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Last Movie of the Month for 2014 with a surprise winner. Check back over the weekend to see if any of the featured films make my top ten of the year. 

Paddington:  Adapting the classic children’s story could have been a disaster,  amazingly the story of the titular bear from darkest Peru gets everything right.  From the cast (both the human characters and the voice of Paddington) to the animation of the bear.  Most importantly the comedy is just the right side of silly to make it charming and enchanting.Paddington

Black Sea:  It essentially boils down to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in a submarine.  A taught well acted, if predicable thriller.Black Sea

The Grandmaster: The life of real life martial arts supremo Ip Man as told by Wong Kar Wai.  It is as stunning to look at as you would expect, and the fight choreography by Woo-ping Yuen is as brilliant as ever.  The only disappointing thing, I am led to believe there are three different edits, out there.  If the reviews are correct, the version I saw isn’t the best one.The Grandmaster

The Pyramid: A team of archaeologists explore a pyramid.  Not good idea.  A silly film that doesn’t even reach the low watermark set by As Above, So Below earlier this year.  Anyone thinking of watching either of these films would be better of watching Neil Marshall’s modern classic/masterpiece The Descent, even if you have already seen it.The Pyramid

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: A decent conclusion to the trilogy.  Like its predecessors it was never going to be as good as The Lord Of The Rings.  Some of the characters are sidelined for large sections of the film but this is done to develop other characters further and was the right thing to do on the whole.The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

Big Eyes: Tim Burtons least Tim Burton film.  It is similar in tone to Ed Wood but doesn’t have the same warmth towards the characters.  The biggest floor is the lack of depth to Christoph Waltz’s character.  We never truly understand the motivation for his actions.bigeyes

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie directed story Olympic runner and WWII POW Louis Zamperini.  Lavishly shot and often powerful, the heart of the movie comes from another great performance from rising star Jack O’Connell.Unbroken

Exodus: Gods And Kings: The return of the biblical epic continues, unlike Noah it tells its story with a tiny bit of ambiguity that may or may not rationalise the miracles on display.  It sags a little in the middle but earns its epic status thanks to some truly spectacular scenes.Exodus Gods And Kings

I never expected to say this, but Movie of The Month is: PaddingtonPaddingtonPOSTER

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