Don’t let the fact that none of this month’s must-see movie recommendations are Christmas-themed stop you from visiting the cinema because these films are worth it. Just smuggle in some mulled wine and enjoy!
Seven Psychopaths – 5th
The cast is what originally attracted me to Seven Psychopaths (Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken all star in this gangster comedy) but the recent release of its trailer has confirmed this as a must-see movie. Written, co-produced, and directed by In Bruges’ Martin McDonagh it sees Farrell play a struggling screenwriter who gets tangled up in the criminal underworld after his friends kidnap a gangster’s Shih Tzu.
Smashed – 14th
You know that couple who drink a bit too much but it’s ok because they’re a right laugh while they’re doing it? Well, what happens when one of them decides to quit drinking? This is what happens in Smashed, which sees amazing performances from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul as booze-loving husband and wife. Rather than the usual can their marriage survive her drinking problem storyline, Smashed asks can their marriage survive her beating her drinking problem?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 14th
Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Sir Ian McKellen, hobbits, dwarfs, Gollum, adventure, danger, the start of another trilogy… Need I say more?
Life Of Pi – 21st
Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi is based on the award-winning novel of the same name, which tells the story of sixteen-year-old Pi who becomes stranded at sea after the ship carrying him and his zookeeper parents sinks. Although undoubtedly an incredible story the real attraction for me is the amazing 3D visuals and CGI animals that we get a glimpse of in the trailer. Starring Suraj Sharma in his onscreen debut alongside Slumdog Millionaire’s Irrfan Khan and Tobey Maguire Life Of Pi is definitely worth a watch.
Pitch Perfect – 21st
This month’s guilty pleasure movie is Pitch Perfect starring Twilight‘s Anna Kendrick and it will definitely be a hit with the Glee/HSM fanatics but don’t let this put you off. Sometimes we need to chill out and watch a ridiculous chick flick about an a cappella war between university (yes, university!) students. This is it and with a good dolloping of that Mean Girls genius it’s bound to exceed your expectations.
Safety Not Guaranteed – 26th
Safety Not Guaranteed is your typical quirky comedy about time travel starring Aubrey Plaza as a newspaper intern sent to befriend oddball Kenneth (Mark Duplass) who’s placed an ad for a time travelling companion. Produced by the people who brought you Little Miss Sunshine it looks set to be just as good as Plaza’s character slowly gains Kenneth’s trust only to find out that he might be telling the truth. Directed by Colin Trevorrow and written by Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed was an official selection at 2012’s first London Sundance Film Festival and for this alone deserves to be on your must-see list this December.