This Ain't California, Nebraska, Frozen: what to see at the cinema this week

This Ain't California | Nebraska | Frozen | Kill Your Darlings | Oldboy | Powder Room | Homefront | Getaway | The Patience Stone | Big Bad Wolves | Black Nativity | Floating Skyscrapers | Klown | Rough Cut | A Long Way From Home | Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
This Ain't Califonia
This Ain't Califonia. Photograph: Harald Schmitt
This Ain't Califonia. Photograph: Harald Schmitt
Sat 7 Dec 2013 01.00 EST

This Ain't California (TBC)
(Marten Perseil, 2012, Ger) 90 mins

Just as its East German teen subjects took skateboarding behind the Iron Curtain, so this "documentary" smuggles faked footage into its true 1980s history. The result is a fascinating parallel pop-cultural history with a moving (but imaginary) human centre. Working out what's true and what's not only adds to the fun.

Nebraska (15)
(Alexander Payne, 2013, US) Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb. 115 mins

Stubborn old Dern and son take a quixotic road trip back into family, and American, history.

Frozen (PG)
(Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, 2013, US) Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel. 108 mins

Disney's classy, sparkly assault on the Christmas holidays, with wintry vistas, musical numbers and a sister-powered fairytale.

Kill Your Darlings (15)
(John Krokidas, 2013, US) Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan. 104 mins

A youthful cast, eager storytelling and a true-life murder mystery refresh the worn heroes of the Beat generation.

Oldboy (18)
(Spike Lee, 2013, US) Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L Jackson. 104 mins

Lee finds little to add to the twisted Korean thriller.

Powder Room (15)
(MJ Delaney, 2013, UK) Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone, Kate Nash. 86 mins

A girls' night out spent mostly in the toilet makes for a lairy ladette farce with sharp social comedy.

Homefront (15)
(Gary Fleder, 2013, US) Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth. 100 mins

Another "don't mess with Statham" lesson, painfully learned by Franco and his meth-cooking rednecks.

Getaway (12A)
(Courtney Solomon, 2013, US/Bul) Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez. 90 mins

Hawke takes the wheel (and the cash) for a comically cliched car-chase movie.

The Patience Stone (TBC)
(Atiq Rahimi, 2012, Afg/Ger/Fra/UK) Golshifteh Farahani. 98 mins

Provocative but stagey Arab drama centred on a young wife's frank disclosures to her paralysed husband.

Big Bad Wolves (18)
(Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, 2013, Isr) Lior Ashkenazi, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Keinan. 110 mins

A detective, a suspect and a victim's father thrash it out in this brutal thriller.

Black Nativity (PG)
(Kasi Lemmons, 2013, US) Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson. 93 mins

Self-explanatory festive musical with a star cast and earnest religiosity.

Floating Skyscrapers (18)
(Tomasz Wasilewski, 2013, Pol) Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Bartosz Gelner. 93 mins

A Polish swimmer's sexual ambivalence makes for a modern melodrama.

Klown (18)
(Mikkel Nørgaard, 2010, Den) Frank Hvam. 90 mins

Masculine misadventure as a canoeing sex-tour drowns in dick jokes.

Rough Cut (15)
(Jamie Shovlin, 2013, UK) 90 mins

Low-budget doc with artistic pretensions, remaking a 1970s horror in the Lake District.

A Long Way From Home (12A)
(Virginia Gilbert, 2013, UK/Fra) James Fox, Natalie Dormer. 85 mins

Dormer's charms disrupt a Brit couple's retirement.

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (PG)
(Matthew Miele, 2013, US) 94 mins

Starstruck doc eulogising the Manhattan store.

Out from Friday

Fill The Void

Love and marriage don't necessarily go together in this ultra-Orthodox Jewish drama.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Martin Freeman and his Middle Earth mates wonder how to slay a dragon.

The Innocents

Seminally spooky 1960s version of Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw.

Cinema Paradiso

25th-anniversary reissue for the Italian nostalgia trip.

Exposed: Beyond Burlesque

Documentary on the confrontational side of striptease.

The Christmas Candle

Samantha Barks and Susan Boyle in a Victorian village tale.

Tamla Rose

Dreamgirls-like music saga set in modern-day Liverpool.

Coming soon

In two weeks... Will Ferrell back on air and acting smooth in Anchorman 2… Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper go undercover in American Hustle…

In three weeks... Keanu Reeves in samurai fantasy 47 Ronin… Ben Stiller relives The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty…

In a month... Idris Elba makes history in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom…

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