The Round-Up

THE ROUND-UP | March 6’s movies rated

What were the best films that came out in the last week? What were the worst? Were there any you weren’t sure of seeing? Below are quick and easy star ratings of the past week’s releases to help you decide, including short plot details from IMDB. Full comment and opinion can be found in The Film Journal.


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Appropriate Behaviour
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Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

86 min
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Writer: Desiree Akhavan
Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer

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Chappie
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In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

120 min
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writers: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman

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Difret
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Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to escape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions. Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to represent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the continuing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.

99 min
Director: Zeresenay Mehari
Writer: Zeresenay Mehari
Stars: Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Rahel Teshome

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Dreamcatcher
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For twenty-five years Brenda Myers-Powell called herself ‘Breezy’ and she dominated her world, or that’s what she thought. It was a world that had turned her into a teenage, drug-addicted prostitute. After a violent encounter with a ‘john,’ Brenda woke up in the hospital and decided to change her life.

104 min
Director: Kim Longinotto

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Hyena
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Good policing doesn’t necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a “good” policeman survive?

112 min
Director: Gerard Johnson
Writer: Gerard Johnson
Stars: Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell

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Kill the Messenger
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A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign – that drives him to the point of suicide – after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine.

112 min
Director: Michael Cuesta
Writer: Peter Landesman
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims

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Still Alice
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A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

101 min
Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Writer: Richard Glatzer

Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart

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Unfinished Business
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A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable – and unimaginable.


91 min
Director: Ken Scott
Writer: Steve Conrad
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson

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Catch Me Daddy
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Focus
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It Follows • Recommended
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The Boy Next Door
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White God (Fehér isten)
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