Here are three recommendations for movies for Christmas. The three movies I have chosen are light entertainment, adventurous and good for a laugh. After the year we have lived through a laugh is much needed.
If you feel compelled to see the movies but are too embarrassed because of the certification, borrow somebody’s children.
In reverse order – drum roll, please –
Three Movies For Christmas Number 03
Assassin’s Creed is an adaptation of the action-adventure video game series. The film, set in present day, stars Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender plays Callum Lynch who, using modern technology, finds he has unlocked the genetic memory’ of his ancestor Aguilar. Aguilar was a member of a secret Assassins Society in 15th Century Spain. So access to his memories allows Lynch to become a Master Assassin. The skills and knowledge amassed by Callum equip him to take on the oppressive and powerful modern-day Templar organisation.
Release 21 December 2016.
Three Movies For Christmas Number 02
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first of the Star Wars standalone films. It is a prequel as it pre-dates the original Star Wars movie. Mon Mothma wants the plans for the Death Star stolen. Felicity Jones who stars as Jyn Erso, a Rebellion soldier, and criminal, gets the gig. Jyn along with a master swordsman and non-allied forces plot to steal the plans for the Death Star. That sets us up for the epic saga that follows Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). Chronologically, Rogue One is also set five years after Star Wars Rebels (2014).
A little more Star Wars trivia. Genevieve O’Reilly who plays Mon Mothma also played the same part in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith 2005.
Three Movies For Christmas Number 01
Sing is the latest film from American animators Illumination Entertainment (Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets). Matthew McConaughey stars as Buster Moona the koala. He is a bear with a sweet spot for showbiz and a failing theatre. In a bid to save the business he stages a singing competition. Sing is my kind of musical with vocal hopefuls including a porcupine (Scarlett Johansson), a pig (Reese Witherspoon), Young Nana (Jennifer Hudson) and a “mouse on the hustle” (Seth Macfarlane).
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