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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 11 April 2014
Action / Crime / Foreign Language
Director: Gareth Evans
Running time: 150 mins
In the first film, rookie Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) fought his way through a building filled with bloodthirsty criminals, supported by a rapidly dwindling team of SWAT operatives. Although he battled a drug lord and barely escaped with his life, Rama's epic ordeal was nothing compared to what's to come. His triumph has attracted even bigger, more powerful kingpins. Now he must go undercover in the Bangun crime family to uncover corruption in the police force. He rises through the ranks and starts to identify the key players. But the truce between the Bangun family and the rival Goto crime faction is crumbling and the situation grows increasingly dangerous for Rama. Much like the first film, this is an orgy of bone-breaking and balletic blood-letting, but with a greater variety of locations including a chaotically muddy prison yard.
Director: Biyi Bandele
Running time: 111 mins
A drama based on the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the Nigerian civil war and its effects on ordinary people in the 1960s. Nigeria has just declared its independence from Britain and Olanna (Thandie Newton) and her sister, Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), daughters of a prosperous businessman, are about to join the celebrations. Olanna's boyfriend Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a hotheaded radical who teaches at the University of Nigeria. Olanna hopes to steer his thoughts towards marriage after she completes her studies. Kainene is more materialistic than her sister and takes charge of her father's business interests in another city where she meets British journalist Richard (Joseph Mawle). The outbreak of civil war changes everything.
Director: John Pogue
Running time: 98 mins
Hammer Horror continues the renaissance started by the surprisingly successful Woman In Black with a similarly atmospheric chiller set in the summer of 1974. It is very loosely based on the experiments of paranormal researchers in Toronto. Brian (Sam Claflin) works for the audiovisual department at Oxford University. He is approached by unorthodox paranormal psychology professor Joseph Coupland (Jared Harris) to film one of Coupland's subjects, a disturbed girl named Jane (Olivia Cooke). Brian's fellow students Krissi (Erin Richards) and Harry (Rory Fleck-Byrne) are also part of the team. Coupland's work makes the university nervous and the project relocates to an estate in the countryside. Brian becomes emotionally invested in Jane's fate while the group experiences terrifying phenomena that suggest their lives are in danger.
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Running time: 101 mins
Brendan Gleeson re-teams with the man who directed him in The Guard for a sombre yet comedic take on faith and modern life in a small Irish community. He plays Father James Lavelle, a priest and inherently decent man who suddenly finds that he must deal with a violent threat along with the daily needs of his parishioners. One day while listening to confessions, someone explains that they were abused by a priest as a child and as retribution they plan to murder James in seven days. He is both scared and puzzled as he is not the culprit, but the unseen assailant claims that in murdering an innocent priest they will be making more of a statement. So James tries to comfort his fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and help his sometimes hostile flock while trying to figure out which one is the would-be murderer.
Adventure / Comedy / Family / Animation
Director: Anthony Silverton
Running time: 85 mins
An animation that mixes the buddy movie dynamic of The Lion King with the zaniness of the Madagascar films. Khumba is a unique zebra as his stripes only cover the front half of his body. His herd are superstitious and insular and he knows little about the other animals as the zebras live behind a wall of thorns. When drought hits the community, Khumba is seen as the cause because he is different. He decides to prove his worth to his herd and his grumpy father (Laurence Fishburne) in particular. So he sets off in search of a mythical watering hole said to be the place where the first zebra got their stripes. Along the way he meets a feisty but caring wildebeest (Loretta Devine) and a foppish ostrich (Richard E. Grant).