This festive season, Trafalgar Studios is offering up an alternative look at the work of Charles Dickens, in the form of 'Dickens with a Difference.' The double-bill incorporates the London premieres of Miss Havisham's Expectations and Sikes & Nancy.
Occasionally, beyond the ad campaigns, the merchandise and the arrogant multiplex, there is almost always something decent lurking quietly in the shadows. It is in these shadows (although, I may occasionally burst into Cineworld) that I have compiled my annual top ten list of the best films of the year. The contenders are based on quality, substance and ingenuity.
So that's it then, the final chapter of Peter Jackson's so-so Hobbit trilogy, and the good news is this: The Battle of the Five Armies is better than the last two episodes put together.
I like thrillers that take their time and avoid the obvious cliches. Fast cutting and overly stylistic lighting can detract from the finished movie. Above all I like a cracking tale well told.
After upsetting Binky, I was ostracised from the girl group and felt like I had no one to turn to other than Alex and Jamie for advice. It wasn't a malicious action. It wasn't a back-stabbing or two-faced decision. When Alex and Binky were together I was disgusted at the way he behaved.
I could honestly say that I had never had a bad meal at Darcy's in the former hands of Ruth Hurren. It was our 'go-to' special occasion restaurant, the perfect venue for birthdays, anniversaries and a Sunday lunch that was incredibly hard to beat.
The studios' argument is that this creates a better viewing experience by letting the story 'breathe'. Of course. Because audiences just love to watch stories that don't end. We all go to the movies thinking, I really hope this story will have an unsatisfying ending cynically concocted to milk me of my ticket money for the next movie.
It's Christmas...well nearly, but I can tell you one thing for certain, just four remain and the pressure hasn't been greater. It's the X Factor semi-final and for the second week in a row, they have to sing two songs.
Which brings us to Nightcrawler, Jake's latest stunning performance. He plays Lou Bloom, an intense petty thief. However, he has the drive of a young man who could make it big in whatever business he chooses. And after witnessing a crash one night, the proverbial light bulb goes on over his head.
Hosted by the bright and beautiful Anita Rani, the quiz is influenced by QI and University Challenge. Over four rounds teams are tested on a wide range of arts trivia from David Bowie to George Eliot.
Paddington was a key part of my childhood and 'woe betide anyone who screwed it up', I thought. Thankfully those fears soon melted away within a few minutes of one of the best films of 2014. Getting a movie like this from script to screen is no easy matter, and King, Heyman, the cast and crew have done a magnificent job.
He coped admirably with the mix and allowed Lazuli's layered sonic tapestries and dynamic arrangements to thrive, accompanied by some delightfully theatrical lighting, befitting entirely the shifting moods of the pieces.
However, Christopher Nolan's latest epic is still a force to be reckoned with. Matthew McConaughey is on good form as Cooper, the cowboy pilot with the right stuff.
In the words of Len Goodman just SEVEN acts remain, after Jay James left the competition last week. So is your favourite still in the running for the X Factor crown?
For two of the most visceral, invigorating, and progressive bands in the country - both based in the supposed creative capital that is east London - to be taking inspiration from a movement started a century ago, is perhaps a little jarring.
From this month audiences are invited to become a part of the interactive show, joining in with all of the film's original songs, including 'Let It Go', the chart-topping song that has so far received over 500 million YouTube views!