This week’s picks

Welcome back to Chad Cinema and this week’s exhaustive list of all cinematic happenings you should and shouldn’t be paying attention to.

In a typically pre-festive amble, most of the big studios are holding on to what remains of this year’s big hitters until Christmas. And although this typically makes for a great time for lesser known gems to sneak in and hog all the big screen glory, they clearly don’t fancy it this week.

New multiplex releases are led by the epically poor looking Max Payne – another fanboy cash-in of meaningless action, based on the 2001 video game of the same game – which has so far met with let’s say less than raving reviews.

Also out in popcorn wonderland is Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the wittily titled joint venture between comedy brat-pack favourite, Seth Rogen, and director Kevin Smith. I’ve never been completely sold on Seth Rogen’s particular canon of work; when he’s on form it’s great but take him off the boil and the act becomes very tiresome, very quickly. This latest sees Rogen as Zack, broke and living with best friend Miri (Elizabeth Banks) when the pair decide to make a special grown-up film together – in case you hadn’t figured that out from the title.

If you’re after something a little more thought provoking, Steve Mcqueen’s (no, not that one) heavy going, but rewarding Hunger is showing at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema. which shows the final months of Irish Republican Army activist, Bobby Sands, as he battles against prison guards while on hunger strike in protest of his incarceration. The film won the Camera D’Or award at this year’s Cannes film festival and is the first feature length film from the Brit artist-turned-director, already making waves in the British cinema scene.

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