Film: Warm Bodies
Adelaide’s Teresa Palmer and Brit Nicholas Hoult are the star-crossed lovers in this spin on the zombie flick, which is quirky, offbeat and thoroughly heart-warming. s a dystopian zom-rom-com, it flirts with many genres: it has the splatter count and enough re-invention of the genre rules (zombies eat brains to experience their victims’ memories) to sate fans of the former, with the one-liners and on-screen chemistry to satisfy the latter two, as the Montagues and Capulets are replaced by the living and undead.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich | 15 | 97mins | Out February 8
Film: I Give It A Year
This British romantic comedy stars English-accented Aussie Byrne as the workaholic half of a newly married couple (Spall is the more laidback novelist) as their relationship is put to the test.
Some friends support, others less so – another Aussie, Baker, is the temptation (for Byrne that is), while Stephen Merchant’s the oddball best mate with the inappropriate jokes.
Starring: Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker | 15 | 97mins On general release February 8
Legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock and his relationship with the many women in his life, particularly his leading ladies, comes under the spotlight in this movie-world film about the shooting of Psycho, with a heavily made-up Anthony Hopkins as the rotund filmmaker, Scarlett Johansson as scream queen Janet Leigh and Helen Mirren as Hitch’s long-suffering wife.
On general release February 8
Comedy: Sean Hughes – Life Becomes Noises
Comedian Sean Hughes’s (above) touching account of his relationship with his father and his passing is a moving look at families, how the people closest to us sometimes can be the furthest away and mortality.
So, odd material for a comedy show, but in these hands it is empathetic, eye-opening and very funny.
Tricycle Theatre 269
Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR.
Feb 13-16. 8pm. £18
Tube | Kilburn
Exhibition: Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance
This so-Tate exhibition looks at the relationship between painting and performance.
In the second half of the 20th century paint wasn’t just applied with a brush to canvas, it was dripped, chucked and flung across all manner of surfaces – walls, faces, animals, you name it, pretty much anything and everything.
Tate Modern Bankside
London, SE1 9TG.
Until Apr 1. £10
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Theatre: Gruesome Playground Injuries
In American playwright Rajiv Joseph’s short new play, Doug and Kayleen meet each other as eight-year-old kids in the school nurse’s office (she a prim little miss, he ungainly and accident prone).
It’s the start of a long-lasting friendship teetering on the brink of a relationship in Justin Audibert’s eloquent, compulsive production.
Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ.
Until Feb 16. £20+
Tube | Notting Hill
Theatre: Di and Viv and Rose
There’s something special about friends made when you first leave home – no matter how different from you they may be, they’re likely to become a substitute family.
Amelia Bullmore’s three-hander – starring Tamzin Outhwaite, Gina McKee and Anna Maxwell Martin – is truthful, compassionate and funny.
Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU.
Until Feb 23. £22+
Tube | Swiss Cottage
Photos: Johan Persson