Thirteen-year-old Connor is lonely, bullied at school and trying to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness. Help arrives in the unlikely shape of a fantastic tree spirit. Light-years away from a conventional monster movie, this is more an allegory of grief and despair and the human ability to overcome them
Cert 12 – UK 2016
Director: J. A. Bayona – Running time: 108 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Lewis McDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver
The story of New England poet Emily Dickinson. Thoughtful, emotional and often surprisingly funny, the film explores her struggles within the confines of straight-laced nineteenth century small town life.
Cert 12A – UK/USA 2016
Director: Terence Davies – Running time: 125 minutes
Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Caradine
A boy and his foster-father become the subject of a man-hunt when they get stranded in a New Zealand forest. This ultimate odd-couple film explores the meaning of masculinity in an engagingly fresh and often hilarious manner.
Cert 12A – New Zealand 2016
Director: Taika Waititi – Running time: 101 minutes
Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison
Thirteen-year-old Aishopen trains to be the first female to adopt the historic tradition of her family to become a hunter with eagles. We see the endearing heroine catching and training the eagle while coping with the normal pressures of school and family and the hostility of older hunters who think this is no task for a girl.
Cert PG – UK/USA/Mongolia 2016
Director: Otto Bell – Running time: 87 minutes – Language: Kazakh (English subtitles)
Cast: Kuksyegyen Almagul, Daisy Ridley
Ricardo, 42, is living in the shadow of his father, guilty about not visiting his aged mother, hearing his ex-wife complain about his lack of contact with the children and then having a looming health crisis. Yet this grim subject matter becomes the stuff of hilarious comedy as Rafael turns out to be in the words of one reviewer ‘The most sympathetic ass-hole in cinema history’
Cert 15 – Argentine 2001
Director: Juan Jose Campanello – Running time: 123 minutes – Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Eduardo Blanco
Life in the slums of Kampala, Uganda is a constant struggle for ten-year-old Phiona. When a missionary teaches Phiona and her friends the rules of chess the girl begins a journey which leads her to fame and fortune. A true rags to riches story told in a fresh and charming manner..
Cert PG – USA 2016
Director: Mira Nair – Running time: 124 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo
In a village in the arid region of Gujarat, four women navigate their way through personal and cultural conflicts. Tradition has placed these women in positions of hopeless subservience but friendship and solidarity gives them a way to overcome despair and look forward to a better future.
Cert 18 – India 2015
Director: Leena Yadar – Running time: 116 minutes – Language: Hindi (English Subtitles)
Cast: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte
A former secretary, newly appointed as scriptwriter for wartime propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production as the blitz rages around them. The savage uncertainty of life at the time, combined with the change in sexual politics, is a fascinating background to the progress of Catrin as she leaves the Welsh valleys for London. With many scenes filmed in Pembrokeshire.
Cert 12A – UK 2016
Director: Leena Scherfig – Running time: 117 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
A woman is hired as a handmaiden by a Japanese heiress but she is secretly involved in a plot to defraud her employer. An adaptation of the novel Fingersmith by Neyland author Sarah Waters, this is a horribly delicious suspense thriller, replete with double and triple story twists and an extraordinary sensual atmosphere.e.
Cert 18 – Korea 2016
Director: Park Chan-Wook- Running time: 167 minutes – Language: Korean, Japanese (English Subtitles)
Cast: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest a father, devoted to raising his children with a rigorous physical and intellectual severity, is forced to leave his paradise and enter the outside world, presenting great challenges to himself and his sheltered family. The ensuing culture clashes are both funny and thought-provoking.
Cert 15 – USA 2016
Director: Matt Ross – Running time: 119 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, George McKay