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ARGO (2012)
Starring Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Taylor Schilling, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Scoot McNairy and Rory Cochrane. Directed by Ben Affleck.

Based on real events, the dramatic thriller 'Argo' chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played - information that was not declassified until many years after the event.

REVIEWS Argo - How Hollywood can save your life

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LITTLE WOMEN (2020)
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Florence Pugh, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, James Norton, Louis Garrel and Bob Odenkirk. Directed by Greta Gerwig.

REVIEWS Little Women - Greta Gerwig touches the sublime with another American masterpiece
Little Women - A 21st century remake - but does it cause more harm than good?

KURSK (2019)
Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, Max Von Sydow, August Diehl, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schweighöfer, Joel Basman and Bjarne Henriksen. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg.

REVIEWS Kursk - When tragedy and bureaucracy collide

ISLE OF DOGS (2018)
Starring Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens and Mari Natsuki. Directed by Wes Anderson.

When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.

REVIEWS Isle of Dogs - A whimsical comedy for dog and animation lovers

THE SHAPE OF WATER (2018)
Starring Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lauren Lee Smith, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Sally Hawkins, Nick Searcy, Dru Viergever and David Hewlett. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro.

In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

REVIEWS The Shape of Water - An Oscar-winning fairytale for the ages
The Shape Of Water - A modern fairytale for the adults

SUBURBICON (2017)
Starring Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, Julianne Moore, Glenn Fleshler, Noah Jupe, Lauren Burns, Megan Ferguson, Michael D. Cohen and Chrystall Friedemann. Directed by George Clooney.

A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.

REVIEWS Suburbicon - Clooney misses the mark

THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS (2016)
Starring Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Derek Cianfrance.

Tom and Isabel, a lighthouse-tending couple, stumble upon a boat carrying a dead man and a baby. Tom and Isabel decide to raise the child as their own, with emotionally tortuous consequences.

REVIEWS The Light Between Oceans - Melodramatic and messy

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (2016)
Starring Louis C.k., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Albert Brooks, Lake Bell and Steve Coogan. Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney.

For one Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave and pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own nine-to-five routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners, or auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks.

REVIEWS The Secret Life Of Pets - Something dif-fur-ent for the family

THE DANISH GIRL (2016)
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw and Matthias Schoenaerts. Directed by Tom Hooper.

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener, whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a ground-breaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe.

REVIEWS The Danish Girl - A woeful film with wasted potential

UNBROKEN (2015)
Starring Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, John Magaro and Alex Russell. Directed by Angelina Jolie.

An epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

REVIEWS Unbroken - True story falls short of believability

THE IMITATION GAME (2015)
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, James Northcote and Tom Goodman-Hill. Directed by Morten Tyldum.

English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.

REVIEWS The Imitation Game - Absolute brilliance

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014)
Starring Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Tony Revolori, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Uwe Holoubek, Harvey Keitel and Jude Law. Directed by Wes Anderson.

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune - all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.

REVIEWS The Grand Budapest Hotel - Classic charm

PHILOMENA (2013)
Starring Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann, Sean Mahon, Anna Maxwell Martin and Michelle Fairley. Directed by Stephen Frears.

The true story of one mother’s search for her lost son. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was whisked away by the nuns to America for adoption. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary journalist as cynical as Philomena was trusting. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also the powerful bond that grew up between Philomena and Martin.

REVIEWS Philomena - A journey worth taking

RUST AND BONE (2013)
Starring Marion Cotillard - Stephanie and Matthias Schoenaerts - Alain. Directed by Jacques Audiard.

Penniless and landed with a 5-year-old son to look after, Alain goes to stay with his sister in Antibes and starts looking for work. At a nightclub he meets Stephanie (Cotillard), a killer whale trainer at the local Marineland Water Park. Alain is fascinated by her, but Stephanie isn’t interested in him, until she suffers a tragic accident that leaves her disabled. An unusual, physical and codified relationship develops between them.
ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR (2013)
Starring Roman Polanski. Directed by Laurent Bouzereau.

REVIEWS Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS 3D (2012)
Starring Hugh Jackman - E. Aster Bunnymund, Chris Pine - Jack Frost, Alec Baldwin - North, Isla Fisher - Tooth and Jude Law - Pitch. Directed by Peter Ramsey.

The story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of the children all over the world.

REVIEWS Rise of the Guardians - Visually spectacular
Rise of the Guardians - More free fall than rise

ARGO (2012)
Starring Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Taylor Schilling, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea Duvall, Scoot McNairy and Rory Cochrane. Directed by Ben Affleck.

Based on real events, the dramatic thriller 'Argo' chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played - information that was not declassified until many years after the event.

REVIEWS Argo - How Hollywood can save your life

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