The films of the day were judged by Leena Virtanen.
Streak and Pesonen – the best Christmas ever ★★★
(Germany 2016) A live-action version of a Christmas story in which Christmas threatens to be ruined when Pesonen injures his leg. Stefan Kurt plays Peso, but Viiru was born through digital animation. The style is miraculous, but it doesn’t spoil Sven Nordqvist’s wonderful story.
Nelonen at 15.40
Phantom Thread ★★★★
(USA 2017) Paul Thomas Anderson’s eye-catching film is a multi-level story of the London fashion world in the 1950s. In the lead role, as costume designer Woodcock, Daniel Day-Lewis plays in one of his best roles and, according to his own announcement, also in the last one. (K12)
Free at 5:25 p.m.
Rock of Ages ★★
(USA 2012) Ken is familiar with barracks rock and fashion, can find the idea in a remarkable musical comedy based on a Broadway performance. Starring Julianne Hough, with supporting roles including Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Tom Cruise. (K12)
Hero at 7 p.m.
Kung Fu Panda 3 ★★★
(USA 2016) Po-panda is once again facing a new kind of challenge when he has to teach kung futa to a panda who is not inherently talented. Too much remorse but otherwise continue with a sympathetic Chinese philosophy and imagery. (K7)
TV5 at 7:10 p.m.
Fifty Shades Darker ★★
(USA 2017) The series continues as annoyingly bold and calculated as Part One. Christian (Jamie Dornan) reappears in the life of Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), and that’s where it starts again. (K16)
TV5 at 9 p.m.
Cliffhanger – on the edge of the abyss ★★
(USA 1993) Our Renny Harlin was at the top of Hollywood when he directed an action film that also ended up on the Oscar nominee list. Starring Sylvester Stallone but also the great actor John Lithgow. Guaranteed yyyris in all its corners. (K16)
TV5 at 11:20 p.m.
Conversations between men ★★
(Finland 2013) Jarmo Lampela’s film is not one of his director’s best achievements (Sick beautiful world, Eila). The cynical writer (Juha Kukkonen) suddenly wants to learn to understand the past of the Balkans. Ambitious topic, poor implementation. (K12)
TV2 at 11.30 pm
Dark Shadows ★★★
(USA 2012) Tim Burton wanted to direct a film from his old favorite series The vampires of the night, but the result is an unfortunate smile of gothic soap. Barnabas (Johnny Depp) angered Angelique (Evan Green) in the 18th century, and now, in the 1970s, it’s time for a fall. (K12)
Nelonen at 11.45 pm