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Austen­land: Keri Rus­sell’s neck does most of the heavy lift­ing in Austen­land, and if you pay at­ten­tion to its many un­du­la­tions, you might just make it through this em­bar­rass­ingly ju­ve­nile com­edy with­out groan­ing aloud. ★★ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: If you liked the Jackass tele­vi­sion se­ries and its movie spin-offs, you’ll prob­a­bly love this film. Star­ring Johnny Knoxville, Bad Grandpa is a loose se­quence of hid­den-cam­era pranks cen­tered on the ou­tra­geous an­tics of a fic­tional oc­to­ge­nar­ian. ★★★ Salinger (Doc­u­men­tary): Di­rec­tor Shane Salerno has an ad­mit­tedly tricky ob­sta­cle in mak­ing this doc­u­men­tary about the in­tensely pri­vate au­thor JD Salinger. While Salerno tries to get cre­ative with so­lu­tions for the lack of vis­ual stim­uli, most at­tempts fail. ★★ The Fam­ily: There’s not much to laugh about in Luc Bes­son’s dark com­edy, a plod­ding film which fol­lows a for­mer mob boss who winds up in France in a wit­ness pro­tec­tion pro­gramme with his wife and kids. ★★ Closed Cir­cuit: At­tor­ney Martin Rose (Eric Bana) and ad­vo­cate Claudia Sim­mons-Howe (Re­becca Hall) set about de­fend­ing the man ac­cused of bomb­ing a Lon­don shop­ping area. The twist is that Claudia can’t share her ev­i­dence with Martin, so the two are forced into a game of cat-and-mouse in which they’re on the same side. ★★ Killing Sea­son: This film is not en­tirely worth­less, but it’s not good. As a genre film, it’s too am­bi­tious; as an art film, it’s too ob­vi­ous. It deals with geno­cide, the eth­i­cal com­pro­mises which are made in com­bat, and the lin­ger­ing ef­fects of war­time de­ci­sions . ★★

ON CIR­CUIT

Enough Said: This film marks one of the fi­nal ap­pear­ances by the late James Gan­dolfini. He plays a frumpy aca­demic named Al­bert who em­barks on an awk­ward ro­mance with Eva (Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus), a masseuse. Feisty, funny and wise, it sparkles like the rare gem it is. ★★★★★ Rid­dick: Cheesy, silly and of­ten vi­o­lent, this sci-fi ac­tion movie with Vin Diesel repris­ing his role as the tit­u­lar an­ti­hero is also a lot of fun. ★★★ About Time: Richard Cur­tis mixes fa­mil­iar boy-meets-girl in­gre­di­ents with time-trav­el­ling magic re­al­ism in this en­joy­able movie. ★★★ Bat­tle of the Year 3D: Josh Hol­loway stars as a down-on-his-luck coach hired to train a team of dancers for an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, but with TV pro­grammes like So You Think You Can Dance? and Danc­ing With the Stars, why would you pay to watch what you can get at home for free? ★ Bal­lade Van Rob­bie De Wee: A mu­sic pro­ducer bat­tles to pro­tect an up-and­com­ing singer, and him­self, when a young woman is found dead in the singer’s ho­tel room. Not re­viewed Khumba 3D: A ze­bra born with­out half his stripes is re­jected by his su­per­sti­tious herd. Not re­viewed Grav­ity: This 3D sci-fi ac­tion ad­ven­ture about two as­tro­nauts not only de­liv­ers on its prom­ise of a wildly en­ter­tain­ing space ad­ven­ture, it also be­comes a ground­break­ing ad­di­tion to a genre al­ready de­fined by films like 2001: A Space Odyssey. ★★★★★ Jobs: At the risk of damn­ing with faint praise, it should be noted that Ash­ton Kutcher is not a dis­as­ter in Jobs, the biopic of Ap­ple co-founder Steve Jobs. But the film is so thick with Jobs’s ca­reer high­lights and low­lights that there’s lit­tle room for in­sights into what made this pri­vate man tick ★★★ Diana: This biopic is not aw­ful enough to be an en­joy­ably kitsch train wreck – it’s too con­ven­tional and rev­er­en­tial to give the late princess the full dra­matic de­con­struc­tion her iconic sta­tus de­mands. ★★ Para­noia: There’s ten­sion to be wrung from the premise – two cor­rupt bil­lion­aires feud as a wide-eyed, bluecol­lar whiz-kid turns cor­po­rate spy – but the plot is re­cy­cled John Gr­isham, and the best twists are tele­graphed. ★ Rust and Bone: One of the most trans­port­ingly ro­man­tic movies of the year finds the most stir­ring emo­tion in strug­gle rather than in melo­drama or easy res­o­lu­tion. ★★★★★ Pris­on­ers: A well-ex­e­cuted ex­am­ple of pulp mis­er­ab­lism in the tra­di­tion of Seven and its grisly im­i­ta­tors. ★★★ The Purge: Set in 2022 dur­ing an an­nual 12-hour event known as Purge Night, the movie fol­lows the ef­forts of a fam­ily to fight off killers. ★★★ This Is The End: This apoc­a­lyp­tic satire is an al­ter­nately sly and wildly in­dul­gent ex­er­cise in omni-ref­er­en­tial hu­mour. ★★★★ Ar­bi­trage: This is a silky, so­phis­ti­cated Wall Street thriller that finds Richard Gere wear­ing his age and emo­tional wis­dom with warmth. ★★★★

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