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New Releases 30.1.12

DRIVE: Fantastic thriller with noir overtones and manga-esque/western undertones (think  Clint-type, Man with No-Name except with a toothpick and fancy gloves). Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine, Lars and the Real Girl) plays the Driver, stuntman/garage nerd by day, getaway god by night who becomes embroiled in his neighbour’s dodgy business. The neighbour is played by Carey Mulligan (An Education, Shame and, seemingly, just about everything else).  Both tender and violent, Drive is beautifully directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Pusher, Bleeder, Bronson etc.) Cert 18.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY: A spy-thriller, re-make of the much loved 1979 TV mini-series starring Alec Guinness – this version has an all-star cast, headed by Gary Oldman (Leon), Colin Firth (Single Man), Tom Hardy (Bronson), John Hurt (he’s John Hurt) etc. Smiley (Oldman) must discover which of his naughty colleagues has betrayed him, his country, but most of all himself. Gary Oldman has been nominated for Best Actor at this year’s Oscars for his performance in this film. Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In) who captures this particularly un-sunny period of British history extremely well – if you’re not a fan of beige, maybe just watch Drive? Cert. 15

CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE: Comedy starring Steve Carell (40 Year Old Virgin), Julianne Moore (Far From Heaven) and Ryan Gosling (Drive). With his marriage on the divorce-rocks, Steve looks to Ryan to help turn him into a stud…. must be a long film. “A funnier, smarter, sassier ‘Love Actually”, says Easy Living. Great. I hear Oscars…. Cert. 12

PERFECT SENSE: Not really. Cert 15.

WIN WIN: Comedy about high school wrestling coach, Paul Giamatti (Sideways), that “takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life…” Love it. A teenage runaway brings greatness to the team, but also his baggage… drat. Directed by Tom McCarthy (Station Agent). Cert. 15


WAY OF THE SAMURAI. True story of Japanese swords versus Thai swords. And the heroes that wield them…

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? (I thought it was considered bad luck to have a question mark in a film title? Bah, with a movie like this, who needs luck, right?)

SHERLOCK  SERIES 2. Benedict Cumberbatch attempts the fiddle again.

New Releases 23.01.12

MELANCHOLIA: Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg star as sisters whose already strained relationship is further challenged by inter-planetary disturbances. And by the electricity flowing out of Kirsten’s wee fingers… Directed by Lars von Trier. Cert 15.

THE DEBT: Retired secret agents (Helen Mirren and pals) receive shocking news about a former colleague which throws their own heroic careers into question…. Directed by John Madden. Cert 15.

RED STATE: A group of teenagers are captured by Christian extremists and told to await their execution. Something of a departure for director Kevin Smith, who also made ‘Clerks’ and ‘Jay and Silent Bob’. Starring John Goodman and Melissa Leo. Cert 18.

CHANGE UP: From the writers of ‘The Hangover’ comes Freaky Friday for adults: Best friends Mitch and Dave envy each others’ lives. They awake one morning to find…GUESS WHAT? Yep… Directed by David ‘Wedding Crasher’  Dobkin. Starring Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) and Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses). Cert 15.

SHARK NIGHT: Another reason not to get back into the water… Bloody bikinis everywhere. Directed by David R. Ellis. Cert 15.

HOSTEL PART 3: A DVD exclusive, for those who couldn’t wait for a cinematic release. Budget accommodation at its most deadly. Directed by Scott Spiegel. Cert 15.

ART OF GETTING BY: Teen-slacker romance. Underachiever, George (Freddie Highmore), finds a reason to achieve when he meets Sally. Love trumps ennui. Directed by Gavin Wiesen. Cert 12.

30 MINUTES OR LESS: A Pizza delivery guy is kidnapped and forced into robbing a bank by a group of moustachioed monkeys… Directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Mr. Facebook, Jesse Eisenberg.  Cert 15.

BLUEBEARD: The often controversial Catherine Breillat takes on this classic tale of a new bride’s curiosity of what befell her husband’s previous wives… A study of female fear, courage and desire – themes that run through many of Breillat’s films. Cert 15. French with English subs.

JUNKHEART : British drama, starring Eddie Marsan. A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress, who attempts to drown out the past with alcohol, befriends a  homeless girl and offers her a place to stay. The friendship is complicated by her violent boyfriend…  Directed by Tinge Krishnan. With Romola Garai (The Hour) and Tom Sturridge (The Boat That Rocked). Cert 15.

LIVERPOOL:  Critically acclaimed Argentinian drama about a sailor who rediscovers his past after a long period away from home. Directed by Lisandro Alonso. Cert 15. Spanish with English subs.


LOS BASTARDOS:  Unpredictable and violent drama –  a couple of low-paid Mexican labourers, working illegally in LA, are offered a sawn-off shot gun and money they can’t refuse to break into someone’s house. Directed by Amat Escalante. Cert 15. English and Spanish with some subs.

POST MORTEM: Drama following a relationship set against the backdrop of Chile’s bloody 1973 military coup. Directed Pablo Larraín. Cert 15. Spanish with English subs.

by Lydia.

Classic Bette: All This and Heaven Too (1940)

Things go pear-shaped between the governess and the Duc…

Charles and Bette: “You make me feel ashamed that I know you.”

I’m Bette Davis and, yes, I am just too much.

I'm Bette Davis and, yes, I am just too much.

If you’ve never seen my films, here’s where you should start…
All About Eve
The Letter
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

If you’ve seen a some, perhaps you missed these …
Watch On The Rhine
Now, Voyager
The Great Lie

Oh, and don’t forget Mommy Dearest, about my old fiend Joan.
Everybody has a heart, Except some people.

( Drawing by Tom Moore )

5 Reasons Why We Love Joan…

C'est tres Vogue

Fan Magazine Queen

Bad Girl

Very Bad Girl

"All is forgiven Bette, dear"

New Releases 16.01.12

KILLER ELITE: When his mentor is taken captive, a retired member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader. Directed by Gary McKendry. Cert 15.

THE GUARD: An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is teamed up with an uptight FBI agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. Cert 18

WHISTLEBLOWER: A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. Directed by Larysa Kondracki. Cert 15.

CECIL B. DEMENTED: An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage filmmakers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film. Directed by John Waters. Cert 18.

New Releases 09.01.12

IN A BETTER WORLD: Oscar-winning film about the lives of two Danish families crossing each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship coming into bud. But a darker mood awaits… Directed by Susanne Bier. Cert 15. Danish with English Subtitles.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: New prohibition-era crime drama from HBO. Chronicles the life and times of Nucky Thompson, the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster. Look-out for the likes of Al Capone in his pre-cigar smoking days and Lucky Luciano, before he ran outta luck… Starring Steve Buscemi (looking more and more like John waters), Kelly Macdonald (playing Irish but with a Scot’s accent because, you know, it’s all the same) and Michael Pitt. Cert 18.

TROLL HUNTER: A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter. Directed by André Øvredal. Cert 15.

LIE TO ME SEASON 3: Dr. Cal Lightman teaches a course in body language and makes an honest fortune exploiting it. He’s employed by various public authorities in various investigations, doing more when the police etc. fail to go the extra mile. So he can afford to constitute a team of his own, which like clients and others has to put up with his mind-games. Written by KGF Vissers. Cert 15.

COLOMBIANA: A young woman, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. Directed by Olivier Megaton. Cert 15.

OUTNUMBERED CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2011: A part-improvised TV comedy about a couple bringing up their three young children. Cert 12.

PROJECT NIM: Documentary about a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s. Directed by James Marsh. Cert 12.

BIG PICTURE: Romain Duris is back as successful Paul Exben  – partner in one of Paris’s most exclusive law firms who becomes involved in one of those wonderfully French crimes of passion… Directed by Eric Lartigau. Cert 15. French with English Subtitles.

AGAINST THE CURRENT: Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River. Starring Joseph Fiennes and Directed by Peter Callahan. Cert 15.

ATTENBERG: Marina is growing up with her architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she chooses to observe it through the songs of Suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the sexual-­education lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella. Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. Cert 18.

CELL 211: The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot — the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. Directed by Daniel Monzón. Cert 18.