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LATE NIGHT (2019)
Starring Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow, Reid Scott, Amy Ryan, Denis O'Hare, Hugh Dancy, Max Casella, Paul Walter Hauser and John Early. Directed by Nisha Ganatra.

Katherine Newbury is a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she puts affirmative action on the to-do list, and—presto!— Molly is hired as the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. But Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalising her show and career—and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.

REVIEWS Late Night - The ladies of comedy have come to make waves

MID90S (2019)
Starring Sunny Suljic, Katherine Waterston, Lucas Hedges, Na-Kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, Fig Camila Abner and Liana Perlich. Directed by Jonah Hill.

Stevie is a 13-year-old in 90s-era LA who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop.

REVIEWS mid90s - An adequate debut with a wild heart at its core

EIGHTH GRADE (2019)
Starring Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Daniel Zolghadri, Frank Deal, Greg Crowe, Emily Robinson, Phoebe Amirault, Natalie Carter, Jake Ryan and Jalesia Martinez. Directed by Bo Burnham.

Thirteen-year-old Kayla Day always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes aspirational YouTube videos for a mostly non-existent audience of teenagers dealing with loneliness, anxiety, invisibility and outright rejection – but is unable to apply her wisdom to her own life and real situations. In the final week of a disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be.

REVIEWS Eighth Grade - An insightfully honest portrayal of youth

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB (2018)
Starring Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, Claes Bang, Sverrir Gudnason, Vicky Krieps, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Convery, Lakeith Stanfield, Synnøve Macody Lund and Cameron Britton. Directed by Fede Alvarez.
LADY BIRD (2018)
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen Henderson, Lois Smith, Odeya Rush and Kathryn Newton. Directed by Greta Gerwig.

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mum, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

REVIEWS Lady Bird - This is the best version of herself

STEVE JOBS (2016)
Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss and Sarah Snook. Directed by Danny Boyle.

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, 'Steve Jobs' takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

REVIEWS Steve Jobs - A film as fiercely inventive as its subject

ROSEWATER (2015)
Starring Gael García Bernal and Kim Bodnia. Directed by Jon Stewart.

'Rosewater' is the incredible true story of Canadian Iranian broadcast journalist Maziar Bahari. While covering the 2009 Iranian elections, Bahari was wrongfully arrested for treason and detained in Tehran's Evin prison where he developed an oddly symbiotic relationship with his interrogator. His universal story about love and freedom caught the attention of world leaders and mainstream media outlets across the globe, including Jon Stewart and The Daily Show.

REVIEWS Rosewater - An impressive debut and a powerful story
Rosewater - The perils of bearing witness

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

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2014)
Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman. Directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.

A singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s.
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)
Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener, Chris Mulkey, Max Martini, Michael Chernus, Yul Vazquez, Corey Johnson, David Warshofsky and John Magaro. Directed by Paul Greengrass.

A retelling of the headline-grabbing events that occurred on the high seas in April 2009 when cargo ship captain Richard Phillips, married father of two, surrendered himself to a group of four Somali pirates in order to protect his crew off the coast of Africa. After an unsuccessful escape attempt, he was subsequently rescued when U.S. Navy SEAL snipers shot and killed three of the pirates.

REVIEWS Captain Phillips - Real-life tension on the high seas

FRANCES HA (2013)
Starring Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen, Charlotte D'amboise, Grace Gummer, Patrick Heusinger, Josh Hamilton and Maya Kazan. Directed by Noah Baumbach.

A fast, funny and flirty tale of a group of twenty-something New Yorkers trying to find bliss in the Big Apple.

REVIEWS Frances Ha - Look out, Woody Allen

MOONRISE KINGDOM (2012)
Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel and Lucas Hedges. Directed by Wes Anderson.

REVIEWS Moonrise Kingdom - Fine actors, dark humour

MARGARET (2012)
Starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Jeannie Berlin, Jean Reno, Kieran Culkin, Olivia Thirlby, John Gallagher Jr and Rosemarie Dewitt. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.

REVIEWS Margaret - A cinematic bus crash

THE DICTATOR (2012)
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Sayed Badreya, Aasif Mandvi, Megan Fox, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, Michelle Bergh, Adeel Akhtar, Ben Kingsley and Olivia Taylor Dudley. Directed by Larry Charles.

REVIEWS The Dictator - Sacha Baron Cohen follows the script

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2012)
Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Joely Richardson, Geraldine James, Élodie Yung and Goran Visnjic. Directed by David Fincher.

REVIEWS A New Sound - Composers from the world of music
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (1996)
Starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Maggie Smith, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dan Hedaya, Stockard Channing, Victor Garber, Stephen Collins and Elizabeth Berkley. Directed by Hugh Wilson.

REVIEWS The First Wives Club - Sisters are still doin' it for themselves 25 years later

ANNIHILATION
Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Sonoya Mizuno, Tuva Novotny, David Gyasi, Kola Bokinni and Crystal Clarke. Directed by Alex Garland.

REVIEWS Annihilation - Alex Garland's startling sci-fi nightmare finally comes to Blu-ray

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
Starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Anthony Mackie, Jeanine Serralles, Liza Colón-Zayas, Fred Hechinger and Mariah Bozeman. Directed by Joe Wright.

Dr Anna Fox is a recluse, living alone in her New York City brownstone, as she spends her days drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies... and spying on her neighbours. When the Russell family moves into the house across the way, they appear to be the perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn1t, her world begins to crumble and shocking secrets are laid bare. Forced to prove what she saw actually happened, everyone begins to question if what occurred was real or imagined. Is it paranoia or did it happen? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one and nothing is what it seems.
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