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Every Friday we take a look at what's new at the cinema. Click on the links to watch the trailers:
El Hombre de al Lado (The Man Next Door) - A hit in Argentina, Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat's drama about neighbour conflict swept the boards at the Argentine Film Arts and Sciences Academy's Sur awards. It's the story of a uptight, snobby architect who lives in Casa Curutchet, one of the most famous examples of Le Corbusier's work in South America. The trouble begins when brutish neighbour, played by Daniel Araoz, starts to bang a hole in his own house, making a hole that looks directly into the designer house.
El Último Vuelo del Flamenco (The Last Flight of the Flamingo) - Adapted by Joao Ribeiro from the magical-surrealist novel of the same name by Mia Couto, the film starts with the murder of a UN soldier, leaving behind only his blue helmet and phallus. UN official Massimo Risi is assigned the task of leading the investigation with the help of interpreter Joaquim. The handsome Italian has to deal with modern as well as traditional "authorities", corruption, magic and strong wills on his quest for the solution to the riddle.
La Prima Cosa Bella (The First Beautiful Thing) - A wayward, junkie son returns to the family town to nurse his dying mother. Reunited with his family he slowly realises that they are worthy people and starts to (re)form relationships with them. Huge in Italy, and the country's official selection for Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. (Trailer only in Italian)
Los Pengüinos del Sr. Poper (Mr Popper's Penguins) - Jim Carey finds himself at the mercy of animals again. A driven business who inherits six penguins(?) that turn his swanky New York apartment into a snowy mess and he starts to lose business. But as this is a family flick the naughty penguins teach him the values of family and love. Well done penguins.
Paul - From the same team who brought you the hilarious Shaun of the Dead, Paul was apparently conceived (the idea) on the set of said film. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are journeying across America to visit sites of (supposed) alien invasion when they come across Paul. A small, green alien, voiced by Seth Rogen who has escaped from a government facility. Unfortunately hilarity doesn't quite ensue, by all accounts Paul doesn't quite hit the notes of the previous work by the pair.
Templario (Ironclad) - A long-time coming British swashbuckler that deals rather lightly with historical accuracy but will hopefully boost the British film industry. James Purefroy stars as a knight who has a pivotal role in the 1215 Battle of Rochester Castle, which led to the downfall of King John, rather bafflingly played be Paul Giamatti. With a tag line that reads 'Blood. Will. Flow', you can pretty much guess which direction this film will take.