The King's Speech director plus the globally adored musical: it's a match made in commercial heaven, a third-hand version of a 19th-century French saga, and the most epic celebrity karaoke session ever filmed.
Les Misérables (12A)
(Tom Hooper, 2012, UK) Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne. 158 mins
The fact that it's entirely sung, "live" on set, supposedly communicates more "emotion", but this is already oversaturated with so much melodramatic incident, the effect is numbing.
Gangster Squad (15)
(Ruben Fleischer, 2013, US) Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin. 113 mins
Brolin's under-the-radar police squad guns for Penn's LA mobsters in this exuberantly violent, but disappointingly straightforward 1940s thriller, derived more from modern videogames than vintage film noirs. Action definitely speaks louder than words here.
American Mary (18)
(Jen & Sylvia Soska, 2012, Can) Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, 100 mins
Body horror gets an extreme makeover with this bracing tale of a wronged surgical student drawn to the underground world of body modification, through which she extracts grisly revenge. Beneath the surface gore it's a spiky post-feminist provocation.
What Richard Did (15)
(Lenny Abrahamson, 2012, Ire) Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, 88 mins
A privileged teen is forced to take a long hard look at himself after a tragic event disrupts his summer in this powerful Irish drama. Director Abrahamson has the skills to make a simple story feel important, and look gorgeous.
Midnight Son (18)
(Scott Leberecht, 2011, US) Zak Kilberg, Maya Parish, Jo D Jonz, 88 mins
The world was hardly screaming out for another vampire movie but this is a focused, almost horror-free study of a nocturnal LA loner whose true nature slowly dawns on him.
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (U)
(David Gelb, 2011, US) 82 mins
The fanatical devotion and humble premises of the world's greatest sushi chef make for elegant gastro-porn in this rarefied doc, which examines the 85-year-old's painstaking quest for perfection in mouthwatering detail.
The Lookout (15)
(Michele Placido, 2012, Fra/Bel/Ita) Daniel Auteuil, Mathieu Kassovitz, 87 mins
Slick direction and a great cast are undone by messy plotting in this complicated French thriller, as Auteuil's tough flic plays cat and mouse with a scheming sniper (Kassovitz).
May I Kill U? (15)
(Stuart Urban, 2012, UK) Kevin Bishop, Jack Doolan, Frances Barber. 87 mins
Bishop goes dark as a meek cycle cop who turns vigilante killer, and becomes an online phenomenon as a result, in a black comedy that doesn't really get dark or funny enough.
(Anthony Asquith, 1929, UK) Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen
An encounter on the tube leads to a fateful love quadrangle in this silent thriller, notable for some directorial flourishes and a time-capsule record of 1920s London life.
Out from Friday
Michael Winterbottom's drama of a family divided by a prison sentence, filmed over five years.
Quentin Tarantino views America's slave past via spaghetti western filters.
A man in an iron lung seeks sexual fulfilment and more in this unorthodox indie.
A stolen videotape leads to an anthology of found-footage horror shorts.
The Wee Man
Martin Compston plays Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris.
Monsters Inc 3D
Pixar's lovable scaremongers – Billy Crystal et al – jump back out of the closet.
An ageing champion goes for it in this Strictly-esque doc.
In two weeks … Daniel Day-Lewis gets presidential for Spielberg's Lincoln … Kathryn Bigelow targets Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty …
In three weeks … Denzel Washington welcomes you aboard his Flight … Stallone in killing mood for Bullet To The Head …
In a month … Anthony Hopkins masters the master in Hitchcock … Advertising v dictatorship in Chilean hit No …
guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010