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Haunted by his past, WWII veteran and drifter Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) crosses paths with a mysterious movement called 'The Cause', led by Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) aka The Master and his wife Peggy (Amy Adams). Their twisted relationship is the core of this film that is "a glorious and haunting symphony of colour, emotion and sound with camera movements that elicit an involuntary gasp and feats of acting that defy comprehension" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times). Awarded Best Actor for both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix and Best Director for Paul Thomas Anderson at the 2012 Venice Film Festival "The Master is a film which casts a spell like a fever dream," (David Ansen, Newsweek). Stunningly photographed in 65mm, The Master stands as an undeniable cinematic experience. Will Freddie be able to outrun his past? Will 'The Cause' help or hurt him? Can this tortured, violent creature...
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A jet-black British comedy in which a romantic break turns into a bloody killing spree. Sheltered teenager Tina (Alice Lowe) accompanies her new boyfriend, thirty-something misanthrope Chris (Steve Oram) on an 'erotic odyssey' – aka a caravan tour of the North of England. But unbeknownst to Tina, Chris harbours a dark secret: he is a serial killer whose explosive outbursts result in the violent deaths of any random strangers who happen to mildly inconvenience him. As the body count mounts, even the clueless Tina starts to suspect that her new boyfriend may not be quite what he seems. Review by Nick Paris, Alice in Videoland....
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Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of 26 December, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the centre of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her in this life affirming true-story from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona. Review by Nick Paris, Alice in Videoland....
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Mental reunites writer-director P.J. Hogan with his original leading lady Toni Collette for the first time since Muriel's Wedding. The film follows the story of the Moochmore girls, who are certain they all suffer from some kind of undiagnosed mental illness – because if they're not crazy then they're just unpopular. Their mother Shirley (Rebecca Gibney) is unable to cope with her demanding teenage daughters and philandering politician husband, Barry (Anthony LaPaglia), suffers a nervous breakdown. After Barry commits his wife to a mental hospital (telling his constituents that she's ‘on holiday’) he finds himself alone with five teenage girls he barely knows. Desperate, he impulsively picks up a hippy hitchhiker named Shaz (Collette) and installs her in his home as nanny to his daughters. But it soon transpires that Shaz, far from being a stabilising influence on this most dysfunctional of families, has brought along plenty of issues of...
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Ben Affleck directs and stars in this gripping political thriller based on real events that took place during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. In November 1979, the American Embassy in Tehran is stormed by militants and 52 Americans are taken hostage. In the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to escape and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it is only a matter of time before they are found out and probably killed, the CIA turns to their top ‘exfiltration’ specialist, Tony Mendez (Affleck), to come up with a plan to get the six Americans safely out of the country. The ‘best bad idea’ Mendez pitches involves everyone masquerading as the crew of a cheesy Hollywood sci-fi film, a daring ruse he sets up with help from an acerbic producer (Alan Arkin) and a veteran makeup man (John Goodman). With Bryan Cranston and Victor...
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Philippe (Francois Cluzet) is a wealthy Parisian left paralysed from the neck down after a paragliding accident. Driss (Omar Sy) is a young Senegalese man with a criminal record. When Driss applies for a job as Philippe's live-in caretaker as a formality that will allow him to continue to collect welfare, he's shocked to learn that he's been hired. Despite their very different backgrounds and outlooks on life, the two men quickly form a strong bond, teaching each other important life lessons about acceptance, respect and the true meaning of friendship in the process. Based on a true story, this poignant comedy/drama was a worldwide hit that garnered great acclaim and incredible reviews....
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