Gritty and violent drama following one day in the life of a gang member in inner city Birmingham. Flash (Dylan Duffus) receives a call from gang leader Angel (Yohance Watson), who's just been released from prison, telling him he's coming for the half a million he left with him for safekeeping. Panicking because he doesn't have the full amount, Flash soon realises he has to cut a deal with rival member Evil (Tobias Duncan). As the clock ticks down, Flash needs all his wits to stay ahead of Angel, the police, a rival gang, and the three neglected women in his life.
Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert, Kelly LeBrock
Caroline Barry stars as feminist reporter Nellie Bly in this American drama about her time in a madhouse. Set in 1887, the film follows the 23-year-old journalist as she goes undercover in a women's mental asylum on Blackwell Island. Working for Joseph Pulitzer's 'New York World', Nellie feigned insanity to spend ten days in the madhouse for an exposé on the facility's reported brutal and negligent actions towards its patients. Her published revelations would revolutionise care for mentally ill women and the diagnosis of mental illness in America.
Richard Attenborough takes the lead role in the true story of the infamous English mass murderer John Reginald Christie who killed 8 women over a period of 13 years. After moving in as tenants in Christie's house, Timothy Evans (John Hurt) and his wife Beryl (Judy Geeson) go to their landlord for help in obtaining an abortion. Christie agrees to do what he can, and uses this as an opportunity to murder Beryl, adding one more victim to an already lengthy list. When the frightened Timothy is then blamed for the crime, and found guilty in a court of law (with Christie acting as a witness), Christie is able to continue killing undetected.
Director Jim O'Hanlon makes his feature debut with this drama starring Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton. The story follows the lives of seemingly unconnected people who all live within the same square mile of London soil. We meet former rugby superstar Max (Elba) whose wife Emily (Arterton) has left him after he had an affair with their childrens' nanny, small-time drug dealer Kingsley (Franz Drameh) who yearns for a better life, and taxi driver George (Charlie Creed-Miles) who wants nothing more than to give his wife a baby. As their stories deepen and the plots thicken, links begin to appear in the lives of these very different people.
Coming of age drama exploring the complexities of children losing their innocence and adults struggling to guide them. In the suburbs of America, three close knit 12-year-olds - introverted Jacob (Conor Donovan), precocious Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) and vulnerable Leonard (Jesse Camacho) - start down the path of self-discovery and begin to distinguish their own voices from those of their parents. Sparked by the tragic death of Jacob's twin brother, the trio band together as they grapple with feelings of revenge, the burden of grief and the indelible experiences of growing up.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Paul Giamatti
Award-winning historical slave-narrative drama directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film follows the experience of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), an African-American living with a wife and two children in Saratoga, New York, who is kidnapped and sold into slavery by men claiming to offer him work as a circus musician. Transported by ship to New Orleans, it isn't long before he is given a new name and sold to William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), a relatively empathetic slave owner. But confrontations with the cruel and violent overseer John Tibeats (Paul Dano) leads to Solomon being passed on by Ford to the extremely abusive and alcoholic planter Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender), who rules his slaves with a whip in one hand and a Bible in the other. Believing the only hope of regaining his freedom is to remain passive for the time being, Solomon ceases fighting against the illegitimacy of his situation until salvation is offered to him by a kindly labourer named Bass (Brad Pitt). The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o). It also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama and BAFTAs for Best Leading Actor (Ejiofor) and Best Film.
British comedy drama following the trials and tribulations of setting up a band. Along with his drummer friend Neil (Matthew Baynton), wannabe rock star Stevie (Ian Bonar) works in a call centre and dreams of making it big in the indie music scene. The future looks a whole lot brighter when Stevie and Neil team up with experienced guitarist Billy (Kieran Bew) and scatty art student bass player Emily (Lyndsey Marshal). But will band politics get in the way of Stevie's big dreams?
High stakes drama starring Sam Riley, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke and Ray Winstone. The family of Vince Ferro (Riley) are in grave need of money to pay medical bills. When Vince hears of the death of a man who was due to start a well paid job, he steals a letter addressed to the man and heads to New York to try and assume his identity. The ploy works and Vince is taken to the place of his employment but the 'job' is unusual to say the least. Vince finds himself forced to participate in a game of Russian roulette where the winner takes home a fortune and the losers go home in a body bag. Wealthy men, such as Jasper (Statham) - who has entered his less fortunate brother, Ronald (Winstone), into the event - bet on the outcome. Can Vince find a way to survive the horrifying game?
Matthew McConaughey, David Connelly, Joseph Siravo
Ensemble drama from director Jill Sprecher. The lives of several different New Yorkers, from an academic having a mid-life crisis to a young woman waiting for a miracle, intersect and intertwine, as each one discovers the different ways in which their lives can affect others. Starring Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, and Alan Arkin.
William Converse-Roberts, Hallie Foote, Matthew Broderick
Film drama set in a small Texas town in 1918 at the height of US involvement in WWI. Young men are patriotically heeding the call to arms, German immigrants are suspected of being traitors or saboteurs, and Liberty Bonds are being sold to pay for the war effort. Horace Robedaux (William Converse-Roberts) doesn't want to leave his young family to go and fight, but his father-in-law has plans to take care of things in his absence. But the devastating flu pandemic sweeping the town (and the rest of the globe) may scupper everyone's plans...
In a holocaustic future world, perpetually at war, where failure to conform is the ultimate crime, Winston Smith (John Hurt) rewrites history books and finds himself dreaming of escape from the all-seeing eyes of the Authorities. He embarks on a passionate (and illegal) affair with a young woman (Suzanna Hamilton) but they are soon caught and Smith undergoes a nightmarish brainwashing at the hands of the chief inquisitor O'Brien (Richard Burton).
Mike Mills writes and directs this 1970s-set American drama starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup. The story follows the life of Dorothea Fields (Bening), a single mother in her 50s, as she tries to raise her adolescent son to the best of her ability while still living her own life. Struggling with the cultural changes going on around her, Dorothea asks two women for help - her teenage neighbour Julie (Fanning) and her hippy artist friend Abbie (Gerwig). The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical and Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical (Bening), and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Slick casino scam tale based on Ben Mezrich's book 'Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions'. Brilliant M.I.T. student Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) has got money worries, if he doesn't come up with $300,000 he's going to be kicked out. Luckily for Ben, help is at hand in the shape of maths professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey), who has formed a team of students capable of taking on the casinos of Las Vegas and beating them at blackjack, using a technique known as card counting. But as the team start to win, and win big, the glitzy lifestyle soon starts to ensnare Ben, and he begins to believe he's untouchable. With the team attracting the attention of casino security chief Cole Williams (Laurence Fishburne), it's not long before the stakes are raised to dangerous levels.
Award-winning film by the director of 'Amores Perros', Alejandro González Iñárritu. Shot mainly with a hand-held camera, and following a non-linear plot line, the film captures the immediacy and confusion of the moments before, during and after a horrific accident that causes the lives of three disparate people to become interwined. Sean Penn plays Paul Rivers, a mathematics teacher facing up to his pending death from a heart problem, while his distant wife Mary (Charlotte Gainsbourg) hopes to become pregnant from artificial insemination. Naomi Watts is Cristina, mother of two little girls who has overcome a drug-dependent past to achieve a stable, happy marriage and family life. Benicio del Toro plays Jack Jordan, an ex-criminal who has now found Jesus and is struggling to provide for his wife and their two children in a poor area of the town. When tragedy strikes, all three characters must re-evaluate their lives in the face of death. The title refers to the 21 grams a person loses at the moment of death, thought to be the weight of the human soul.
Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper
Monty Brogan [Edward Norton] has one day to put his life in order before starting a seven year prison sentence for drug dealing. On this day he tries to set things right with estranged father [Brian Cox] and heads out of town with his friends Jacob [Philip Seymour Hoffman] and Slaughtery [Barry Pepper]. Being in touch with his old friends again makes him reconsider his life choices. Is it too late to change?
When her alcoholic misdemeanors land her in court on a drunk-driving charge, Gwen Cummings (Sandra Bullock) is sentenced to 28 days in rehab. Arriving at the clinic, Gwen at first resists the discipline and emotional honesty required by her treatment, but she soon forms bonds with the other inmates and builds up the courage to tackle her problem. Also starring Steve Buscemi, Viggo Mortensen and Elizabeth Perkins.
Wes Bentley, Vincent Piazza and Amber Tamblyn star in this American drama. Six years after going their separate ways three former friends and bandmates reunite in the desert to celebrate their 30th birthdays together. While singer Anna (Tamblyn) has forged a successful solo career, Barry (Piazza) has become a lawyer and gotten married while Travis (Bentley) has failed to move on and is still eager to chase his lost dream of success. During their three day reunion old emotions and resentments come to the surface as the trio reminisce over how they almost made it together as a band but were instead driven apart.
Drama loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play 'La Ronde' and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster. Set in various cities around the world, the film follows a number of people who are all linked by their sexual encounters, unbeknown to them. Among them are businessman Michael Daly (Law) who considers hiring a prostitute; his wife, Rose (Weisz), who decides it's time to end the affair she has been having; an elderly man (Hopkins) recovering from a drinking problem who goes in search of his estranged daughter; and sex offender Tyler McGregor (Foster) who struggles to resist temptation when he is released on parole.
British gangster drama penned by the writers of 'Sexy Beast', featuring an ensemble cast that includes Ray Winstone, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Joanne Whalley and Tom Wilkinson. Ray Winstone stars as Colin Diamond, a London gangster who enlists the help of his friends to kidnap his wife's young French lover (Melvil Poupaud) in the hope of restoring his damaged ego.
Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as an aged couple in this British drama written and directed by Andrew Haigh. In the run-up to their 45th wedding anniversary, Kate (Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Courtenay) are rocked by the news that the body of Geoff's former fiancée has been discovered in the Swiss Alps, 50 years after she disappeared on a walking holiday with Geoff. Although Kate knew of Geoff's first love he kept their engagement a secret. As Geoff reminisces about his past and debates whether to fly to Switzerland to formally identify the body, his wife is left to re-evaluate their long relationship. As Kate finalises preparations for their anniversary party, she begins to delve deeper into her husband's past and makes new discoveries that threaten to spell the end for their 45-years of marriage. Rampling was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.