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6 films to see in UAE cinemas this week



The Revenant (18)
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Grizzly Adams-like tale, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson, has already had the seal of approval from critics and filmgoers – it currently has 8.2 on imdb and 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film focuses on the truish story of Hugh Glass, who in the 1820s sought vengeance on John Fitzgerald, the man who killed his son and, following a bear attack, left Glass for dead.
In cinemas from January 7

Daddy’s Home (15)
Will Ferrell’s latest outing sees him reunited with Good Guys co-star Mark Wahlberg as two men duelling over the custody of two children. Ferrell, true to form, is the loser, the dorky stepfather who is routinely shunned by his new wife’s children. Wahlberg is the high-fiving jock of a father who rides motorcycles, shows off his biceps and generally out-cools the newbie in every conceivable way. Cue plenty of “I married you for you” type stuff as Ferrell tries to compete for adolescent approval.
In cinemas from January 7

The Danish Girl (15)
Eddie Redmayne is back in Oscar territory with his depiction of Lili Elbe, the girl alluded to in the film’s title. In society, he is Einar Wegener, a painter, magazine illustrator and husband to Gerda (Alicia Vikander), also an artist. In secret, though, Einar prefers to live as a woman, and frequently travels to Italy in order to escape the suffocating restrictions of home. He is also his wife’s muse and she achieves a level of local celebrity with her paintings of the vivacious and mysterious Lili. Of course, this is Europe in the 1910s and scandal – and eventually tragedy – soon catches up with them.
In cinemas from January 7

Get Squirrely (PG)
One of the more unusual premises for a family-friendly cartoon, Get Squirrely – look up the Urban Dictionary for that meaning – seems to focus on the attempts of a veritable jungle of animals to stop humans harvesting their, well, digestive by-product for their own dastardly commercial ends. This Canadian production is voiced by the likes of John Cleese, John Leguizamo and The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee, but it all feels a touch adolescent as the toilet humour piles up frame by frame. Any ten year-old boys in your family? Take them. They’ll love it.
In cinemas from January 7

Wazir (Hindi) (15)
Bejoy Namibar, director of 2001’s acclaimed Shaitan, is one of the rising stars of Bollywood. His latest outing is the noirish drama Wazir, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akthar, which centres on the friendship between a paralysed chess champion and an anti-terrorist squad officer whose lives are drawn together by an increasingly shadowy conspiracy. The rave reviews are already starting to pour in.
In cinemas from January 8

Lost in the Sun (15)
Josh Duhamel reinvents himself as small-town crook John, who embarks on an unlikely crime spree with teenage orphan, Louis – played with aplomb by Josh Wiggins. As their road trip continues, and the heists mout, the pair gets in deeper and deeper trouble, although the story is less about the suspense as the bond the pair form along the way. Duhamel doesn’t always convince as the grizzled, cynical criminal – you can’t help picturing Josh Brolin nailing the same role – but it’s good to see him move away from matinee idol territory. Wiggins, though, is the star turn in this hard-boiled buddy movie.
In cinemas from January 7

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