Our pick of the film releases in September and October 2012
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
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
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
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