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Popcorn and Opinions: December 25

December 25th 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! The holidays seem to have put our in-house movie expert, Howard Elias, in a good mood. He actually loves one of the films that will be hitting our big screens this week! For last week’s review click here.

 

Opening This Week

 

Love, Rosie
 

If movies made from chick-lit are your thing, then Love, Rosie is right up your alley. Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling novel, Where Rainbows End , this is a rather simple story of a boy and girl who become best friends in primary school. Over the years, though their lives move in different directions, their friendship remains until one day… Well, if you watch the trailer, you’ll figure it all out. The good chemistry between stars Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series) saves Love, Rosie from being complete transatlantic rubbish.

Showing at the AMC, Broadway, Grand, and UA cinemas.

Paddington
 

I’m not sure how it happened but I’ve never read a Paddington book. So, with only that awful movie trailer as my point of reference, I went into this film ready to cringe. But. I. loved it! Paddington isn’t just a kids’ movie. There are jokes that only adults will get while at the same time the story is so simple and sweet that even the youngest kids will laugh and cheer along. Who knew that Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) had such good comic timing? I predict that Paddington will become a holiday classic.

Showing everywhere.

Seventh Son
 

Brought to us by the same company that gave us 300: Rise of an Empire, Godzilla, and Dracula Untold, comes yet another tale of brave knights, fantastic monsters, and an evil witch. Seventh Son reunites stars Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski) so it’s not all that bad but it’s really more of what we’ve seen on the big screen so many times before. Is it is just me or was Jeff Bridges channeling John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn character?

In 2D and 3D; showing at the AMC, Broadway, MCL, and UA cinemas.

Howard Elias is a Hong Kong-based film critic and film event organiser. You can hear his reviews every Thursday morning at about 8:40 am on RTHK Radio 4, and read his reviews anytime on his website at howardforfilm.com.

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