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  • A Borrowed Life
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • A Simple Life + Q&A
  • Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre)
  • Bloody Morning
  • Boyhood
  • Charulata
  • City Of Sadness (Beiqing Chengshi)
  • Dust In The Wind
  • Farewell My Concubine
  • Heathers
  • Irma Vep
  • Kids
  • King Of The Children
  • Night Moves
  • Nowhere
  • Old Well
  • Pina 3D
  • Routes: Dancing To New Orleans
  • Stable Unstable
  • Sweet Charity
  • The Blue Kite
  • The Day The Earth Caught Fire
  • The Mountain
  • The Story Of Qui Ju
  • The Terrorisers
  • Thirteen
  • To Catch A Thief
  • Welcome To The Dollhouse
  • West Side Story
  • Yellow Earth

A Borrowed Life 3 stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastAkio Chen, Ing-How Tan, Jun Fu.
  • DirectorNien-Jen Wu.
  • WriterNien-Jen Wu.
  • CountryTaiwan
  • Duration167 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 27th August 2014

A Brighter Summer Day stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastLisa Yang, Zhang Zhen.
  • DirectorEdward Yang.
  • CountryTaiwan
  • Duration237 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 25th August 2014

A Simple Life + Q&A 4 stars

Ah Tao has worked for the Leung family for over 60 years, raising different generations including young master Roger. While cleaning Roger's apartment and preparing his food, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and decides that the time has come to retire. She tells her employer that she wishes to live in an old people's home so she isn't a burden to his family. Roger finds her a bed in the finest facility in town and makes regular visits to Ah Tao, blurring the boundaries between servant and master.

  • GenreDrama, World
  • CastWang Fuli, Deanie Ip, Andy Lau.
  • DirectorAnn Hui.
  • WriterRoger Lee, Susan Chan.
  • CountryHong Kong
  • Duration118 mins
  • Official site
  • Release03/08/2012 (selected cinemas)

Deanie Ip won the coveted Best Actress Prize at the 2011 Venice International Film Festival for her mesmerising portrayal of an elderly housemaid, who must contend with the sobering reality of old age. Ah Tao (Ip) has worked for the Leung family for over 60 years, raising different generations including young master Roger (Andy Lau). While cleaning Roger's apartment and preparing his food, Ah Tao suffers a stroke and decides that the time has come to retire. She tells her employer that she wishes to live in an old people's home so she isn't a burden to his family. Roger finds her a bed in the finest facility in town and makes regular visits to Ah Tao, ensuring that she is receiving the best care possible. Despite her frail condition, Ah Tao tends to the other residents of the home and forges an even deeper bond with Roger, which blurs the usual boundaries between servant and master.

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Sunday 24th August 2014

Blood Wedding (Bodas De Sangre) 3 stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorCarlos Saura.
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Sunday 24th August 2014

Bloody Morning stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorLi Shaohong.
  • CountryChi
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 26th August 2014

Boyhood 3 stars

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Drama about a boy's coming of age, shot over 12 years with the same crew and cast. When we first meet Mason Jr, he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia and precocious older sister, Samantha. Errant father Mason Sr takes the children ten-pin bowling and dispense pithy words of wisdom. As Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor to a bad marriage to one of her students.

  • GenreDrama, Romance
  • CastPatricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.
  • DirectorRichard Linklater.
  • WriterRichard Linklater.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration166 mins
  • Official sitewww.boyhoodmovie.tumblr.com
  • Release11/07/2014

In 2002, filmmaker Richard Linklater had a dream. The celebrated Texan director of Dazed And Confused and Before Sunrise, whose mother and father separated when he was seven, wanted to make a drama that realistically captured the bonds between parent and child. He announced his intention to create a close-knit family of cast and crew, who would reunite every year to shoot new scenes that accurately reflected the physical and emotional changes of the young stars.

Seven-year-old Ellar Coltrane was cast in the lead role and Linklater chose his then eight-year-old daughter Lorelei to portray the central character's older sister. The result is a directorial doozy of dazzling ambition and scope that falls short in terms of pacing and compelling narrative arcs.

From a technical perspective, Boyhood is a staggering achievement - a testament to Linklater's determination that could have fallen apart at any point in the past 12 years. From the fragments of each annual get-together, the writer-director has fashioned a naturalistic slideshow of the awkward transition from childhood to adulthood that will doubtless garner an Oscar nomination and a deluge of critical plaudits.

When we first meet Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane), he's preparing to move house with his mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and precocious older sister, Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), who keeps him awake with her rendition of Britney's Oops!... I Did It Again.

Errant father Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke) takes the children ten-pin bowling and the boy pleads for the introduction of safeguards to keep his ball out of the gutter. "You don't want bumpers - life doesn't give you bumpers," his old man counsels.

Major pop culture and political events including the publication of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince and Obama's presidential campaign allow us to date each chapter as Mason Jr blossoms into a sullen and awkward teenager.

En route, Olivia ricochets from a bad marriage to a drunk professor (Marco Perella) to a bad marriage to one of her students (Brad Hawkins), with occasional appearances from Mason Sr to dispense pithy words of wisdom.

By the very nature of its creation, Boyhood unfolds in fits and spurts, some more interesting than others. Coltrane starts the film as a cheeky cherub, who is slightly wooden in front of camera, but he grows in confidence and stature.

Arquette has surprisingly scant screen time considering she is primary care giver and the final edit runs close to three hours, while Hawke could almost have walked off the set of Before Midnight, given his character's penchant for rambling introspection.

It's easy to be blinded by the glorious gimmick that initiated Boyhood but if you judge Linklater's film purely on what made it to the screen, it's a fascinating yet flawed experiment.

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Charulata 3 stars

Bhupati runs The Sentinel newspapers in 1870s Calcutta. The job demands long hours, which takes him away from his wife Charu. Noticing that she is lonely, Bhupati asks his cousin Amal to keep Charu company and to also mentor her since Amal is a talented writer. Charu thrives in Amal's company and her skills as a writer flourish. Over time, though, they both realise that their feelings for one another are deepening and they must make an agonising choice about where their loyalties lie.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, World
  • CastSoumitra Chatterjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Madhabi Mukherjee.
  • DirectorSatyajit Ray.
  • WriterSatyajit Ray.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

A welcome re-release of Satyajit Ray's celebrated 1964 Bengali drama based on the novel Nastanirh by Rabindranath Tagore. Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee) runs The Sentinel newspapers in 1870s Calcutta. The job demands long hours, which takes him away from his wife Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee). Noticing that she is lonely, Bhupati asks his cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee) to keep Charu company and to also mentor her since Amal is a talented writer. Charu thrives in Amal's company and her skills as a writer flourish. Over time, though, they both realise that their feelings for one another are deepening and they must make an agonising choice about where their loyalties lie.

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City Of Sadness (Beiqing Chengshi) stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastLi Tianlu, Chen Songyong, Gao Jie, Tony Leung.
  • DirectorHou Hsiao-Hsien.
  • CountryHong Kong
  • Duration158 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 24th August 2014

Dust in the Wind stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorHou Hsiao-hsien.
  • CountryTaiwan
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Friday 22nd August 2014

Farewell My Concubine 4 stars

Lustrous drama examining the friendship of two young men who train together at the Peking Opera.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastLeslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li.
  • DirectorChen Kaige.
  • CountryChi/Hong K
  • Duration157 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 23rd August 2014
Monday 25th August 2014

Heathers 3 stars

  • GenreComedy
  • CastWinona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty.
  • DirectorMichael Lehmann.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official site

Streetwise teen-comedy which steers well clear of the sacharine tendency and delivers a fiery slice-of-adolescent-life picture.

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Friday 22nd August 2014

Irma Vep 3 stars

Satirical essay on contemporary French cinema about a film director's struggle to realise his artistic visions.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastMaggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Nathalie Richard.
  • DirectorOlivier Assayas.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official site

Through the slight tale of a film director at odds with his cast, crew and artistic integrity, director Oliver Assayas casts a satirical eye over the current state of French film culture.

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Monday 25th August 2014

Kids stars

A gripping and controversial drama focusing on New York youth culture.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastLeo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloe Sevigny.
  • DirectorLarry Clark.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 24th August 2014

King Of The Children 3 stars

  • GenreFilm
  • CastXie Yuan, Yang Xuewen, Chen Shaohua.
  • DirectorChen Kaige.
  • CountryChi
  • Duration107 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 24th August 2014

Night Moves 3 stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastAlia Shawkat, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Fanning, Jesse Eisenberg.
  • DirectorKelly Reichardt.
  • WriterKelly Reichardt, Jon Raymond.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration112 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 26th August 2014

Nowhere 2 stars

Hallucinogenic portrait of teen angst in '90s America.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastJames Duval, Rachel True, Nathan Bexton.
  • DirectorGregg Araki.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration82 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/06/1998 (selected cinemas)

The final part of Gregg Araki's 'Teen Apocalypse Trilogy' is by far the weakest, trotting out the same angst-riddled teenage dilemmas (sexual identity, social conformity, drink, drugs..) in the same in-your-face style, using some of the same actors (James Duval, Rose McGowan). There's an alien adbuction sub-plot in there as well which doesn't seem to serve any purpose. The title says exactly where the film is going.

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Monday 25th August 2014

Old Well stars

  • GenreFilm
  • DirectorWu Tianming.
  • CountryChi
  • Official site

Elemental tale of the struggle for water

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Friday 22nd August 2014

Pina 3D 4 stars

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German director Wim Wenders pays tribute to choreographer Pina Bausch with a feature-length dance film, which begins on the stage with the company's dancers as they perform some of her exquisite choreography before moving out onto the streets of Wuppertal, where the performers integrate seamlessly with a city brimming with life.

  • GenreDocumentary, Musical
  • DirectorWim Wenders.
  • WriterWim Wenders.
  • CountryGer/Fr/UK
  • Duration103 mins
  • Official sitewww.pina-film.de
  • Release22/04/2011 (selected cinemas)

In the summer of 2009, the dance world lost one of its most talented and popular stars: choreographer Pina Bausch. Born in Solingen near Dusseldorf, she became Artistic Director of the Wuppertal Opera Ballet, and renamed the company Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, touring the world with a repertoire of daring and imaginative modern dance works. German director Wim Wenders pays tribute to this rare talent with a feature-length dance film, which begins on the stage with the company's dancers as they perform some of her exquisite choreography before moving out onto the streets of Wuppertal, where the performers integrate seamlessly with a city brimming with life.

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Friday 22nd August 2014

Routes: Dancing To New Orleans 3 stars

  • GenreDocumentary
  • DirectorAlex Reuben.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration55 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 26th August 2014

Stable Unstable 3 stars

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastNada Abou Farhat, Fadi Abi Samra, Camille Salameh.
  • DirectorMahmoud Hojeij.
  • WriterMahmoud Hojeij.
  • CountryLeb/Qat
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 23rd August 2014

Sweet Charity 3 stars

  • GenreMusical
  • CastShirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis Junior.
  • DirectorRobert Fosse.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration149 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 27th August 2014

The Blue Kite stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastLu Liping, Pu Quanxin, Li Xuejian.
  • DirectorTian Zhuangzhuang.
  • CountryChi
  • Duration138 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 28th August 2014

The Day The Earth Caught Fire stars

  • GenreDrama, Romance, Science Fiction
  • DirectorVal Guest.
  • CountryUK
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Thursday 28th August 2014

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The Mountain 3 stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastFadi Abi Samra.
  • DirectorGhassan Salhab.
  • CountryLeb
  • Duration80 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 28th August 2014

The Story Of Qui Ju 3 stars

  • GenreComedy, Drama
  • CastPeiqi Liu, Li Gong, Liuchun Yang.
  • DirectorYimou Zhang.
  • WriterYuan Bin Chen, Heng Liu.
  • CountryChi/Hong K
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 28th August 2014

The Terrorisers 3 stars

  • GenreDrama
  • DirectorEdward Yang.
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 23rd August 2014

Thirteen 4 stars

Thirteen-year-old high school student Tracy desperately wants to shrug off her good girl image. By chance, she meets baddest girl on the block, Evie, who is only too willing to lead Tracy astray, introducing the virginal teen to the delights of drugs, alcohol and meaningless sex. Within weeks, Tracy's grades have plummeted from As to Fs and when her mother tries to intervene, Evie turns the situation to her own advantage.

  • GenreDrama, Indie
  • CastEvan Rachel Wood, Nikki Reed, Holly Hunter.
  • DirectorCatherine Hardwicke.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration100 mins
  • Official site
  • Release05/12/2003 (selected cinemas)

Based on the real-life exploits of co-writer and actress Nikki Reed, Thirteen is a hard-hitting rites-of-passage drama about a high school student called Tracy (Evan Rachel Wood), who desperately wants to shrug off her good girl, straight A student persona and enjoy life for once. By chance, she meets baddest girl on the block Evie (Reed), who is only too willing to lead Tracy astray, introducing the virginal teen to the delights of drugs, alcohol, body piercings and meaningless sex. Within weeks, Tracy's grades have plummeted from As to Fs and when her mother, Melanie (Holly Hunter), tries to intervene, Evie turns the situation to her own advantage, driving a wedge between mother and daughter. As Tracy descends into self-abuse and self-loathing, it seems that tragedy is the only possible conclusion, unless she can pull herself back from the brink. Infused with raw emotion and gung-ho direction that wallows knee-deep in the misery of the characters, Thirteen is a gripping portrait of modern day teen angst, stripped bare of any rose-tinted, Dawson's Creek sentimentality. In its place, the film delivers a startling vision of young lives on a knife edge, teetering between independence and conformity. Wood's bravura lead performance is matched by Hunter's tour-de-force supporting turn as a mother with her own demons to exorcise and Reed expertly teases out the sadness of the bad girl who yearns for a mother like Mel. Catherine Hardwicke's riveting film is a wake-up call for 21st century parents that is almost impossible to ignore.

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Saturday 23rd August 2014

To Catch A Thief 4 stars

John Robie is a reformed jewel thief, once known as The Cat, who has turned his back on crime. His reputation precedes him so when a wily thief targets a series of luxury hotels on the French Riviera, the finger of suspicion points at John. Determined to clear his name, John hatches a plan to flush out the real culprit by baiting him - or her - with the most expensive jewels currently on the Riviera.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • CastGrace Kelly, Cary Grant, Jessie Royce Landis.
  • DirectorAlfred Hitchcock.
  • WriterJohn Michael Hayes.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration102 mins
  • Official site
  • Release08/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

Re-released almost 60 years after it originally graced the big screen, To Catch A Thief is a beautifully crafted thriller from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, which was nominated for three technical Oscars and won the statuette for Best Cinematography. John Robie (Cary Grant) is a reformed jewel thief, once known as The Cat, who has turned his back on crime. His reputation precedes him so when a wilt thief targets a series of luxury hotels on the French Riviera, the finger of suspicion points at John. Determined to clear his name, John seeks out his friend HH Hughson (John Williams), who reveals that the most expensive jewels currently on the Riviera belong to Jessie Stevens (Jessie Royce Landis). John hatches a plan to flush out the real culprit by baiting him - or her - with Mrs Stevens' gems. In order to get close to his target, John befriends the daughter, pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), but his cunning plan backfires in spectacular fashion.

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Welcome To The Dollhouse stars

  • GenreDrama
  • CastHeather Matarazzo, Daria Kalinina, Brendan Sexton Jr.
  • DirectorTodd Solondz.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration87 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 26th August 2014
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West Side Story 5 stars

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Two rival gangs - the Jets and the Sharks - are embroiled in a bloody tug-of-war for supremacy on the streets of New York City. Tensions between the two camps ignite when Jets founder Tony falls madly in love with pretty Puerto Rican immigrant Maria, who is the sister of Sharks' leader Bernardo. Caught between the two feuding factions, Tony and Maria attempt to continue overcome years of hostility to continue their romance.

  • GenreClassic, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastNatalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn.
  • DirectorRobert Wise, Jerome Robbins.
  • WriterErnest Lehman, Arthur Laurents.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration151 mins
  • Official site
  • Release26/08/2005 (London Curzon Mayfair); 16/09/2011 (selected cinemas)

A brand new restored print of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins's classic 1961 musical, which collected a staggering 10 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (the first time this particular award was shared). This expertly choreographed spin on Romeo & Juliet is set on the streets of New York City, where two rival gangs - the Jets and the Sharks - are embroiled in a bloody tug-of-war for supremacy. Tensions between the two camps ignite when Jets founder Tony (Richard Beymer) falls madly in love with pretty Puerto Rican immigrant, Maria (Natalie Wood), who is the sister of Sharks' leader Bernardo (George Chakiris). Caught between the two feuding factions, Tony and Maria attempt to overcome years of hostility to continue their romance but the sins of the past invariably return to haunt the young lovers, their friends and family. Fifty years after Beymer first gushed, "I've just kissed a girl named Maria/And suddenly I've found, how wonderful a sound can be", West Side Story still shakes and shimmies as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. Robbins's choreography sizzles in widescreen, not least in the spectacular full cast rendition of "America".

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Saturday 23rd August 2014

Yellow Earth stars

  • GenreFilm
  • CastXue Bai, Wang Xueqi.
  • DirectorChen Kaige.
  • CountryChi
  • Official site

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Saturday 23rd August 2014
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