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The Jane Austen Book Club

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 105 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Robin Swicord
  • Written by: Robin Swicord
  • Cast: Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Hugh Dancy, Kevin Zegers, Marc Blucas, Jimmy Smits, Lynn Redgrave

While this movie about the tangled love lives of a Californian book group is as visually banal as an episode of 'Desperate Housewives', there's an enjoyably trashy quality to the soap opera plotlines. The sun-kissed women might see the author's canon as nothing more than romantic self help books, but with a substantial…

Jerusalem is Proud to Present

  • 2007
  • Israel/US
  • 82 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Nitzan Gilady
  • Written by: Nitzan Gilady

Documentary tracing the intense difficulties faced by the Jerusalem Open House LGBT centre as they strive to march in a World Pride rally. With leaders from Jewish, Christian and Arab faiths finding common ground in their dismissal of the parade, the group face total opposition, a campaign of personal intimidation and…

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • India
  • 131 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Shaad Ali
  • Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Lara Dutta

Prim British/Pakistani Alvira (Zinta) falls for Southall Punjabi roughneck Rikki (Bachchan), despite both having fiancés. The ensuing complications are resolved in a stylish, modern and engaging movie, with big musical numbers, amusing comedy and all the emotional theatrics of a big Bollywood spectacle.

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK
  • 124 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Julien Temple

From diplomat's son to hippy to punk revolutionary through to his untimely death aged 50, Temple strings together a phenomenal cast list of faces, archive interviews and archive footage to tell the story of the Clash frontman. This loving film by a passionate filmmaker is a fascinating trove of unseen nuggets for fans…

Joy Division

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK/US
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Grant Gee
  • Written by: Jon Savage
  • Cast: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Peter Saville, Tony Wilson

Beautifully cut and imaginatively constructed documentary explaining the swift rise and abrupt cessation of Joy Division (and troubled singer Ian Curtis) through rare footage, TV appearances, bootleg recordings, personal photographs and recollections. The film rubbishes the ludicrous rock'n'roll myth of 'live fast, die…

Juno

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Jason Reitman
  • Written by: Diablo Cody
  • Cast: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, J K Simmons, Olivia Thirlby

Teenage Juno (Page) finds herself pregnant and confused. Adoption seems the only option: a newspaper advert puts her in contact with childless couple Mark and Vanessa, but Juno's predicament complicates as their relationship begins to fray. Reitman never stoops to gross-out or slapstick resulting in a comedy that makes…

Just About Love? (Et toi, t'es sur qui?)

  • 2007
  • France
  • 97 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Lola Doillon
  • Cast: Lucy Desclozeaux, Christa Theret, Gäel Tavares

A pact is made between teenagers Julie (Theret) and Elodie (Desclozeaux) to lose their virginity before the summer is out - a mission hastily accomplished. The dramas revolving around the consequential rifts sit as entertaining insights into contemporary teenage behaviour.

Just Another Love Story

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • Denmark
  • 100 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ole Bornedal
  • Cast: Anders W Berthelsen, Rebecka Hemse, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Bornedal's tale of confused and adopted identities sees Julia (Hemse) crash into the back of a car driven by the married Jonas (Berthjelsen). When she ends up in a coma and he starts to visit, the partly responsible Jonas may feel guilty but he's also besotted.

Kalinovski Square (Ploshcha)

  • 2007
  • Estonia
  • 87 min
  • Directed by: Yury Khashchevatskiy

Documentary by Belarus' most celebrated filmmaker showing the demonstrations that took place in the titular square after the 2006 elections where Lukashenka claimed to have received almost 83% of the votes.

Kamp Katrina

  • 2007
  • US
  • 74 min
  • E
  • Directed by: David Redmon/Ashley Sabin

Documentary set in post-Katrina New Orleans centred around a 56-year-old Native American woman who offers her backyard to people displaced by Katrina as they rebuild their homes and lives. 'Part of Document 5'.

Katyn

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • Poland
  • 118 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
  • Written by: Andrzej Mularczyk (novel), Andrzej Wajda, Przemysław Nowakowski
  • Cast: Maja Ostaszewska, Danuta Stenka, Artur Żmijewski, Paweł Małaszyński

Veteran Polish filmmaker Wajda examines the 1940 Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn Forest through the eyes of officer Andrzej (Zmijewski) and his wife Anna (Ostaszewska), with sensitivity and a very particular Polish humanism.

Khuda Ke Liye (In the Name of God)

  • 2007
  • Pakistan
  • Directed by: Shoaib Mansoor
  • Written by: Shoaib Mansoor
  • Cast: Shaan, Naseeruddin Shah, Fawad Afzal Khan, Iman Ali, Hameed Sheikh

A film examining the effects of 9/11 on Pakistan and Muslims in general.

The Killing of John Lennon

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • UK
  • 114 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrew Piddington
  • Written by: Andrew Piddington
  • Cast: Jonas Ball, Robert C Kirk, Thomas A McMahon, Mie Omori, Krisha Fairchild

Powerful, lean and intelligent dramatisation of the events that led to the assasination of John Lennon. Ball as ultimate psychotic fanboy Mark Chapman is tremendous.

King Corn

  • 2007
  • US
  • 88 min
  • E
  • Directed by: Aaron Woolf
  • Written by: Ian Cheney, Curtis Ellis, Jeffrey K Miller, Aaron Woolf

This damning indictment of contemporary farming methods is delivered in an engaging and humorous way.

King of the Hill

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • Spain
  • 88 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Gonzalo López-Gallego
  • Written by: Javier Gullón
  • Cast: Leonardo Sbaraglia, María Valverde, Thomas Riordan

Taut and unpredictable thriller from Spanish director López-Gallego sees a sniper terrorise a young pair in a forest.

The Kingdom

  • 1 star
  • 2007
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Berg
  • Written by: Matthew Michael Carnahan
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Ashraf Barhom, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Kyle Chandler, Richard Jenkins, Jeremy Piven, Ali Suliman

A team of US government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia. Setting itself up as a serious political drama, 'The Kingdom' turns out to be an exercise in anti-Middle East propaganda in which the extremist 'faction' turns out to include seemingly every Saudi in the country.

Kings

  • 2007
  • Ireland/UK
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tom Collins
  • Written by: Jimmy Murphy, Tom Collins
  • Cast: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Brendan Conroy, Donncha Crowley

Mid-1970s. A group of young men leave their homes in the West of Ireland and sail to England in the hope of making their fortunes and then returning West. Thirty years later, at the wake of one of their friends, the group are forced to confront their suffering and alienation as long term emigrants.

Kireedam

  • 2007
  • India
  • 12A
  • Directed by: AL Vijay
  • Cast: Ajith Kumar, Trisha Krishnan, Rajkiran

A remake of the 1989 Malayalam film of the same title featuring the family struggles of an honest cop, his eager to please son and assorted obstacles along the way.

The Kite Runner

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marc Forster
  • Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, Homayoun Ershadi

Gripping and moving adaptation of the novel by Khaled Hosseini, about two boys whose ordinary lives become caught up in Afghanistan's tumultuous politics. Spanning three decades and two continents, The Kite Runner is a saga of guilt, regret and redemption. As a meditation on Afghanistan, it will always have to stand in…

Kuna Ni Nanang

  • 2007
  • US
  • 5 min
  • Directed by: Jessica Sison

Experimental documentary featuring 99 year-old Elena Bautista.

Kylie Minogue: White Diamond

  • 2007
  • UK
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: William Baker

'White Diamond' follows Kylie's return to the stage in her 2006 Showgirl Homecoming Tour, and includes backstage footage and interviews of her talking about her aspirations and worries before and during the tour.

Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

  • 2007
  • India
  • 139 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Pradeep Sarkar
  • Cast: Jaya Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Konkona Sen Sharma, Abhishek Bachchan, Kunal Kapoor

Natasha (Rani) enters the world of the flesh trade to save her family from financial ruin.

Lars and the Real Girl

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 106 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Craig Gillespie
  • Written by: Nancy Oliver
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson

Lars Lindstrom (Gosling) is a quiet and sullen young man. His brother Gus (Schneider) and Gus' pregnant wife Karin (Mortimer) try to integrate him into the community with no success until Lars gets an unusual new girlfriend. By turns tender, thoughtful and open hearted, Lars and the Real Girl manages to be both ridiculous…

The Last Legion

  • 2 stars
  • 2007
  • US/UK/France/Slovakia/Italy
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Doug Lefler
  • Written by: Valerio Massimo Manfredi (book), Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth, Carlo Carlei, Peter Rader
  • Cast: Colin Firth, Thomas Sangster, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd

A risible slice of sword and sorcery buffoonery, with the miscast Firth playing Roman warrior Aurelius with the air of a suburban bank manager in fancy dress and an ensemble of Scottish acting talent hiding shamefacedly behind a host of unlikely beards and names. The stream of innuendos makes this film of accidental comic…