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THIS WEEK’S BEST MOVIES

It’s cold, it’s wet – and the cinema is the best indoor activity there is

 Men, Women & Children

Kids in a library? What's going on? Image: Paramount

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner

Writer/director Jason Reitman is always keen to hit a nerve, whether it’s promoting cigarettes in Thank You For Smoking or post-credit crunch downsizing in Up In The Air. Here, it’s the internet as an assortment of seemingly unhappy people desperately try to improve their lives by going online. Sandler plays a frustrated husband who looks for prostitutes, Elgort (best known as the hunk from The Fault In Our Stars) gets lost in a roleplaying game. The message is pretty blunt, but you’d be hard-pressed not to see elements of yourself in some of the characters.

St. Vincent

Nice shades, Bill Image: Weinstein Company

Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts Murray plays one his loveable rogues again, as a curmudgeonly neighbour enlisted to babysit the young son of the single mum next door. The comedian can do this kind of role in his sleep – but that doesn’t stop you from wanting to watch him do it. Let’s face it, the man’s a genius.

The Pyramid

We really shouldn't have walked into this pyramid Image: 20th Century Fox

Starring: Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley

James Buckley from The Inbetweeners delves into the horror genre as one of the team who get stuck in the titular structure while studying it and find that they’re not alone. Unfortunately for the man otherwise known as Jay, we don’t think this particular visitor wants to show him their clunge.

Penguins Of Madagascar

Whoever smelled it dealt it Image: Dreamworks

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong

This animated action-comedy has a starry cast that includes a certain British thesp tipped for Oscar glory this year. Cumberbatch – as a wolf – leads a ragtag group of spy penguins against a baddie out to destroy the world. The kids will love the penguins, you’ll enjoy trying to get your head round John Malkovich as an octopus. FYI, it’s connected, but identical to the telly series of the same name.

Get Santa

They've seen us Image: Warner Bros.

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Warwick Davis, Rafe Spall

Christmas family comedies are normally left to American cable channels, but this is a very British take, with Broadbent as Father Christmas. When Santa gets arrested after crashing his sleigh, it’s left to Spall and his son to make sure everyone’s presents are delivered on time. Cue lots of dad/kid bonding – which makes it pretty perfect for DAD.info. Expect this one to run and run on telly in future years.

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