Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Films out this week

Populaire (12A). Starring: Romain Duris, Deborah Francois, Bérénice Bejo

Populaire (12A). Starring: Romain Duris, Deborah Francois, Bérénice Bejo

Set in 1958 Normandy, the film centres on country girl Rose leaves behind her father’s grocery store to follow her dream of becoming a secretary and ends up in a speed-typing competition.

This romcom (in French with subtitles) by first-time director Régis Roinsard combines the wit and charm of The Artist with the period feel of Mad Men.

Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)

Starring: Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine and Simon Pegg

This latest sequel by director JJ Abrams sees Captain Kirk steering his crew into the uncharted territory of deep space.

Chris Pine plays a perfectly serviceable Kirk, but the real stars are his supporting cast — particularly Quinto as the half-Vulcan Spock and Cumberbatch as a dastardly English villain.

The Great Gatsby (12A)

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton

DiCaprio teams up with Aussie director Baz Luhrmann again for this hotly-anticipated third shot at making a decent film out of F Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel set in New York’s Roaring Twenties.

The jury is out on whether this enormous-budget movie does justice to the story, but Carey Mulligan is tipped as the heroine who saves the hour.

Epic (U)

Voices of: Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles

Alarmed when her father fails to return from a woodland walk, Mary goes looking for him, only to be shrunk to the size of an insect after catching a falling leaf that glows mysteriously.

The parallels for our own ecologically threatened planet are well drawn in Wedge’s boisterously entertaining film, which certainly lives up to its title.

Discover Tuesday: Village At The End Of The World (12A)

Director: Sarah Gavron

Fascinated by the resilience of the few remaining polar communities, the Brick Lane director and her cameraman partner Katznelson spent three years filming in Niaqornat, a remote Inuit hamlet.

in northern Greenland with just 59 inhabitants

The stark beauty of the Inuits’ harsh landscape and their equally harsh way of life — they rely entirely on hunting and fishing, and the long winter months are totally without daylight — contrast with their quirky humour.

and robust traditions. A revealing and moving little gem.


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