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Paul Whitington

Published 30/11/2012 | 18:00

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AMOUR

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(12A, limited release)

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Michael Haneke's extraordinar drama stars Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant as an elderly Parisian couple whose love is given a stern test.

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 Russian whose life deteriorates 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 Teheran in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution. With Alan Arkin, John Goodman.

BREAKING DAWN: PART 2

(12A, general release)

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Bella and Edward face a last battle with the Voltari in this final part of the hugely successful Twilight franchise. With Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Michael Sheen.

DEATH OF A SUPERHERO

(See reviews, p20-23)

END OF WATCH

(16, general release)

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Stylish, violent thriller from David Ayer starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as LAPD patrolmen who fall foul of a Mexican drug gang. With Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera.

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL ...

(16, general release)

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

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 a storm to bring his dead dog back to life. With Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder.

GAMBIT

(12A, general release)

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Dire remake of a 1960s Michael Caine comedy starring Colin Firth as a put-upon art curator who decides to extract elaborate revenge on his employer. With Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman.

GRASSROOTS

(15A, general release)

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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)

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

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.

THE HUNT

(See reviews, p20-23)

JASON BECKER: NOT DEAD YET

(Club, Light House)

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Jesse Vile's documentary tells the moving story of Jason Becker, a rock guitarist who was on the verge of hitting the big time in the 1980s when he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'S MOST WANTED

(G, general release)

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

THE MASTER

(16, general release)

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Paul Thomas Anderson's visually stunning drama stars Joaquin Phoenix as a drunken ex-sailor who is drawn to a charismatic religious cult leader. With Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams.

MENTAL

(15, general release)

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PJ Hogan and Toni Collette are reunited in this strange and uneven comic drama about an eccentric loner called Shaz who comes to the aid of a very unhappy family. With Caroline Goodall, Liev Schreiber.

NATIVITY 2: DANGER IN THE MANGER

(G, general release)

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A motley of group of inner city kids head for Wales to take part in a national Christmas song contest in this inept comic sequel. With David Tennant, Jessica Hynes, Marc Wootton, Joanna Page.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4

(15A, general release)

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Oren Peli's invisible demon terrorises yet another suburban home in this lazy sequel. Katie Featherston, 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.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

(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.

RUST AND BONE

(15A, general release)

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

THE SAPPHIRES

(PG, general release)

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

SIGHTSEERS

(See reviews, p20-23)

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

(15A, general release)

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Bradley Cooper delivers the performance of his life in David O Russell's delightful comic drama, playing a man recovering from a broken marriage and a mental breakdown. With Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro.

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 (left) 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.

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

(See reviews, p20-23)

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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