Out Now – 5th August 2011

After a week looking at TV we’re returning to the world of cinema with today’s releases. Luckily you’re reading the one film blog which has seen none of this week’s releases. Let’s bluff our way through this…

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
It would be too easy to make fun of a Jim Carrey film about a man who for some reason inherits some penguins. (Why doesn’t he just send them back!?) Instead we’ll just accept that this is a family film with some adorable looking penguins. (Seriously, just give them to a zoo or something!)

Super 8
It’s no secret that the things causing all the mischief (death, etc.) is an alien. This is J.J. Abrams’ love letter to Spielberg. Fingers crossed he hasn’t included an obscene polaroid.

The Tree (limited release)
The father of four children dies and one daughter decides he is living in the fig tree in the garden. When the tree becomes overgrown and threatens the house it must be cut down. Cue emotions and existential quandaries.

Sarah’s Key (limited release)
“In modern-day Paris, a journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup in 1942.” What more is there to say? Oh, Mark Kermode loved it.

Knuckle (limited release)
Documentary about Irish Traveller bare-knuckle fighting. It’s a knock-out!

The Referees (limited release)
A documentary about football referees during the Euro 2008 Championship. Sorry, a documentary about blind twats during the Euro 2008 Championship.

French Cancan (limited release)
Re-release of Jean Renoir’s comedy drama about “Paris’ most notorious dance”. Because any screening of Super 8 will have some right referees in the audience.