The world’s favourite travelling bear is brought to life again in Paddington 2.
The world’s favourite travelling bear is brought to life again in Paddington 2.

What's on the big screen this week

THE family doesn't have to wait until Boxing Day to go to the cinemas.

Ahead of the bumper day of releases comes Paddington 2, a rare sequel that lives up to its predecessor. In a treat for the adults, Hugh Grant plays the scene-stealing villain Phoenix Buchanan.

Other big-name guest stars include Joanna Lumley, Brendan Gleeson, Peter Capaldi, Noah Taylor and Richard Ayoade.

Also out this week is the drama The Florida Project, director Sean Baker's acclaimed follow-up to Tangerine which follows a ragtag group of people living in the shadow of Disney World. 

Here are this week's highlights of the big screen and why you should see them:

 

Paddington 2 (G)

Brendan Gleeson and Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in a scene from film Paddington 2
Brendan Gleeson and Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) in a scene from film Paddington 2

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

Why you should see it:  This is the best all-ages movie you can take the family to this summer. If director Wes Anderson ever joined forces with Pixar on a live-action project, then the final result would probably look a lot like the best sections of Paddington 2. Read the review.

 

The Florida Project (MA 15+)

Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite in a scene from the movie The Florida Project.
Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite in a scene from the movie The Florida Project. Marc Schmidt

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

Why you should see it: This is a worthy follow-up Sean Baker's ground-breaking 2015 film Tangerine, exploring an American universe rarely represented on the big screen. Read the review.

 

Continuing

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (M)

Daisy Ridley in a scene from the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Daisy Ridley in a scene from the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Lucasfilm

Having taken her first steps into a larger world, Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.

Why you should see it: Director Rian Johnson's entry into the galactic saga has critics and fans divided. Some love it and others hate it. Read the review.

 

Ferdinand (G)

A scene from the movie Ferdinand.
A scene from the movie Ferdinand.

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Why you should see it: The classic children's tale of a pacifist bull is given a charming makeover for a new generation. Read the review

 

The Disaster Artist (M)

Dave Franco and James Franco in a scene from the movie The Disaster Artist.
Dave Franco and James Franco in a scene from the movie The Disaster Artist. Justina Mintz

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Tommy Wiseau's cult film The Room.

Why you should see it: This examination of a cinematic flop, directed by and starring James Franco, is surprisingly entertaining and empathetic. Not shying away from his character's quirks, Franco also manages to make him accessible for cinema-goers. Read the review.

 

Wonder Wheel (PG)

Kate Winslet in a scene from the movie Wonder Wheel.
Kate Winslet in a scene from the movie Wonder Wheel. Supplied

On Coney Island in the 1950s, a lifeguard tells the story of a middle-aged carousel operator and his beleaguered wife.

Why you should see it: While this certainly isn't Woody Allen's best film, it is the director's best effort in a while. Kate Winslet owns the screen, while Justin Timberlake contributes plenty of pep. Read the review.

 

Wonder (PG)

Jacob Tremblay in a scene from the movie Wonder. Supplied by Roadshow Films.
Jacob Tremblay in a scene from the movie Wonder. Supplied by Roadshow Films.

A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he's just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn't skin deep.

Why you should see it: Jacob Tremblay is extraordinary as the shy, but resilient Auggie. This heart-warming tale will pull at your heartstrings but it's more uplifting than a tear-jerker.  Read the review.

 

The Star (G)

A scene from the movie The Star.
A scene from the movie The Star. Supplied

Brave donkey Bo and his new stable animal friends follow the Star and become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.

Why you should see it: This animated film puts a new twist on the nativity story and boasts an all-star voice cast including Kristin Chenoweth and Keegan-Michael Key. Read the story.

 

Daddy's Home 2 (PG)

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in a scene from the movie Daddy's Home 2.
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in a scene from the movie Daddy's Home 2. Claire Folger

Father and stepfather Dusty and Brad's newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho Dad and Brad's ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad arrive just in time to throw Christmas into complete chaos.

Why you should see it: Despite complete commitment by John Lithgow as Brad's dad, Will Ferrell's clown-like Brad steals the show. It seems he and Mark Wahlberg have finally found their winning comedy formula. Read the review.



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