Out Now – 14th October 2011

Albatross
Her from Downton Abbey plays a rebellious aspiring novelist who corrupts a sweet young girl, played by our favourite chipmunk-faced* actress Felicity Jones, and sleeps with her father. Someone whose opinion I respect wasn’t exactly bowled over by the film, but when Ms Jones is involved I can’t resist.

Dolphin Tale
From the one sentence I’ve read about this film it sounds like Free Willy with a slightly smaller mammal at the centre of the story. An 82% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes suggests this may be better than I expect, film snob that I am.

First Night
Richard E. Grant starring in a romantic comedy about an amateur opera singer. WARNING: Also includes Sarah Brightman, last seen terrifying everyone at the 2008 Olympics.

Footloose
Kevin Bacon Kenny Wormald and John Lithgow Dennis Quaid star in one of my most loved feared films of all time. The soundtrack will have you belting out classics for days longing for simpler, Kenny Loggins-filled, times. This is one film which has had a huge impact on popular culture my sanity of late.

Real Steel
This is one odd family film, perfect if you’ve ever wanted to sit down with the kids and cheer on Hugh Jackman as he beats up a bull using a giant robot for petty cash. Marvel as robots fight each other and your minds wanders trying to remember all the random roles Hope Davis has played.

Sleeping Beauty
It was claimed that Emily Browning’s short skirts in Sucker Punch were exploitative (and probably were), but now she’s getting it all out it is considered art. That’s the beauty of cinema! I understand the need to distance yourself from earlier childhood roles but it would be nice to see her in a film where her character isn’t sexually exploited by anyone. Hey look, a trailer.

Texas Killing Fields
“In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.” Nothing too exciting here though it does co-star Chloë Grace Moretz who uses stronger profanity with each film she appears in. Having used the C-word already she may need some inspiration, how about “ginger bottom” courtesy of the Foul-O-Matic?

Amélie (limited release)
A rare French film in that it somehow became relatively mainstream in Britain. It doesn’t hurt that Audrey Tautou is adorable and the film looks gorgeous, and surprisingly yellow. I recommend seeing this modern classic on the big screen if you haven’t already.

Everything Must Go (limited release)
A movie so good we reviewed it twice. Not the crazy comedy you might expect from Will Ferrell, instead a more sedate affair as a man struggles with alcoholism while forced to live on his own front lawn. Includes a token “unlikely friendship” between Ferrell and a young boy.

Retreat (limited release)
“Kate and Martin escape from personal tragedy to an island retreat. Cut off from the outside world, their attempts to recover are shattered when a Man is washed ashore, with news of airborne killer disease that is sweeping through Europe.” You might think being trapped on an island retreat would be a pleasant experience but wait… they’re in SCOTLAND!

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (limited release)
Watch Morgan Spurlock try to raise funds for this very film through sponsorship and product placement deals as the world of advertising within films is supposedly revealed in full. Intriguing but perhaps a little self involved?

*And I say that with all the love and respect in the world.