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The Broken

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • France/UK
  • 88 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sean Ellis
  • Cast: Lena Headey, Richard Jenkins, Asier Newman

When beautiful and seemingly stable radiologist Gina McVey (Headey) wakes in a London hospital following an encounter with a mysterious doppelganger her life turns into a walking nightmare. Life has become a metaphysical mystery where even her beloved family has something to hide. A mature work of rare and literary…

Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • Iran
  • 81 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Hana Makhmalbaf
  • Written by: Marzieh Makhmalbaf
  • Cast: Abbas Alijome, Abdolali Hoseinali, Nikbakht Noruz

This simple story revolves around the efforts of poor six-year-old Afghan girl Bakhtay (Noruz) to get herself an education. But poverty and male attitudes towards women conspire to keep her out of school, and outside it the willful tyke is brutally bullied by local boys posing as Taliban fighters and the occupying US…

A Bunch of Amateurs

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andy Cadiff
  • Written by: Nick Newman, John Ross, Ian Hislop, Jonathan Gershfield
  • Cast: Burt Reynolds, Imelda Staunton, Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond

Sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients into performing in an amateur London production of King Lear. Tedious and unfunny ensemble comedy.

Burma VJ

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • Denmark
  • 84 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anders Østergaard
  • Written by: Anders Østergaard,, Jan Krogsgaard
  • Cast: The Burma VJs

Empathetic documentary from the maker of 2003's excellent Tintin and I about the unheralded video journalists who risk their lives every day in Burma. The film focuses on the work of these journalists during the 2007 monk-led uprising in which many people lost their lives.

Burn After Reading

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US/UK/France
  • 95 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Written by: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, J K Simmons, Elizabeth Marvel, and David Rasche

Foul-mouthed CIA analyst Osbourne (Malkovich) quits his job after being demoted. Across town at Osbourne's gym, slow-witted employees Chad (Pitt) and Linda (McDormand) happen upon one of his discs. A shaggy, punctured tyre blackmail thriller entails with the requisite outbreaks of shock tactic violence and absurdist…

Burning Plain

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Written by: Guillermo Arriaga
  • Cast: Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Basinger, Joaquim de Almeida

Sombre yet dramatic melodrama with a jigsaw puzzle narrative that cuts backwards and forwards across time, space and generations. Writer/director Arriaga obviously has an affinity for the expressive powers of elemental landscapes, yet in his desire to illustrate how the past corrodes the present, his storytelling becomes…

Bustin' Down the Door

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jeremy Gosch

Featuring some brilliant surfing footage from the 70s and a compelling soundtrack, Gosch's action-filled documentary tells the story of a group of uncompromising surfers who went to Hawaii with the aim of revolutionising wave riding.

Cactus

  • 2008
  • Australia
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan
  • Written by: Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan
  • Cast: Travis McMahon, David Lyons, Bryan Brown, Shane Jacobson

Stylishly shot thriller set in the Australian outback. This screening will be followed by short 'Jerrycan'.

Cadillac Records

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Darnell Martin
  • Written by: Darnell Martin
  • Cast: Adrien Brody, Beyoncé Knowles, Jeffrey Wright

Racy drama chronicling the turbulent lives of Chess Records' biggest recording artists. A well-paced and solidly written tale of violence, race'n'rock and roll in Chicago of the 1950s and 60s.

Café de los Maestros

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US/Brazil/UK/Argentina
  • 90 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Miguel Kohan

Fascinating exploration into the roots and evolution of tango music, documenting the maestro's of tango's golden years as they reunite for a gala performance in Buenos Aires' famous Teatro Colón.

Cape No 7

  • 2008
  • Taiwan
  • 129 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Wei Te-sheng
  • Cast: Van Fan, Chie Tanaka, Ma Ju-Jung

Taiwanese pop star Van Fan plays aspiring rocker Aga in this charming homegrown film about a local coastal town band and their one chance to shine.

Casanegra

  • 2008
  • Morocco
  • 131 min
  • Directed by: Nour Eddine Lakhmari
  • Cast: Anas El Baz, Omar Lotfi, Mohamed Benbrahim

Two young Moroccans struggle to make ends meet against a backdrop of social and economic hardship.

Cass

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • UK
  • 108 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jon S Baird
  • Written by: Cass Pennant
  • Cast: Nonso Anozie, Nathalie Press, Reece Allen

Detailing the shenanigans of West Ham's notorious Inter City Crew (ICF) during the Thatcher years, 'Cass' stands alongside Alan Clarke's hitherto untouchable hooligan yarn 'The Firm', at the top of the filmmaking table. Based on the true story of Cass Pennant, the most prominent black football hooligan to be accepted by…

Cassandra's Dream

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US/UK/France
  • 108 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Woody Allen
  • Written by: Woody Allen
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Sally Hawkins, Tom Wilkinson

Cockney brothers Ian (Ewan) and Terry (Farrell) find themselves in serious financial difficulty. Their solution is kill a man for money but the repercussions of the act soon overcome their close relationship. Allen's third London-set film is a confused embarrassment of quaint olde English observation, bad accents, sub…

Caves, Factories and Film: Future Shorts and The Guillemots

  • 2008
  • Various
  • E
  • Directed by: Various

Future Shorts supports this Mercury Music Prize-nominated act offering jaunty indie music with a lot of heart and some epic pretensions, built around broken rhythms, keyboards and kaleidoscopic lyrics. The show will be opened by a selection of short films re-scored live by the band.

Celine - Through the Eyes of the World

  • 2008
  • Canada
  • 117 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stéphane Laporte
  • Cast: Celine Dion

Special presentation of the documentary created on Celine Dion's 2008/9 'Taking Chances' tour.

C'est pas moi, je le jure!

  • 2008
  • Canada
  • 105 min
  • Directed by: Philippe Falardeau
  • Cast: Antoine L'Écuyer, Suzanne Clément, Daniel Brière

A young boy and his next door neighbour navigate the pain of growing up when the adults around you crumble.

Chamku

  • 2008
  • India
  • 150 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kabeer Kaushik
  • Written by: Kabeer Kaushik
  • Cast: Bobby Deol, Priyanka Chopra, Danny Denzongpa, Irrfan Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Rajpal Yadav

Hindi musical thriller about a secret agent trying to extricate himself and live a normal life.

Changeling

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 141 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Clint Eastwood
  • Written by: J Michael Straczynski
  • Cast: Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, John Malkovich, Jason Butler Harner, Colm Feore

When Christine Collins' (Jolie) son Walter (Griffith) goes missing, she is initially relived when the LAPD say they can return the boy to her, but on seeing him she does not recognise the child. Her subsequent accusations of conspiracy prompt the authorities to take shocking and radical action. The stolen child theme may…

A Charmed Life

  • 2008
  • UK
  • 64 min
  • Directed by: Patrick Vernon

Documentary about the life and times of Jamaican WWII airman Eddie Martin Noble.

The Chaser

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • South Korea
  • 124 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Na Hong-jin
  • Cast: Kim Yun-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Seo Yeong-hie

What starts as an intriguing procedural cobbled together from bits of 'Oldboy', 'The Silence of the Lambs' and dead prostitutes quickly descends into a tenuous game of cat-and-mouse that is buoyed up by frequent gut-churning violence. Surprisingly, on release this was the largest grossing domestic film in its homeland.

Che: Part One

  • 2008
  • Spain/France/US
  • 134 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Peter Buchman, Benjamin A van der Veen
  • Cast: Benicio del Toro, Franka Potente, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Julia Ormond

Part one of Soderbergh's structurally magnificent 'film diptych' about Che Guevara (Del Toro) unfolds in a non-linear fashion. This biopic details his life as a collection of incidents rather than a coherent whole with three events are used to highlight Che's philosophy - his initial meeting with Fidel Castro; the…

Che: Part Two

  • 2008
  • Spain/France/US
  • 135 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
  • Written by: Peter Buchman, Benjamin A van der Veen
  • Cast: Benicio del Toro, Franka Potente, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Julia Ormond

Che Guevara's final fatal campaign in Bolivia gets bold and bleak treatment in the second part of Steven Soderbergh's extraordinarily bio-historical epic about the ultimate revolutionary. A rigorous day-to-day account of a guerilla campaign, Soderbergh eschews the giddy jigsaw puzzle structure and collectivist optimism of…

Chelsea on the Rocks

  • 2008
  • US
  • 88 min
  • Directed by: Abel Ferrara
  • Cast: Vito Acconci, Donald Baechler, Stanley Bard

Cult indie director Ferrera delivers this very personal (and semi-dramatised) documentary about a New York landmark - the Hotel Chelsea, which counts Gaby Hoffmann, Dennis Hopper, Robert Crumb, Adam Goldberg and Bijou Phillips among its patrons.