Out Now – 3rd January 2014

Mandela

You heard it here first, the year is now 2014. Be calm. As with every new year this brings with it renewed blogging vigour and a small chance that I might watch one more Woody Allen film before getting lazy again.

In cinemas this week:

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Idris Elba, best known as the Parachute Instructor in 2point4 Children, plays the late Nelson Mandela in the story of his rise from a small rural village (as opposed to an urban village) to becoming president of South Africa.

Last Vegas
Famous old men Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, and Morgan Freeman (and not so famous Kevin Kline) star in a comedy about three men throwing another man a bachelor party in Las Vegas. It’s like The Hangover but classy.

American Hustle
Now out in all cinemas, not just a small collection in central London. Just be glad I didn’t use this as an excuse to use another picture of Jennifer Lawrence.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
This is not the first spin-off from the Paranormal Activity franchise, the first was Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night and served as an almost unofficial Japanese tangent to the endless spooky tale. This installment is aimed at a Latino audience apparently which sadly counts me out.

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas
“In the 16th century in the Cévennes, a horse dealer by the name of Michael Kohlhaas leads a happy family life. When a lord treats him unjustly, he raises an army and puts the country to fire and sword in order to have his rights restored.” Stars Mads Mikkelsen as the man who seemingly completely overreacts.

The Missing Picture
“Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and his narration to recreate the atrocities Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge committed between 1975 and 1979.” Claymation atrocities! Horrific for all the family!

La Belle et la Bête
With a remake coming later this year (in French, fear not) the BFI are re-releasing the 1946 French adaptation of the classic tale of going for personality over looks and giving into Stockholm Syndrome.