End Credits: Sorry To Bother You, Home Alone and Die Hard

Plus: The Old Man And The Gun, Await Further Instructions,

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Big budgets and special effects seem to be taking a break this week, holding releases for closer to Christmas. The films that are out this week certainly are a mixed bag.

Sorry To Bother You has already been playing to audiences in America for months with great response. Trying to succeed at his telemarketing job, Cassius Green (LaKeith Stanfield) is advised to use his “white voice” (David Cross) and it works. Rising up the ranks he meets various other people doing the same, with Danny Glover, Tessa Thompson, Omari Hardwick and more getting white voice treatment from the likes of Patton Oswalt, Lily James and more. It’s a hilarious comedy with its targets firmly set on class analysis and capitalist greed.

The Old Man And The Gun is based on a true story and stars Robert Redford as Forrest Tucker. At the age of 70, Tucker escaped from San Quentin prison to run a series of heists that left the police bewildered, calmly robbing banks only with his charm (and a gun).

Getting festive in an unconventional way is Await Further Instructions. Nick Milgram takes his new girlfriend Annji home for Christmas. Having not realised how racist his family actually was, the couple plan to leave the following morning only to find a mysterious black substance trapping everyone inside the family home. Things then slowly get weirder and weirder, in a movie with very mixed reviews so far. Hey, maybe the black substance was just Marmite all along.

If you need a safe festive bet now that it’s December and almost acceptable to watch Christmas movies, two of the greatest holiday movies of all time are in cinemas on limited release: Home Alone and Die Hard. Nothing says “Merry Christmas, you filthy animal” like a paint can to the face or Hans Gruber falling from the Nakatomi Tower.

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