Out Now – 14th December 2012

The Hobbit and the Secret of the Wings

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
More of the same from Middle Earth as a collection of battle scene are linked by long conversations and some walking. Now available in 3D and 48 frames per second – for better or worse. I saw it and was almost positive.

TinkerBell and the Secret of the Wings
In a week where most films are sheltering from The Hobbit‘s might a straight to DVD Disney animation has tripped and fallen into cinemas. “Tinker Bell meets Periwinkle and ventures into the winter woods with her and Tinker Bell’s other friends to find the secret of fairy wings.”

Code Name: Geronimo (London release)
Bin Laden vs. Navy Seals.

Baraka (limited re-release)
“A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion.” Shrug.

Smashed (limited release)
A couple (the wonderful Aaron Paul and Mary “Ramona Flowers” Winstead”) have their boozy relationship put to the test when the wife decides to give up drinking. My wife would never ruin things by going sober. My wife is red wine. I love her so.

False Trail (limited release)
I’m at a bit of a loss with this Swedish film starring Rolf Lassgård as Erik Bäckström in a sequel to Jägarna. IMDb plot keywords include: Moose | Hunter | Beer | Suicide | Weapon

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (limited re-release)
Classic film about a former child star gone mouldy. My main experience of this film ha been through French and Saunders.

Chasing Ice (limited release)
“Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.” I sense this film has a message and that this message is not to do with the correct deployment of time-lapse cameras.

Babette’s Feast (limited re-release)
Erm… erm… have a look for yourself.

Neil Young Journeys (limited release)
“Neil Young returns to his birth Canadian province of Ontario to revisit his old haunts and to perform in Toronto’s vintage Massey Hall.” Fingers crossed it features a climactic final battle in the Chaos Theatre as he fights for Ramona’s love.

Dead Europe (limited release)
An Australian travels to Greece to scatter his Father’s ashes and uncovers some terrible things in his family’s past. All synopses and reviews make sideways references to sex so expect some of that too.

Love Crime (limited release)
Kristin Scott Thomas continues to busy herself in French cinema, this time as an executive who exploits and then competes with her assistant. Not quite sure where a love crime enters the mix.

UFO (limited release)
All I am getting from IMDb is that this is a British film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Pierce Brosnan’s son with the tagline “Try to remain calm”. No thanks.