Director: Hernán GuerschunyOne thing movies can never get write is journalism. Reporters are almost always aggressive dicks who screw people over to further their career or idealistic newbies who want to change their world. Victor (Spregelbund) is neither. He's a film critic. He spends his days sitting in a darkened room watching movies - and then sitting in a coffee shop slagging them off with film critic mates.
Cast: Rafael Spregelburd, Dolores Fonzi, Blanca Lewin
Director: Caradog W. James
Cast: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz Denis Lawson
When will people realise that building artificially intelligent killing machines never ends well? The latest bright humans to have a go are the British army. Fortunately for them, their secret weapon programme has its own secret weapon: robotics genius Vincent (Stephens).
Director: Martin Gooch
Cast: Martin Gooch, Sophie Aldred, Brooke Burfitt
If your brother was abducted by aliens, what would you do? For David, the answer is simple: he searches for Simon. He searches for Simon for 20 years. Good news for Simon - and the people who watch his vlog online - but bad news for his mum, or his friends, or anyone else who has to put up with him for more than five minutes.
Director: Tony Hipwell, Miles Watts
Cast: Elaine Glover, Andrew Dunn, Olwen May, Philip Rowson
Serial killers are no laughing matter. Well, most of them aren't. Then again, Rose (Glover) isn't really a serial killer. She's just incredibly unlucky.
It's a neat premise from directors Tony Hipwell and Miles Watts, who stack up the dead bodies with a mischievous grin. From clipboards to a high-heeled shoe to the face, Rose's murders manage to be daft and gory in equal measure, accompanied by an increasingly bewildered stare from Elaine Glover.
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Director: Jay Alvarez
Cast: Will Hand, Megan Kopp, Jay Alvarez
Walk down the street today and you’ll be surrounded by people on mobiles. You’ll hear snatches of conversations, snippets of stories. The only way to find out the whole conversation is to follow them home or bug their phone, neither of which is advisable. Now, though, Jay Alvarez has given us a way to eavesdrop that doesn’t involve illegal activity: I Play with the Phrase with Each Other is film made up entirely of phone calls.
It might sound like a gimmick, but don’t hang up just yet: this is one conversation you’ll want to hear.
Director: Bernard Rose
Cast: Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Dave Pressler
After Boxing Day, Bernard Rose and Danny Huston team up once again to adapt Tolstoy for the modern age. This time, it's 2 Jacks, based on Two Hussars. A short story from Leo's early days, it's a funnier tale than the last - but no less profound.
Director: Brian McGuire
Cast: Terry Wayne, Pollyanna McIntosh, Rose Rossi, Antonella Ponziana
"If you're trying to get laid, if you're trying to fall in love, whatever you want to call it," begins Prevertere, "the answer..."
Then the radio cuts off.
It's telling that the film starts by equating love and getting laid: Bryan McGuire's drama spends its runtime trying to separate the two. It never really succeeds.
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Director: Tomer Almagor
Cast: Amy Seimetz, Bret Roberts, Donal Logue, Brian McGuire
"She's a train wreck waiting to happen." That's Ronnie's (McGuire) verdict of Frankie (Seimetz). He's right. A recovering alcoholic, we first meet her in a bar - only for her to end up in a car outside with a guy who rapes her. She carries on as if it's normal.
Before the incident, though, she meets Lev (Roberts). A musician determined to make it, he works as a chauffeur waiting for a shot at the big time. Sharing a cigarette, Lev barely says anything to her: he's solitary, introverted, doesn't conform with those around him. He's a train wreck too.
Director: Richard Jobson
Cast: Michael Nardone, Alan McKenna, Orla Brady, Hannah Lederer
"You don't talk much." That's Nathalie (Lederer) to Wayland (Nardone) near the start of Richard Jobson's British thriller. She's right. A guy who returns from Afghanistan to find his daughter missing, he's a man of little words, but a lot of action - and even more staring.
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Director: Alan Brennan
Cast: Rafe Spall, Jenn Murray, Stephen Hogan, David Morrissey
Meet Joe (Spall). He's a normal, nerdy kind of guy. He's quiet. He wears glasses. He spends his days working in a comic book shop, avoiding contact with humans and wondering what to do when talking to women. And every night he goes home and talks to a hologram of his dead father. Doesn't sound normal? That's because he isn't. Joe, it turns out, is some kind of alien or something.