The Good Dinosaur (2015)

A heart-warming, dramatic tale of family and unexpected friendships, in the attempt to overcome fear in Pixar’s feature “The Good Dinosaur”

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In an alternative world, dinosaurs continue to roam the land. Attempting to contribute and make his mark on the family farm, young Apatosaurus Arlo lands himself in a hapless condition, forced to survive and find his way back home. Unfamiliar with his surroundings, he stumbles across assistance in the form of wild Neanderthal child, Spot, together they embark on the treacherous travels. A magical, distinguishing Pixar tale of how family and unlikely friendships can provide the motivation to face your fears.

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The Theory of Everything (2014)

The tragically brilliant true-life tale of the world-renowned Physicist Stephen Hawking brought to life in stunning documentary feature ‘The Theory of Everything’

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Attending one of the most prestigious Universities in Britain during the 1960s, a young Stephen Hawking is questioning his principal thesis towards his PhD in Physics. At the age of 21, he is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, a life-threatening progressive disorder that spirals his life into gradual muscle decay. It is his encounter with love in the form of religious arts major Jane, that provides his with the strength he needs to pursue his desire into uncovering the next great leap of discovery into the universe and the existence of time.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

The fantasy world of Simon Snow is magically brought to life in Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Carry On’

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“The Greatest Mage. The Chosen One. The Power of Powers. It still feels strange believing that that bloke’s supposed to be me. But I can’t deny it either.”

Simon Snow is the Chosen One. Orphaned and forced to spend summer with the ‘normals’, he relishes in the time he gets to return to the magical Watford School of Magicks. In addition to his studies towards his final year, Simon also has the burdens resulted from prophecies; declaring he is the one to end wars and defeat the malevolent Insidious Humdrum. A perfectly typical Rainbow Rowell-esque story of love, friendships, wizardry and discovering yourself.

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Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life (Vol. 1) by Bryan Lee O’Malley

What it means to be be dating a high schooler, playing in a band and falling in love with a dream girl in “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life”

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Scott Pilgrim is 23, bassist, boyfriend to a High Schooler and totally awesome. Between jobs, playing in a rock band, Scott Pilgrim’s life is pretty wholesome. When a mysterious girl roller-blades into his dreams, Scott is left bewildered, unaware of the identity of this unexplainable occurrence. Ramona Flowers is the girl who turns Scott’s awesome life upside down.

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The Lady in the Van (2015)

‘The Lady in the Van’ is a tale of a delusional old lady taking residence in a writer’s driveway, and she’s there to stay.

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A writer is dumbfounded after thoughtlessly assisting an elderly lady push her vehicle down his newly found homely neighbourhood street. This seemingly deranged, fragile resident soon finds herself occupying the timid man’s driveway. Adapted from the almost true story of  Alan Bennett’s acquaintances with Miss Shepherd, this piognant tale of community and how one individual can make immense impact on others.

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Spy (2015)

A CIA desk agent is thrown into dangerous unknown territory in action comedy feature ‘Spy’

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Melissa McCarthy stars in a comedic spin on the classic spy film. Obligated is stay in the ear of her partner, Susan Cooper is an unaclaimed CIA associate living in the shadow of her colleagues. She’s quick to volunteer to be part of an undercover scheme following the unexpected loss of her partner. She’s way out of her depth but that doesn’t stop her from the determination to prove herself a respectable and potentially lethal spy, and not just the uncoordinated fool people perceive her to be.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 (2015)

It’s the epic conclusion – the final fight in the dystopian feature adaptation of ‘Mockingjay’

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The rebellion is in full pursuit, following the chain of events that took place during the first part. We pick up with Katniss Everdeen, the renowned  ‘Girl on Fire’, the face of the mutiny against the detrimental Capitol. As the land of Panem they once knew faces deplorable destruction, the initially reluctant Mockingjay is faced with leading an army to definitively take down  President Snow for the perils the Hunger Games brought society. Determination and emotion arise as our heroine is forced to make ultimate judgment, risking everything she loves.

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