Into the Woods
The film version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods is deliciously wicked. Meryl Streep is the once-beautiful Witch, Anna Kendrick is Cinderella, Chris Pine is the “charming”, insincere Prince and Johnny Depp plays Wolf, who dogs Little Red Riding Hood.
– Gayle Edmunds
Critics have been raving about this adaptation of the beloved Paddington Bear story. Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy, who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. – Grethe Koen
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
It won’t be possible to get through the holidays without rounding off your Middle-earth experience. So, once more into the land of elves, dwarves and dragons with the courageous hobbit Bilbo. – Gayle Edmunds
Penguins of Madagascar
Fans of the popular Madagascar franchise can look forward to this spin-off featuring Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private as they try to stop a many-tentacled villain, Dr Octavius Brine. Entertaining holiday fare for kids and adults alike. – Thembisile Dzonzi
A light romcom with salt-of-the-earth boers, mean Brits and blacks singing happily in a taxi. Director Henk Pretorius does what he knows best: feel-good froth that doesn’t challenge the viewer in any way. – Grethe Koen
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Ultimate hero Katniss Everdeen is back for another instalment of the popular Hunger Games franchise and it’s just as tense and exciting as the last. Fans will rejoice. – Garreth van Niekerk
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
The Night at the Museum franchise hits number three. It’s a bit thin, but see it for three reasons: Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot; the final screen appearances of Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney; and Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson, who’s wasted in this, but who is worth seeing.
– Gayle Edmunds
The Skeleton Twins (2014)
The Labia Theatre, Old School Cinema on Orange Street, Cape Town
December 24-January 1 (except Christmas Day), 11.45am
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star in The Skeleton Twins, the Best Screenplay Sundance Film Festival winner. Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins Maggie and Milo reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship.