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Since forming in 2012, a24 have made a name for themselves as one of the leading independent film studios in the world, specialising in film and television production, as well as film distribution. Their releases have gone from strength to strength, releasing some of the most acclaimed films of recent years. This year there’s plenty to look forward to from A24 with the release of ‘Lamb’, ‘Red Rocket’ and ‘The Tragedy Of Macbeth’. To coincide with these releases fopp are offering A24 titles from £5 on DVD and from £6 on Blu-ray. Offer ends 6th March 2022.

Ex Machina


Director  Alex Garland
Written by  Alex Garland
Starring  Oscar Isaac · Domhnall Gleeson · Alicia Vikander
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Alex Garland writes and directs this sci-fi thriller starring Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. Gleeson plays Caleb, a promising young programmer, who is selected by the CEO (Isaac) of a large Internet company to spend a week at his retreat in the mountains. When he arrives, Caleb soon learns that the retreat is in fact the location of a laboratory involved in pioneering research into artificial intelligence and robotics and is home to the world’s first fully sentient robot (Alicia Vikander). However, as the two men interact more and more with the AI, it becomes apparent that she is more sophisticated than they imagined. The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Screenplay.

The Farewell


Director  Lulu Wang
Written by  Lulu Wang
Starring  Shuzhen Zhao · Awkwafina · X Mayo
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Awkwafina stars in this US comedy drama written and directed by Lulu Wang. Chinese-American writer Billi (Awkwafina) is devastated when she discovers her grandmother, Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao), has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has mere months left to live. The family decide to keep the diagnosis a secret from Nai Nai, so as not to spoil her final days, and travels to China to visit her under the pretence of a fake wedding. Billi, however, clashes with her family over their dishonesty and becomes increasingly conflicted over their rigid belief in their cultural values.

First Reformed


Director  Paul Schrader
Written by  Paul Schrader
Starring  Ethan Hawke · Amanda Seyfried · Cedric the Entertainer
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

From Golden Globe Nominee Director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Affliction), FIRST REFORMED is a brooding, thriller-drama centred around Ernst Toller (Academy Award Nominee Ethan Hawke), a troubled priest of a small, historical church in upstate New York, who starts to spiral out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with Mary (Amanda Seyfried) and her husband Michael, an unstable environmental activist. Consumed by thoughts that the world is in danger and motivated by the church’s lack of action, Toller embarks on a perilous self-assigned undertaking with the hope that he may finally restore the faith and purpose he’s been longing for in his mission to right the wrongs done to so many.

Florida Project


Director  Sean Baker
Written by  Sean Baker · Chris Bergoch
Starring  Brooklynn Prince · Bria Vinaite · Willem Dafoe
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince star in this US drama co-written and directed by Sean Baker. The film follows Moonee (Prince), an adventurous six-year-old girl who moves to the Florida city of Kissimmee for the summer. Staying in the long-stay Magic Castle Motel with her unstable mother Halley (Bria Vinaite), Moonee quickly settles in and makes friends with Jancey (Valeria Cotto), a young girl staying in a nearby guest house. With Halley out most nights trying to scrape together enough money to pay the rent, Moonee forms a strong bond with motel owner Bobby (Dafoe) as she and her friends explore the area and attempt to make the best of the summer.

A Ghost Story


Director  David Lowery
Written by  David Lowery
Starring  Casey Affleck · Rooney Mara · McColm Cephas Jr.
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in this US drama written and directed by David Lowery. The film follows a married couple in disagreement over whether or not to move away from their modest home in rural Texas. When the husband then suddenly dies in a car accident, his wife is left alone in the house as she grieves. Returning home as a ghost draped in a white sheet, the husband desperately tries to reconnect with his wife as she contemplates what to do next, but becomes increasingly frustrated with his inability to interact meaningfully with the physical world. After his wife eventually decides to move on, the husband remains stranded in the moment, silently watching over the house as a new family moves in.

Green Room


Director  Jeremy Saulnier
Written by  Jeremy Saulnier
Starring  Anton Yelchin · Imogen Poots · Alia Shawkat
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Jeremy Saulnier writes and directs this crime thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Patrick Stewart. After agreeing to perform a gig in a remote Oregonian roadhouse, punk band the Ain’t Rights quickly regret their decision when they realise the venue is filled with skinhead thugs, led by club owner Darcy (Stewart). Things take a turn for the worse when a girl is murdered in the crowd, leaving the band and the victim’s friend Amber (Poots) to plot a hasty escape from Darcy and his henchmen. Will they make it out alive?

Hereditary


Director  Ari Aster
Written  by Ari Aster
Starring  Toni Collette · Milly Shapiro · Gabriel Byrne
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Toni Collette stars in this supernatural horror written and directed by Ari Aster. When her mother dies, Annie Graham (Collette) and her family find themselves being terrorised by an evil force which has been left behind. With the presence seemingly focused on her teenage daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro), Annie desperately tries to uncover the horrifying secrets of her ancestry as she looks to protect her family from the sinister entity intent on destroying everything they know. The cast also includes Gabriel Byrne and Alex Wolff.

High Life


Director  Claire Denis
Written by  Claire Denis · Jean-Pol Fargeau
Starring  Robert Pattinson · Juliette Binoche · André 3000
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Claire Denis co-writes and directs this sci-fi drama starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. A group of death row inmates are offered a chance at redemption when they are selected to take part in a space mission to research the potential energy uses of black holes. However, once on board their ship, it quickly becomes apparent they are embarking on a suicide mission. As they drift through space towards their intended target, they are subjected to the sexual experiments of scientist Dr Dibs (Binoche), who becomes obsessed with the crew’s only celibate member, Monte (Pattinson).

It Comes at Night


Director  Trey Edward Shults
Written by  Trey Edward Shults
Starring  Joel Edgerton · Christopher Abbott · Carmen Ejogo
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo star in this psychological horror written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. Holed up in an isolated cabin in the mountains, Paul (Edgerton), Sarah (Ejogo) and their teenage son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) attempt to survive as best they can as a mysterious threat devastates the world around them. Unable to venture far from their hideout or go out after dark, the family’s fragile existence is further complicated by the arrival of Will (Christopher Abbott) and his young family who are desperately looking for refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia soon takes over as the terrors of the world outside close in around them.

Lady Bird


Director  Greta Gerwig
Written by  Greta Gerwig
Starring  Saoirse Ronan · Laurie Metcalf · Tracy Letts
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

The Lighthouse


Director  Robert Eggers
Written by  Robert Eggers · Max Eggers
Starring  Robert Pattinson · Willem Defoe · Valeriia Karaman
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind the modern horror masterpiece The Witch, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. As an approaching storm threatens to sweep them from the rock and strange apparitions emerge from the fog, each man begins to suspect that the other has become dangerously unmoored.

The Lobster


Director  Yorgos Lanthimos
Written by  Yorgos Lanthimos · Efthymis Filippou
Starring  Colin Farrell · Rachel Weisz · Jessica Barden
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Yorgos Lanthimos co-writes and directs this surreal sci-fi comedy drama starring Colin Farrell. Set in a dystopian future where failure to find a partner is unacceptable, recently widowed David (Farrell) is given just 45 days to find a replacement partner. In line with the rules of The City, singletons are taken to The Hotel where they are forced to find a mate and those that fail to pair up are transformed into an animal of their choosing and sent into the surrounding woods. Although David appears less desperate than some of his fellow guests to forge a new relationship, he tries his best to create a union with a fellow cold-hearted resident (Angeliki Papoulia). But after his latest attempt at a relationship fails, David flees The Hotel and into the wilderness where he falls in love with a Loner (Rachel Weisz) despite the militant group’s ban on romantic interactions. The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical (Farrell) and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Locke


Director  Steven Knight
Written by  Steven Knight
Starring  Tom Hardy · Olivia Colman · Ruth Wilson
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson and Olivia Colman star in this thriller from writer and director Steven Knight. Ivan Locke (Hardy) is the head of a successful construction company and is happily married to Katrina (Wilson) with whom he has two sons, Eddie (Tom Holland) and Sean (Bill Milner). However, he must risk it all to ‘do the right thing’ when he faces the consequences of a past mistake. He learns that Bethan (Colman), a woman he had a one-off encounter with some months ago, is pregnant and he decides to leave Birmingham and drive down to London so he can be at the birth of his child. The film follows Locke in his car through the whole journey as he has phone conversations with his wife, children and colleagues and talks to his father as though he is there with him. Will his decision cost him the life he has worked so hard to obtain? The cast also features Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Danny Webb and Alice Lowe.

Mid 90s


Director  Jonah Hill
Written by  Jonah Hill
Starring  Sunny Suljic · Katherine Waterston · Lucas Hedges
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Jonah Hill makes his feature directorial debut with this downbeat coming-of-age drama set in Los Angeles during the 1990s. 13-year-old Stevie (Sunny Suljic) begins hanging out with a new group of friends by the skate shop. As he makes his first steps in the world of skateboarding he also sustains a bad injury prompting his mother Dabney (Katherine Waterston) to warn him against socialising with his new friends. However, life at home is troubled and Stevie continually gets beaten up by his older brother Ian (Lucas Hedges). Going against his mother’s wishes Stevie continues to hang out with his new skating friends and shares in their experiences as he begins learning about the difficulties of young manhood.


Director  Ari Aster
Written by  Ari Aster
Starring  Florence Pugh · Jack Reynor · Vilhelm Blomgren
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Ari Aster writes and directs this American horror starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor and Will Poulter. Following a family tragedy, American student Dani (Pugh) decides to accompany her boyfriend Christian (Reynor) and his friends Mark (Poulter), Josh (William Jackson Harper) and Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) on a trip to Sweden to take part in a summer solstice festival that only takes place every 90 years. In Pelle’s hometown, the friends initially receive a warm welcome but as the ceremonies and rituals get underway they begin to question their hosts’ true intentions.

Minari


Director  Lee Isaac Chung
Written by  Lee Isaac Chung
Starring  Steven Yeun · Yeri Han · Alan S. Kim
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Steven Yeun stars in this American drama written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung. Set in the 1980s, South Korean man Jacob (Yeun) moves his young family to a remote plot of land in rural Arkansas that he dreams of turning into a successful vegetable garden and farm. However, as they struggle with the demands of their new life and raising their two American-born children, his wife Monica (Yeri Han) sends for her mother (Youn Yuh-jung) from Korea to help raise the children. Her unorthodox manner is at odds with her grandchildren and their expectation of what a grandmother should be, especially young boy David (Alan Kim). Meanwhile, Jacob and Monica deliberate over how best to achieve their dreams.

Moonlight


Director  Barry Jenkins
Written by  Barry Jenkins
Starring  Mahershala Ali · Naomie Harris · Trevante Rhodes
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Barry Jenkins writes and directs this drama starring Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland and Janelle Monae. The story is divided into three different timelines, each focusing on Chiron – played by Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Rhodes – at different stages in his life. As a child, Chiron is nicknamed ‘Little’ because of his diminutive size and shy demeanour. He struggles with bullying at school and becomes involved with a drug dealer and his girlfriend who look after him when Chiron can no longer bear to be around his abusive mother Paula (Naomie Harris). As he also begins to explore his sexuality, Chiron grows into his teenage years and becomes a more resilient adult, but the travails of his upbringing and the experiences of his younger years may never truly leave him. The film was nominated for four BAFTAs, six Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and eight Academy Awards, winning for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Jenkins).

Obvious Child


Director  Gillian Robespierre
Written by   Gillian Robespierre
Starring  Jenny Slate · Jake Lacy · Gaby Hoffmann
Format  DVD

 

Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy star in this romantic comedy from writer and director Gillian Robespierre. When stand-up comedienne Donna (Slate) gets dumped, she seeks comfort in the arms of a stranger, Max (Lacy). When she discovers that she is pregnant, Donna’s whole life changes and she is forced to make some difficult decisions. As 20-something Donna struggles to decide whether she should tell the father of her child the truth, she discovers that the most challenging thing about growing up is letting people in and accepting help.

On The Rocks


Director  Sofia Coppola
Written by  Sofia Coppola
Starring  Bill Murray · Rashida Jones · Marlon Wayans
Format  DVD

 

Laura (Rashida Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new coworker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.

Room


Director  Lenny Abrahamson
Written by  Emma Donoghue
Starring  Brie Larson · Jacob Tremblay · Sean Bridgers
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Brie Larson stars in this drama adapted by Emma Donoghue from her own novel about a mother and son who have been held captive for five years. Joy ‘Ma’ Newsome (Larson) and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) have been living in a small room since Jack was born, meaning he has no knowledge of the outside world. Joy realises Jack is now old enough to learn the truth about their situation and together they plan to escape their captor Old Nick (Sean Bridgers). But being in the real world comes with its own challenges… The film also stars Joan Allen and William H. Macy as Joy’s parents. Larson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Drama and the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress for her performance. The film was also nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay with Larson winning in the Best Actress category.

Saint Maud


Director  Rose Glass
Written by  Rose Glass
Starring   Morfydd Clark · Caoilfhionn Dunne · Jennifer Ehle
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

A bold and strikingly original psychological chiller, heralding the arrival of a bold new voice in British cinema – debut director Rose Glass – and a breakout lead performance from Morfydd Clark, SAINT MAUD is a deeply unnerving must-see for film-lovers and adventurous horror fans alike. Live-in nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) arrives at the home of Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a famous dancer now frail from illness and trapped in her grand, isolated house. At first Amanda is intrigued by this religious young woman, who provides distraction from her failing health. Maud, in turn, is bewitched by her new patient. But Maud is not all that she seems. She is tormented by a violent secret from her past and by ecstatic messages she believes are directly from God. She becomes convinced she has been sent to Amanda not simply as a nurse, but to serve a divine purpose. As her grip on reality slides out of control, Maud’s care turns into a deadly mission to save Amanda’s soul, by any means necessary.

Slow West


Director  John Maclean
Written by  John Maclean
Starring  Kodi Smit-Mcphee · Caren Pistorius · Aorere Paki
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee star in this Western from writer/director John Maclean, who makes his feature debut. Set in the late 1800s, the story follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he goes on a journey from Scotland to America, traveling across the Wild West in an attempt to find his sweetheart Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius), who was forced to leave the country with her father John (Rory McCann) following an accident. Jay meets the mysterious Silas Selleck (Fassbender) along the way and the two team up as they face the harsh environment and a band of bounty hunters.

Swiss Army Man


Director  Dan Kwan · Daniel Scheinert
Written by  Dan Kwan · Daniel Scheinert
Starring  Paul Dano · Daniel Radcliffe · Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Format  DVD

 

Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in this comedy adventure co-written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Stranded on a deserted island and on the brink of suicide, Hank (Dano) makes one last bid to escape after discovering a corpse named Manny (Radcliffe) on the beach. After forming a surreal friendship with Manny, Hank is shocked to discover he can talk and possesses strange supernatural powers which he can use to find his way back to civilisation and reunite with his lost love Sarah (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).

Under The Skin


Director  Jonathan Glazer
Written by  Walter Campbell · Jonathan Glazer
Starring  Scarlett Johansson · Jeremy McWilliams · Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Scarlett Johansson stars in this sci-fi thriller adapted from Michel Faber’s novel by director and co-writer Jonathan Glazer. Disguised as a human, extraterrestrial Laura (Johansson) comes from her home planet in search of earthly beings to send back to her employer. Arriving in Scotland she seeks out lonely hitchhikers to seduce, but can she keep her true identity hidden forever? The film also stars Paul Brannigan and Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

20th Century Women


Director  Mike Mills
Written by  Mike Mills
Starring  Annette Bening · Elle Fanning · Greta Gerwig
Format  DVD and Blu-ray

 

Mike Mills writes and directs this 1970s-set American drama starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning and Billy Crudup. The story follows the life of Dorothea Fields (Bening), a single mother in her 50s, as she tries to raise her adolescent son to the best of her ability while still living her own life. Struggling with the cultural changes going on around her, Dorothea asks two women for help – her teenage neighbour Julie (Fanning) and her hippy artist friend Abbie (Gerwig). The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical and Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical (Bening), and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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