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Calvary
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Calvary
Released: 11/04/2014 General release
John Michael McDonagh, writer-director behind The Guard, took the Independent Jury Award in Berlin for his next black Irish comedy, this moody who-will-do-it. Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is threatened in the confession box by a man who suffered abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. Chris O’Dowd, Aiden Gillen and Dylan Moran are members of the motley congregation.
Rated 76 %
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Half of a Yellow Sun
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Half of a Yellow Sun
Released: 11/04/2014 Released in key cities
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in the adaptation of Chimanda Ngozi Adichie’s celebrated book about twins Olanna and Kainene (Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose) during the Nigerian Civil War and is already being praised by critics. War is a constant shadow over the film, which focuses on the effects conflict has on the sisters and their decisions.
Rated 56 %
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The Double
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The Double
Released: 04/04/2014 General release
Following the success of 2010's Submarine, Richard Ayoade takes on a Dostoyevsky novella. Jesse Eisenberger stars as the mild mannered, somewhat invisible office worker Simon James who is incessantly one-upped by his bolshy doppelganger James Simon. Nobody notices their likeness, including Simon's object of affection Hannah (Mia Wasikowska).
Rated 66 %
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Noah
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Noah
Released: 04/04/2014 General release
Addiction, wrestlers and ballerinas: now Darren Aronofsky tackles the original epic. Russel Crowe, Emma Watson and Jennifer Connely star as the chosen few saved from the apocalyptic flood. An adaptation of Aronofsky’s own graphic novel (https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/noah-hc), this fantastical version has ruffled some religious feathers but is easily the biggest blockbuster of the year so far.
Rated 58 %
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A Story of Children and Film
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A Story of Children and Film
Released: 04/04/2014 Released in key cities
If you survived Mark Cousins' constant upward inflection for all 15 hours of Story of Film then you'll be pleased to know he's back. Premiering at Cannes last year, this poetic new documentary goes from Shirley Temple to Bergman and cleverly explores the condition of childhood - and child actors.
Rated 77 %
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20 feet from stardom
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20 feet from stardom
Released: 28/03/2014 Released in key cities
The Academy is clearly not to be trusted on some matters, but this beat Joshua Oppenheimer's unique The Act of Killing for best documentary Oscar this year so we're expecting something big. Morgan Neville's documentary tells the ‘always the backing singer, never the star' story of 60s rock and soul. Perhaps the unsung hero element swayed those voters.
Rated 80 %
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Muppets Most Wanted
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Muppets Most Wanted
Released: 28/03/2014 General release.
Jason Segal may be gone but the life he breathed back into Jim Henson’s muppet gang keeps them going for another caper. This Bond takeoff is set in Europe, where an evil frog looks remarkably like Kermit, only with a mole. Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey provide the human element.
Rated 60 %
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The Past
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The Past
Released: 28/03/2014 Released in key cities.
A Palme d’Or nominee at Cannes last year. Asghar Farhadi (Oscar-winning director of A Separation) presents another compelling drama about marriage dissolution. Having left France and his wife to return to Iran, Ahmad returns four years later to finalise his divorce and witness his wife’s new relationship
Rated 76 %
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Salvo
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Salvo
Released: 21/03/2014 Released in key cities
Winner of the Critics Week Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2013, this Sicilian Mafia drama (and directorial debut from Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza) sees a hired assassin go against his better judgement and spare the life of a young blind girl after murdering her brother.
Rated 56 %
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Starred Up
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Starred Up
Released: 21/03/2014 General release
Former prison therapist and first time screenwriter Jonathan Asser drama has won praise so far with this violent drama. A young offender is moved to adult prison, where his father is also locked up. Directed by David Mackenzie, the feature looks to add more depth to the British Lock Stock... crime tradition.
Rated 70 %
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