Ratings on the UK system (ie U=universal, PG=parental guidance, 12, 15 and 18 are self-explanatory, E=excempt)
Pinocchio 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition (Disney, cert U)
The follow-up to Snow White gave us the song When You Wish Upon a Star, a wooden boy with a Freudian nose and one of Disney’s darkest and finest animations.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Disney, cert 12)
The Holocaust through the eyes of a nice German lad whose dad just happens to be a death camp commandant. Sentimental, melodramatic and brutally direct.
Quarantine (sony, cert 18)
A TV news crew is trapped inside a zombie house in this Eng-lang remake of Spanish horror [REC] that’s scene for scene, stroke for stroke the same. Wise decision.
Generation Kill (HBO, cert 15)
Into the Iraq War with an embedded Rolling Stone reporter in this multi-stranded, vibrant 7-part TV series from the team behind The Wire. Another triumph.
LA Confidential Special Edition (Warner, cert 18)
Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey as cops up to the oxters in celebrity sleaze in Curtis Hanson’s lush, noirish evocation of the tawdry 1950s.
The Rocker (Fox, cert 12)
Old and rubbish rock drummer joins young band in this School of Rock knock-off in which Rainn Wilson works his way through Jack Black’s list of goofery.
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (Momentum, cert PG)
Frances McDormand strangles the English accent in a flimsy wannabe screwball comedy set between the wars and stolen comprehensively by Amy Adams.
3-Day Weekend (TLA, cert 15)
Eight men hop beds and bare souls for a weekend in a state-of-the-gay-nation drama that avoids waspish stereotypes as it follows its central relationship into meltdown.
The Gene Generation (High Fliers, cert 15)
Chaotic throwback to cyberpunk 1980s – 2000AD comic, Brazil and Blade Runner – with a physically impressive if wooden Bai Ling as a ninja she-assassin .
Saw V (Lionsgate, cert 18)
Directed by Saw 1-4’s set dresser – next, the tea boy – the gorno franchise finally runs out of wit, though the early DIY tracheotomy scene catches the breath.
Repo! The Genetic Opera (Lions Gate, cert 18)
Motley crew Paris Hilton, Sarah Brightman, Anthony Stewart Head and Paul Sorvino turn out for a tin-eared Rocky Horror-ish trash glam musical on nitrous.
The Lodger (Sony, cert 15)
Based on the same novel Hitchcock made into his 1927 silent classic, a lumpen Ripper tale set in LA, starring a wasted Alfred Molina and Hope Davis.
© Steve Morrissey 2009