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Spring is back! And with it, a bunch of anticipated new releases, including festival darling "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl', hip-hop box office hit 'Straight Outta Compton', and the Cannes-nominated 'Sicario'.
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31 Aug 2015 - 12:04 PM  UPDATED 1 Sep 2015 - 5:10 PM

Out September 3

The Guest

(UK/USA, action/mystery/thriller)

Director: Adam Wingard
Starring: Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley, Maika Monroe
What's it about?
Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley from Downtown Abbey) stars as David, a soldier, who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son, Caleb, who died in action. He tells them he wants to fulfil a promise he made to Caleb to take care of them, but after the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths occur.

A Walk in the Woods

(USA, adventure/comedy/drama)

Director: Ken Kwapis
Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson
What's it about?
Robert Redford stars as celebrated writer Bill Bryson who, after spending two decades in England, returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer. However, both have competely different definition of the word "adventure".

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

(USA, comedy/drama)

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
What's is about?
This Sundance Festival winner follows high schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl. When his mother forces him to befriend a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer, he finds his outlook on life forever altered.

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Straight Outta Compton

(USA, biography/drama/music)

Director: F. Gary Gray
Starring: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell
What's it about?
This biopic of the legendary hip hop band N.W.A. traces the band's history back to 1987, when Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Arabian Prince and Easy E were a group of friends living in Compton, one of the most dangerous cities in Downtown L.A. Armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent, the young men stood up to the authorities and formed the world's first gangsta rap group. And as they exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

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O'Shea Jackson Jr. talks playing dad Ice Cube in 'Straight Outta Compton'

The Transporter Refueled

(France/China, action/crime/thriller)

Director: Camille Delamarre
Starring: Ed Skrein, Loan Chabanol, Ray Stevenson
What's it about?
This action movie produced by Luc Besson is set on the French Riviera, as former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin finds himself involved in a robbery by one of his clients, a femme fatale and her three sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin.

American Ultra

(USA, action/comedy)

Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton
What's it about?
A hapless stoner, Mike, who lives in a small town with his girlfriend, is in fact – unbeknownst to him – a highly trained and lethal sleeper agent. But when a deadly government operation has him marked as a liability and targeted for extermination, his secret past comes back to the surface, and he turns into a deadly weapon.

 

Out September 10

Pixels

(USA, action/comedy/sci-fi)

Director: Chris Columbus
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan
What's it about?
As kids in the 1980s, friends Sam, Will, Ludlow, and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" saved the world thousands of times - at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. But when aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games. Will, now President of the USA, must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders.

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People Places Things

(USA, comedy)

Director: James C. Strouse
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams
What's it about?
Flight of the Conchords' star Jemaine Clement stars as Will Henry, a graphic novelist and professor at NYU who finds himself newly single after he walks in on his girlfriend cheating on him with a family friend. A year later, Will is still coming to terms with it, while trying to raise his young twin daughters, and navigating the complexities of a potential new love.

Play It Safe

(Australia, comedy/drama/music)

Director: Chris Pahlow
Starring: Nicholas Kato, Maya Aleksandra, Christine Lui
What's it about?
Jamie is a 26-year-old musician, who is out of work and down on his luck. When his band breaks up, he's left with no money, no career, and no girlfriend. Now he teaches piano at a soul-destroying music school. Will he take a risk and follow his dreams? Or will he surrender to his new-found unhappiness and play it safe? 

Life

(Canada/Germany/Australia/USA, biography/drama)

Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Peter Lucas, Lauren Gallagher
What's it about?
Photographer/director Anton Corbijn (Control) returns with a movie set in1955, as an ambitious photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean, a moody young man on the verge of becoming a world famous star with his career-changing role in the East of Eden. (Screenplay is by Australian writer Luke Davies, who is known for his work on Neil Armfield's 2006 Candy.)

The Duke of Burgundy

(UK, drama)

Director: Peter Strickland
Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Chiara D'Anna
What's it about?
This BDSM drama by director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) follows butterfly-chasing couple Cynthia and Evelyn who, day after day, act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn's punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn's obsession with erotica quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

(USA,action/sci-fi/thriller)

Director: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
What's it about?
The next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga follows Thomas and his fellow Gladers as they face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.

 

Out September 17

Everest

(UK/USA/Iceland, adventure/drama/thriller)

Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Elizabeth Debicki, Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley
What's it about?
Set in 1996, this star-studded docudrama by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Jar City) follows two simultaneous climbing expeditions on Mount Everest as they are devastated by a severe snow storm, and recreates the climbers' attempts to survive.

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder

(Norway, Family)

Director: Arild Fröhlich
Starring: Eilif Hellum Noraker, Emily Glaister, Marian Saastad 
What's it about?
Based on the famous children's books by Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbø (Headhunters), this movie follows the adventures of two lonely children who help Doctor Proctor get recognition for his invention.

How to Change the World

(Canada/UK, documentary/adventure/biography)

Director: Jerry Rothwell
Starring: Bill Darnell, David Garrick, Bobbi Hunter
What's it about?
In 1971, a group of friends set sail from Vancouver in an old fishing boat to stop Nixon's atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, an island off Alaska, and their protest captures the world's imagination. Using never-before-seen archive that brings to life the story of the pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.

Oddball

(Australia, Family)

Director: Stuart McDonald
Starring: Shane Jacobson, Alan Tudyk, Deborah Mailman
What's it about?
The story of Allan "Swampy" Marsh and his Maremma dog Oddball. Swampy convinced local authorities to allow Oddball to protect a colony of Little Penguins on Middle Island from wild cats and dogs. Oddball succeeds in his campaign and becomes a front runner for Maremma dogs being used to protect other endangered Australian wildlife.

Blinky Bill the Movie

(Australia/USA, animation/adventure)

Directors: Deane Taylor, Noel Cleary, Alexs Stadermann, Alex Weight
Starring: Robin McLeavy, Toni Collette, Rufus Sewell
What's it about?
Blinky Bill is a little koala with a big imagination, who dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his missing father’s footsteps. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback.

17 Septembre 2015 - NSW, VIC, QLD
24 Septembre 2015 - ACT, SA, WA, NT

Two By Two

(Germany/Belgium/Luxembourg/Ireland/USA, animation/adventure/comedy)

Directors: Toby Genkel, Sean McCormack
Starring: Dermot Magennis, Callum Maloney, Tara Flynn
What's it about?
As the world is about to be be engulfed in a flood, an Ark has been built to save all animals. Dave and his son Finny, a couple of clumsy Nestrians, are not allowed on the boat, but they managed to sneak their way on board. But it's not all smooth sailing, as they fall by accident in the water, and have to get to safety while facing hungry predators.

 

Out September 24

Pan

(USA, adventure/family/fantasy)

Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
What's it about?
This movie looks at the origins of orphan Peter Pan and sees him going head to head with evil Captain Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save the native inhabitants of Neverland, with the help of a certain Hook.

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London Road

(UK, adventure/musical/mystery)

Director: Rufus Norris
Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Kate Fleetwood
What's it about?
London Road is a true crime musical retracing the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

(USA, drama/romance)

Director: Marielle Heller
Starring: Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig
What's it about?
This Sundance award-winning coming-of-age movie follows Minnie Goetze, a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, living in the haze of the 1970s in San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl. That is until she starts a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, "the handsomest man in the world".

Cut Snake

(Australia, thriller)

Director: Tony Ayres
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Jessica De Gouw, Alex Russell
What's it about?
Set in the mid-1970s, Cut Snake follows twenty-something Sparra Farrell, a very private man who is trying to start a new life in Melbourne. He has found honest work and becomes engaged to the beautiful Paula. But his past catches up with him and threatens his new life when the charismatic Pommie tracks him down. Sparra finds himself sucked back into a world that he thought he had left behind.

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Sicario

(USA, action/crime/drama)

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal
What's it about?
Set in the lawless border area between the US and Mexico, Sicario centres on an idealistic FBI agent who is exposed to the brutal world of international drug trafficking by members of a government task force, who have enlisted her in their plan to take out a major Mexican cartel boss. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past, the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive. 

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The Visit

(USA, comedy/horror)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould
What's it about?
This horror comedy by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) follows a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. When the children break the third rule of the house ("Don't ever leave your room after 9:30pm"), they discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing. Also stars young Australian actor Ed Oxenbould, recently seen in Paper Planes.