The Great Beauty, About Time, Riddick: this week's new films

The Great Beauty | About Time | Riddick | Ain't Them Bodies Saints | Museum Hours | Pieta | The Stuart Hall Project | The Great Hip Hop Hoax | No One Lives | More Than Honey | Jadoo | Any Day Now
The Great Beauty
The Great Beauty
Sat 7 Sep 2013 01.00 EDT

The Great Beauty (15)
(Paolo Sorrentino, 2013, Ita/Fra) Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, 141 mins

Sorrentino proves himself a worthy successor to Fellini here, tracking modern Roman decadence with staggering exuberance and an eye for the stylishly surreal. Filling the Marcello Mastroianni role is Servillo's world-weary writer and socialite, who stalks the city's elite demi-monde of hedonistic parties, pretentious art, cynical grotesques and faded glories – but finds reveries and regrets around every corner.

About Time (12A)
(Richard Curtis, 2013, UK) Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams. 123 mins

A sci-fi element reinvigorates Curtis's trademarked romcom formula, but there's still a feeling of deja vu to this middle-class love story, in which Gleeson uses his inherited time-travelling powers to woo McAdams – albeit at a cost.

Riddick (15)
(David Twohy, 2013, US/UK) Vin Diesel, Karl Urban. 119 mins

Diesel's sci-fi badass finds himself stranded again, with only his wits and muscles to save him from bounty hunters and deadly aliens.

Ain't Them Bodies Saints (15)
(David Lowery, 2013, US) Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster. 97 mins

Terrence Malick comparisons are impossible to avoid with this over-lyrical tale of a young outlaw couple separated by prison. Affleck's escape promises a reunion, but there's trouble ahead.

Museum Hours (12A)
(Jem Cohen, 2012, Aus/US) Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer. 107 mins

Art and life connect in this rich, gently cerebral story of a Vienna museum guard and a Canadian woman establishing a bond through art appreciation.

Pieta (18)
(Kim Ki-duk, 2012, S Kor) Min-soo Jo, Jeong-jin Lee. 104 mins

A sadistic loan shark meets a woman who claims to be his mother in Kim's Venice film festival-winning tale, told with a mix of brutality and grace.

The Stuart Hall Project (12A)
(John Akomfrah, UK, 2013) 103 mins

Not that Stuart Hall but the towering cultural theorist, whose life story and influential views on race and identity are artfully conveyed here.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (18)
(Jeanie Finlay, 2013, UK) 90 mins

Intriguing diary of a Scots rap duo who masqueraded as Californians – not exactly "great", but they had the music industry fooled.

No One Lives (18)
(Ryuhei Kitamura, 2012, US) Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Magyar. 86 mins

Backwoods hicks kidnap the wrong couple in this horror-thriller – less a solid story than a gratuitous bloodbath.

More Than Honey (NC)
(Markus Imhoof, 2012, Swi/Ger/Aus)

Deftly crafted doc charting dwindling bee numbers.

Jadoo (12A)
(Amit Gupta, 2013, UK) Tom Mison, Amara Karan. 84 mins

Comedy revolving around an Anglo-Indian couple and her feuding foodie family.

Any Day Now (15)
(Travis Fine, 2012, US) Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva. 98 mins

Pertinent tale of a 1970s gay couple's struggle to adopt an abandoned boy with Down's syndrome.

Out from Friday

In A World…

... of movie voiceover artists, actor/director Lake Bell finds great comedy.


1970s Formula One drama reviving the rivalry between James Hunt and Nicki Lauda.

White House Down

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx defend America.

Insidious 2

More supernatural freakery for Patrick Wilson and family.

The Artist And The Model

Jean Rochefort leads Fernando Trueba's wartime tale.

Borrowed Time

A teen criminal befriends his elderly victim in this bittersweet Brit debut.


Biopic of African-American baseball hero Jackie Robinson.

Classe Tous Risques

Claude Sautet's 1960s French underworld thriller.

Sir Billi

Scottish-made animation graced by the voice of Sean Connery.

Def Leppard Viva Hysteria

The 1980s metallers in concert.

Grand Masti

Sequel to a hit Bollywood sex comedy.

Coming soon

In two weeks... The people's biopic, Diana… Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston is a kidnapper in Cold Comes The Night

In three weeks... Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine… Wacky theme-park romcom Austenland

In a month... Gwyneth Paltrow and other sex addicts in Thanks For Sharing… Proclaimers-backed musical Sunshine On Leith

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