Part detective story/ part crime thriller, this visually arresting film explores a currently hot topic: the human trafficking of young Asian women tricked into a life of prostitution. When one of these migrant women goes missing, an indigenous Aussie detective partners with a sharply dressed local cop to find her. Director Ivan Sen makes excellent use of shots of the vast Australian Outback. The detectives run up against the town’s brassy mayor, who bakes apple pies while putting the screws to her constituents and is unforgettably played by two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom” and “Silver Linings Playbook’) in a platinum wig and scarlet lips. Australia 2016 (110 minutes)

The Ones Below

Reminiscent in theme to “Rosemary’s Baby,” this new thriller is sure to sneak into your dreams—or nightmares. A British couple expecting their first child discover their new downstairs neighbors are also about to become first-time parents. The friendship that develops between the two couples has eerie consequences. Written and directed by David Farr, who wrote the script for “The Night Manager.” UK 2015, (87 minutes)


The story of “Una” could be ripped from today’s headlines: A seemingly helpful neighbor, Ray, well into his 30s has sexual relations with a pretty 13-year-old girl next door. Based on the scorching Broadway play “Blackbird,” this psychological thriller unfolds as the victim, now a damaged young woman played by Rooney Mara (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) seeks out her predator (Ben Mendelsohn, King George in “Darkest Hour”) in an attempt to understand his impact on her. To illustrate how damaged she is the film opens with Una engaging in rough, anonymous sex in a club restroom. Frequent flashbacks to her as a girl show her heartbreaking vulnerability. The grown Una is still confused but shrewd enough to overwhelm Ray with guilt. Veteran Australian stage director Benedict Andrews translates the play to the screen with cinematic bravado. UK 2016 (94 minutes)

Inland Road

In the stunned aftermath of a fatal car accident, a directionless 16-year-old half-Maori runaway drifts, with unpredictable consequences, into the lives of strangers. The ruggedly beautiful landscapes of New Zealand’s isolated Otago region on the South Island provide the scenic backdrop to a story where relationships blur and boundaries are tested in a beautifully nuanced film about a teenager searching to belong. An assured and darkly powerful feature debut from Jackie van Beek–one of New Zealand’s most promising cinematic voices. New Zealand 2017 (80 minutes)

Bodkin Ras

An interesting hybrid of documentary and fiction, this film is about a brooding stranger who arrives and unsettles an isolated Scottish town, disrupting the town by the mystery and darkness surrounding him. Bodkin, the stranger is played by a professional actor while everyone else is local, real people, playing themselves in all their quirky and unforgettable glory. Looking to build a new life, Bodkin secures a job, a group of friends and a girlfriend, but his dark past catches up with him. Winner, FIPRESCI Award, Rotterdam Film Festival. UK 2016 (79 minutes)

Hotel Salvation

Twenty-five year old Shubhashish Bhutiani makes his debut as a director with this impressive, soulful comedy/drama. Warmed by the amazing location cinematography, with wide shots of the Ganges, and rich, colorful backdrop of Varanasi, its people, boats and rituals, this is an end of life story. According to Hindu beliefs, people go to this holy city to die and attain salvation, and faced with his father’s wish to die there, his straight-laced accountant son struggles to meet this demand. India 2016 (102 minutes)

Journey’s End

Introduced by Tony Broadbent, author and former British schoolboy

The title comes from an unidentified source but captures the spirit of this revival, first performed on stage in1928 in London, starring Laurence Olivier, and later made into a film in the 1930s. Directed by Saul Dibb, this powerful classic holds up as a heart – rending glimpse into World War 1 in 1918, on the eve of the Spring Offensive in France, as a small group of officers wait in the trenches, knowing they are to be sacrificed. Set in a dugout over a period of four days from March 18-21, a very fine cast reenacts the psychological toll this real-life event costs, as they fight fear, claustrophobia and misery to maintain patriotic decency in the line of duty. Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” sequels) plays the captain who leads the unit through a haze of alcoholic despair. He has lost it. Fortunately, he is nobly supported by Paul Bettany (“A Beautiful Mind”) as a caring, schoolteacher, his second-in-command, who strives to maintain morale. A new recruit played by Asa Butterfield arrives bright- eyed, but way out of his depth. Dibb’s excellent screen revival will mark the centenary of WW1 early next year. His film is timely, honoring the sacrifice demanded of so many, the dignity they demonstrated and ultimately the futility of the wars they fought. With Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge and Robert Glenister. UK 2017 (107 minutes)

“Engulfing, immersing, a character-driven piece, powerful performances by an amazing cast.” The Hollywood News