It's one of those "all of human life is here" weekends at the movies. The big grown-up flick is Dallas Buyers Club, an emotional roller coaster for which Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto lost many pounds to pass as people suffering from manifold complications brought on by the AIDS virus in the late '80s. Demonstrates two things. One, when you're Matthew McConaughey you can jolly well get Oscar buzz if you do your own version of Philadelphia. Two, underrated as people are always saying McConaughey is these days, on this evidence he may well deserve the acclaim. So at Oscars 2014 it will be him next to Cate Blanchett at the Vanity Fair party.
For kids, there is Ender's Game, a space opera based on a successful book by the unpleasantly deranged Orson Scott Card. Parents whose own childhoods traversed the '80s and '90s will be amused to see Harrison Ford in the Michael Ironside role. And for their parents this week there is Last Vegas, about a bunch of really old guys on a stag night in Vegas that seems less like The Hangover and more like The Bucket List. The clue is in the title but this time it takes four guys to replace Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. They are: Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline and hey, wait a minute, Morgan Freeman.
By now your brain may be screaming for something a little more demanding, so enter Slavoj Zizek with the second of what may become a Pervert's Guide series. After The Pervert's Guide to Cinema here is The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, another romp through ideas illustrated by scenes from movies such as Taxi Driver, the Sound of Music and many other examples of cinema. Coming soon, The Pervert's Guide to Perversion.
Finally Le Weekend is a movie so carefully targeted at the pleasure receptors of middle class English DVD renters of a certain age (such people do not accommodate downloading in their viewing habits) it may well have been concocted by Zizek to demonstrate a point. Director Roger "Notting Hill" Michell's aptitude in this genre is matched only by Nigel "Calendar Girls" Cole's. Jim Broadbent and the ever luminous Lindsay Duncan find out about themselves during a late-life romantic trip to Paris, but the title already told you that.