Previews of films coming out at Christmas and New Year

Film previews by Gavin Miller.
Film previews by Gavin Miller.

Gavin Miller takes a look at three films due out in the coming weeks

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

After his recent death, this biopic of Nelson Mandela is even more poignant.

Let’s hope that, despite mixed early reviews, Britain’s own Idris Elba does the great man justice – with Skyfall actress Naomie Harris playing his wife Winnie.

The film chronicles Mandela’s life – including his 27 years in prison – in his battle to unite a segregated South Africa against the backdrop of apartheid.

Released: January 3

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Ben Stiller looks to get his career back on track after a few box-office stumbles, and hopes this remake – which he also directs – of the much-loved 1947 original will fit the-bill. He stars as a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action across the globe. Bridemaids’ Kristen Wiig and Sean Penn co-star.

Released: December 26

47 RONIN

After taking a five-year ‘major blockbuster’ hiatus since the lukewarm The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Matrix’s Keanu Reeves looks to reclaim his former A-lister tag in this Japanese-inspired fantasy thriller. He stars as a nomadic sword-wielding warrior who joins a team of 47 outcast samurai seeking vengeance for the death of their master to restore honour to their homeland.

Released: December 26