Published Dec 20, 2013Why not take a breather from all that shopping and head on over to your nearest theatre for some pre-holiday entertainment? We've taken a look at some of the new releases hitting theatres ahead of the holiday break below, but don't forget to check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews of even more new films.
Kicking things off is American Hustle, the new feature-length film from Academy Award nominee David O. Russell. He gathers some of his favourite collaborators from The Fighter and Silver Lining's Playbook, including Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence, but is it enough to keep things interesting in this art-y con movie? Read on to find out.
Next, onetime music video director Spike Jonze delivers a star-studded metaphor for our technology-crazed society in Her, which received an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence for cleverly depicting the "'socially-acceptable insanity' that is love."
Over in the family fun department, Justin Long and John Leguizamo play host to some of the worst dialogue imaginable in the underwhelming Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, while Disney delivers a factually incorrect — yet delightful — depiction of their namesake's bastardization of P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks.
Speaking of historical retellings, Cherrybomb directors Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn channel their teenage kicks for the Belfast punk biopic Good Vibrations, and the Coen Brothers receive a perfect 10/10 for their freewheelin' folk flick, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Last but certainly not least (well, maybe least), Ron Burgundy and his band of merry newsmakers return in the Channel 5 News Team's long-awaited sequel, Anchorman 2. Is 10 years too long for Ferrell to prove himself as more than just a one-trick pony? Click through to know.
Stop by our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on even more new releases.