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Dheepan

Dheepan---posterDirector: Jacques Audiard

Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré

Cast: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby

Cert: 15

Running time: 109mins

Year: 2015


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What’s the story: In the final moments of the Sri Lankan civil war a Tamil tiger (Jesuthasan) flees to France along with a fake wife (Srinivasan) and daughter (Vinasithamby) to begin a new life with a new name – Dheepan. Working as a custodian, he tries to forget the horrors of war. What he encounters in his new surroundings is a new, but just as destructive battle. A Prophet and Rust & Bone director Jacques Audiard returns with hard hitting subject matter in this 2015 Cannes Palme D’Or Winner.

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What’s the verdict: With three nominations under his belt Jacques Audiard finally, dese...

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Green Room

Green-Room-posterDirector:  Jeremy Saulnier

Writer: Jeremy Saulnier

Cast: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Alia Shawkat, Macon Blair

Cert: 18

Running time: 94mins

Year: 2015



The lowdown: If you go down to these woods today you’re in for a very, very nasty surprise. Jeremy Saulnier follows the shattering Blue Ruin with a first class exercise in teeth-grinding suspense. A touring punk band sees something they shouldn’t when playing a remote white power bar and lock themselves in the artists’ “green room”. Outside some of the scariest people on earth are determined they’re not going to get away, with Patrick Stewart providing a masterclass in soft-spoken malevolence as the neo-Nazi ringleader...

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No Escape (2015)

No-Escape---posterDirector: John Erick Dowdle

Writer: John Erick Dowdle, Drew Dowdle

Cast: Owen Wilson, Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan

Cert: 15

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2015



The lowdown: Gripping thriller with Owen Wilson as an engineer relocating his family to the Far East. But, on the second day in their swanky hotel rebel insurgents overthrow the government and declare war on foreign nationals, meaning the Americans must make a break for the border. Simplistic, but with more political commentary than say American Sniper, and featuring ex-Bond Pierce Brosnan in solid support, this has moments of nerve-shredding tension, with a rooftop set-piece likely to appear on scenes of the year lists.

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The full verdict: Sadly all-too-topical after the ISIL beachfront massacre of Western tourists in Tunisia, No Escap...

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Run All Night

Run-All-Night---posterDirector: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: Brad Ingelsby

Cast: Liam Neeson, Ed Harris, Joel Kinnaman, Boyd Holbrook, Common, Vincent D’Onofrio

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2015

 

The lowdown: Liam Neeson reteams with Unknown and Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra for their best outing to date. Neeson is Jimmy Conlon, a one-time hitman for Ed Harris’ mob boss, Shawn Maguire. When Maguire’s reckless son lands himself and Conlon’s estranged son into hot water, the mob boss declares war on both Conlon Sr and Jr. Efficient, undemanding entertainment, you don’t have to run to see it, but it’s further proof Neeson’s late in the day action man phase has legs.

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The full verdict: Though Run All Night describes what happens in Liam’s latest, the film is pitched as much in A Walk...

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The Drop

The Drop posterDirector: Michael R. Roskam

Writer: Dennis Lehane

Cast: Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz

Cert: 15

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Destined to be remembered as James Gandolfini’s final screen appearance, this crime drama does his talents justice. Tom Hardy takes centre stage playing a good-natured, soulful bartender at Gandolfini’s New York bar. When stick-up men jack a $5,000 drop at the bar intended for Chechen mobsters the two must retrieve it before they experience disappointment Eastern European gangland style. Solid crime thrills from the writer of Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island.

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The full verdict: Now quality TV and film crime drama is so ubiquitous, it may be easy to dismiss The Drop as another polished take on crimi...

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The World of Kanako

World of Kanako - Nakashima - posterDirector: Tetsuya Nakashima

Writer: Tetsuya Nakashima (screenplay) Akio Fukamachi (novel)

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Miki Nakatani, Nana Komatsu, Jun Kunimura, Hiroya Shimizu, Asuka Kurosawa

Cert: 18 TBC

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Ultraviolent, nightmarish thriller from the director of the multi-award winning Confessions, this is too wild and brutal to receive a similar level of love. But, unrelenting and bludgeoning though it may be, Testuya Nakashima’s latest is a phantasmagoric, exhilarating tale of family secrets, madness and murder. And Koji Yakusho’s ex-cop hunting for his missing daughter is one frighteningly memorable monster.

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The full verdict: Director Tetsuya Nakashima dislikes being bound to a single genre and The World of Kanako, his first film since 2010’s Co...

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A Walk Among The Tombstones

A Walk Among The Tombstones - Liam Neeson, posterDirector: Scott Frank

Writer: Scott Frank, Lawrence Block (novel)

Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Brian “Astro” Bradley

Cert: 15

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Liam Neeson heads up one of the year’s best thrillers as retired cop turned private investigator Matthew Scudder. His latest case puts him on the trail of two serial killers who have murdered a drug dealer’s wife, despite the ransom being paid. But, it won’t be an afternoon stroll as the investigation takes Scudder into a world of insanity and murder. Get Shorty and Out Of Sight screenwriter Scott Frank shows a firm directorial hand while adding another fine adaptation to his crime CV with this grimly classy thriller.A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONESA Walk Among the Tombstones - Liam Neeson

The full verdict: At the beginning of A Walk Among the Tombstones a viol...

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A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man - posterDirector: Anton Corbijn

Writers: Andrew Bovell (screenplay), John Le Carre (novel)

Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Defoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Bruhl

Cert: 15

Running Time: 122 mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: With a script adapted from John Le Carre’s post-9/11 espionage novel, an intense posthumous performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman, a classy cast and a topical ‘terrorist cells are scary’ plot, A Most Wanted Man should be thrilling. Unfortunately, director Corbjin’s glacial pacing and the sidelining of key characters render this adequate rather than extraordinary.

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The full verdict: If Philip Seymour Hoffman’s leading man swansong is a rather lacklustre affair, it’s in no way down to the incomparable actor himself.

His deft turn as sad-...

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The Signal (2014)

The Signal 2014 - poster - Laurence FishburneDirector: William Eubank

Writer: Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank, David Figerio

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp

Cert: TBC

Running Time: 97 mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Small scale filmmaker William Eubank (Love,Crave) stretches his $4m budget to breaking point with this ambitious sci-fi flick. Boasting a hot young cast and a cold, clinical Laurence Fishburne, it’s inventive and looks the business but plays like a particularly slick episode of The Outer Limits.

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The full verdict: Not to be confused with 2007’s horror about a killer transmission, the initial set-up here is simple: three MIT students: Haley (Olivia Cooke), Jonah (Beau Knapp) and crutch-bound Nic (Brenton Thwaites) take a detour from an emotional road trip to confront a mysterious hacke...

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Calvary

Calvary - posterDirector: John Michael McDonagh

Writer: John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Chris O’Dowd, Dylan Moran, Pat Shortt, M. Emmet Walsh

Cert: 15

Running time:

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson follow acerbic off-kilter thriller The Guard with an even darker look at contemporary Ireland. Gleeson is Father James, targeted for murder by one of his parishioners who suffered years of sexual abuse from a now dead priest. Ferociously good writing and performances, topical barbs, a large dose of James Joyce and leavening Father Ted-style irreverence make Calvary a powerful, compassionate and unforgettable film.

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The full verdict: Calvary opens with a confessional scene in which one of Father James’ flock recounts horrific abuse by...

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