2019 Film Releases in South Africa

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Upcoming Film Releases in South Africa

Information provided by the film distributors in South Africa: Ster Kinekor, FilmFinity, Empire Entertainment Africa, UIP SA, and Black Sheep Films.  Dates subject to change.
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A MILLION PIECES At the age of 23, James Frey (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a drug addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There, he found much more than traditional treatment. He found similar broken souls yearning and fighting for a better life. This is a story of recovery and love, a story of friendship and hope. This is an account of his six weeks in rehab. Written and directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and based on the book of the same name by James Frey. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 December

A RAINY DAY IN NY Two young people arrive in New York to spend a weekend; once they arrive they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures. Romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. It stars Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna and Liev Schreiber. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 25 October

BLACK AND BLUE is a fast-paced action thriller about a rookie cop (Naomie Harris) who inadvertently captures the murder of a young drug dealer on her body cam. After realizing that the murder was committed by corrupt cops, she teams up with the one person from her community who is willing to help her (Tyrese Gibson) as she tries to escape both the criminals out for revenge and the police who are desperate to destroy the incriminating footage. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 November

BLESSERS The local comedy-drama takes viewers through the lives of the wealthy couple, Jacob Mofokeng played by Kenneth Nkosi and his gorgeous wife Michelle, played by Sonia Sedibe, and their narcissist daughter Natasha, played by the young film student and starlet Six Nyamane.As a powerful chief executive with a mansion, a successful wife, luxury cars and expensive recreational habits, Jacob’s family learns the biggest lessons of their lives in the worst way possible. Natasha is cut off financially by her parents and she falls into the world of blessers until she finds an expected client half-naked and waiting for her in a hotel room. As the story unfolds, we realise that each member of the Mofokeng family has a skeleton in their closet that is ready to bite them. Will these skeletons tear the family apart? Directed by Rea Rangaka. Showing from 25 October / Trailer

BRAHMS THE BOY 2 When a young family moves to the Heelshire’s residence, terror strikes when a boy from the family discovers a doll called Brahms that appears to be eerily human. Directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Menear. A sequel to the 2016 film The Boy Read more/ / Trailer / Showing from 6 December

CATS Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 musical of the same name, which was in turn based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a book of poems by T.S Eliot, Cats tells the story of a group of cats called the Jellicles. Over a single night they must make the “Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend into the Heaviside Layer – a metaphor for Heaven. The film is directed by Tom Hooper  , the man behind Les Misérables (2012), who helmed biographical drama Danish Girl . Hooper co-wrote the screenplay of Cats together with playwright Lee Hall, whose previous credits include the film adaptation of Billy Elliot (2000) and War Horse (2011). Choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler (who choreographed Hamilton and the Broadway revival of Cats), and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Website/ / Behind the scenes video / Trailer /Showing from 20 December

CHARLIE’S ANGELS When a systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie’s Angels from across the globe are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect society. Directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Banks, Jay Basu, Craig Mazin, and Semi Chellas. The film stars Kristen StewartNaomi ScottElla Balinska, Banks, Patrick Stewart, and Djimon Hounsou. The film is based on the television series of the same name and a reboot of the Charlie’s Angels franchise. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 November

CITY OF LIES Based on the true story of one of the most notorious and unsolved cases in recent memory, this a provocative thriller revealing a never-before-seen look at the infamous murder of The Notorious B.I.G. shortly following the death of Tupac Shakur. L.A.P.D. detective Russell Poole (Johnny Depp) has spent years trying to solve his biggest case, but after two decades, the investigation remains open. “Jack” Jackson (Forest Whitaker), a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. In search of the truth, the two team up and unravel a growing web of institutional corruption and lies. Relentless in their hunt, these two determined men threaten to uncover the conspiracy and crack the foundation of the L.A.P.D. and an entire city. Based on the nonfiction book LAbyrinth, written by Randall Sullivan. Directed by Brad Furman and written by Christian Contreras.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 November

COUNTDOWN When a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail) downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. Written and directed by Justin Dec, the movie stars Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Tichina Arnold, P.J. Byrne, and Peter Facinelli. Read more/ Trailer / Showing from 15 November

CUT-OUT GIRLS is the story of how six young women’s lives are altered by the actions of two aspiring sportsmen. Kevin and Mike are young men trying to get ahead in the competitive world of tennis. When one of them discovers a dangerous key that can unlock their potential, things get out of hand. Their worlds become intertwined and spiral out of control. A small series of seemingly insignificant moments weave together with devastating consequences. In every moment lies a choice. The frightening truth is that we all can turn from ‘us’ to ‘them’. The trick, the prayer, the hope is that we won’t. Cut-Out Girls is inspired by the #MeToo movement and is a film about date rape aimed at creating social change. Written and directed by Nicola Hanekom. With Joel Rosenblatt, Ashleigh van der Hoven , Cody Montein. TrailerShowing from 22 November.

DOCTOR SLEEP It continues the story of Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.  Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and newcomer Kyliegh Curran star in the supernatural thriller, directed by Mike Flanagan, from his own screenplay based upon the novel by Stephen King. Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace.  But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the “shine.”  Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality. Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose.  Abra’s innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.Based on the 2013 horror novel of the same name by Stephen King. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 8 November

ESCAPE PLAN: THE EXTRACTORS Sequel to Escape Plan 2. After security expert Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison, Breslin’s girlfriend is also captured. Now he and his team, must pull off a deadly rescue mission to confront their sadistic foe and save the hostages, hidden in the depths of the prison complex, before time runs out. Directed by John Herzfeld. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 25 October

FISHERMAN’S FRIEND A fast-living, cynical London music executive (Danny Mays) heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss (Noel Clarke) into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen (led by James Purefoy). He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect or enthusiasm of the unlikely boy band and their families (including Tuppence Middleton) who value friendship and community over fame and fortune. As he’s drawn deeper into the traditional way of life he’s forced to re-evaluate his own integrity and ultimately question what success really means. A biographical comedy-drama directed by Chris Foggin from a screenplay by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. Read more / Review / Trailer / Showing from 1 November

FORD VS. FERRARI This action-biopic follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and his British driver, Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who are dispatched by Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) and Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal)with the mission of building from scratch the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez ButterworthJohn-Henry Butterworth and Jason KellerRead more / Trailer /Showing from 22 November

FROZEN 2 Elsa the Snow Queen and her sister embark on an adventure far away from the kingdom of Arendelle. Directed by Jennifer LeeChris Buck, screenplay by Lee. Trailer Showing from 6 December

THE GOOD LIAR Career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Directed and co-produced by Bill Condon and written by Jeffrey Hatcher based on the novel by Nicholas Searle. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 November

HAUNT On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an extreme haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realisation that some nightmares are real. Co-written and o-directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writers of A Quiet Place Review / Trailer / Showing from 6 December

JEXI Phil (Adam DeVine) has a major dependency issue – he’s addicted to his phone. He has no friends, he has a job writing pop culture “Top 10” lists, and his love life is non-existent. But his Facebook status is about to change. When he is forced to upgrade his phone, the latest model comes with an unexpected feature…Jexi (Rose Byrne) – an A.I. life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. With her help, Phil begins to get a real life. But as he becomes less dependent on his phone, Jexi’s artificial intelligence morphs into a tech nightmare determined to keep Phil all to herself, even if it means ruining his chances of finding success Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 22 November

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 2 Directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, based on a story by McKenna. Part of the Jumanji franchise, the film is a sequel to the 1995 Jumanji, which was based on the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.  The sequel will have the main four stars, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Hart back. Read more / Showing from 13 December

KNIVES OUT Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey invites his extended dysfunctional family to his remote mansion on his 85th birthday in hopes of reuniting them all. However, the day after the birthday party, Harlan is found dead by members of the family and experienced detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is called in to investigate the case. Soon enough, everyone in the family becomes a suspect in his death. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Review / Trailer / Showing from 29 November

KNUCKLE CITY A new movie by acclaimed director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, and South Africa’s official Oscar submission for the 2020 Academy Awards, is set to put the Eastern Cape on the map. A cultural melting pot, the rich heritage and diversity of the Eastern Cape with its vibrant people, and magnificent sights are what make this region so unique. The birthplace of legends like Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, the province is the traditional home of the Xhosa people. But it’s also given rise to a phenomenally successful boxing culture, with Mdantsane and neighbouring East London known as ‘The boxing mecca’ of South Africa. It’s this fascinating phenomenon that lies at the heart of Qubeka’s hard-hitting film. For more than three decades, Mdantsane has produced no less than 20 boxing world champions and more than 50 national champions, which provided the fodder for the plot. Beginning in 1994, ‘Knuckle City’ tells the story of Dudu Nyakama (Bongile Mantsai), an aging, womanising, professional boxer from the township and his career-criminal brother Duke (Thembekile Komani) who take one last shot at success and get more than they’ve bargained for. Qubeka says the energy of the Mdantsane landscape and the visceral fight for survival that is palpable on the streets inspired in him a deep yearning to chronicle the lives of its people through film. “It is my intention to capture the essence of life in Mdantsane, and the restless pursuit of being a champion within a society that often dictates you are a failure. I am determined to give audiences a glimpse into a world rarely seen, and a deeper understanding of the multi-faceted individuals inhabiting our land.” Appropriately, the gritty crime drama starts its Oscar qualifying run at Ster-Kinekor Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth. The film will screen from 20 to 26 September to make it eligible for the Academy Awards in the category of Best International Feature Film.  Trailer Showing from 27 December

LAST CHRISTMAS Kate (Emilia Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Henry Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart . . . and you gotta have faith. Romantic comedy film directed by Paul Feig and written by Bryony Kimmings and Emma Thompson. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 6 December

MANOU THE SWIFT The little swift Manou grows up believing he’s a seagull. Learning to fly he finds out he never will be. Shocked, he runs away from home. He meets birds of his own species and finds out who he really is. When both seagulls and swifts face a dangerous threat, Manou becomes the hero of the day. Christian Haas, Andrea Block. Read more/ Trailer / Showing from 15 November

MARNIE’S WORLD Marnie is a chubby cat, treated like a princess and getting everything she wants. When she is forced to make her own way in the world, she realizes who she really is – a lonely cat in need of friends… German animated film written and directed by  Christoph LauensteinWolfgang Lauenstein. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 November

MIDWAY Itcentres on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy that marked a pivotal turning point in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells fortitude, and bravery on both sides in the longest naval battle of the war. Directed by Roland Emmerich with Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson.  Showing from 27 December

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN  Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective living with Tourette Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis).  Armed only with a few clues and the engine of his obsessive mind, Lionel unravels closely guarded secrets that hold the fate of the whole city in the balance.  In a mystery that carries him from gin-soaked jazz clubs in Harlem to the hard-edged slums of Brooklyn and, finally, into the gilded halls of New York’s power brokers, Lionel contends with thugs, corruption and the most dangerous man in the city to honour his friend and save the woman who might be his own salvation.AWritten and directed by Edward Norton based on the novel of the same nameby Jonathan Lethem. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 15 November

OFFICIAL SECRETS The true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) , who prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war. A political thriller directed by Gavin Hood (Eye In The Sky, Tsotsi). Screenplay by Gregory Bernstein
Sara Bernstein, and Gavin Hood, based on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War
by Marcia & Thomas Mitchell. Read more / Trailer / Review / Showing from 13 December

THE OUTPOST This war-drama tells the story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in north-eastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally built to engage the locals in community development projects, Combat Outpost Keating — located at the bottom of three steep mountains just 14 miles from the Pakistani border — faced a constant threat of being attacked by the Taliban, putting the U.S. soldiers stationed there at significant risk. When the brass finally chose to close the base, the Taliban enemy found out and decided to make a statement. Directed by Rod Lurie, based on a 2012 novel The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper. Screenplay by
Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. It stars Orlando BloomScott EastwoodCaleb Landry JonesMilo GibsonJack Kesy and Will AttenboroughRead more / Showing from 15 November

PAIN AND GLORY It tells of a series of re encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the 60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the 80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense, writing as the only therapy to forget the unforgettable, the early discovery of cinema, and the void, the infinite void that creates the incapacity to keep on making films. Pain and Glory talks about creation, about the difficulty of separating it from one’s own life and about the passions that give it meaning and hope. In recovering his past, Salvador finds the urgent need to recount it, and in that need he also finds his salvation. Spanish drama film directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar. Read more / Review / Trailer /Showing from 6 December

PLAYING WITH FIRE When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet — babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids — much like fires — are wild and unpredictable. Directed by Andy Fickman from a screenplay by Dan Ewen and Matt Lieberman.  Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 November

RUNNING OUT OF TIME Showing from 20 December

SALVATION An apocalypse survivor in search of his lost daughter is drawn into a deadly creation myth. Danny (Julian Richings) searches for his missing daughter (Carlyn Burchell) after the apocalypse. Ten years later, alone, he heads north in his post-apocalyptic world. After breaking his leg, he is rescued by an orphaned girl, Sam. Together they wait out the winter while his leg mends. In the spring, Danny discovers a boot-print that does not belong to him – another man is alive and present. The newcomer challenges Danny’s version of the apocalypse, threatening Danny’s new life. Sam is ready to believe him, but Danny remains unconvinced – now the danger is real. Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker
Bennet De Brabandere. Trailer / Showing from 25 October

SPIES IN DISGUISE Super spy Lance Sterling (voice of Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (voice of Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. This animated comedy is set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage. Loosely based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short Pigeon: Impossible, the film is directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 27 December

STARS WARS EPISODE IX Produced, co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the ninth and final installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). Read more / Showing from 20 December

SUPER INTELLIGENCE Nothing extraordinary ever happens to Carol Peters, so when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone and microwave, she thinks she’s being punked. Or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life…with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything. Now Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug.Directed by Ben Falcone and written by Steve Mallory. Melissa McCarthy will star in what will be her fourth collaboration with her husband, Falcone.  Read more / Showing from 27 December

TERMINATOR: DARK FATE   Returning to the compelling original premise of the first two Terminator films, where an unstoppable, state-of-the-art killing machine relentlessly pursues an unsuspecting human target in our contemporary world, picking up where T2 left off. A battle-worn Sarah Connor joins forces with a technologically enhanced human warrior from the future to protect the fate of mankind. With the return of the creator of the franchise James Cameron and its two iconic stars, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, this ultimate big screen chase spectacle features new characters, intense action and cutting edge visual effects…all from the visionary director Tim Miller (Deadpool) with a screenplay written by David S. Goyer. The film’s story was conceived by Miller, series co-creator James Cameronand David Ellison, with the latter two serving as producers alongside Dana Goldberg. It marks the sixth installment in the Terminator franchise and serves as a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, while disregarding Rise of the MachinesSalvationGenisysThe Sarah Connor Chronicles and T2 Trilogy, as occurring in alternate timelines Read more / Trailer / Showing from 1 November

21 BRIDGES Follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 BRIDGES to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island. Directed by Brian Kirk from a screenplay by Matthew Carnahan and Adam Mervis. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 29 November

WAR Showing from 4 October

WE BELONG TOGETHER A recovering alcoholic college professor trying to put his life back together meets a seductive new student. She offers him a sensual escape from reality until he realizes she may be insane. Directed by Christopher B. Stokes, with Draya Michelle, Charles Malik Whitfield, Elise Neal & Cassidey Fralin. Trailer / Showing from 8 November

THE WEDDING YEAR LA photographer Mara Hickey (Sarah Hyland) is never getting married. So, when she and her new ready-to-settle-down boyfriend are invited to fifteen weddings in the same year, the pressure is on Mara to make some big decisions. Directed Robert Luketic. Trailer / Showing from 1 November

ZOMBIELAND 2 The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family. Directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. With original cast members Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. Read moreShowing from 25 October

ZOYA FACTOR Showing from 20 September


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ALWAYS AND FOREVER  Showing from 10 January

BURDEN Inspired by true events. Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund) who opened the world famous Redneck Shop and KKK Museum on the historic town square of Laurens South Carolina in 1996, then was subsequently wrenched out of the clutches of this hate family through the love of a single mother (Andrea Riseborough) and the faith of a African American, Baptist Minister (Forest Whitaker). Mike Burden was raised and indoctrinated into the KKK by Klan leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson), rising to the ranks of Grand Dragon through his affinity for violence and seemingly set on a lifetime path steeped in racism and bigotry, until he meets and falls in love with a single mother, deeply opposed to the hate group, eventually forcing him to make a choice. After being cut off and shut out of his Klan family, with nowhere else to turn, Mike begs for help from his mortal enemy, civil rights activist Reverend David Kennedy. Against all odds and wisdom, Reverend Kennedy proves the power and conviction of his faith when he accepts Mike’s disavowal of the Klan and welcomes him into his home and his church. Together, they face down irate, vengeful and violent Klan members and win over Reverend Kennedy’s skeptical parishioners, forming a true bond and forging a path towards redemption and forgiveness. Written and directed by Andrew Heckler. Read more / Video interview with Andrew Heckler / Showing from 6 March

CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET Showing from 3 January

CHAOS WALKING Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World – a new hope for humanity until struck by The Noise, a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones’ every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World’s many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thought is heard, all movement seen – as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they’ve learned to call home. Based on Patrick Ness‘s novel, The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first part of the Chaos Walking trilogy. It is directed by Doug Liman, produced by Robert ZemeckisAllison Shearmur, Doug Davison, Jack Rapke and Erwin Stoff, from a screenplay written by Charlie KaufmanJamie Linden, Ness, Lindsey Beer, Gary Spinelli and John Lee Hancock. It stars Tom HollandDaisy Ridley and Mads Mikkelsen. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 20 March

COUNTDOWN This horror follows a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail ) who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die. When it tells her she only has three days to live, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out, all while a mysterious figure haunts her. The script was written by Justin Dec, who will also serve as the film’s director. Showing from 3 January

GRUDGE Showing from 17 January

THE INFORMER Pete Koslow, a reformed criminal and former special operations soldier, is working under cover for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the Polish mob’s drug trade in New York. In a final step toward freedom, Koslow must return to the one place he’s fought so hard to leave, Bale Hill Prison, where his mission becomes a race against time when a drug deal goes wrong and threatens to identify him as a mole. Based on the novel of the same name by Roslund/Hellström. This film adaptation was directed by Andrea Di Stefano and written by Matt Cook and stars Joel KinnamanRosamund PikeClive Owen.   Read more / Trailer / Showing from 21 February

JOJO RABBIT Showing from 17 January

JUDY From 10 January

JUST MERCY Showing from 17 January

LES MISERABLES Showing from 17 January

MY SPY follows JJ a hardened CIA operative (Dave Bautista) who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, named Sophie (Chloe Coleman) where he has been sent undercover begrudgingly to surveil her family. When Sophie discovers hidden cameras in her apartment she uses her tech savviness to locate where the surveillance operation is set. In exchange for not blowing JJ’s cover Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy. Despite his reluctance JJ finds he is no match for Sophie’s disarming charm and wit. Read more / Trailer / Showing from 10 January

ORDINARY LOVE (aka Normal People) A story of love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us. Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star as Tom and Joan, a married couple with an easy relationship and a depth of love which expresses itself through tenderness and humor. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their relationship as the pair face the challenges that lie ahead and the prospect of what might happen in the future. It is written by award-winning Northern Irish playwright Owen McCafferty, making his feature-writing debut. Read more / Showing from 14 February

POPPIE NONGENA The drama tells the story of a South African isiXhosa mother, whose life revolves around finding stability for her family during a period of insufferable upheaval in the country when African women were forced, by arrests, fines and forced removal, to leave their homes and resettle in remote areas designated as black homelands. When her husband, Stone, became too ill to work, Poppie was deemed by the law to be an “illegal” resident in her own country. She engaged in a desperate struggle with the authorities for permission to stay, moving from house to house, applying for permits, applying for extensions, extensions of extensions, and using every means at her disposal to remain with her children. Caught in the crossfire of her children’s needs, her husband’s illness, community anger and repressive laws, she was finally forced to give in just as the 1976 riots for freedom erupted. Clementine Mosimane (The Wild) plays the role of Poppie, alongside Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Kanarie), veterans Chris Gxalaba (Long Walk to Freedom), Rolanda Marais (Binnelanders), David Minaar (Torings) and Lida Botha (Pad Na Jou Hart).  Written and directed by Christian Olwagen, based on the award-winning novel by Elsa Joubert . Showing from 30 January

TROUBLE Showing from 10 January

UNDERWATER Showing from 10 January

VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOOLITTLE Showing from 3 January

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW An agoraphobic child psychologist witnesses a crime while spying on her neighbors, leaving her to determine whether to alert the police. directed by Joe Wright, from a screenplay written by Tracy Letts. The film stars Amy AdamsJulianne MooreGary OldmanWyatt RussellBrian Tyree Henry, Fred Hechinger, and Anthony Mackie. Read more / Showing from 15 May