Films of the Fortnight

Films of the Fortnight: Daddy’s Home 2, The Star, Wonder and more

By Mark Rocks at

Here’s the latest instalment of our regular feature, where we hand-pick a selection of films showing at our only cinema, Vue Altrincham.

Film fan Mark Rocks takes you through them…

For full showing times and to secure your tickets, visit: https://www.myvue.com/cinema/altrincham

Out This Week

Daddy’s Home 2 (12A)

If you like your comedy films to feature a gag in every single frame, ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ is probably for you. The laughs in this film are not-so-subtle and very American and can be too crude for some, but if you like the comic acts of Will Ferrell and Mark Whalberg there is a chance that this could be the festive film for you.

Like most sequels in this genre, ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ re-jigs pretty much the same plot as its predecessor (the grandads arrive home!), with some festive additions (Snow! Christmas Jumpers!). For some these kinds of films are too over the top and too USA, however for others this kind of comedy is right up their street and worth a view. Regardless, if you love Will Ferrell you’ll love ‘Daddy’s Home 2’.

Out next week

Wonder (PG)

In amongst big budget superhero movies and festive film offerings, there is small-world family drama ‘Wonder’. Auggie is just a normal 10-year-old boy who suffers from a rare facial disfigurement, after being home-schooled for several years his parents (Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) make the choice to send him to a regular school.

What follows is a heart-warming tale of friendship, though it is not a story without its troubles. Auggie faces bullies, and his new friends face social pressures to decide between what is ‘cool’ and what is right. Each character in this film has an equally individual backstory which only adds to the endearing nature of this film. Audiences won’t fail to see the ‘Wonder’ in this charming film.

Last Chance to See

Ragnorak (12A)

Marvel studios are well known for the quality of their superhero offerings, and ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ sets an even higher standard for the franchise!

A colourful, cosmic adventure Liam Hemsworth returns as Odin’s son to stop the Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett) from taking over Asgard. Joined by his sometime villain brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), the heroes work together to stop evil taking over.

The new Thor film is overflowing with humour and comic book style action, and the critic consensus is that it’s a definite jewel in Marvel’s crown as the number one superhero film studio. Don’t miss this zippy, zany, action-filled extravaganza!

Family Favourite

The Star (U)

Christmas time is fair game for family movies, and ‘The Star’ cashes in on this already saturated film genre.

An animated re-telling of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem with a twist (our main characters are the infamous donkey, lamb and camels from the nativity), ‘The Star’ is a harmless tale.

Definitely one for the kids, adults will miss out on the more complex storytelling and laughs expected from bigger animation studios, like Disney and Pixar. However, as a festive treat for the younger members of the family ‘The Star’ is everything you’d expect from an updated version of the nativity tale.

Coming Soon

The Disaster Artist

James Franco directs and stars in ‘The Disaster Artist’ a biographic film about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’. The film centres around eccentric ‘American’ Tommy Wiseau (James Franco) and his acting class friend (Dave Franco) on their quest for Hollywood infamy.

The acting skills of the duo are less than excellent, and after one too many rejections, the unconventional Tommy decides to make his own box office hit, with a mysteriously obtained 5 million dollars. The film turns out to be a complete disaster.

Unlike ‘The Room’, James Franco’s film has achieved critical acclaim and is well tipped as a standout next awards season. Exploring the weird, eastern-European accent tinted world of Wiseau is no mean feat, and Franco appears to have done a stellar job.

For full showing times and to secure your tickets, visit: https://www.myvue.com/cinema/altrincham