A real-time of-the-moment thriller giving audiences an exclusive front-row seat to the moment whistleblower Edward Snowden changed history with his revelations of widespread government surveillance. In June 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald met with Snowden confidentially in Hong Kong, where he handed over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA). As the story breaks, they are forced to manage the raging media storm around them, and find their personal security and that of their loved ones under threat. CitizenFOUR (the email pseudonym Snowden operated under) shows you the dangers of governmental surveillance, and after seeing this film, you will never think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, again…
CitizenFOUR is out now exclusive to cinema Nova
Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 – the American Civil Rights Movement – when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (a career-defining performance from early Spooks regular David Oyelowo) led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Despite the President’s support, attempts were consistently challenged by local leaders, the White Citizens’ Council and the Ku Klux Klan. With an all-star cast including Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oprah Winfrey, director Ava DuVernay’s inspiring, Oscar nominated biopic is a wonderful display of the power of human residence and compassion in the face of adversity.
Selma is out now
What We Did On Our Holiday:
Doug and Abi (Doctor Who‘s David Tennant and Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike) are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue – hilarious and emotional in equal measure – the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together. This holiday flick from the creator of Outnumbered is a gem, combing all the best qualities of British comedy. With a hilarious supporting cast including Ben Miller, Amelia Bullmore, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie and Scottish comic legend Billy Connolly as bad-influence grandpa, What We Did On Our Holiday is a fun, family-friendly romp by the Scottish seaside.
What We Did On Our Holiday is out now
Fifty Shades Of Grey:
Fifty Shades Of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon – released rather aptly or creepily (depending on how you see it) in time for Valentine’s Day. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated in 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 90 million copies, making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever. Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Dakota Johnson (daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, granddaughter of Tippi Hedren). When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. Erotic and amusing in equal measures, this is a tale that will obsess you, possess you – and in my case, grotesque you!
Fifty Shades Of Grey is out now