It’s Boxing Day and, over the past 24 hours, you’ve already spent way too much time with family members you wouldn’t normally hang out with.
You still don’t understand what the hell your sister’s boyfriend does for a living and you’re over being asked why you’re not in a relationship.
It’s time to lock yourself in a dark air conditioned room and eat junk food. If you can’t ditch the family, that’s OK.
Here are the big movies that hit screens today.
La La Land
Named best film by the New York Film Critics Circle earlier this month, Damien Chazelle’s original musical La La Land was generating Oscar buzz before it even hit theatres.
In the musical, Emma Stone plays an aspiring actor in Los Angeles who falls in love with a jazz musician, played by Ryan Gosling.
The A-list performances and razzle dazzle of the original songs in the charming romance are expected to secure the flick a number of nominations during the 2017 awards season.
It’s also been a favorite among critics, with Deadline calling it “a gorgeous romantic fever dream of a musical”.
It’s credited as the movie that broke up Brad Pitt’s marriage with Angelina Jolie. But critics say the on-screen romance between Pitt, who plays a Canadian special agent, and Marion Cotillard as a fellow operative isn’t strong enough to compel an audience, let alone break up a marriage.
In the World War II romantic thriller, the pair pose as a married couple while carrying out a mission before falling in love. While the secretive romance is meant to be full of passion, it’s left many unsatisfied.
“Sluggish pacing throughout saps most of the tension, but the real issue is the absence of a solid foundation for the central romance,” The Hollywood Reporter wrote.
This computer-animated Walt Disney flick is one for the family. And looking at its success overseas — it’s already grossed more than $183 million worldwide — it’s set to be huge here.
The seafaring film follows Moana, the daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe, who sets off in search of a demigod to save her people. It’s equal parts heart and humor — all done in breathtaking animation.
Red Dog True Blue
It first charmed Australian audiences five years ago, and now it’s back with a prequel.
Red Dog True Blue has a whole new cast — including a new pup, Phoenix, who plays a younger Red Dog.
Still set in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, the prequel follows 13-year-old Mick who’s sent to his grandfather’s cattle station. After a cyclone hits, Mick finds a pup in a flood and their love is immediate. When he’s sent to boarding school, he decides to run away with the dog.
“It’s actually respecting the first film and not exploiting it and continuing the story in a really interesting way,” director Kriv Stenders said of the idea to do a prequel.
This is a dirty and dumb movie filled with toilet humor. And it’s actually pretty funny.
We watch a dad travel with his family to visit his daughter at college, only to find she’s shacked up with her outlandish tech billionaire boyfriend. Chaos ensues.
The humor could have easily been exhausted quickly. But Megan Mullally and Bryan Cranston — who play the parents — have a way of bringing more to such an easy level of comedy.
And James Franco is pretty good at playing an unlikable dropkick.
Yep, another kids movie. But this one has a seriously all-star cast. Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson are just a few of the big names lending their voices to this animated musical.
We follow Buster Moon, a koala who owns a failing theater who tries to save it by holding an American Idol-style singing competition.
It’s from the same people behind Despicable Me and The Secret Life of Pets — so even though it’s a kids flick, adults will get a kick.
A United Kingdom
The largely forgotten true story about Seretse Khama, a Prince of Bechuanaland who fell in love with a white English woman and puts everyone’s noses out of joint – including the British and South African governments. It’s a solid and engaging historical drama about two people in an impossible situation.