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Sci-Fi

Three decades after Ridley Scott’s cult sensation Blade Runner changed the face of cinema, the much-anticipated follow-up Blade Runner 2049 challenges our notions of who we are…and where we are headed. Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years. With Ridley Scott as Executive Producer on Blade Runner 2049, this new incarnation based on characters from the Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is scripted by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, with visionary director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) at the helm. Fancher co-wrote the screenplay of the 1982 Blade Runner with David Wobb Peoples, while a television and film writer and producer Green co-wrote the screenplay for Scott’s Alien Covenant. Bonus Features:  Director Denis Villeneuve introduces pre-shot anime stories that dramatises some events that occurred after the first Blade Runner, and before Blade Runner 2049 begins: Los Angeles, 2022 – when angry masses  identify and kill Replicants, the Blackout of 2022, 2030 – Nexus Down, and 2048 – Nowhere to Run. The doccie Blade Runner 101 explores The Replicant Evolution, Blade Runners, The Rise of Wallace Corp, Welcome to 2049, the fantasy app Jois, and Withing the Skies looks at the Spinners, Pilotfish and Barracudas.   Read more about Blade Runner 2049: The much-anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed cult film Blade Runner

Dark TowerIn Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.It’s an epic that has inspired millions of readers – not least of which was a young boy in Denmark whose imagination was sparked by the events in Mid-World. Now grown, director Nikolaj Arcel brings The Dark Tower to life on film in all its majestic glory, from a screenplay adaptation by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel; . Bonus Features: A look at The Gunslinger in Action and The Man In Black / Read more about how the Dark Tower became a film / Watch the trailer

Gritty Crime Thriller

shotIn director/screenwriter Ric Roman Waugh’s (Snitch) gritty crime thriller Shot Caller, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) plays Jacob Harlon, a successful Pasadena financier married to Kate (Lake Bell), with the perfect life and family. All of that disappears one night behind the wheel when a drunk-driving accident results in the accidental death of Jacob’s best friend Tom (Max Greenfield). Charged with vehicular manslaughter, Jacob is sentenced to prison, where he’s surrounded by cutthroat criminals. A fish out of water, he is forced to do the unimaginable to survive within the prison gang hierarchy where one wrong move can be your last. He adopts the persona of “Money” and rises up within the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, his moral center eroding in the process. Upon release, Money hits the treacherous streets of Los Angeles as a changed man and enters a deadly chess game with no-nonsense parole agent Kutcher (Omari Hardwick) and LA County gang-unit sheriff Sanchez (Benjamin Bratt), as his gang forces him to arrange an illegal arms deal if he wants to keep his family safe from gangster vengeance. Go behind the scenes of this film that gives us a very authentic picture of what prison culture is like / Watch the trailer

Romance

TULIP 5The sumptuous and thrilling period romance Tulip Fever is set in 17th Century Amsterdam where an orphaned girl (Alicia Vikander) is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant (Christoph Waltz) – an unhappy “arrangement” that saves her from poverty. After her husband commissions a portrait, she begins a passionate affair with the painter (Dane DeHaan), a struggling young artist. Seeking to escape the merchant’s ever-reaching grasp, the lovers risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip bulb market, with the hope that the right bulb will make a fortune and buy their freedom. The film was directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), from a screenplay by Sir Tom Stoppard (Anna Karrenina, Shakespeare in Love, Empire Of The Sun). It’s a fantastic love story .. and at the heart of it, it’s a metaphor about love, lust and passion. Read more about the film’s 20-year-journey from page to screen / Watch the trailer

the-big-sick-trailerIn The Big Sick Kumail Nanjiani is a Pakistani comic who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father. Directed by Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, the film is loosely based on the real-life romance between Nanjiani and Gordon. Watch the trailer

Family

HolidayJoy6In Holiday Joy Joy Hockstatter has been trying to help her dad, Bob, hold the family together after her mom’s death a few years ago. Although only 15, she’s become a kind of surrogate mother to her brothers. Every day she looks across the street to the perfect house and family – the Wellmans. After a freak accident (which involves some suspicious cards), Joy wakes up as one of the Wellmans, with a new mother, father and older sister! Her new life seems to have changed for the better, only now Bob and her brothers have taken a turn for the worse and the only one who recognizes Joy from her previous life is her old dog, Levi.” Starring  Bailee Madison, French Stewart, Luke Bilyk, Scott Thompson. Watch the trailer

04-mermaidtaleA Mermaid’s Tale is an enchanting modern fairy tale, the story of Ryan, a 12-year-old girl forced to move with Matt, her father, to the dying fishing town where he was born, and to live with Art, her crusty mean old grandfather. As she tries to fit in and make new friends she discovers a secret cove, home to a playful pod of dolphins and Coral, a mysterious girl. As they become fast friends, Ryan learns that Coral is a mermaid and uncovers a secret that will help the girls both save the town in a touching, mythic story of friendship and redemption. With Jerry O’Connell, Barry Bostwick, Caitlin Carmichael, Nancy Stafford. Watch the trailer

Drama

100 Streets is a British independent drama directed by Jim O’Hanlon, telling three different stories covering infidelity, adoption and a drug dealer turned actor are intertwined as characters meet in the streets of London. Within a square-mile section of London, the trajectories of characters from different social strata crisscross, circle one another and intersect in 100 Streets, an ensemble drama that puts a soapy spin on a familiar template. Though there’s clearly a compassionate impulse behind Leon F. Butler’s class-conscious screenplay, it rapidly devolves into melodrama. The bonus feature takes a look at how this independent film was produced.  Watch the trailer

 

 

 

09-all-we-had.w710.h473In the mother-daughter drama All We Had, Thirteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael and her mother (Katy Holmes) , Rita teeter on the edge of poverty, despite Rita working multiple jobs. When their landlord kicks them out, Rita uses her looks to instantly reel in a boyfriend, who takes them in. Before long, Ruthie convinces her mother to leave and they head East in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they find themselves stranded in a small town called Fat River where their luck finally takes a turn. Rita lands a steady job waitressing at the local diner. With enough money to pay their bills, they rent a house and Fat River becomes the first place they call home. Watch the trailer.

Certain Women drops us into a handful of intersecting lives across Montana. A lawyer (Laura Dern) tries to defuse a hostage situation and calm her disgruntled client (Jared Harris), who feels slighted by a workers’ compensation settlement. A married couple (Michelle Williams and James Le Gros) breaks ground on a new home but exposes marital fissures when they try to persuade an elderly man to sell his stockpile of sandstone. A ranch hand (Lily Gladstone) forms an attachment to a young lawyer (Kristen Stewart), who inadvertently finds herself teaching a twice-weekly adult education class, four hours from her home. Delicacy, intelligence, compassion and control are what writer-director Kelly Reichardt brings to her muted but utterly involving new film. Watch the trailer

 

 

In the thriller Drone, Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones) plays a high-level private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity. Not even Neil’s wife or his son know about his secret life. But Neil’s juggling act of husband, father and armchair warrior comes to a crashing halt when a whistle-blowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing Neil is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, an enigmatic Pakistani businessman tracks him down. Watch trailer

 

 

 

South African

WHALE_MOVIEZola Maseko’s The Whale Caller, is a fascinating story based on Zakes Mda’s bestselling novel.  It is an enchanting, romantic comedy of sorts, told through lyrical and magical storytelling. The film is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Hermanus, on the West Coast of South Africa. The story follows The Whale Caller (Sello Maake ka-Ncube), a man who has long turned his back on humanity.  It’s a heart -warming tale about his journey from misanthropic alienation to human connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni (Amrain Ismail-Essop), the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur, and Sharisha, a southern right whale. Read more about the film /  Watch the trailer

Finders KeepersIn the action-comedy Finders Keepers a strip joint janitor (Dalin Oliver) and a club patron (Neels Van Jaarsveld) strike up an unlikely friendship as they evade gangsters and Russian mobsters, and try to secure the release of a kidnapped stripper, by trading her for a lucky fish they had stolen. The film was conceptualized by director Maynard Kraak back in 2012 when he set up West Five Films, but it was not until early 2014 that he brought his very good friend Strini Pillai,  onboard to write the screenplay – Pillai, who now resides in Australia, is an award winning film, television and stage actor who has branched out into writing and stand-up comedy. Finders Keepers is the pilot film project of the Emerging Black Film Maker initiative / Watch the trailer

Action – adventure

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After a massive shootout, a mysterious stranger (Jean Claude Van Damme) arrives at a local hospital on the brink of death in Kill ‘Em All  . Then, a foreign gang brazenly comes to the hospital to hunt him down. His nurse, the sole surviving witness to the follow-up shootout, must face an FBI interrogation that unlocks a plot of international intrigue and revenge. With enough twists and turns, Kill ’em All will keep you guessing until the final bullet is fired! Watch the trailer

In S.W.A.T Under Siege a SWAT compound comes under fire from an international terrorist who relentlessly and violently pursues a mystery man who was apprehended by Seattle SWAT after a raid went horribly wrong.  Sam Jaeger plays Travis Hall, a Seattle SWAT officer whose team comes under fire from a team of terrorists who seek to take custody of a mysterious suspect named Scorpion (Michael Jai White). The cast included Adrianne Palicki and Matthew Marsden.  It was directed by Tony Giglio from a screenplay by Jonas Barnes and Keith Domingue. Watch The Trailer

First Kill 2In First Kill, a big shot Wall Street broker Will (Bruce Willis) tries to reconnect with his son Danny (Hayden Christensen)and takes his family on a hunting trip to the cabin where he grew up. The trip takes a deadly turn when they go hunting and stumble upon several robbers and witness the murder of one of the criminals. After becoming entangled in a bank heist gone bad, which results in the kidnapping of Danny  Will is forced to help the kidnappers evade the police chief and recover the stolen loot in exchange for his son’s life. The film was directed by Steven C. Miller and written by Nick Gordon.  Watch the trailer

Animation

emoji posterHuman beings have never been more connected.  With the smartphone, we are never out of touch from each other – and constantly in touch with people around the world.  And with a simple invention, we are now able to communicate with people who are separated from us by language, borders, oceans…Now, Sony Pictures Animation takes you into the secret world inside your phone for a rollicking adventure in The Emoji Movie.  Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the Code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever. The film is directed by by Tony Leondis from a screenplay by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel and Mike White.  Story by Tony Leondis & Eric Siegel. Bonus Features: There are tons of super features that explores the magic and wonder of Emojis / Read more about how The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone / Watch the trailer

Comedy

Last WordIn The Last Word Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine), a once-successful businesswoman, works with young local writer Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) to pen her life story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Lauler’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she’ll be remembered, dragging Anne along as an unwilling accomplice. As their journey unfolds, the two women develop a strong bond which not only alters Harriet’s legacy but also Anne’s future. Watch the trailer

 

 

tyler-perrys-boo-a-madea-hallowee-poster1-759x477Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween heralds a fresh turn in the Tyler Perry/Madea franchise: a movie that blends Perry’s distinctive humor with elements of horror. As the film begins, divorced dad Brian (played by Perry) must leave his rebellious teen daughter Tiffany home alone on Halloween.  He enlists his aunt Madea, Uncle Joe (both also played by Perry), and friends Hattie and Aunt Bam to keep an eye on her.  Determined to meet her girlfriends at a nearby frat party, Tiffany tricks her four gullible chaperones with a frighteningly realistic ghost story that convinces them to stay in their rooms so she can sneak out. All hell and hilarity break loose when Madea, Hattie and Aunt Bam crash the party to bring their baby girl home. And when the women call the cops to break up the Halloween rager, the brothers of Beta Psi Alpha dress as ghosts and ghouls to terrorize them. But of course, the boys soon learn that they are messing with the wrong woman. Read more about the film / Watch the trailer

Thrills and Chills

VOICE OF STONEVoice Of Stone tells the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena (Emilia Clarke) is a determined young nurse hired to help a mute young heir (Edward Dring) within an isolated castle in Tuscany. The more she observes the boy, the more Verena becomes convinced he has fallen under the spell of a powerful and otherworldly persona trapped in the villa’s stone walls, one that seems to be rapidly entwining with her own. It is poetic and subtle, a slow-burn, perhaps too slow at points, that culminates in a difficult, yet compelling ending.  It was directed by Eric D. Howell and written by Andrew Shaw, based on the novel of the same name by Silvio Raffo.  Watch the trailer

 

edgeofwinterheaderIn the thrilling Edge Of Winter a recently divorced and laid off from his job, Elliot Baker (Joel Kinnaman) is desperate to spend more time bonding with his sons, Bradley (Tom Holland) and Caleb (Percy Hynes White). What starts as family day trip to teach his boys how to shoot turns into a nightmare when they become stranded. As they retreat to a desolate cabin, Elliot’s mounting fear of losing custody pushes him to the edge. The brothers quickly realize that the man responsible for keeping them safe has now become their biggest threat.  Watch the trailer

 

the-crucifixion-660x330Evil demons return in The Crucifixion. When a priest is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism, an investigative journalist strives to determine whether he, in fact, murdered a mentally ill person, or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.The film follows the misadventures of a young journalist played by Sophie Cookson who, after losing her mother to a battle with cancer a few years prior, takes it upon herself to figure out just what the hell happened after a priest and a gaggle of nuns is arrested for the murder of a young woman during the course of an exorcism gone wrong. Watch the trailer

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