9th December: Out This Week in Cinemas

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

Puss in Boots

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Cert: (U)

Running Time: 90 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Chris Miller

Cast: Antonio Banderas (voice); Salma Hayek (voice); Zach Galifianakis (voice); Billy Bob Thornton (voice); Amy Sedaris (voice); Constance Marie (voice); Guillermo del Toro (voice)

After playing second fiddle to a green ogre and a donkey, Shrek charmer Puss in Boots finally gets his own spin-off adventure. A fast-paced and inventive story, this Zorro-style animated fantasy explores how the swashbuckling, outlaw moggy became a fairytale legend. Witty movie references and spot-on voice casting add to the fun, as Puss joins feisty feline Kitty Softpaws and his childhood pal Humpty Dumpty on a mission to steal magic beans from the evil Jack and Jill. The trio intends to use these enchanted beans to grow a stalk and access the mythical castle in the sky: home to the goose that lays golden eggs. But, naturally, complications quickly arise – not least because Puss has the hots for Kitty…

Like this? Then also try these great films: Shrek (2001, U); The Ugly Duckling and Me (2006, U); Chicken Little (2005, U); Hoodwinked (2005, U); Happily N’Ever After (2006, U)

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A different type of film, but still packed full of stars!

New Year’s eve

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Cert: (TBC)

Running Time: 120 min

Year produced: 2011

Director: Garry Marshall

Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker; Ashton Kutcher; Robert De Niro; Zac Efron; Katherine Heigl; Jessica Biel; Sofía Vergara; Carla Gugino; Michelle Pfeiffer; Hilary Swank; Halle Berry; Abigail Breslin

The countdown to the New Year is on in this feel-good romantic comedy. Packed with stars, it skillfully mixes the individual stories of a group of New Yorkers on December 31st; all looking for either love, hope or happiness before the midnight chimes. From the playful, slow-building romance of a guy and girl stuck in a broken lift, to a frustrated secretary’s race to tackle her unfulfilled resolutions, the sweet and simple events deliver a mix of sentimentality and humour.

Fascinating Fact: The film is a follow-up to director Garry Marshall’s 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, which used the same concept of lives entwining on a single, special day, and also featured some of the same actors, but playing different roles.

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And if you’re in the mood for a different type of film again…

Another Earth

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Cert: (12A)

Running Time: 92 mins

Year Produced: 2011

Director: Mike Cahill

Cast: William Mapother, Brit Marling, Matthew-Lee Erlbach

After celebrating her acceptance into University, Rhoda decides to drink-drive home. Distracted by the strange appearance of a new planet in the sky she crashes into the car of a family, killing the wife and son and leaving husband John in a coma. Four years later while the world learns of the existence of Earth II – a duplicate of planet Earth – Rhoda is released from prison and befriends John. As Earth II looms in the sky Rhoda wonders about the identical version of herself and if she has made the same mistakes. Struggling to admit to John who she really is, she enters a competition to win a trip to Earth II and the possibility of getting her old life back gets closer. This mysterious and powerful low-budget film, proves it doesn’t take sci-fi wizardry to make you think about life on other planets.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Contact (1997, PG), Sunshine (2007, 12) Monsters (2010, 12) Flight of the Navigator (1986, U)

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Each week we look at the cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.

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One more this week and again a different type of film for you to enjoy.

Mysteries of Lisbon

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Cert: (PG)

Running Time: 266 mins

Year Produced: 2010

Director: Raúl Ruiz

Cast: Adriano Luz; Maria João Bastos; Ricardo Pereira; Clotilde Hesme; José Afonso Pimentel; João Arrais; Albano Jerónimo; Lea Seydoux; Melvil Poupaud

There’s plenty to sink your teeth into in this twisting and elegant period melodrama, based on a 19th-century Portuguese novel of the same name. The Charles Dickens-style epic centres on teen outcast João, the secret child of two aristocrats who was abandoned in a boarding school as an orphan and is now desperate to discover the truth about his origins. So begins a kind of lavish, costumed soap opera that uncovers stories within stories, and has loads of colourful characters crossing paths over three decades in 1800s’ Europe.

In Portuguese and French, with English subtitles.

Fascinating Fact: The drama’s celebrated, Chilean director, Raúl Ruiz, made more than 100 films in a 30-year period, never sticking to one, established style. His aim was to put cinema on the same artistic level as literature.

The film was originally made as a six-part, TV mini-series.

Like this? Then also try these great films:  The Duchess (2008, 12); The Leopard (1963, PG); The Princess of Montpensier (2010, 15); Barry Lyndon (1975, PG); Great Expectations (1946, PG)

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