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A double-bill of films by director Terrence Malick.
In 'The Tree of Life' (2011) Jack (Hunter McCracken) is one of three brothers brought up in the 1950s by his spiritually-minded mother (Jessica Chastain) and pragmatic, no-nonsense father (Brad Pitt). After witnessing a disturbing event that shakes his world to the core, the young Jack struggles to reconcile the differing world views of his parents. Later, as a jaded middle-aged man with a failed marriage behind him, Jack (Sean Penn) retraces his emotional journey from the hope and innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years in a quest to rediscover meaning in his life.
Set in 1942, 'The Thin Red Line' (1998) follows US soldiers as they land on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal, hoping to capture it from the Japanese. When the job of venturing into the jungle falls to 'C for Charlie' company, the troops are faced by both the enemy and struggles within their own camp. As the carnage and destruction rains down around them, the conflict exacts a heavy toll upon the young soldiers, leading them on a path of disillusion and possibly death.
Collection of films by directors Wes Anderson, Ben Lewin and Sacha Gervasi.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Sessions (2012)
Psychological drama starring John Malkovich and Romain Duris. New York lawyer Nathan (Duris) learns from unconventional Doctor Kay (Malkovich) that his life may be coming to an end. Nathan is successful in his profession but he has recently divorced Claire (Evangeline Lilly), the love of his life. At first he is not convinced by the mysterious doctor, who suggests he should put his life in order before it is too late, but as strange events unfold, Nathan begins to sense that maybe he really isn't long for this world.
Wes Anderson directs this comedy set in 1920s Europe starring Ralph Fiennes as a hotel concierge who finds himself mixed up in the search for a valuable Renaissance painting. Gustave H. (Fiennes) is a leading concierge at the Grand Budapest Hotel.
An eccentric figure known for his dalliances with older women, Gustave has a one night stand with Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) and finds himself bequeathed a valuable painting, 'Boy With Apple', when she passes away - much to the fury of her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody). With Dmitri intent on framing Gustave for his mother's murder, the concierge and his lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) hatch a plan to hide the painting and evade the authorities.
Will they succeed? The ensemble cast for the film includes Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson.
Big-budget children's fantasy adventure adapted from the first instalment of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards), a twelve year-old girl living in an Oxford somewhat dissimilar to the one we're used to, goes off in search of a friend who has been kidnapped by 'the Gobblers'. In this alternate world, where a person's soul appears outside the body in the form of an animal called a 'daemon', and witches and talking bears co-exist, a shadowy organisation called the 'Magisterium' controls the population, keeping them in check. As she embarks on her quest to find her friend, Lyra is soon involved in an epic battle against the forces of darkness in a desperate attempt to save her world.
Ewan McGregor directs and stars in this drama based on the novel by Philip Roth. The film charts the life of Jewish American businessman, and former standout athlete, Seymour 'Swede' Levov (McGregor) whose life begins to unravel during the social and political upheaval of the 1960s. Born and raised in Weequahic, the Jewish neighbourhood of Newark, New Jersey, Swede achieved celebrity status in his local community due to his sports star status, his marriage to former Miss New Jersey, Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), and his place in charge of his father's glove factory. But his perfect upper-class American life comes crashing down when the tensions of the decade tear his country and community apart and his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) becomes a radical political activist, with devastating consequences.
Tomer Sisley stars as adventurer, assassin and international playboy Largo Winch in this action sequel directed by Jérôme Salle. While announcing the sale of his late father's corporation in order to establish a humanitarian organisation, Largo finds himself at the centre of serious allegations which threaten to derail his plans. Now, determined to clear his name, he sets out for the dense jungles of Burma to take on the gang of criminals responsible.
Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom star in this crime thriller written and directed by Jérôme Salle. When South African policemen Ali Sokhela and Brian Epkeen (Whitaker and Bloom) are tasked to investigate the murder of a young girl who has been brutally beaten to death on a Cape Town beach, they discover that there is far more to the story than they ever could have imagined. As they find themselves digging deeper into the dangerous territory of underground pharmaceutical companies, Ali and Brian, along with their colleague Dan Fletcher (Conrad Kemp), set about trying to take on some of the biggest names in South African crime.
George Clooney co-writes and directs this adaptation of Robert M. Edsel's book that follows the men tasked with saving the world's greatest works of art from the Nazis during WWII. In the last months of the war, with the Third Reich teetering on the brink of collapse, the German army are ordered to destroy every piece of looted art in their possession. In a race against time, American President Franklin D. Roosevelt mobilises a seven-man platoon comprising museum directors and art historians to rescue the cream of the world's artistic and cultural treasures from the hands of the enemy, and return them to their rightful owners. But with no previous experience of weapons and tactics, the hastily assembled group soon face a rude awakening when they experience their first live action behind enemy lines. As well as Clooney, the all-star cast includes Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin.
British drama starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter. Maud Lancaster (Mulligan) was born in the Glasshouse laundry in London and knows nothing of the world other than performing her duties as a laundress and as a wife to her possessive husband Sonny (Ben Whishaw). When she hears of a group of women campaigning for the right to vote, she seizes the opportunity to break free from her mundane life and joins the Women's Social and Political Union. Together, the members of the militant organisation attend regular meetings chaired by their leader Emmeline Pankhurst (Streep) and plan their course of action to ensure politicans acquiesce to their requests, by whatever means necessary...
Feature-length BBC drama depicting the relationships between former British prime minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) and American president Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid). Set in the pre-9/11 years from 1994 to 2001, the film focuses on the international presence of Blair in relation to his American ally. While Clinton is almost toppled from power by the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Blair continues to strengthen his position, moving seamlessly from being Clinton's acolyte to his equal, and eventually his moral superior in the aftermath of Kosovo.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this extended cut of the Academy Award-winning political thriller based on real events that took place during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. In November 1979, the American embassy in Tehran is stormed by militants and 52 Americans are taken hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to escape and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it is only a matter of time before they are found out and probably killed, CIA 'exfiltration' specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck) implements a life-or-death undercover operation to smuggle them safely out of the country. The film won three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay and also received the Golden Globe Awards and BAFTAs for Best Film and Best Director.
Comedy starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. It's a tantalising toy haven in which everything inside literally comes to life - including the store itself - and where marvels of every imaginable, possible kind, and beyond, never cease... until now. When Mr. Magorium, the store's extraordinary 243 year-old proprietor (Hoffman), announces that he will at long last hand over the reigns of his wonder-expanding Emporium to his unconfident young manager, Molly Mahoney (Portman), the store decides to throw an unusual tantrum. As a skeptical accountant named Henry (Jason Bateman) comes in to audit the Legos and Lincoln Logs, not to mention the Whodathoughts and Whatchamacallits, the once sparkling, colour-saturated Emporium is suddenly embattled by mysterious changes. The playful toys are all still there, but they've turned gray and quiet - and only Mahoney and Henry can revive them if, with the help of a superdexterous 9 year-old (Zach Mills), they can find the source of magic inside themselves.
Kathryn Bigelow directs this Academy Award-nominated military action thriller about the mission by American special operations forces to capture or kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Shining a light on the secretive processes behind the world's greatest manhunt, the film details the work done by the intelligence team responsible for finally tracking down bin Laden, graphically documenting the unfolding ten-year intelligence hunt through the eyes of CIA analyst Maya (Jessica Chastain), whose initial minor role assumes ever-greater importance as a crack US Navy Seal team readies itself for its most important mission ever. Chastain won a Golden Globe Award for her role in the Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama category.
Collection of six films starring Harrison Ford. '42' (2013) is a biographical drama about African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson, here portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. In 1945, having been spotted by a scout, Robinson is signed by Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Ford) and becomes the first black man to play in the Major League. Despite his talent, Robinson is met with opposition, even from his fellow players, because of his race. As he tries to keep his own frustrations in check, he excels in his sport and gradually receives the recognition he deserves. 'Blade Runner' (1982), Ridley Scott's cult classic, is set in a neon noir version of 21st Century Los Angeles. Ex-cop Rick Deckard (Ford) is hired to track down a group of androids who have escaped from a satellite colony. As two of the AWOL 'replicants' (Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah) seek refuge in a geneticist's house, Deckard takes his investigation to the Tyrell Corporation, where he falls in love with Rachael (Sean Young), herself an android, but with a memory chip that convinces her she is human. In 'Firewall' (2006) Ford stars as Jack Stanfield, an average family man in Seattle who heads up the hi-tech security team at his local bank. But following a seemingly trivial case of identity theft, Jack's life is turned upside down when his wife (Virginia Madsen) and two children are kidnapped. The ransom is $100 million which the kidnappers, led by Bill Cox (Paul Bettany), want Jack to obtain for them via his expert computer skills. Initially compliant, Jack is soon irked by Cox and his cronies to the point where he decides to risk everything to get his family back and bring the bad guys to justice. In 'Frantic' (1988) American doctor Richard Walker (Ford) checks into a Paris hotel with his wife Sondra (Betty Buckley) to attend a conference and celebrate their wedding anniversary. However, shortly after arriving at the hotel Sondra disappears and soon Richard is plunged into a nightmare kidnap scenario, roaming the streets of Paris trying to find a lead in the search for his missing wife. His only clue comes in the form of drugged-up young punk Michelle (Emmanuelle Seigner). In 'Presumed Innocent' (1990) Ford plays Rusty Sabich, an attorney who finds himself charged with murder. The victim (Greta Scacchi) was a colleague of his with whom he had a brief but intense affair and Rusty finds himself in need of a defence lawyer. In 'The Fugitive' (1993), based on the 1960s American television series, eminent Chicago surgeon Dr Richard Kimble (Ford), married to wealthy heiress Helen (Sela Ward), arrives home one night to find his wife murdered and a one-armed man in his house. Due to incriminating evidence and prime motivation, Kimble is wrongly convicted for murder. However, on his way to death row he is involved in a spectacular train crash that precipitates his escape. Kimble then strives to prove his innocence whilst staying one step ahead of the dogged US Marshal Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones).
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this Academy Award-winning political thriller based on real events that took place during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. In November 1979, the American embassy in Tehran is stormed by militants and 52 Americans are taken hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to escape and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it is only a matter of time before they are found out and probably killed, CIA 'exfiltration' specialist Tony Mendez (Affleck) implements a life-or-death undercover operation to smuggle them safely out of the country. The film won three Oscars including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay and also received the Golden Globe Awards and BAFTAs for Best Film and Best Director.
Political thriller unfolding against the intrigues and corruption of the global oil industry. As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Angelina Jolie directs this Academy Award-nominated war drama telling the story of former Olympic champion runner Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), who, after surviving a plane crash in the Pacific, was interred at numerous Japanese concentration camps over the course of the Second World War. The film follows Zamperini's life story, through the success and fame he found through his running career in the United States and his appearance at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, to his experiences as a Japanese POW. Held until the end of the war in August 1945, Louis was subjected to terrible physical and mental abuse as the notorious prison guard Mutsuhiro Watanabe (Miyavi) believed the former champion's reputation and worldwide fame a threat to his authority in the camps.
French crime thriller starring Jean Yanne and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Simon Hirsch (Yanne) is a bored, 50-something salesman whose life changes when his best friend, undercover cop Mickey (Yvon Back), ends up in a coma after being shot during a stakeout. Leaving his dead-end job and his wife behind him, Simon now sets out on a crusade for revenge on the would-be killers. Meanwhile, in a convergent story set some time earlier, unlucky-in-cards gambler and drifter Marx (Trintignant) instructs unworldly youth Johnny (Mathieu Kassovitz) in the ways of gangland life.
Lavish biopic recounting the life and work of legendary French fashion designer Coco Chanel, from her humble beginnings in an Auvergne orphanage in the late 1800s after being abandoned by her pedlar father. Audrey Tatou stars in the title role as Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, whose inspiration and determination eventually took her to the most elevated position in the male-dominated fashion industry.
DreamWorks computer-animated family adventure film based on the book series by William Joyce. When the nightmare king Pitch (voiced by Jude Law) launches his evil plan to engulf the whole world in darkness, the Guardians - Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman) and the Sandman - enlist the help of a young and reluctant Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to stop Pitch in his tracks and protect children everywhere. But with the powers of the Guardians waning, will they be able to convince the world's children of their existence and overcome the power of Pitch?
Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in this fantasy drama based on a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film tells the story of Benjamin Button (Pitt), a man born in unusual circumstances: he is born an old man and ages backwards before finally reaching babyhood. As his strange and often problematic life unfolds, he meets an assortment of interesting characters, including Daisy (Blanchett), granddaughter of one of the residents in the old people's home where Benjamin 'grows up', with whom he has a lifelong romance.
Stephen Frears directs this big-screen adaptation of the comic strip by Posy Simmonds. Gemma Arterton stars as Tamara Drewe, a former ugly duckling turned glamourpuss who makes a triumphant return to the sleepy Dorset village of Ewedown. Having spent a few years in London reinventing herself as a music journalist and sex kitten, Tamara now makes an indelible mark on the village and its clutch of middle-class, sex-obsessed residents including philandering novelist Nicholas Hardiment (Roger Allam), narcissistic pop star Ben Sergeant (Dominic Cooper), teenage tearaways Jody and Casey (Jessica Barden and Charlotte Christie), and Tamara's lovestruck former boyfriend, shy hunk Andy (Luke Evans).
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