His love of music or his love for Michelle. Life, love and a band. Can he manage it?
Academy Award® winning director Danny Boyle returns to the big screen with this psychological thriller about a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang, who join forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. Trance stars James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men First Class), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mesrine) and Rosario Dawson (Seven Pounds, Sin City).
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and ground-breaking cinematic event from the director of Tron: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack's mission is nearly complete. Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
From creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life – with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new leash of life can be monstrous. A stop-motion animated film, Frankenweenie will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.
Advance 3D, preview screening, see on-site for details.