Nov 05

“Unleash the Christmas Kraken!”: New Releases, Week of 5th November 2012

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A Very Harold and Kumar ChristmasEveryone’s favourite stoners are back… and this time they’re decking the halls! They might not be on the hunt for snacks anymore but the capers continue as the duo desperately tries to track down a tree on Christmas Eve!  This seasonal comedy promises more ridiculous hi-jinks, raunchy set-pieces and another hilarious appearance from certified ladies’ man Neil Patrick Harris.

Arthur Christmas
The awkward son of Father Christmas, Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) embarks on a magical adventure to deliver one last gift! From Bristol-based Aardman Animation, this holiday gem boasts an all-star cast (including Hugh Laurie and Bill Nighy) and the same irreverent humour that made Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run such firm family favourites.

Killer Joe Deep in the heart of Texas, something grim is going down. When small time drug pusher Emile Hirsch gets ripped off by his own mother, he needs to cash in on her life insurance. And in order to make that happen, he drafts in the help of dirty cop (Matthew McConaughey) who takes Hirsch’s sister (career jail-bait Juno Temple) as ‘collateral’. Naturally things don’t go according to plan and Hirsch’s entire family finds themselves in hot water. The critical success of Killer Joe has been a shot in the arm for both McConaughey and director William Friedkin (The Exorcist), proving that both of them are still vital forces in world of film-making. Warning: one scene in this movie will freak out the squeamish!

Joyful NoiseDolly Parton and Queen Latifah now have more in common than just their enormous voices: they’re both also in this brand new musical drama! They play two small town women who are forced to put their differences aside to save their church choir. Encouraged by Parton’s grandson, they introduce a contemporary twist to their gospel programme, incurring the displeasure of the pastor. With its diverse cast and mix of musical styles, there looks to be something for everybody in Joyful Noise!

Katy Perry: Part of MeLeading up to its release, all the media chatter surrounding Katy Perry: Part of Me was that it chronicled the end of Perry’s marriage to comedian Russell Brand and indeed, we get to see a lot of that. Ostensibly a concert documentary, the film goes a lot deeper than most behind-the-scenes movies in showing the highs and lows of being the world’s biggest pop star.

Peter PanYou’ll believe a boy can fly! The classic Disney animation comes to blinkbox for the very first time and it’s just as charming as ever. Based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved Victorian story, it sees young Wendy and her brothers whisked away to Neverland by the titular boy-who-never-grew-up. The movie’s got pirates, mermaid, tree houses and Native Americans (Indians): everything you could possibly want in an adventure. With one exception of course: no Rufio.

A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul LiebrandtFollowing British chef Paul Liebrandt over the course of ten rocky years in New York’s restaurant scene, the documentary A Matter of Taste is a fascinating look at a boundary-pushing culinary artist who could very well be a genius or a charlatan. Featuring interviews from Michelin-starred chefs Heston Blumenthal, Eric Ripert and Thomas Keller, this is surely a ‘must-see’ for foodies everywhere.

SwerveA young couple on a road trip across Australia happen upon a car wreck and find suitcase full of money. When they hand in the money to the local police, they think they’re doing the right thing but little do they know: the outback has little use for honest people. Made in the mould of No Country for Old Men and starring Jason Clarke (Lawless), this tense indie thriller will have you sweating on the edge of your seat!

Swan Princess ChristmasHey Parents! Do you remember the 1994’s The Swan Princess? What, no? Well, anyway here’s the long-awaited third sequel! The official synopsis: “as the kingdom prepares for a festive holiday, the villainous Rothbart plots to destroy Christmas. Will the castle friends be able to stop Rothbart and save the day?” Yes, the plot sounds pretty standard but it’s definitely something the kids can watch while you get an early start on your tax return. Merry Christmas, grown-ups!


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