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      Sing Street


        Oh to be young and in love, in 1980s Ireland… How do you win over the girl of your dreams? Impress her! The fact that you’re the lead singer in a band is surely a winner. But hang on, Conor is not a singer, nor is he in a band… Luckily the naive optimism and creativity of youth quickly solves those minor problems, with a bit of help from various random schoolmates and his older brother Brendan on the one hand, and a bit of hindrance from his parents and the school principal on the other. And so his wooing of Raphina begins…


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      Rupture


        Noomi Rapace plays Renee, a divorced mother who one day finds herself abducted and taken to some secret facility. She soon finds out she is not the only abductee there, but why was she brought there remains a mystery. But she, like the others in this facility, is tied down onto a bed and before long her kidnappers start various ‘tests’ on her; following ‘protocol’, pushing her buttons, but why…? What are they trying to find out…?


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      Nocturnal Animals


        A successful Los-Angeles-based artist Susan Morrow (played by Amy Adams) is sent a manuscript of a novel by her ex-husband Tony Hastings (Jake Gyllenhaal). The story is one of violent abduction and grips her, causing Susan to recall her earlier brief marriage to Tony and the issues that caused it to fail. As the tale unfolds the plot of the novel starts to have subtle parallels with her former marriage…


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      Passengers


        A giant starship is on a century-long journey to a recently colonised planet, carrying five thousand colonists plus crew in suspended animation. The ship is highly advanced and is self-repairing and self navigating, so no human crew are required; this ship’s complement will be woken when the ship nears its destination. The film opens when one of them, an engineer called Jim (Chris Pratt) is awakened from his sleep, and quickly discovers that he is not only the only one awake but that there are still ninety years left in the journey. Needless to say, this is unwelcome news…


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      Green Room


        A punk-rock band, The Ain’t Rights, aren’t particularly successful, and if they can even get a gig, they still don’t get much of an audience it seems… So when they get a last minute booking somewhere in the Oregon woods to play for a bunch of skinheads, they accept it as it may bring in some cash at least.


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      Our Kind of Traitor


        Perry (played by Ewan McGregor) is a teacher on holiday in Marrakech with his barrister wife Gail (Naomie Harris). They are dining in a restaurant opposite a boisterous group of Russians, and when Gail has to head off early to take a work call he is invited over for a drink by one of the Russians – Dima (Stellan Skarsgard). The Russians are pretty evidently mafiosa, but despite this Perry heads off to a party with them after the restaurant, and agrees to play tennis with his new-found friend Dima the next day, and a further party that night…


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      Morgan


        Lee Weathers (played by Kate Mara) is a corporate risk assessment analyst, which doesn’t sound a promising job for an action thriller until you realise that this is Hollywood, where considerable latitude to is given to job descriptions in big companies. She is tasked by her boss (played by Brian Cox) to investigate unsettling events at an isolated scientific laboratory where Dr Simon Ziegler (Toby Jones) and Dr Lui Cheng (Michelle Yeoh) and running an experiment into creating artificial life.


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      Don’t Breathe


        Three teenage kids break into a house in a desolate part of Detroit, where they believe they will find a safe full of money. Rocky (Jane Levy) hopes this money will give her a way out of her desperate home situation; and Alex (Dylan Minette) is nurturing his not-so-secret crush on Rocky; and Money (Daniel Zovatto) is in it, well, for the money. This should be an easy target: Dylan steals the house keys from his father’s security business, and the home owner is a blind man…


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      In My Father’s Den


        When you watch a movie like this, you cannot help but think that New Zealand must be full of small towns with frustrated people with limited experience of the world beyond – and they don’t really understand their immediate environment either as that seems to be filled with unspeakable family secrets and other skeletons… Luckily, that can make for an interesting movie.


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      Equity


        The financial crisis of the late 2000s has reinvigorated the ‘financial thriller’ genre, and Equity brings a new perspective to this: it is an all-female film – from actresses to director to producers. Yet it is not a very feminist movie; other than claims like ‘it is ok for women to like money too’, the female angle isn’t overplayed in the storyline. This would be a strength if the plot was strong in its own right, but as it isn’t, the movie lacks a bit of a point to make.


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