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STITCHES (18, 86 mins) Richard Grindle (Ross Noble) is a sleazy clown working the children's party circuit in Ireland under his stage name Stitches. He is far from a shining example of wholesome family entertainment and arrives late to one party to the obvious annoyance of the parents who have booked him. Stitches' timing is awry for the entire party and the children in attendance drive him to the brink of distraction until a prank goes horribly wrong. He dies from his unfortunate injuries. Years later, the same kids including Tom (Tommy Knight) and Kate (Gemma-Leah Devereux) attend a party, unaware that Stitches will once again be guest of honour...

ROOM 237: BEING AN INQUIRY INTO THE SHINING IN 9 PARTS (15, 96 mins) A sparkling new digital transfer of the extended 144-minute cut of Stanley Kubrick's horror masterpiece, The Shining, screens across the UK and Ireland for the very first time this Halloween ahead of a nationwide release on November 2. To whet our appetites, Rodney Ascher's artfully composed documentary provides a forum for five fans and scholars to expound their theories on the film's continuity errors and subliminal imagery, spinning fantastical conspiracies. Ascher keeps his contributors off screen and constructs each narrative thread with a mosaic of Kubrick's work spliced with other films, illustrations and digital trickery. The director's method is the perfect accompaniment to their madness.

SISTER (L'ENFANT D'EN HAUT) (15, 97 mins) Visually arresting, snow-laden landscapes and strong, naturalistic performances underpin Ursula Meier's engaging family portrait, which has been deservedly feted on the festival circuit. A Swiss ski resort provides rich pickings for 12-year-old urchin Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein), who pilfers expensive equipment and supplies, then sells his booty back down the valley, before returning to the cramped apartment he shares with his flighty sister, Louise (Lea Seydoux). Writer-director Meier succinctly conveys the divide between the holidaymakers and the impoverished locals, who live hand to mouth and steal to survive. Klein and Seydoux are both excellent.


DEAD FUNNY Ross Noble in Stitches
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2012
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