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Paul Whitington

Published 26/10/2012 | 18:00

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ANNA KARENINA

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(12A, general release)

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Joe Wright's handsome and imaginative adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel stars Keira Knightley as a married Russian woman whose life deteriorates rapidly after she meets a handsome army officer. With Jude Law, Aaron Johnson.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

(12A, limited release)

HHHII

Dark fantasy drama with environmental overtones about a poor commune who live on a bayou island in the shadow of New Orleans and defiantly ignore the rising waters. With Dwight Henry, Quvenzhané Wallis.

BRAVE

(PG, general release)

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A highland princess rebels against an arranged marriage with the help of a witch in this enjoyable and very funny Pixar animation. With the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly.

THE CAMPAIGN

(15A, general release)

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Broad political satire starring Will Ferrell as a congressman who locks horns with an unlikely rival in a nasty electoral campaign. With Zach Galifianakis, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd.

FRANKENWEENIE

(PG, general release)

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Tim Burton's very accomplished animation tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a strange young boy who uses an electrical storm to bring his dead dog back to life. With Winona Ryder.

Fun Size

(See reviews, p20-23)

GINGER & ROSA

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

In this heavy-handed drama, Elle Fanning and Alice Englert play teenagers in 1960s London whose friendship is tested by politics and love. With Christina Hendricks.

HIT & RUN

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Dax Shepard's entertaining action comedy stars Shepard himself as Charles Bronson, a former racing driver who goes on the run with his girlfriend when his witness protection cover is blown. With Kristen Bell.

HOLY MOTORS

(16, limited release)

HHIII

Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes and Michel Piccoli are among the cast of Leos Carax's surreal and self-conscious drama starring Dennis Lavant as an elderly businessman with a bizarre secret life.

HOPE SPRINGS

(15A, general release)

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In David Frankel's comic drama, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are terrific as an older couple who try to resurrect their stagnant marriage during a hilarious week-long sex counselling marathon. With Steve Carell.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

(PG, general release)

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Amusing animated feature from Sony about a five-star resort where monsters come to escape the horror of dealing with humans. With the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY

(18, general release)

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Andrew Dominik's nasty but stylish crime drama stars Brad Pitt as an icy-veined contract killer who's hired by the mafia to chase down a couple of low-lifes that held up a high-stakes card game. With Richard Jenkins.

LIBERAL ARTS

(12A, general release)

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A bookish New Yorker gets entangled with a girl half his age when he pays a sentimental visit to his alma mater in Josh Radnor's romantic drama. With Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney.

LOOPER

(15A, general release)

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Rian Johnson's ingenious and hugely entertaining futuristic thriller stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a 2040s hitman who kills victims sent back from the future. With Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Emily Blunt.

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED

(G, general release)

HHIII

Alex the Lion and his buddies arrive in Europe and join a passing circus in this watchable but disappointing sequel. With the voices of Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, Jessica Chastain.

ON THE ROAD

(16, general release)

HHIII

Moribund adaptation of Jack Kerouac's beatnik novel about a struggling writer whose life changes when he meets a wild party animal called Dean Moriarty. With Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Oren Peli's invisible demon terrorises yet another suburban home in this lazy sequel to the hit 2007 film. Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Brady Allen and Molly Ephraim star.

PARANORMAN

(PG, general release)

HHHII

In Laika Studios' delightful gothic animation, a small boy with special powers must save the day when Puritan zombies rise from their graves, intent on destroying his hometown. With the voices of Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Elaine Stritch, Kodi Smit-McPhee.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

(15A, general release)

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A shy and reclusive teenager called Charlie finds friendship in unexpected places in this enjoyable comic drama, written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. With Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller.

PREMIUM RUSH

(12A, general release)

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A reckless bicycle courier is chased across Manhattan by a demented cop after picking up the wrong package in David Koepp's breezy thriller. With Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung.

ROOM 237

(See reviews, p20-23)

RUBY SPARKS

(15A, general release)

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Paul Dano stars in this original and charming comic drama about a young novelist with writer's block who literally wills the perfect women into being. With Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas.

SAVAGES

(16, general release)

HHIII

Typically messy, grandiose and chaotic thriller from Oliver Stone, starring Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch as a couple of Californian drug entrepreneurs whose lucrative business is targeted by a Mexican cartel.

SINISTER

(16, general release)

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Scott Derrickson's atmospheric chiller stars Ethan Hawke as a hack crime novelist who thinks he's found his ticket to fame when he uncovers a string of murders that appear to be the work of a serial killer.

SKYFALL

(See reviews, p20-23)

STITCHES

(See reviews, p20-23)

TAKEN 2

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Liam Neeson reprises the role of ex- CIA man Bryan Mills, who resumes his battle with sex-trafficking Albanians in this disappointing action sequel. With Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace.

TO ROME WITH LOVE

(12A, general release)

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A series of comic stories unfold against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome in Woody Allen's sometimes sloppy but very funny ensemble comedy. With Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz.

WHAT RICHARD DID

(15A, general release)

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A momentary lapse of judgement leaves a Dublin teenager from a wealthy background with an appalling moral dilemma in Lenny Abrahamson's brilliant and beautifully constructed drama. With Jack Reynor.

Day & Night

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