Film round-up: 18/05/2015 – 24/05/2015

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One of this week’s releases is sure to be the perfect remedy for exam stress. The range of films on offer include a documentary centring on biggest anti-war demonstration in history, We Are Many, chilling supernatural forces in The Poltergeist and explorations of other lands with George Clooney in Tomorrowland: A World Beyond. Read this week’s full listings below.

First out this week is We Are Many. The documentary’s focus is the demonstrations against the impending war on Iraq, which took place on 15th February 2003- bringing an estimated million people marching through London. We Are Many will also talk to key campaigners, including Damon Albarn, Ken Loach, and the late Tony Benn.

Dino Time shows us what happens when fun goes a little bit too far. The animated film follows three kids as they travel to 65 million years ago in a time machine, and are adopted by a t-rex. The trio must hatch a plan to make it back to the present before they themselves become history.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a fresh take on your usual vampire film. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour and artistically shot in black and white, the dark film is set in the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, where the townspeople are unaware that they are being stalked by a lonesome female vampire.

The Moomins return this week in The Moomins On The Riviera. Based on the original comic strips by Tove Jansson, it sees the Moomins as they find themselves on the suave Riviera after storms and desert island dangers disrupt their sea journey.

Na Maloom Afraad is the story of three reckless people brought together by one incident that jolts their lives into a thrilling roller coaster ride, set in Karachi, Pakistan.

The New Girlfriend is an adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s story of the same name. The French drama film follows the illicit feelings that grow between Claire and her recently deceased best friend’s husband, David. As their intimacy escalates, Claire makes a startling discovery about David. He has an alter-ego, Virginia, whom he refers to as his new girlfriend, and threats force Claire to keep his secret.

From the producers of Evil Dead and The Grudge comes Poltergeist. The horror centres on a family’s suburban home that is haunted by evil forces, which abduct their daughter Maddie through the bedroom wardrobe. The family must come together and seek outside help in order to battle the poltergeist that grips their home before it is too late and they lose Maddie forever.

Rosamund Pike stars as a small-town nurse in Return To Sender. Following a set up by her best friend, Pike’s unnamed character arranges a blind date with a man who is not who he says he is. But before the date, a stranger traps her in her home and violently rapes her. The thriller unfolds as the character seeks to discover the true identity of her attacker, whilst a perverse attraction forms between them.

In Spring, a young man flees from the US to Italy and falls in love with a woman who is not what she seems. Branded a hybrid genre of romance and horror, the uncovering of the woman’s primordial secret prompts a darkening turn in the narrative.

The Supreme Price is a documentary about women’s rights in Nigeria. The film traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and the efforts made to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. It also follows the challenge faced by Hafsat Abiola to transform a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy that can serve Nigeria’s most marginalised population: the women.

Tanu Weds Manu Returns is the sequel to 2011’s Tanu Weds Manu. The romantic comedy begins with Tanu and Manu as they head for a divorce, and the film’s trouble stems from whether or not Manu will realise that he is still in love with Tanu before its too late.

Set in an alternate Japan, Tokyo Tribe centres on the territorial street gangs from opposing factions that give the film its name. A violent war begins when Merra, the leader of one of the gangs, crosses the line to conquer all of Tokyo.

Starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie is Tomorrowland: A World Beyond. It follows a teenage girl and a former boy-genius as they embark on a journey to unearth the secrets of a place that they share in their collective memory, and battle against the artificial intelligence police force that is after them.

Up All Night concludes this week’s releases. Starring former Friday Download presenters Dionne Bromfield, George Sear and Tyger Drew-Honey as they set off on a fun-filled road trip that goes wrong when they find themselves in an abandoned haunted house.

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