The week's new films reviewed and rated
The pug-faced green ogre returns, Claire Denis turns her camera to war and Romain Duris confirms his star power
A pair of excellent, high-profile French releases compete for the arthouse crown this week: ‘White Material’ sees directorial doyenne Claire Denis on top form with a tale of racial tension in modern-day Africa, while ‘Heartbreaker’ is a smooth, sophisticated romcom pairing Vanessa Paradis with ‘Beat That My Heart Skipped’ bit-o’-rough, Romain Duris.
Elsewhere, a number of independently produced films struggle to make much impact: ‘Lymelife’ is an American indie riffing a little too bluntly on themes established by ‘The Ice Storm,’ while ‘The Ballroom’ is an overly sweet Brazilian concoction detailing the lives and loves of a gang of samba-dancing old folks. Britain comes off a little better in the small-scale stakes: while oddball drama ‘Skeletons’ can’t quite justify its claim on the Best British Film prize at this year’s Edinburgh festival, zero-budget vigilante comedy ‘Crimefighters’ is a disarmingly loveable DIY effort.
A pair of documentaries rounds things off: ‘When You’re Strange’ sees Johnny Depp narrating the debauched tale of preening ’60s popsnakes The Doors, while ‘Gay Sex in the ’70s’ takes a long, hard look at a decade which brought remarkable changes in the gay community.
Anna Smith on 'Shrek Forever After'‘An entertaining conclusion to the franchise.’
Dave Calhoun on 'White Material'‘Claire Denis returns to Africa for a mesmerising portrait of civil war and racial tension.’
Anna Smith on 'Heartbreaker'‘An accessible comedy that outstrips its similarly conceived US counterparts.’
Tom Huddleston on 'Lymelife'‘Alec Baldwin takes the production reins and showiest role in this heartfelt family drama.’
David Jenkins on 'The Ballroom'‘Last of the Samba Wine’
Dave Calhoun on 'Skeletons'‘A leftfield comedy of the mundane with a sci-fi edge.’
Tom Huddleston on 'Crimefighters'‘What it lacks in art it more than makes up for in heart.’
Derek Adams on 'When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors'‘You can’t deny the enigmatic anti-authoritarian Lizard King cut a charismatic swagger.’
Paul Burston on 'Gay Sex in the 70s'‘This was the decade when gay sexuality came out of the closet.’
Director Tom Hooper and his cast tell us how they turned the super-musical into movie blockbuster.
The Time Out film team weighs in on the nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards
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The results of our study on the state of films and filmgoing in 2012.
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'The Hobbit' actor tells us why he wouldn't have a pint with Bilbo Baggins.
Dave Calhoun speaks to the director of 'Skyfall' about the latest film in the Bond franchise.
The genre-hopping director tells us how he invented a new genre with 'Life of Pi'
The twice Palme d'Or-winning director discusses 'Amour'.
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The Danish director talks about his powerful new drama 'The Hunt'.
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Time Out looks back at the impact of the 'Twilight' saga.
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Time Out heads to the Lake District to visit director Ben Wheatley on set.
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The director talks about 'Frankenweenie', which he describes as 'the ultimate memory piece'.
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Our pick of the best films showing over the festive period.
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Mean Girls? Dirty Dancing? Tell us your favourite film guilty pleasure.
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What will Disney do to 'Star Wars'?
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Ten young actors come of age on the silver screen.
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From Connery to Craig, we revisit all 22 Bond films.
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The director talks Scientology and working with Joaquin Phoenix.
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Ten funny horror movies which went spectacularly off the rails.
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The director talks psychopaths and theatre – 'my least favourite artform'.
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We round-up the five best horror movies of Autumn 2012.
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Time Out visits Istanbul to see the latest Bond movie being made.
Read 'On the set of Skyfall'
Does Skyfall refresh or rehash the James Bond franchise?
The British director explains why 'Ginger and Rosa' is her most mainstream film yet.
'I’m almost as in demand as Brad Pitt’