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Manchester By The Sea

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Release date: 13 January 2017

Running time: 137 minutes

Casey Affleck gives a towering performance in this heart-wrenching drama of loss and redemption.

Rude, withdrawn and quick to anger, Boston handyman Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is clearly a troubled man. When he receives news of the sudden death of his beloved brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) from heart failure, Lee sets off alone for his Massachusetts home town of Manchester-by-the Sea. Here he learns that he has become guardian of his 16-year-old nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). But returning home also means confronting his troubled past and the tragic events that forced him to leave, separating him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams).

Exceptionally skilful writer/director Kenneth Lonergan succeeds superbly in drawing us into these brilliantly sketched lives, withholding key information for maximum emotional effect. He's magnificently served by an outstanding cast and gets a career-best performance from Casey Affleck. Little wonder this soulful, intimate and deeply moving film has received universal critical acclaim.

Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler Director: Kenneth Lonergan Showing in: 2D

La La Land

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Release date: 12 January 2016

Running time: 128 minutes

Red-hot Hollywood stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone lay on the charm in this infectious, beautiful and bittersweet musical comedy-drama.

In contemporary Los Angeles, coffee shop worker Mia (Emma Stone) aspires to escape her humdrum reality and become a celebrated playwright. Meanwhile across town, musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) refuses to give up on his dream of owning his own jazz club. When these two opposites meet, magic is made and a sweet relationship develops – but the course of true love refuses to run smooth. Can they make it last?

In a complete turnaround from his savagely gripping Whiplash, director Damien Chazelle here unleashes a heartfelt symphony of emotion in which tender romance mixes with dazzlingly choreographed song and dance numbers. With winning performances from its two leads, the movie is already being positioned as a 2017 Oscar favourite.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons Director: Damien Chazelle Showing in: ViP2D

A Monster Calls

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Release date: 1 January 2017

Running time: 108 minutes

A troubled boy is mentored by a tree monster in this emotionally powerful fantasy-drama

Life is tough for 12-year-old Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall). His mum (Felicity Jones) is battling a terminal illness, while his distant, divorced dad (Toby Kebbell) has started a new life in the US. He's bullied at school and beset by nightmares. And his only adult companion is his severe, brittle maternal grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). Then something fantastic happens. A giant yew tree (Liam Neeson in performance-capture mode) springs to life, stomps over to Conor's window and begins to tell him astonishing fairytales. Adapted by Patrick Ness from his own acclaimed young adult novel, this intimate, ultimately heart-warming fable about a boy coming to terms with the messiness of real life is all the more moving for being rooted in genuine fears. Director J.A. Bayona, of 'The Impossible' fame, delivers a stunning spectacle, blending beautiful animation and incredible special effects with amazing sets.

Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Geraldine Chaplin Director: J.A. Bayona Showing in: ViP2D

Assassin's Creed

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Release date: 1 January 2017

Running time: 115 minutes

Dynamic Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard reunite with each other and director Justin Kurzel for this epic video game adaptation.

Callum Lynch (Fassbender) is a dangerous criminal scheduled for execution – but his life is saved when he’s rescued by the mysterious Abstergo Industries, the modern day equivalent of the Knights Templar. Under the instruction of scientist Sophia Rikkin (Cotillard) and her CEO father Alan (Jeremy Irons), Callum is forced to take part in the Animus Project, whereby the company taps into his genetic memories. Soon Callum is reliving the deadly, action-packed life of his 15th century ancestor Aguilar, an Assassin during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Soon he gains the skills and knowledge to confront the present-day Templars who have him trapped.

Based on the sensational franchise, blending eye-popping visuals with star power and the vision of director Justin Kurzel, Assassin’s Creed promises to be the video game movie to end them all.

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Michael K. Williams, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, Ariane Labed Director: Justin Kurzel Showing in: IMAXViP3D2D

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Dastan, a street urchin in Persia, is adopted by king Sharaman after showing courage in the marketplace. Fifteen years later, Sharaman's brother Nizam receives proof that the holy city of Alamut is supplying weapons to Persian enemies, and the princes — Dastan, along with the king's biological sons Tus and Garsiv — are sent to siege and take over Alamut. Dastan and his friends breach into the city on their own, and open a gate letting the Persians in. During the attack, Dastan fights a guard for Alamut's royal family and takes from him a special dagger.

Alamut falls to the Persians, but princess Tamina denies the town having any weapon forges. Tus asks her to marry him to unite the two nations, and she only accepts after seeing the dagger in Dastan's possession. During the celebration, Dastan is fooled into presenting a poisoned gown seemingly given to him by Tus to King Sharaman, which fatally burns the king. Garsiv accuses Dastan of being the murderer, and the prince is forced to escape, carrying Tamina along. Tus is appointed king and orders a manhunt on Dastan.

While in hiding, Tamina attempts to kill Dastan, and in the struggle the prince discovers the dagger enables its wielder to travel back in time. Dastan then believes that Tus invaded Alamut for the dagger, and decides to confront his brother at the funeral of the king in Avrat. On the way, the two are captured by merchant-bandits led by Sheik Amar, who recognized and attempted to take him back to Persia for the reward money, but they manage to escape. After arriving in Avrat, Dastan tries to convince his uncle Nizam that he was not the cause of his father's death, only to discover the dagger was taken by Tamina. Instead, he notices the burns on Nizam's hands, which indicate he was the one who set up the murder of the King. Furthermore, Nizam has set up an ambush for Dastan along the Persian streets, and after a conflict with his brother Garsiv, Dastan escapes. Nizam sends a group of covert and seemingly mystical warriors, the Hassansins, to kill Dastan and find the dagger.

During a sandstorm, Tamina tells Dastan the origins of the Sands of Time that enable the dagger's time travel, while admitting the weapon only holds enough sand to reverse time by one minute. Dastan realizes that Nizam’s plan is to place the dagger in the sandglass holding the Sands of Time, causing Nizam to go back in time and prevent himself from saving Sharaman’s life from a lion as children so that he'll be king of Persia. Tamina says that in doing so, the sandglass would be broken and destroy the world. After the two are captured by Sheik Amar, and Dastan saves Amar's men from an Hassansin attack using the dagger, the Sheik is convinced to carry both to a sanctuary near India, where the dagger could be sealed by returning it to the stone it once came from. At the sanctuary, they are found by Garsiv, whom Dastan convinces of his innocence but are later ambushed by the Hassansins. Garsiv sacrifices himself to save Dastan, while Tamina is knocked unconscious by a Hassansin and the dagger is stolen.

Dastan's group travels back to Alamut to retrieve the dagger from Nizam and tell Tus the truth. Amar's right hand man Seso dies getting the dagger back to Dastan, and the prince demonstrates the weapon's powers to Tus to convince his brother. Afterwards Nizam walks in, kills Tus, and takes the dagger back. Tamina saves Dastan from being killed and the two head for secret underground tunnels that lead to the sandglass. When they reach Nizam, he stabs the sandglass and throws the both of them off a cliff. Dastan holds on to it with one arm and Tamina with the other. Tamina then sacrifices herself so that Dastan can stop Nizam. The two fight and when Dastan removes the dagger from the sandglass, time is reset to the moment Dastan found the dagger, causing all of the previous events to never have happened. Dastan finds Tus and Garsiv and exposes Nizam's betrayal. Nizam attempts to kill Dastan

Passengers

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Release date: 21 December 2016

Running time: 116 minutes

When two people on a deep-space mission are unexpectedly awoken from their slumber, they are forced to depend on one another for survival.

Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) are destined for life on another planet, but their stasis is suddenly interrupted 90 years before they were due to wake up. Unable to return to their slumber, they’re stuck together on a ship hurtling through the unknown. As they begin to investigate the mystery the two begin to fall for one another – but will they be able to survive the deadly truth about why they woke up in the first place?

Two of the world’s hottest and brightest megastars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence finally pair up for this epic sci-fi adventure from The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum. Mixing their chemistry with some truly impressive effects, it’s entertainment on a grand scale.

Cast: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen Director: Morten Tyldum Showing in: ViP3D2D

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Release date: 15 December 2016

Running time: 134 minutes

Felicity Jones takes the lead in the first Star Wars spin-off movie.

It is a period of civil war. The Galactic Empire rules the galaxy, and are putting the finishing touches to their ultimate super-weapon, the Death Star. The Rebellion plan to steal the its plans in order to detect a weak spot in which to destroy it. They recruit Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to work with Rebel fighter Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a team to undertake the deadly mission.

Taking place shortly before the events of the original 1977 classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Rogue One charts the desperate resistance mission to seize plans for the terrifying Death Star. It's the first in a thrilling new series of stand-alone spin-off films. Under the visually stunning direction of Godzilla and Monsters filmmaker Gareth Edwards, a terrific international cast prepares to launch into a whole-new galaxy of excitement.

Cast: Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Forest Whitaker, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn Director: Gareth Edwards Showing in: IMAX 3DIMAXViP3D2D

Allied

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Release date: 25 November 2016

Running time: 124 minutes

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star in Robert Zemeckis's headline-grabbing WWII-set romantic spy thriller

In 1942, intelligence officer Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) is sent on a nail-bitingly dangerous mission to assassinate a German official behind enemy lines in North Africa. Along the way, he encounters alluring French Resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard). Romantic sparks fly as the couple begin to test one another. But in order to preserve their cover, they're forced into a sham marriage that develops into a real love affair. Brad Pitt returns to WWII territory after his extraordinary performance in 'Fury' with this gripping romantic thriller. 'Locke' screenwriter Steven Knight has said it's based on a true story that was told to him as a young man. 'Flight' and 'Forrest Gump' director Robert Zemeckis ratchets up the tension with consummate skill. The film made headlines when Marion Cotillard issued a public denial that the romance with Brad Pitt's character spilled offscreen.

Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan Director: Robert Zemeckis Showing in: 2D

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

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Release date: 18 November 2016

Running time: 133 minutes

Eddie Redmayne seeks magical creatures in the first part of an amazing new Harry Potter spin-off series.

It’s 1926, and 'Magizoologist' Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City for a meeting with the Magical Congress of the United States of America. He doesn’t arrive alone, however – in his magical suitcase live a menagerie of dangerous creatures. But when the beasts escape, officials from the Magical Congress send the wizarding authorities after Newt, as the peaceful relationship between magic people and Muggles comes under threat.

David Yates, director of four Harry Potter movies, is at the helm of this hotly-anticipated spin-off movie, written by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling (her first ever screenwriting credit!). A host of famous faces join the Academy Award-winning Redmayne, including Colin Farrell (Saving Mr Banks), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Samantha Morton (Minority Report). Fantastic Beasts is the first of a planned trilogy of magical adventures!

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Colin Farrell Director: David Yates Showing in: IMAX 3DIMAXViP3D2D

Arrival

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Release date: 10 November 2016

Running time: 116 minutes

Amy Adams stars as a linguist recruited to communicate with aliens in this smart, emotional sci-fi drama.

When twelve spacecraft land at seemingly random locations all over Earth, US Army Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) recruits two experts to handle the 'first contact'. Military scientist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) is teamed with Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) - a linguist whose mission is to determine the aliens' intentions. This is an urgent task. Although the craft appear to pose no immediate threat, their arrival sparks widespread public alarm and heightens international tensions between old foes. What Louise doesn't anticipate is that the work will illuminate a tragedy in her own past.

Adapted from Ted Chiang's award-winning novella 'Story of Your Life', this thoughtful, provocative, strikingly original sci-fi drama poses big questions in the tradition of '2001: A Space Odyssey' and 'Interstellar'. The director is Denis Villeneuve, whose impressive list of credits includes 'Sicario' and 'Prisoners'.

Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker Director: Denis Villeneuve Showing in: ViP2D