Saturday 18 January 2020

Movie listings

Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

ALPS

(See reviews, p20-23)

ANNA KARENINA

(12A, general release)

HHHHI

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

(See reviews, p20-23)

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, Quvenzhane 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 activism.

FOR A GOOD TIME CALL ...

(16, general release)

HHHII

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. With Seth Rogen, Mimi Rogers, Justin Long.

FRANKENWEENIE

(PG, general release)

HHHHI

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.

GINGER & ROSA

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

In Sally Potter's heavy-handed drama, Elle Fanning and Alice Englert play teenage girls in 1960s London whose friendship is tested by politics and love. With Christina Hendricks, Annette Bening.

GRASSROOTS

(See reviews, p20-23)

HERE COMES THE BOOM

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

(PG, general release)

HHHII

Amusing animated feature 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.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY

(18, general release)

HHHII

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 who held up a high-stakes card game. With Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta.

LOOPER

(15A, general release)

HHHHI

Rian Johnson's ingenious and hugely entertaining futuristic thriller stars Joseph

Gordon-Levitt as a 2040s hitman who kills victims who are sent back from the future by gang bosses. 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.

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. 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.

ROOM 237

(15A, limited release)

HHIII

In Rodney Ascher's inane documentary, sundry academic, navel-gazing types convene to ponder the hidden meanings of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. With contributions from Jay Weidner, Geoffrey Cocks.

RUBY SPARKS

(15A, general release)

HHHHI

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

An emotionally stunted 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)

HHIII

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

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 12-year-old 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)

HHHHI

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

STITCHES

(16, general release)

HIIII

An angry clown called Stitches comes back from the dead to torment a smug bunch of teenagers in this truly dire comic horror. With Ross Noble, Tommy Knight, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Eoghan McQuinn.

TAKEN 2

(12A, general release)

HHIII

Liam Neeson reprises the role of ex-CIA man Bryan Mills, who resumes his battle with a bunch of evil 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)

HHHHH

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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