Latest movies: By the Sea, Sisters, Grandma, Hector, The Forbidden Room

Brad and Angelina's marriage falls apart, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey just wanna have fun and Lily Tomlin comes to her granddaughter's rescue: in cinemas 11 December

BY THE SEA ★★★

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Ten years after Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the film that set their courtship in motion, Brad and Angelina are reunited on screen in this lavish and languid study of a marriage gone stale. He’s a novelist with writers’ block; she’s a former dancer with depression. They’re taking time out in a fancy villa on the Mediterranean when a young couple moves in next door and makes them realise what they’re missing. The grass is always greener, it seems, even when you’re cinema’s most famous couple.


SISTERS ★★★

A coming-of-age comedy about two siblings who try to derail the sale of their childhood home by throwing a huge house party. The twist is that both women are in their 40s, have college-age daughters, and really should know better. It’s not much of a story, but a sizzling script full of goofball gags ensures the two comic leads, played to perfection by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, are able to carry the whole thing – all the way to the wince-inducing party finale.


HECTOR ★★★★

Peter Mullan plays a grizzled rough sleeper in this affecting first-time effort from British writer-director Jake Gavin. After trekking to London to spend Christmas in his favourite shelter, Mullan’s affable vagrant decides to track down his family and confronts the painful secret that led him onto the streets fifteen years ago. A social realist look at the hardships of homelessness that doesn’t depress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_k98JKlnqs


GRANDMA ★★★★

When Lily Tomlin’s granddaughter gets pregnant the two of them set out to raise the money for an abortion, tapping old friends and flames for help. It’s a kind of intergenerational buddy movie, one which sees Tomlin give an Oscar-bothering performance in a role that was literally written for her.

THE FORBIDDEN ROOM ★★★★

This mischievous movie is more accurately a collection of interwoven shorts, most of which are stylistic homages to early talkies and silent movies. Among the 17 story threads we find lumberjacks and werewolves, maidens sacrificed to volcano gods and a submarine crew trapped at the bottom of the ocean. It’s Guy Maddin’s most populist offering since The Saddest Music In The World and it’s audacious, bizarre, and gloriously daft.


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

ICE AND THE SKY ★★★

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT ★★

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (REISSUE) ★

AUDITION (REISSUE) 


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