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UK Cinema Releases: Friday 12th August 2011

NATIONAL RELEASES

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (20th Century Fox): Reboot of the Apes franchise set in present day San Francisco as a scientist (James Franco) trying to cure Alzheimer’s inadvertently triggers a new breed of ape which gradually rebel against their human masters. Directed by Rupert Wyatt, it co-stars Frieda Pinto, John Lithgow and Brian Cox. [Nationwide / 12A] [Read our full review]

The Smurfs (Sony Pictures): Film adaptation of the comic book series created by Peyo which mixes live action and animation. The story involves the evil wizard Gargamel chasing the Smurfs out of their village, theor subsequent trip to New York and their journey back. Directed by Raja Gosnell, it stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Winters, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays and Sofía Vergara. [Nationwide / U]

The Devil’s Double (Icon): Drama about Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), an Iraqi forced to act as a body double for the sadistic Uday Hussein (also played by Cooper) during Saddam Hussein’s rule. Directed by Lee Tamahori, it co-stars Philip Quast and Ludivine Sagnier. [Nationwide / 18]

ALSO OUT

The Interrupters (Dogwoof): Documentary about a non-violence project in Chicago which focuses on three workers who try to diffuse potentially violent situations with their experience and knowledge of local areas. Directed by Steve James (who made the masterful Hoop Dreams), it is an incredibly timely film in light of the recent UK riots, rich with human drama and emotion. [Key cities / 15] [Read our full review]

Project Nim (Icon): Documentary about a chimpanzee named Nim who was raised like a human in the 1970s as part of a scientific experiment into language. Directed by James Marsh, it is the follow up from the team that brought us Man on Wire (2008). [Key cities / 12A] [Read our full review here]

The Salt of Life (Artificial Eye): After the arthouse success of his charming Mid-August Lunch (2008), writer-director and actor Gianni Gregorio returns with another film about family relationships. This time it explores a bored house husband and his rediscovery of romantic relationships. [Key cities / 12A]

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (Revolver): The follow-up film to the 2007 Brazilian crime drama continues the story of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police and has already become the highest grossing film ever in Brazil. Directed and produced by José Padilha, it stars Wagner Moura and Irandhir Santos. [Key cities / 18]

Beautiful Lies (Trinity Filmed Entertainment): French comedic riff on Jane Austen’s Emma with Audrey Tautou in the central matchmaker role. Directed by Pierre Salvadori, it co-stars Natalie Baye and Sami Bouajila. [Key cities]

The Taqwacores (Network Releasing): Film adaptation of the 2003 novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, which imagines a fictitious Islamic rock scene through characters living in Buffalo. Directed by Eyad Zahra, it stars Bobby Naderi, Dominic Rains and Noureen Dewulf. [Key cities / 15]

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