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Four Christmases (12A) 88min ••• Another year, another Christmas comedy starring Vince Vaughn. This time he’s teamed up with Reese Witherspoon for a likeably silly comedy about divorced parents and the pressure of yuletide family gatherings. It’s directed by feted documentary filmmaker Seth Gordon, the man behind the excellent The King of Kong which is showing as part of the Illuminations documentary festival this fortnight. General release from Wed 26 Nov.

The Secret Life Of Bees (12A) 109min ••• Based on Sue Monk Kidd’s best selling novel and set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a grief stricken 14 year-old girl who finds solace with the fiercely independent bee keeping Boatwright sisters (Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys and Sophie Okonedo). Solid, well-acted if slightly saccharine tale of sisterly bonding. General release from Fri 5 Dec.

What Just Happened? (15) 102min •• Lame Hollywood insider about the travails of a Hollywood producer Robert De Niro. See full review here: http://tinyurl.com/6ou4sf General release from Fri 28 Nov.

Transporter 3 (15) 103min •• Jason Stratham returns as the people carrying action hero Frank Martin. This time he’s delivering the kidnapped daughter of a Ukrainian government official. An unpretentious no-brainer. General release from Fri 5 Dec.

The Express (PG) 129min • Turgidly sentimental biopic of Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy (a collegiate football trophy) that’s every bit as worthy and emotionally manipulative as you would expect. General release from Fri 5 Dec.

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