Boxing Day movies guide: Jumanji, Cats, Jojo Rabbit, Portrait of a Lady on Fire and more

There’s no better place to recover from your Christmas food coma than in an airconditioned cinema.

These are the six movies on offer this year.


More Jumanji hijinks. Picture: Hiram Garcia/Sony via APSource:AP

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillen, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Awkwafina

Director: Jake Kasdan

What it’s about: Two years after leaving Jumanji, the four teens find themselves back in the mysterious land, but this time with a new mission and body swaps they weren’t counting on.

Is it any good? Jumanji: The Next Level is a solid adventure romp with reliably funny performances and some exciting action set-pieces including a nightmare moving ropes course. But it doesn’t match the freshness of its predecessor.

Rating: 3/5

Full review here


Jojo Rabbit won the Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award.

Jojo Rabbit won the Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award.Source:News Regional Media

Starring: Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell

Director: Taika Waititi

What it’s about: A young German boy and fervent Hitler supporter finds out during the dying days of World War II that propaganda isn’t always the truth.

Is it any good? Taika Waititi’s “anti-hate” satire is charming and winning until it isn’t, about 35 minutes from the end when it takes an abrupt tonal shift. But what comes before that moment is very entertaining and clever, and Davis is particularly charismatic.

Rating: 3.5/5

Full review here


Portrait of a Lady on Fire features extraordinary performances. Picture: Neon via AP

Portrait of a Lady on Fire features extraordinary performances. Picture: Neon via APSource:AP

Starring: Noemie Merlant, Adele Haenel

Director: Celine Sciamma

What it’s about: Set in 18th century France, a female artist is commissioned to paint a portrait of a young woman set to be married to an Italian nobleman. Left alone on an island estate, the two discover a passionate romance.

Is it any good? Sciamma’s film is one of the best of the year, a burning story fuelled by female desire and outrageously excellent performances from Merlant and Haenel.

Rating: 5/5

Full review here


No, thank you. Picture: Universal Pictures via AP

No, thank you. Picture: Universal Pictures via APSource:AP

Starring: Francesca Hayward, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Ian McKellan

Director: Tom Hooper

What it’s about: Based on the long-running Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical, Cats follows a group of cats who gather for a talent contest/ball where the winner gets to ascend to the “Heaviside layer”.

Is it any good? Cats may be an ideal musical theatre production but it doesn’t translate to the big screen. Asking audiences to invest in two hours of only song and dance is a big stretch, especially when they’ll spend the whole time distracted by the “digital fur technology”.

Rating: 2.5/5

Full review here


The Truth is Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first film outside of Japan.

The Truth is Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first film outside of Japan.Source:Supplied

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

What it’s about: A grand dame French actor has just written her memoirs, a retelling her adult daughter is challenging. The mother and daughter spark in each other a re-examining of the past and why their relationship soured.

Is it any good? Japanese director Kore-eda is particularly adept at easy-flowing family dramas and even though this is his first feature outside of his homeland and isn’t as refined as the Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters, there’s still a lot of charm. And Deneuve is very commanding in this.

Rating: 3.5/5

Full review here


Sorry We Missed You is a tear-jerker.

Sorry We Missed You is a tear-jerker.Source:Supplied

Starring: Kris Hitchens, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone

Director: Ken Loach

What it’s about: An Englishman joins a courier service as a contractor and finds the unforgiving job only adds to his family’s struggles to dig themselves out of debt.

Is it any good? Ken Loach is known for his gritty social realism dramas and Sorry We Missed You is cut from that cloth. The performances from the inexperienced actors are very good and Loach’s stark and spare approach forces you to confront those trapped in the gig economy.

Rating: 3.5/5

Full review here

STILL IN CINEMAS: Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Playing with Fire, Frozen 2, The Addams Family, Last Christmas, Black Christmas, Joker, Ford v. Ferrari, Parasite and The Good Liar.

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