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Now showing at ArtHouse Crouch End 159A,Tottenham Lane,London N8 9BT 020 8245 3099

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
  • Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists
  • Kajaki: The True Story + Q&A
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Moomins On The Riviera
  • NT Live Encore Screening: Man And Superman
  • The New Girlfriend
  • Timbuktu
  • We Are Many

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night 4 stars

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In the fictitious Iranian community of Bad City, handsome Arash dreams of a brighter future over the horizon, far from his drug-addicted father, Hossein. Debt mounts and Arash works as a pimp for a prostitute called Atti, who is past her prime. In his search for a new trick, Arash stumbles upon a seemingly quiet and assuming girl. He underestimates the girl at his peril and quickly learns that you shouldn't judge a voracious bloodsucking vampire by her demure appearance.

  • GenreHorror, Romance, Thriller, World
  • CastSheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh.
  • DirectorAna Lily Amirpour.
  • WriterAna Lily Amirpour.
  • CountryIran/US
  • Duration101 mins
  • Official sitewww.facebook.com/AGirlWalksHomeAloneAtNight
  • Release22/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

Shot in arresting black and white, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is a grisly love story with bite, literally, set in the fictitious Iranian community of Bad City. In this godforsaken outpost, handsome Arash (Arash Marandi) dreams of a brighter future over the horizon, far from his drug-addicted father, Hossein (Marshall Manesh), who owes a small fortune to violent dealer Saeed (Dominic Rains). The debt mounts and Saeed seizes Arash's beloved vintage car as part-payment, preventing the young man from exiting this hellhole. In order to make ends meet, Arash works as a pimp for a prostitute called Atti (Mozhan Marno), who is past her prime. In his search for a new trick, Arash stumbles upon a seemingly quiet and assuming girl (Sheila Vand), who he is sure he can overpower and dominate. However, Arash underestimates the girl at his peril and quickly learns that you shouldn't judge a voracious bloodsucking vampire by her demure appearance.

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Saturday 30th May 2015
Sunday 31st May 2015
Monday 1st June 2015
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Thursday 4th June 2015

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Exhibition On Screen: The Impressionists 3 stars

A behind-the-scenes documentary on the Inventing Impressionism exhibition from the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris, National Gallery in London and Philadelphia Museum of Art, which explores how art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel created the modern art market by discovering Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir in the early 1870s and buying their works when they were still largely ignored or ridiculed.

In 1886 New York, at a time when Impressionism faced total failure, Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel took the brave decision to introduce these distinctive and modern French paintings to wealthy and enlightened Americans. The enthusiastic response convinced Durand-Ruel to fill American galleries with Impressionist masterpieces and revive interest in luminaries such as Cezanne, Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir. Phil Grabsky's documentary, which has been made in collaboration with the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, charts the inspirational story of Durand-Ruel and the artists he championed, who are on display until the end of May at the National Gallery in London as part of the Inventing Impressionism exhibition.

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Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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Kajaki: The True Story + Q&A 3 stars

A small unit of soldiers, largely drawn from the British Army's 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 Para), is stationed at the Kajaki Dam under the command of Corporal Mark Wright. A three-man patrol heads out from a ridge overlooking the dam to disable a Taliban roadblock. One of the men detonates a land mine, blowing off his leg. Fellow soldiers race to his aid but they find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, left behind after the Russian invasion of the 1980s.

  • GenreAdventure, Drama, Indie, War
  • CastMark Stanley, David Elliot, Malachi Kirby.
  • DirectorPaul Katis.
  • WriterTom Williams.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official sitewww.kajakimovie.com
  • Release28/11/2014 (selected cinemas)

Paul Katis makes his feature directorial debut with this harrowing true story of heroism and self-sacrifice in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2006. A small unit of soldiers, largely drawn from the British Army's 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (3 Para), is stationed at the Kajaki Dam under the command of Corporal Mark Wright (David Elliot). A three-man patrol heads out from a ridge overlooking the dam to disable a Taliban roadblock. One of the men, Lance Stuart Hale (Benjamin O'Mahony), detonates a land mine, blowing off his leg. Fellow soldiers including medic Paul "Tug" Hartley (Mark Stanley) and Corporal Stuart Pearson (Scott Kyle) race to his aid but they find themselves trapped in an unmarked minefield, left behind after the Russian invasion of the 1980s. With no obvious way out, the soldiers must work together to survive their hellish predicament.

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Sunday 31st May 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road 4 stars

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Immortan Joe rules the Citadel with an iron fist and he intends to mastermind the propagation of mankind in his own cruel image using five women called The Wives. Imperator Furiosa kidnaps these slaves and flees across the Wasteland. They join forces with Max Rockatansky, who has knowledge of the Wasteland and can help the fugitives find sanctuary in the deadly shifting sands. In the process, Max lights a fuse on a bitter and bloody road war between Furiosa and Immortan Joe.

  • GenreAction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
  • CastNicholas Hoult, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
  • DirectorGeorge Miller.
  • WriterGeorge Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris.
  • CountryAustralia/
  • Duration120 mins
  • Official sitewww.madmaxmovie.com
  • Release14/05/2015

Fasten your seat belts and hold on white-knuckle tight as writer-director George Miller invites you to an orgy of high-octane auto mayhem that makes Fast & Furious 7 looks like a sedate Sunday afternoon drive. Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise, delivers a blitzkrieg of propulsive pursuits featuring almost 150 hand-built death machines of every conceivable shape and size.

These thrillingly choreographed sequences of carmageddon build to a jaw-dropping finale, replete with roof-mouthed metronome-like poles that allow road warriors to swoop down and snatch their prey from adjacent vehicles.

If the original Mad Max released in 1979 was soaked in testosterone, Fury Road adds a heady whiff of oestrogen by introducing a badass tribe of warrior women called the Vuvalini, who ride proudly into battle armed with explosive-tipped spears.

One prime specimen is Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), the enigmatic driver of a mighty 18-wheeler mobile war rig. She reports to Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), despotic leader of the Citadel, who is propagating the species in his cruel image using The Wives.

These five enslaved women (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoe Kravitz, Courtney Eaton, Abbey Lee) are impregnated by Immortan Joe to provide him with a viable male heir. Furiosa kidnaps The Wives and flees across the Wasteland with Immortan Joe and his army in hot pursuit.

Among the chasing horde is shaven-headed, tattooed acolyte Nux (Nicholas Hoult), who believes that death in battle will grant him entry to the warrior paradise of Valhalla. As Nux puts the pedal to the metal, his poisoned blood is replenished by a living donor, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), strapped to the front of the hot rod.

During the chase, Max breaks free from Nux and begrudgingly helps Furiosa and The Wives to evade Immortan Joe's clutches, bound for a lush oasis known as the Green Place.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a tour-de-force of adrenaline-pumping thrills. Computer trickery is kept to a bare minimum: stunt drivers actually performed these mind-boggling feats in real vehicles at dizzying speeds.

When director Miller briefly does take his foot off the accelerator, he hopes we'll be giddy enough on exhaust fumes to care deeply about plot and characterisation. Both sit quietly in the back seat, waiting for the next rev of a V-8 engine.

Hardy perfects an array of grunts and growls in place of dialogue. He's a dull boy though next to Theron's gutsy alpha female, who goes toe-to-toe and trades blow for bone-crunching blow with the grizzled anti-hero, channelling her character's sense of loss into vengeance.

Keays-Byrne takes a leaf out of Hardy's book from The Dark Knight Rises and dons a nightmarish face mask made of horse teeth. Miller's rambunctious ride is heightened by a deafening soundtrack courtesy of Grammy-nominated composer Junkie XL.

You'll feel the teeth rattle in your head as his sonic boom of drums, strings, thrashing electric guitars and a soaring 80-voice choir competes with the crash-bang-wallop of the on-screen carnage.

Moomins On The Riviera 4 stars

Moomin, Moominpappa, Moominmamma, Snorkmaiden and Little My embark on an exciting adventure by sea to the French Riviera. In this sun-kissed playground of the rich and fabulous, there are manifold distractions and Snorkmaiden's head is turned by suave playboy Clark Tresco, which infuriates Moomin. Meanwhile, Moominpappa befriends aristocrat Marquis Mongaga and adopts the name de Moomin in order to impress his new acquaintance.

  • GenreAdaptation, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy, Family, Family
  • CastNathaniel Parker, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Russell Tovey, Ruth Gibson, Stephanie Winiecki.
  • DirectorXavier Picard.
  • WriterAnnina Enckell, Leslie Stewart, Hanna Hemila, Beata Harju, Xavier Picard.
  • CountryFin/Fr
  • Duration77 mins
  • Official sitewww.moominsontheriviera.com
  • Release22/05/2015

Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson's lovable characters, the Moomins, sprung to life as a comic strip and picture books, then made an indelible mark in the UK as a 1980s stop-motion animated children's television series narrated by Richard Murdoch.

A Japanese anime TV version and a theme park on the island of Kailo followed in the 1990s as part of a merchandising boom that has firmly installed these rotund creatures, who resemble hippopotamuses, in global pop culture. Jansson's inquisitive creations set sail for the big screen in this lovingly hand-drawn animation, based on the original comic strips.

Moomins On The Riviera is a cautionary tale about the corruptive power of greed and jealousy, which takes a few gentle sideswipes at the cult of celebrity and the inflated price of modern art. The inoffensive script maintains a gentle pace, despite the extravagance of the setting with its luxury yachts and speedboats, reminding audiences of all ages that money can't buy the happiness of a family united.

In the aftermath of a pirate shipwreck close to the Moomins' island home, Moominpappa (Nathaniel Parker), Moominmamma (Tracy Ann Oberman), Moomintroll (voiced by Russell Tovey), Snorkmaiden (Stephanie Winiecki) and Little My (Ruth Gibson) embark on an exciting adventure by sea to the French Riviera.

In this sun-kissed playground of the rich and fabulous, there are manifold distractions. "Why do people in the south keep their hedgehogs in the water?" innocently wonders one of the clan, glimpsing a sea anemone in the rippling water.

Snorkmaiden's head is turned first by her Hollywood idol Audrey Glamour (Shelley Blond) and then by suave aristocratic playboy, Clark Tresco (Dave Brown). "Cousin, I need you to take my place in the story. I'm getting married," she coos to Moomintroll in a sweet moment of script in-jokery.

He is particularly infuriated by the skimpiness of Snorkmaiden's two-piece bikini. "You can't wear that!" he scolds. "It's like you're wearing nothing!"

Meanwhile, Moominpappa befriends artist Marquis Mongaga (Philippe Smolikowski) and adopts the name de Moomin in order to impress his new acquaintance. Moominmamma becomes exasperated and retires to the relative calm of the family's trusty boat, hoping that the rest of her brood will come to their senses and remember the family motto - "Live in peace, plant potatoes and dream" - in time for the journey home.

Directed with a light touch by Xavier Picard, Moomins On The Riviera is an entertaining introduction for younger audiences to the cuddly characters, and a nostalgia trip for the rest of us, created with the blessing of Jansson's niece Sophia.

Visuals retain the naive charm of original illustrations, even with the introduction of potentially grown-up scenes like Moominpappa suffering a whiskey-induced hangover. Vocal performances for this dubbed English language version are solid, and the 77-minute running time passes in the blink of an eye.

NT Live Encore Screening: Man And Superman 3 stars

Simon Godwin directs George Bernard Shaw's provocative and philosophical romantic comedy, recorded live at the National Theatre in London. Ralph Fiennes and Indira Varma star as the radical bachelor Jack Tanner and the alluring heiress Ann, who dalliances pose timely questions about how we choose to live.

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Tuesday 2nd June 2015

The New Girlfriend 4 stars

Claire and Laura have been best friends since childhood. When Laura discovers she is terminally ill and won't live to see her child's first birthday, Claire and her husband Gilles promise to help Laura's husband David raise the child. One morning, Claire decides to pay David a visit to see how he is coping on his own and she makes a shocking discovery that forces her to confront her prejudices and preconceptions.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, World
  • CastRaphael Personnaz, Romain Duris, Anais Demoustier, Isild Le Besco.
  • DirectorFrancois Ozon.
  • WriterFrancois Ozon.
  • CountryFr
  • Duration108 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

Romain Duris delivers an eye-catching performance in Francois Ozon's provocative drama with a delicious twist, based on the short story of the same name by Ruth Rendell. Claire (Anais Demoustier) and Laura (Isild Le Besco) have been best friends since childhood. When Laura finds her soulmate in David (Duris), Claire is their bridesmaid and soon after, Claire falls in love with her handsome beau, Gilles (Raphael Personnaz). The two women look forward to the birth of Laura's daughter Lucie. Alas, Laura discovers she is terminally ill and won't live to see her child's first birthday. When she dies, David is devastated and Claire and Gilles promise to help him raise the child. One morning, Claire decides to pay David a visit to see how he is coping on his own and she makes a shocking discovery that forces her to confront her prejudices and preconceptions.

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Saturday 30th May 2015
Sunday 31st May 2015
Monday 1st June 2015
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
Thursday 4th June 2015

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Timbuktu 3 stars

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A herdsman called Kidane enjoys a simple life with his wife Satima and their 12-year-old daughter. When a local fisherman kills Kidane's cow, the father confronts the culprit with unpredictably tragic consequences. The herdsman is judged for his regrettable crime by a warped justice system that doesn't allow for sentiment or mercy.

  • GenreDrama, Romance, World
  • CastPino Desperado, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Ibrahim Ahmed.
  • DirectorAbderrahmane Sissako.
  • WriterAbderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall.
  • CountryFr/Maurita
  • Duration96 mins
  • Official sitewww.cohenmedia.net/films/timbuktu
  • Release29/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

Nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Oscars, Abderrahmane Sissako's harrowing drama unfolds in and around the titular city, where daily rituals are conducted in three languages: Arabic, French and Touareg. A herdsman called Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed) enjoys a simple life with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki) and their 12-year-old daughter. When a local fisherman kills Kidane's cow, the father confronts the culprit with unpredictably tragic consequences. The herdsman is judged for his regrettable crime by a warped justice system that doesn't allow for sentiment or mercy.

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Saturday 30th May 2015
Sunday 31st May 2015
Monday 1st June 2015
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Wednesday 3rd June 2015
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We Are Many 3 stars

On February 15, 2003, an estimated 30 million people took to the streets of 800 cities around the world to protest the impending Iraq War. Filmed in America, Australia, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK, this thought-provoking documentary reveals the inside story of the first global demonstration in the words of organisers, activists and high-profile figures who were directly involved in their respective movements.

  • GenreDocumentary, Indie
  • DirectorAmir Amirani.
  • WriterAmir Amirani.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official sitewww.wearemany.tv
  • Release21/05/2015 (selected cinemas)

On February 15, 2003, an estimated 30 million people took to the streets of 800 cities around the world to protest the impending Iraq War. Many of these citizens had never demonstrated before but were compelled to voice their fears about the conflict, catalysing a global movement that was described by The New York Times as the "Second Superpower". Filmed in America, Australia, Egypt, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK, Amir Amirani's thought-provoking documentary reveals the inside story of the first global demonstration in the words of organisers, activists and high-profile figures who were directly involved in their respective movements. Contributors include actors Danny Glover and Mark Rylance, film director Ken Loach, musicians Brian Eno and Damon Albarn, writer Ron Kovic (Born On The 4th Of July), Reverend Jesse Jackson, Richard Branson and Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson.

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Sunday 31st May 2015
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