UK FILM TOP 10
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1. Mary Poppins Returns (U)
Based on the books by PL Travers, Mary Poppins Returns prescribes two hours of pure, sentiment-soaked escapism. The brilliant Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way.
2. The Favourite (15)
Courtly intrigue pits two ambitious women against each other for the affections of an emotionally brittle queen in director Yorgos Lanthimos’s rollicking comedy of deliciously cruel intentions. Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone savour every bile-drenched syllable of their feuding harpies but it is Olivia Colman who shines brightest.
3. Aquaman (12A)
Jason Momoa flexes his muscles as the titular DC Comics superhero in this feature which fleshes out the eponymous king of the underwater realm from his brief appearances in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
4. Bumblebee (PG)
The robots in disguise receive a welcome and sweetly sentimental reboot in the sixth instalment of the Transformers franchise. Bumblebee unfolds before events of the original Transformers and services a softly beating heart beneath gleaming metal.
5. Andre Rieu’s 2019 New Year Concert From Sydney
World famous violinist Andre Rieu performs his first New Year concert in Sydney’s Town Hall, filmed for the big screen at cinemas across the world.
6. Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)
Rich Moore and Phil Johnston’s imaginative follow-up to the 2013 feel-good computer animation Wreck-it Ralph goes bigger without straying far by propelling its arcade game characters into the mind-boggling realms of the World Wide Web with a warm hearted script.
7. Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse (PG)
Peter Ramsey, Bob Persichetti and Rodney Rothman’s computeranimated adventure introduces a menagerie of gifted spider-folks, who tick myriad racial, socio-economic and anthropomorphic boxes. Laughs come thick and fast courtesy of a self-referential script that gleefully pokes fun at itself. The origin story employs a striking visual palette.
8. Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)
Who wants to live forever? Freddie Mercury does in Bryan Singer’s musical biopic, a greatest hits tribute blessed with a heartbreaking performance from Rami Malek as the charismatic frontman, which includes Queen’s triumphant, epic Live Aid set in the 80s.
9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (12A)
David Yates’s frequently thrilling sequel continues to expand and enrich mythologies beyond the wonder years of the Harry Potter alumni. Eddie Redmayne endears us even more to his awkward loner brandishing his wand while production design and costumes are a heaving banquet for the eye.
10. Holmes & Watson (12A)
The world’s greatest sleuth and his trusted assistant must now use their legendary wits and ingenious methods to catch the killer before the queen becomes the next victim.