There will be something for everyone this holiday season, with plenty on offer to entertain the little ones, as well as blockbusters like the final instalment of The Hobbit trilogy and Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings. Also coming out: our own Russell Crowe's epic adventure, The Water Diviner.
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25 Nov 2014 - 3:54 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2015 - 12:21 PM

December 4

The Congress

(Israel, Sci-fi)

Director: Ari Folman
Starring: Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm
What's it about?
Robin Wright plays herself in this curious film from the director of Waltz With Bashir. Facing a declining number of roles, she accepts one last job: she lets Miramount scan her image and likeness – and freely use it forevermore.

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Read interview with director Ari Folman

 

Exodus: Gods and Kings

(UK/USA/Spain, Action/adventure/drama)

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul
What's it about?
Ridley Scott directs this story of Moses rising against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, and leading 600,000 Israelite slaves out of Egypt on a deadly journey.

Watch trailers #1 and #2
Read review

 

The Captive

(Canada, Thriller)

Director: Atom Egoyan
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson
What's it about?
A father is haunted by the disappearance of his daughter eight years ago. When troubling signs point to the possibility that she might still be alive, he stops at nothing to track down her abductor.

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The Green Prince

(Germany/UK/USA/Israel, Documentary/drama/thriller)

Director: Nadav Schirman
Starring: Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, Sheikh Hassan Yousef
What's it about?
From the 'stranger than fiction' files comes this true story of the son of a founder of Hamas, who was arrested at 17 for smuggling weapons, and became a spy for Shin Bet, the Israeli security services.

Read interview with director Nadav Schirman

 

Turkey Shoot

(Australia, Action)

Director: Jon Hewitt
Starring: Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor
What's it about?
A remake of the infamous 1982 Ozploitation movie, Turkey Shoot is set in a nightmarish future, in a maximum security prison where an ex-Navy SEAL and other convicted criminals are offered to take part in a popular but deadly TV show for a shot at freedom.

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The Mystery of Happiness

(Argentina/Brazil, Comedy/drama/romance)

Director: Daniel Burman
Starring: Fabián Arenillas, Guillermo Francella, Inés Estévez
What's it about?
Santiago and Eugenio are lifelong business partners and best friends. One day, Eugenio disappears without warning and Santiago teams up with Engenio's wife to find him. Despite a difficult start, they warm up to each other and together, try to come to terms with the end of their relationships to Eugenio.

 

Charlie’s Farm

(Australia, Horror)

Director: Chris Sun
Starring: Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder
What's it about?
Four friends head to the outback for an adventure and decide to explore Charlie's Farm, a site infamous for the death of a violent family at the hands of an angry mob. Their adventure soon turns to nightmare.

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

(USA, Comedy/family)

Director: Miguel Arteta
Starring: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould
What's it about?
Alexander's day gets off to a bad start when he finds gum stuck in his hair while at school, but he gets little sympathy from his family. Stars the young Australian actor Ed Oxenbould, soon to be seen in Rob Connolly's Paper Planes.

 

 

December 11

Folies Bergere (Paris Follies)

(France, Comedy)

Director: Marc Fitoussi
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Michael Nyqvist
What's it about?
Married couple Brigitte (Isabelle Huppert) and Xavier (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) lead a quiet life on their cattle farm in Normandy. But Isabelle enjoys a flirtation with a young Parisian (Pio Marmai) at a neighbour's party and soon makes up a pretext to go up to the capital and see him again.

Read our interview with Isabelle Huppert

 

Paddington

(UK, Comedy/family)

Director: Paul King
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins
What's it about?
Based on the popular children's books by Michael Bond, this family comedy follows a young talking bear who travels to the city to find a new home. He befriends a young English boy at a London train station, who invites him to stay with his family, the Browns.

Watch our interview with Nicole Kidman

 

Horrible Bosses 2

(USA, Comedy)

Director: Sean Anders
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston
What's it about?
In this sequel, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses and create a company, but when an investor (Christoph Waltz) leaves them high and dry, they see no other solution than to kidnap the investor's son (Chris Pine).  

 

 

December 18

Love is Strange

(USA, Drama/LGBT)

Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
What's it about?
After 39 years together, a recently married gay couple is forced to sell their New York apartment and live apart. With growing money concerns, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) must now rely on the generosity of their friends and family.

Watch trailer
Read interview with actor John Lithgow

Read review

 

Keep on Keepin' on

(USA, documentary/music)

Director: Alan Hicks
Starring: Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin, Quincy Jones
What's it about?
This documentary follows jazz legend Clark Terry over four years, as he mentors young blind piano player Justin Kauflin to help prepare for a prestigious international competition.

 

Annie

(USA, Comedy/drama/family)

Director: Will Gluck
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne
What's it about?
The third adaptation from the eponymous Broadway musical, Annie follows a spirited young orphan (Quvenzhané Wallis), whose life changes when she is saved from being hit by a car by hopeful New York mayor Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Stacks soon sees in her an opportunity to boost his public image.

 

P.K.

(India, Comedy/drama/fantasy)

Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Starring: Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma
What's it about?
A naive, young man known as P.K. wanders through the city and ask questions that no one has asked before. His innocent outlook on life forces people to reevaluate their own views on the world, and this journey sees him form new friendships, but also making enemies in the establishment.

 

 

December 26

The Water Diviner

(Australia, Drama)

Director: Russell Crowe
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko
What's it about?
An Australian man (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey in 1919 after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and find the remains of his three missing sons.

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Mr. Turner

(UK, Biography/drama)

Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson
What's it about?
An exploration of the life of the great, eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner. The film earned Timothy Spall the Award for Best Actor at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Watch scene clips
Watch Timothy Spall's Cannes press conferene
Read review

 

St. Vincent

(USA, Comedy/drama)

Director: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts
What's it about?
Misanthropic Vietnam veteran Vincent (Bill Murray) learns that he's completely broke and soon accepts a gig as a babysitter to his new young neighbour Oliver. The two end up forming an unlikely friendship. 

Read interview with actor Bill Murray
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

(New Zealand/USA, Adventure/fantasy)

Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett
What's it about?
In the third instalment of Peter Jackon's trilogy, Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarfs continue on their quest to the Dragon Smaug’s lair.

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Big Hero 6

(USA, Animation/action/adventure)

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
What's it about?
When evil threatens the city of San Fransokyo, young and gifted Hiro Hamada and his friends decide to fight it with the help of an inflatable robot called Baymax. Together they form a group of high-tech heroes called Big Hero 6.

 

Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder

(Norway, Family)

Director: Arild Fröhlich
Starring: Eilif Hellum Noraker, Emily Glaister, Marian Saastad 
What's it about?
Based on children's books by Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbø (Headhunters), this movie follows the adventures of two lonely children who help Doctor Proctor get recognition for his invention.

 

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

(USA/UK, Action/adventure/family)

Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Rebel Wilson
What's is about?
In the third and final instalment of the Night at the Museum trilogy, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) goes on a quest with his museum friends to save the magic powers of The Tablet of Ahkmenrah before it dies out.

Read article "Spoilsport: Robin Williams Lends Night At the Museum: Secret Of the Tomb More Emotion Than It Deserves"