The festive season has finally arrived, and with it, plenty of great flicks to give us an escape from the horror that is Christmas shopping. This month, we’ve got the long-awaited sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, a couple of gritty period dramas, and a hilarious new movie from the guys who gave us Step Brothers. And, as always, stick around till the end to find out how you can catch one of these hot new films for less.
1. Second Act
Rom-com queen Jennifer Lopez is back! If you’re a fan of Younger, you’ll love Second Act. J.Lo plays a 40-something underachiever stuck in a low-paying retail job who, thanks to a fake Facebook profile and a less-than-accurate resume, lands a flashy corporate gig complete with a massive office and luxury apartment. But will her street smarts and charisma be enough to maintain the ruse? Or will her new life come crashing down?
2. Mortal Engines
From the makers of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit comes the adaptation of Philip Reeve’s dystopian YA novel, Mortal Engines, set in a post-apocalyptic world in which cities have been mounted on wheels and turned into giant, travelling machines, struggling to survive on Earth’s remaining resources. When apprentice historian Tom and masked assassin Hester are tossed out of the ever-moving London, they are suddenly forced to fend for themselves, working together to take down the evil Thaddeus Valentine (played by Australia’s own Hugo Weaving).
Keira Knightley stars in this critically-acclaimed biopic depicting the fascinating life of the iconic French novelist Colette (best known for her 1944 novella Gigi). Directed by Wash Westmoreland, who co-wrote and directed the 2014 Oscar-winner Still Alice, Colette focuses on the writer’s early career, which saw her ghostwrite four novels published under her husband’s name. But when he refuses to give her any credit for her work, it sparks something of a rebellion in Colette, who slowly begins to realise her worth.
4. Ralph Breaks the Internet
Kids and big kids alike have been anxiously awaiting the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph for six years now, and soon, it’ll finally hit the big screens. Ralph Breaks the Internet sees the return of Ralph and Vanellope, now best friends, who find themselves facing a new challenge: they must find replacement parts for Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. Risking it all, the pals travel through the arcade’s new Wi-Fi router, enlisting the help of the internet to save Vanellope’s home.
5. The Favourite
If Colette isn’t enough to satisfy your historical drama craving, might we suggest The Favourite? Based on the true story of the relationship between Queen Anne (played by Olivia Colman) and two members of her household, Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Emma Stone), both vying to be the Queen’s favourite, this fun, drama-filled flick is sure to be an Oscars contender, having already won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Fest among a slew of other awards. Watch this space!
Forget Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America – even the most loyal Marvel fans are sure to love the latest DC blockbuster, Aquaman. Game of Thrones heartthrob Jason Momoa stars as the aquatic superhero and reluctant ruler of the underwater city Atlantis, who must protect both the underwater kingdom and surface civilisation from each other. He shares the screen with a stellar cast including Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe and Nicole Kidman. And if the early reviews are anything to go by, Aquaman might just give the Avengers (and even fellow DC heroine Wonder Woman) a run for their money!
7. Holmes & Watson
Stepbrothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reuniting once more, this time as two of the most iconic and beloved characters in literary history, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, as you’ve never seen them before. In this hilarious parody of the classic mystery-solving duo, Holmes and Watson must work together to quash rival James Moriarty’s (Ralph Feinnes) evil plot to assassinate Queen Victoria.
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