World Vote Now
- 78 min
- Directed by: Joel Marsden
An interesting film questioning whether it would be possible to create a global democracy following the 'one person, one vote' principle, taking in views and opinions from 26 countries from Kashmir to Iran to the Congo.
The World's Most Dangerous Place for Women
- UK/Democratic Republic of the Congo
- 60 min
- Directed by: Fiona Lloyd-Davies
The true story of Congolese woman Judith Wanga, who after being sent to live in London as a small child, returns as an adult to tell the harrowing story of victims of rape in the Central African country.
The Writer and the Flautist
- UK/Occupied Palestinian Territory
- Directed by: John Tchalenko/Luke Tchalenko
Documentary contrasting the beautiful landscape of the West Bank with the ugliness of the ideological divisions between the people that live in it.
WWE Presents: Legendary
- Directed by: Mel Damski
- Cast: John Cena, Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover
Action drama from the home of 'sports entertainment' WWE, as a young man overcomes setbacks to reunite his family through amateur wrestling.
The Yellow Sea
- South Korea
- 157 min
- Directed by: Na Hong-jin
- Cast: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo
A poor cab driver from Yanji City in Yanbian prefecture, a region between North Korea, China and Russia searches for his missing wife. One day a hitman makes him an offer he cannot refuse. Epic if grim Korean thriller.
- US/New Zealand
- Directed by: Eric Brevig
- Written by: Brad Copeland, Joshua Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia
- Cast: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T J Miller
Yogi Bear (Aykroyd) sets about saving Jellystone Park from corrupt politico Mayor Brown (Daly) with the help of a documentary maker (Faris) and pal BooBoo (Timberlake). Good films for children are hard to get right but Yogi Bear makes it look almost impossible.
- Directed by: Andy Fickman
- Written by: Moe Jelline
- Cast: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Betty White
Another in the line of wedding-related comedies in which Marni (Bell) realises her brother is marrying her high school nemesis, JJ (Yustman). Sadly the film fizzles into mediocrity as the script fails to move past lowbrow slapstick, despite a number of amusing cameos.
Yves Saint Laurent: L'Amour Fou
- 98 min
- Directed by: Pierre Thoretton
- Cast: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé
The life of YSL and his partner, Pierre Bergé, chronicling the designer's career, personal life, and vast art collection.
Star Trek Double Bill
- Directed by: JJ Abrams
- Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
JJ Abrams two big budget Star Trek films screened back to back.
LIAF Family Shorts
- Directed by: Various
Eight short films suitable for ages 7–14 and their parents.
- Directed by: Various
Some of the best short films screened at the London International Animation Festival.
Atletu (The Athlete)
- 92 min
- Directed by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
- Written by: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew, Mikael Aemiro Awake
- Cast: Rasselas Lakew
- UK release: 29 June 2012
This intriguing and elegant hybrid of documentary and biopic tells the inspiring story of the Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who in 1960 became the first African athlete to win gold at the Olympics.
- 87 min
- Directed by: Lawrence Kasanoff
- Cast: Voices of: Charlie Sheen, Eva Longoria, Hilary Duff, Wayne Brady
- UK release: 16 June 2012
After the grocery store closes the products come to life in this computer animated comedy.
The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls
- New Zealand
- 84 min
- Directed by: Leanne Pooley
- UK release: 18 February 2012
The Topp Twins are the world's only singing, yodelling lesbian twin sister comedians, and this documentary examines their political activism and comedy through archive footage and interviews.
- 105 min
- Directed by: Bruno Dumont
- Written by: Bruno Dumont
- Cast: Julie Sokolowski, Yassine Salime, Karl Sarafidis
- UK release: 17 February 2012
Twenty-year-old Catholic virgin and theology student Céline (Sokolowski) is so excessively pious that her mother superior dismisses her from the convent; she then encounters a volatile Muslim teenager (Salime) and his fundamentalist brother (Sarafidis). Dumont's elliptical, typically uncompromising drama patiently builds…
Mother and Child
- 125 min
- Directed by: Rodrigo García
- Written by: Rodrigo García
- Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kerry Washington, Jimmy Smits, Samuel L Jackson, David Morse
- UK release: 6 January 2012
Mexican cinema's love affair with the triptych continues, in three intertwined stories about a physical therapist (Bening), a nihilistic attorney (Watts) and a childless woman (Washington) wanting to adopt. Watts' story is easily the most interesting; the weaknesses are a plodding pace, and over-neat segues relying too…
Anyone Can Play Guitar
- 124 min
- Directed by: Jon Spira
- Written by: Jon Spira
- UK release: 29 November 2011
A look at the Oxford music scene covering the likes of Radiohead, Ride, Supergrass, Foals, Swervedriver and Talulah Gosh.
Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)
- 90 min
- Directed by: Aubrey Powell
- Cast: Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam
- UK release: 25 March 2010
The Monty Python cast performs a comic oratorio based upon The Life of Brian at the Royal Albert Hall.
- 105 min
- Directed by: Debbie Isitt
- Written by: Debbie Isitt
- Cast: Martin Freeman, Ashley Jensen, Jason Watkins, Marc Wootton, Alan Carr
- UK release: 27 November 2009
Surprisingly enjoyable British family drama about one school's attempt to put on the best nativity play in Britain by getting the media involved. Freeman and Wootton as the two primary school teachers at the eye of the storm are excellent.
Race Across the Sky: The Leadville Trail 100
- 73 min
- Directed by: Frank Matson
- UK release: 22 October 2009
Documentary about the tough 100-mile cycling race with participants including Lance Armstrong, Dave Wiens and Rebecca Rusch.
- 115 min
- Directed by: McG
- Written by: John Brancato, Michael Ferris
- Cast: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Jadagrace Berry, Michael Ironside, Helena Bonham Carter
- UK release: 3 June 2009
Set in 2018, 14 years after Judgment Day, 'Salvation' exists in a world where Terminator armies seek out the last remnants of humanity while a resistance attempts to fight back. Primary among them are John Connor (Bale), the man destined to halt the rise of the robots, and Kyle Reese (Yelchin), the teenager who will later…
Fast & Furious
- 107 min
- Directed by: Justin Lin
- Written by: Chris Morgan
- Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
- UK release: 10 April 2009
An upgrade of the original film with almost the same plot and cast plus a higher budget. This is more of a rebirth than a sequel - hence the new abbreviated title. As such it's every bit as thrilling, dumb and occasionally dull as the original.
- 110 min
- Directed by: Paolo Sorrentino
- Written by: Paolo Sorrentino
- Cast: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti
- UK release: 20 March 2009
A look at the life of Italian politician and former Prime Minister of Italy Giulio Andreotti.
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
- 92 min
- Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos
- Cast: Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Steven Mackintosh, Kevin Grevioux
- UK release: 23 January 2009
Sheen and Nighy reprise their roles as werewolf Lucian and enemy vampire Viktor in this prequel to the first 'Underworld'. Lucian loves Viktor's daughter Sonja (Mitra). Could this be where their future troubles lie? Ponderous but perfectly watchable horror-action hybrid.