Film festival of the week: BFI London Film Festival, various venues


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With Tom Hanks at his least Gump-ish in the lead, Paul Greengrass's engaged and muscularly entertaining Somali pirate thriller Captain Phillips is a fine choice to open this year's London Film Festival.

Hanks is back for the closer, Saving Mr Banks, while the 200-plus films in between include the variously accessible and adventurous likes of Cannes hit Blue Is the Warmest Colour; Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, with Scarlett Johansson as a (literal) maneater; the Coens' Inside Llewyn Davis; Alfonso Cuarón's Sandra Bullock- in-space knuckle-gnawer Gravity; and Steve McQueen's sure awards bet 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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