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This Week's New Film Releases: Friday 6 March 2015

12a classification Still Alice


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Genre: Drama
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Running time: 101 mins

Julianne Moore gives an Oscar-winning performance in this heartbreaking drama about Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Alice Howland (Moore) is a professor of linguistics at Columbia University, mother of three children and wife to John Howland (Alec Baldwin). She learns that she is suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease. After discovering that it was inherited from her father, she encourages her children to get tested. Her eldest (Kate Bosworth) obliges and finds that she carries the gene, but luckily has not passed it to her own children. Alice's youngest daughter Lydia (Kristen Stewart) refuses to get tested. The family struggle to deal with Alice's deteriorating condition. Alice herself creates notes and memory exercises in the hope of limiting the effects of her condition, but finds her coping mechanisms faltering one by one.

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15 classification Chappie


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Genre: Sci-fi / Action
Director: Neil Blomkamp
Running time: 120 mins

After showing some originality with his breakthrough feature District 9, director Neil Blomkamp followed up with the uninspired Elysium. But now he's back (with the star of District 9 as his lead once more and the help of District 9's co-writer) for this film about a robot who learns about what it means to be human. It is set in a future where people are kept in line by a mechanized police force. One of the police droids, Chappie (Sharlto Copley) is stolen and reprogrammed to help a criminal gang commit a heist. However, he starts to become more and more human as time wears on. Evil forces led by Vincent Moore (Hugh Jackman) want to exterminate Chappie.

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15 classification Unfinished Business


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Genre: Comedy
Director: Steven Conrad
Running time: 91 mins

A comedy about Dan (Vince Vaughn), a typical hard-working underdog type. He must travel to Europe to close a big deal for his business. His two associates are an old person (Tom Wilkinson) who will no doubt do crazy things, and young person Mike (Dave Franco) who disturbs potential clients with his youth. Then their trip goes off the rails. It has been pointed out (most notably by movie website Filmdrunk) that the titles of Vince Vaughn movies have become so generic it is possible to predict an endless ream of suitable future names. They will be extremely lazy and literal and bland, much like the material itself, which will make a few attempts at raunchy 'modern' humour but inevitably falter like a goldfish on a hot lawn. And so it is with Unfinished Business.

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15 classification White Bird In A Blizzard


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Genre: Drama / Thriller / Teen
Director: Gregg Araki
Running time: 91 mins

A drama from the director of Kaboom and Mysterious Skin. In 1988, Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is a typical seventeen-year-old, going out to clubs and learning about her own sexuality while her former wild-child mother Eve (Eva Green) struggles to tame her own instincts. As the housewife to an ordinary, dull man (Christopher Meloni), Eve tries to be dutiful but when he's not around she will seek attention from a variety of sources, including Kat's boyfriend Phil (Shiloh Fernandez). Then one day, Eve disappears. The film goes back and forth between 1988 and three years later, when Kat is at college. Despite occasionally indulging her own sexual powers, she has managed to deal with her mother's abandonment quite well. Then a detective tells her that her mother may have been murdered.

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12a classification Life Of Riley


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Genre: Drama / Foreign Language / Comedy
Director: Alain Resnais
Running time: 113 mins

This comedy drama is set in Yorkshire and features British props, but the actors all speak in French. The final film from French auteur Alain Resnais, it marries his style with Alan Ayckbourn's play of the same name, which is the source material. In Yorkshire, three couples (played by Sabine Azema, Hippolyte Giradot, Caroline Silhol, Michel Vuillermoz, Sandrine Kiberlain and André Dussollier) are devastated to hear that their friend George Riley is fatally ill and has only a few months left to live. Trying to cheer him up, they invite him to their amateur dramatics group, but their shared histories, rivalries and secrets do not make the rehearsals very peaceful. George decides to have one last holiday in Tenerife, and the women all scramble to be picked for the trip while their husbands sulk.

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