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The Sea Inside
Fact-based Spanish drama about a fisherman who is paralysed from the neck down in a diving accident. After spending years dependent on others to take care of him, he decides to fight for the legal right to end his own life. Starring Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda and Lola DuenasFilm/General Movie/Drama

A Town Like Alice[SUB BW]
PoW Jean Paget is forced to endure a harrowing march between Japanese labour camps, but finds comfort in her friendship with Australian captive Joe Harman. During the journey Joe is caught stealing a chicken to feed her, and is tied to a crucifix and left to die. However, as the war finally draws to a close, Jean is startled when a letter arrives postmarked in Joe's home town of Alice Springs. Jack Lee's drama, based on the novel by Nevil Shute, starring Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Takagi and Jean AndersonFilm/General Movie/Drama

The Quiet Man[SUB]
An American prizefighter retires from the ring after killing an opponent, and returns to the village in Galway where he was born. His romance with a feisty local woman leads him into conflict with her brother, who already bears a grudge against the boxer. John Ford's Oscar-winning drama, starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Victor McLaglen, Barry Fitzgerald and Ward BondFilm/Comedy

Freedom Writers
Teacher Erin Gruwell starts work at a racially diverse and gang-ridden high school in Los Angeles. In an attempt to break through to her underachieving students, Erin introduces them to The Diary of Anne Frank, which results in a class project through which the youngsters explore and share their own life experiences. Richard LaGravenese's fact-based drama, starring Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn and Imelda StauntonFilm/General Movie/Drama

Big Trouble In Little China[SUB]
An all-American trucker encounters supernatural goings-on while trying to rescue a friend's fiancee from the clutches of an immortal sorcerer in Los Angeles' Chinatown. Fantasy adventure, starring Kurt Russell, with Dennis Dun, Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Victor WongFilm/Adventure/War/Comedy/Comedy/Fantasy

Gangs of New York[SUB]
An Irishman in 19th-century New York is taken under the wing of the ruthless gang leader who killed his father 15 years before, and rises up the ranks of power - all the while plotting his revenge. Meanwhile, the tension caused by the enforced drafting of the population into the army to fight in the Civil War explodes into bloodshed and riots. Martin Scorsese's epic historical drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz and Liam NeesonFilm/General Movie/Drama

The Long Day Closes[SUB]
Director Terence Davies' semi-autobiographical drama, about a lonely post-war childhood in Liverpool. A montage of evocative snapshots recalls the confusion of a boy on the brink of adolescence - and his escape into the world of movies. Starring Marjorie Yates, Leigh McCormack, Anthony Watson and Nicholas LamontFilm/General Movie/Drama