Director: Xavier Dolan
Cast: Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, , Léa Seydoux
Language: French with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France, Canada 2016 95 mins (15)
Grande Prix 2016 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye
Xavier Dolan's gathered an A-list art house ensemble to offer a frenetic, no let-up, in-your-face, verbal vortex that assaults the senses.
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Linda Boston, Caitlin Burt, Heather Fairbanks
Country of Origin: USA 2014 100 mins.
2014 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by ICON
'A nerve tingling chiller that hits the panic button'.
'It Follows', writer-director David Mitchell's ingenious nerve tingling node to John Carpenter's iconic 'Halloween' is a fear drenched shocker exploring suburbia, teen sex and a nameless dread that turns into an edge-of-seat nightmare.
Director: Andres Muchietti
Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Sophie Lillis, Wyatt Oleff
Genre: Drama, Suspense, Thriller, Horror
Country of Origin: USA 2017 135 mins. (15)
Released by Warner Bros.
New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Parker Posey
Country of Origin: USA 2015 95 mins.
Released by Warner Bros
Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life. Abe feels that everything he’s tried to do, from political activism to teaching, hasn’t made any difference.
Director: Behnam Behzadi
Cast: Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa, Ali Reza Aghakhani, Setareh Pesyani, Roya Javidnia , Shirin Yazdanbakhsh, Setareh Hosseini
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Iran 2016 84 mins.
Official Selection, 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard.
Released by New Wave Films
In modern day, smog bound Tehran, freedom can be an illusion and a woman should know her place.
Director: Don Siegel
Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan
Country of Origin: USA 1956 80 mins.
Released by PARK CIRCUS
'A classic of American cinema.'
Don Siegel's genre classic 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1956) is back on the big screen from 31 October.
Director: Steven Quale
Cast: Richard Armitage, Sarah Wane Callies, Matt Walsh
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Country of Origin: USA 2014 89 mins.
Released by WARNER BROS
Audiences love disaster movies. Mother nature ripping buildings apart, gigantic waves, torrential rain and clean cut Hollywood's best braving the elements and saving the day. 'Into The Storm' isn't a 'Twister' but it's certainly a disaster.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain
Country of Origin: USA, UK 2014 166 mins.
Released by WARNER BROS
The deafening roar of take off leads into the silence of outer space and a journey to save mankind. Global famine due to an agricultural crisis means the end of our planet.
Director: Adam Robitel
Cast: Lin Shayp, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannel, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerrard
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Country of Origin: Canada-USA 2017 103 mins. (15)
Released by Universal Pictures
The Insidious trilogy returns for Insidious: The Last Key with Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist facing her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson
Country of Origin: USA 2015 97 mins.
Released by e One
From the Producers of SINISTER, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY & THE CONJURING comes the darkest INSIDIOUS chapter that takes you back to the very beginning.
Before the haunting of The Lambert Family, gifted psychic Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) attempts to save a young woman from demonic possession, in doing so revealing more of the otherworldly and terrifying realm of The Further.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson
Genre: Comedy Crime Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2014 148 mins.
Released by WARNER BROS
'An hilarious audacious psychedelic mad cap spiral of comedy, insight and paranoia.'
An audacious, stylish, hilarious, dazzling and buzzy thrill trip. Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' adapted from Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel bursts with colour and images. Sit back and just go with it. Doc Sportello will do the rest.
Director: Stig Bjorkman
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, Pia Lindstrom
Language: English & Swedish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Sweden 2015 104 mins.
A captivating look at the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most beloved and celebrated icons of cinema. Utilising never-before-seen private footage, letters, diaries, and interviews with her children, this documentary provides a complex and intimate personal portrait.
Director: Francois Ozon
Cast: Kirsten Scott Thomas, Fabrice Luchini, Ernst Umhauer, Emmanuelle Seigner, Batien Ughetto, Denis Menochet
Country of Origin: France 2012
Genre: Mystery Drama
Language: French with English subtitles 105 mins.
'A clever narrative driven, brilliantly acted psychological drama that plays games with the audience and is quite spellbinding'.
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson
Genre: Action Adventure Drama
Country of Origin: USA 2015 121 mins.
Released by Warner Bros
Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.
Director: Sergei Loznitsa Cast: Vladimir Svirskiy, Vladislav Abashin, Sergei Kolesove Genre: Drama Country of Origin: Russia 2012 Co-Winner FIPRESCI International Federation of Film Critics Award Cannes 2012 Language: Russian with English subtitles Rating:****
'A hand held camera single shot slowly and methodically presents a stunning opening scene - a raised railway line in the background, handcuffed civilians, collaborationist militia in black uniforms, bleached skeletons piled onto a cart and uniformed Germans testing a row of gallows'.
Director: Charlie Stratton
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2013 107 mins.
Released by SONY PICTURES
A period drama adapted from Emile Zola's 1869 novel, 'Therese Raquin' - forced marriage, adultery and murder in 19th century Paris.
Director: Patrick Shen
Country of Origin: USA, Belgium, China, Germany 2015 81 mins.
Released by Dartmouth Films
Is silence a distant memory, something that's passed into legend? Does silence unnerve and seem unnatural?
Opening with John cage's experimental composition, 4'33', 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence, 'In Pursuit of Silence' is an intriguing, meditative and contemplative study of silence, another world that haunts and fascinates, a refuge from the sensory onslaught of modern life.
Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili & Simon Gross
Cast: Lika Babluani, Mariam Bokeria, Zurab Gogaladze, Ana Nijaradze, Data Zakareshovili, Mai Kowinua Genre: Drama
Language: Georgian with English subtitles
Country of origin: Georgia, Germany, France 2013 102 mins.
Winner C.I.A.C.E. Jury Award 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
Released by ARTIFICIAL EYE/CURZON FILM WORLD
'Gripping and powerful - a vivid and moving portrait of expectations in post Soviet Georgia.'
Director: Anthony Chen
Cast: Yeo Yann Yann, Angela Bayani, Koh Jia Ler, Jo Kukathas, Tian Wen Chen
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Singapore 2013 99 mins.
Winner Camera d'Or 2013 Cannes International Film Festival
Released by SODA PICTURES
'A superb debut feature - full of warmth, love and charm.'
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Cast: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti
Country of Origin: Italy/France 2008
Jury Prize Cannes International Film Festival 2008
Language: Italian with English subtitles 110 mins.
'An remarkable blood soaked tale of 'Il Divo', the ultimate Machiavellian that strode the stage of corruption and shame in Italian politics.'
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik
Genre: Drama Language: Polish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Poland, Denmark 2013 82 mins.
Released by ARTIFICIAL EYE/CURZON FILM RELEASING
'Stunning, utterly captivating, compelling and poignant with a rare and hypnotic beauty.'
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Genre: Drama, Biography, Sport
Country of Origin: USA 2017 119 mins. (15)
Released by e One
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Natalie Ann Jamieson, Mark Burns, Colin Coombs
Country of Origin: UK, France, Belgium 2016 100 mins.
Winner Palme d'Or 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Released by e One
Ken Loach's Palme d'Or winner 'I Daniel Blake' is a hit hard, powerful and damning critique of a Kafkaesque system that places bureaucracy above people.
Director: Hirokazu Kore-edu
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Jo Odagiri, Ohshiro Maeda, Koki Maeda, Nene Ohtsuka
Country of Origin: Japan
Language: Japanese with English subtitles 128 mins.
'This graceful family drama of the power of the family unit suggests that Hirokazu Kore-edu has inherited the mantle of the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu'.
Director: Marc Abraham
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Maddie Hasson
Genre: Drama, Music
Country of Origin: USA 2015 123 mins.
Released by Sony Pictures
I SAW THE LIGHT tells the story of the iconic, tormented singer-songwriter Hank Williams who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, most of which are considered American standards today and have been recorded many times over by pop, rock and country artists alike.
Director: Kasper Collin
Cast: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter
Genre: Documentary, Jazz
Country of Origin: USA 2016 92 mins.
Official Selection 73rd Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, BFI 2016 London Film Festival
Released by Picturehouse Cinema
Kasper Collin's superb documentary on the jazz legend Lee Morgan, who tragically died at the height of his fame is a must, and not solely for jazz fans. It's compelling viewing with a story line that grabs you.
Director: Raoul Peck
Cast: James Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Dick Cavett
Country of Origin: France-USA 2016 95 mins. (12A)
Released by Altitude
Novelist, essayist and playwright, James Baldwin who understood the conflicting dimensions of racial conflict may have died 30 years ago but his prophetic voice resonates today.
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Cast: Chengpeng Dong, Fan Bingbing, Fan Wei
Language: Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Country of origin: China 2016 138 mins. (12A)
Best Film, Best Actress - 64th San Sebastian Film Festival; FIPRESCI Special Presentations - 41st Toronto International Film Festival; Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography - 11th Asian Film Awards; Audience Choice Award, Best Director - 53rd Golden Horse Awards 11th Asian Film Awards.
Released by Thunderbird Releasing
Director: Billy O'Brien
Cast: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country of Origin: Ireland-UK 2016 104 mins. (15)
Released by Bulldog Film Distribution
Billy O’Brien offers a chilling, off-the-wall indie adaptation of Dan Wells’ cult YA novel laced with black humour and a great performance from lead player Max Records as 16-year-old likeable sociopath John Cleaver.
Director: Dave La Mattina, Chad N. Walker
Cast: Frank Oz, Jim Hensen, Sonia Manzano
Country of Origin: USA 2014 90 mins.
Released by Kaleidoscope Entertainment
This heartwarming doc chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969.