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.
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (12A)
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.
Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach
Woody (Dern) sets off on a trek to his native Nebraska to claim a $1m lottery prize he believes he’s won after receiving a piece of junk mail. His son David (Forte) accompanies his father, a heavy boozer and in the early stages of dementia.
A moving and intelligent road buddy movie with a superlative performance by Bruce Dern. There are funny moments, but it’s mostly slow-paced and, shot in black and white, provides ample time for quiet reflection.
Starring: Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett
Bilbo Baggins sets off to find the door to the Lonely Mountain, wherein lies the dragon, Smaug.
This much-anticipated second instalment of the Hobbit trilogy is slow-moving but beautiful.
Saving Mr Banks (PG)
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.