The Top Ten Films to See This December…

Here’s our take on the ten most interesting looking films which reach UK cinemas this month…

December 2015 is an interesting month for new releases. We have a mixture of big blockbusters which we are very much looking forward to alongside quite a number of smaller releases which appear interesting but have rather mixed critical reactions. It feels like the market is mostly hanging back and letting Star Wars claim this month before then releasing films like The Danish GirlJoyThe Hateful Eight and The Revenant next month. Still, there are plenty of interesting films to take a look at as 2015 comes to a close, here are our top ten picks…

By the Sea

IMDB: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.
Rumsey’s Musings: The first film on the list is By the Sea. A film which has drawn its fair share of flack over the last week or so from critics who labelled it pretentious, unimaginative and perhaps most damning of all likened it to a living breathing perfume advertisement. However there have been a considerable number of critics who have stepped forward and declared that it’s actually an interesting film, one that demonstrates promise in its director (Angelina Jolie) and who don’t have a problem with the casting of real life couple Pitt and Jolie as the leads. We are intrigued to find out exactly what we think of this one and are curious to see how Jolie is coming into her own as a director.
Release Date: 11/12/15

Hector

IMDB: A portrait of an invisible man and an authentic account of homelessness within contemporary Britain, Hec McAdam is at once a powerful character study and an insight into the lives of those on the margins. Hec has been living around the motorways with transient friends for years. After so long on the move, he hopes to have left his past far behind. Our story follows his annual pilgrimage, on the roads and in the cities, from Scotland to a shelter in London to be with his temporary Christmas family . But his clock is ticking and he is compelled to try to reconnect with his real family he last saw 15 years before.
Rumsey’s Musings: A timely story which promises to be something of an emotional roller-coaster. The film’s material and Peter Mullan in the lead role are enough to convince us to give this one a look.
Release Date: 11/12/15

Ice and the Sky

IMDB: A documentary about global warming.
Rumsey’s Musings: IMDB’s description doesn’t really do this movie justice, in fact it’s so bland as to almost put one off…. It is in fact a powerful documentary which offers a very clear and direct challenge to deniers by investigating the first scientist to be concerned about global warming and the depth and breadth of his work. It’s set to be essential viewing this month.
Release Date: 11/12/15

In the Heart of the Sea

IMDB: Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.
Rumsey’s Musings: This Ron Howard movie isn’t another Moby Dick film; instead it’s an adaptation of the original real life story which inspired Melville’s story. A huge budget and the possibility for an epic storyline coupled with actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Ben Wishaw only makes the film more promising.
Release Date: 26/12/15

Krampus

IMDB: A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home.
Rumsey’s Musings: Here’s one which has the potential to be a decent watch. It gets plus points for giving us a film which isn’t just another saccharine holiday movie, but whether it is going to be anything particularly special remains to be seen.
Release Date: 04/12/15

The Lesson

IMDB: In a small Bulgarian town Nadezhda, a young teacher, is looking for the robber in her class so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. But when she gets in debt to loan sharks, can she find the right way out herself?
Rumsey’s Musings: Lots of very promising reviews have pushed this one onto our radar and we cannot wait to discover it for ourselves.
Release Date: 04/12/15Sherpa

IMDB: A fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred? Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing season, from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured a tragedy that would change Everest forever. At 6.45am on 18th April, 2014, a 14 million ton block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route through the Khumbu Icefall, killing 16 Sherpas. It was the worst tragedy in the history of Everest. The disaster provoked a drastic reappraisal about the role of the Sherpas in the Everest industry. SHERPA, tells the story of how, in the face of fierce opposition, the Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim the mountain they call Chomolungma.
Rumsey’s Musings: That lengthy summary does the job for us here… it sounds like a fascinating and tragic story and we are so intrigued to see the documenatry.
Release Date: 18/12/15

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

IMDB: A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).
Rumsey’s Musings: Will it be good? Bad? Ugly? Who knows… we’re hyped to find out though and all of our fingers and toes are crossed that the seventh instalment in this series will be the one to finally live up to the legacy which the original trilogy left behind. Either way we will know in about a week’s time.
Release Date: 17/12/15

Sunset Song

IMDB: The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.
Rumsey’s Musings: This one had some serious build up in critical circles with seemingly every critic desperate to see it. Now that they have we have many published exclamations of joy that are peppered by other reviews full of heartbroken sighs and detailed regret at unmet expectations. Whether you love it or hate it Sunset Song is one of the key films to see this month if you’re a cinephile.
Release Date: 04/12/15

Swung

IMDB: When an encounter with the swinging scene has an unexpected impact on David’s impotence, Alice thinks she might have found the solution to all their problems, but the poly-amorous world is a difficult place for a love story to flourish.
Rumsey’s Musings: Here’s another film we are not entirely sure about but we’re big fans of actress Elena Anaya and the film has received some interesting reviews. Plus, we’re somewhat looking forward to Elizabeth McGowan having fun shedding her Downton image as the ‘swinging sensei’ that leads the troubled couple into the world of swingers and sex.
Release Date: 11/12/15


So, what did you think? Are you also looking forward to any of these films or do you have your eyes set on other releases? Be sure to let us know in the comment box below!

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5 comments

  1. Great post, but oh…come on, let’s be honest – I don’t think we really need “to find out” whether “By the Sea” is any good and we don’t need any critics’ opinions – from its title to its synopsis and director, the film is simply doomed to failure. I am really looking forward to “In the Heart of the Sea” – looks absolutely stunning.

    1. True. I don’t exactly think it is going to be a box office hit…but I’m intrigued as to how the final product turns out regardless!

      Couldn’t agree with you more there, cannot wait to see that on the big screen!

  2. I’ll definitely be seeing By the Sea solo, since I doubt anyone else will want to see it with me, but I totally support Jolie endeavors. She rarely acts anymore, so I’ll take any chance I can get to see her!!

    Great post!

    1. Thanks Courtney!
      I know what you mean, support for her isn’t too easy to come by sometimes. Shame.

    2. Little White Lies gave it a pretty great review…
      http://lwlies.com/reviews/by-the-sea/

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