2015-16 film ratings our best for more than 5 years
The season's average of the film ratings was 71.8%, the highest since 2008-09. Ratings since 2008-09 and detailed voting since 2013-14 here.This season we have analysed the voting and film attendance as well.
For more information, click on the titles below which link to IMDb, the international film database.
(S) = subtitles
Based on John le Carré’s book: Günther Bachmann (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) investigates when a brutally tortured Chechen-Russian man arrives in Hamburg, seeking asylum and his notoriously evil father’s massive fortune. Compelling to the final scene.
UK, 2014, Anton Corbijn.
Crime/drama/thriller, 122 mins (15).
Kolya and young wife Lilya find out that their family home on the Barents Sea coast is to be purchased by the local mayor in pursuit of his own building development plans. ‘An outstanding tale of the epic and everyday.’ – Mark Kermode.
Russia, 2014, Andrei Zvyagintsev.
Drama, 140 mins (15).
A long-married couple’s relationship is put under severe stress by the discovery of the body of the husband’s long lost first love just days before their 45th anniversary party. Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling excel in this moving, absorbing drama.
UK, 2015, Andrew Haigh.
Drama/romance, 95 mins (15).
14 October 2015
A young drummer enrols at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realise a student’s full potential. Superb performances by Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons.
USA, 2014, Damien Chazelle.
Drama/music, 107 mins (15).
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives abruptly changed by Jihadists. A formidable and angry, yet timely, compassionate, even witty film about life under Jihadist rule. Stunningly filmed.
France/Mauritania, 2014, A. Sissako.
Drama, 97 mins (12A).
Set in 1974, a life-affirming, feisty and amusing chronicle of a cramped corner of Lancastrian social history. The lives and horizons of two working class friends are opened up by their mutual discovery of the dance music of urban black America.
UK, 2014, Elaine Constantine.
Drama/music, 102 mins (15).
Taxi Tehran (This film has replaced the originally scheduled "Piku" which was not able to be booked.)
Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, so he posed as a taxi driver and has made this docudrama about social challenges in Iran. The film was entirely shot within his taxi cab. It "...oozes a disarming charm and mischievous wit.." (Geoff Andrews, BFI). Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlin 2015.
Iran, 2015, Jafar Panahi.
Comedy/drama, 82 mins (PG).
Set in a ski resort, where a Swedish family are enjoying a winter break – a dangerous situation arises, but the husband’s first instinct is to save his iPhone. A very polite gender war ensues. Wickedly funny and well-observed psychodrama.
Sweden, 2014, Ruben Östlund.
Black comedy, 120 mins (15).
As details emerge of a cycling accident, the lives of the privileged Bernaschi family intertwine with the lives of the struggling Ossolas in ways neither could have expected. A subtle account of the value of human life in an age of financial manipulation.
Italy, 2013, Paolo Virzi.
Drama, 111 mins (15).
‘Deadpan surrealism’. In a dystopian near future, single people have to find a mate in 45 days or be transformed into animals and released into the woods. Cannes contender starring Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and Ben Wishaw.
UK, 2015, Yorgos Lanthimos.
Comedy/drama/rom, 118 mins (15).
Ashes and Diamonds (Popiól i diament) (S)
Richly composed and photographed, this is an often overlooked masterpiece of Eastern European cinema. A taut, political drama that delicately dissects issues and themes rarely visited by war movies.
Poland, 1958, Andrzej Wajda.
Drama/war, 103 mins (12).
Inspired by true events, the film follows an amateur cricket group on a dream tour in India which becomes a real culture-clash, and many of the men are forced to face the realities of their friendship.
Australia/India, 2012, Boyd Hicklin.
Comedy, 92 mins (15).
Patagonia, 1960; a German doctor joins an Argentinian family on their journey to a new home, while Israeli agents are looking to bring him to justice. The story explains why many Nazi war criminals escaped detection after fleeing to South America.
Argentina, 2013, Lucia Puenzo.
Drama/Thriller, 93 mins (12).
An innocent spirit (16-year-old Scottish aristocrat Jay Cavendish, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) is paired up with a drifter who's been hardened by life on the frontier, Michael Fassbender's inscrutable outlaw Silas Selleck.
UK/New Zealand, 2015, John Maclean.
Western, 84 mins (15).
Thematically deep; truly one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. A group of replicants have escaped from ‘off-world’ and are trying to inflict themselves on Earth. Stars Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer. We are intending to show the director's "final cut" version.
USA, 1982, Ridley Scott.
Sci-Fi/Thriller, 117 mins (15).
Annual General Meeting at 7pm
followed at 8pm by:
Explores the effect of social conventions on forming female identities, and the inequalities of being black and living in the Paris banlieue. Fed up with her lack of prospects, Marieme starts a new life after meeting three free-spirited girls.
France, 2014, Céline Sciamma.
Drama, 113 mins (15)