Films to watch in December

The Last Jedi, The Disaster Artist and the Muppets are on the way

The Last Jedi

After an interminable amount of hype, The Last Jedi finally hits our multiplexes and the Force will undoubtedly be strong enough to destroy the rest of the box office competition this month. The Force Awakens got the Star Wars saga back up and running in style – fans will be praying for more of the same from Luke Skywalker and co in this latest installment. Released on December 14

Happy End

After the relative accessibility of 2012’s Amour, Michael Haneke returns to a more elliptical means of story-telling with this odd and unsettling family drama that picks away at some of the Austrian film-maker’s perennial themes, including bourgeois hypocrisy and France’s colonial history. There’s also Haneke’s take on social media and, surprisingly for this deadly serious writer-director, a bit of droll humour in there, too. Not for everyone certainly, but those who do catch Happy End are in for a strange but thought-provoking experience. Released on December 1

The Disaster Artist

The Room, a romantic drama made in 2003, has gained cult status as one of the worst films of all time. The Disaster Artist is an affectionate (and critically acclaimed) comedy, starring James and Dave Franco and Seth Rogen, about the making of this cinematic monstrosity. Released on December 6

The Muppet Christmas Carol

A re-release of what has deservedly become one of the most cherished Christmas films of all time. With Michael Caine starring among the Muppets, it’s a hilarious, warm and, at times, very moving take on Dickens’ enduring festive tale. Released on December 4

Stronger

Jake Gyllenhaal on the Oscars trail starring in this true life drama about Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing. The film is based on Bauman’s memoir about his experiences and is directed by David Gordon Green. Released on December 8


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