Escape to the movies this holiday

2014-12-23 08:00

Family favourite

Ever since they masterminded their escape from the New York Zoo in 2005’s Madagascar, the penguins were bound to get their own flick.

In Penguins of Madagascar, the tuxedo-feathered foursome save the world from a nasty villain, of course. Take the kids. It will give you an excuse to see this delightful film.

Date movie

If you’re feeling romantic, then the very sweet Love, Rosie is just for you. Lily Collins is Rosie and Sam Claflin is Alex, her best friend who couldn’t possibly be the love of her life – or could he?

The two take the long road to love and it’s a charming trip I enjoyed – mostly because, come December, I tuck away my inner cynic until after the Christmas pudding is eaten.

Fun night out

The Night at the Museum franchise hits number three with Secret of the Tomb.

It’s a bit thin, but see it for three reasons: Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot; the final screen appearances of two great comics, Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney, who both died this year; and Rebel Wilson, who’s wasted in this, but worth seeing.

Epic night out

The US movie machine has spotted the spending potential of the religious right and is getting leading directors to “do” big Bible stories. In Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott parts the Red Sea.

The film’s been criticised for white-facing the cast, but Scott says white stars sell better. Has he met Mr Box Office, Will Smith?

Musical of the season

This film version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods is deliciously wicked.

Meryl Streep is the witch, Anna Kendrick is Cinderella, Chris Pine is the “charming”, insincere prince, Johnny Depp is the wolf who dogs Little Red Riding Hood, and James Corden and Emily Blunt are the baker and his wife who lead the merry dance into the woods.

Sequel of the season

It won’t be possible to get through the holidays without rounding off your Middle-earth experience.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is here. I was never sure that we needed three films to tell the tale of theoriginal book, but that doesn’t mean I’d miss one of them.

So, once more into the land of elves, dwarves and dragons with the courageous hobbit Bilbo.

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