Cinemas: What’s on this week

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Your guide to the films on general release now.

Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) works in the post room of a New York newspaper, where he pines for travel editor Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet) from afar. In order to impress the object of his affections, Gulliver blags a travel assignment to the Bermuda Triangle. Heading out to sea on his boat Notfersail, Gulliver is swept into a massive, swirling column of water and when he regains consciousness, he discovers that he is a giant in the land of Lilliput. Feared at first by the tiny inhabitants, Gulliver ingratiates himself to King Theodore (Billy Connolly), Queen Isabelle (Catherine Tate) and their daughter Princess Mary (Emily Blunt).

Rating: Three stars

Arthur and the Great Adventure (PG)

Arthur (Freddie Highmore) is staying with his grandmother (Mia Farrow) and eagerly awaits the end of the moon’s tenth cycle and his return to the Minimoy village. Consequently, he will be able to venture back to his beloved princess Selenia (voiced by Selena Gomez). However, Arthur’s parents (Robert Stanton, Penny Balfour) throw a spanner in the works by cutting short their stay. Poised to leave, Arthur is shocked when a spider deposits a grain of rice in his hand engraved with a plea for help. Fearing that Selenia and her little brother Betameche (Jimmy Fallon) are in peril, the lad hastily improvises a passage back to the Minimoys where he joins forces with bar owner Max (Snoop Dogg) and his pickpocket cousin Replay (Stacy Ferguson) to locate Selenia.

Rating: Three stars

Meet the Parents: Little Fockers (12A)

Hapless male nurse Gaylord “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller) is blissfully in love with his wife Pam (Teri Polo) and his twins, Samantha (Daisy Tahan) and Henry (Colin Baiocchi). The feisty daughter is giving her father the silent treatment while the boy is becoming fussy about his food. It’s hassle that Greg could do without as he considers a lucrative job offer from pretty drugs rep Andi Garcia (Jessica Alba) and debates sending the little ones to the prestigious Early Human School, run by inspirational headmistress Prudence (Laura Dern). Meanwhile, Pam’s father, retired CIA operative Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), continues to view Greg with suspicion and isn’t sure that his son-in-law is made of the right material to lead the Byrne clan.

Rating: Two stars

The Way Back (12A)

In Soviet-occupied Poland, officer Janusz (Jim Sturgess) is falsely incriminated as a foreign spy by his wife (Sally Edwards) and sent to a Russian gulag in Siberia, which is surrounded by miles of snow. Behind the gulag walls, Janusz meets Khabarov (Mark Strong), who claims that escape is possible if they head south to Lake Baikal, using the elements to cover their tracks. Russian thug Valka (Colin Farrell), enigmatic American prisoner Mr Smith (Ed Harris), youngster Kazik (Sebastian Urzendowsky), Tomasz (Alexandru Potocean), Voss (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Zoran (Dragos Bucur) complete the escape party. Teenage refugee Irena (Saoirse Ronan) joins the remarkable odyssey but as the gulag chief predicted, Mother Nature is vicious.

Rating: Four stars

Love and Other Drugs (15)

Set in the mid 1990s, the film centres initially on pharmaceutical sales rep Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal), who works alongside mentor Bruce Jackson (Oliver Platt), wooing waiting room receptionists like Cindy (Judy Greer) in the hope of getting their drugs on to the shelves. During one visit to the surgery of Dr Knight (Hank Azaria), Jamie meets 26-year-old patient Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), an artist with early onset Parkinson’s disease. The more time Maggie and Jamie spend together, the more aware they become that her degenerative condition could rob them of any chance of lasting happiness.

Rating: Three stars

Animals United (U)

In the Okavango Delta, the local wildlife waits patiently every year for the waters which nourish the valley. When the deluge fails to materialise, Billy the forgetful meerkat (James Corden) and his best friend Socrates the lion (Stephen Fry) embark on an epic quest to find water and prove to Billy’s son Junior (Mischa Goodman) that his old man is just as valiant as the larger animals on the plain. En route, Billy and Socrates befriend the exiles from other continents and together they search for the source of the water.

Rating: Three stars

Tron: Legacy (PG)

Back in the 1980s, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) revolutionised the world with his technology corporation ENCOM. Then he disappeared without trace, leaving behind a young son. Twenty-five years later, Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) is just as tech-savvy as his old man but has no interest in ENCOM. Following a visit from old friend Alan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), Sam visits his father’s rundown arcade where a misfiring laser transports him into the mainframe. In this world of programs and viruses, Sam is reunited with his father and beautiful protector, Quorra (Olivia Wilde).

Rating: Three stars

Burlesque (12A)

Ali (Christina Aguilera) works as a waitress in Iowa but she secretly dreams of stardom beneath the glittering light of Los Angeles. Ali heads for the city where she stumbles upon the Burlesque cabaret bar run by ex-dancer Tess (Cher) and best friend Sean (Stanley Tucci), who looks after the costumes. Ali auditions for a role as one of the dancing girls, where she inevitably riles current leading lady Nikki (Kristen Bell). But trouble looms on the horizon: Tess is months in arrears and the club will be sold off unless she can raise a small fortune.

Rating: Four stars

The Tourist (12A)

Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) is a mathematics teacher from Wisconsin haunted by tragedy. On a train from Paris’s Gare de Lyon to Venice, Frank encounters the beguiling and extremely seductive British femme fatale, Elise Clifton-Ward (Angelina Jolie). Frank accompanies Elise to the luxurious Hotel Danieli where they enjoy a kiss on the balcony, which thrusts the hapless tourist into a deadly game of cat and mouse with Scotland Yard Inspector John Acheson (Paul Bettany), and underworld kingpin Reginald Shaw (Steven Berkoff). They mistakenly believe Frank is a criminal who stole millions from Shaw. Both will stop at nothing to retrieve the missing money.

Rating: Three stars