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Pride
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Pride
Released: 12/09/2014 General release
Inspired by a true story, director Matthew Warchus (Matilda) expands upon the universe of Billy Elliot and the miners' strike of 1984/1985. Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton and Paddy Considine star in this warm but purportedly not overtly sugary look at a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists who team up with strikers from a tiny Welsh village.
Rated 83
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A Most Wanted Man
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A Most Wanted Man
Released: 12/09/2014 General release
Anton Corbijn adapts the John le Carré thriller, perhaps not quite hitting the high notes Tomas Alfredson achieved with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. This does feature a turn from the always watchable and sadly missed Philip Seymour Hoffman, however. A Chechen Muslim is caught up in the war on terror. Is he a threat, or merely trying to escape the very thing that he is accused of...?
Rated 72 %
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A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness
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A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness
Released: 10/09/2014 Released in key cities
We are fans of artist-director Ben Rivers. His films bare a unique intensity, distressed aesthetic quality and lumbering pace, recalling he work of Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr. Rivers’ second feature, made with artist Ben Russell, explores loneliness and optimism, following an unnamed hermetic character through a secluded Estonian island, a forest in Finland and a black metal concert in Norway. 
Rated 68 %
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Finding Fela
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Finding Fela
Released: 05/09/2014 Released in key cities
Jay Z and Will Smith both stepped in to produce Fela!, the musical about the life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, creator of the political-musical movement afrobeat (and whose son, Femi, we spoke to in 2010). Academy Award winner Alex Gibney uses footage from the musical among his sources for this loose, vivid documentary portrait of the Nigerian political revolutionary.
Rated 60 %
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Attila Marcel
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Attila Marcel
Released: 05/09/2014 Released in key cities
The first live action feature from Sylvain Chomet, whose whimsical gothic sensibility produced two superb animations, Belleville Rendez-vous and The Illusionist. Stifled by two controlling aunts, an orphaned pianist unlocks a suppressed childhood memory that will change his life.    
Rated 62 %
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Night Moves
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Night Moves
Released: 29/08/2014 General release
Director Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy, Meek's Cutoff) doesn't do thrillers in the conventional sense, but this has been feted for its expertly cultivated air of suspense. A trio of eco-activists (Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard) plan to blow up a dam in the Oregon woods. Do the ends justify the means and are their motives purely selfless? Reichardt has excelled with this sort of slow-burning ambiguity in the past.
Rated 72 %
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Lucy
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Lucy
Released: 22/08/2014 General release
Known for his tough and memorable female action heroes, and his questionable recent filmmaking, Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson as Lucy, the first human to ever use 100% of her brain capacity. Accidentally caught up in a drug deal, her full potential is released. Morgan Freeman also stars.
Rated 70 %
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Two Days, One Night
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Two Days, One Night
Released: 22/08/2014 General release
The Palme D'Or winning Dardenne brothers cast Marion Cotillard as a mother left fighting for her job post-breakdown. Her boss decides that her colleagues will choose between her returning to work or receiving an annual bonus from her salary. Cotillard's Sandra visits each of them to petition their vote in a naturalistic drama that won rave reviews at Cannes.
Rated 91
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God Help The Girl
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God Help The Girl
Released: 22/08/2014 Released in key cities
An extension of the musical side project started in 2009 by Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch, his directorial debut looks suspiciously autobiographical – three young thrift-store dressed Glaswegians form a band. This won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance, where it was described as sentimental, lo-fi and twee, terms that happily apply to most aspects of Murdoch’s artistic pursuits.
Rated 54 %
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The Congress
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The Congress
Released: 15/08/2014 General release
Ari Folman wowed critics with his animated Lebanon documentary Waltz With Bashir in 2008. He now turns his rotoscope eye on Hollywood's institutional ageism, neatly employing 40something actress Robin Wright (star of The Princess Bride) to play herself. 'Miramount' studio wishes to preserve her beauty by making her an animated avatar that they will own.
Rated 60 %
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