29th October: Out This Week in Cinemas

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We’ve got lots of great family films out this week, all with the thumbs up from our Filmclub experts!

The Adventures of Tintin

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Cert: (PG)

Running time: 106mins

Year produced: 2011

Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

The director of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the writer of Doctor Who and Sherlock and the latest James Bond – could you ask for a better action/adventure pedigree?

Probably not, which is why Steven Spielberg’s version of the much-loved comic-book about the boy reporter and his faithful dog Snowy has had fans excited for months. Well, the waiting’s over and it’s as good as it looks.

The animation is crisp yet full of life, the voicework (particularly Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock) is spot-on and it’s as full of affection for its subject as it is a great adventure.

Like this? Then also try these great films: TinTin and the Blue Oranges (1964, U), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, PG), The Goonies (1982, 12), The 39 Steps (1935, PG)

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Ra. One

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Cert: (TBC)

Running time: 140 mins

Year produced: 2011

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Master Armaan Verma

This effects heavy sci-fi adventure is apparently the most expensive Bollywood film ever made. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan plays an average dad trying to connect with his son. Designing an awesome computer game is supposed to bring them closer, but it has the unexpected side effect of turning dad into a real-life superhero, complete with the game’s powers.

The film’s tagline promises “The Next Level”, and it could be talking about Bollywood as much as the movie or game within it – this spectacular production really raises the stakes!

Like this? Then also try these great films:  Tron (1982, PG), Hancock (2008, 12), The Incredibles (2004, U), Superman Returns (2006, 12), The Mask (1994, PG)

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The Help

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Cert: (12A)

Running Time: 146 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Tate Taylor

Cast: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek

Spike Lee, the director of films including 4 Little Girls and Malcom X, has spoken in the past about how Hollywood films about the American civil rights era often sideline African American characters in favour of their white counterparts.

Some will view this 60s-set film, which focuses on the attempts of a well-meaning Southern belle (Emma Stone) to tell the story of the black maids in the racist Deep South, as a good example of that.

For others, it’s simply a moving story of friendship and heroism in the face of racism.

Like this? Then also try these great films: 4 Little Girls (1997, E), Driving Miss Daisy (1989, U), In the Heat of the Night (1967, 12)

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Anonymous

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Cert: (12A)

Running Time: 130 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Rhys Ifans; Vanessa Redgrave; Sebastian Armesto; Rafe Spall; David Thewlis; Edward Hogg; Xavier Samuel; Joely Richardson

William Shakespeare was a fraud and never wrote a word of his plays. That’s the interesting premise of this conspiracy drama, set in the 16th century.

Well performed and full of period detail, it twists history to portray the Bard as a fame-hungry actor who happily takes the credit for work actually penned by Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. Gifted de Vere hopes his poetry and plays will help influence the line of succession after the death of Queen Elizabeth I, but knows attaching his name to such sensitive material would be incredibly dangerous.

Fascinating Fact: Real life mother and daughter Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson were cast to play England’s Queen Elizabeth I in her older and younger years, to help make the character age realistically.

The character of Queen Elizabeth alone required around 20 specially constructed costumes, with all her gowns and accessories being hand-made, following extensive research.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Elizabeth (1998, 15), Shakespeare in Love (1998, 15), Immortal Beloved (1994, 15), Amadeus (1984, PG), JFK (1991, 15)

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Ghostbusters (re-release)

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Cert: (PG)

Running time: 100 mins

Year produced: 1984

Director: Ivan Reitman

Cast: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis

What better way to get ready for Halloween then watching the supernatural 1980’s classic Ghostbusters?

When they get sacked from their university jobs investigating the strange and supernatural, hapless trio Venkman, Stantz and Spengler set up a company that offers to deal with the ghosts and ghouls that lurk in New York’s apartments and offices.

And although business is slack at first, it soon turns out that there is important work for them to do – important and terrifying!

This comedy mixes big special effects scenes with great dialogue, to result in a movie still as hilarious now as it was when it was made back in the 1980s. It’s only on for the weekend though – so be quick!

Like this? Then also try these great films: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008, 12), The Goonies (1985, 12)

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