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Widely considered one of the greatest and most unusual of the genre, Robert Aldrich’s late-cycle nuclear age film noir is hardboiled pulp infused with the unsettling tone of a horror nightmare. A key influence on filmmakers such as David Lynch, David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino, KISS ME DEADLY is the definitive version of Mickey Spillane’s private eye character Mike Hammer, played here with thuggish amoral magnetism by Ralph Meeker. Dark, ultra-stylish, thrillingly surreal, with a truly mind-blowing finale.

The Straw Hat Pirates are back again with the biggest One Piece movie EVER!! Ahoy One Piece fans! Captain Luffy and his crew have reached our shores with limited edition casino chips… and One Piece Film: Gold! The film will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles and hits Academy from November 3rd! Present your One Piece Film: Gold ticket at participating cinema locations in Australia or New Zealand to secure a random, very special and strictly limited edition character casino chip! There are ten character designs to collect! Get in quick though, as they’re only available while stocks last! The glittering Gran Tesoro is a massive ship that operates as the world’s greatest entertainment city. The ship is so large and wealthy, that it is acknowledged by the World Government as an independent state and doubles as a demilitarised zone, offering pirates, marines and millionaires alike absolute sanctuary. Drawn by dreams of hitting the jackpot, Luffy and his crew sail straight for the gold. But behind the gilded curtains lies a golden emperor whose deep pockets and even deeper ambitions will spell disaster for the New World if our heroes fail their mission!

Opening November 24th. Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.

Releasing in December 2016. Six competitive men (Yorgos Kendros, Panos Koronis, Vangelis Mourikis) play a series of bizarre games while sailing on a luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea.

The National Theatre’s original stage production of War Horse, broadcast live from London’s West End to cinemas. Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Filled with stirring music and songs, this powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing lifesized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

In this vibrant portrayal of Australian adolescence, Greta Driscoll's bubble of obscure loserdom is burst when her parents throw her a surprise 15th birthday party and invite the whole school! Perfectly content being a wallflower, suddenly Greta's flung far from her comfort zone into a distant, parallel place -- a strange world that's a little frightening and a lot weird, but only there can she find herself.

Releasing December 26th. Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle's life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off… With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond), as Macheath alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum. This bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse; adapted by Simon Stephens, (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris, (Everyman, London Road).

Releasing December 26th. Writer-director Jim Jarmusch often explores existential themes, but they’ve perhaps never been so beautifully unadorned as they are in Paterson, a deceptively modest character piece that’s profound and moving while remaining grounded in the everyday. Observing a bus driver (played with incredible grace by Adam Driver) over eight days, the movie turns the tiny details of its protagonist’s life into a deeply felt consideration of marriage, love, compromise and the casual oddities inherent in being alive.

Joey Miller is the undisputed king of Detroit party emcees. He is also a single father and deeply in debt. To make matters worse, during his latest, one-of a-kind wedding performance, all of his prized sound equipment is destroyed in a freak accident—and as luck would have it, his daughter Julie’s bat mitzvah is only four weeks away. After exhausting all of his options, he finally turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the money to get back into business–but under one condition: Joey must go and steal his grandmother Rose’s famous top secret pickle recipe which she has vowed to take to her grave. A riotous comedy about a dysfunctional family, an attempted heist, and a darn good pickle.

The 60 minute documentary “Arthur Miller – Man of the Century” by director Henrike Sandner portraits the life of a man who, over the course of seven decades, created some of the most memorable stage plays in World Literature, and by marrying Marilyn Monroe turned into an American icon. All his life he was torn between glamour, success, social criticism and love. He never stopped to be curious and was always open to find new ways, pushing his limits. Born in New York in the 1920s his biography is tightly connected to the great themes of the 20th century: World War Two, the Atomic Bomb, the American Dream embodied by Marilyn Monroe, the world of Theater on Broadway and the chivvy of communists during the McCarthy era. All these events accompany a biography as fascinating as one can imagine.

Based on the acclaimed book ``History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,`` DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt`s (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson (``Temple Grandin``) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (THE READER). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.

When the mourning over their son ends, a return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, while her husband, Eyal, opts for a total abdication of routine; he steals his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana and proceeds to get high with his stoner neighbor. As the world refuses to accommodate Vicky and Eyal’s sensitivities during their time of bereavement, the two parents act in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives, finding that despite the most painful losses imaginable, the world stops for no one. Premiering at Cannes Critics’ Week, and dominating the competition at Jerusalem Film Festival with Best Israeli Feature, Best First Film and Best Script wins, this affecting ‘Israeli Little Miss Sunshine’ has resonated with festival audiences across the globe. Nominated for six 2016 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars), including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor.

Since the early days, Jerry Lewis - in the line of Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel - had the masses laughing with his visual gags, pantomime sketches and signature slapstick humor. Yet Lewis was far more than just a clown. He was also a groundbreaking filmmaker whose unquenchable curiosity led him to write, produce, stage and direct many of the films he appeared in, resulting in such adored classics as The Bellboy, The Ladies Man, The Errand Boy, and The Nutty Professor. By becoming a ``total filmmaker,`` Lewis surpassed expectations as a comic performer and emerged as a driving force in Hollywood. He broke boundaries with his technical innovations, unique voice and keen visual eye, even garnering respect and praise overseas. However, American critics and the cultural elite tended to reject his abrasive art. While they viewed Lewis as nothing more than just a clown, others like the French recognized him as a true auteur, giving rise to questions that have perplexed American pop culture for over 50 years: Why do Europeans love Jerry Lewis? What is this inexplicable aversion Americans have towards him? Is he just a brash, anything-for-yuk buffoon? Or is he a creative genius? Who is the man behind the clown?

The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, The Settlers offers a historical overview, geopolitical study, and intimate look at the history of settlements in the West Bank, compiling an immersive directory of the lives and experiences of the people occupying one of the world’s most contested territories. With impressive access to the multitude of settlers in the region, Dotan conveys a sense of the contested territory; and impresses the complexity of the region. Presenting a nuanced blend of interviews, historical context and archival footage, this documentary moves beyond what is reported in the news, permitting voices and opinions from both sides of the contentious issue. The Settlers premiered at Sundance 2016 and is nominated for Best Documentary at the 2016 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars).

After many years away, Ariel (Alan Sabbagh) is summoned by his distant father to his childhood home in the bustling Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires, known as El Once. Unfolding over seven days of colourful Purim festivities, the narrative follows Ariel’s attempts to reconnect with his father, a big macher in the Jewish community who had little time for Ariel growing up. Director Daniel Burman (Lost Embrace) continues to wrestle with notions of identity, home and the intricacies of the father-son relationship. This well-observed comedy is at once a heartfelt valentine to the El Once district, Burman’s own Jewish upbringing and his continuing desire to use cinema as a means of self-exploration. Premiered at Berlin Film Festival, and winner of Best Actor (Alan Sabbagh) in an International Narrative Feature Film at Tribeca Film Festival.

Sylvia: Tracing Blood plots the clandestine and violent path of international spy Sylvia Raphael, a South African woman who infiltrated Israel`s enemies, emerging as a top female Mossad agent.

The world's foremost comedians can't agree on how to joke about the Holocaust, or if it's even ethical to try. Filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the fascinating debate over comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried and Harry Shearer, along with actual survivors such as Renee Firestone and other critical thinkers. Many, like Sarah Silverman, think jokes have the ability to keep history's greatest tragedy present, while Mel Brooks and others reject the premise entirely. A most intriguing conversation emerges over where to draw the line between bad taste and bad jokes, shedding new light on the Soup Nazi, Hogan's Heroes and the entire premise of The Producers. Star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, The Last Laugh dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can really be, with unexpected and hilarious results.

Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist`s epic adventure into his family`s secret past. Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father`s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother`s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family`s story. He also packs his paints and easel, as he embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust. From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, Monsieur Mayonnaise is a richly layered, road movie starring artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains ... and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!

With the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, the situation for Anne and her family grows dire. To avoid deportation, the family hides in a secret annexe in the rear of a house in Amsterdam—a claustrophobic existence combining everyday routine with imminent danger. Between birthday parties, bomb scares and the fear of being discovered, the young Anne records her daily life in her diary, where she details her fears and desires as she comes of age behind locked doors. Her clever observations and insightful descriptions have helped generations of young people picture the horrors of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. Based on the uncensored original diary and with a star-studded cast, this film, which premiered at Berlin Film Festival, introduces Anne’s story to a new generation.

Twenty years after the assassination that plunged Israel and the peace process into turmoil, Rabin In His Own Words is a moving firsthand account of the late prime minister and statesmen’s dramatic life story. Through a combination of rare recordings and documents, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his own biography; from his childhood in Tel Aviv as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, to farm worker, through to his service in the Israel Defense Force and his later diplomatic and political career. These candid public and private thoughts from a famously introverted personality illuminate the lesser known chapters of Rabin’s story, as well as some of the most critical junctures of the Jewish State. Winner of the Best Israeli Documentary Award at the Haifa International Film Festival.

Desert noon in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel. Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration - the marriage of her husband to a second, much younger wife - while trying to conceal the insult that boils inside her. Her daughter Layla is preoccupied with a different matter. Her secret, strictly forbidden, love affair with Anuar was just unveiled by her mother. Jalila believes that the world is harsh and cruel, and the only way to win - is to keep your mouth shut, your head as high as possible without raising too much attention, and struggle from inside the limits of the traditional world surrounding you. Layla believes that there are no limits to the world surrounding her. Everything can be hers if she only wished hard enough. But, as the story unfolds, they each fail in her individual battle. Their whole family falls apart and everything they believe in shatters. Now, the two women are forced to understand that, if they wish to survive, they will have to start seeing the world from ...

Austrian author Stefan Zweig was a cosmopolitan, a pacifist and a bonafide literary star. A contemporary of Freud, Dali and Theodore Herzl, he was, for a time, the most-translated writer in Europe. Foreseeing Europe’s decline at an early stage, Zweig left his native country in 1934, never to return from exile. Distracted, and emotionally and financially depleted by his wanderings, Zweig and his second young wife, Lotte, moved between Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, New York, and Petrópolis; all the while trying to make sense of the state of the world, and his own personal existence. From German Director Maria Schrader (In Darkness), this timely drama powerfully recounts Zweig’s final years in exile. Premiered at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival in the Piazza Grande section.

Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of the so-called ‘Architect of the Holocaust’, Adolf Eichmann. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from exile, but has been stymied by an unforgiving German government. Bauer covertly elicits the help of the Israeli secret service to bring Eichmann to justice, and, in doing so, commits treason against Germany. With fast-paced direction from Lars Kraume (Tatort), The People vs. Fritz Bauer is a historical thriller that exposes the elusiveness of evil while celebrating the tenacious heroism of Bauer. Audience Award winner at the Locarno International Film Festival, and winner of six 2016 Lolas (German Oscars), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay.