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Master of the French Nouvelle Vague, Jacques Rivette is now into his 8th decade and has failing health. That hasn't stopped him filming his latest work, El Último Verano (Around a Small Mountain) which stars Jane Birkin and Sergio Castellito. Birkin's character is forced to get back involved with the life she fled years before when the owner of a small circus dies and the troupe ask her to return to run it for a season. Whilst there she attracts the attention of an Italian, played by Sergio Castellito. But what will happen at the end of the run—will she stay or will she leave again?
Encontrarás Dragones (There Be Dragons) - If you were expecting dragons then you're going to be disappointed. The title of the film comes from a shortened Latin phrase hic sunt dracones which was used on maps to mark a place of danger. Directed by Roland Joffé, known for his previous films The Killing Fields and The Mission this film is set during the Spanish Civil War and deals with the life of Josemaría Escrivá, who was canonised by John Paul II, was a modern-day saint and the founder of Opus Dei.
José Luis Guerín spent a year accepting each and every invitation that he received after finishing his previous film Sylvia. What results is a near-two hour diary of his time spent in faceless hotel rooms and being a Guest everywhere he goes. But he soon leaves behind the festivals and starts to explore the places he ends up. His interactions with the residents of these locations is by far and away the best part of this beautifully shot documentary.
Howl, Allen Ginsberg's inflammatory, epic poem was about to celebrate its 50th anniversary when Ginsberg's estate called Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman to ask them to make a documentary. Three years later, the documentary is now a full-length feature film which mixes an animated version of the poem, a dramatisation of the obscenity court case that followed the poem's publication and a recreation of the interview Ginsberg gave a Time reporter. James Franco stars as a young Ginsberg with co-stars John Hamm and Mary-Louise Parker.
After making his money in the IT industry, Oscar-winning documentary maker Charles Ferguson investigates the accountability of the banks in the US financial crisis in his latest work Inside Job. The big-scale documentary has its own score and Matt Damon as a narrator and focuses the blame squarely on the shoulders of the financiers. Ferguson looks particularly at the lack of remorse or guilt shown by any of those responsible from those at the IMF and the current administration - none of whom wanted to take part.
Piraña 3D (Piranha 3D) - A remake of the 1978 film that has the obligatory 3D effects. If you like your horror on the funny side with plenty of teenage bikini-clad lovelies getting eaten by vicious fish (including Kelly Brook) then you might just be able to sit through this. Disappointing that Richard Dreyfuss thought he should be involved.
You can understand why Ashton Kutcher would sign up to rom-com Sin Compromiso (No Strings Attached) but Natalie Portman is meant to be smarter that this, isn't she? Critics have complained of the drab plot where old college friends (Portman and Kutcher) meet up and become friends with benefits. Despite the very obvious fact that they are clearly 'made for each other' both parties refuse to take it any further. Acceptable viewing if you've flicked through all the TV channels and there is nothing else on but not really worthy of a trip to the cinema.
Sucker Punch seems to be the type of film that an average teenage boy would make if he'd been allowed in a film studio and given access to a wad of cash. Featuring decidedly young-looking strippers, weapons galore, Samurai warriors and dragons. But Zack Snyder, a graduate from a posh Chelsea-based Fine Arts school and a grown man should have known better.