Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu (left) and Rick Yune.
OPENING NEXT WEEK SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS What a title! Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken are among those swearing and joshing in Martin McDonagh’s follow-up to cult favourite In Bruges. MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS RZA, former Wu-Tang maestro, makes his directorial debut with an adaptation of an early Balzac novel. Only kidding. It’s a martial arts drama, “presented” by Quentin Tarantino, co-produced by Eli Roth and starring RZA, CELESTE & JESSE FOREVER Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg play a couple trying to keep their friendship alive following their divorce. Samberg deserves a break after suffering bravely through Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy. SO UNDERCOVER Miley Cyrus plays a “tough, street- smart private eye” who goes undercover in a college sorority for the FBI. Say it isn’t so.
OPENING DECEMBER 13TH THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Do we need to tell you anything more about this? Peter Jackson returns to the Tolkien trough with the first of three films derived from his modestly sized first novel. Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen star.
OPENING DECEMBER 14th WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? Welcome 50th anniversary outing for Robert Aldrich’s brilliant melodrama starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as a pair of unhappy sisters brooding fatally on ancient rivalries. Flawless.
OPENING DECEMBER 20th LIFE OF PI Ang Lee enters Oscar season with his take on Yann Martel’s Booker-winning allegorical novel concerning magic realist adventures on the high seas. Already highly praised on US release.