SET in the heaving bosom of pre-First World War Paris, Stephen Frears’ costume romp draws obvious comparisons with Dangerous Liaisons, reuniting the British director with screenwriter, adapting the novels by Colette. Retired courtesan Lea (Michelle Pfeiffer) was once the glittering jewel of the Belle Epoque and still commands the admiring glances of gentlemen across the French capital. She is tempted back into the fold by her jealous rival Charlotte Peloux (Kathy Bates), who needs Lea to oversee the ‘development’ of her 19-year-old son Cheri (Rupert Friend) so he is fit for marriage. Against their better judgment, Lea and Cheri find themselves falling head-over-heels in love, embarking on a passionate affair, which becomes the talk of not-so-polite social circles. Their happiness is cut short when Peloux cruelly announces the boy’s imminent marriage to rosy-cheeked society virgin Edmee (Felicity Jones).



THERE’S no place like home in Coraline, the first ever stop-motion animated feature created in stereoscopic 3D.

Adapted from Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel by writer-director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas), this colourful, yet thematically dark, fairytale has echoes of The Wizard Of Oz and Alice In Wonderland as an 11-year-old girl confronts the evil that threatens her fractured family.

Many cinemas will be screening the film in 2D, but it’s well worth making the effort to catch Selick’s imaginative creation as he intended.

The eye-popping effects are used sparingly, but there are some neat flourishes like tunnels appearing to suck us in as it stretches back into the distance, or a giant needle poking out of the screen, causing us to duck for cover.