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Rock of Ages The Interrupters NEW Lucky
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The Rum Diary Consequences of Love The Jammed
     

ROCK OF AGES (USA 2012, 123 MINS, 0-13S)
Based on the Broadway musical!
Tom Cruise, Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough (of Footloose fame), Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J Blige, Paul Giamati, Catherine Zeta-Jones & others in a musical comedy drama directed by Adam Shankman (of Hairspray fame).
Nothin' but a good time.
A small town girl & a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

"A fun musical if you admire 1980s rock music." USER REVIEW
"A toe-tapping musical." URBAN CINEFILE
"There's never a dull moment in this rock musical that entertains with strong performances from a top-notch ensemble, who can all sing & act." SPLING

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THE INTERRUPTERS (USA 2011, 125 MINS, 0-16LV)
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival!
From the Director of ‘Hoop Dreams’ & the Author of ‘There are no Children Here’!
Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey & others in a documentary film, inspired by the New York Times magazine article by bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, & directed by Steve James.
Every City Needs its Heroes.
A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.  The Interrupters tells the moving & inspiring stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.  This award-winning film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.
✍ “A commanding documentary … reminds us of the powers & pleasures of well-crafted, immersive non-fiction filmmaking.” VILLAGE VOICE
✍ “An inspirational & heartbreaking nail-biter.” SLANT MAGAZINE
✍ “Knuckle-biting reportage, incisive on both the causes & consequences of violence.” TOTAL FILM


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LUCKY (SA/UK 2011, 100 MINS, 0-13SLP)
Contemporary World Cinema – Toronto Int. Film Fest 2011!
Jayashree Basavra, Sihle Dlamini, James Ngcobo, Vusi Kunene, Brenda Ngxoli & others in a film co-written & directed by Avie Luthra.
Sometimes luck has to be found.
An extrapolation of the director’s 2005 award-winning short film of the same name, Lucky is a modern odyssey that sets its young hero adrift in a landscape where violence, racism & indifference threaten to extinquish his chances of finding a stable home, much less love & affection.  Founded in Luthra’s own personal experiences living in post-apartheid Durban, the film explores the particular racial tensions that persist between the city’s African & Indian communities.  Lucky is unflinching in its evocation of a harsh, unforgiving environment – which makes it much more satisfying when against all odds, the film uncovers a genuine glimmer of hope.” TORONTO INT. FILM FEST
A heartbreaker with soul … exquisitely crafted & skilfully made … inspirational, thought-provoking cinematic experience.”
5* CAPETIMES

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THE DICTATOR (USA 2012, 83 MINS, 0-16LNPSV)
From the creators of Ali G, Borat & Bruno!
Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, John C. Reilly, Megan Fox & others in a comedy written by Sacha Baron Cohen & directed by Larry Charles.
The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.
✍ “It’s funny but you might feel guilty laughing & you will need a shower afterwards.” USER REVIEW
✍ “The Dictator is funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude & so on.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Fleet, funny, & smart enough to not overstay its welcome, it’s a commentary-coated R-rated comedy with supreme box office potential.” BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE
✍ “Fans of the risqué British comedian will find much to enjoy.”
SKY MOVIES
✍ “Very funny … it delivers laughs.” THE GUARDIAN, UK
✍ “Often funny & occasionally hilarious.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (USA/UK 2012, 165 MINS, 0-13ML)
The epic conclusion to the Batman trilogy.
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman & others in an exhilarating film directed by Christopher Nolan.
A fire will rise.
Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane (Tom Hardy) overwhelms Gotham’s finest, & the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
✍ “A grand finale.  Easily the best film of the year.  An amazing soundtack by Hans Zimmer.” USER REVIEW
✍ “Christian Bale gives a hypnotic, haunting performance in a potent & provocative movie.” ROLLING STONE
✍ “With spectacle in abundance & sexiness in (supporting) parts, this is superhero filmmaking on an unprecedented scale.” 5* EMPIRE
✍ “Mersmerising climax … a film of grand ambitions & epic achievement.  The most eagerly anticipated movie of summer 2012 was worth waiting for.” TIME

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FUEL (USA 2008, 112 MINS, PGL)
Winner Sundance Film Festival – Best Documentary Audience Award!
A Josh Tickell film.
Change your fuel … change your world.
The world is addicted to oil.  It’s time for an intervention. Eleven years in the making, this award-winning documentary film about alternative fuels has been converting audiences worldwide.  Directed by biofuel evangelist Josh Tickell, the documentary examines our reliance on oil & features experts & eco-celebrities such as Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Richard Branson & Robert Kennedy Jr.
✍ “A rousing documentary on the real costs of petrochemical dependence & the practical alternatives within reach.” SEATTLE POST – INTELLIGENCER
✍ “The film preaches to the unconverted with passion, energy & graphics so clear that they would make Al Gore weep all over his Powerpoint.” NEW YORK TIMES
✍ “Outstanding! Superbly done, timely pertinent & moving.”
USER REVIEW
✍ “Watchable & informative.” SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

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THE RUM DIARY (USA 2011, 120 MINS, 0-13DLS)
Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi & others in a comedy drama based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Directed by Bruce Robinson with music by Christopher Young.
Absolutely nothing in moderation.
The increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp.
Tiring of the noise & madness of New York & the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman.
Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault, the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson. Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favourably about his latest unsavoury scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: Use his words for the corrupt businessmen's financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.

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THE JAMMED (AUSTRALIA 2007, 89 MINS, 0-16)
Winner of 3 IF Awards (Best film, Best Script & Best Music)!
Emma Lung, Veronica Sywak, Saskia Burmeister, Todd MacDonald & others in a film written & directed by Dee McLachlan.  Music by Grant Innes McLachlan.
A dark tale in a land of opportunity.  This could be happening in your city.
A thriller about trafficking, governmental deportation & the sex slave trade in Melbourne.  Inspired by actual events.
✍ “Enthralling.” THE AGE  
✍ “A fast, ultra-timely expose, a bucket of icy cold water thrown on the ambivalent face of public conscience.” IN FILM
✍ “Revelatory & powerful … superbly delivered.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
✍ “The performances are superb … essential viewing.”
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✍ “Amazing! Shockingly stunning film.  Well written, superbly acted, thrilling … compelling & important … a remarkably real & moving film experience.” USER REVIEW

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE (Le Consequenze Dell Amore)
(ITALY 2004, 100 MINS, 0-16, SUBTITLES)

Toni Servillo, Olivia Magnani, Adriano Giannini & others in the multi-award-winning romantic crime-drama, written & directed by Paola Sorrentino.
✍ “In a Swiss hotel, an Italian businessman named Titta Di Girolamo sits silently, alone in the window of the café as he’s done every day for eight years.  So what, exactly, is he doing?  The glittering, must-see Consequences of Love stars Toni Servillo as the mysterious 50-year-old resident.  He sits apart, impeccable & impenetrable; he smokes & he waits.  And so do we – but not for long as Signore Girolamo has secrets everywhere.
In the style of director Paolo Sorrentino’s film, the plot will have to remain in the dark – it unfolds itself with such elegance that it would be a crime to give anything away.  Even the genre remains a mystery for almost an hour - & then plays out with a brilliant flair for the unexpected. 
Along the way you are swept up in some dazzling filmmaking.  The camera moves with precision, grace & constant invention, gliding between striking angles in the spotless, neutral hotel.  Crisp editing & an involving, dynamic soundtrack steer the mood with equal panache.  And Servillo is utterly remarkable as Di Girolamo; pokerfaced, witty, gaspingly rude & preposterously cool.  A uniformly splendid
supporting cast surround him; even the most incidental characters just ooze credibility & depth.
Undeniably arthouse, yet as thrilling & polished as anything in the multiplexThe Consequences of Love is an audacious, hugely rewarding gem of a film that demands to be seen.” BBC MOVIES
“An incredibly stylish & confident arthouse hit.” DVD VIDEO REVIEW  ✍ “Simply unmissable.” EYEFOREYE FILM.CO.UK

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