It's a cult movie formula to die for: Pulp Fiction meets the Coens meets Adaptation, with postmodern high-jinks, wacky crime thrills and lashings of irreverent comedy.
Seven Psychopaths (15)
(Martin McDonagh, 2012, US) Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits. 110 mins
The latter redeems a movie that's almost too manically clever for its own good. Reality barely enters into this story of a blocked screenwriter caught up in a dognapping escapade, but there's never a dull moment. Perhaps it could do with a few.
Celeste And Jesse Forever (15)
(Lee Toland Krieger, 2012, US) Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor. 92 mins
A made-for-each-other couple have trouble staying separate in this relaxed romcom, which doesn't go down the obvious path. The leads are good company.
I, Anna (15)
(Barnaby Southcombe, 2012, UK/Ger/Fra) Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Hayley Atwell. 93 mins
Rampling is femme fatale to lovelorn cop Byrne in a London thriller that's stronger on mood than plausibility.
Confession Of A Child Of The Century (15)
(Sylvie Verheyde, 2012, Fra) Peter Doherty, Charlotte Gainsbourg. 120 mins
So that's what became of the likely lad. This 19th-century love saga plays up to Doherty's romantic poet affectations, if not his acting skills.
The Oranges (15)
(Julian Farino, 2011, US) Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Allison Janney. 90 mins
Two close, white suburban families get even closer thanks to an inter-generational affair. Heavy, if familiar issues, very lightly explored.
The Man With The Iron Fists (18)
(RZA, 2012, US/HK) RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu. 95 mins
RZA takes his kung-fu passions one step further than he did with Afro Samurai in a Kill Bill-like spectacle set in an imaginary China filled with fantastical fighters and an amazing soundtrack.
You Will Be My Son (15)
(Gilles Legrand, 2012, Fra) Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch, 102 mins
Wine-making and family traditions collide when Arestrup's St Emilion patriarch sidelines his son.
So Undercover (12A)
(Tom Vaughan, 2012, US) Miley Cyrus, Alexis Knapp, Jeremy Piven. 94 mins
A teen detective must go undercover at a sorority house and… unless you're a 10-year-old girl, that's all you need to know.
When Santa Fell To Earth (U)
(Oliver Dieckmann, 2011, Ger) Alexander Scheer, Noah Kraus, Mercedes Jadea Diaz. 107 mins
A German boy helps a fugitive Santa evade evil giant nutcrackers in this cheap, dubbed kids' fantasy.
(Joe Dante, 1984, US) Zach Galligan, Hoyt Axton, Phoebe Cates. 104 mins
Welcome reissue for the anarchic creature feature, still the perfect antidote to cutesy commercialised Christmas fare.
Khiladi 786 (12A)
(Ashish R Mohan, 2012, Ind) Akshay Kumar, Asin, Mithun Chakraborty. 141 mins
Action hero Kumar returns to the comedy franchise that made his name.
Out from Friday
A young, alcoholic couple struggle to stay sober.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth.
Out from Thu
Neil Young Journeys
The rocker revisits his Ontario home town.
One man's quest to document the melting polar landscape.
Code Name: Geronimo
Dramatisation of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.
Dark secrets await an Aussie traveller to Greece.
Swedish detective mystery.
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford's celebrated face-off.
Kristin Scott Thomas leads a French corporate thriller.
Jean-Claude Van Damme helps fend off an alien invasion.
Tinkerbell And The Secret Of The Wings
Fairy animation for juniors.
Ron Fricke's globe-spanning montage.
Twenrty fifth anniversary reissue for the Danish foodie classic.
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