Thursday 19 October 2017

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

ALBERT NOBBS

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Ponderous and problematic drama based on a story by George Moore and starring Glenn Close as a late-19th century Dublin hotel waiter with a big secret. With Janet McTeer, Brendan Gleeson, Mia Wasikowska.

AMERICAN PIE: REUNION

(See reviews, p20-23)

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE

(12A, general release)

HHIII

In this amusing but bloated action sequel, a group of superheroes come together to save the world from yet another threatened extraterrestrial attack. Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo star.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D

(See reviews, p20-23)

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

(12A, general release)

HHHII

This sentimental comic drama about a group of British pensioners who decide to spend their twilight years in a ramshackle Indian hotel is made more than tolerable by its brilliant cast. With Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel.

BATTLESHIP

(12A, general release)

HHIII

A naval exercise off the Hawaiian Islands is rudely interrupted by the arrival of a colonising force of extraterrestrials in Peter Berg's fast-paced action blockbuster. With Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna.

BEING ELMO

(Light House, limited release)

HHHHI

Delightful documentary on the man behind the world's favourite puppet, Elmo, who was an unpopular and neglected character on Sesame Street -- until Kevin Clash got hold of him. Whoopi Goldberg narrates.

BLACKTHORN

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Entertaining western starring Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy, who survived his supposed killing in a shootout in 1908 and is living in Bolivia when a chance meeting embroils him in a hectic manhunt. With Stephen Rea.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

(16, general release)

HHHII

Cerebral, funny, deconstructed horror film from Drew Goddard and Joss Wheedon, in which a group of holidaying students don't realise they're part of an ancient metaphysical experiment. With Richard Jenkins.

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

Whit Stillman's first film in 14 years is a typically eccentric social comedy and stars Greta Gerwig as a high-minded college senior who sets out to save the souls of mentally negligible frat boys. With Analeigh Tipton, Adam Brody.

ELFIE HOPKINS

(16, general release)

HIIII

Dire British horror film starring Jaime Winstone as a teenage sleuth called Elfie, who soon suspects the worst when a suspiciously perfect family move in next door. With Ray Winstone.

ELLES

(18, limited release)

HHIII

Juliette Binoche is on top form playing a bourgeois journalist who becomes obsessed with the lives of two young prostitutes she interviews. With Joanna Kulig.

GOODBYE FIRST LOVE

(See reviews, p20-23)

HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI 3D

(See reviews, p20-23)

HEADHUNTERS

(16, limited release)

HHHII

Clever, violent Norwegian thriller based on the stories of Jo Nesbo and starring Aksel Hennie as an Oslo art thief who thinks he's found the job that will set him up for life. With Synnove Macody Lund.

THE HUNGER GAMES

(12A, general release)

HHHII

First installment of a film franchise based on the novels of Suzanne Collins and starring Jennifer Lawrence as a girl from a poor rural district who's inducted into a deadly televised gladiatorial game. With Woody Harrelson.

LA DÉLICATESSE

(12A, general release)

HHHHI

Audrey Tautou is a bereaved woman who shocks her friends by falling in love with an ugly man in Stéphane Foenkinos' clever and touching romantic comedy. With Francois Damiens, Pio Marmai.

LOCKOUT

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Trashy sci-fi thriller starring Guy Pearce as a disgraced government agent who's sent to an off-world prison to rescue the US president's daughter after she gets caught up in a riot. With Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare.

THE LUCKY ONE

(See reviews, p20-23)

MARLEY

(15A, general release)

HHHHI

Kevin Macdonald's entertaining documentary tells the story of Bob Marley's rise from poverty to global superstardom and icon status. With contributions from Rita Marley, Bunny Livingston.

MIRROR MIRROR

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Frothy retelling of the Snow White story, with Julia Roberts hamming it up as the evil queen who underestimates the tenacity of her adopted daughter. With Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane.

THE MONK

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

Bad things happen to the holy in this heavy-handed and slow-moving gothic horror based on a late 18th-century novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis. With Vincent Cassel, Geraldine Chaplin, Deborah Francois.

MONSIEUR LAZHAR

(See reviews, p20-23)

THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS!

(G, general release)

HHHHI

In Aardman's hugely enjoyable comic animation, Hugh Grant provides the voice of the Pirate Captain, a polite brigand who goes to war with Queen Victoria over the ownership of a dodo.

SAFE

(See reviews, p20-23)

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

(12A, general release)

HHHII

In this slight but enjoyable comedy based on Paul Torday's bestselling novel, Ewan McGregor plays a government fisheries expert who gets mixed up in a mad plan to introduce salmon to the Yemen. With Emily Blunt.

SILENT HOUSE

(See reviews, p20-23)

STELLA DAYS

(15A, limited release)

HHHHI

Thaddeus O'Sullivan's evocative drama stars Martin Sheen as a 1950s country priest who falls foul of a local Fianna Fail zealot when he decides to open a cinema. With Stephen Rea, Marcella Plunkett.

STREET DANCE 2

(PG, general release)

HHIII

A dance underdog assembles an international troupe of dancers to take on a champion crew in this plotless but watchable film. With Tom Conti, Falk Hentschel, Soifa Boutella, George Sampson.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

(15A, general release)

HHIII

In Paolo Sorrentino's grandiose but vapid comic drama, Sean Penn plays a retired pop star who embarks on a hunt for a Nazi camp guard who tormented his father. With Frances McDormand.

TITANIC 3D

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Big, bold and undeniably impressive, James Cameron's disaster epic returns to your screens in a new 3D version that definitely enhances the film's impact. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates.

21 JUMP STREET

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Heavy-handed comedy based on the 90s TV show and starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops sent undercover at a high school where a deadly drug is being peddled. With Ice Cube.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO

(PG, general release)

HHIII

Family drama inspired by a true story and starring Matt Damon as a father who decides to risk all by buying a rundown California zoo. With Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church.

WRATH OF THE TITANS

(12A, general release)

HHHII

Surprisingly entertaining effects-based fantasy starring Sam Worthington as Perseus, who must journey to the Underworld to rescue his father, Zeus. With Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes.

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