[Movies of the Month] December

December

CINEMA VISITS
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – A suitable conclusion to the trilogy, with strong fight sequences, both on a large and small scale. While it can never rival The Lord of the Rings in my opinion, it will have been an excellent first journey into Middle-earth for a new generation. ★★★★½

1ST TIMERS
Dazed and Confused
 – Bizarre in parts, but seemingly authentic to the 1970s America. ★★★
Le Week-end – Strong performances from Broadbent and Duncan in a touching romcom about marriage and love a few decades on. ★★★½
Bachelorette – Loud and, in parts, messy, this isn’t one of Dunst’s greatest films, but she does, nonetheless, give a solid performance. ★★½
Snowpiercer – A credit to its director, Joon-ho Bong, this is a gripping, thought-provoking sci-fi that is suitably grey and grim. ★★★★
Black Rock – Though not a classic, it is refreshing to see a horror/drama without excess amounts of blood and gore. ★★★
Slumdog Millionaire – Excellent film, particularly the way that the story unraveled through Jamal’s explanations and seeing his childhood. ★★★★

REWATCHES
Wreck-It Ralph – A children’s film I don’t think I’ll get tired of. ★★★★
The Bourne Identity – A brilliant thriller, with one of the best car chases on screen. ★★★★
Arthur Christmas – Clever children’s Christmas flick that has been added to the ‘must see’ schedule over the holiday period. ★★★★
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Very entertaining; I’m looking forward to the sequel. ★★★★
Rush – Personally, I can’t find a fault; emotionally engaging even if you aren’t a F1 fan. ★★★★★
Mrs Doubtfire – A childhood favourite always worth revisiting. ★★★★
Notting Hill – One of the best romcoms of the Nineties, if not ever. ★★★★½
The Muppets – Good fun but, as I found out from my viewing partner, if you’re an adult and didn’t used to watch ‘The Muppets’ you may be at a disadvantage not knowing the characters and their personalities. ★★★★

Total: 16

Since 1/1/14 

Cinema visits: 7
Rewatches: 43
1st timers: 83
Total: 133

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