The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (12A)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Jennifer Lawrence returns as the reluctant warrior-heroine Katniss Everdeen in the second of the trilogy based on books by Suzanne Collins. Her role in this dystopian world is to fight in the hunger games — to the death.
More of the same sci-fi action, only this time with the addition of Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the evil Plutarch.
Saving Mr Banks (PG)
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
Coogan takes on a serious role as journalist Martin Sixsmith who accompanies an Irish pensioner in search of the son taken away from her by Catholic nuns as a toddler. Based on a true story.
The usually rather silly Coogan is surprisingly good in this role. It’s a serious and somewhat depressing subject matter, but glimmers of his innate wit, combined with Dench’s superlative acting, make this an uplifting film.
The Butler (12A)
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack
Forest Whitaker plays White House butler Cecil Gaines who served eight presidential administrations, and Winfrey plays his wife. Based on a true story.
Lee Daniels’ film obviously deals with the delicate issue of race relations and the subservience of the old school butler, as compared to his hot-headed, Black Panther son.
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell
Author PJ Travers (Thompson) travels to Hollywood to thrash out a deal with Walt Disney (Hanks) over the Disneyfication of her beloved creation Mary Poppins, but is haunted by the memory of her beloved father (Farrell).
Some exquisitely funny moments in an otherwise rather dark tale of creativity and loss. It’s worth seeing just to watch the Sherman brothers at work creating the catchy tunes that made the Poppins film come to life.
Gravity 3D (12A)
Starring: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
Rookie astronaut Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) is cut loose and rocketing through space after an accident at a space station. Matt Kowalski (Clooney) talks her through the rescue attempt.
Said to be the most riveting, realistic and scary sci-fi movie for years. The CGI effects shot at Pinewood Studios are second-to-none.