Review: The Holdovers stars deserve their Golden Globes

Paul Giamatti's latest film The Holdovers has just landed in our cinemas, fresh from Golden Globe wins not just for Giamatti but also his co-star Da'Vine Joy Randolph.

And in Kate Rodger's assessment, they deserve every ounce of their golden statues.

Here's one of those cinematic delights where the less you know the better, which rather flies in the face of the next two minutes as I wax lyrical about the sublime delectability of Paul Giamatti in The Holdovers.

But I promise this will be just a teeny wee taste of the delights that await you, not a spoiler.

Set in the 70s, Giamatti is an irascible, pedantic history teacher at an upstate prep school where he is by far and away the least-liked member of staff - students and teachers alike.

So when he draws the short straw and has to stay over the winter 

Christmas break with the students who have nowhere else to spend their holidays, nobody is happy about it.

Newcomer Dominic Sessa is Angus Tully. His reasons for being a 'holdover' are a slow reveal best savoured in the cinema. And Da'Vine Joy Randolph's grief-infused school cook is quite simply the icing on the cake.

Please - I beg you, make haste to your nearest cinema. The Holdovers has immediately become one of my annual must-watch Christmas movies, and it become one of yours too.

Five stars.