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Paul Whitington

Published 26/11/2010 | 05:00

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ALPHA AND OMEGA

(G, general release)

Two young wolves at either end of the social spectrum form an unlikely friendship in the wilds of Canada's Jasper National Park in this bland 3D computer animation. With the voices of Justin Long, Danny Glover, Hayden Panettiere.

ANOTHER YEAR * * * *

(12A, limited release)

In Mike Leigh's seemingly slight but powerful and perceptive drama, Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen are a London couple whose happy home becomes a haven for their less fortunate friends. With Lesley Manville.

BACK TO THE FUTURE * * * * *

(PG, general release)

Given a cinema re-release on its 25th birthday, Robert Zemeckis' comic fantasy feels as fresh and funny and cunningly dark as ever. They don't make 'em like this any more -- more's the pity. With Michael J Fox.

BURKE AND HARE * *

(15A, general release)

Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis star in John Landis' black comedy based on the exploits of a villainous Irish duo who terrorised Edinburgh in the early 19th century. With Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville, Bill Bailey.

CHICO & RITA * * * *

(15A, limited release)

With a fantastic soundtrack from Bebo Valdés, this thoroughly delightful animated feature is set in Cuba in the late 40s and follows the fortunes of two star-crossed lovers with a shared passion for jazz.

DESPICABLE ME * * *

(G, general release)

A dastardly international villain enlists the services of three orphan girls to help get the better of a deadly rival in this charming and very entertaining comic animation. With the voices of Steve Carell, Julie Andrews, Russell Brand.

DUE DATE * * *

(15A, general release)

In Todd Phillips' follow up to The Hangover, Robert Downey Jr is an uptight architect whose efforts to get back to Los Angeles for the birth of his child are hampered by his association with a scruffy actor. With Zach Galifianakis.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 * *

(12A, general release)

In the seventh and penultimate Potter outing, Harry, Hermione and Ron race to find the all-powerful horcruxes as Voldermort's agents hunt them down. With Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes.

THE ILLUSIONIST * * *

(12A, limited release)

In Sylvain Chomet's stylish but gloomy animation based on an abandoned screenplay by legendary French comic Jacques Tati, a spindly French magician makes an unexpected friend on a working tour of Scotland.

INVOLUNTARY * * *

(Club, IFI)

Fly-on-the-wall episodic drama from Swedish director Ruben östlund that seems to draw a fairly depressing view of human nature from observing a series of random social situations.

JACKASS 3D * *

(18, general release)

Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass brains trust convene for a third film packed with the kind of graphic scatological stunts that will either amuse the hell out of you or completely destroy your faith in human nature.

THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT * * * *

(16, general release)

A lesbian married couple's comfortable existence is threatened when their kids go in search of their father in this thoughtful drama from Lisa Cholodenko. With Annette Bening, Julianne Moore.

LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE * *

(PG, general release)

Visually impressive but dull 3D animation about two barn owl brothers who take opposing sides in a battle between good and evil. With the voices of Helen Mirren, Sam Neill.

LET ME IN * * * *

(16, general release)

In Matt Reeves' adaptation of the Swedish horror film Let the Right One In, the arrival of a strange teenage girl in Los Alamos and a spate of brutal murders may not be unconnected. With Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee.

MAMMOTH * *

(15A, limited release)

Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal are a smug Manhattan couple whose devotion to work marginalises their young daughter in this grandly themed but hopelessly pretentious drama from Lukas Moodysson.

MARMADUKE * *

(G, general release)

A supposedly loveable Great Dane causes havoc in California after his family relocate there from Kansas in this feeble family comedy. With the voices of Owen Wilson, Kiefer Sutherland, Fergie, Emma Stone.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2

(15A, general release)

Prequel to the low-budget 2009 horror hit in which the sister of the first film's victim begins to suspect she and her family are not alone after moving into a new home. With Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat.

RAMONA AND BEEZUS * *

(G, general release)

Warm and likeable but entirely unoriginal kids' film based on the stories of Beverly Cleary and starring Joey King and Selena Gomez as suburban sisters who try to help out when their dad loses his job. With John Corbett.

RED * * *

(12A, general release)

An all-star cast that includes Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Brian Cox and Ernest Borgnine more than makes up for the shortcomings of this enjoyable action comedy.

SKYLINE * *

(15A, general release)

In this daft and unimaginative film from the brothers Strause, a horde of aliens arrive in Los Angeles and begin helping themselves to the delicacy of human brain. With Donald Faison, Scottie Thompson, Eric Balfour.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK * * * * *

(15A, general release)

Jesse Eisenberg stars in this brilliantly written and conceived drama from David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin that investigates the murky story behind the founding of Facebook. With Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara.

TINKERBELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE * *

(G, general release)

Curiously charmless Disney animation based on JM Barrie's loveable but disaster-prone fairy, who gets caught in a human house pending the arrival of the fairy cavalry. With the voices of Anjelica Huston, Lucy Liu.

THE TOWN * * * *

(15A, general release)

A Boston bank robber falls in love with a former hostage in Ben Affleck's handsome and extremely entertaining heist thriller. With Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Chris Cooper, Pete Postlethwaite, John Hamm.

TOY STORY 3 * * * *

(G, general release)

Pixar do Woody, Buzz and co proud with the most moving instalment yet of the beloved animated franchise, as Andy goes off to college and the toys are sent to a crèche. With the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton.

UNCLE BOONMEE WHO RECALLS HIS PAST LIVES * * * *

(PG, limited release)

A man whose kidneys are about to give out on him is visited by benevolent spirits and comforts himself with memories of past lives in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's unique and extraordinary film.

VAMPIRES SUCK *

(12A, general release)

The Twilight films are given the Epic Movie treatment in this mind-numbingly obvious and deeply unfunny parody. With Jean Proske, Matt Lanter, Christopher N Riggi, Ken Jeong.

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE * * * *

(16, limited release)

In this stylish and assured horror film from Jorge Michel Grau, a family of Mexico City cannibals struggle to fend for themselves when the father and provider dies. Wi th Daniel Giménez Cacho, Paulina Gaitan.

YOU AGAIN * *

(G, general release)

A young woman lives her worst nightmare when her brother announces he's marrying the cheerleader who bullied her at school in this feeble-minded romantic comedy. With Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Bell.

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