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On the screen: Top films out in cinemas in December 2014

December’s bumper crop of blockbuster films has something for everyone, whether you’re a huge Tolkien fan or a lover of musicals. Here’s our picks of this month’s happenings on the big screen.

 

 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 
This much-anticipated sci-fi-adventure film – the first of two cinematic parts based on Mockingjay, the third and final book in The Hunger Games trilogy – follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who, after escaping the Third Quarter Quell (translation: a special Hunger Games in which victors from previous Games are forced to return and fight to the death), becomes a reluctant heroine and symbol of hope for the oppressed nation of Panem. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the guidance of her trusted friends, Katniss fights to save her fellow surviving victor, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), and an entire population moved by her courage. The film also stars Elizabeth Banks, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Woody Harrelson and Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer. Opened 20 November at Cathay cineplexes.

 

 

Dumb and Dumber To 
Beloved dimwits, Larry and Lloyd, return to the silver screen – 20 years after setting out on their first adventure – for a long-awaited, side-splitting sequel; this time, they’re on a mission to find one of their long-lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney. One thing’s for sure – we can look forward to slapstick antics and the duo’s infamous foolishness. Opened 13 November at Golden Village cinemas.

 

 

Big Hero 6
This 3D-animated action-comedy flick from Disney follows brilliant robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grip of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save the city. Opened 13 November.

 

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies  
This month, Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson presents the epic third film in his trilogy based on The Hobbit, the famed masterpiece by J.R.R. Tolkien. The final chapter sees Bilbo make a desperate and dangerous decision as darkness converges on the Lonely Mountain, while the Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide whether to unite or be destroyed. Opens 18 December.

 

 

Annie
This much-awaited, contemporary remake of the childhood musical classic hits theatres this month, starring ten-year-old Academy Award-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis as orphan Annie, Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks – an update of the character Daddy Warbucks – and Cameron Diaz as the infamous Miss Hannigan – the nasty foster mom with whom Annie is left as a baby. Look forward to a fun soundtrack featuring perennial favourites like “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, all updated. Opens 18 December at Golden Village cinemas.

 

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 
This family film follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould), as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – starting with gum in his hair, followed by one mishap after the next. Just when he begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, Alexander soon learns he’s not alone after all, when his mum (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell) and siblings all find themselves living through their own no good, very bad days. Opens 4 December.

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The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
This drama tells the story of a loving husband and wife – played by Oscar nominees James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain – who are split up by a tragedy and must try to reclaim the love they once knew while picking up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. The film also stars Oscar-winner William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert and Bill Hader. Opens 1 January at Cathay Cineplexes.

 

 

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