UK Cinema Releases: Friday 13th January 2012

Including War Horse, Shame and Margin Call


War Horse (Walt Disney): The film adaptation of the book and later stage play which follows a young man named Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, Joey on an odyssey through World War One. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it co-stars Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullen, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine and Benedict Cumberbatch. [Nationwide / 12A] [Read our full review]

Shame (Momentum Pictures): Steve McQueen’s second film is a stunning depiction of sexual compulsion set in contemporary New York, which explores the life of an advertising executive (Michael Fassbender) and his needy sister (Carey Mulligan). Co-starring James Badge Dale and Nicole Beharie it also features some stunning cinematography from Sean Bobbit. [Nationwide / 18] [Read our full review]

Margin Call (Stealth Media): Masterful slow-burn drama about the collapse of a New York investment bank from fist-time director J.C. Chandor. Following the various figures in the firm, it is an acting masterclass featuring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Zachary Qunito, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci and Simon Baker. [Selected cinemas nationwide / 15]


The Darkest Hour (20th Century Fox): When aliens attack and swiftly conquer the earth by frying our electronic grid and systematically hunting down the disorganized, pathetically underdefended survivors, a small band of tourists in Moscow team up to find a way to destroy the aliens’ powerful defenses. Directed by Chris Gorak, it stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman. [Key cities / 12A]

A Useful Life (Dogwoof): The story of a film programmer (Jorge Jellinek) at a Montevideo cinematheque who loses his position and has to survive in a rapidly changing new world. Directed by Federico Veiroj, it is part of the recent trend for movies about cinema. [Key cities]

Tatsumi (Soda Pictures): Singaporean animated film based on the manga memoir A Drifting Life and five short stories by the Japanese artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Directed by Eric Khoo, it the voices of Yoshihiro Tatsumi and Tetsuya Bessho. [Key Cities / 15]

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