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Michael Bond’s famous Peruvian bear, voiced by Ben Whishaw, in Paddington 2 – a rare sequel that is better than the original.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (December 21-27), from Paddington 2 to Oasis: Supersonic

The Paddington sequel ticks all the boxes for a fun family flick this Christmas, while fans of Hugh Jackman, Oasis or Chinese relationship dramas are also well catered for. Oh, and don’t forget to see Star Wars if you haven’t yet

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1. Paddington 2

After his first live-action film adaptation of Michael Bond’s stories became a surprise hit in 2014, director Paul King exceeds all expectations with this sweet-natured and even better sequel, which follows the hilarious adventure of the young Peruvian bear as he looks to buy his aunt a birthday present. (Opens on December 14)

2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The eighth episode of the galaxy-spanning franchise’s official saga has proved to be more divisive than ever. Still, this distinctly progressive follow-up to The Force Awakens from Looper writer-director Rian Johnson has certainly managed to acknowledge much of the series’ legacy, while breaking into unexpected new directions. (Now showing)

3. Love Education

An intimate look at the meaning of love in a country where a number of traditional values have been overhauled in just a few decades, this China-set, multi-generational relationship drama by writer-director-star Sylvia Chang Ai-chia also features a uniformly excellent cast, including a rare leading role for Chinese filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang. (Now showing)

4. Oasis: Supersonic

No, this documentary about the legendary Britpop band doesn’t cover its decline and acrimonious break-up. For those who wish to relive the rise to stardom of the notoriously combative Noel and Liam Gallagher, however, Mat Whitecross’ film is a treasure trove of captivating footage from between 1993 and 1996. (Opens on December 21)

5. The Greatest Showman

After hanging up his claws following a great final chapter to the story of tortured superhero Wolverine in the X-Men film Logan earlier this year, Hugh Jackman returns to revisit his stage musical past with this formulaic yet utterly enjoyable biopic, where he plays the family man who invented the idea of a “show business”. (Opens on December 21)

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