50/50: Joseph Gordon-levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends in Jonathan Levine’s low-key dramedy about how a 27-year-old deals with the news that he has a rare form of cancer. Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: Gorgeously rendered motion capture animation brings the world’s most famous cartoon journalist to life. Exotic locations and lots of swashbuckling adventure. Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked: The third film about the animated chipmunks sees the little critters go on a cruise and get shipwrecked with the Chipettes. (Not reviewed) Anonymous: As long as you don’t buy into Roland Emmerich’s half-baked theory that William Shakespeare didn’t write his plays, you’ll marvel at the love of words evoked by this political thriller set in Elizabethan England. Another Earth: Existential questions loom large as a small drama plays out between a young woman who helps an older guy live again after an accident, while hiding a secret from him. 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. Black Butterflies: A magnificently shot movie with a top-notch cast does justice to the bittersweet story of South African poet Ingrid Jonker in the 1960s. 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. Broken Promises 3: The Durban bunch are at it again, taking the audience on a hilarious whirlwind of a ride through love, relationships, mother-in-laws and nosy neighbours. Contagion: Tautly directed stellar ensemble cast in a disaster movie which shows that despite how quickly disease spreads around the world, fear is quicker and more deadly. Cool It: Scientists challenge the thinking around global warming. Makes you think. 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. Dream House: A dream cast is slowly suffocated by a convoluted plot that reveals itself too early and flounders around like a not-so-red herring. Happy Feet 2: Exquisite animation but the storyline is woolly and wanders all over the place. Still, the musical set pieces are going to make the little ones very happy indeed. Hoodwinked 2: Animated actionpacked sequel to Hoodwinked. A spy/martial arts twist sees this fairy tale pimped out into a fun “rescue drama”. Hoofmeisie: Afrikaans comedy set at a primary school where the fight among parents to see who will be the next head girl is fierce. Les Hommes Libre (Free Men): A wartime espionage drama focusing on the rarely explored meeting between Arabic émigrés and the French Resistance. (Not reviewed) In a Better World: Carefully constructed, beautifully filmed Oscarwinning film interrogates issues of pain, empathy and forgiveness but provides no answer. In Time: Well-paced sci-fi thriller starring Justin Timberlake and Bambi … oops, Amanda Seyfried’s doe eyes. Pretty people in the not-too-distant future age until 25 and then have to buy more time. Johnny English Reborn: Rowan Atkinson sheds his Mr Bean persona in this funny sequel about a clumsy spy who must solve a tricky case to win the confidence of his colleagues once more. Moneyball: A competitive manager and a nerdy economist go against the conventions of baseball and change the way the game is viewed and played. Brad Pitt leads a stellar cast. Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol: A fun reboot of the action adventure series featuring nifty gadgets, exotic locations and impossible stunts courtesy of Tom Cruise in great form. New Year’s Eve: If you’ve seen Valentine’s Day, there is no need for you to see this offering from Gary Marshall. Still, the blooper reel is hilarious and better than the film. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1: Nothing much happens in this criticproof soapie. Featuring werewolves and vampires, the film sees said creatures of the night glowering at each other in the day time, as Bella and Edward settle into married life.