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Clubbed

  • 1 star
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 94 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Neil Thompson
  • Written by: Geoff Thompson
  • Cast: Colin Salmon, Mel Raido, Shaun Parkes, Scot Williams, Maxine Peake

Abysmal Midlands set rites-of-passage drama set amongst the world of club doormen or bouncers in the 1980s. Based on a book by Geoff Thompson.

Coco Before Chanel

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • France
  • 110 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Anne Fontaine
  • Written by: Edmonde Charles-Roux, Anne Fontaine, Camille Fontaine
  • Cast: Audrey Tautou, Benoît Poelvoorde, Alessandro Nivola

This sumptuously dressed biopic of the early years of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel faithfully charts the rising hemlines and torn bustiers of a passionate woman repressed by society, with emotion-driven montages of dressmaking as Coco uses sewing machine and scissors to direct her restless energies into clothing. There's…

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • France
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jan Kounen
  • Written by: Carlo de Boutiny, Jan Kounen
  • Cast: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen

Nuanced and exquisitely detailed but passionless drama about the romance between the queen of couture and the father of modern classical music. Dutch writer/director Jan Kounan (Blueberry, Dobermann) keeps things a little too minimal and cool for comfort, but stars Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen do their best to…

Cold Souls

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • US/France
  • 101 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sophie Barthes
  • Written by: Sophie Barthes
  • Cast: Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson, David Strathairn

A mind-bending premise revolving around the trading of souls reveals a marvellously sardonic commentary on the vapid nature of contemporary American society in Barthes' highly promising debut feature. The central conceit has led some to compare the film with 'Being John Malkovich' and the comparison is a favourable one…

Collapse

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Chris Smith

Focused and interesting documentary about Michael Ruppert, the police officer/reporter who predicted the financial crisis in his newsletter, From the Wilderness. Documentary maker Smith (American Movie, The Yes Men) levels his usual mischievous gaze on the likeably odd Ruppert.

The Collector

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 86 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Marcus Dunstan
  • Written by: Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton
  • Cast: Josh Stewart, Michael Reilly Burke, Andrea Roth, Juan Fernández de Alarcon, Madeline Zima, Karley Scott Collins, Robert Wisdom

A petty criminal inadvertently breaks into his rich client's home the same night as a brutal and intelligent serial killer calls. The gore is exquisitely crafted and there's depth and mystery to the central villain that could certainly sustain a new franchise.

Comrade Couture

  • 2009
  • Germany
  • 84 min
  • E
  • Directed by: Marco Wilms
  • Cast: Klaus Ehrlich, Frank Schäfer, Sabine von Oettingen

Fascinating documentary about the East Berlin fashion scene from director Wilms and stylist Frank Schafer. The screening will be followed by a fashion show presented by NOIR! and a warehouse party.

Le Concert

  • 2009
  • France/Italy/Romania/Belgium
  • 123 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Radu Mihăileanu
  • Written by: Radu Mihăileanu, Héctor Cabello Reyes, Thierry Degrandi, Matthew Robbins, Alain-Michel Blanc
  • Cast: Aleksei Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Miou-Miou

A comedy following the escapades of an unemployed conductor who, in 1980 Brezhnev Russia, was fired for refusing to exclude Jewish musicians. We meet Andrei Filipov (Guscov) 25 years later as he attempts to make his comeback in Paris under false pretences.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

  • 1 star
  • 2009
  • US
  • 104 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: P J Hogan
  • Cast: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, John Goodman, Joan Cusack, John Lithgow, Leslie Bibb, Julie Hagerty

Vacuous consumer-porn adaptation of Sophie Kinsella's book about a New York journo with a pesky plastic habit, flawed by misguided product placement, borderline racist portrayals of comedy foreigners and forced slapstick scenes.

Contemporary Days

  • 2009
  • UK
  • 77 min
  • Directed by: Murray Grigor

Robin and Lucienne Day transformed British design after the Second World War with striking furniture and textiles that signalled a new era of modernist sensibilities for everyday living. Robin’s revolutionary furniture designs introduced materials such as plastic, steel and plywood to homes, offices and schools. His…

Cooking History (Ako sa varia dejiny)

  • 2009
  • Slovakia/Czech Republic/Austria/Finland
  • PG
  • Directed by: Péter Kerekes

This documentary examines the role of the cook on the battlefields of the 20th century.

Coraline

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 100 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Henry Selick
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, John Hodgman, Ian McShane

After her family moves to Pink Mansions, Coraline (voiced by Fanning) quickly becomes bored with the large dusty house, and in particular with her hardworking parents (Hatcher and Hodgman). The fantasy kicks into top gear when she discovers a secret door that leads her into an alternate version of her home. A lush…

Cosmonauta

  • 2009
  • Italy
  • 87 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Susanna Nicchiarelli
  • Cast: Pietro Del Giudice, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Marianna Raschillà

Early 1960s-set story of two young siblings who are eagerly following the progress of the space race, urging on the Soviet cosmonauts. The pair grow older and apart, and when the assertive Luciana (Raschillà) starts dating, her odd brother proves to be a hindrance.

Couples Retreat

  • 2009
  • US
  • 110 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Peter Billingsley
  • Written by: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Dana Fox, Curtis Hanson, Peter Billingsey, Greg Beeman
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Jean Reno

Favreau and Vaughn buddy it up as a part of four couples who hit their 40s and end up mistakenly entering into a compulsory couples therapy retreat on a luxury island resort. Cue lots of daft slapstick and a smearing of schmaltz.

The Cove

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 90 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Louie Psihoyos
  • Written by: Mark Monroe
  • Cast: Ric O'Barry

Shocking investigative documentary about Japanese animal and sea life rights abuses.

Crab Trap

  • 2009
  • Colombia
  • 95 min
  • tbc
  • Directed by: Oscar Ruiz Navia
  • Cast: Arnobio Salazar Rivas, Rodrigo Vélez

World cinema at its delicate finest: an absorbing, award-winning journey into a troubled paradise. South American cinema's current resurgence isn't limited to Argentina and Brazil – young Colombian writer-director Ruiz Navia has made a major splash with this accomplished debut. Set in a remote village wedged…

Cracks

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • UK/Ireland
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jordan Scott
  • Cast: Eva Green, Juno Temple, María Valverde, Imogen Poots, Sinéad Cusack

Ludicrous and feeble attempt to posit William Goldman's 'Lord of the Flies' in a 1930s girl's boarding school by Jordan Scott, daughter of Ridley. When young Spanish aristocrat Fiamma (Valverde) arrives on the scene, she stirs up obsessions in unhinged teacher Miss G (Green) and her fellow pupils head (interminably…

Crank: High Voltage

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 95 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Neveldine/Taylor
  • Written by: Neveldine/Taylor
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Clifton Collins, Jr, Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling, David Carradine, Dwight Yoakam

Neveldine and Taylor's exemplary return to exploitation cinema values continues unabated in this superior sequel. Picking up exactly where 'Crank' ended, poor old Chev Chelios (Stratham) is kidnapped by a gang of Chinese medics who attempt to remove his organs.

Crazy Heart

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Scott Cooper
  • Cast: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall

Based a novel by Thomas Cobb, leisurely southernfried character study Crazy Heart focuses on the travails of down-on-his-luck western singer-songwriter Bad Blake, played by the remarkable Bridges. Things begin to look up when he hooks up with a young music journalist and single mother (Gyllenhaal), but Bad is sadly on a…

Creation

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 105 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Amiel
  • Written by: John Collee
  • Cast: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones, Benedict Cumberbatch

Amiel's Creation offers a worthy, thought-provoking insight into the story behind Darwin's earth-shattering publication of his theory of evolution and boasts a terrific central performance from Bettany. Unfortunately this rather strait-laced film doesn't take as many risks as it should in its effort to avoid re-igniting…

Cropsey

  • 2009
  • USA
  • 84 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio
  • Written by: Joshua Zeman

Genuinely disturbing (and true) documentary examining the mystery of the special needs children that vanished in the woods over several decades on New York's Staten Island, and the man who has been locked up for decades as a result of an urban myth gone out of control.

Crude

  • 4 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Joe Berlinger

This complex yet absorbing cinema-vérite documentary from American director Berlinger, concerns a multi-billion dollar legal action in the field of environmental compensation. Back in 1993 a lawsuit was filed on behalf of 30,000 Amazonian tribes people in Ecuador against Texaco, the plaintiffs arguing that the oil…

Crying With Laughter

  • 2 stars
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 93 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Justin Molotnikov
  • Cast: Stephen McCole, Malcolm Shields, Andrew Neil

A foulmouthed comedian takes a 'bad trip down memory lane' in confused but occasionally compelling low budget Scottish thriller.

Cuckoo

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • UK
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Bracewell
  • Cast: Richard E Grant, Laura Fraser, Tamsin Greig

Interesting and dark British thriller from writer/director Bracewell, who made the commendable under-the-radar comedy The Gigolos in 2006. College professor Julius (Grant) becomes obsessed with student Polly (Frazer), who thinks she is going mad when she starts to hear unexplained sounds.