Hotel Transylvania (Hotel Transilvânia)
Family-friendly animation about a five-star resort run by Dracula for guests such as The Invisible Man and Quasimodo. Everything goes swimmingly until a human boy checks in and falls for the Count’s daughter, sending Dracula’s protective instincts into overdrive.
Dir. Genndy Tartakovsky, USA, 2012 (PG). Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Miley Cyrus. 90 mins. Released 5 October
Lawless (Os Infratores)
Shia LaBeouf puts in a good performance as one of three bootlegging brothers in depression-era Virginia. Read Time Out's review of Lawless
Dir. John Hillcoat, USA, 2012 (R). Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain. 115 mins. Released 21 September
Resident Evil: Retribution (Resident Evil 5: Retribuição)
The fifth instalment in the (seemingly endless) sci-fi series is the third to be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Once again Anderson’s wife, Milla Jovovich, stars as Alice, taking on the sinister Umbrella Corporation in a glacially post-apocalyptic world.
Dir. Paul WS Anderson, Germany, USA, 2012 (R). Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and Kevin Durand. 117 mins. Released 14 September
Ruby Sparks (A Namorada Perfeita)
A young writer, fed up and frustrated, writes his dream girl into existence. Zoe Kazan writes her first screenplay and also features as the lead. Read Time Out's review of Ruby Sparks
Dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, USA, 2012 (R). Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas. 104 mins. Released 28 September
Taken 2 (Busca Implacável 2)
In the original Taken, retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) stopped at nothing to save his daughter, and in the process rejuvenated Neeson’s career with a new persona as grizzled action hero. Now Mills is back and, on a family vacation to Istanbul, facing down the father of one of the kidnappers he killed.
Dir. Olivier Megaton, France, 2012. (PG-13) Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, and Maggie Grace. Released 5 October
The Monk (O Monge)
In 17th-century Madrid, a popular and pious monk tries to resist the call of the Devil. Read Time Out's review of The Monk
Dir. Dominik Moll, Spain, France, 2011 (R). Vincent Cassel, Déborah François, Joséphine Japy. 101 mins. Released 28 September
As the first ever documentary to be made about one of Brazil’s most important art movements, Tropicalismo, this film is long overdue. With contributions from all the major players and a killer soundtrack, it shows how the artists exploded the frontiers of Brazilian music, fusing rock, regional rhythms, psychedelia and concrete poetry.
Dir. Marcelo Machado, Brazil, USA, UK, 2012. Caetano Veloso, Rita Lee and Gilberto Gil. 89 mins. Released 14 September