Once again, the 13th annual DocPoint is kicking the year off in film festivals. Presenting the best Finnish and international documentaries of the year, the festival lands once again in the Capital Region from 28 January until 2 February. With a programme packed with over 100 films, seminars, lectures, workshops and concerts are also on the bill. From its humble beginnings, the numbers in attendance each year are in the vicinity of 30,000.

YEP, the Christmas season is soon upon us, which means that some of the year’s most anticipated flicks should be arriving in cinemas anytime soon...well, hopefully. First tentpole flick of the season sees The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (11.12) on screens around the country. While some were let down by the first instalment, nearly half a billion dollars in global box office means the LOTR machine is still chugging along nicely.

Author David J. Cord reveals the story behind his latest work.

IT WAS an innocuous passage I came across while looking for something else. It was an ancient account of the Roman Emperor Lucius Verus, his mistress, and a plague infecting his army as they returned from war. After I finished reading it disappeared from my conscious mind.

THE oldest and most significant contemporary dance festival in the Helsinki area, Moving in November makes its way to the Capital Region from 1-9 November. With the events being staged in Kiasma Theatre, Stoa, Zodiak – Center for New Dance, Mediakeskus Lume and Espoon kulttuurikeskus, Louhisali, the festival proclaims its mission to present interesting contemporary works and artists to the metropolitan audience.

Kicking things off, Olga de Soto takes a plunge into history. Tracing the history of Kurt Jooss’ Green Table, a piece of art created a few months before Hitler rose to power in Germany, de Soto draws on interviews staged with artists, spectators and researchers, to create an image of a artists’ group whose journey is intriguing and inspirational to witness.

Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa

Just in case you were wondering if the Jackass crew had fallen off the face of the Earth since their 3D flick a couple of years back, here they serve up a hefty helping of mischievous octogenarian Irving Zisman (prankster Johnny Knoxville, in heavy make-up). An old hand from the Jackass stable having appeared in the previous films and TV series, Zisman and his eight-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) head out on a road trip across America. Male strippers and rowdy bikers are on hand through the American heartland, along with a children’s beautypageant performance that riffs on the classic scene in Little Miss Sunshine. Throw subtlety to the wind and enjoy!

Premieres 25 October