While Gareth Edwards’ 2010 debut was a clever conjoining of understated sci-fi and indie romance, Tom Green’s sequel takes a different but no less distinctive approach. Adding high-octane action and blistering political commentary into the mix, the sequel is set seven years later in a Middle East that’s highly infected with aliens and entirely under quarantine. As American forces try to police the region they face a new front from insurgents who perceive them to be invaders.
Debut director Green has stepped out of the shadow of Edwards’ film to create his own unconventional hybrid, delivering satisfying monster set-pieces along with a filtered, fantastical interpretation of the West’s recent Middle Eastern forays.
Horror 2017 112 mins Director: Aaron Moorhead
Two brothers who escaped a cult are drawn back in by a mysterious message… Acclaimed directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Spring) return with another hybrid piece of raging intensity.
When the Wind Blows
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 84 mins Director: Jimmy Teru Murakami
A middle-aged couple prepare for nuclear war in this humorous and macabre cautionary tale, adapted by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman) from his best-selling book.
Horror 2016 98 mins Director: Amat Escalante
Amat Escalante follows Heli with a boundary-pushing, mind-blowing mix of sex, sci-fi and social drama.
Science Fiction 1997 84 mins Director: Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky’s magisterial monochrome mystery concerns a mathematician whose discovery of a powerful number leads to the dark side.
Science Fiction 1984 131 mins Director: David Lynch
David Lynch brings Frank Herbert’s powerful novel and rich fantasy world to life in this cinematic spectacle.
Welcome II the Terrordome
Drama 1993 94 mins Director: Ngozi Onwurah
A ferocious dystopian nightmare, this was the first film directed by a black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release.
Documentary 2010 84 mins Director: Gillian Wearing
Artist Gillian Wearing’s ‘documentary’ observes seven people creating (fantasy?) identities in collaboration with a drama teacher. Raw and revealing.
Drama 2012 124 mins Director: Robin Campillo
A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.
Drama 2015 89 mins Director: Esther May Campbell
Beth Orton stars in a fragile and subtly nuanced drama that explores the toll of physical and mental illness on a fractured family.
The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2015 95 mins Director: Ben Rivers
Britain’s brilliant experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) presents this haunting desert parable which follows a filmmaker’s abduction and ritual humiliation.
The Space in Between – Marina Abramović and Brazil
Documentary 2016 88 mins Director: Marco Del Fiol
A bold and unsettling mystical voyage in the company of the fearless Serbian artist, as she travels Brazil in search of spiritual healing.
Documentary 2015 80 mins Director: Kent Jones
Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.
Featuring Johnny Harris
Sport 2016 92 mins Director: Thomas Q. Napper
Johnny Harris revitalises the British boxing film with this grippingly authentic ringside saga starring Ray Winstone and Ian McShane.
Featuring Sam Keeley
Horror 2017 95 mins Director: David Freyne
Ellen Page stars in this inventive and surprising post-zombie film from Ireland, in which the rehabilitated undead are transitioned back into society.
Drama 2017 113 mins Director: Isabel Coixet
Words run riot when a free-spirited bookseller (Emily Mortimer) introduces a sleepy town to a host of provocative literature
Scene Nun, Take One
Comedy 1964 26 mins Director: Maurice Hatton
Susannah York plays a mischievously wayward actress mistaken for a nun in this comedy short shot in Swinging 60s London
Son of Fred
1956 19 mins Director: Richard Lester
Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan serve up some inspired goonery in this madcap Milligan-penned crazy comedy show from 1956.
Miss Mactaggart Won't Lie Down
Comedy 1966 28 mins Director: Francis Searle
Sprightly Scottish spinster Miss MacTaggart makes an unexpected return from the dead in this gentle character comedy.
A Show Called Fred Ep 5
1956 28 mins Director: Richard Lester
Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan invite you to leap into your dustbin and dance in this episode of their 50s comedy show
A Moment in the Reeds
Romance 2017 107 mins Director: Mikko Makela
The world’s troubles recede, at least for a moment, in this intimate drama about an affair between a Finnish man and a Syrian immigrant.