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Bad Santa 2

Fuelled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus, to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve.

Arrival

Twelve enormous spacecraft arrive at a dozen different locations around planet Earth. Governments do not know who is inside, nor what mission the ships are fulfilling.  Scientists and the military are sent to get answers from these giant craft. The vessels are nicknamed “shells” because at first glance, they seem egg-shaped.  Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams), an eminent linguist, joins a theoretical physicist Dr Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) and the US Army’s Colonel Weber (Forrest Whittaker) to lead a team to investigate a ship in Montana.

The Neon Demon

Jesse (Elle Fanning) is recently arrived in Los Angeles. She is sixteen-years-old and aspires to be a model. Her agent Roberta (Christina Hendricks) advises her to say she is nineteen in order to work. Roberta arranges a test with an A-list fashion photographer and from there, Jesse’s star begins to rise. 

Hacksaw Ridge

Desmond Doss and his brother are raised in rural Virginia. When the Second World War begins, both the Doss boys enlist, much to the chagrin of their father (Hugo Weaving). He fought in the First World War and lost all his close friends. It damaged him psychologically which drove him to drink and violence. Desmond (Andrew Garfield) has very different ideas from his father. Raised as a Christian by his Seventh Day Adventist mother (Rachel Griffiths), Desmond decided long ago that he would not allow violence to destroy his life.

Hell or High Water

Toby Howard and Tanner Howard are two down-on-their-luck brothers living in West Texas. They were born into poverty and recently their mother died, leaving them a ranch and debts. Tony (Chris Pine) is out of work. Tanner (Ben Foster) has been out of prison for almost a year and is looking for some excitement. The pair have taken to robbing branches of the Texas Midlands Bank.

Doctor Strange

Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a gifted neurosurgeon who is involved in a serious car accident that damages both his hands. Unable to work as a result of his injuries, he researches the cutting edge of medicine for a treatment. When he exhausts these possibilities, he is led to Katmandu; he has heard rumours about a place where the powers of the mind can be used to overcome physical damage. What he finds instead, is a universe of talismans, beings and powers beyond his scientific understanding of the world.

Keeping Up with The Joneses

Jeff and Karen Gaffney live in a lovely middle-class Atlanta suburb. Their two sons have just left for summer camp and for the first time in more than a decade, the couple are alone; having time to concentrate on their own needs, confirms that their life has become a dull routine of television and vanilla-sex date nights. Jeff (Zach Galifianakis) works in Human Resources, for a large engineering firm that builds tech for defence contracts. Karen (Isla Fisher) is an interior designer. Their jobs, which they usually enjoy, feel like a boring grind this summer.

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