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A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK (2020)
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna, Liev Schrieber, Griffin Newman, Rebecca Hall, Liev Schreiber and Kelly Rohrbach. Directed by Woody Allen.

A young couple arrives in New York for a weekend where they are met with bad weather and a series of adventures.

REVIEWS A Rainy Day in New York - A waterlogged romantic comedy

MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (2019)
Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ed Skrein, Harris Dickinson, David Gyasi, Jenn Murray, Kae Alexander and Fernanda Diniz. Directed by Joachim Rønning.

A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after 'Maleficent', in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

REVIEWS Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Disney still have some magic left in them

GALVESTON (2019)
Starring Ben Foster, Elle Fanning, Beau Bridges, Adepero Oduye, Lili Reinhart, María Valverde, Robert Aramayo and C.k. McFarland. Directed by Mélanie Laurent.

Debt Collector and sometime-killer Roy senses that his boss, a dangerous, violent and pitiless loan-shark, wants him dead, and his next routine assignment is indeed a death-trap. Yet what the would-be killers do to Roy is not the same as what he does to them...after a smoking spasm of violence, they are mostly dead and he is just about alive. Before making his getaway, Roy discovers young prostitute Rocky hiding in the back room, and he sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that prompts a fateful decision. He takes her with him as he flees New Orleans to Galveston - an action as ill-advised as it is inescapable. Rocky is too young, too tough, too sexy - and far too much trouble, especially when she makes a detour to liberate her 3 year old sister from the clutches of their seedy step-father. Like the smoke dancing upwards from a barrel of a gun, there’s no way things are going to end well.

REVIEWS Galveston - Elle Fanning & Ben Foster save an uneven crime drama

MARY SHELLEY (2018)
Starring Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Maisie Williams, Joanne Froggatt, Stephen Dillane, Tom Sturridge, Ben Hardy, Hugh O'Conor and Jack Hickey. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour.

Mary is a rebellious and outspoken teenager. When she meets the poet Percy Shelley, there’s a spark of attraction between the two outsiders who feel trapped within polite society. When Mary’s family discover that Percy is married with a child, they forbid any further contact. Mary and Percy elope, taking Mary’s half-sister Claire along for the ride. It’s a scandal, and with Percy’s philandering ways, rumours of a ménage à trois are whispered everywhere they go. Claire willfully flirts her way into the affections of poet Lord Byron, and Mary is relieved when they are asked to join the decadent poet at his house in Lake Geneva.

During one stormy summer night, to distract Mary from Percy’s infidelities, Lord Byron suggests they all write a ghost story. All the pain and guilt that Mary feels about Percy, Claire and the child she lost, is poured into giving birth to Frankenstein’s Monster. The story is incredible, a classic that even Percy must acknowledge. But women don’t write books, and publishers certainly won’t print them. The rebel rises, and Mary fights for her creature and her identity, all at the age of eighteen.

REVIEWS Mary Shelley - A paint-by-numbers biopic

THE BEGUILED (2017)
Starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, Addison Riecke, Emma Howard, Wayne Pére and Eric Ian. Directed by Sofia Coppola.

In a girls’ school in the state of Virginia in 1864 as the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world – until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in.

REVIEWS The Beguiled - A deliciously intoxicating gothic fable

20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2017)
Starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat, John Billingsley, Thea Gill, Alison Elliott and Laura Wiggins. Directed by Mike Mills.

The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s.

REVIEWS 20th Century Women - A gentle and magical lesson on growing up

LIVE BY NIGHT (2017)
Starring Ben Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper and Max Martini. Directed by Ben Affleck.

Joe Coughlin is the youngest son of a respectable Boston police captain who grows up to become an employee of the city’s most fearsome, and successful, mobsters during Prohibition-era America.

REVIEWS Live By Night - No show, all tell

BALLERINA (2017)
Starring Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler and Dane Dehaan. Directed by Eric Summer and Eric Warin.

Félicie is a young orphan from Brittany with only one passion: dance. With her best friend Victor, who wants to become a great inventor, they devise a madcap plan to escape the orphanage for Paris – the City of Lights where the Eiffel Tower is still being built! Félicie will have to fight like never before to surpass herself and to learn from her mistakes, to make her wildest dream come true: becoming a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera...
THE NEON DEMON (2016)
Starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Jesse turns sixteen and moves to Los Angeles to launch a career as a model. An innocent teenager with the elfin face to match, Jesse is told she has just the right look to succeed and become an in-demand star. But her immediate attainment of the top rung stokes jealousy in the other models around her, and attracts the most predatory type of man, and if Jesse is to survive the meat factory that is fashion, she’s going to have to become more cutthroat than everyone stacked against her.

REVIEWS The Neon Demon - A remarkable yet problematic fever dream

TRUMBO (2016)
Starring Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.k., Elle Fanning, Alan Tyduk, Dean O'Gorman and David James Elliott. Directed by Jay Roach.

In this fascinating true story, Dalton Trumbo is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted in 1947 by the studios under the direction of the infamous House Committee on Un-American Activities. Holding strong to a belief in free speech and refusing to name "suspicious" friends, Trumbo was vilified in the communist witch-hunt that took place in America at the height of the Cold War. He was exiled professionally, sentenced to a year in prison for Contempt of Congress, and drawn into battle with the absurd Red-hating gossip columnist Hedda Hooper. With an irrepressible creative talent, Trumbo would find his way back into Hollywood, writing several scripts under pseudonyms during his exile, including Roman Holiday, and winning two Academy Awards under an alias.

REVIEWS Trumbo - The dark side of Hollywood

THE BOXTROLLS (2014)
Starring Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Toni Collette.

A comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh town obsessed with wealth, class and the finest of cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal the two things the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses... at least that’s the legend residents have always believed.

In truth, the Boxtrolls are a community of quirky and lovable creatures who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. This timid and kind-hearted band of tinkerers makes nightly forays above ground to search for choice bits of junk that they use to build wondrously ingenious contraptions in the underground caverns where they live.

REVIEWS The Boxtrolls - Straight to the he(art) of animation

MALEFICENT (2014)
Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Juno Temple, Sharlto Copley, Brenton Thwaites, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville. Directed by Robert Stromberg.

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
WE BOUGHT A ZOO (2011)
Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Colin Ford, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Angus Macfadyen, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, John Michael Higgins and Stephanie Szostak. Directed by Cameron Crowe.

REVIEWS We Bought A Zoo - The family film

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES
Starring Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, Matt Lucas, Mark Douglas, Elarica Gallacher, Joanna Scanlan, Alex Sharp, Ethan Lawrence and Nansi Nsue. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell.

Enn is a shy teenage punk rocker in 70s suburban England, with two close friends, Vic and John. One night they all sneak into a party where they meet a group of seemingly otherworldly girls; at first they think it’s a cult, but eventually come to realise the girls are actually from another world - outer space.

The leaders of this alien colony have a wicked plan in mind, but that doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, one of the colony’s key members. Their burgeoning romance sets in motion a series of increasingly sensational events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks versus aliens, and test the bonds of friendship, family, and true love.

REVIEWS How To Talk To Girls At Parties - John Cameron Mitchell's punk sci-fi eleganza

GINGER AND ROSA
Starring Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening and Alice Englert. Directed by Sally Potter.

London, 1962. Two teenage girls - Ginger and Rosa - are inseparable; they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered - by the clash of desire and the determination to survive.
ABOUT RAY
Starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan. Directed by Gaby Dellal.
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