Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s a shorter At The Flix this week and this is partly due to the pre-Christmas cinema listings being a little plentiful of new releases. Rest assured, being the festive season, there are plenty of Christmas films on offer and a round up of a selection is below.
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Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd and clearly the leads and the Farrely brothers are a having a complete hoot.
This is a vehicle for the interplay between the leads but especially Carrey who, when on form, is such a comic force of nature.
There’s no doubting the talent and commitment here. The film does need to be funny though. Sadly the general consensus from critics is that the fun isn’t likely to be wholly matched by the audiences.
Ben Stiller’s Larry Devy returns and finds himself travelling to London’s Natural History Museum for his latest adventure saving the magic one more time before it’s gone forever.
Night at the Museum is such a curious and goofy concept, one part an excuse for cameos from comedians, one part kids adventure story. The films clearly have a certain fun and sway with mainstream audiences.
This is a film that probably never was necessary and has split critics down the middle but that said, it shows that even if the concept isn’t fresh, it can still have legs especially when throwing it to a new location and bringing in a whole new bunch of historical characters.
Onto the festive offerings. You will find plentiful showings of It’s A Wonderful Life, indeed four at at Mac Birmingham and several at The Electric up to and including Christmas Eve.
Indeed The Electric are serving up loads of Christmas films – Elf, Home Alone and Home Alone 2, The Wizard of Oz, Die Hard, The Muppet Christmas Carol Singalong and Joyeux Noel. At a few multiplexes, you will find a Frozen singalong or six, Vue is showing Gremlins and most amazing of all, Nativity 3 is ‘still’ on!
That’s it from me! I will be back next week for my last Flix of the year and watch out too for my 2014 list of 2014.