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The Wolf Of Wall Street (2014)
Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) dreams of being a rich stockbroker, but after losing his Wall Street job in the crash of 1987 he falls on hard times. Inspired by a dodgy local dealership, which sells cheap stocks to working-class people, Belfort goes into business by himself, manipulating the finance market and spending millions on his decadent lifestyle.

The Night Of The Hunter (2014)
A sinister crook posing as a preacher pursues two children for the secret they are privy to of the location of a cache of money.

All Is Lost (2013)
When a sailor (Redford) on a solo cruise finds that the hull of his boat has been pierced, a struggle with the elements - and to stay alive - begins.

Cinema Paradiso (2013)
Rome, 1980s. Veteran film director Salvatore Di Vita (Perrin) learns from his quizzical girlfriend that old friend Alfredo has died. To explain who he is, Salvatore flashes back to his childhood in Sicily and one Cinema Paradiso...

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
To complete their quest to Erebor, Bilbo (Freeman) and the dwarves must pick their way through a phantasmal forest, navigate raging rapids and escape the clutches of Lake-town's corrupt Master (Fry). Then there's the small matter of a dragon...

Big Bad Wolves (2013)
Dror (Keinan), prime suspect in a series of child murders, is stalked by Miki (Ashkenazi), a homicide cop transferred to traffic after assaulting him. Gidi (Grad), father of a missing girl, abducts Dror, making Miki his accomplice. As Gidi tortures Dror, his pleas prompt the cop to question his belief in the man’s guilt...

Nebraska (2013)
Believing he has won $1 million in a lottery, elderly Montana resident Woody Grant (Dern) repeatedly tries to make his own way to the state capital of Nebraska to claim his prize. To save him from harm, Woody’s son David (Forte) decides to drive the old man there himself, stopping off at his father’s former hometown to break up the journey.

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013)
Schoolgirl Adèle (Exarchopoulos) meets blue-haired artist Emma (Seydoux). The pair fall in love, move in together and all looks rosy, until...

Gone With The Wind (2013)
Georgia, 1861. Petulant, spoiled Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh) holds a candle for the dashing Ashley (Howard), so when the announcement of his engagement to his cousin Melanie is greeted with pouty frustration, the enigmatic Rhett Butler seems a worthy second choice. But, slowly, inexorably, the drums of war are beginning to beat...

Gravity (2013)
After a mid-orbit catastrophe destroys their shuttle, two spacewalking astronauts, Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalsky (Clooney), find themselves adrift above the Earth’s atmosphere with their oxygen running dangerously low. They begin desperately trying to figure out a way home.

Philomena (2013)
After losing his job as a spin doctor, Martin Sixsmith (Coogan) decides to return to journalism. His subject is Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irishwoman who, as a teenager, had a child that she gave up. Together, they set out to find him.

Short Term 12 (2013)
GoldDerby is a short-term foster-care centre for troubled teenagers, presided over by young supervisors — and secret couple — Grace (Larson) and Mason (Gallagher Jr.). The arrival of suicidal Jayden (Dever) forces Grace to process her own past and present — chiefly the baby she is covertly carrying.

Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horrors (2013)
Count Orlok (Schreck) moves from his ruined castle to the city of Wisborg, after the visit of one Jonathan Harker. Once there he becomes involved with Jonathan's fiancée Nina, who alone holds the power to destroy him...

Captain Phillips (2013)
In April 2009, US container ship the Maersk Alabama was boarded by four Somali pirates who took its captain, one-time Boston cabbie Richard Phillips, hostage. The crisis played out over five days, and this film recreates those events.

Blue Jasmine (2013)
With her marriage to a financial crook in ruins and her life on the rocks, clueless Manhattan socialite Jasmine (Blanchett) is forced to shack up with her blue-collar half-sister in San Francisco.

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