Cinema Releases: December 2014

Released 5th December:

 

 

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Black Sea (15) Running time: 115 minutes

Director: Kevin MacDonald,  Writer: Dennis Kelly

Cast: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Jodie Whittaker, Ben Mendelsohn

A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival.

 

 

 

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Get Santa (U) Running time: 102 minutes

Director: Christopher Smith,  Writer: Christopher Smith

Cast: Warwick Davis, Stephen Graham, Nonso Anozie, Jodie Whittaker, Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Ewen Bremner

It’s days before Christmas and reindeer are found running loose through the streets of London. Meanwhile an astonished 9 year-old Tom (newcomer Kit Connor) discovers Santa (Jim Broadbent) in the garden shed.
He has crash-landed while test-driving his new sleigh and enlists Tom and his father Steve (Rafe Spall) to help him get back to Lapland. But what happens when Santa is arrested and thrown into prison? Will Steve and Tom be able to break him out in time for Christmas?

Get Santa is a heart-warming and funny family adventure about a father and son reconnecting to discover the magic of Christmas.

 

 

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The Grandmaster (15) Running time: 130 minutes

Director: Kar Wai Wong,  Writers: Kar Wai Wong, Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu

Cast: Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang

Six years in the planning and three years in the making, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts.

 

 

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Predestination (15) Running time: 97 minutes

Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig,  Writers: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor

Strap in for a mind-bending ride through time this Winter. PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for eternity. Now, on his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.

 

 

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The Pyramid (15) Running time: 89 minutes

Director: Gregory Levasseur,  Writers: Daniel Meersand, Nick Simon

Cast: Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, Daniel Amerman 

The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped; they are being hunted.

 

 

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St Vincent (12A) Running time: 103 minutes

Director: Theodore Melfi,  Writer: Theodore Melfi

Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard

Vincent is an old Vietnam vet whose stubbornly hedonistic ways have left him without money or a future. Things change when his new next-door neighbor’s son, Oliver, needs a babysitter and Vince is willing enough for a fee. From that self-serving act, an unexpected friendship forms as Vincent and Oliver find so much of each other’s needs through each other. As Vincent mentors Oliver in street survival and other worldly ways, Oliver begins to see more in the old man than just his foibles. When life takes a turn for the worse for Vincent, both them find the best in each other than no one around them suspects.

 

 

 

 

Released 12th December:

 

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (12A) Running time: 144 minutes

Director: Peter Jackson,  Writers: Fran Walsh, Philipa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro, J.R.R. Tolkien

Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage,Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and Orlando Bloom. The film also stars, in alphabetical order, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Aidan Turner 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.

Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.

As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

 

 

 

Released 19th December:

 

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Dumb and Dumber To (15) Running time: 110 minutes

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly  Writers: Sean Anders, Mike Cerrone, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, John Morris, Bennett Yellin

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels,Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Rob Riggle, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom 

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as Lloyd and Harry in the sequel to the smash hit that took the physical comedy and kicked it in the nuts: Dumb and Dumber To. The original film’s directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly, take Lloyd and Harry on a road trip to find a child Harry never knew he had and the responsibility neither should ever, ever be given.

 

 

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Kon-Tiki (15) Running time: 118 minutes

Directors: Joachim Roning, Espen Sandberg,  Writers: Petter Skavlan, Allan Scott

Cast: Pal SverreHagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Tobias Santelmann

In 1947, the world was gripped with excitement as the young Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl embarked on an astonishing expedition – a journey of 4,300 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean on the raft “Kon-Tiki”. From his days living in the Marquesas with his wife Liv, Thor suspected that the South Sea Islands had been settled by ancient South Americans from thousands of miles to the east. Despite his inability to swim and his fear of water, Thor decided to confirm his theory by sailing the legendary voyage himself.

 

 

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG) Running time: 98 minutes

Director: Shawn Levy,  Writers: Robert Ben Garant, David Guion, Michael Handelman, Thomas Lennon

Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens, Ben Kinglsey, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson, Dick Van Dyke, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night at the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favourite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

 

 

 

Released 26th December:

 

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Big Eyes (12A) Running time: 105 minutes

Director: Tim Burton,  Writers: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

Cast:Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny Huston 

Directed and produced by Tim Burton, BIG EYES is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. BIG EYES centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for her work.

 

 

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Exodus: Gods and Kings (12A) Running time: 150 minutes

Director: Ridley Scott,  Writers: Adam Coper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian

Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Paul, Maria Valverde

Epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS is the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

 

 

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Revenge of the Green Dragons (TBC) Running time: 94 minutes

Directors: Andrew Loo, Wai-Keung Lau  Writers: Michael Di Jiacomo, Andrew Loo

Cast: Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr, Ray Liotta

In the vein of crime classics like MEAN STREETS and INFERNAL AFFAIRS, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang “The Green Dragons”. The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. From acclaimed Director Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action film and a New York City crime thriller, portraying the never-before-told true story of “The Green Dragons”.

 

Matt Wavish
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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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