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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.

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