Film round-up: 20/04/2015 – 26/04/2015

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And it’s the week we’ve all been waiting for: the long awaited Avenger’s sequel The Age of Ultron is finally upon us starring all the usual suspects. But if you’re not a superhero fan (or if you just have too much free time) there’s plenty of equally exciting alternatives hitting the screen this week including the dark mystery of The Falling and another heart wrenching performance from Reese Witherspoon in the true story of The Good Lie.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock, a futuristic intergalactic adventure whereby the 500 billion humans exiled from Earth fight to return to the planet they still call home. Space pirate Captain Harlock and his crew are mankind’s only hope of discovering the truth of Earth value to the corrupt Gaia Coalition at the root of their exile.

The heroes reunite in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, in an epic venture to save the planet from the villainous wrath of Ultron. Featuring an all star cast with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson as the super-human team tasked with protecting our planet.

Au Revoir L’éte, Japanese drama of which the title translates Day for Night. Eighteen year old Sakuko makes a final visit to her family in a coastal Japanese town in the summer before she is set to move away for university. Her farewell visit however, opens more emotional gateways than it does close them, with a lost love rekindling and an unlikely friendship striking with a young refugee, Sakuko’s goodbyes become more painful than she had imagined.

Exit, a troubling portrait of a woman trapped at one of life’s crossroads and seeing only dead ends. Ling, a traditionally brought up Taiwanese woman having lost her job, any emotional attachment to her absent partner, and all control over her rebellious teenage daughter is unexpectedly diagnosed with early-onset menopause after she noticing her periods have stopped. This poignant directorial debut from award winning cinematographer Hsinag Chienn captures a traditional woman’s struggles for sexual and emotional liberation in a modern society.

The Falling, dark drama set in a 1969 English girls seminary. An unlikely friendship between the charismatic Abbie and mysteriously troubled Lydia is held under scrutiny when Abbie contracts a strange illness, one which soon becomes an epidemic throughout the school.

The Good Lie, an inspirational true story about four Sundanese refugees, having survived a civil war and a long trek through the wastelands of their country the orphans reach a refugee camp where years later they are selected for resettlement in America, only to find that the only girl amongst the four is to be split from her brothers. The film follows the three boys in their cultural adjustment to life in Kansas, and their subsequent fight to be reunited with their lost sister.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is the third instalment to director Roy Andersson’s “living”-trilogy, following Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living. Its title refers to the painting The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel, and the comedy drama focuses on a pair of travelling salesmen who peddle novelty items.

The Priest’s Children centres on a young priest who comes to serve on an unnamed island, and in order to increase its birthrate, he pierces all of the condoms before they are sold. He later abolishes all forms of birth control, and the repercussions of his actions become more and more complicated.

A tribute to the Mr. Vampire film series, Rigor Mortis begins when the formerly successful Chin Siu-ho becomes depressed and moves into a dilapidated apartment building. The horror begins when Chin hangs himself and his body is possessed by two twin ghosts that haunt the apartment.

Romeo Juliet is a Tamil romantic comedy that follows the romance between a forward thinking female and a more conservative male.

Stonehearst Asylum stars Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess. Based on the short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allen Poe, the horror unfolds as a medical school graduate takes a position at a mental institution, set in 1899. When he begins to unpick the lies that are woven beneath its system, terrifying consequences arise.

Tea & Sangria is a romantic comedy that follows a love-struck Englishman as he arrives in Madrid after abandoning all to live with his Spanish girlfriend. When things do no work out, he finds himself stranded and must learn that in order to love a Spanish woman, you must first love Spain.

Set in the suburbs of Paris is The Dorkels, about a nomadic family. As they are preparing for the baptism of their 18-year-old son Jason, their eldest son Fred returns from prison after he had killed a policeman 15 years earlier. Fred then plans the raid of a truck load of copper to steal, despite his family’s hopes that he had undergone reformation.

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