5 films to watch this week

Great Expectations (2012)

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To help you decide what to watch in the cinema this week, we’ve got a strong selection which caters for almost every taste.

There will be those who can’t wait to see the latest adaptation of a literary classic and those who would prefer a black comedy about a caravan holiday.

If you’ve got children to entertain, a family-friendly Christmas movie in which Santa Claus teams up with the Easter Bunny could be the perfect choice, whilst those who like to be challenged by their cinema might decide on a dark Danish film that deals with very adult themes.

There’s even a chance to revisit an old classic from the Coen brothers…

Great Expectations (12A)

BAFTA-winning director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and A Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is the man behind the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. The film stars Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as penniless orphan Pip, who receives money from an anonymous benefactor. Helena Bonham Carter is Miss Havisham, an eccentric spinster who takes an interest in Pip’s love life, Ralph Fiennes is convincing as the convict Magwitch and Holliday Grainger is the beautiful Estella.

The Hunt (15)

This unsettling Danish drama from Festen director Thomas Vinterburg concerns a kindergarten teacher (played by Mads Mikkelsen, best known for his role as Bond baddie Le Chiffre in Casino Royale) who is falsely accused of exposing himself to a friend’s daughter. Likely to be uncomfortable but compelling viewing.

Rise of the Guardians (PG)

In hindsight, it’s hard to believe that nobody in Hollywood thought of teaming up Santa Claus, Jack Frost, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Sandman before. That’s exactly what happens in Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, which might just be the animated fairytale equivalent of Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. The iconic characters are tasked with protecting the world’s children from the fearsome villain Pitch, whose voice is provided by Jude Law.

Sightseers (15)

At first glance Sightseers appears to be a bawdy romantic comedy about a young couple on a caravan holiday in the Yorkshire dales. Things soon swerve into much darker comedic territory however when the murders begin, and the film becomes a uniquely British take on Bonnie and Clyde. The couple are played by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who also co-wrote the screenplay.

Fargo (18) – special screening

The Glasgow Film Theatre are giving audiences a rare opportunity to catch this Coen brothers classic from 1996 on the big screen. The plot is based loosely on a true story about a botched kidnapping which leads to a bloody scene in the snow-covered American Midwest. The film is most memorable for its career-defining performance by Frances McDormand who plays the pregnant police officer investigating the crime.

By Milo McLaughlin

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Nick is an Edinburgh-based writer and editor, covering music, pop culture and comedy.