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Reviews of this month’s film...

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Our Top 10 Films of 2011...

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Another Earth Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Hugo

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A list of our favourite films from the past year

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A list of DVD releases for this December

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What’s on next month?

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A list of films to be released in January

Creators: Journalist and Editor: Charlie Derry: http://charliederry.wordpress.com charlie.derry@live.co.uk Designer and Art Director: Mikie Daniel: http://mikiedaniel.wordpress.com mikiedaniel@gmail.com

Creators Notes: Apologies for this Issue being a little late, festive celebrations and all that. We do have something extra this month though, with a list of our Top 10 films of 2011. Hope you had a good Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Reviews of this month’s film...

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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo David Fincher‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is the first instalment in a Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s thriller trilogy, originally released as a Swedish-language screen adaptation directed by

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Niels Arden Oplev in 2009. This English-language remake follows investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) who is asked to help discover the truth about a woman who has been missing for forty years. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced that a member of his own dysfunctional family has murdered her. This is where Blomkvist meets Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), a young, gothic computer hacker, who Blomkvist hires to help him find “a killer of women”. As the mystery uncovers, we soon start to discover the disturbing truth about Lisbeth’s past and present as well. The opening title sequence featuring Trent Reznor’s and Atticus Ross’ thundering cover version of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant

Song introduces the film brilliantly. As Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are drowned in liquid monochrome, we are given subtle hints to what the film has to offer and also what we can expect from the second two films in the franchise. Not only is this sequence visually appealing, it also gets your blood pumping for the ride Fincher is about to take you on in this dark yet fascinating franchise. This latest adaptation is both brilliant in itself and also great in comparison to its Swedish predecessor. Not only was it an advantage to not have to read any subtitles, Fincher’s take on the film managed to be somewhat sexier, whilst also adding a slight hint of humour to take the focus away from the film’s dark backdrop. Whilst there are some scenes that are quite tough to take in, ones that would naturally force the audience to face away from the screen for a few minutes, there was no way better that Fincher could have worked with these circumstances. As the camera initially zooms out from the bedroom door, I had hoped that Fincher might have chosen to skip Lisbeth’s disturbing situation. But firstly, why would Fincher even consider skipping out the darkest, albeit upsetting, scene of


the film? And secondly, it would not of had the same effect at all if we had not seen Lisbeth’s tortured present, which will mean a lot more during the final two instalments of the trilogy. It’s a hard mix of genres and emotions to both work with and deal with as a viewer, but it is this unpleasant focus that the novel is all about. The very slight use of humour was enough to stop you from tensing in your seat without evoking a roar of laughter from the audience to ruin the ambience, which was an amiable distinction from the Swedish version where we would not have been able to pick up on this tone. Both of these films focused on much of the same plot, occasionally adding something one had missed out on but also glossing over parts that the other had focused on in a better light. For this English adaptation, the end of the film was one of the main differences, putting a lot more emphasis on Salander’s plan to get

Blomkvist out of trouble. Although the film lasted for 158 minutes, it in no way felt that it was getting boring or that it dragged on. This end scene did feel like it could have had less of a focus like the Swedish one did, but then it eventually ended in a much better way with the audience seeing some real emotion from Lisbeth as she rides off. It is this relationship between Salander and Blomkvist that is a main importance. The scene mentioned above and one where Salander says, “Put your hand back under my shirt”, were a great inclusion. It may again be because of the language barrier, but it felt that Craig and Mara had more of a connection than Michael Nyqvist and Noomi Rapace in Oplev’s version, even if Blomkvist had better things to think about during some of their sexual encounters. Some of the smaller cast members were also great, especially Stellan Skarsgård as Martin Vanger and Joely Richardso as Anita. One

that did bemuse me a little though was Alan Dale as Detective Isaksson because, let’s face it, he doesn’t suit a fat, local policeman when we know him primarily as Charles Widmore from Lost. Ultimately, it was Mara that completely took the stage, whilst Craig only too happily took the back-seat. Mara’s fearless lead role was outstanding, and as for Craig, who I have really become a fan of over the past year, his role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has only made me like him more. Both were excellent choices for the film, and it is through them the film exceeds to such a high quality.

Release Date:

26th December 2011

Director:

David Fincher

Famous Faces:

Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Stellan Skarsgård

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Another Ear Directed by awardwinning documentary maker Mike Cahill, Another Earth is a sci-fi fantasy drama that premiered at the 27th Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. After celebrating getting into a prestigious university, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling) drives home intoxicated. Hearing on the radio that an earth-like planet has been found and can be seen in the sky, she glances into the sky when her car collides into another, killing a mother and her son and leaving the father in a coma. Four years later, Rhoda is released from prison by which point the planet has been identified as a parallel world to our own, and is close enough to see in detail. One night, Rhoda visits the man,

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John Burroughs (William Mapother), who survived the accident with an intention to apologise to him. Losing her nerve at the last-minute, she instead poses as a maid, asking to clean his house as part of a trial service. John doesn’t know who Rhoda is because her name was kept anonymous during the trail. Letting her into his home, a romantic connection begins to evolve. But how long can she keep her real identity from him? As the debut feature from director Cahill, Another Earth is an outstanding and admirable film that looks at the possibility of a parallel planet mirroring Earth. More drama than sci-fi, this take on the fantasy genre focuses on two characters whose lives cross paths during a tragic accident, and continues to look at the subsequent decisions they are forced to make. The

theme of second chances is emphasised by an opportunity to travel to ‘Earth 2’, one of few things we are made to consider as the two characters get closer and closer. Not only does it make us question whether the other versions of these characters may have made better choices, it also makes us question what we would do if we were in the same situation. And that’s exactly what writers director Mike Cahill and lead actress Brit Marling intended, developing the idea out of speculation as to what it would be like if one were to encounter one’s own self. Only a few weeks ago we were told of an ‘Earth-like planet’ that was recently discovered by NASA (talk about timing!), which I’m sure has made many of us question the possibility of an alternative reality. With the release of Lars von Trier’s highly acclaimed Melancholia as well, Another Earth had a lot to live up to. But whilst it may not have been scientifically accurate, it leaves you feeling much more optimistic than Melancholia even attempts, and Marling’s youthful character makes it accessible to a wider audience. The film is at this high standard through its two main characters, who both impress and excel throughout. At first I found


rth it strange that Mapother, most recognisable for his role as Ethan Rom in Lost, was playing a lead character, thinking it would be hard to relate to him. Fortunately, Mapother makes just as good of a genuine, albeit broken and depressed, being then he does a creepy ‘Other’, and I’m glad that we got to see this side of his acting. Marling, as well, is purely brilliant. The two complement each other extremely well, which initially comes as a surprise, helping the audience to find them both believable and easy to sympathise with. However, there isn’t a whole lot of dialogue in the film; scenes are often short with large gaps between small conversations and the occasional narrative from Rhoda. This plays as an advantage though, as in between these infrequent exchanges of words is a beautifully composed

soundtrack, which often helps to tell the story. Rhoda is said to be the Cello and John the Piano. You can hear these instruments play on their own when either characters are onscreen, and then when they are together the instruments play out-ofsync as they try to connect. This soundtrack is a large part of the film, which also includes a significant scene where John performs the musical saw to Rhoda (originally played by Natalia Paruz the ‘Saw Lady’), again emphasising this use of instruments. Made on a $200,000 budget, which Mapother worked on for only $100 a day, Cahill filmed Another Earth it his hometown of New Haven. Rodah’s house was the house Cahill grew up in, and he used local friends and relatives for

favours to help reduce the cost of filming. In some indie films this would have been obvious, but this didn’t affect Another Earth in a negative way. In fact, I think this only benefited the film, which made most of its budget back in its first week of release. Named one of the Top 10 Independent Films of the year from the National Board of Review, Another Earth will definitely be included in my own Top 15 list, which I will publish at the end of the month. This is undoubtedly worth the watch.

Release Date:

9th December 2011

Director: Mike Cahill

Famous Faces:

Brit Marling and William Mapother

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Our Top 10 Films of 2011...

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Harris. Stephen Fry was a great addition to the film too, suiting playing Sherlock’s brother extremely well. With more action and more disguises from Sherlock, A Game Of Shadows was an easy-going film that was enjoyable to watch. You can read our full review in this issue on the pages below.

10. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows I struggled with my Number 10. There was easily a few others I could have put here, including 50/50, Hugo, Midnight In Paris, and Super 8, etc. I could have even included Pirates of The Caribbean: On

Stranger Tides, because, yes, I did actually really like it. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy these films to their fullest, unlike I did with this latest Sherlock Holmes instalment. As with the firt film, Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law make a brilliant detective duo, as this time they are faced with the evil Professor Moriarty, played by Jared

A great film to start the year off, and one that can’t be forgotten in the year’s line-up of good films. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan was one of the most highly anticipated films of 2011. Although it was released quite a bit later in the UK, in January 2011, the date of

16th December

Director: Guy Ritchie

Famous Faces:

Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Noomi Rapace.

only be too easily presumed. However, the ending brought upon a more than averagely cliché twist that tied the film up respectfully. Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis both excelled in their tremendous performances, especially together, which set them up for even more great roles over the years.

9. Black Swan

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its release was still brought forward to deal with its anticipation, and it became Fox Searchlight Pictures highest per-theater average gross ever. Black Swan is a fascinating tale with an almost creepy interior. In a way, it is something we have never seen before, and disappointing endings such as ‘It was all a dream’ can

Release Date: 21st January

Director:

Darren Aronofsky

Famous Faces:

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis

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The King’s Speech I felt very average about this film before I eventually saw it on DVD much later on in the year. It didn’t seem like a film I would enjoy, and I watched it purely out of curiosity over what the hype was all about. I

ended up really enjoying it, however, which was largely due to Colin Firth’s, Geoffrey Rush’s and Helena Bonham Carter’s amazing performances throughout. It was an incredible tale that all of Britain can enjoy, and one that will remain timeless for years to come. If you still haven’t seen this I suggest that you do.

Granted, not everyone is a fan - But I am, and this had to go somewhere. For me, this was the best in the film adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight

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7th January

Director:

Tom Hooper

Famous Faces:

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter

love-struck chapter yet, Breaking Dawn is also the scariest, sexiest and most violent novel out of the franchise. Now I’m even more excited for the film’s final chapter, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which is set to be released at the end of 2012.

7. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

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Release Date: Saga novels, after Twilight itself of course. This was mainly because I didn’t expect much from this chapter of the novels, especially with a large focus on marriage and babies, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself watching it more than once. Whilst this is the most

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Director: Bill Condon

Famous Faces:

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner


6. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a brilliant combination of actors who all play their roles incredibly. Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Hurt and Tom Hardy, this film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is a traditional British spy thriller

based on the novel written by John le Carré in 1974. Whilst the film isn’t action-filled with everything going on at once, it is a slow-paced, traditional and gripping recreation of the novel and the BBC series that it also inspired. In its gloomy time setting and saddening atmosphere, it is still a very powerful portrayal that manages to pull a heart-string.

Another Earth

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I didn’t enjoy Lars von Trier’s Melancholia released this year, so this was the alternative option; a sci-fi fantasy drama that looks at the possibility of a parallel planet mirroring Earth. Directed by awardwinning documentary maker Mike Cahill , this is my first, and unfortunately only, independent film on my list, but after seeing this I now have a much more open mind to such, smaller, films. As the debut feature from director Cahill, Another Earth is an outstanding and admirable film that makes us question what we would do if we were in the same

Release Date: 16th September

Director:

Tomas Alfredson

Famous Faces:

Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch

situation. And that’s exactly what writers director Mike Cahill and lead actress Brit Marling intended, developing the idea out of speculation as to what it would be like if one were to encounter one’s own self. You can read our full review in this issue on the pages above.

Release Date: 9th December

Director: Mike Cahill

Famous Faces:

Brit Marling and William Mapother

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4.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo This is probably my most anticipated film of 2011. After seeing the Swedish adaptations of Stieg

Larsson‘s thriller trilogy, directed by Niels Arden Oplev in 2009, I was really intrigued to see Fincher’s take on the adaptation. Beginning with a brilliant opening title sequence featuring Trent Reznor’s and Atticus Ross’ thundering cover version of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song, as Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are drowned in liquid monochrome, we are given subtle hints to what the film has to offer and also what we can expect from the second two films in the franchise. Not only is this sequence visually appealing, it also gets your blood pumping for the ride Fincher is about to take you on. The first film for this is dark yet fascinating franchise

I’ve not seen this film in many other people’s list, but I couldn’t refrain from putting this quite highly in my own. Always a fan of the X-Men franchise, it was very interesting to see the explanation to the origins of the rival mutant teams,

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Release Date: 26th December

Director: David Fincher

Famous Faces:

Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara

antagonist role. This is then mixed with a selection of new talent and also with the talent from some who may surprise the audience, including Skin’s Nicholas Hoult. It may not have been on par with The Avengers hype, but this was the best Marvel film to come from 2011.

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X-Men: First Class

is both brilliant in itself and also great in comparison to its Swedish predecessor. Fincher’s take on the film managed to be somewhat sexier, whilst also adding a slight hint of humour to take the focus away from the film’s dark backdrop. You can read our full review in this issue on the pages above.

introducing us to both younger characters from the previous films and to new characters as well, showcasing a handful of extraordinary new powers. This latest X-Men film also had a great cast with wellknown names such as James McAvoy who plays Professor X brilliantly and Kevin Bacon who somehow pulls off his

Release Date: 1st June

Director:

Matthew Vaughn

Famous Faces:

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon and Jennifer Lawrence


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Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2

It was a sad day, having to say goodbye to the Harry Potter franchise. But what a way to go. After a decade of filming, the magical trio of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) finished their time at Hogwarts with a final battle against Lord Voldemort. Full of excitement and a huge amount of anticipation, this final instalment to the Harry Potter franchise was the funniest yet saddest out of the franchise. With jokes flying around from a number of characters and the typical cheesiness from the Potter trio, this film had your emotions going all over the place. A personal favourite scene was the revelation

of Professor Snape’s (Alan Rickman) memories. Always portrayed as one of the baddies, we saw the more humane side to Snape as we found out the truth behind his actions. Yates really did this scene, and the film as a whole, justice, including a number of flashbacks which opened up our own memories as well.

Release Date: 15th July

Director: David Yates

Famous Faces:

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

1. Drive Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, based on James Sallis’ 2005 novel of the same name, was ultimately the best film I saw this year. The way that deeply brutal scenes contrasted with ones of true passion was

outstanding. It was also the first time that Ryan Gosling stood out for me, as he plays a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver. Carey Mulligan was also brilliant here. We’ll get to see a lot of her in 2012, and hopefully more of Gosling as well. Let’s not forget the amazing soundtrack too.

Release Date: 23rd September

Director:

Nicolas Winding Refn

Famous Faces:

Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Directed by Guy Ritchie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is the prequel to the 2009 film based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective character. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they

begin investigating a series of seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks. Shortly after Watson’s wedding with Mary (Kelly Reilly), Sherlock realises that the bombings around Europe are part of a plan to foment war between France and Germany. With the help of Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (Stephen Fry) as well, the duo team Release Date: up with gypsy woman 16th December 2011 Madame Simza (Noomi Rapace) to bring down the Director: evil Professor Moriarty Guy Ritchie (Jared Harris), who, to make matters even more tense, Famous Faces: has poisoned Sherlock’s Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, ex-wife Irene Adler (Rachel Noomi Rapace and Jared Harris McAdams). Full of brilliant action and great performances, Sherlock Holmes: A Game

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of Shadows is very much like its predecessor. With more disguises for Sherlock to pull off, and even more semi-homoerotic moments between him and Dr. Watson that we ever so love, this latest instalment to franchise is both great as a follow-up from its predecessor and also as a stand alone film, with only a few things left to figure out for yourself if you had no knowledge of the previous relationships between the characters. One of the best things about the film, I feel, is both the art director and costume design. Ritchie’s take on the adaptation and the appearance of the Victorian society where Sherlock lived is brilliant


and really compliment the books well. Not only do the characters look great, but the film setting is also one of the things I like about the Sherlock films, with a great detail to everything around them. One part that wasn’t worked on well, however, was the character of Irene, who we are left to presume that she will not be returning if there were to be any more sequels. I picked up that she was being used as a form of compensation for Sherlock to play along with Moriarty’s plans, but apparently it was an action rendering her character unneeded. I only wish they played on her romance with Sherlock before getting rid of her character. As with the first film, both Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law make a brilliant detective duo, and it is this relationship that the film is about, although it was no so much of a focus in this film as it was in the first. The two work so well together, and it is through them that franchise has been so well received. Stephen Fry, as well, was a great addition cast, suiting Sherlock’s brother extremely well and provoking a few scenes of laughter throughout. And as for Noomi Rapace, it was very interesting to see her in a film since starring as the lead in the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, of which we have been treated to an English adaptation to this month as well. I was reading

that she’s set for a few more English-language roles over the next year as well, and we will also get to see Fry in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows is ultimately an easy-going film that is

enjoyable to watch, and if you liked the first film then I would get to the cinema to see it.

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Hugo Directed by Martin Scorsese, Hugo is a 3D family adventure based on Brian Selznick‘s awardwinning best-seller, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Set in 1930s Paris, a young orphan boy, Hugo (Asa Butterfield), lives a secret life in the walls of a train station where he has to reset the clocks everyday. His late father (Jude Law) has left him with the mystery of an automaton, a clockwork mannequin, still in need of repair. One day, whilst running away from the station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen) so that he won’t be sent to an orphanage, Hugo bumps into a young girl, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz), and gets on the wrong side of her godfather Georges Méliès (Ben Kingsley). But the key around Isabelle’s neck may

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be what Hugo was looking for in order to reveal the automaton’s secret, which in return will open up a new world for everybody involved, and maybe even a place that Hugo will be able to call home. Hugo is a film about films, made by a man who knows a lot about films. Opening with an incredible shot of Paris in snowfall; you know straight away that it is going to be good. As Scorsese’s first 3D family film, Hugo is a brilliant crafted, joyful experience full of imagination, celebrating the early years of cinema and real-life pioneer filmmaker, Georges Méliés. However, I don’t know if I would quite class it as a children’s film. Naive and not looking for anything in particular, of course the younger audience will enjoy this film because of

its stunning setting and extravagant visuals. But I’m not sure it’s a film that after seeing it once they would beg to see again. Whilst the first third of the film is what is seen in the trailer, heavily focused on a magical automaton and the adventure of a young boy to unravel its mystery, the main focus of film is actually very deep and meaningful. Fixing the automaton is only the first piece in a much larger story, which is in need of great understanding to truly appreciate. With that in mind, it is very well suited for adults, especially of those with a love of cinema. The use of two children, Butterfield and Moretz, in the lead roles of this story is why the film works so well, because this is how the adventure unravels. They are intrigued, they are


excited, and as Isabelle puts it in the film, “It’s Neverland and Oz and Treasure Island all wrapped up into one.” This reminds me of Butterfield’s memorable performance in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which looks at the horror of the WW2 extermination camps through a friendship that his character, the son of a Nazi officer, forms with a Jewish inmate of the same age. Looking at something serious through the innocent eyes of a child sees the film in a much purer light. As with Buttefield’s role in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, he gave a brilliant performance in Hugo. Not really emotionally relatable, but he did what he had to to a high level. As for Moretz, I have never really been a fan. There’s no denying her outstanding ability to act, especially from such a young age, but her roles in Kick Ass and 500 Days of Summer have always been one that

I can’t get to grips with. In Hugo, however, Moretz gave a great performance, playing a role that fit her, and her age, extremely well. The only fault that I can find with the film is that it wasn’t as magical as I had hoped. Being released around the Christmas season, I was hoping for that childhood feeling you get from such classic films that we grew up watching. Instead, I ended up thinking, “Well that was very interesting.” Again, this reflects on the film ending up less of a children’s film then it started off. It’s not even really a film for mainstream audiences. For that, it wasn’t what I expected so I didn’t enjoy it to its full potential.

Release Date:

2nd December 2011

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Famous Faces:

Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley and Jude Law

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On DVD this month...

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December DVD Releases: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Date: 2nd December

After a decade of filming, the magical trio of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) finish their time at Hogwarts with a fight-to-thedeath war. But will Harry succeed?

The Devil’s Double

Kill List

Date: 26th December

Date: 26th December

A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man (Dominic Cooper) who was forced to become the double of Hussein’s sadistic son.

When Jay (Neil Maskell) returns home from a botched job, an old friend, Gal (Michael Smiley), a contract killer, persuades him to take a new assignment. But as his disturbed past surfaces, Jay’s paranoia is revealed as he is plunged into the heart of darkness.

The Hangover Part 2 Date: 5th December

Two years after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha) jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

The Smurfs 3D

Date: 5th December A classic 3D adventure. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City.

Captain America

Date: 5th December Marvel’s first Avenger: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending the USA’s ideals.

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What’s out next month?

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January’s Cinema: The Iron Lady

Date: 6th January Meryl Streep stars as the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a biopic that looks at how she came from nowhere, smashing through the barriers of gender and class to make her voice heard in a male dominated world.

War Horse

J. Edgar

Date: 13th January

Date: 20th January

Steven Spielberg’s war time drama, telling the compelling tale of loyalty, friendship, hope and tenacity filmed in the English countryside. The film tells the story of a young boy named Albert, who heads to France when his horse is sold and sent into the trenches.

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, was both feared and admired. Behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

The Grey

Date: 27th January Liam Neeson stars alongside a group of oil-rig roughnecks whose plane crashes in the snowy Alaskan wilderness. With only a few days to escape their freezing surroundings, a pack of grizzly wolves make the journey more of a challenge.

Shame

Date: 13th January

The Sitter

Michael Fassbender plays a lonely sex-addict in New York whose ordered lifestyle of one-night stands spirals out of control when his younger sister, played by Carey Mulligan, moves into his apartment indefinitely.

A comedy about a college student, played by Jonah Hill, who whilst on suspension is coaxed into babysitting the kids next door, though he is fully unprepared for the wild night ahead of him.

Date: 20th January

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