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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 12 September 2014

15 classification Pride


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Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Matthew Warchus
Running time: 120 mins

Set in the summer of 1984, this comedy tells the story of two oppressed communities coming together for the common good. Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. Meanwhile in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists try to raise money to support the families of the miners, but are hurt when the Union seems embarrassed to receive their help. So they decide to meet with the miners themselves and set off for deepest Wales in a minibus. This film features a lot of great British talent, including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine. But points must be deducted for West's terrible, terrible dye-job.

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pg classification The Boxtrolls


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Genre: Animation / Family / Fantasy / Comedy
Director: Graham Annable, Anthony Stacchi
Running time: 97 mins

An animated fantasy from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman. Beneath the streets of Cheesebridge live a race of rubbish-collecting creatures called the Boxtrolls. One day they find an orphaned human boy (Isaac Hempstead-Wright). Despite their quirky, mischievous ways the trolls are warm-hearted and they raise the boy as one of their own, even furnishing him with his own box from which he gets his name, Eggs. The villain of the town is a mean exterminator named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) who wants to eradicate the trolls. Eggs must venture 'into the light' and deal with other humans above ground if he wants to save his family. Together with his feisty new friend Winnifred (Elle Fanning), he comes up with a daring plan.

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15 classification A Most Wanted Man


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Genre: Drama / Thriller / Crime
Director: Anton Corbijn
Running time: 122 mins

Based on the novel by John le Carré. Half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) emerges beaten and bedraggled from Hamburg's River Elbe and ignites a tug of war between various security forces. Interpol classifies him as an escaped militant jihadist, and polished CIA agent Martha Sullivan (Robin Wright) is keen to nab him. A Turkish family take Issa in and put him in touch with Annabelle (Rachel McAdams), an idealistic human rights lawyer who might be able to help him. Issa wants to find the head of a bank who dealt with the affairs of his late father, and his detractors are convinced that he is working to secure funds for terrorist acts. Meanwhile Gunther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the scruffy yet competent head of an anti-terrorism unit, takes a wait-and-see approach.

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15 classification In Order Of Disappearance


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Genre: Foreign Language / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Director: Hans Petter Moland
Running time: 116 mins

A crime thriller imbued with black comedy and surreal touches. Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård) diligently plows the wild winter mountains of Norway year after year, and his work is vital in keeping the roads clear for the other inhabitants of his small town. Accepted and admired by his peers, he has just been awarded Citizen of the Year. But his peaceful, uneventful life is shattered when his son Ingvar turns up dead. The uncaring police force assume that Ingvar died via accidental overdose. Nils' wife is upset that they never noticed their son's apparent drug addiction, but he isn't convinced and suspects foul play. He sets out to find and kill the men responsible and attracts the attention of a Serbian crime family.

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pg classification A Dangerous Game


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Genre: Documentary
Director: Anthony Baxter
Running time: 102 mins

The sequel to the award-winning You've Been Trumped. Director Anthony Baxter once again follows American billionaire Donald Trump and a cast of other greedy businessmen who want to turn some of the Earth’s most beautiful natural spaces into golf courses and playgrounds for the wealthy. Previously, local hero Michael Forbes decided to fight Trump for control of an estate in Aberdeenshire, and now Baxter opens up the focus to the damage land development can cause on a global scale. From Dubrovnik to Balmedie, tycoons bully residents, ignore local referendums and bend governments to their will so that they can have a nice peaceful bit of land from which to hit balls into holes. Baxter examines the environmental cost of these plans and interviews those affected by the luxury golf resort industry.

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