FILM: The Big Year (PG)

David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me) directs this gentle comedy following the exploits of a group of birdwatchers. Stu Preissler (Steve Martin), Brad Harris (Jack Black) and Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) are three friendly rivals, each of whom has arrived at a crossroads.

All are facing crises, which could shape the course of their lives.

Tired of responsibilities and their respective obligations, Stu, Brad and Kenny dedicate an entire year to following their dreams, embarking on an epic, cross-country journey that brings them into contact with colourful and alluring women such as Annie (Anjelica Huston), Ellie (Rashida Jones) and Jessica (Rosamund Pike).

Released: December 2 (UK & Ireland, selected cinemas), 100 mins