It’s almost Christmas and that means movies, movies and more movies! This year you can catch more merry treats at your local cinema than ever before, with theatres re-running classic festive fare like It’s a Wonderful Life, Die Hard and Love Actually.
But there are also a lot of brand new film releases out there to enjoy, so here is a quick list of five of the best Christmas cinema releases to really get you into the spirit of the season. There’s something for everyone, be it family fun, classic animation, comedy, romance and even an all-star horror-comedy!
1. Krampus (out now – 98mins Cert 15)
This a darkly festive tale that reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday season. The horror-comedy stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Emjay Anthony, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive! Granted it’s not your usual Christmas movie but it’s unique and lots of fun!
2. The Night Before (out now – 101mins Cert 15)
Ethan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball – the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. This is a brilliant and very funny comedy will great central performances from all three leads, Lizzy Caplan and a scene-stealing Michael Shannon. Well worth watching with a group of your mates this Christmas!
3. Christmas with the Coopers (out now – 107mins Cert 12A)
An all-star ensemble unites for this festive comedy/drama starring Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Alan Arkin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Anthony Mackie and June Squibb. When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all towards a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the true spirit of the season.
4. Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (out Dec 21st – 88mins Cert U)
Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and Snoopy?! The Peanuts movie is going to be the big family film of the season. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved Peanuts gang make their big-screen debut in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, whilst his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest. From the imagination of Charles M. Schulz and the creators of the Ice Age films, this is a sure-fire family treat and proves that every underdog has his day.
5. Sparks and Embers (out Dec 18th – 88 mins Cert 15)
Kris Marshall (Love Actually, A Few Best Men, Death in Paradise) is Tom Sangster, who has just been made redundant from his marketing role at a music company. But before he can leave, Tom finds himself trapped in a lift with Eloise (Annelise Hesme – Paris, Moliere), the HR consultant who had him fired. Tom would really love to hate her… the trouble is she’s French, feisty, strong-willed and gorgeous! Largely taking place in London’s iconic Southbank, there’s plenty of picturesque moments featuring the capital’s most loved landmarks.