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Eddie the Eagle

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The film details the inspiring exploits of Michael Edwards, better known as “Eddie the Eagle,” the most famous ski jumper in British history. The film’s portrayal of Edwards’ never-say-die approach to the sport, celebrates the human spirit and resilience in the face of extraordinary odds and challenges. Taron Egerton, who made his feature film starring debut in Kingsman: The Secret Service, portrays Eddie the Eagle, and Hugh Jackman plays a ski jumping expert who helps Eddie train for the Calgary Olympics.

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Carol

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Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novella The Price of Salt about the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband threatens her competence as a mother when Carol’s involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light. As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of self-discovery coincides with her new sense of space.

“★★★★★ Beautiful. Subtle. Exquisitely designed.” – Dave Calhoun, TIME OUT

“★★★★★ Carol is gorgeous. Cate Blanchett will slay you.” – Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH

“★★★★★ Carol is the most romantic movie of the year.” – Brian Formo, COLLIDER

“Carol is an overwhelmingly beautiful film. It looks like a dream, it sounds like whispered want, and it feels like falling in love in all its stomach turning terror and ecstasy. Even its title rolls elegantly off the tongue.” – Lindsey Bahr, ASSOCIATED PRESS

“I went into a trance watching it – and haven’t quite surfaced, even now.” – Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

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Carol

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Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novella The Price of Salt about the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband threatens her competence as a mother when Carol’s involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) comes to light. As Carol leaves the comfort of home to travel with Therese, an internal journey of self-discovery coincides with her new sense of space.

“★★★★★ Beautiful. Subtle. Exquisitely designed.” – Dave Calhoun, TIME OUT

“★★★★★ Carol is gorgeous. Cate Blanchett will slay you.” – Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH

“★★★★★ Carol is the most romantic movie of the year.” – Brian Formo, COLLIDER

“Carol is an overwhelmingly beautiful film. It looks like a dream, it sounds like whispered want, and it feels like falling in love in all its stomach turning terror and ecstasy. Even its title rolls elegantly off the tongue.” – Lindsey Bahr, ASSOCIATED PRESS

“I went into a trance watching it – and haven’t quite surfaced, even now.” – Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

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Opening Night Premiere – Looking for Grace

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The long-awaited new film from Sue Brooks, the acclaimed director of JAPANESE STORY and ROAD TO NHILL, LOOKING FOR GRACE is an intimate, funny and profoundly moving story about the complexities of family life.

When impetuous 16-year-old Grace (rising star Odessa Young) takes off, her exasperated mum and dad – Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh – enlist the help of a close-to-retiring detective (Terry Norris) and begin the long drive from Perth out to the West Australian wheatbelt to try to find her. On the journey, the two must confront the realities of their changing relationship to one another, and to their daughter.

Wry, intriguing and poignant, Brooks’ unflinching reflection on the twinned traumas of adolescence and middle age boasts her trademark sense of character, humour and eye for the hypnotic rhythms of Australia’s most inhospitable landscapes, and is a beautifully moving reminder that life is often what happens while we’re busy making other plans.

Gave me goosebumps. It’s a film that has stayed with me, and has continued to find new nooks inside my heart.” – E. Nina Rothe, THE HUFFINGTON POST

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The Martian

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During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meagre supplies, Watney must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

“Scott’s directorial skills are such that for much of the film you’re rooted to your seat as Damon’s Mark Watney struggles to survive.” – David Stratton, THE AUSTRALIAN

“The best thing that either Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott have done in years.” – Lou Lumenick, NEW YORK POST

“Humour is the unexpected bonus of this thrilling space rescue adventure that offers a bit of everything, as it keeps us on edge throughout.” – Louise Keller, URBAN CINEFILE

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Room

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Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, ROOM is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. Director Lenny Abrahamson (FRANK, WHAT RICHARD DID) tells the extraordinary story of Jack (Jacob Tremblay), a spirited 5-year-old who his loving and devoted mother (Brie Larson) looks after. Their life, however, is anything but typical–they are trapped–confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, but as Jack’s curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma’s resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all—his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma.

“An unforgettable film that must be seen.” – Rex Reed, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER

“Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay will blow your mind.” – Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

“There’s nowhere I’d rather be than right in the moment with this singular film.” – Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES

“This is one of the best movies of the decade.” – Richard Reoper, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

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Sicario

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In Mexico, Sicario means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

“It is a slick, accomplished thriller.” – Geoffrey Macnab, INDEPENDENT

“Emily Blunt again steps up to bump up her credentials as today’s go-to action girl [in a] gutsy, rough-edged action drama.” – Jim Schembri, 3AW

“This very accomplished, expertly written and acted drama drives home its point in subtle, yet forceful fashion.” – Leigh Paatsch, HERALD SUN (AUSTRALIA)

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Trainwreck

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Since she was a little girl, it’s been drilled into Amy’s (Schumer) head by her rascal of a dad (Colin Quinn) that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo—enjoying what she feels is an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment—but in actuality, she’s kind of in a rut. When she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of the new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor named Aaron Conners (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be on to something.

The comedy, from a script written by Schumer, co-stars Brie Larson, John Cena, Tilda Swinton and LeBron James. Apatow produces Trainwreck through his Apatow Productions alongside Barry Mendel (BRIDESMAIDS, THIS IS 40).

“Schumer’s performance is a tour de force of razor-sharp comedic timing.” – Richard Roeper, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“We have seen the future of romantic comedy and its name is Amy Schumer. Thank the goddess.” – Liz Braun, TORONTO SUN

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The Danish Girl

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THE DANISH GIRL is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (being portrayed, respectively, by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a ground-breaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe. Inspired by the true story, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? THE DANISH GIRL has been adapted into a screenplay by BAFTA Award nominee Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff.

“It manages to be both a highly conventional piece of film-making and, thanks to the central performances from Redmayne, and in particular, Alicia Vikander as Gerda, the wife of Einar and supporter of Lili, a luxuriantly satisfying one.” – Wendy Ide, TIMES

“Destined to be the year’s most talked-about arthouse phenomenon.” – Peter Debruge, VARIETY

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Steve Jobs

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Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, STEVE JOBS takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicentre. Directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, STEVE JOBS features an all-star cast of Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels and lead by a stunning performance by Michael Fassbender.

“For all its relevance and grandeur, Steve Jobs is ridiculously entertaining. You might say, user-friendly.” – Ian Nathan, EMPIRE MAGAZINE

“Written, directed and acted to perfection, and so fresh and startling in conception and execution that it leaves you awed. Fassbender rips through the role of the volcanic Jobs. Is he really that good? Hell, yeah.” – Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

“It is a formally audacious, intellectually energized entertainment, a powerful challenge to the lazy conventions of Hollywood storytelling and a feast for connoisseurs of contemporary screen acting.” – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES