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Ben Falk

01 Dec 2014

A round-up of the movies you should keep an eye out for until the end of the year…


Look - I'm finally cool! I Image: Universal

Dumb and Dumber To

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle

The idiots are back – and while it’s quite strange to see Carrey and Daniels returning to these characters 20 years later, the genius of the first movie means there’s a lot of credit in the bank. It would be hard to top the original – and this doesn’t – but the pair’s glorious chemistry remains intact and there are enough laugh-out-loud moments to merit a watch.

Night At The Museum 3: Secret Of The Tomb

I told you we had rats... I Image: 20th Century Fox

Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dan Stevens

One of those franchises that makes a ton of cash and no-one remembers watching, this threequel adds former Downton-er Stevens to the mix of reanimated exhibits as they join Stiller on another quest. It’s slickly done and a good bet for the kids over the Christmas holidays.


Wearing vertiginous heels on a table 45 stories up might not be a great idea I Image: Columbia Pictures

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis

The original is still worth a watch when it comes on the telly, so it’s unsurprising that Hollywood has given the classic musical a modern reworking. Oscar nominee Wallis is the little orphan that could, Diaz chews the scenery as Miss Hannigan and Foxx shows off his pipes as Annie’s benefactor. If you don’t have a tear in your eye during Tomorrow, you’ve got a heart of stone.

Exodus: Gods And Kings

I thought you said we were supposed to shave our heads? I Image: 20th Century Fox

Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul

Director Ridley Scott takes on history again – this time the tale of Moses (Bale) and his battle with adoptive brother Ramses (Edgerton). Scott has based a lot of the Biblical “miracles” on known historical facts and the calibre of the actors – plus the scale – means this could well be mentioned come awards time.


What do you think he looks like when he loses? I Image: Universal

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Another possible Oscar contender comes in the form of this incredible story – which would be absurd if it wasn’t true. Former Skins actor O’Connell gets his Hollywood breakout role as Louis Zamperini, a former world-class athlete who fought in World War II, was captured and then tortured by the Japanese before escaping. Angelina Jolie takes on directing duties. Triumph of the human spirit barely begins to describe it.

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