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The Post [M] Poster

The Post [M] (US)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Rated: M
Stars:
Meryl Streep
Tom Hanks
Alison Brie
Screening in February
Fri 23rd, Sat 24th

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Two of Hollywood’s greatest, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, team up with legendary director Steven Spielberg for The Post, a thrilling political drama recounting the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971. A smart, incisive film with an urgent relevance to today’s America, The Post explores the idea of freedom of press and champions the outlets who honoured their responsibility to a public deceived by its own government.

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Just To be Sure [M] Poster

Just To be Sure [M] (France [Subtitled])

Directed by: Carine Tardieu
Rated: M
Stars:
Francois Damiens
Cecile de France
Guy Marchand
Andre Wilms
Alice de Lencquesaing
Screening in February
Sun 25th

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The breakout French hit of the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, where it premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight to multiple, raucous standing ovations, writer/director Carine Tardieu’s charming romantic comedy JUST TO BE SURE is a winning tale of parenthood, love and family, both lost and found. When lonely 45-year-old widower Erwan (the remarkable François Damiens, The Bélier Family) discovers by accident that that man who raised him isn’t his real father, he begins a search for his biological one. Thanks to a local private detective he soon locates the mischievous, 70-something Joseph (Le Havre’s Andre Wilms), whom it seems his mother may have known briefly. Erwan soon falls not only for his charm, but that of the impetuous Anna (a radiant Cécile de France), who has ties to them both. But the conflicting loyalties become compounded by the pregnancy of his own daughter (Alice de Lencquesaing), who defiantly refuses to name the father… very soon Erwan’s families begin to collide, to unexpected, hilarious and moving effect.

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Darkest Hour [PG] Poster

Darkest Hour [PG] (UK)

Directed by: Joe Wright
Rated: PG
Stars:
Gary Oldman
John Hurt
Kristin Scott Thomas
Ben Mendelsohn
Lily James
Screening in March
Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd

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A thrilling and inspiring true story begins at the precipice of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

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The Nut job 2 [G] Poster

The Nut job 2 [G] (US)

Directed by: Cal Brunker
Rated: G
Stars:
Will Arnett
Maya Rudolph
Katherine Heigl
Jackie Chan
Screening in March
Sun 4th

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When the evil mayor of Oakton decides to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place, Surly Squirrel and his ragtag group of animal friends need to band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

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Loving Vincent [M] Poster

Loving Vincent [M] (Poland/UK)

Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Rated: M
Stars:
Saoirse Ronan
Jerome Flynn
Aidan Turner
Screening in March
Mon 5th

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The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer [MA15+] Poster

The Killing of a Sacred Deer [MA15+] (Ireland/UK/US)

Directed by: ‎Yorgos Lanthimos
Rated: MA15+
Stars:
Colin Farrell
Nicole Kidman
Sunny Suljic
Raffey Cassidy
Barry Keoghan
Screening in March
Fri 9th

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Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss. Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humour and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.

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Swinging Safari [M] Poster

Swinging Safari [M] (Aust)

Directed by: ‎Stephan Elliott
Rated: M
Stars:
Guy Pearce
Kylie Minogue
Radha Mitchell
Julian McMahon
Asher Keddie
Jeremy Sims
Screening in March
Sat 10th, Sun 11th

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1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and the kids think it's the biggest thing that's ever happened in their lives. Behind closed doors, the Mums and Dads of this quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way, by joining the sexual revolution. It’s a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times. And like the rotting whale, it's all about to go spectacularly wrong. SWINGING SAFARI is a celebration of the Australian summer combined with a healthy dose of nostalgia and laugh out loud comedy.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [MA15+] Poster

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri [MA15+] (US)

Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Rated: MA15+
Stars:
Frances McDormand
Woody Harrelson
Sam Rockwell
John Hawkes
Peter Dinklage
Screening in March
Fri 16th, Sat 17th

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After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

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The Shape of Water [MA15+] Poster

The Shape of Water [MA15+] (US)

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Rated: MA15+
Stars:
Sally Hawkins
Doug Jones
Michael Shannon
Octavia Spencer
Michael Stuhlbarg
Screening in March
Sun 18th, Fri 23rd

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From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.

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Sweet Country [MA15+] Poster

Sweet Country [MA15+] (Aust)

Directed by: Warwick Thornton
Rated: MA15+
Stars:
Hamilton Morris
Bryan Brown
Thomas M. Wright
Ewen Leslie
Anni Finsterer
Matt Day
Sam Neill
Natassia Gorey-Furber
Screening in March
Sat 24th, Sun 25th

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Inspired by real events, Sweet Country is a period western set in 1929 in the outback of the Northern Territory, Australia. When Aboriginal stockman Sam (Hamilton Morris) kills white station owner Harry March (Ewen Leslie) in self-defence, Sam and his wife Lizzie (Natassia Gorey-Furber) go on the run. They are pursued across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) leads the posse with the help of Aboriginal tracker Archie (Gibson John) and local landowners Fred Smith (Sam Neill) and Mick Kennedy (Thomas M. Wright). Fletcher is desperate to capture Sam and put him on trial for murder – but Sam is an expert bushman and he has little difficulty outlasting them. Eventually, for the health of his pregnant wife, Sam decides to give himself up. He is put on trial in the courtroom of Judge Taylor (Matt Day). But will justice be served?

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Finding Your Feet[M] Poster

Finding Your Feet[M] (UK)

Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Rated: M
Stars:
Imelda Staunton
Celia Imrie
Timothy Spall
Joanna Lumley
Screening in March
Fri 30th, Sat 31st, Sun 1st April

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When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair, she seeks refuge with her estranged sister Bif(Imrie) in London. Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, bohemian sibling. But when Bif drags her along to a community dance class, step by step, Sandra finds the courage to reinvent herself. Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy proving it’s never too late to start again.

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Menashe[PG] Poster

Menashe[PG] (US)

Directed by: Joshua Z Weinstein
Rated: PG
Stars:
Menashe Lustig
Ruben Niborski
Yoel Weisshaus
Meyer Schwartz
Yoel Falkowitz
Screening in April
Fri 6th

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Performed entirely in Yiddish, a language not used in cinema for many decades, MENASHE follows a kind, hapless grocery store clerk as he struggles to make ends meet and responsibly parent his young son, Rieven. In the wake of his wife’s death, tradition prohibits Menashe from raising his son alone, so Rieven’s strict uncle adopts him, leaving Menashe heartbroken.

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Lady Bird[M] Poster

Lady Bird[M] (US)

Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Rated: M
Stars:
Saoirse Ronan
Laurie Metcalf
Tracy Letts
Lucas Hedges
Timothée Chalamet
Beanie Feldstein
Screening in April
Sat 7th, Sun 8th

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Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) 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.

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The BBQ[PG] Poster

The BBQ[PG] (Aust)

Directed by: Stephen Amis
Rated: PG
Stars:
Shane Jacobson
Manu Feildel
Julia Zemiro
Magda Szubanski
Nicholas Hammond
Frederik Simpson
Screening in April
Fri 13th, Sat 14th, Sun 15th

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Laid-back suburban everyman Darren "Dazza" Cook loves to entertain his friends and neighbours with his weekly backyard barbecues, utilizing the ancient rum-barrel barbecue that family legend prescribes as having come from Cpt James Cook’s Endeavour. Unexpectedly thrust into the limelight by his employer when an International BBQ Festival comes to town, Dazza needs to sharpen up his act, so enlists the guidance of the mysterious Scottish chef known only as “The Butcher”. As Dazza hones his chops perfecting the perfect steak, his 12-year-old son Jayden is challenged to prove the dubious Cook family ancestral link, with unexpected results. Set in an unnamed, contemporary, multicultural, average Australian backyard, THE BBQ is a gentle comic fable about the quest for the perfect steak.

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The Death of Stalin[MA15+] Poster

The Death of Stalin[MA15+] (UK)

Directed by: Armando Iannucci
Rated: MA15+
Stars:
Steve Buscemi
Jason Isaacs
Jeffrey Tambor
Michael Palin
Andrea Riseborough
Simon Russell Beale
Rupert Friend
Screening in April
Fri 20th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd

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The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Combining palace intrigue with rapid-fire farce, this audacious comedy is a bitingly funny takedown of bureaucratic dysfunction performed to the hilt by a sparkling ensemble cast

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