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Dark is Rising

• The Dark is Rising (12A) 98min • Boring Lord of The Rings-style action adventure based on Susan Cooper’s award- winning book series, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, about the travails of a young man who realises he is the last of a group of warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the dark. Hopefully this is where this franchise stops. General release from Fri 19 Oct.

• Once (15) 87min •••• Inspired Dublin-set musical drama. Selected release from Fri 19 Oct.

• Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance (PG) 91min •• Sloppy, unfunny Australian mockumentary following the lead-up to a junior dance competition. UK comedian Ben Miller struggles to provide the film with its few laughs in the role of politically correct dance school tutor Mr Jonathon. General release from Fri 19 Oct.

• Saw IV (18) 108min ••• Jigsaw and his apprentice Amanda may be dead but FBI profiler Agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) still has to undo his best laid plans, and when SWAT Commander Rigg, the last officer untouched by Jigsaw is suddenly abducted they only have a limited time to overcome the killer’s interconnected traps. Sustained new outing of this commendable low budget horror franchise. General release from Fri 26 Oct.

• Lagerfeld Confidential (12A) 89min ••• Intriguing if slightly soft-centred documentary about fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Selected release from Fri 26 Oct.

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