Out Now – 11th November 2011

Arthur Christmas
Worth watching if only because somehow the IMDb page for this film has been decorated with Christmas colours. This has completely charmed me. I’m now going to simply list some of the cast and hopefully you’ll agree that the plot doesn’t matter and this is an instant must see: Imelda Staunton, James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Kevin Eldon, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy and Outnumbered‘s Ramona Marquez.

Want to see a lot of burly men try to imitate the success of 300? You sicken me.

The Rum Diary
Johnny Depp stars in an adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel as written and directed by Withnail & I‘s Bruce Robinson. Despite the pedigree involved critics are split right down the middle so approach with caution.

The Awakening
Wartime ghost story starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. Imelda Staunton is in this film too, should you be looking for a double bill this weekend.

Wuthering Heights
Genuinely gutted to have missed this raw and unique take on a classic tale during the London Film Festival. The focus is less on frocks and bonnets and more on emotions, violence and swearing so don’t expect this to be a cosy ITV1 drama.

How Nicolas Cage has the time to make so many bad films I’ll never know. In his latest instance of cinematic mediocrity he and Nicole Kidman play a couple held to ransom as lies are uncovered and plots twisted.

Les Enfants du Paradis (limited release)
Re-release of the 1945 French film about the tragic romance between a mime and an actress. WARNING: May contain scenes of extreme mime and mime-related dialogue.

Tabloid (limited release)
“A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.” Can’t wait for this to come on More4.

The British Guide to Showing Off (limited release)
A look at the 40 year history of an outrageous costume pageant, the Alternative Miss World Show.

Black Pond (limited release)
“An ordinary British family and their Japanese friend are accused of murder when a stranger dies at their dinner table.” UK comedy drama shot for a tiny amount and starring Simon Amstell as he continues his foray into acting. Also starring Yuki and Polly from Casualty which is very exciting for a small number of people.