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Paul Whitington

Published 16/11/2012|05:00

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(Club, IFI, 93 minutes)

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In Yorgos Lanthimos' bleak and darkly humorous drama, a group calling themselves 'The Alps' provide a very strange service for the recently bereaved. With Aggeliki Papoulia, Ariane Labed.

AMOUR

(See reviews, p20-23)

ANNA KARENINA

(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 Muscovite whose life deteriorates rapidly after she meets a handsome army officer. With Jude Law, Aaron Johnson.

ARGO

(15A, general release)

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Ben Affleck's stylish thriller is based on the true story of a daring CIA attempt to smuggle six US embassy employees out of Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution. With Alan Arkin, John Goodman.

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.

CALL ME KICHU

(Club, Light House)

HHHII

Documentary highlighting the plight of gays and lesbians in Uganda, and in particular David Kato, a fearless civil rights campaigner who paid the ultimate price for his commitment.

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL ...

(16, general release)

HHHII

In this crude but engaging comedy, Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor play middle-class New Yorkers who decide to run a phone sex line to make ends meet. With Seth Rogen, Mimi Rogers, Justin Long.

FRANKENWEENIE

(PG, general release)

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Tim Burton's very accomplished stop-motion 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 Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder.

FUN SIZE

(12A, general release)

HHIII

A Halloween party goes disastrously awry in this ill-conceived teen comedy. Chelsea Handler, Jane Levy, Victoria Justice, Thomas McDonell and Johnny Knoxville star.

GRASSROOTS

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Comic drama from Stephen Gyllenhaal set in Seattle in 2001, where a City Council election turns nasty after a volatile young candidate enters the fray. With Jason Biggs, Lauren Ambrose, Joel David Morse.

HERE COMES THE BOOM

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Feelgood comedy starring Kevin James as a high-school teacher who enters the terrifying Ultimate Fighting Championship to save his school's music programme. With Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

(PG, general release)

HHHII

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.

JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET

(See reviews, p20-23)

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.

THE MASTER

(See reviews, p20-23)

MENTAL

(See reviews, p20-23)

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.

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.

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.

RUST AND BONE

(15A, general release)

HHHII

In Jacques Audiard's handsome drama, an emotionally stunted bare-knuckle fighter and a woman recovering from a terrible accident form an unlikely bond. With Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts.

THE SAPPHIRES

(PG, general release)

HHIII

Sentimental musical comedy starring Chris O'Dowd as a wandering Svengali who endeavours to turn a talented group of Aboriginal singers into a soul act. Based on a true story.

SINISTER

(16, general release)

HHHII

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.

SISTER

(Club, IFI)

HHHII

Ursula Meyer's sombre drama is set in a Swiss ski resort, where a lonely and confused boy steals expensive ski gear from tourists in order to make ends meet. With Gillian Anderson, Lea Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein.

SKYFALL

(12A, general release)

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007 sets out to stop a maniac called Silva from destroying MI6 in this accomplished, witty and engaging action romp. With Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem.

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)

HHHII

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 judgment 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.

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