Reel Reviewer Column: The Matrix is resurrected

Jason Day previews cinema releases in December and January, including The Matrix Resurrections…

The Shop Around the Corner (out on December 3)

Director Ernst Lubitsch’s classic 1940 comedy stars Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart as two people who hate each other, not knowing they are each other’s pen pal.

West Side Story (Dec 10)

Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1960 musical stars Rachel Zegler as Maria and Ansel Elgort as Tony, lovers from the wrong side of the tracks.

Original movie cast member Rita Moreno (89) appears as Valentina.

Spider-Man: No Way Home (Dec 17)

Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) secret identity as the webby hero has been revealed, so it’s impossible to live a normal life. Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) uses magic to help resolve this.

The Matrix: Resurrections (Dec 22)

It’s been 18 years since the last digital adventures for Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss although neither appears to have aged much.

The Matrix 4 looks as superbly designed as the first three movies.

At MK Gallery… CBeebies: The Night Before Christmas (Dec 4)

The annual CBeebies Christmas Show is back, with The Night Before Christmas.

There’s CBeebies magic, festive music, dance performances and a star cast. Fun for all the family!

Scream (Jan 14)

Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox return to their former roles as imperilled Sidney Prescott and gutsy reporter Gail Weathers. They help a new generation of teenagers menaced by a serial killer.

Nightmare Alley (Jan 21)

Lavish period thriller from Guillermo del Toro with Bradley Cooper as a circus ‘carny’ who can manipulate people.

He teams up with Cate Blanchett’s psychiatrist who is more dangerous than he is.

Parallel Mothers (Jan 28)

Director Pedro Almodovar’s eighth film with Penelope Cruz looks to be another funny and insightful look at women in the modern world.

Cruz plays a middle-aged mum who gives birth on the same day as a teenager.

Sing 2 (Jan 28)

A few years ago, I took my mum to a cinema – her first visit there in decades – and the only movie she wanted to see was Sing and she loved it.

Given that the trailer for this ‘animals-do-the X-Factor’ looks as much fun, I might tempt her to the multiplex again.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the December 21/January 22 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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