20 Reasons for Popcorn

20 Reasons for Popcorn

The Christmas stocking is bursting at the cinemas this holiday season, with more than two dozen movies opening this month.

There is something for every discerning taste, from major blockbuster films such as Peter Jackson's much-anticipated The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, to Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama 12 Years A Slave.

Then there is horror flick In Fear, about a couple's night drive gone terribly wrong, and irreverent comedies such as Last Vegas starring heavyweights Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline.

For fans of Chinese films, there are several major flicks featuring big-name stars, including Benny Chan's The White Storm starring top actors Lau Ching Wan and Nick Cheung, as well as Firestorm starring the evergreen Andy Lau.

The packed film schedule is due to the healthy Christmas box-office receipts, second only to earnings during the Chinese New Year period.

A spokesman for Golden Village, which is releasing the likes of Firestorm and Roman Polanski's drama Venus In Fur, says this is "a very special year-end for cinemagoers as there are really a lot of movies to choose from".

She adds: "This is especially so for the Asian films, as usually it is the Hollywood titles that fill up most of the dates during this time. So there is something for everyone."

Mr Rudy Marianto, vice-president of marketing and sales of Shaw Organisation, says: "During the holiday season and with the expected increase in attendance, we always provide patrons a variety of movies to choose from."

His company is distributing upcoming films such as 12 Years A Slave and children's animation title House Of Magic.

From French to Korean, Bollywood action to Hollywood- style samurai intrigue, Life! picks 20 movies for all tastebuds.

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