Belfast Telegraph

New films

By Noel McAdam

Now showing at cinemas

Black christmas
(15, 84 mins) Katie Cassidy, Melissa Kitt, Oliver Hudson

Not, alas, the biopic of Dean Houston McKelvey's seasonal efforts outside St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, this instead is a totally unecessary remake of the 1974 slasher movie in which one by one a group of sorority sisters meet their grisly ends.

(PG, 103 mins) Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, John Makovich, Robert Carlyle

It's another whole new world, with the first movie from Christopher Paolini's fantasy trilogy in which Eragon and his pet dragon Saphiri take on the forces of darkness. At least you get out in well under the usual three-hour mark.

(PG, 100 mins) Tyler James Williams, Gina Mantegna

Some say a sad commentary on our dysfunctional family-riddled society that audiences believe a group of kids could be stranded and get to spend a snowbound Christmas causing chaos in an airport.

Deja Vu
(12A, 128 mins) Denzel Washington, Val Kilmer, Paula Patton

Story takes second place to roller-coaster ride in the latest Tony Scott action and sci-fi movie in which agent Denzel gets to travel just a few days back in time.

The Holiday
(12A, 138 mins) Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslett, Jude Law, Jack Black

Hooray! Hooray! It's a holly, holi-... But even though the stellar cast prove nice company, and there are some good scenes, you will have had whole Twelfth Fortnights that felt shorter than this!

Happy Feet
(PG, 108 mins)

Those movie moguls we were talking about saw the penquin-like queues for last year's March of the Penguins and decided to p-p-pick up the franchise for a perfectly charming, sing-songy but at times boring animated outing.

The Nativity Story
(PG, 87 mins) Shohreh Aghdashloo, Hiam Abbass, Ciaran Hinds

You'll be caught, with our Ciaran Hinds playing Herod, wanting to cheer and boo at the same time in director Catherine Hardwicke's dog-in-the-manger version of the real reason for all the festive fuss.

Deck the Halls
(PG, 95 mins) Danny DeVito, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis

In the background of the small town in which DeVito and Broderick live in this movie is a three-screen cinema which is showing Miracle on 34th Street, It's A Wonderful Life and Meet Me in St Louis. Just go to see one of those instead. There are some credit sequences which are better than this turkey.

Flushed Away
(U, 84 mins) Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslett, Shane Richie, Ian McKellan

Made-in-movie-heaven pairing of Aardman and Dreamworks, this rollicking, high energy and incredible-looking adventure is ideal family entertainment for a pre-Christmas outing.

Breaking and Entering
(15, 120 mins) Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn, Ray Winstone

Anthony Minghella's amazing modern morality tale is set amid the hopes and dreams of the clashing bourgeoisie and emigrant underclass of King's Cross, showing that real justice must involve love. And taking a bit long to get there.

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