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      Sicario: Day of the Soldado


        A key part of the success of 2015’s Sicario was Emily Blunt’s role, which provided a moral balance to the hard-hitting story. Her character does not return in Sicario: Day of the Soldado; the main reason for this, according the director Stefano Sollima, was that they explicitly did not want this sequel to have a moral compass. Unfortunately, it turns out that is exactly what makes this movie nowhere near as interesting as its predecessor.


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      UFO


        Derek is a supposedly brilliant student who is failing his classes as he gets obsessed with what he believes to be UFO sightings. These sightings are, according to his clever math, being covered up for some reason, and Derek is hellbent on finding out what is really going on. His obsession leads to slow but steady progress towards finding out the truth.


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      Cargo


        The zombie genre is certainly alive and well these days. So how do you make another movie about the undead that has something new to offer? Actually, a lot of recent zombie movies aren’t about undead raising from the grave – most of them have some kind of disease as the background to people ‘turning’. The same applies to the zombies in Cargo, but it has two elements that do make it stand out: firstly it is a human story rather than a gore fest; and secondly it is set in the Australian outback.


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      Mandy


        This is one insanely trippy movie. Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) and Red (Nicolas Cage) live a peaceful existence in a cabin in the woods. Red is a lumberjack, and Mandy paints, reads and works in a local store. One day, the leader of a local religious sect, Jeremiah, sets his eyes and desires on Mandy, and sends his followers out to bring her to him. They violently abduct her and Red sets out on a relentless rampage of bloody revenge…


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      Revenge


        Richard (Kevin Janssens) is a wealthy investor who has brought his younger mistress Jen (Matilda Lutz) to a luxury hideaway in a desert. His business partners will join him there for their annual hunting trip, but they show up a day early and meet Jen. She proves too tempting for one of them and after things get completely out of hand the three men leave Jen for dead in the desert. Of course, as it turns out she is not quite dead…


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      First Reformed


        Reverend Ernst Toller (an excellent Ethan Hawke) heads a dwindling congregation at a small Dutch Protestant church in upstate New York. He drinks, far too much, since his marriage collapsed after his son died. Now, Toller mostly keeps to himself; he regrets an affair with the choir director who now won’t leave him at peace, and he seems to struggle keeping his faith.


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      A Quiet Place


        Humanity has been largely erased by an invasion of blind aliens who hunt their prey with their hearing. This means Silence is Survival. We follow a family trying to do just that. Krasinski plays husband Lee, and his real-life wife Emily Blunt plays his wife Evelyn. Their eldest child, Regan, is deaf (played by deaf actress Millicent Simmonds), which means the family can use sign language to stay silent as they communicate. Of course raising a young family in silence will still prove impossible, and they find themselves in the middle of an alien hunting ground…


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      American Animals


        A couple of friends decide to pull of the perfect heist. They are going to steal $12m worth of books from their college library. They watch heist movies and plot the plans, ranging from choosing disguises to organising a fencing deal to get rid of the loot. The movie echoes titbits of Heist classics ranging from Ocean’s 11 to Catch Me If You Can to Reservoir Dogs.


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      Radius


        This Canadian movie comes straight from the Twilight Zone. It has an intriguing concept to kick things off. A man has been in a car accident but he cannot remember anything – not even his name. As he wanders the roads he finds dead and dying people and animals in his path. Wondering why he isn’t affected by what he assumes to be some kind of virus, he soon figures out what causes the deaths…


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      Journeyman


        Matty Burton (Paddy Considine) is an ageing boxer who hopes to defend his title in a last fight, and then plans to enjoy his retirement with his wife Emma (Jodi Whittaker) and their baby daughter. After he comes home from the fight, his wife soon finds him collapsed on the floor…

        This is not a boxing movie; it is about Matty, as well as his family and friends, trying to fight their way back from his life-altering brain damage.


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