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Group. Dir: John Bonito. Key cast: Stephen Dorff, Maria Bello. Lorraine, a vulnerable single mom, and her five-year-old son are carjacked by Roy, a vicious bank robber who forces her to drive cross country to meet up with his accomplice who still has the money from the robbery. Her fight for survival marks the beginning of her journey towards independence. Broadway Cineplex 2

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THE DAY Action/adventure, horror, 90mins. Content. Dir: Doug Aarniokoski. Key cast: Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Cory Hardrict. AMC Santa Monica 3

EX INFERIS Horror, thriller, 90mins. Opus Distribution. Dir: Leonardo Araneo. Key cast: Marco Gandolfi Vannini, Jennifer Mischiati, Roberto Zibetti. Six friends decide to spend their holiday together and rent a manor house in the countryside where they can leave behind the madness of city life. Once there, they befriend a priest, Father Elia, who lives alone in the adjoining church. Very soon, the party mood turns frightening, as strange phenomena, apparently paranormal, begin happening around the group. It soon turns into a nightmare when one of the friends, Giorgio, begins acting as if he is possessed, which the group interprets as being demonic. AMC Santa Monica 1

THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT Thriller, 93mins. Latido Films. Dir: Rafael Lara. Key cast: Guillermo Ivan, Luis Felipe Tovar, Angelica Aragon. In Mexico City, Victor, a lonely schizophrenic young man, has become a serial killer after being sexually abused by a priest in his hometown when he was a child. While the police follow his steps, he struggles between continuing his

and all her relatives have gathered in the family house in Bretagne for their grandmother’s birthday. All believe the Sky Lab, a piece of a NASA rocket, will fall on their heads that summer. This reunion turns out to be a crazy weekend of revelations, love and singing. AMC Santa Monica 5

MEETING SPENCER Comedy, 88mins. Fries Film Group. Dir: Malcolm Mowbray. Key cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Jesse Plemons, Don Stark. Fairmont 2


DARK HORSE Comedy, 85mins. Goldcrest Films International. Dir: Todd Solondz. Key cast: Justin Bartha, Selma Blair, Mia Farrow. Abe is thirty-something and lives with his parents, works for his father and collects toys. When he isn’t playing backgammon with his mother, he’s trying to

crimes justified by his bizarre interpretation of Catholicism and confronting his past. Laemmle Monica 2

FOREVERLAND Action/adventure, drama, 95mins. Stealth Media Group. Dir: Maxwell McGuire. Key cast: Max Thieriot, Laurence Leboeuf, Juliette Lewis. Tells the story of Will Rankin, a young man stricken with cystic fibrosis, who is tasked with delivering his friend’s ashes to a legendary healing shrine in Mexico. Joined by the sister of his fallen friend, Will embarks on an epic journey down the Pacific Coast Highway to the desert heart of Baja, encountering a memorable cast of

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romance Miranda, a thirty-something who has moved back in with her parents after her literary/academic career crashed. Out of desperation, Miranda reluctantly agrees to marry Abe, and the two begin to plan their life together. But just when it looks like things are starting to go right for Abe, everything goes horribly wrong. Criterion 6

characters along the way. Fairmont 1

FRIENDS NAKI ON THE MONSTER ISLAND Animation, family, 88mins. Toho Co. Dir: Takashi Yamazaki. Key cast: Shingo Katori, Koichi Yamadera, Sadao Abe. In a country strangely similar to Japan, there is an island floating in the middle of a lake. It is said that monsters have been living there since the ancient times, so the people have feared the island calling it “the Monster Island”. But in reality, the monsters living there are sweet and are in fact living their lives fearful of the humans. Criterion 1

THE FRONT LINE Action/adventure,

133mins. Showbox/ Mediaplex. Dir: Jang Hun. Key cast: Shin Ha-kyun, Ko Soo, Lee Je-hun. Criterion 3

GONE Thriller, 95mins. The Yellow Affair. Dir: Mattias Olsson, Henrik JP Akesson. Key cast: Sofia Ledarp, Kjell Bergkvist, Bjorn Kjellman. A young woman, Malin, has recently been through a family trauma. She decides to leave her home town of Karlskrona to start a new life in one of the northern towns of Sweden. During her long road-trip she encounters a mysterious man who starts following her. Before she knows it she has been kidnapped and brought to a basement somewhere deep in the forest. Le Merigot 1

A HAPPY EVENT Comedy, drama, 110mins. Gaumont. Dir: Remi Bezancon. Key cast: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmai. An intimate view of motherhood, sincere and with no taboos. Laemmle Monica 1

THE HOT POTATO Action/adventure, 100mins. Locomotive Distribution. Dir: Tim

Lewiston. Key cast: Ray Winstone, Colm Meaney, Jack Huston. Based on a true story. Kenny and Danny, leading relatively normal and law-abiding lives in the scrap metal business, find themselves in possession of a large lump of misappropriated uranium. Kenny, Danny and Danny’s girlfriend, Carole, embark on a comedic and perilous adventure to try and make a profit before either radioactivity or the international organised crime fraternity catches up with them. Fairmont 4

THE HUNTER Drama, 102mins. Entertainment One. Dir: Daniel Nettheim. Key cast: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Frances O’Connor. An anonymous company wants the tiger’s genetic material. Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Laemmle Monica 3

LE SKYLAB Comedy, 113mins. Films Distribution. Dir: Julie Delpy. Key cast: Julie Delpy, Eric Elmosnino. Ten-year-old Albertine

MY TOMORROW Drama, 90mins. SND M6 Group. Dir: Marina Spada. Key cast: Claudia Gerini, Claudia Coli. Monica is a fulfilled 40-year-old woman. She has a nice life and a well-balanced existence, or so it seems. There is only one small crack — a complicated family pattern she thought she left behind her. She hardly sees her father, an obsessively religious man, or her step- sister. When he dies and her affair with her boss ends, the balance is broken. Criterion 2

PANIC BUTTON Suspense, Horror, 96mins. Final Cut Films. Dir: Chris Crow. Key cast: Frazier Lee, John Shackleton, David Shillitoe, Chris Crow. Keep your friends close... Four young people win a trip of a lifetime to New York, courtesy of their favorite social- networking website – As they board the private jet, they are asked to relinquish their mobile phones and take part in the in-flight entertainment – a new online gaming experience. But this is no ordinary game. Trapped at 30,000 feet, they are forced to play for their lives and the lives of their loved ones by their invisible captor, who seems to know all their most intimate secrets. AMC Santa Monica 7


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