Movies: Ten films to watch in December

Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man, Holmes & Watson, Ben is Back are among the new featured movies you can enjoy this month, writes Nicholas Barber.

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#2 Holmes & Watson

With just four days to foil a plot to murder Queen Victoria, the world’s greatest detective is aided by John C Reilly’s Dr Watson. If the trailer is anything to go by, the humour could be, well, elementary, but fans of Step Brothers and Talladega Nights will be pleased to see Ferrell and Reilly bumbling around together again.

#6 Cold War

Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) is a pianist and composer; Zula (Joanna Kulig) is a singer he discovers. From the day they meet in the late 1950s, they can’t keep their eyes or hands off each other, but nothing else about their relationship is so simple. Should they stay in Communist Poland, where Wiktor’s state-sponsored ensemble has to stick to patriotic folk tunes, or should they venture through the Iron Curtain to the jazz clubs of Paris?

#8 The Image Book

Jean-Luc Godard's new challenging film. It won the first ever ‘Special Palme d’Or’ in Cannes – which is not to say that everyone knew what to make of it. Whatever it means, writes Bilge Ebiri in The Village Voice, “you can lose yourself in the dexterity and texture of Godard’s editing, in the way he matches compositions, gestures, subject matter”.

#9 Free Solo

If your favourite bits of the Mission: Impossible films are when Tom Cruise is dangling one-handed from somewhere high, then don’t miss Free Solo, a nerve-racking documentary that follows Alex Honnold, a Californian rock climber, as he trains to be the first ever person to scale the El Capital Wall in Yosemite – “3200 feet of sheer granite” – with no ropes or harnesses.

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