The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in December

  • The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in December

With Christmas around the corner, the films are getting festive but there are a few top films out this month that you should be making your way to the cinema to see.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 18th December

It's finally here! After years of speculation, teasers, rumours and everything else, the new Star Wars finally hits screens.

Looking to follow on from the original trilogy rather than the disappointing Episodes I-III, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is behind the camera to tell the story of... well we're not entirely sure on that yet.

Why should you see it?

Because it's the biggest film of the decade, why haven't you pre-booked your ticket already?

Victor Frankenstein - 4th December 

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe tell the story of the bromance between Viktor Von Frankenstein and his assistant Igor, giving a new perspective on the age-old story of how Frankenstein went from bright-eyed medical student to trying to reanimate dead body parts.

Why should you see it?

A couple of Britain's finest actors telling a dark new origins story to one of fiction's most-famous tales.

Daddy's Home - 25th December

Will Ferrell plays Brad, a mild-mannered stepfather desperate to win his step-children's affection, whose world is thrown into turmoil when his wife's tough guy ex-husband, Rusty, arrives for a visit, forcing Brad to compete for the affection of the kids.

Why should you see it?

Ferrell is teaming up with Mark Wahlberg again after their success on The Other Guys, to produce another sure-fire comedy classic.

The Night Before -  4th December 

Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie play three childhood friends who embark on their annual Christmas Eve partying tradition.

On the hunt to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties, the trio's booze-fuelled night is full of hijinks, disasters and non-stop fun.

Why should you see it?

With a writing team that have brought you such comedy gold as Superbad, 50/50, Warm Bodies, This Is The End and The Interview, expect inappropriate laughs galore from the much-loved Seth Rogen brand of comedy.

In The Heart Of The Sea - 25th December

The real-life tale of the American whaling ship that was destroyed by a sperm whale (which inspired the story of Moby Dick) leaving the crew stranded aboard a lifeboat thousands of miles from land.

The ship's four crew members spend the next 90 days trying to reach dry land, and are forced into a spot of cannibalism to survive.

Why should you see it?

The captivating tale of disaster and despair starring Chris Hemsworth, new Spider-Man Tom Holland and Cilian Murphy is being bandied about in the same circles as other 2016 award-prospects.

Chris Hemsworth is gunning for an Oscar nod of his own after consuming only 500-600 calories and losing all of his Thor muscle to play the starving sailor. 

Also out in December

Sisters - 18th December

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler star as two grown-up sisters who throw one last party before their parents sell their childhood home with hilariously raucous results.

Krampus - 4th December

Black comedy horror of a boy whose bad Christmas results in him accidently summoning the Alpine folklore demonic Christmas spirit.

Grandma - 11th December

A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy consults her sharp-tongued Grandmother as the two embark on a road trip to find the money for an abortion. 

By The Sea - 11th December

Written and directed by Angelina Jolie, Brad and Angelina play a married couple who are drifting apart, when travelling through France, are drawn to a quiet seaside town and its vibrant inhabitants.

Snoopy And Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Movie - 18th December

Charles M. Schultz's famous Peanuts characters have gone 3D, as Snoopy takes to the skies to embark on his greatest mission to date.

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