Film

A Most Wanted Man

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Director Anton Corbyn, released 12 September
In his last film role Philip Seymour Hoffman is outstanding as Günther Bachmann, the head of a small Intelligence unit in present-day Hamburg. Bachmann’s brief is to spy on the city’s Muslim population, his networks built on convincing potential informers within the community to betray their families and friends. “We become their friends, brothers, fathers,” he explains to his superiors in Berlin.

Pride

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Pride

Directed by Matthew Warchus, released 12 September
Pride is an inspiring and joyful film set during the miners’ strike of 1984. It tells the story of the formation of the first Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners group (LGSM), the relationship they develop with the striking mining community in Dulais, South Wales, and the national impact they have.

Boyhood

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This deeply moving coming of age film explores the life of an ordinary boy transformed by the world around him. Linklater uses the same actors over 12 years, allowing us to see the protagonist, Mason, literally grow up in front of our eyes. The character progression is seamless and going from junior school through to college, the sequence of events makes it hard not to feel like you have grown up alongside him.

Jimmy's Hall

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Dir Ken Loach, Out now

In 1932, ten years after the civil war in Ireland, James Gralton returns to his village in this fictionalisation of a true story. He has worked as a labourer in New York, where he witnessed economic boom and bust.

He is also returning to Onnagh. Jimmy's wish for a quiet life with his elderly mother is interrupted by local teens who plea for him to reopen the village'’s Pearse-Connolly Hall.

Fruitvale Station

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Dir Ryan Coogler, Out 6 June

Fruitvale Station gives viewers a highly intense 85 minutes. It aims to shine a light on institutional racism and to direct an angry audience to question the role of the police.

We follow the true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22 year old black man and Bay Area resident in the final day of his life. Through vivid and powerful flashbacks we are told his story and shown the time he has spent in and out of jail, criminalised for the possession and sale of marijuana.

Films: Belle

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Inspired by true events, the film Belle follows the case of a young mixed race woman named Dido Elizabeth Belle, who is raised by an aristocratic family in 18th century England.

She was the illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an enslaved African woman. Dido is raised by her aunt and her uncle, Lord Mansfield who was Lord Chief Justice at the time.

Frank

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Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, released 9 May

Frank Sidebottom, the papier mache headed alter-ego of the late Chris Sievey, was simultaneously very funny and very serious. As a comedy act and band frontman he was irreverent and satirical; as a character he was innocent and earnest. Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan's film Frank is very loosely based on Ronson's own experience as a member of Frank Sidebottom's band in the late 1980s. It occupies the same borderland - comic and tragic by turns, it's a compelling study of artistic alienation.

20 Feet from Stardom

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Director: Morgan Neville, Out now

Morgan Neville's Academy Award winning documentary tells the story of backing vocalists, or backup singers, and their struggles in the music industry since the 1960s.

They were mainly African American women and most people don't know their names, but they featured in and brought to life many of the most famous pop songs of their day.

The film starts in an era when the music industry was dominated by white people, and this included backup singers. The mould was then broken by black female singers from gospel church choir backgrounds.

The Double

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Director: Richard Ayoade, Released 4 April

The opening scene tells us everything about Simon James. He sits on a commuter train, nervously staring ahead. A man comes up to him and says, "You're in my place". We glance with Simon around the empty carriage. Uncomprehending but seemingly unable to argue, Simon gives up his seat and stands for the rest of the journey.

Her

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Director Spike Jonze, out now

Spike Jonze's new sci-fi comedy romance, Her, is set in a dreamy, sunshine filled, near future Los Angeles. Scientific advance has created a techno-perfect society where people are progressively becoming locked into their own virtual worlds.

The emotional landscape of the film is playfully introduced by the main character, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) who works as a ghost writer for a company called "BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com".

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