Tuesday 28 January 2020

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

ACT OF VALOR

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Absurdly jingoistic action film lauding the patriotic counter-terrorism exploits of US Navy SEALs and starring real commandos. With Roselyn Sanchez, Emilio Rivera, Nestor Serrano.

THE ARTIST

(PG, general release)

HHHHH

A suave movie star's glittering career hits the skids after the arrival of sound in Michel Hazanavicius's delightful tribute to the silent era. With Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman.

BEL AMI

(16, general release)

HHHII

In this well-made adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's belle époque novel, Robert Pattinson plays an amoral young ex-soldier whose all-consuming ambition destroys everyone in his path. With Uma Thurman, Philip Glenister.

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.

BATTLESHIP

(12A, general release)

HHHII

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

BLACKTHORN

(15A, general release)

HHHII

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

BREATHING

(See reviews, p20-23)

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.

CONTRABAND

(15A, general release)

HHIII

Run-of-the-mill thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as a former smuggler who's forced to come out of retirement to pay off a debt to a mobster. With Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, JK Simmons.

THE DEVIL INSIDE

(16, general release)

HHIII

Schlocky low-budget horror about a young woman who goes to Rome to visit her estranged mother and find out whether or not she's really possessed by the devil. With Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman.

ELFIE HOPKINS

(See reviews, p20-23)

ELLES

(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.

JOHN CARTER

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Big budget sci-fi extravaganza based on the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and starring Taylor Kitsch as a 19th century adventurer who becomes embroiled in a bitter civil war on Mars. With Ciaran Hinds.

THE KID WITH A BIKE

(12A, limited release)

HHHHI

Glum but typically compelling drama from the Dardenne brothers starring Cécine de France as a suburban hairdresser who befriends a troubled, abandoned boy. With Jeremie Renier, Thomas Doret.

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 Stephane Foenkinos' clever and touching romantic comedy. With Francois Damiens, Pio Marmai.

LE HAVRE

(PG, limited release)

HHHHI

Aki Kaurismaki's magical, nostalgic drama is set in a salty French port, where an ageing shoeshine man takes pity on an African immigrant boy. With Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen.

LOCKOUT

(See reviews, p20-23)

MARLEY

(See reviews, p20-23)

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.

A MONSTER IN PARIS

(G, general release)

HHHII

Charming French animation set a in belle epoque Paris besieged by a mysterious monster that turns out to be not that scary after all. With the voices of Danny Huston, Vanessa Paradis.

MOZART'S SISTER

(Club, IFI)

HHHII

Solid if rather funereally paced drama from Rene Feret, starring his daughter Marie Feret as Anna Maria Mozart, Wolfgang's older sister who felt understandably eclipsed by her brother's talent.

THE MUPPETS

(G, general release)

HHHHH

Jason Segel and Amy Adams star in this joyous musical comedy in which the Muppets emerge from retirement to save their beloved theatre from demolition. With Chris Cooper, Jack Black.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA

(15A, limited release)

HHHHH

Slow-moving but mesmerising drama from Nuri Bilge Ceylan set on the rolling plains of central Turkey, where a group of policemen and a murder suspect search desultorily for a victim's body.

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 very polite brigand who goes to war with Queen Victoria over the ownership of a dodo.

PROJECT X

(18, general release)

HHIII

'Found-footage' comedy from Nima Nourizadeh about three high school nerds whose plan to throw a huge party to make themselves more popular goes horribly and spectacularly wrong.

SAFE HOUSE

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Daniel Espinosa's bog-standard conspiracy thriller is made more than watchable by Denzel Washington, who plays a former CIA agent who leads Ryan Reynolds and a small army of spies on a wild goose chase in Cape Town.

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

(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 street dance underdog assembles an international troupe of dancers to take on a champion crew in this plotless but watchable British film. With Tom Conti, Falk Hentschel, Sofia 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 called Cheyenne who embarks on a trans-American 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 to work 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 recently widowed 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 action fantasy starring Sam Worthington as Perseus, who must journey to the Underworld to rescue his father, Zeus and save the world. With Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Rosamund Pike.

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