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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 11 July 2014

15 classification Boyhood


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Genre: Drama / Teen
Director: Richard Linklater
Running time: 166 mins

An interesting experiment in filmmaking that won director Richard Linklater a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. It follows an ordinary family, and their young son Mason (Ellar Coltrane) in particular, over the course of several years. Filming began in the summer of 2002 and over the next twelve years Linklater shot days of footage here and there, piecing together the story of Mason's youth as his cast aged and grew. The result is an authentic, affecting drama about adolescence. Mason's parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) are divorced, and although his father brings presents and tries to engage with his children, he also disappears for long periods. Meanwhile, Mason deals with bullies at school, a crush on another student, and his first job.

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12a classification Transformers: Age Of Extinction


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Genre: Action
Director: Michael Bay
Running time: 165 mins

Five years have passed since the Battle of Chicago, during which many Autobots were killed (along with former star Shia LaBeouf's motivation to keep appearing in these CGI explosion fests). Not only has lead Autobot Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) lost his main human ally and loyal friend, but an elite CIA Unit known as Cemetery Wind is hunting down and killing Transformers. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is an inventor who finds an injured Optimus in truck-form and hopes to sell his parts to pay for his daughter Tessa's university fees. But when Cade realises Optimus' true nature, he helps to repair his damaged body. The head of Cemetery Wind (Kelsey Grammer) finds out that Optimus is in Texas and hopes to capture him with the help of bounty hunter Lockdown.

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15 classification Begin Again


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Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance / Musical
Director: John Carney
Running time: 104 mins

The director of sweet musical romance Once must be hoping for repeat success with this similarly-themed whimsical movie that has a much bigger budget and bonafide Hollywood stars. Greta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who move to New York when he lands a deal with a major record label. But the glitz and glamour of fame leads Dave astray and soon Greta is left reeling and heartbroken by the changes in his behaviour. She is encouraged to perform at an open mic night by a friend, where she attracts the attention of washed-up record label executive Dan (Mark Ruffalo). He decides to help her record an album, and she helps him reconnect with music.

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15 classification Love Me Til Monday


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Genre: Drama / Romance / Comedy
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Running time: 91 mins

A low-budget drama with a fresh-faced cast and improvised lines. Twenty-five-year-old Rebecca (Georgia Maguire) doesn't know what she wants from life. She has a boring job in a small office and lives in her mother's house, with her only excitement provided by a crush on a co-worker and nights out at weekends. She is supposed to be looking after her younger brother but is too wrapped up in her own worries to do more than occasionally remember to feed him. When the object of her affections leaves town, she finds herself involved in a complicated sort-of relationship with her nerdy boss Steve (Tim Plester) and her employment becomes a little less secure. Will she ever find true love?

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12a classification Bastards


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Genre: Documentary
Director: Deborah Perkin
Running time: 83 mins

In Morocco, as in all Muslim countries, sex outside marriage is illegal and women bear the brunt of society’s disapproval. The children of single mothers are turned away from infant immunisation clinics and do not have access to many schools. Later in life they are denied housing and other social advantages and are subject to discrimination. Rabha El Haimer found herself an outcast when it was revealed that her marriage had no legal status, thus making her child Salma illegitimate. This documentary tells the story of her fight for a better life for Salma. Helping her fight this battle was a unique and radical charity in Casablanca, L’Association Solidarite Feminine. With first-hand testimony from Rabha and others in her position, and with unprecedented access to the family court in Agadir, Bastards reveals the daunting challenge facing single mothers in Morocco today.

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