Catty histrionics curdle faster than a milky coffee left in the sun in this distinctly unlikeable comedy about a trio of capricious girl pals who barely muster the strength to celebrate a happier friend’s wedding. Playing parts better suited to the edge lands of Mean Girls, a trio of dynamic actors do what they can with playwright-director Leslye Headland’s thin, unvaried material: Regan (Kirsten Dunst) is the seething maid of honour; Katie (Isla Fisher) is an incessant flirt; and Gena (Lizzy Caplan), is the caustic slacker, still bruised by a school-days rejection.
The first half hour has the scheming zing of a better episode of Gossip Girl (a disastrous prank involving the bride’s dress is shockingly callous). Then you realise that Headland has little interest in exploring the obvious desperation at the root of their toxicity. Still, nice guys flock to our heroines, simply because they’re the main characters. Worse, the movie wants to wrap itself in a belated sincerity that celebrates sisterhood and forgiveness – this when no one really merits it. Joshua Rothkopf
Weekly box office: Dhs149,025 Weekly admissions: 3,896 Total box office: Dhs522,122 Total admissions: 12,568
9 The Lego Movie Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett
Family-friendly fun for kids that love the little plastic bricks. In this animated film a LEGO figure is caught up in a case of mistaken identity and is believed to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, and is recruited to join a mission to stop the evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the entire universe together. Time Out staff
Weekly box office: Dhs200,778 Weekly admissions: 5,087 Total box office: Dhs4,193,188 Total admissions: 97,754
8 Patrick Director: Mark Hartley Stars: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson
A chilling horror film set in an isolated psychiatric ward. A young nurse becomes fascinated with comatosed patient Patrick, who is the victim of a doctor’s medical experiments. But Patrick has powers of his own and soon turns life on the ward upside down. Time Out staff
Weekly box office: Dhs190,046 Weekly admissions: 5,106 Total box office: Dhs190,046 Total admissions: 5,106
7 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Patrick Director: Kaare Andrews Stars: Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho
Trouble befalls a group of friends enjoying a bachelors’ cruise in the Caribbean when they discover a research facility on a remote island, and a lethal flesh-eating virus is unleashed. Time Out staff
Weekly box office: Dhs257,364 Weekly admissions: 7,170 Total box office: Dhs257,364 Total admissions: 7,170
6 Only God Forgives Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Crushingly, the dependably perverse art-action director Nicolas Winding Refn has finally made a boring movie. It hurts. In fairness, you can’t say that Only God Forgives doesn’t bear the high-gloss control of Refn’s expert crime fantasia Drive (2011), along with its zombified star, Ryan Gosling, here a Bangkok boxing-club owner. This film plunges us into sickening violence, another of the filmmaker’s go-tos, and there’s a buzzing, hallucinogenic quality to all the cheesy red-and-pink decor, joined by karaoke versions of Thai ballads. Essentially, Refn has flown his star to the Far East and surrounded him with a thick atmosphere of Kubrickian menace, adding a taunting Kristin Scott Thomas (as the world’s worst mum) for spice.
But someone forgot to pack a screenplay and a sense of humour. This time, the mood is oppressive and as this gorgeous vision makes its way (leisurely) to a fight between Gosling’s avenging tough guy and the blank-faced corrupt police chief (Vithaya Pansringarm) who had his dirt bag brother killed, you’ll find yourself stifling yawns as well as unintended giggles. Joshua Rothkopf Weekly box office: Dhs316,352 Weekly admissions: 7,383 Total box office: Dhs316,352 Total admissions: 7,383
5 Recoil Director: Terry Miles Stars: Steve Austin, Serinda Swan, Danny Trejo
Former wrestler ‘Stone-Cold’ Steve Austin stars as retired police officer Ryan Varrett, who is determined to avenge the killing of his wife and nine-year-old son, who were viciously attacked by a gang. Varrette seeks to exact revenge not just on the gang members but every criminal who slipped through the net. Time Out staff Weekly box office: Dhs453,020 Weekly admissions: 12,935 Total box office: Dhs453,020 Total admissions: 12,935
4 Red Sky Director: Mario Van Peebles Stars: Cam Gigandet, Rachael Leigh Cook, Shane West
Based on a novel by Randy Arrington, disgraced Top Gun fighter pilot Butch Masters (Gigandet) leads a rogue platoon of elite Navy officers in recovery of a lethal weapon. Discovering that his former partner was working with the terrorists, Masters has to repair a splintered friendship, and take to the skies to restore his reputation. Time Out staff Weekly box office: Dhs532,311 Weekly admissions: 14,477 Total box office: Dhs532,311 Total admissions: 14,477
3 Mr. Peabody & Sherman Director: Rob Minkoff Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert
Elderly American readers may recall this cartoon duo from a series of educational inserts slotted into 1960s episodes of TV’s The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, in which hyper-intelligent canine polymath Mr Peabody and his knowledge-hungry adopted son Sherman explored history in their time-travelling Wayback Machine.
Londoners may recognise them from huge twinkly advertising displays plastered along Regent Street as part of the capital’s Christmas display.The rest of the world may scratch their heads and wonder if the remake craze has got a wee bit out of hand.
This feature-length Mr. Peabody and Sherman is by no means unbearable: there are a few decent gags, and the episodic plot just about manages to hold the interest. But there’s little here for any but the most easy-to-please youngsters. The animation is particularly unappealing, turning every human figure, from Agamemnon to Leonardo da Vinci, into rubbery, bobble-headed monsters eerily reminiscent of those blank-eyed Bratz dolls. The result feels like Time Bandits without the intelligence or Bill & Ted without the charm: a largely purposeless romp through history’s greatest hits. Tom Huddleston
Weekly box office: Dhs1,061,305 Weekly admissions: 26,135 Total box office: Dhs2,394,611 Total admissions: 58,312
Ah, Liam Neeson. Once a giant of the British acting pantheon, now a gun-toting action-dad for hire. To be fair, Non-Stop looks a fair bit classier than some of Liam’s recent missteps, with Julianne Moore in a supporting role and a nicely chewy high-concept plot. Neeson plays a US Marshal who is accused of treason when a violent hijacking and extortion scheme seems to point in his direction. The majority of the action takes place on a flight from New York to London, but we very much doubt there’ll be a safe and happy landing. Time Out staff
Weekly box office: Dhs1,634,533 Weekly admissions: 41,038 Total box office: Dhs8,007,861 Total admissions: 196,721
1 300: Rise of an Empire Director: Noam Murro Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green
Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy, and king Xerxes marshal their forces for an assault on a fractured and wounded Greece. They take the battle to sea.
Greek general Themistocles attempts to unite his country by leading the charge that will change the course of the conflict, aided by Spartan Queen Gorgo, whose husband King Leonidas fell during the fierce and bloody Battle of Thermopylae, and fellow soldier Aeskylos. Directed by Noam Murro. Time Out staff
Weekly box office: Dhs2,571,745 Weekly admissions: 53,166 Total box office: Dhs9,147,781 Total admissions: 192,415