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NEW YEAR’S DAY The Pi­rates! In An Ad­ven­ture With Sci­en­tists!

Hugh Grant voices the Pi­rate Cap­tain, a bungling buc­ca­neer with his heart set on win­ning the Pi­rate Of The Year award, in this up­roar­i­ous an­i­ma­tion.

E.T.: The Ex­tra-Ter­res­trial

A lonely boy be­friends a stranded alien and teaches us all a thing or two about friend­ship in Steven Spiel­berg’s time­less sci-fi fan­tasy. Henry Thomas heads the cast.

Mon­sters Univer­sity

Pre­quel to the 2001 Pixar hit, find­ing out how the two beastly friends first met while at col­lege. Mike and Sul­ley are strug­gling to make the grade, but for very dif­fer­ent rea­sons. If they work out how to play off each other’s strengths, they might just get to grad­u­ate.

Rio 2

The blue birds flock to­gether again for a fun fol­low-up to the 2011 an­i­mated avian com­edy. Love­bird macaws Blu and Jewel take to the skies to start a new life with their three chicks in the wilds of the Ama­zon. There, they are met by the venge­ful cock­a­too Nigel.

Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble – Ghost Pro­to­col

Tom Cruise hits the ground run­ning in this lat­est out­ing for the Im­pos­si­ble Mis­sions Force, who are shut down af­ter be­ing as­sumed guilty of a bomb­ing. Cruise goes rogue to clear their name.

Whit­ney Hous­ton: A Tragic Love

The life of Whit­ney Hous­ton is laid bare in this pow­er­ful TV movie, di­rected by An­gela Bassett. Yaya DaCosta is sen­sa­tional as the singer, whose voice and soul are rav­aged by ad­dic­tion and her tu­mul­tuous mar­riage to Bobby Brown.

MON­DAY Band­slam

It’s Glee with gui­tars, as mu­sic-lov­ing high­school mis­fits com­pete in a bat­tle-of-the­bands con­test – and find love and ac­cep­tance along the way. Watch out for a cameo ap­pear­ance by the late, great David Bowie. Di­rected by Todd Graff.

Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow

Su­pe­rior war drama fol­low­ing a group of Al­lied agents who are parachuted into oc­cu­pied Europe to dis­able the Nazis’ fast-de­vel­op­ing mis­sile pro­gramme. An all-star cast in­cludes Ge­orge Pep­pard and Sophia Loren.

Man Of Steel

Henry Cav­ill (above) steps into Su­per­man’s flam­boy­ant boots in this ac­tion-packed comic-book re­boot. Here, the su­per­pow­ered alien de­fends his adopted home from geno­ci­dal in­vaders from his own planet. Co-star­ring Lau­rence Fish­burne.

The Heat

San­dra Bul­lock calls her Miss Con­ge­nial­ity role to mind as she plays Sarah Ash­bur, an up­tight FBI agent, here paired with straight-talk­ing cop Melissa McCarthy in a bid to bring down a drug boss. Fun ac­tion com­edy from Paul Feig.

Dal­las Buy­ers Club

Matthew McConaughey (above) and Jared Leto won Oscars for their roles (lead and sup­port­ing, re­spec­tively) in this touch­ing fact-based drama about ef­forts to il­le­gally smug­gle HIV drugs into the US from Mex­ico. Mu­sic in­cludes Shug­gie Otis’ Sweet Thang.

Ea­gle Eye

Sur­veil­lance thriller star­ring Michelle Mon­aghan and Shia LaBeouf as two or­di­nary peo­ple who start re­ceiv­ing com­mands via their mo­bile phones. They must obey the in­struc­tions – or else.

TUES­DAY Con­fes­sions Of A Shopa­holic

Like­able Isla Fisher (above) is Re­becca Bloom­wood, a clue­less girl who doesn’t drop, no mat­ter how much she shops. Stan­dard rom­com fare, but you get be­hind Fisher’s char­ac­ter and wish her well, no mat­ter how poor her fi­nan­cial judg­ment.

The Bourne Iden­tity

Matt Da­mon turned ac­tion hero with this first in a se­ries of well-done, suc­cess­ful thrillers. Da­mon is Ja­son Bourne, al­though he doesn’t know it yet. With peo­ple out to kill him, he needs to find out who he is – and fast. Brian Cox is among the sup­port­ing cast who could be friend or foe.

Cliffhanger

Sylvester Stal­lone stars as a moun­tain ranger tak­ing on one last mis­sion be­fore he re­tires in a high-adren­a­line ad­ven­ture thriller that makes the most of its moun­tain scenery.

The Grand Se­duc­tion

The res­i­dents of a small town go to ex­treme lengths to per­suade a visit­ing doc­tor to be­come a per­ma­nent res­i­dent in this com­edy star­ring Bren­dan Glee­son, Cathy Jones and Tay­lor Kitsch.

Lit­tle Fock­ers

Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller con­tinue to fail to bond as fa­ther- and son-in-law in this third Meet The Par­ents film. Bar­bra Streisand, Blythe Dan­ner, Teri Polo, Laura Dern, Har­vey Kei­tel and Dustin Hoff­man also star in this fam­ily an­tics se­quel.

WED­NES­DAY Lit­tle Women

Louisa M. Al­cott’s clas­sic novel is adapted with an all-star cast. Su­san Saran­don is Marmee, mother to four strong-willed daugh­ters who are grow­ing up, full of spirit and imag­i­na­tion, in Mas­sachusetts dur­ing the Amer­i­can Civil War.

Heart Of Mur­der

Heart trans­plant re­cip­i­ent Emma (Maken­zie Vega) dis­cov­ers that her donor might have been the vic­tim of a mur­der, and sets out to learn the truth. Grisly theme, fee­ble ex­e­cu­tion.

12 Years A Slave

Di­rec­tor Steve Mc­Queen’s Os­car-win­ning drama is based on the in­cred­i­ble true story of Solomon Northup (Chi­we­tel Ejio­for) a free black man liv­ing in pre-Civil War New York, who was ab­ducted and sold into slav­ery. Also star­ring Michael Fass­ben­der.

The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion

This adap­ta­tion of a Stephen King novella has gone on to be con­sid­ered one of the great films of its time. Tim Rob­bins is the man do­ing time in prison – for a crime he didn’t com­mit… .

The Re­cruit

By-the-num­bers spy game thriller made all the more watch­able by its two leads, Al Pa­cino and Colin Far­rell. Pa­cino is the CIA in­struc­tor who re­cruits Far­rell’s com­puter ge­nius, de­ploy­ing him to sniff out an en­emy in their midst – but what’s train­ing and what’s real?

The Perks Of Be­ing A Wall­flower

Two fan­tasy fran­chise child stars – Lo­gan Ler­man (Percy Jack­son) and Emma Wat­son (Harry Pot­ter) – get a tran­si­tional gig in this adap­ta­tion of Stephen Ch­bosky’s ac­claimed novel. Wat­son is the high-school teen who is drawn to Ler­man.

THURS­DAY The Thirty-Nine Steps

Robert Pow­ell (above) takes on the role of Richard Han­nay in John Buchan’s break­neck thriller – as he would again in two se­ries of TV’s Han­nay in 1988 and 1989. This moves the ending from the Kent coast to Big Ben, but is ac­tu­ally one of the more faith­ful adap­ta­tions.

All Crea­tures Great And Small

This pre­quel to the long-run­ning TV se­ries stars Si­mon Ward in the role of newly qual­i­fied vet James Her­riot, who gets a crash course in calf de­liv­ery and pen-side man­ner from Anthony Hop­kins as ec­cen­tric an­i­mal doc Siegfried Farnon. Lisa Har­row plays the fu­ture Mrs Her­riot.

In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds

Quentin Tarantino plays fast and loose with his­tory – and spell­ing – in his vi­o­lent Sec­ond World War ad­ven­ture fol­low­ing a group of Jewish-Amer­i­can sol­diers out to de­stroy the Nazis.

The Krays

Real-life broth­ers Gary and Martin Kemp star as the in­fa­mous Lon­don gang­sters in this gritty biopic. Chart­ing their rise to fame and no­to­ri­ety, it’s an un­flinch­ing ac­count of a glam­orous world un­der­pinned by ruth­less, sadis­tic vi­o­lence.

Ryan’s Daugh­ter

David Lean’s epic ro­man­tic drama is set in west Kerry in 1916, and stars Sarah Miles (above) as Rosy Ryan, a married wo­man whose af­fair with a Bri­tish Army of­fi­cer leads to tragic con­se­quences.

Die Hard With A Vengeance

This third film in the ac­tion fran­chise more or less main­tains the quality. This time, Bruce Wil­lis’s John McClane bud­dies up with Sa­muel L. Jack­son for a wild-goose chase across NYC.

FRI­DAY Fire Down Be­low

Rita Hay­worth is on smoul­der­ing form as she comes be­tween sea­far­ing best friends Robert Mitchum and Jack Lem­mon in the Caribbean. The splen­did cast gives it su­pe­rior nov­elty value. By Pixar’s high stan­dards, this comes close to back­fir­ing, but an av­er­age Pixar film still out­classes the rest – and Light­ning Mc­Queen (above, with pal Mater) will de­light young­sters.

The Break-Up

Com­edy star­ring Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Vince Vaughn as a cou­ple who split up, but can’t agree on who should move out. So, they con­tinue liv­ing to­gether while each of them se­cretly plots to drive the other out.

Fun With Dick And Jane

When a busi­ness­man loses his job, he and his wife turn to crime as a way of main­tain­ing their pre­vi­ous stan­dard of liv­ing. Com­edy star­ring Ge­orge Se­gal, Jane Fonda and Ed McMa­hon.

The Un­in­vited

Emily Brown­ing stars in this psy­cho­log­i­cal hor­ror as a wo­man whose mother’s death haunts her. Brown­ing is well-suited to the role, but the Korean orig­i­nal, A Tale Of Two Sis­ters, is bet­ter.

Chron­i­cle

The su­per­hero film is flipped on its head in this neatly ob­served shaky-cam sci-fi tale. Dane DeHaan is one of the teens who ac­quire su­per­pow­ers and film their mis­ad­ven­tures.

Good Will Hunt­ing

Matt Da­mon and Ben Af­fleck made their im­pres­sive screen­writ­ing de­but with this en­gag­ing drama. Da­mon takes the lead, too, as Will Hunt­ing – the way­ward lad who turns out to have sur­pris­ing hid­den depths.

SATUR­DAY Mem­phis Belle

The crew­men of a B-17 bomber pre­pare for their fi­nal mis­sion – a raid on a heav­ily de­fended Ger­man city. Fact-based Sec­ond World War drama, star­ring Matthew Mo­dine and Eric Stoltz (above).

Mutiny On The Bounty

Mar­lon Brando leads a re­volt in this sea­far­ing ad­ven­ture, which is based on a true story. He stars as Chris­tian Fletcher, who leads a mutiny against the tyran­ni­cal Cap­tain Bligh (played by Trevor Howard).

Glad­i­a­tor

Ri­d­ley Scott’s Os­car-win­ning pe­riod epic stars Rus­sell Crowe as a for­mer Ro­man gen­eral who is sold into slav­ery and forced to be­come a glad­i­a­tor. Joaquin Phoenix is also on strong form as the em­peror. Mu­sic by Hans Zim­mer and Lisa Ger­rard.

GoodFel­las

Martin Scors­ese’s clas­sic crime drama fol­lows Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) as he rises through the ranks of the Mafia. But his as­cent is threat­ened by drugs and his volatile friend Tommy (an elec­tri­fy­ing Joe Pesci). Based on Ni­cholas Pi­leggi’s novel.

The Cold Light of Day

A man search­ing for his kid­napped fam­ily is caught in a con­flict be­tween ri­val in­tel­li­gence agents. Thriller, star­ring Henry Cav­ill, Bruce Wil­lis and Sigour­ney Weaver.

The Dou­ble

A for­mer CIA agent in­ves­ti­gates the mur­der of a sen­a­tor, which he be­lieves to be the work of an in­fa­mous Soviet as­sas­sin. Spy thriller, with Richard Gere, Stephen Moyer and To­pher Grace.

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