It was less than ten years ago, but already the Indian Ocean Tsunami has passed from a documentary subject to disaster-movie material.
The Impossible (12A) (Juan Antonio Bayona, 2012, Spa) Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast, Samuel Joslin. 114 mins
To injurious timing, though, this epic adds the insult of assuming we're only interested in how it affected white people. It's firmly focused on the plight of a British family, separated by the disaster. It's based on a true story, and impressively mounted, but that's no excuse for the myopic tastelessness.
Quartet (12A) (Dustin Hoffman, 2012, UK) Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, ichael Gambon. 98 mins
Theatricality is built into Hoffman's directing debut, a gentle senior-centric comedy set in a country home for retired musicians. Opera diva Smith's arrival ruffles feathers and stirs up ancient memories.
Hors Satan (15) (Bruno Dumont, 2011, Fra) David Dewaele, Alexandra Lemâtre, 110 mins
Dumont sets audiences another test of faith with this cryptic portrait of a strange rural vagrant and a teenage goth girl. It's a mystifying film of wordless longueurs punctuated by "miracles" and violence.
McCullin (15) (David Morris, Jacqui Morris, 2013, UK) 95 mins
Now 77, the consummate and highly influential photographer Donald McCullin looks back on the many wars and disasters he recorded so unforgettably, and accounts the cost to himself and others in a documentary that doesn't need to glorify its dignified subject.
Playing For Keeps (12A) (Gabriele Muccino, 2012, US) Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Dennis Quaid. 106 mins
Sports feelgood movies are as predictable as England penalty shoot-outs, but that doesn't seem to put anyone off. So here's Butler, expat ex-footballer, with an estranged son whose soccer team needs a boost.
Repulsion/Chinatown (15) (Roman Polanski, 1964/1974, UK/US) Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry/Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway. 100 mins/125 mins
The BFI's retrospective sees the release of two of Polanski's finest. London-set Repulsion is an exemplary small-scale study of paranoia; Chinatown investigates the very foundations of LA, with Jack Nicholson leading the way.
Texas Chainsaw 3D (18) (John Luessenhop, 2013, US) Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood. 92 mins
A sequel to the original? Or is it a prequel to the remake? Who cares, as long as you've got some guy in a mask out to agriculturally dismember nubile teens?
Out from Friday
Gangster Squad Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin gun for Sean Penn's LA mafioso.
Les Misérables The musical becomes a movie, courtesy of Tom (King's Speech) Hooper.
American Mary Twisted horror dealing in extreme body modification.
What Richard Did Powerful Dublin teen drama hinging on a tragic incident.
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi Doc on a Michelin-starred sushi master and his restaurant.
Underground A tube-oriented British drama, made in 1928.
May I Kill U? Kevin Bishop plays a polite cycle cop-cum-serial killer, for laughs.
Midnight Son A reluctant Los Angeles vampire realises his true nature.
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