The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Director: David Robert Mitchell.
Starring: Maika Monroe, Lili Sepe, Jake Weary. USA 2014. 100 mins.
A teenage girl flees her quiet suburban home pursued by some unseen dread, makes it to her car and drives desperately to a beach where, still terrified, she calls her family for reassurance. Thus begins a delicious, lo-fi horror movie in the best traditions of early John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN) or Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN). The girl is Jay (Monroe, THE GUEST) and we learn that after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter with a new boyfriend (Weary) she is being tormented by strange visions and the eerie sense that she is constantly being followed. She and her friends must try to escape the horrors that begin stalking them all.
Writer-director David Robert Mitchell infuses his second feature with a sense of dreamy detachment from an adult world, which makes its twists and turns all the more startling and unpredictable.
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Ghost Stories at Christmas, a season of films
inspired by M R James and Charles Dickens.
One Christmas Eve a small baby at an orphanage crawls into Santa’s bag of toys, only to be accidentally carried back to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole. Although he is raised to be an elf, as he grows to be three times bigger than everyone else it becomes clear that Buddy (Ferrell) will never truly fit into the elf world.
One holiday season, Buddy finally decides to find his real family, and sets off for New York City to track down his roots ¬– but soon he finds himself as much an outsider there as back at the North Pole. In fact, everyone in New York seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas, and Buddy takes it upon himself to win over his family, realise his destiny, and save Christmas.
Home Alone is the beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realises they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood.
Director: Frank Capra.
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore. USA. 130 mins.
One of the most popular and enduring films ever made, Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is a gloriously sentimental testament to homely small-town moral values.
Masterfully crafted, the film opens with angels discussing George Bailey (James Stewart), a man so beset with problems that he contemplates a Christmas-time suicide. As George prepares to jump from a bridge his guardian angel Clarence Oddbody intervenes and shows him how badly Bedford Falls would have turned out without his good deeds. Filled with a renewed joy of life George returns to his family for Christmas.
James Stewart gives one of his finest, most affecting performances and the film looks better than ever in its new restoration.
DIE HARD is surely the ultimate alternative Christmas flick. New York City cop John McClane (Willis) travels to LA to spend Christmas with his estranged wife (Bedelia).
His first stop is the office Christmas party at Nakatomi Plaza, where his wife works. But terrorist Hans Gruber (an impeccable performance from Rickman) turns up with some hard-core mayhem in mind, leaving McClane alone in a vest, sans shoes, to save the day.
What follows is some of the best and most iconic action cinema ever to have come out of Hollywood, and will send you off into the night with a very unique Christmassy feeling. Yippee-ki-yay, Father Christmas!
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, this delightful children’s animation goes one better by having not one but two beleaguered princesses.
The sweet and intrepid Anna (Bell, WHEN IN ROME) is desperately searching for her missing sister Elsa (Menzel, BEOWULF), whose icy powers have thrown the kingdom of Arendelle into eternal winter. But as Anna’s quest gradually reveals, Elsa is not really so villainous, and along the way Anna solicits the help of a comic snowman called Olaf (Josh Gad, THE INTERNSHIP), rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathon Groff, Glee), and a reindeer called Sven.