A slow month with just three new movies and one screening of a classic.
Krampus: A Christmas comedy horror that owes a debt to Gremlins. It has both funny and horror moments and is largely entertaining but it isn’t Gremlins.
Victor Frankenstein: Do we need another remake of Frankenstein? Yes, if it has something new to say. Telling the story from Igor’s point of view, this new version looked like it could have something else to say. Then it reverts to the usual clichéd camp, looking at times like the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Large parts of the story are taken straight from the original film, this works surprisingly well. The new characters are all good and fit well with the returning ones. Most importantly it is a fun action adventure that gives a new hope for the franchise.
Doctor Zhivago: Rereleased as part of the BFI’s season on love. Never turn down the chance to see a David Lean movie. It has always been a fantastic film, all the better on the big screen.
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