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thumbnail Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017 USA)

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September 23, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Genre: Drama, Crime
Duration: 115 mins

This third film written and directed by profane poet Martin McDonagh is a rough meditation on the true nature of loss, grief and vengeance. Yet it’s not the simple tale you presume it to be at heart: that of a mother’s most primal pain and her redemptive path away from it. It dwells and squats in the ugly pain, the very fire of the grief, muddying preconceptions and presumptions beyond recognition, while still speaking to both small realities and profound truths. This is McDonagh at his most complex, painting entirely in greys as he surveys the cruelties born from barely buried hurts.

thumbnail The Nile Hilton Incident (2017 Sweden)

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May 20, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Tarik Saleh
Starring: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher
Genre: Drama, thriller
Duration: 106 mins

Egypt’s 2011 revolution provides the backdrop for Swedish director Tarik Saleh’s unforgiving political thriller, which incrementally shifts focus from the grimy back streets of Cairo to the highest levels of parliament in the course of a scandalous murder investigation. Only a writer-director intimately familiar with Egyptian culture but possessing an outsider’s perspective could convincingly portray the barely concealed menace lurking within the corridors of power. Even though Saleh was ironically forced to shift shooting to Casablanca after the production was shut down by the Egyptian state security service, the worn, begrimed locations remain remarkably evocative of Cairo’s implied putrefaction under the Mubarak regime.

thumbnail Sweet Country (2017 Australia)

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May 6, 2018
7:30 pm

Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Bryan Brown, Matt Day, Tremayne Doolan
Genre: Crime/western
Duration: 113 mins

Directed by Warwick Thornton and winner of the Special Jury Prize – Venice Film Festival.
A period western, set in the late 1920s on the Northern Territory frontier, where justice itself is put on trial. Sam, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the outback. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry quickly deteriorates and when Sam kills Harry in self-defence he becomes a wanted criminal, and is forced to flee with his wife through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.

thumbnail Goldstone (2016 Australia)

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April 2, 2017
7:30 pm

Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver
Genre: Crime, thriller
Duration: 110 mins

Indigenous detective, Jay Swan, (Aaron Pedersen) arrives to investigate a missing persons enquiry in the frontier town of Goldstone, overseen by Mayor Jacki Weaver and company hatchet man, David Wenham. What seems like a simple investigation opens out into a web of crime and corruption. A striking film to watch, but a better and bigger one to think about. The key to unlocking this ambitious genre hybrid- a Australian film classic and an outback noir masterpiece- is understanding that Goldstone is a country, not a town, and its name is Australia.

thumbnail A Bigger Splash (2015, Italy, France)

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May 22, 2016
7:30 pm

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Aurore Clément
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Duration: 124

This movie received much acclaim and a Golden Lion nomination when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year. ‘A Bigger Splash’ follows an aged rock star (Tilda Swinton) who spends her days on a beautiful Italian isle with her younger boyfriend (Schoenearts). But when their idyllic getaway is interrupted by an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson), what seems like a good-natured shakeup quickly devolves into a swirling storm of passion, anger and danger.

Screening Date: 22-May-16

thumbnail Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011, Turkey)

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June 30, 2013
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Starring: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Muümtaz Taylan, Firat Tanis

Genre: Crime Drama

Duration: 150 mins

 

 

 

In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar and doctor set out in search of a dead body. Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan fills this chilly night-time odyssey with references to the gulf between the citizens of sophisticated urban Turkey and the people who live in the desolate Anatolian Steppes. Largely filmed at night, this is a mysterious, darkly amusing and challenging film.

 

 

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thumbnail X (2011, Australia)

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October 14, 2012
7:30 pm

Director: Jon Hewitt
Starring: Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Peter Docker, Stephen Phillips, Eamon Farren
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Duration: 90 mins

A jaded call-girl. A fledgling hooker. The night from hell.

Screening Date: October 14, 2012

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thumbnail La Doppia Ora (The Double Hour) (2009, Italy)

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June 17, 2012
7:30 pm

Director: Giuseppe Capotondi
Starring: Kseniya Rappoport, Filippo Timi, Antonia Truppo, Gaetano Bruno, Fausto Russo Alesi
Genre: Crime, Drama
Duration: 95 mins

Guido (Filippo Timi), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport), a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. The two hit it off, and a passionate romance develops. After they leave the city for a romantic getaway in the country, things suddenly take a dark turn. As Sonia’s murky past resurfaces, her reality starts to crumble. Everything in her life begins to change – – questions arise and answers only arrive through a continuous twist and turn of events keeping viewers on edge until the film’s final moments. THE DOUBLE HOUR, winner of Best Actress at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival, is directed by Giuseppe Capotondi.

Screening Date: June 17, 2012

A Romance. A Robbery. A Mystery.

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thumbnail Animal Kingdom (2010, Australia)

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August 7, 2011
7:30 pm

Director: David Michôd

Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Luke Ford, Jacki Weaver

Genre: Crime, Drama

Duration: 113 mins

Rated: R

Summary: Following the death of his mother, 17-year-old Joshua ‘J’ Cody (James Frecheville) moves in with his doting grandmother, Smurf (Jacki Weaver), and her three criminal sons—the Cody boys. The eldest, “Pope” (Ben Mendelsohn) is an armed robber, in hiding from a cadre of renegade detectives. Then there’s Craig (Sullivan Stapleton), a successful but volatile drug dealer, and the youngest, Darren (Luke Ford), who naïvely follows his brothers’ lead. Just as Pope’s business partner and best mate, Barry Brown (Joel Edgerton), decides that he wants out, tensions between the Codys and the police explode. J fi nds himself at the centre of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns his family upside down and throws him directly into the path of senior homicide detective, Nathan Leckie (Guy Pearce).

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, 2010

 

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thumbnail Di Renjie (Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame) (2010, Hong Kong)

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June 26, 2011
7:30 pm

Director: Hark Tsui
Starring: Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Bingbing Li, Chao Deng, Tony Leung Ka Fai
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Duration:  mins
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Summary: Set in 689AD on the eve of the coronation of Empress Wu Zetian (Carina Lau), the first and only female emperor in Chinese history, the film opens to a series of mysterious deaths of loyal subjects which threaten to delay the inauguration of the Empress. Following the advice of her trusted imperial chaplain (who appears in the shape of a talking deer), Wu summons the intellectual court judge Di Renjie (Andy Lau, “Detective Dee”) from his exile – incurred eight years earlier for his objection to Wu’s ascent to power – to investigate the mysterious deaths and, by extension, the secret plots to overthrow Wu’s regime.

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