Re-makes are in season with two action packed reboots coming out this month. Julia Roberts is also back at it in family-friendly film Wonder.
Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Coming in at 2.5 hours long, action scenes are abound as things kick off with General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher in her last film role) leads a group of resistance fighters against a group of First Order supporters. The second installment in the sequel trilogy of this space soap opera series follows Rey, (Daisy Ridley) as she tries to convince Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to join the resistance, while simultaneously receiving jedi training from him. New comers John Boyega and Lupita Nyong'o reprise their role alongside Adam Driver, who plays Kylo Ren the son of Hans Solo and Leia Organa.
What to expect: Another updated classic with world class special effects and action sequences
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in Shanghai cinemas January 5
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Jumanji for the next generation starts off with a group of teenagers who discover an old magical video game console and are literally drawn into the game, becoming the avatar they choose. In 1996 teenager Alex Vreeke receives Jumanji, a board game that quickly and magically transforms into a video game cartridge. 20 years pass before a group of teenagers in detention find the video game and are themselves transported into the jungle game. Rounding out the cast are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and newcomer Karen Gillan as game avatars. Each teenager must successfully “beat the game” if they ever hope to return home.
What to expect: A more grown up and crass version of a classic kid-action adventure film.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is in Shanghai cinemas January 12
Based on the 2012 novel by the same name, Wonder follows August "Auggie" Pullman, an eleven-year-old boy who like many is on the cusp of adolescence. His life, however, is different as he has been living life with a rare facial deformity that doesn’t seem to get better even with 27 surgeries under his belt. Homeschooled for most of his life by his mother Isabel (Julia Roberts), his parents decide to enroll him in a local middle school for a taste of normal kid life. Ostracized by nearly all of the students sans one friend, Jack Will (Noah Jupe), Wonder is a story of self-discovery and perseverance in the face of bullying and adversity.
What to expect: An uplifting and feel good movie suitable for all, if not a bit formulaic and reminiscent of something we’ve seen in the past。
Wonder is in Shanghai cinemas on January 19
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