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King’s speech it takes leadership to confront a nation’s fear. it takes friendship to conquer your own.

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8Welcome to a scintillating new year in cinema. The coming year has some hotly anticipated films in store - there’s the final instalment of a certain wizard franchise for one, not to mention the return of Captain Jack Sparrow. But more of that later. after all, the winter months have a feast of captivating dramas, rib-tickling comedies and fabulous family films to keep us entertained till spring. It’s heavyweight drama season as the Oscar contenders line up to mesmerise us film fans. Starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech has all the hallmarks of a classic piece of filmmaking. and with a certain wedding looming,

it would be an appropriate year for a royal drama to be scooping those legendary statuettes. See our feature on page 10. a nicely nostalgic film fix for adults and enchanting entertainment for kids, Yogi Bear and sidekick Boo-boo will be making their first outing on the silver screen in 3D. Then there’s the underwhelmingly - yet so appropriately - titled, Paul. Starring and written by Simon Pegg and nick Frost, the comic duo mash up the sci-fi and road trip genres, mixing in some hilarious extraterrestrial action and unmissable comedy performances along the way. See you at the flicks! Rebecca



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8 For seven years, Bristol has been home to Slapstick, the silent comedy festival dedicated to celebrating the best and funniest silent comedies from the golden age of cinema. An Evening of Slapstick brings the very best silent comedy shorts from the festival on tour to venues across the South West. This is for one night only on Wednesday 2nd March at the Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth. The show will kick off at 7.30PM and ticket prices are £8.50 for adults and £7.50 for concessions and movie magic card holders. Tickets are on sale now by phoning 01326 313072 or booking online at Featuring classic comedies from comedy geniuses Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy and accompanied live on piano by silent film maestro Stephen Horne, this show promises an exciting introduction to the joy of silent comedy.

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8 Alan Bennett’s hugely successful and much-loved play, The History Boys, is set in a school in the North of England where a boisterous bunch of bright, funny sixth formers are attempting to gain entrance to Oxford and Cambridge whilst fending off the distractions of sport Events, promotions and sex. Staff room battles and the anarchy and news from of adolescence provide a rich vein of comedy. across Cornwall Having opened in 2004 at the National Theatre to rave reviews and a sell-out run, the play went on to win a huge number of major awards including both Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play. Don’t miss this opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.


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The Big Picture Michaela Leary, A level Film Studies student, looks back at the evolution of the Western and forward to the Coen Brothers’ remake of ‘True Grit’ Like Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid fighting for the lost cause of the outlaw, the western has had to endure an ill-fated battle against changing times... Cowboys and Red Indians were once thought the essential components of a ‘real’ Western; the Indians barbaric and the Cowboys victorious; conventions perfected in John Ford’s Stagecoach (1939), but in the 1960’s the Red Indians became Native Americans and the Western genre was irrevocably changed. Most early Westerns portrayed the days of western expansionism in a positive light. But Arthur Penn’s Little Big Man (1970) turned this viewpoint on its head at time when America was embroiled in the Vietnam war, and the genre was transformed with the social and political changes in America. This was the era of the ‘Revisionist Western’ in which the hero protagonist was replaced with the anti-hero at the centre of the narrative. Other examples include Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch (1969), Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971) as well as the sub-genre Spaghetti Western of which the most famous are perhaps the “Man with No Name” trilogy directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood. Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ (1973) is widely considered a Western classic now but at the time of its release was received with mixed reviews, though this was in part due to the distributor’s butchered editing which destroyed Peckinpah’s original structure. The Western began to get a bit stale during the 1990’s when it seemed to lack that something different, a spark of originality.

Will the upcoming revival of Henry Hathaway’s 1969 film True Grit, now directed by the Coen Brothers mark a turnaround for the genre? According to Ethan Coen, their film will be a more faithful interpretation of the original novel, by Charles Pontis. So what’s changed to make this version more appealing to the modern audience? According to an article by Josh Taylor at, “‘the script gets to the point more quickly”, leaving out the dragging establishing shots and love scenes that were characteristic of the ‘50s classic western. At the heart of the original novel is the story of an innocent girl, Mattie Ross, and her struggle to track down the murderer of her father. The narrative in the Coen’s film is to be told entirely from Mattie’s perspective – the placing of a woman centre stage marks a major shift in the Western. Jeff Bridges, who also starred in Heaven’s Gate (1980) the box office disaster that broke United Artists, takes on the John Wayne role of the disgruntled bounty hunter Rooster Cogburn. Fourteen year old Mattie Ross is to be played by Hailee Steinfeild, originally played by the then twenty-one year old Kim Darby. Steinfeld is an unknown who won the role from an open casting. The Coen’s appear to be going for the authentic western edge portrayed that they gave us in their modern-Western No Country for Old Men (2007). For me, the remake of True Grit marks the resurrection of the Western genre. Together with Seraphim Falls (2006) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) and the remake of 3.10 to Yuma (2007), the Western genre is being reborn.

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8 Having won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, this drama about a Melbourne, Australia-based crime family is already creating a buzz with audiences. Writer/ director David Michod’s first feature film follows troubled teen Joshua ‘J’ Cody (Frecheville) as he finds himself in the clutches of his extended family’s gangster lifestyle after witnessing his mother’s heroin overdose. Ruthlessness runs in the Cody genes as J finds his grandmother (Weaver) to be a steely matriarch to his three thug uncles, one of whom is hiding from the law. This isn’t a typical good-guy bad-guy scenario though, as the city’s armed robbery unit appears to be as corrupt as the criminals they’re after, with little conscience when it comes to doing things by the book. As frightening as J’s new world is, his dilemma doesn’t truly begin until he finds himself caught between his relatives and the detective (Pearce) who appeals to J for help in bringing them all down. A brutal and gritty look at Melbourne’s seedy side through the eyes of an emotionally detached teen, the view is sure to be tense and riveting. Cheyenne Hill

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8 In the thick of the British winter, this teen comedy from writer, Tom Williams, is poised to whisk viewers into the seductive and exhilarating world of a luxury ski resort in the Alps. Furthermore, with an obligatory romantic storyline, it’s perfect viewing for Valentine’s season. Described as ‘the Cinderella story of snowboarding’, the movie is based on The Chalet Girl: Falling in Love Can Be A Slippery Slope, the first novel in The Little Black Dress series by Kate Lace. When Chloe (Bush) lands a job at a top ski resort, she discovers her talent for snowboarding, not to mention a taste for her boss’s son. As the big end-of-season competition looms, she must face her fears if she is to become a champion and clinch the much-needed prize money. Prepare for breathtaking backdrops and adrenalinefuelled snowboarding sequences with a snow load of trials and tribulations along the way. Amy Evans

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Having successfully tackled a biopic of the revered Brian Clough, not many people would have guessed that British director Tom Hooper would redirect his efforts towards a movie that would so intimately probe British royalty. “It’s funny because people always ask me, ‘Were you intimidated or worried about portraying the queen’s father?’ and, compared to the pressure of when I made The Damned United about Cloughy, there’s a whole lot less pressure,” explains a relaxed Hooper. His latest outing sees Colin Firth, a long-standing staple of quality British acting, cast as Prince Albert, who was reluctantly thrust into ascendancy as King when his elder brother, Edward VIII (Guy Pearce), scandalously abdicated to marry his mistress. Hooper’s second major film intimately and effectively captures the trepidation and reluctance of Prince Albert to take up the mantle of King George VI, due to his debilitating speech impediment. Although the King attempted on many occasions to overcome his incapacitating stammer and incredible fear of public speaking, all attempts had proved resoundingly unsuccessful. With

The British Empire may have been and gone, but one man is conquering all that lies in his path. James Wright talks to director Tom Hooper to discuss his hugely anticipated film, The King’s Speech

increasing desperation, his wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) - the future Queen Mother - turned to a radical Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), who was known by many for his unusual practices. As the Second World War rumbled on the horizon and the King’s ultimate test drew near, the two embarked on a series of unorthodox techniques and, ultimately, formed an incredibly close bond. “The strange thing is, we had to completely change some of the scenes because nine weeks before the shoot we found this stack of handwritten diaries in the attic of Lionel Logue’s grandson. It was a total treasure trove of information that no historian had ever read, a first hand account of his relationship with the king, so naturally we had to rewrite the script. In fact some of the best lines of dialogue in the film were word for word conversations that King George VI and Logue had together. The only problem was that his handwriting was appalling and of course the only person who could read his handwriting was my mum, who said she could understand every word.” “Maybe it was risky changing the script so late, but I’m just incredibly obsessional about truth, and I care about history. I’m not casual about those sorts of things,

and generally if I can get it right I will. I mean, ultimately, my duty is as an entertainer and a storyteller. I’m not going to make a boring movie just to be accurate, but I’ll always do a lot of research and try and be as accurate as possible and only differ from the truth if I really can’t make it entertaining.” “This isn’t one of those classic royal movies you see - this is something different. Directors usually tend to get infatuated by pageantry and lavishness and gold and sumptuousness, which didn’t interest me at all. Initially the first page of the script started with the King being dressed in royal finery and taken to Wembley where he met his father on a canopied stage. But then I found this bit of archive, this silent flickery footage, of the actual speech at Wembley and he’s dressed in a black overcoat, a grey suit and a black top hat. He looks like every other man there - there’s nothing marking him out as royal, his father’s not there, he just speaks from the stand in Wembley, not from a platform, and I thought, “Thank God.” The reality is much less royal than you’d imagine, but it’s much more interesting and, in the end, you get this wonderful image of this ordinary man scared out of his wits, and that’s the way we are introduced to the prince, which is


wonderfully subversive.” This combination of hard fact and entertainment worked wonders for Hooper’s The Damned United and, in The King’s Speech, it has also proved highly successful, scooping five honours at the British Independent Film Awards and a further seven nods at the Golden Globes. “I could say that I knew all along that it was this good and that we would win everything, but the truth is, none

of us really knew what to expect from any of the awards. The thing is, the film might appear to be this big movie, but the truth is that it was a true low-budget, British independent film. It only happened because of the Film Council, it only happened because Momentum, our distributor, helped, and it was very dependent on the tax break. There were times when it was really touch and go whether it would get off the ground and the

studio system would never have made this film. I mean, we tried to get studios to make it and they wouldn’t do it; they were sort of looking at it, flirting with it, but no one came over the line and said, “Yes we’ll do it”. I suppose that just shows how important and how strong the independent cinema scene is in the UK.” “I’m a bit old- fashioned because, even though it’s already won awards and it’s getting


nominations left right and centre, we have to remember that the film’s yet to make a pound in the UK box office. Above all, I want that to go well, and I want the public to come and support it because I genuinely believe that it’s a great movie that everyone can enjoy. So for now, I just hope it’s successful here in Britain and then maybe we can start to think about awards.” The King’s Speech is released on 7 January


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THE DEBT 8 If there is one thing John Madden’s time-spanning thriller teaches us, it’s that Nazis are bad. Nothing new there then, but The Debt still has much darker themes than this old movie cliché running through it. Starting in 1965, it follows three Mossad agents with the mission of hunting down a notorious Nazi war criminal known as the Surgeon of Birkenau. They encounter problems on their mission but manage to complete their task. 30 years later, a man claiming to be their old target surfaces in the Ukraine and the three agents must reunite in a very different world to find out what’s really going on. The Debt is based on the 2007 Israeli original, directed by Asaaf Bernstein, and stars Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain and Marton Csokas as the young agents, and Ciaran Hinds, Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson as their older counterparts. Scripted by Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman and Peter Straughan, Madden’s film is set to have all the twists and turns necessary to make it one entertaining thriller, and is already being looked at as a possible contender for the 2011 Oscars. Ian J. Martin

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8 Vince Vaughn and Kevin James head a starry lineup in this comedy about a man who finds out that what you don’t say to a friend is just as important as what you do. This portrayal of a brotherly bond under pressure is director Ron Howard’s first comedy since 2000’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Since college, bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have supported each other through thick and thin. Now working in partnership at an auto design firm, they are fighting to land a dream project. With the support of Ronny’s girlfriend Beth (Connelly) and Nick’s wife Geneva (Ryder), it would appear that life couldn’t get better - that is, until Ronny sees Geneva with another man. His world is turned upside down as his protective instincts surface and he sets out to find answers. In a race against time, Ronny’s world dissolves into one of comic mayhem as he discovers some unnerving secrets that Nick has been keeping. With the clock ticking, Ronny must decide how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend - indicating the film’s message that honesty is the best policy. Emma Louise Ingham


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DRIVE ANGRY 8 Milton (Cage) breaks out of hell to save his granddaughter from a satanic cult – a simple enough task: find the bad guys, kill the bad guys, save the granddaughter. If only it were that straightforward. Aided by Piper (Heard), a sexy, tough-as-nails waitress and her ex-boyfriend’s ’69 charger, Milton must avoid being captured by the Devil’s mercenary, known only as ‘The Accountant’. Played by the consistently brilliant William Fichtner, this merciless and enigmatic killer is sent to retrieve Milton and take him back to hell. It is his last chance for redemption and, with only three days to avoid capture, Milton must find his kidnapped granddaughter, prevent her impending sacrifice and bring an end to the vicious cult - a tough feat even for big daddy. Will Milton be able to have his final redemption, or will his soul be doomed to live in hell for eternity? From My Bloody Valentine director Patrick Lussier, and with appearances from Twilight’s Billy Burke, David Morse and Katy Mixon - not to mention Nicolas Cage’s recent top form - Drive Angry looks packed with enough hell-raising 3D action to satisfy any soul.

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8 Few boxers deserve to have a film made about their lives. However, ‘Irish’ Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) is such a fighter. Best known for his epic trilogy of fights with Arturo Gatti, The Fighter looks set to follow the humble boxer’s unlikely rise from the streets to becoming the light welterweight champion of the world. The Fighter delves into two murky, corrupt worlds: boxing and drugs, focusing on the relationships between Ward and his older, half brother Dicky Eklund (Bale), a one-time contender, and love interest Charlene Fleming (Adams). A working class hero, Ward worshipped his brother with fierce loyalty, despite Eklund’s spiral into crime and crack cocaine addiction. Charlene’s unshakeable devotion, coupled with Eklund’s unique training, will elicit Ward’s heart and talent, ultimately arriving at boxing’s legendary payday when he wins the title at the top of his game. Make no mistake - this impressive display of acting talent, married with Ward’s remarkable life story, will ensure The Fighter is one of the most emotionally charged films of the year. Darren L. Maciag


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8 In the wake of the Toy Story 3 buzz (no pun intended), Disney shows us that toys aren’t the only ones with minds of their own in Gnomeo and Juliet. Featuring a soundtrack by Elton John and a starry cast of voice talent, this 3D family adventure breathes new life into a Shakespearian classic, opening it to a whole new generation. The infamous feuding families of the play are represented in the form of neighbouring gnomes in an attempt to transform a tragic love story into a lighthearted tale, whilst not straying too far from the original themes. When Gnomeo (McAvoy) and Juliet (Blunt) fall in love, there are a host of obstacles they must overcome, not least of which is finding a way to keep their romance a secret on both sides of the fence. Bearing in mind the target audience of this latest Disney offering, we are left guessing whether there will finally be a happy ending for a couple who have been doomed for centuries. Jodie Perry

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8 Get set for an exhilarating, crime-busting drive through the streets of Los Angeles in The Green Hornet, the latest in a long line of comic books adapted for the big screen. Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the film promises to effortlessly combine laugh out loud comedy with kick-ass action. Britt Reid (Rogen), an aimless slacker and playboy, is heir to a fortune, courtesy of the largest newspaper in Los Angeles. When his father (Wilkinson) dies in mysterious circumstances, Reid wakes up to the fact that he has wasted his life and aspires to something greater. He teams up with the resourceful Kato (Chou), his father’s former valet-cum-chauffeur, who is a martial arts expert and automotive whizz kid. Armed with The Black Beauty, an indestructible car built by Kato, the dynamic duo set out to become superheroes. Masquerading undercover as villains, they inch closer to their biggest nemesis, underworld criminal Benjamin Chudnofsky (Waltz). The Green Hornet was last serialised on TV in the ‘60s, starring the legendary Bruce Lee as Kato, but Taiwanese pop icon Chou is more than worthy to take up his mantle. Eve Backhouse




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8 Now working almost solely behind the camera, Clint Eastwood has yet to make a directorial misstep. Million Dollar Baby, Changeling, Gran Torino – the one-time dirty cop has matured beyond the leading man of guns and rhetorical one-liners. Instead, Eastwood’s last decade of work has been characterised by its capacity to capture the stillness and complexity of human sorrow. A story about death, love and loss, Hereafter proves no different. George (Damon) is a psychic trying to walk away from the responsibilities of his gift. On the other side of the world, Marie (de France), a French journalist has a near death experience and Marcus, a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him. As their lives intersect, each explores what exists in the afterlife and must come to terms with how their lives have changed. Whether it be Loki, Ripley or Bourne, Damon brings a brooding intensity and honest vulnerability to each of his roles. Having worked together on the critically acclaimed Invictus, Eastwood and his new leading man have made a film that promises to resonate with anyone who has lost someone. Chris Wasey

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8 A psychological thriller played out in the setting of a New York ballet company, Black Swan is no sweet, fluffy tale of tutus and ballet shoes. Far from it. In fact, the glowing critical response to the dark and macabre drama Stateside has seen the film scoop four Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress. The story follows Nina (Portman), a dedicated ballerina, whose sense of ambition is fuelled by the fanaticism of her retired ballerina mother, Erica (Hershey). When artistic director Thomas (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth (Ryder) in Swan Lake, Nina sees it as her chance to shine. Although she is the perfect fit for the grace and innocence of the White Swan, new dancer Lily (Kunis) appears to be the embodiment of the guile and sensuality of the Black Swan. As their rivalry grows, Nina pirouettes into recklessness and destruction. Black Swan promises to be a chilling and compelling observation of the world behind a physically demanding profession from director Darren Aronofsky, who last wowed audiences with The Wrestler. Will there be murder on the dance floor? You’ll have to wait and see. Rebecca Matthews


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FILM DIRECTORY Please note: UK release dates are shown but may be subject to change

5 January

seasoN of The WITch


28 January

The NexT Three Days

Director Dominic Sena Starring Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Campbell 14th century knights transport a girl to a monastery, where she is accused of being the source of the Plague

Director Tony Goldwyn Starring Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver The inspirational true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother

BarNey’s VersIoN

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Director Derek Cianfrance Starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel The story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time

True grIT

The mechaNIc

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The caBIN IN The WooDs (3D)

The DIlemma

Director Simon West Starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland An elite assassin teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims

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127 hours Director Danny Boyle Starring James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara The true story of a mountain climber’s remarkable adventure after a fallen boulder traps him in an isolated canyon

IT’s KIND of a fuNNy sTory Director Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts Comedy drama about a clinically depressed teenager who checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward

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Director Richard J. Lewis Starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike The story of a seemingly ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life

Blue ValeNTINe

Director Drew Goddard Starring Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly Prepare for a new twist on a classic scenario in this hotly anticipated horror

21 January

BlacK sWaN See page 15

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TaNgleD (3D) The WarD

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morNINg glory

BrIghToN rocK

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SEE THEM ALL Not all films will open at your local cinema on the UK release date, but the majority of films will be shown as soon as prints become available and/or it can be scheduled in.

A portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the most impossible of situations 11 February

Starring Martin Lawrence, Brandon T. Jackson, Jessica Lucas Big Momma and Charmaine go undercover at an all-girls school to unmask a murderer

Drive angrY (3D) See page 13


gnomeo anD JulieT (3D)

The chaleT girl

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Director Andy DeEmmony Starring Agib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett Sequel to the 1999 comedy drama East is East about the dysfunctional Khan family

Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren A gangster faces blackmail threats from a waitress who knows about the murder he committed

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The FighTer

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Director Charles Ferguson Documentary exposing the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008

Director Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman Starring: James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm Story of how poet Allen Ginsberg’s seminal work broke down barriers in the face of a public obscenity trial


Yogi bear (3D)


The riTe

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rabbiT hole

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Director John Cameron Mitchell Starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest

big mommaS: like FaTher, like Son

animal kingDom

Director Mikael Hafstrom Starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga A sceptical seminary student reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican

The DebT See page 12

18 February  SANCTUM


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Director D.J. Caruso Starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Kevin Durand release date 18 February cONtENt icons

8 As the source material for the Harry Potter and Twilight film franchises begins to run dry, studios are looking for a hot new teen sensation. Alex Pettyfer was lined up to fill this role several years ago with Stormbreaker. Now hopes are pinned on him once again in sci-fi flick I Am Number Four. Number Four, aka John Smith, is one of nine aliens who hide out on Earth when their home planet is destroyed by an invading species. The aliens clearly resemble humans and each is given a guardian as well as a number. As they enter adulthood, they develop super powers and their enemy seeks to wipe them out. The first three have already been killed and John is next. John has been on the run with his guardian for most of his life, but when they move to Ohio and he starts high school and falls in love with beautiful young photographer Sarah (played by Glee’s Dianna Agron), he wants to stop running. As in Twilight, it seems the path to true love never runs smooth, especially in inter-species relationships. Emma Farley


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Director Dennis Dugan Starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, Brooklyn Decker, Dave Matthews release date 11 February cONtENt icons

8 Following 2010’s Grown Ups, Dennis Dugan teams up with Adam Sandler once again in upcoming romantic comedy Just Go With It. Co-starring Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker, the story follows successful plastic surgeon Dr. Danny Maccabee (Sandler) who, like every guy, has an angle to get that certain someone. His ruse of pretending to be unhappily married works a treat in charming women. However, when the girl of his dreams, Palmer Dodge (Decker), walks into his life, Danny does everything but use his tried and tested method on her. After discovering his pretend wedding ring, Palmer assumes that Danny is married. Afraid to tell the truth, Danny tells her he is going through a divorce, but is found in a sticky situation after Palmer asks to meet his soon-to-be ex-wife. Unsure what to do, Danny asks his office manager, Katherine Murphy (Aniston), to pose as his wife. As the lie spirals out of control, it is up to Danny and Katherine to work as a team to stop it being exposed. Sure to charm and entertain rom-com fans, Just Go With It will make even the most complicated of relationships seem simple. Thomas Mitchell



MORNING GLORY 8 Morning Glory unites the king of romance, director Roger Michell (Notting Hill), and the queen of comedy, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), with acclaimed producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek). Together with an all-star cast including Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum, the trio has created a fresh romantic comedy about love, work and friendship. After being fired from her job, hotheaded producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) lands her dream job as the executive producer of morning TV show, Daybreak. However, the two egocentric anchors of the show are set to make Becky’s life miserable. Mike Pomeroy (Ford) and Colleen Peck’s (Keaton) constant bickering and refusal to work cooperatively are causing the show’s ratings to plummet. Becky’s determination and wit send her on a whirlwind mission to get the show back on track. Her journey brings her love, lots of laughs and an unlikely yet touching friendship with pompous anchor Mike. Morning Glory promises to be an entertaining portrayal of the crazy world of television production. McAdams’ warm and charming performance mixed with the hilarity and chemistry of Ford and Keaton’s pairing is sure to prove a hit with viewers. Liz Woods

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Director Roger Michell Starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum release date 21 January cONtENt icons


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Director Mark Romanek Starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling release date 11 February cONtENt icons


8 After being named best novel of 2005 by TIME magazine, the task of adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s haunting and dreamlike novel Never Let Me Go was not a task for your run of the mill director. Enter Mark Romanek, Grammy award-winning music video director and the man behind One Hour Photo – to date Robin Williams’ finest acting achievement. Add Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan fresh from An Education and Hollywood’s current ‘It’ boy Andrew Garfield into the mix and you have a film’s three forming pillars firmly covered: story, direction and performance. Set in a world identical to our own in appearance, the story begins in Hailsham, a picturesque boarding school hiding a sinister secret from its pupils. Now 28, Kathy (Mulligan) reminisces over the time she spent there with her two best friends, Ruth (Knightley) and Tommy (Garfield), and the journey they all took, slowly approaching adulthood and their inescapable fate. Shot in a way that mirrors the novel’s gradually building sense of doom and loss, Never Let Me Go is a harrowing portrayal of friendship, betrayal and life’s harsh truths, both fictional and real. Sam Walker-Smart


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Director Paul Haggis Starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Moran Atias release date 5 January CONTENT icons

8 What would you be willing to do for a loved one? How much would you be willing to risk for a wife, a husband, a son or a daughter? In The Next Three Days, college professor John Brennan (Crowe) is willing to go up against the state in order to save his wife, Lara (Banks). After being convicted of murdering her boss, Lara is locked up in jail and taken away from her family. Positive that she is innocent and determined not to see the woman he loves rotting in prison and contemplating suicide, John seeks guidance from seven-time prison escapee Damon Pennington (Neeson). A man who’s done it all before, Damon teaches John everything he knows about the tough task of getting someone out of jail. John then sets in motion a complicated plot to free his wife and reunite her with their son - but not everything goes according to plan. A remake of the 2007 French film Pour Elle (Anything for Her) by Fred Cavaye, The Next Three Days is a smart action thriller that will have audiences biting their nails in anticipation as the intense drama unfolds. Ryan Cope


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8 After waking up in his oldest friend Emma’s (Portman) bed, bachelor Adam (Kutcher) - who is fully versed in the joys of having friends with benefits realises he’s got more than he bargained for, especially in the feelings department. Confronted with the age-old quandary of what happens when you fall in love with your best friend, Adam decides he’s ready for things to be more than just physical, setting in motion a plan to win Emma’s heart - if only she felt the same way. Natalie Portman looks set to shine in her role as the foul-mouthed Emma, a cynical med student unconvinced by the notion of romance, preferring to just get down to business in the bedroom; meanwhile Ashton Kutcher’s unlikely heartthrob Adam stumbles his way though his love life, falling in and out of Emma’s affections. With some hilarious pillow talk between Portman and Kutcher and brilliantly touching moments, this raunchy, role reversal rom-com promises to set the standard for this year’s cinema of the loved up variety. Charming and mischievous in equal measure, No Strings Attached will satisfy all your cinematic needs - just don’t expect it to call you in the morning. Brody Rossiter

Director: Ivan Reitman Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Kline, Ophelia Lovibond release date 11 February CONTENT icons




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Director Greg Mottola Starring Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Jane Lynch release date 18 February CoNTENT icons

8 Paul is the latest sidesplitting masterpiece from the saviour of British comedy, Simon Pegg, and best bud Nick Frost. With the pair responsible for the screenplay as well as the lead acting this time round, this is one film which will break all moulds as it successfully combines Shaun Of The Dead-pan (sorry) humour with the cream of American comic talent. Knocked Up’s Seth Rogen voices the extraterrestrial Paul, an alien who has been residing at a top secret American military base for decades. One day, Paul decides he has to escape this restrictive lifestyle and hitches a ride with the first vehicle that passes by - which just happens to be an RV driven by Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost), two Brits who are road-tripping across the UFO highway of America. This may just be the formula for the leads’ most sublime comedic marathon yet, which culminates via a sci-fi geek’s dream: delivering the titular alien back to the mother ship with government agents relentlessly in tow to thwart them. Excited? You’ve every right to be. Matt Brigden


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8 Set in the unexplored confines of the biggest cave labyrinth on the planet, Sanctum tells the story of a group of cave divers who become trapped in rapidly rising water when a tropical storm hits. Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge and Van Helsing) plays Frank McGuire, the team leader who will risk anything to keep the group alive. Sanctum was shot in 3D, which is said to emphasise the claustrophobic nature of the film, making us experience every moment of tension from the edge of our seats. Despite being just one of many producers working on Sanctum, James Cameron is netting all the headlines. It’s unsurprising really, considering his reputation for capturing the beauty and terror of deep water in films like The Abyss and Titanic, and for his unprecedented success with 3D technology in Avatar. Fledgling director, Alister Grierson, whose short filmography includes Kokoda: 39th Battalion, will have learnt a great deal from working with the experienced filmmaker, but will be hoping to make a splash of his own. Joe Cole

Director Alister Grierson Starring Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson release date 4 February CoNTENT icons


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Director Nathan Greno, Byron Howard Starring Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman release date 28 January coNTENT icons

8 Tangled tells a re-imagined version of the classic tale of Rapunzel, the German fairytale originally penned by the Brothers Grimm. Helmed by directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, Tangled is the fiftieth animated feature in Disney’s central series. Featuring superb CGI that is rendered for a less realistic and more paintingbased style, Tangled holds the title of second most expensive film and most expensive animation made to date. Perhaps contributing to this cost was the necessity to develop new technologies in order to improve the animated hair of Rapunzel and to help recapture the softer tone of older Disney classics. Tangled follows both Rapunzel (Moore) and a thief called Flynn Rider (Levi). When Flynn encounters Rapunzel’s tower while fleeing from authorities she captures him and makes a deal. She will return the tiara he stole if he helps her flee from the tower. Flynn agrees and together they set out on their journey. Tangled is set to be an exciting and heart-warming adventure to look forward to in the depths of winter. Kit Goodliffe


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8 When the Coen Brothers remade The Lady Killers, they took on the modernisation of a classic, leaving Tom Hanks the unenviable task of filling the shoes of Alec Guinness. The reviews were not positive. Undeterred, the Coens are giving the remake a second shot and, while they haven’t made it any easier for their star this time round, the end result is looking extremely appealing. Jeff Bridges takes on a role made famous by John Wayne: tough, drunken lawman, Rooster Cogburn. Ignoring the inebriation, young Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) has come to Rooster with faith that he will catch the man who murdered her father. Alongside a Texas Ranger (Damon), the duo set out on the trail of Tom Chaney (played by a mean looking Josh Brolin) with vengeance on their mind. Joel and Ethan Coen’s last star-studded adventure into the Wild West bagged them an Oscar, and given the release date and stellar cast, it appears they have the same hopes again. There’s no doubt that everyone involved will pull out all the stops to make True Grit tense, captivating viewing and quite potentially - a classic cowboy film. Chris Upton

Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper, Hailee Steinfeld release date 11 February coNTENT icons



THE WARD 8 Given the magnitude of John Carpenter’s previous works, the likes of which include Halloween, The Thing and Assault on Precinct 13, all of which have now been remade or tinkered with by Hollywood, it’s surprising that the man himself has all but disappeared from directorial duties on the silver screen for well over a decade. After a slew of cinematic disappointments in the ‘90s, Carpenter’s focus shifted towards television, whilst rumours began to surface that that he had withdrawn from Hollywood altogether. Several film projects were rumoured for years until The Ward was announced in 2009, marking his first film since 2001’s Ghost of Mars. Carpenter puts a unique spin on a ghost story, telling the tale of a young girl interred at a mysterious mental institution whose ghostly visions begin to threaten her safety and those around her. Having spent the past decade re-honing his craft on the small screen, Carpenter’s film promises to be a return to form for the horror maestro. And in a time when stale horror remakes are virtually all that Hollywood has to offer, his return couldn’t be more welcome. Paul Weedon

FILm info Director John Carpenter Starring Amber Heard, Danielle Panabaker, Mamie Gummer, Lyndsy Fonseca release date 21 January cONTENT icons


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Director Eric Brevig Starring Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, Andy Daly release date 11 February cONTENT icons


8 Everyone’s favourite cartoon bear hits cinemas in an all new adventure that is sure to enthrall children and adults alike. A documentary filmmaker (Faris) crosses paths with Yogi Bear (Aykroyd) when Jellystone Park is celebrating its 100th year. The park has recently been losing business and greedy Mayor Brown (Daly) sees this as an opportunity to shut it down and sell off the land. Facing potential homelessness, Yogi faces his biggest challenge yet and, in an attempt to prove that he really is ‘smarter than the average bear’, joins forces with Boo-boo (Timberlake) and Ranger Smith (Cavanagh) to try and find a way to stop the park from closing. This is not the mischievous bear’s first outing onto the big screen; after featuring on The Huckleberry Hound Show and then headlining his own show, Hey There It’s Yogi Bear saw him as the first Hanna Barbera character to star in his own film. Yogi Bear combines live action and animation and, backed up with the vocal talents of one of comedy’s greatest, Warner Bros. may well have another success on their hands. Jen Evans


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Forthcoming Films March/april FilMs To GeT exciTed abouT

rio (3d) 8 April Director: Carlos Saldanha Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Rodrigo Santoro

sucker punch (3d) 1 April Director: Zack Snyder Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish

Thor The AdjusTmenT BureAu 4 March Director: George Nolfi Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie

29 April Director: Kenneth Branagh Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

don’T Be AfrAid of The dArk 4 March Director: Troy Nixey Starring: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison

spriNG 2011 releases fAsT five 29 April Director: Justin Lin Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster

green lAnTern 17 June Director: Martin Campbell Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard

The hAngover 2 27 May Director: Todd Phillips Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis

kung fu pAndA 2 (3d) 17 June Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

hop 1 April Director: Tim Hill Starring: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco

pirATes of The cAriBBeAn on sTrAnger Tides (3d)

killing Bono 1 April Director: Nick Hamm Starring: Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Krysten Ritter

mArs needs mums (3d)

A TurTle’s TAle: sAmmy’s AdvenTure (3d)

22 April Director: Simon Wells Starring: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois

25 March Director: Ben Stassen Starring: Melanie Griffith, Isabelle Fuhrman, Yuro Lowenthal


WhAT’s your numBer?

4 March Director: Gore Verbinski Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin

29 April Director: Mark Mylod Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Dave Annable

red riding hood

Winnie The pooh

15 April Director: Catherine Hardwicke Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke

15 April Director: Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall Starring: Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny

18 May Director: Rob Marshall Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz

priesT (3d) 13 May Director: Scott Stewart Starring: Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Cam Gigandet,

X-men: firsT clAss 2 June Director: Matthew Vaughn Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne UK Release Dates are shown but may be subject to change

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merlin news


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Merlin news / READ ALL ABOUT IT Alternative Cinema Merlin Cinemas offer a chance to see some interesting films that rarely make it outside of the big cities, whether they are foreign language, cutting edge, contemporary or controversial releases. Films are shown on a Sunday and Monday at the Savoy Penzance, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Royal St Ives, and Thursdays at the Phoenix Falmouth. Take a look below to see what’s showing this season:

Win For your chance to win 4 tickets to see a film of your choice plus a small popcorn and regular drink each, just answer the following question:

Online Booking For Everyone Great news folks... online booking is now available at ALL Merlin Cinemas. Thanks to our fantastic IT wizards it was possible to go live with the software for the entire company, hooray! Despite some initial teething problems the online booking system is now running like clockwork. Just to recap, using our online booking system couldn’t be easier just visit our website at Follow the simple onscreen instructions and once booked you will receive a confirmation email stating the selected Cinema, Film, Performance Time and Booking ID Number. The Booking ID Number should be quoted at the box office on arrival to collect your tickets (please note the email does not act as a ticket and will not allow entrance to the auditorium). So save yourself the disappointment of a sold out show and the hassle of long queues by purchasing your tickets online from the comfort of your own home!!!

9 January - 13 January ENTER THE VOID 16 January - 20 January MONSTERS 23 January - 27 January SOMEWHERE 30 January - 3 February WE ARE WHAT WE ARE 6 February - 10 February HEARTLESS 11 February - 20 February BLACK SWAN 27 February - 3 March CATFISH

In the much talked about January release, The King’s Speech, who plays the part of Queen Elizabeth? Email your answer, name and local cinema to competition@

Congratulations to Melanie Slater who won last issues Tron competition. Enjoy! MONSTERS

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Merlin Cinemas bringing you the magic of the movies Savoy Penzance 01736 363330 / Royal St Ives 01736 796843 / Regal Redruth 01209 216278 Flora Helston 01326 569977 / The Phoenix Falmouth 01326 313072 / New Carlton Okehampton 01837 658586 Embassy Ilfracombe 01271 862323 / Tivoli Tiverton 01884 255554 / Central Torquay 01803 380001

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What’s more book before the day and receive 2 FREE CINEMA TICKETS!!!

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Films that may be available include:

Just Go With It No Strings Attached Yogi Bear and many more... Booking will be available from Friday 21st January when we will be able to confirm the main film line up. This fantastic offer is available at:


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Movie Magic Magazine January/February  

Film magazine for Merlin Cinemas - January/February edition