Boxing Day is one of the biggest days in the Australian film calendar, setting up the Summer holiday season. Notoriously there are diverse array of films released - blockbusters, family films, foreign-language and indies. For three years in a row (2001-03) Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings were the poster films of the Boxing Day slot. This year, Jackson's first installment in his Hobbit trilogy, is joined by Tom Hooper's screen adaptation of the world famous musical, Les Miserables. That should be cause for some anticipation, but do they live up to their potential?
Check out the other releases below, and take note Parental Guidance is the only release not reviewed.
Recommendation: My highest graded films here - Les Miserables and Samsara - are certainly not going to appeal, or be praised, by a wide audience. But, I found them to be the two that most consistently provoked an emotional response, and showed glimpses of greatness. The Hobbit, Wreck-It Ralph and Sightseers were very disappointing, so I find it hard to recommend rushing out to see them, but who am I kidding, people will flock to see The Hobbit. Every film here has appeal - whether it is for kids (Ralph), Tolkein fans (The Hobbit) or the old folk (Quartet) - but I am already looking ahead to some of the January releases.