82 mins. NZ 2018. Dir: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami
Fifteen years ago, Mel and Jen discovered that they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became friends and formed a small business called ‘The Breaker Upperers’: breaking up couples for cash. Now in their late thirties and with a booming business, Mel develops a conscience when they run into an old victim.
100 mins. France 2017
Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
This charming French comedy is about a disgruntled caterer working his last wedding event. Max is just trying to get through the night, but has to deal with a cast of off-beat characters and a girl friend who is flirting with a young server.
(Single feature due to length)
188 mins. Turkey 2018. Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
An ambitious, discontented young graduate and would-be writer returns to his village with his diploma but no job. Now he has to decide if he should take exams to be a teacher like his father. He also has military service to get out of the way. Returning home is not what he expected. It appeared wonderful in his imagination when he lived in the city, but actually being back reminds him of all its irritations compared to the excitement of city life.
104 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Marc Forster
Christopher Robin, the young boy who embarked on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.
118 mins. USA. 2018. Dir: Brad Bird
Its a tough transition for Helen, Bob, Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of ‘normal’ life. Especially as the family is still unaware of baby Jack’s emerging super powers. When a new villian hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together, especially when they’re all Incredible!
136 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Bradley Cooper
Seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer when Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.
104 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Paul Dano
Fourteen year old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby an uncontrolled forest fire rages on the Canadian border. When Jerry loses his job, and his sense of purpose, he decides to become a fire-fighter and leaves his family to fend for themselves. Suddenly Joe is forced into the adult role, by helping his mother keep her head above water.
134 mins. UK/USA 2018. Dir: Bryan Singer
This film traces the meteoric rise of the band Queen. The band is famous for their songs, revolutionary sound, and the near implosion of their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury whose life spirals out of control. Their reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury is facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band to one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.
104 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Marielle Heller
Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, a best-selling celebrity biographer and cat lover, who made her living in the 1970s and 80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, and Estee Lauder. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the market place, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.
105 mins. UK/USA 2018. Dir: Richard Eyre
In the midst of a marital crisis Fiona, a High Court Judge, must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer, despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons. Fiona visits Adam in hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long buried feelings in her.
117 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Paul Feig
A stylish post-modern noir film based on the 2017 novel by Darcy Bell. The story centres around Stephanie, a mommy blogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.
98 mins. Australia 2018. Dir: Russell Mulcahy
The film is based on Errol Flynn’s early autobiography ‘Beam Ends’ and was the inspiration of Corey Large and Luke Flynn (Errol’s grandson) after their travels through Australia. In his youth, before he became an internationally famed celebrity, Errol Flynn was a rouse-about, an adventurer, opium smuggler, gambler, street fighter, womanizer and gold prospector.
100 mins. Australia 2018. Dir: Catherine Scott
This is a documentary about the youth programme run from Bernie Shakeshaft’s shed on the outskirts of Armidale for troubled kids to continue their education. When Shakeshaft recruits Zach, Alfie, and Rusty to join him on a cross-country journey with his famed dog jumping team, it’s the last chance for the three boys to halt a quick journey to jail and prove that they are more than just delinquents with no future.
93 mins. USA 2018. Dir: David Lowery
The film is based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of grand high-end robberies that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit is detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his chosen career.
108 mins. Italy/France 2017. Dir: Paolo Virzi
Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland are a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey from Boston to the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West in their old faithful RV called The Leisure Seeker. They recapture their passion for life and love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end
93 mins. France 2018. Dir: Xavier Legrand
Miriam and Antoine have divorced. Miriam is seeking sole custody of their son Julien to protect him from a father she claims is violent. Antoine pleads to the judge that his son has been turned against him by his vindictive mother. The judge is unsure who is telling the truth so grants joint custody. Julien becomes a hostage to the conflict and is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening.
109 mins. France 2018. Dir: Philippe Le Guay
The charming town of Le Mele-Sur-Sarthe, Normandy, is in a crisis. Farm prices have plummeted due to a flood of imports and farmers are threatened with foreclosure. With little national media coverage things seem hopeless until a famous American photographer turns up. He sees a rare opportunity for the perfect shoot, but has to convince the townsfolk to participate. BUT there is a catch!
114 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Joel Edgerton
The true story of 19 year old Jared, son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town. His views are not the same as his parents. As a consequence, Jared is faced with an ultimatum - attend a conversion therapy programme, or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends and faith. This forces him to struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
93 mins. USA 2017. Dir: Greta Gerwig
Marion McPherson, a nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with her teenage daughter ‘Lady Bird’ who is just like her - loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated. Anyone who’s lived within the emotional cyclone known as adolescence will recognize the vertiginous highs and lows of ‘Lady Bird’.
98 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Michael Mayer
The film is based on Anton Chekhov’s classic play. One summer at a picturesque lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves someone else, a tragic comedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.
114 mins. USA 2018. Dir: Gus Van Sant
After nearly dying in a car accident, the last thing Oregon slacker John Callahan intends to do is give up alcohol. Encouraged by his girlfriend and a charismatic sponsor, he reluctantly enters a treatment programme and discovers that he has the knack for drawing. He soon finds himself with a new lease of life when his edgy and irreverent newspaper cartoons gain a national and devoted following.