New Releases 28/11/11

TRANSFORMERS DARK OF THE MOON: 3rd instalment of the fancy space-bots saga. Starring Shia LaBeouf (Transformers 1, Transformers 2). Directed by Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor, Armageddon). Cert 12.

HORRID HENRY THE MOVIE: Children’s book series comes to the big screen. Starring Anjelica Huston (The Witches, Grifters, Addams Family) and Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I). Cert U.

T.T CLOSER TO THE EDGE: Thrilling documentary about the world’s most dangerous and exciting motorcycle race: the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. By first-time director Richard De Aragues. Cert 15

MILDRED PIERCE: Much anticipated HBO mini-series by Todd Haynes. A re-telling of the classic novel which originally made it onto celluloid in 1945 starring the ever-frightening Joan Crawford, screen goddess of alleged coat-hanger fame. This time round it stars the allegedly more child-friendly Kate Winslet (Titanic), Guy Pearce (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen). Directed by Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Far From Heaven). Cert 15

SARAH’S KEY: Drama about a modern-day journalist who begins to investigate the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup that occurred during the second world war. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long) and Niels Arestrup (A Prophet). Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Pretty Things). Cert 12 – part-subtitled.

GUILTY OF ROMANCE: Japanese thriller about the consequences that follow the discovery of a gruesome murder. By Shion Sono, director of Cold Fish. Cert. 18 – subtitled.

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA: Documentary narrated by Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) following the indigenous people of the Siberian Taiga. By first-time director Dmitry Vasyukov. Cert. E

LA PISCINE: French psychological thriller and cult classic made in 1969 starring super-cool Alain Delon (Un Flic) and Romy Schneider (Ludwig). Directed by Jacques Deray (Borsalino). Cert. 12 – subtitled.

POETRY: Korean Drama about an elderly lady struggling to bring up her teenage grandson. Winner of the Best Screenplay at Cannes 2010. Directed by Chang-dong Lee (Oasis). Cert. 12 – subtitled.

HUGH HEFNER: PLAYBOY, ACTIVIST AND REBEL: Documentary about the Playboy founder and the various opposing factors he’s faced over the years. Directed by Brigitte Berman. Cert. E

New Releases 14.11.11

BRIDESMAIDS: largely improvised comedy starring Kristen Wiig (Whip It, Paul) with some great special features.  Directed by Paul Feig. Certificate 15.

BEGINNERS: Drama/comedy starring Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting), Christopher Plummer (Last Station), and Melanie Laurent (The Concert). Directed by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). Certificate 15.

KUNG FU PANDA 2: Animated comedy with a big panda. Certificate PG.

LARRY CROWNE: Comedy/drama. Tom Hanks (Angels and Demons) goes back to college. Julia Roberts (Notting Hill) rides on the back of a scooter. Directed by… Tom Hanks. Certificate 12

PAGE ONE: Documentary distributed by the great Dogwoof about the impending end of print journalism as we know it, looking specifically at the New York Times. Directed by Andrew Rossi. Certificate E.

MARLEY AND ME 2: Family film. I thought the dog died at the end of the first one…no? Ah, I see – this is the Puppy Years. Starring a cute pup. Certificate U.

BROTHERS AND SISTERS SEASON 5: Hit US TV drama series about siblings… Starring Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart), Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths and many others. ‘Tis a large family. Cert. 12

PIANOMANIA: German/Austrian documentary about a piano tuner and his famous clients. Cert. E – part subtitled.

GIGOLA: French drama distributed by the great Peccadillo Pictures about a butch lesbian gigola looking for financial security. Directed by first-time director Laure Charpentier adapting her own novel. Cert. 15 – subtitled.

BEETHOVEN’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE: Family adventure. Beethoven rescues an elf that’s gone astray. Cert. U

OUTRAGE: Japanese “ultraviolent” gangster thriller starring and directed by the great Beat Takeshi (Hana-Bi). Cert. 18  – subtitled.

REDLINE: Japanese anime about a thrill-seeking driver in a deadly race. Cert. 15 – subtitled.

By Dixie Turner

So, this is the 21st Century…

After much wrestling with ourselves we’ve decided (finally) to join the computer-age. WELCOME…. For all those who’ve been wondering where we’ve been all these years: 117 Notting Hill Gate. In the flesh. Even now that we’ve gone virtual, you can still find us there. Actually, not really. We’ve left cardboard cut-outs with pre-recorded messages: Name? Address? Rent or buy? We can be found at the pub on our laptops, updating our blog…  No, truthfully we rarely leave the shop. Simon sleeps downstairs. The rest of us are hardcore: we spend all night, every night practising opening and closing DVD cases and dusting the shelves (spotless). Sometimes we also practice our Sour Look in case somebody rents something Of Which We Disapprove. Oh, yes, and sometimes we watch films. Who needs sleep?

By Dixie Turner