Christmas is about spending quality time with your family and friends and what better way to do that than to share a film together? Share the magic at ODEON and pick the best films because there’s something for everyone this Christmas!




THE GRINCH

Release date: 9 November 

Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier

Voices: Benedict Cumberbatch, Angela Lansbury.

Plot: Staying true to Dr. Seuss’ classic 1957 storybook, this animated 3D retelling sees the green meanie on the mountainside (aka The Grinch of the title) cooks up a plot to sabotage Christmas by disguising himself as Santa Claus.

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: It’s got rhymes, cute animals, Benedict Cumberbatch trying to steal Christmas and Angela Lansbury. We feel all warm and fuzzy already.


RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET

Release date: 30 November

Directed by: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Voices: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch

Plot: In this fun-filled sequel to the 2012 smash-hit, BFFs Ralph and Vanellope travel to the internet via a Wi-Fi router at their arcade in search of a replacement steering wheel.  Get ready for some exciting cameos, like all the 14 Disney princesses...

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: The Christmas holidays are long and kids are easily bored, so an exciting adventure full of their favourite characters from across the Disney franchise? Game on. 


SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

Release date: 14 December 

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman.

Voices: Shameik Moore, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin

Plot: This incredible animated drama sees Miles Morales (a familiar name to fans of the Spidey comics) teaming up with Spider-People from different dimensions – including Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Gwen – to prevent an almighty threat.

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: If Christmas shopping has left you feeling like escaping to another dimension, there are plenty to choose from in this dazzling and daring family adventure. 




FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD

Release date: 16 November

Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp

Plot: Set seventy years before the Harry Potter stories, this magical sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sees Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, teaming up with Jude Law’s Hogwarts professor, Albus Dumbledore. 

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: It’s the time of year when we all believe in magic, and what better way to celebrate than with the biggest magical franchise of them all? 


AQUAMAN

Release date: 14 December

Directed by: James Wan

Starring: Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard

Plot: This epic DC actioner sees Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman) going trident to trident with his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), a supervillain determined to seize the control of not just the seven aquatic kingdoms of Atlantis, but the entire surface world. 

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: Featuring an absolutely sensational performance from Momoa as Aquaman, this wet and wild adventure is the perfect Christmas present for comic-book devotees.


ROBIN HOOD

Release date: 21 November

Directed by: Otto Bathurst

Starring: Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson, Jamie Foxx

Plot: In this thrilling, all-action take on the legend of Robin Hood, Taron Egerton (Eggsy in the Kingsman series) becomes the latest big name to play the famous British outlaw. 

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: Christmas is a time for giving, and Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor – he’s like a gritty, anti-establishment Santa. Plus, Egerton plays the role a bit like a 12th-century Eggsy, all cheeky charm but with a lethal side.




MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Release date: 21 December 

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Starring: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth

Plot: Jane and Michael Banks are now grown up and following the death of Michael’s wife, father and kids are struggling to cope. Can magical nanny Mary restore laughter to the Banks household?

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: A magical story for a magical time of year – this colourful sequel starring Emily Blunt looks practically perfect in every way. Time to feel supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!


THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS

Release date: 2 November 

Directed by: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston

Starring: Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Plot: In Disney’s live-action adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story, a grieving young girl named Clara travels to a magical parallel universe in search of a priceless key. There, she meets a kindly soldier named Philip who promises to help her find what she’s looking for. 

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: The story is steeped in Christmas tradition, and this cracking Disney adaptation is full of enough snow, sparkle and wonder to become a new festive classic.


NATIVITY ROCKS!

Release date: 23 November 

Directed by: Debbie Isitt

Starring: Celia Imrie, Anna Chancellor, Craig Revel Horwood

Plot: Featuring a sleighful of household names, this fun and festive comedy sees the kids of St Bernadette’s unleashing their inner rock gods for the chance to feature in a spectacular musical competition. 

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: It’s a festive rock ’n’ roll extravaganza that will have the entire family swaying in the aisles. All four Nativity films have been written and directed by Debbie Isitt, who has already developed a Nativity 5. 




CREED II

Release date: 30 November 

Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone

Plot: This superb follow-up sees Adonis going fist-to-fist with the dangerous Viktor Drago (son of Ivan), while also dealing with some hefty emotional baggage.

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: Christmas is about sharing things you love with the people around you, so why not share your favourite action franchise with the new generation? And with another incredible turn from Jordan as Adonis Creed, this sequel really is a knock-out. 


WIDOWS

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Release date: 6 November

Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki

Plot: Set in modern-day Chicago, the film tells the story of a group of grieving widows whose husbands’ illegal deeds have left them wanted women. Instead of meekly surrendering, however, they decide to fight back.

Why it’s perfect for Christmas: In a season presided over by men – Santa, Scrooge, The Grinch – we bring you the gift of girl power in this slick action thriller. 

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

Release date: 21 November 

Directed by: Fede Álvarez

Starring: Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, Mikael Persbrandt

Plot: Based on the fourth novel in the Millennium series, this riveting thriller sees misfit hacker Lisbeth Salander (aka the girl with the dragon tattoo) becoming ensnared in a deadly world of spies, lies and cybergames – all spurred by a troubling memory from her childhood.

Why it’s perfect for Christmas:  Let’s face it, Christmas can either be a beautiful affair, or an explosion of Mike Leigh proportions. This twist-packed thriller will make your family seem more palatable.   

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