Looking around town, there’s no escaping it…Christmas has well and truly arrived. We’ll be the first to admit that festive films can be a bit naff, but there are a few gems. From Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli’s ravishing Technicolor musical Meet Me in St. Louis to Joe Dante’s slyly satirical Gremlins to Billy Wilder’s teaming of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment, we’ve highlighted some of those films that do Christmas properly.
This is also a bumper time of year for new releases. There’s still time to catch The Irishman on the big screen where it belongs — Martin Scorsese’s wonderful, downbeat mob epic sees him re-team with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, while Al Pacino works with the director for the first time. Noah Baumbach’s screwball dramedy Marriage Story features never better performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a couple going through divorce, while Knives Out is a tightly plotted update on the Agatha Christie brand of murder mystery, and a whole lot of fun.
Here are our picks
When Billy Peltzer is given a fascinating new pet for Christmas, he’s warned of three things: don’t expose him to bright light, don’t get him wet and, most importantly, keep him away from food after midnight.
Join The Dukes theatre in the beautiful surroundings of Lancaster Priory for a special sing-along-with screening of Jim Henson’s much loved Christmas classic.
In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.
Small World Cinema Club hosts an intimate, relaxed one-off screening of Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure.
As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon ‘Videodrome’, a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit.