Wednesday 24 January 2018

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

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.

BRAVE

(PG, general release)

HHHHI

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, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters.

THE CAMPAIGN

(15A, general release)

HHHII

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

DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL

(Club, Light House)

HHHHI

Absorbing documentary on the life of Diana Vreeland, a New York socialite who became one of the most influential figures in American fashion as fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar.

DREAMTIME REVISITED

(See reviews, p20-23)

THE EXPENDABLES 2

(16, general release)

HHIII

Sylvester Stallone and his motley crew of mercenaries return to do battle in this moronic but occasionally entertaining sequel. With Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

HIT & RUN

(See reviews, p20-23)

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)

HHHHI

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 counselling marathon. With Steve Carell.

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

(See reviews, p20-23)

KILLING THEM SOFTLY

(18, general release)

HHHII

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

LAWLESS

(18, general release)

HHIII

Guy Pearce and Shia LaBeouf star in John Hillcoat's disjointed, unconvincing and extremely violent tale of bootlegging in backwoods Virginia.

LIBERAL ARTS

(12A, general release)

HHHII

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 entertaining futuristic thriller stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a 2040s hitman who kills victims sent back from the future. With Jeff Daniels, Emily Blunt.

ON THE ROAD

(See reviews, p20-23)

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. With the voices of Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Elaine Stritch, Kodi Smit-McPhee.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

(15A, general release)

HHHHI

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)

HHHII

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 Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung.

RUBY SPARKS

(See reviews, p20-23)

SAMSARA

(12A, limited release)

HHHII

Ron Fricke's scriptless, beautifully photographed but rather preachy documentary film circles the globe capturing the beauty of our planet and the dreadful things humankind is doing to it.

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.

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS

(15A, limited release)

HHHII

Documentary built around LCD Soundsystem's last live appearance at an emotional concert in Madison Square Garden. With James Murphy, Nancy Whang and Gunnar Bjerk.

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.

THE SWEENEY

(15A, general release)

HHHII

Ray Winstone is good fun as effing and blinding undercover cop Jack Regan in this enjoyably trashy revival of the iconic 1970s TV show. With Ben Drew, Hayley Atwell, Damian Lewis.

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.

THAT'S MY BOY

(16, general release)

HIIII

Risible comedy starring Adam Sandler as a former 1980s B-list celebrity who attempts to reconcile with the estranged son he fathered as a horny teenager. With Leighton Meester.

TO ROME WITH LOVE

(12A, general release)

HHIII

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.

TOTAL RECALL

(12A, general release)

HHIII

A futuristic factory worker inadvertently joins an underground revolt against a totalitarian mega-state in this gloomy, humourless remake. With Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Kate Beckinsale.

THE WATCH

(15A, general release)

HHIII

In Akiva Schaffer's wildly uneven comedy, a suburban neighbourhood watch group led by Ben Stiller are confronted with an alien invasion. Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade co-star.

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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