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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 September, 2011, 12:00am

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New Releases

Johnny English Reborn (IIA)

See review on this page.

The Sorcerer and the White Snake (IIA) (Cantonese)

See review on this page.

1911 (IIA) (Putonghua)

Historical drama about the revolt against the Qing dynasty led by Huang Xin (Jackie Chan) and Sun Yat-sen (Winston Chao Wen-hsuan) that gave rise to the founding of the Republic of China. CT

Abduction (IIA)

Thriller centring on young man (Taylor Lautner) who embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover his true identity after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website. Not reviewed.

Spy Kids: All Time in the World in 4-D (I)

Action comedy about retired spy (Jessica Alba) who is called back into action to stop the evil Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) from taking over the planet with the help of her new twin step-children. Not reviewed.

Sleeping Beauty (III)

Drama centring on a university student Lucy (Emily Browning) who has various part-time jobs including one in which she is put to sleep for erotic sessions with wealthy old men. CT

Shark Night 3-D (IIB)

Thriller about a weekend at an island cabin in the Louisiana Gulf that turns into a nightmare for a group of college students as blood-thirsty underwater predators hunt them down. Not reviewed.

General Releases

3 Idiots (IIA) (Hindi, Urdu and English)

Bollywood comedy about two friends who embark on a journey to find their lost buddy (Aamir Khan). CT

Apollo 18 (IIB)

Sci-fi horror thriller about how footage found decades after a Nasa mission reveals the reason the US has never returned to the moon. Not reviewed.

Bridesmaids (IIB)

Comedy centring on a maid of honour (Kristen Wiig) whose life unravels as she leads her best friend and a group of colourful bridesmaids on a wild ride down the road to potential matrimony. CT

Colombiana (IIB) (English and Spanish)

Action drama centring on a young woman (Zoe Saldana) who grows up to be an assassin after witnessing her parents' murder as a child in Bogota. CT

Contagion (IIB)

Steven Soderbergh's star-studded action-thriller tackling the impact of the spread of a deadly virus throughout society and across the globe. CT

The Help (IIA)

Civil rights-era drama about a white college graduate who decides to write a book about the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern white families. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. CT

Insidious (IIB)

Horror tale about a couple who begin to experience things that science cannot explain after tragedy strikes their young son. CT

Jane Eyre (IIA)

Romantic drama about a young governess (Mia Wasikowska) who falls for her brooding employer (Michael Fassbender), then discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. CT

Lan Kwai Fong (IIB) (Cantonese)

Romantic comedy about a couple (Chen Zhi-Ming and Shiga Lin Si-nga) who fall in love after a one-night stand but see their relationship fall apart due to a silly misunderstanding. CT

Mayday 3DNA (IIA) (Mandarin)

Stereoscopic 'concept film' that combines footage from the Taiwanese Mando-pop group's 2010 DNA concert tour and three fictional stories about people lured to a May Day gathering. CT

Midnight in Paris (IIB) (English and French)

Woody Allen's romantic comedy about a Hollywood screenwriter (Owen Wilson) who wanders about Paris one night while on a visit to the French city with his materialistic fiancee and her conservative parents. CT

My Kingdom (IIA) (Cantonese and Putonghua versions)

Period action drama revolving around the feud between two rival opera masters that's carried on by their disciples. Starring Wu Chun and Han Geng. LKW

One Day (IIA)

Romantic drama following a man and a woman who meet on the day of their college graduation in 1988 and get together one day a year for the next two decades. Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. CT

Overheard 2 (IIB) (Cantonese)

Alan Mak Siu-fai and Felix Chong Man-keung's crime thriller revolving around a highflying stockbroker who a cop discovers is being put under surveillance by a mysterious man. YT

Paradise Kiss (IIA) (Japanese)

Live-action adaptation of Ai Yazawa's five- volume manga revolving around a teenage girl (Keiko Kitagawa) who is asked by a student group that owns a fashion brand to be the company's model for its final runway project. CT

Pina (I) (German, English and Korean)

Wim Wenders' 3-D dance documentary about the late German choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009) and her work. CT

Art House

He's Bad ... Mak Kay

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of five films starring 1960s Cantonese cinema actor Mak Kay, including the following film. Ends Sept 30. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$20 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

Teddy Boys and Teddy Girls

Youth drama revolving around a group of high school students whose fondness for dance parties leads them to cross paths with a nasty teddy boy. In Cantonese. Sept 30, 11am, HK Film Archive.

InDPanda International Short Film Festival

InD Blue presents six additional screenings of programmes of independent short films, including the following one. Until Sept 30. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55 www.cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2572 7202

Another Berlinale Affairs

Programme of seven short films shown at the Berlin International Film Festival including: Minnie Loves Junior, about a girl who has a crush on a boy living in the same seaside fishing village as her (in English); and Incident by a Bank, a comedic recreation of an actual failed bank robbery that occurred in Stockholm in June 2006 (in Swedish with English subtitles). Sept 30, 9.45pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Wu Xia

Part period detective mystery, part martial arts drama about a detective investigating the past of a seemingly ordinary paper mill worker (Donnie Yen Ji-dan) who was able to defeat and kill two hardened fugitives. In Putonghua with English subtitles. Sept 30, 3pm, Rayson Huang Theatre, University of HK, Main Campus, Pok Fu Lam, free. Inquiries: 2219 4724

The Marvelous Spinoffs: The Work of Union Film Affiliates

Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of 10 spin-off productions made for other companies by moonlighting Union Film personnel, including the following two films. Until Oct 16. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$30 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

The Actor's Romance

Ng Wui's melodrama based on Qin Shou'ou's popular romance novel Qiu Haitang about an opera actor who elopes with his former lover after she faces having to marry a powerful general. In Cantonese. Oct 1, 1pm, Oct 16, 5pm, HK Film Archive.

Far Away

Chu Kea's drama centring on a man (Cheung Ying) from the country who uses his good looks to attract several women who help him in his quest to further his career. In Cantonese. Oct 1, 8pm, HK Film Archive.

Force

Bollywood action thriller about a dedicated policeman (John Abraham) who goes in pursuit of a notorious gangster. In Hindi with English subtitles. Sept 30, 9.30pm, GH Whampoa, L2 Whampoa Plaza, Whampoa Garden, HK$120-HK$180. Inquiries: 2366 7725

Repertory Cinema 2011: Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton

Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of 27 films starring Charles Spencer 'Charlie' Chaplin (1889-1977), Buster Keaton (1895-1966) and Harold Lloyd (1893-1971), including the following two films. Until Oct 23. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

Steamboat Bill, Jnr

Buster Keaton directs (with Charles Reisner) and stars in a comedy about a spoiled brat whose father makes him underdo tough training to turn him into a responsible man who can take over the older man's small-town steamboat company. Silent with music and English intertitles. Oct 1, 5pm, HK Science Museum, Oct 14, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin directs and stars in this romantic comedy-drama about a tramp turned blue collar worker who struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Silent (with spare English dialogue) with music and English intertitles. Oct 2, 5pm, HK Science Museum, Oct 21, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive.

Classical in Cinema

Music Art & Film Culture Promotion Association of HK presents a HD programme of classical music concerts and operas including the following one HD film. Until January 2012. AMC Pacific Place, L1 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty; Broadway The One, 6-11/F The One, 100 Nathan Rd, TST; Grand Ocean, Ocean Centre, 3 Canton Rd, TST; Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central; and The Podium, L4, Cyberport 2, 100 Cyberport Rd, Cyberport. HK$75-HK$190 www.amccinemas.com.hk (for AMC Pacific Place), www2.cinema.com.hk (for Broadway cinemas), 2377 2100 (for Grand Ocean) and HK Ticketing (for The Podium). Inquiries: 6336 3595

Der Ring des Nibelungen - Gotterdammerung

Film of a performance at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia of the concluding section of Richard Wagner's opera cycle in which a plan is enacted to get the ring from Siegfried. In German with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 2, 7pm, Palace IFC.

VI Spanish Film Festival

The Spanish Chamber of Commerce and the Consulate General of Spain present a programme of five Spanish-language films, including the following one. Oct 1-5. Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square St, Yau Ma Tei, HK$55; and Palace IFC, Podium Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance St, Central, HK$75 cinema.com.hk. Inquiries: 2388 0002

Cell 211

Drama about a rookie prison guard who is abandoned by his colleagues during a jail riot and has to pretend to be one of the convicts in order to survive. In Spanish, Basque and English with English subtitles. Oct 1, 7.35pm, Palace IFC, 9.50pm, Broadway Cinematheque.

Restored Treasures

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a continuing series of movies that have undergone restoration work, including the following film. Ongoing. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho, HK$40 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2901

Prince Yeonsan

Korean auteur Shin Sang-ok's period drama about a young prince whose unsuccessful efforts to restore the honour of his mother, the Queen, who was ordered to be killed by his father, the King, leads to the young man running amok. In Korean with English subtitles. Oct 2, 2pm, HK Film Archive.

Last Romance

Yonfan's romantic drama about two best friends who fall for the same handsome man. In Cantonese. Oct 2, 8, 16, 4pm, MCL JP Cinema, JP Plaza, 22-36 Paterson St, Causeway Bay, HK$70. Inquiries: 3413 6688

From Novel to Film 2 - Critics' Choice 2011

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department presents a programme of six film adaptations of novels, including the following film. Until Oct 16. HK Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd, Sai Wan Ho; HK Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Rd, TST East; and HK Space Museum, 10 Salisbury Rd, TST, HK$55 Urbtix. Inquiries: 2734 2900

The Lonely Wife

Satyajit Ray's Indian period drama about a beautiful merchant's wife whose life changes when her husband's literary-minded younger brother turns up and attracts her attention. In Bengali with Chinese and English subtitles. Oct 5, 7.30pm, HK Film Archive, Oct 16, 2.30pm, HK Science Museum.