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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODMOVIES -

Arthur Christ­mas 3D: It’s a de­light­fully warm and fuzzy Christ­mas tale for a con­tem­po­rary au­di­ence that fills them in most imag­i­na­tively about the way Santa copes, yet never los­ing sight of the Christ­mas spirit. Brighton Rock: This adap­ta­tion of Gra­ham Greene’s novel trans­plants the ac­tion to 1960s UK but still em­pha­sises the story of a man who tried to do things his way. Beau­ti­ful char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and act­ing. Don’t be Afraid of the Dark: A scary film where the scares peter out far too quickly. This Guillermo del Toro­pro­duced film plays out like a dry run of Pan’s Labyrinth. Drive: Men­ace-laden and moody, this is an art­house ac­tion flick about a stunt driver who moon­lights as a get­away car driver. It’s steeped in neon­drenched 1980s ac­tion flicks and al­ter­nates be­tween hyp­notic slow takes and hy­per-ki­netic vi­o­lence. Not for the faint-hearted. New Year’s Eve: If you’ve seen Valen­tine’s Day, then there re­ally is no need for you to see this of­fer­ing from Gary Mar­shall. Yet the blooper reel is hi­lar­i­ous and bet­ter than the ac­tual film. Satya­graha: Recorded at the New

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York Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera House, this is an opera in three acts for or­ches­tra, cho­rus and soloists, com­posed by Philip Glass, with a li­bretto by Glass and Con­stance De­jong. Loosely based on the life of Mo­han­das K Gandhi, it forms the sec­ond part of Glass’s Por­trait Tril­ogy of op­eras about men who changed the world. Not re­viewed

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Puss in Boots 3D: The fea­ture-length an­i­mated spin-off – a star turn for the Shrek sup­port­ing char­ac­ter voiced by An­to­nio Ban­deras – is al­most shock­ingly good. And not just be­cause many will ap­proach it with low­ered ex­pec­ta­tions. Let’s be hon­est. Af­ter ap­pear­ances in the last three Shrek out­ings, who would have thought that Puss would land on his feet when thrown into a movie of his own? It turns out he does, mainly be­cause the movie tosses him in a com­pletely new di­rec­tion, and about as far away from the ear­lier films as pos­si­ble. Real Steel: Rocky meets Trans­form­ers in a movie that’s like a Wii game, pro wrestling, The Iron Gi­ant and Trans­form­ers all rolled into one. So what is this strange hy­brid movie’s tar­get de­mo­graphic? The an­swer: your 11-year-old son. He and his cronies will, in all like­li­hood, love the crunch of CGI metal on metal and the whole video-game aes­thetic. Money­ball: This is a movie of such lop­ing, un­forced ease and solid en­ter­tain­ment value that it’s easy to take its gifts for granted. Di­rec­tor

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