It’s Boxing Day, which means that a whole stack of new movies hit cinemas today. Here’s our guide to the six new flicks:
Synopsis: Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, Cats follows a tribe of cats called The Jellicles.
Oh yes. It’s finally here. Tom Hooper’s star-studded musical adaptation has been panned by critics and viewers alike since being released overseas. With a dismal 2.6/10 rating on IMDB, the infamy and sheer bizareness of this film might just be enough to get bums on seats.
Who should go: Musical theatre fans, those wondering just how bad it could be.
Synopsis: Taika Waititi’s dark WWII satire follows a lonesome German boy who has Adolf Hitler as an imaginary friend.
If not for Cats, Jojo Rabbit really would have been the number one cinematic talking point of the last few months. Fans will be cheering that Taika Waititi, best known for directing and starring in Thor: Ragnarok, is back as writer/director/producer/actor in a movie that’s sure to be divisive.
Who should go: Fans of irreverent comedy.
Jumanji: The Next Level
Synopsis: The titular dangerous game is back in Jumanji: The Next Level.
The second sequel to 1995’s Jumanji sees Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart battling the forces of Jumanji, a video game with the power to wreak havoc in the real world.
Who should go: Fans of the original, people with kids, fans of light-hearted action movies.
Portrait of a Lady On Fire
Synopsis: In 18th century France, a painter must stringently observe her subject in the lead-up to the latter’s wedding day.
Already earning acclaim overseas, don’t be surprised to see this French film make appearances in the Best Foreign Language Film category at this year’s award season.
Who should go: Movie buffs, French film fans.
Synopsis: Another French film, following the reunion of an actress mother and her daughter, who has married and mothered a child of her own.
The Truth of the matter is that this film has gotten mixed reviews since being released overseas. The casting of Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke should be enough to makes some waves here.
Who should go: French film fans, people looking for a bit of drama. Could be a good date movie.
Sorry We Missed You
Synopsis: A family doing it tough financially hope they can get a break when the father finds work as a self-employed delivery driver.
Sorry We Missed You is bound to tug at the heart-strings on its release. It’s a British film and won’t be released in America until March, but its Oscar unlikeliness shouldn’t be conflated with lack of quality. Could be a surprise Boxing Day hit.
Who should go: Fans of drama films, movie buffs.