UK Cinema Releases: Friday 2nd December 2011

Including Happy Feet Two, Hugo and The Thing


Happy Feet Two (Warner Bros.): The animated sequel returns to Antarctica, reuniting us with the tap-dancing penguin, Mumble (Elijah Wood), the love of his life, Gloria (Anna Faris) and their old friend Ramon (Robin Williams). Directed by George Miller, it has so far garnered poor reviews and bombed at the US box office. [Nationwide / U]

Hugo (Entertainment Films): Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan (Asa Butterfield) who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father (Jude Law) and a robot. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it marks his first foray into 3D and digital filmmaking. [Nationwide / U]

The Thing (Universal): A prequel to John Carpenter’s 1982 film which explores what happened to the Norwegian camp that first discovered the shape-shifting alien buried in the ice. A US scientist (Mary Elisabeth Winstead) and a helicopter pilot (Joel Edgerton) struggle to tell who’s who. [Nationwide / 15]


The Big Year (20th Century Fox): Comedy about three avid bird watchers (Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin) who compete to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event. Directed by David Frankel, this was a disaster the US box office. [Selected cinemas / 15]

Las Acacias (Verve Pictures): Drama about a lonely truck driver has been transporting wood along the motorway from Asunción del Paraguay to Buenos Aires. Directed by Pablo Giorgelli, it stars German De Silva, Hebe Duarte and Nayra Calle Mamani. [Selected cinemas / 12A]

Margaret (20th Century Fox): A young woman (Anna Paquin) witnesses a bus accident begins to question whether or not it was intentional. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan, it co-stars Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo, but is notable for being one of the most curious releases in recent history. Originally scheduled to come out in 2005 (!), complex creative and legal wranglings between the director and the production company meant that it was shelved for so long.[Selected cinemas / 15]

Romantics Anonymous (Picturehouse Entertainment): French romantic-comedy about what happens when couple () with a shared passion fall in love. Directed by Jean-Pierre Ameris, it stars Isabelle Carre and Benoit Poelvoorde. [Selected cinemas / 12A]

We Have a Pope (Soda Pictures): Drama about the relationship between the newly elected Pope and his therapist. Directed by Nanni Moretti and starring Michel Piccoli, Jerzy Stuhr, Renato Scarpa, Franco Graziosi and Camillo Milli. [Selected cinemas / PG]

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