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The Star | Review

★★

Twerking doves. So, that’s what the greatest story ever told was missing! Who knew? Carlos Kotkin and Simon Moore apparently. It’s their script, at any rate, that Timothy Reckart directs in The Star: an occasionally sweet, intermittently amusing, but ultimately dim take on the Nativity tale, which places the animals front and centre. ‘Revisionist’ doesn’t cover it, stick with the school plays.

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5 films about the Nativity

Christmas may still be a whole month away, but this Friday sees the UK release of yet another Christmas film, following on from A Bad Moms Christmas and Daddy’s Home.

Unlike the two comedies, The Star is an animation aimed squarely at younger audiences, telling the biblical story of Christ’s Nativity from the perspective of animals – voiced here by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Chenoweth and Mariah Carey.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Nativity has received the big screen treatment but it’s a tale told surprisingly few times in cinema.

We’ve rounded up five (very eclectic) picks but which is your favourite?

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Home Again | Review

★★★

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree as Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of rom-com doyenne Nancy Meyers (the maker of The Holiday and What Women Want) makes her screenwriting and directorial debut. Meyers senior’s confined to producing duties for Home Again but that doesn’t stop this all from feeling exactly as familiarly saccharine as you’d expect from her own populist oeuvre.

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Breathe | Review

★★★

Breathe isn’t quite the film you’d expect to mark the directorial debut of Imaginarium’s Doctor Parnassus himself, Andy Serkis. That would probably be his sophomore turn at the helm of next year’s motion capture spectacular The Jungle Book. Instead, this technologically quieter biopic is driven not by ambition so much as pure and genuine heart. Though not so remarkable as the story it tells, Breathe makes for a winning watch that leaves you both heartbroken and entirely affirmed.

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