Film round-up: 16/03/2015 – 22/03/2015

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The last week of term sees a packed out schedule of cinema releases. From the heart-warming latest film from Dreamworks, Home, to Ryan Reynolds with evil talking pets in The Voices, and the latest instalment from the Divergent trilogy, it is time to step away from the books and into the cinema. Read the full details of this week’s releases below.

Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage shows footage from the live sold out concert filmed at Toronto’s Academy in 2009, before the rapper signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money, that was thought lost and destroyed. The film has added production footage featuring an interview with Jas Prince, the man said to have discovered Drake. One for die-hard Drake fans.

Dark Summer centres on 17 year old Daniel, who is on house arrest with an electronic tag whilst his mother is away on business in the summer. After he hacks the online presence of Mona Wilson in order to get to know her better, she commits suicide and his punishment unfurls in what becomes a terrifying thriller. With the help of his two friends, Daniel contacts the dead Mona as she begins to reek havoc on his house.

Insurgent is the second instalment in the Divergent trilogy. It sees Tris as she continues to fight against a powerful force that threatens to destroy her society. The insurgents must join forces against Jeanine in order to overcome her, but what develops focuses more on Tris’ battles with herself.

From the director of Taken is action drama The Gunman. Starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba, the film centres on former soldier and military contractor, Jim Terrier, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jim goes on the run from London to Barcelona across Europe after getting himself too deep into crimes that were supposed to help others.

Home is the latest family animation from Dreamworks. When misfit Oh finds himself on the run from his own people, the Boov race, he forms a friendship with the adventurous Tip and her pet cat. A series of comic adventures ensue, but more becomes at stake when the pair have to protect the planet from the Boovs that are after Oh.

Mommy is a French drama that one the Jury Prize at 2014’s Cannes Film Festival. It follows widowed single mother Diane Després, as she struggles to raise her violent son alone who everyone else has given up on. An unlikely hope comes in the form of her mysterious neighbour, Kyla, and an emotion-ridden film about the power of a mother’s love unfolds.

A Second Chance, thriller by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier is the story of detectives Andreas and Simon whose routine lives take a shocking turn causing them to question the lines between justice and injustice.

The Tale of the Princess Kaquya, Isao Takahata’s anime fantasy is the tale of a princess discovered by an old bamboo cutter and brought up by himself and his wife. As the princess grows into an exquisite young woman, multitudes of marriage proposals cause Kaquya to question her true fate.

The Voices, this dark comedy starring Ryan Reynold and Gemma Arterton is the story of Jerry, a reasonably likeable guy who, with the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist, attempts to pursue a long standing crush. When events turn sinister Jerry must choose between continuing his strive for a life of normality or indulging in one more ominous.

Wild Card, action-drama from Academy Award-winning writer William Goldman, a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a severe gambling problem gets caught up with a powerful mob after standing up for a friend. With one last play to  change his fortune, this game is all or nothing.

For one day only Show Boat, by the San Francisco Opera will be shown worldwide. This class piece of American theatre is the tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1800’s to the 1920’s, acting as a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

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