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BBC推荐:12月最值得一看的5部电影 Five films to watch in December

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Ben is Back 《本,回来了》

Oscars ahoy! Ben is Back was written and directed by Peter Hedges (Oscar-nominated for his About a Boy screenplay), and it co-stars his own son, Lucas Hedges (Oscar-nominated for his supporting role in Manchester by the Sea). But the person who’s most likely to win awards for this powerful indie drama is Julia Roberts: audiences at the Toronto Film Festival were applauding her intense performance well before the end credits rolled. Roberts plays a suburban mother of four whose 19-year-old son sneaks out of rehab and returns to the family home for Christmas. Not everyone is pleased to see him. His relatives doubt that he’ll stay clean while he’s in town, and the local drug dealers have scores to settle.

Released Dec 7 in the US and Spain, December 20 in Italy, and December 27 in Portugal (Credit: LD Entertainment)



indie ['ɪndi]: adj. 独立的


Vice 《副总统》

Adam McKay made his name as a director of knockabout comedies (Anchorman, Step Brothers), but he switched to political comedy docudramas for 2015’s The Big Short, and his new film is in the same postmodern, satirical vein. Vice is a biopic of Dick Cheney, the US Vice President who is believed to have done much of George W Bush’s work for him, and who spoke out in favour of waterboarding and other forms of “enhanced interrogation”. Christian Bale piled on more than three stone to play the lead role, and spent four hours in the make-up chair every morning, so don’t be surprised if his commitment earns him a fourth Oscar nomination. But in a stellar cast that includes Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, it could well be Sam Rockwell’s mischievous impersonation of “Dubya” that steals the show.

Released December 25 in the US and December 27 in Greece (Credit: Annapurna Pictures)



knockabout ['nɑkəbaʊt]: adj. 喧嚣的;乱打的

biopic ['baɪopɪk]: n. 传记电影

waterboarding ['wɔ:tərbɔ:rdɪŋ]: n. 水刑

impersonation [ɪm,pɝsn'eʃən]: n. 扮演;模仿


Mary Poppins Returns 《欢乐满人间2》

Over half a century after the release of Mary Poppins, PL Travers’ magical nanny is floating down to 17 Cherry Tree Lane once more. Julie Andrews has passed her carpetbag and parrot-headed umbrella to Emily Blunt, and Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer co-star as Michael and Jane, the grown-up versions of the children Mary looked after last time. Given that the original film was practically perfect in every way, its sequel’s director, Rob Marshall (Chicago), has a near-impossible task. But at least Dick Van Dyke – now 92 – makes an appearance. Will his cockney accent have improved? And will Andrews herself join him?

On general release from December 19 (Credit: Walt Disney Studios Pictures)




Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 《蜘蛛侠:平行宇宙》

Spider-Man is now a regular in the Marvel superhero blockbusters released by Disney (The Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, etc), but Sony still has the rights to make its own distinct films featuring Spidey and the subsidiary characters from his comics. The first of these was Venom, which came out in October, and next up is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, one of the few superhero films to be animated rather than live-action. To make matters more confusing, the idea is that Peter Parker meets various incarnations of Spider-Man (and Spider-Woman) from different universes, including Miles Morales, a half-Puerto Rican, half-African-American from Brooklyn.

On general release in December (Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing)



incarnation[,ɪnkɑr'neʃən]: n. 化身


Holmes & Watson 《福尔摩斯与华生》

Which actor will be remembered as the 21st Century’s definitive Sherlock Holmes? Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, Jonny Lee Miller or... errrr... Will Ferrell? Yes, Ferrell puts on a silly English accent for a spoof written and directed by Etan Cohen. With just four days to foil a plot to murder Queen Victoria, the world’s greatest detective is aided by John C Reilly’s Dr Watson. Fans of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights will be pleased to see Ferrell and Reilly bumbling around together again. And the British supporting actors – Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Laurie, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald, Steve Coogan – deserve to be in a serious Holmes adaptation all of their own.

Released December 21 in the US, December 26 in the UK and Australia, December 28 in Bulgaria, Estonia and Lithuania (Credit: Columbia Pictures Corporation)



foil [fɔɪl]: vt. 挫败




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