Good VibrationsGOOD VIBRATIONS (15) 2012   UK    BARROS D’SA, L/LEYBURN, G   £15.99
Biopic chronicling the life of the Northern Irish music promoter Terri Hooley, who championed the emerging Belfast punk music scene during the 1970s. Eager to shift thoughts away from those of the Troubles, music fanatic Terri (Richard Dormer) opens a record store, ‘Good Vibrations’, in the heart of one of Belfast’s roughest districts. As the shop gains a loyal following, Terri, operating on a shoestring, decides to start a small record label with the aim of launching some of the local bands he’s discovered, notably The Undertones.

In it strictly for the music, Terri’s naivety in business soon causes conflict, particularly at home, but the impassioned support for the Undertones first single, ‘Teenage Kicks’, by Radio 1 DJ John Peel, soon helps to justify Terri’s overarching vision for an alternative Ulster.

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British comedy in which a high-flying businessman is brought down to earth by the financial crisis and forced to re-open a fish and chip shop with his estranged brother. Having climbed his way to the top, Harry Papadopoulos (Stephen Dillane) enjoys his millionaire lifestyle. However, while on the brink of completing a huge property deal that will enrich him even further, the markets are thrown into turmoil and the banks withdraw funds from the project.

Harry loses everything overnight save the humble fish and chip shop he ran with his brother Spiros (Georges Corraface) before he made it big. Harry hasn’t seen his brother for years but finds himself with little choice other than to reconnect with his less sophisticated sibling and to renew their heated rivalry with Hassan (George Savvides), the owner of the local Turkish kebab shop.

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Collection of four British films produced by Ealing Studios. In ‘The House of the Spaniard’ (1936), a meek clerk finds out that his employer, a Spanish revolutionary, is engaged in illegal activity and is subsequently kidnapped and taken to Spain during the Civil War. In ‘The Shiralee’ (1957), an Australian man takes his child from her unfit mother.

As father and daughter travel around the Outback together their relationship grows ever stronger. In ‘The Ware Case’ (1938), a financier is acquitted of murder only to discover that his troubles are far from over. In ‘The Beloved Vagabond’ (1936), a French architect returns to his home country after learning that the woman he has fallen for is engaged to another.

Having left his job, he sets up an entertainment act with a gypsy woman who he becomes very fond of. When he finds out that his love did not go through with the wedding he must choose between the two women.

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SHELLSHELL (15) 2012 UK    GRAHAM , SCOTT    DVD –  £15.99 BLU RAY –  £19.99
Scott Graham’s directorial debut examines the intense relationship between a father and daughter living a secluded life in the Highlands of Scotland. Ever since her mother walked out on the family when she was a young girl, 17-year-old Shell (Chloe Pirrie) has lived with her epileptic, emotionally-damaged father, Pete (Joseph Mawle), helping to run their remote petrol station-cum-breakdown yard in an area of the Highlands known as the ‘Great Wilderness’. A bright girl, but with underlying issues, Shell’s refusal to acknowledge the advances of locals Hugh and Adam (Michael Smiley and Iain De Caestecker) in favour of her dad’s company, signals potential problems ahead.

Her horizons are unexpectedly widened, however, when a chance meeting with an Edinburgh couple results in her receiving a copy of Carson McCullers’ novel ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’, an exploration of alienation and loneliness in 1930s America.

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