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Movies Not to Miss: December 2019


Date Posted: 01 December 2019

Which of these are you going to watch?
Which of these are you going to watch?

It has been a relentless year of anticipated releases one after another, and it looks like 2019 isn't ready to stop even as we reach the final month of the year. While there are some of the traditional year-end blockbusters, the action doesn't stop as there are more Asian and action titles to help end the year with a bang.

So if you are looking for a Christmas movie to enjoy with the family, here's our recommended movies not to miss for December 2019 and we will see you next year!

Garang

While we've had a few inspiring Malaysian sports dramas this year, "Garang" puts an unconventional spotlight on our paralympic team. Revolving around three wheelchair racers, we are being taken through their challenges as athletes and friends by director T. Kanagesawaran that will stir us to support our top notch paralympic team in the future.

General Release Date: 5 December

Jumanji: The Next Level

One unexpected outing from the winter months is the action-packed blockbuster, but it's alright as long as it is family-friendly. And if there is one franchise that seem to be checking those boxes is the rebooted Jumanji. Releasing two years exactly since the Rock, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillian became video game characters in the reboot, "The Next Level" finds new participants entering into the world of Jumanji with different stakes. Expanding beyond the jungle world to a whole new adventure that takes places across different terrains, Jumanji is fast becoming that simple and silly adventure franchise that will be marking many Decembers to come.

General Release Date: 5 December

Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon

It has already been a very rewarding year for animation, whether it's from the animation giants of Hollywood, the studios in Japan, and even the record breakers from Malaysia. To really tie the bow on our gift of animation, we are glad to see there is still one more form of animation to cap the year off. Animation might be inundated with cutting-edge 3D graphics and visuals, but we still hold high regard and appreciation for the more traditional forms of animation where "Shaun the Sheep Movie 2: Farmageddon" fills. Aardman Studio brings a sequel of its trouble-making sheep to let everyone know that claymation isn't going to be left out of the animation race, even if they have to go up against our own "Upin dan Ipin".

General Release Date: 12 December

The Good Liar

Not everything has to go boom this Christmas, as there is still always room for the subtle. Based on the novel by Nicholas Searle, performance powerhouse Ian McKellen stars as a veteran con-artist who tries to swindle his latest prey, an elderly woman he met online played by none other than Helen Mirren. Having these two veteran actors play in a deadly mind game with layers of past behind them is already a treat to behold, and we can't wait to find out about any twists they are hiding from their pasts.

General Release Date: 12 December

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

It is another year with an entry to the mainline of the Star Wars saga, bringing an end to the new trilogy that has had a rocky reception since its long-awaited return. Even after two movies, there still remains many mysteries of the Force to be solved in this upcoming installment that will undoubtedly put the franchise into wholly new and unexpected directions. Taking an army of screenwriters and directors led by J.J. Abrams to write and direct the climatic end between the Jedi and the Sith, the full force of the Star Wars franchise are brought back for "The Rise of Skywalker". Aside from Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, the members of the original trilogy from Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, even Ian McDiarmid, and once again the late Carrie Fisher will live on, heralded by the score of John Williams.

General Release Date: 19 December

Ip Man 4: The Finale

It has been a year since we last saw an Ip Man movie around this time of the year, and once again we are greeted by another movie about the grandmaster, bringing another close to a series that made the eponymous grandmaster as known as he is today. Donnie Yen returns as the grandmaster in this fourth and final entry, as he travels to San Francisco, after a notorious student of his has stirred up trouble in the martial arts community there. Director Wilson Yip completes his duties with his fourth directorial for the series, but having first collaboration with screenwriter Hiroshi Fukazawa. Choreographed by Darren Leung and directed by master action director Woo-Ping Yuen who were behind the stunts and fight coordination that branded fighting style of the series, Donnie's guest opponent this time will be action star Scott Adkins, for possibly a faster and harder showdown.

General Release Date: 20 December

Spies in Disguise

This year might not have been the perfect year for Will Smith, but it is definitely a year when he has shown real effort to make his name as recognisable (and respected) as it was during the prime years of his career. Say what you will about his digitally altered outing in "Gemini Man", Smith is once again becoming a voice in the animation sphere with his first animation role since the unspoken "Shark Tale" 15 years ago. This time as the world's most awesome spy who is turned into a pigeon by Tom Holland's inept scientific genius, this new property from the studio that is best known for "Ice Age" might not put a dent in animation race, but does have its entertainment value with Karen Gillian, Ben Mendelsohn, Rashida Jones, and DJ Khaled in the voice cast as well.

General Release Date: 25 December

Cats

It's almost a Christmas tradition to have a musical, and this year may give us one of the best there is. Based on the mega musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this Broadway smash hit about everyone's favorite feline friends and their search for eternal life receives its long awaited big screen adaptation directed by Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper, who hasn't made a musical since "Les Miserables". CG-cat fur aside, we think the cast is close to pur-fect with James Corden, Jude Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, and Rebel Wilson, while also featuring (and needing) the vocal performances of Taylor Swift.

General Release Date: 26 December

The Cave

Since the miraculous rescue of the school children from the Tham Luang cave in 2018 that rocked international headlines, it was only a matter of time before it would be the inspirational subject for a movie. While there are several projects already in development (including one from James Wan) to shed some light on what happened and the sacrifices made to save the lives of those children, the first one that will be heading out the door would be Tom Waller's take on the matter. Starring Jim Warny and Ekaway Niratvorapanya, this will be the first of many to dramatise and memorialise what went behind the heroic rescue effort.

General Release Date: 26 December

Gundala

Superhero movies aren't quietly going away as December brings us another flavour of superheroes from a more familiar country. Based on the comic characters by Harya Suraminata from 1969, Gundala is a security guard who gets struck by lightning that grants him superhuman powers. This will not be just some fantasy fulfilling superhero story under the direction of Joko Anwar, with some serious actors such as Tara Basro, Aroi Bayu and our very own Bront Palarae. If all goes well, "Gundala" will also be the introduction to a new BumiLangit Cinematic Universe, so now there will be a new superhero franchise to look forward to in years to come.

General Release Date: 26 December

Writer: Casey Lee



Related Movies
Garang (Malay) (05 Dec 2019)
Jumanji: The Next Level (05 Dec 2019)
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (12 Dec 2019)
The Good Liar (12 Dec 2019)
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (19 Dec 2019)
Ip Man 4: The Finale (Cantonese) (20 Dec 2019)
Spies In Disguise (25 Dec 2019)
Cats (26 Dec 2019)
The CAVE (25 Aug 2005)
Gundala (Indonesian) (26 Dec 2019)


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