Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov and Aleksey Rozin
When a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena’s potential inheritance, she must hatch a desperate plan.
2011 Russian movie, with subtitles.
Starring: Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Tim Courtenay, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon
Four retired opera singers, feted for their aria in Rigoletto, meet up in a retirement home for musicians. The plot is complicated by an old and bitter love match that must be replayed.
Dustin Hoffman makes his debut as director. A gentle, amusing film with the best of brilliant British acting.
Les Misérables (12A)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter
Oscar-nominated film version of the world’s most popular musical, directed by Tom Hooper, of The King’s Speech fame. A story of poverty and the endurance of the human spirit set in Paris in the 1800s.
Visually spectacular and with some not-half-bad singing, this film is one of the best movies in a pretty poor bunch for the 2012/13 season.
Life of Pi 3D (PG)
Starring:Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Gérard Depardieu, Rafe Spall
Directed by Ang Lee, this is the fantastical tale of a young man’s survival at sea in a lifeboat, with only a tiger for company.
Amazing CGI techology make this worth seeing. See review, right.
The Impossible (12A)
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland
The story of one British family’s struggle for survival after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami hits their plush Thai holiday resort. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.
The special effects have been widely praised as impressive, even if the movie has been criticised for being too Western-centric. Naomi Watts has been nominated for an Oscar for her winning performance.