This year’s cinematic Christmas crackers

There’s barely three weeks left of 2016, so how many films have we got left in store? Quite a few, Toby Bryant states, as he rounds up the films to end the year with a bang

Toby Bryant
12th December 2016

The winter, and the festive period that comes with it, is very much here. Thankfully, for us film lovers, this provides the perfect excuse to stay in and have movie nights or seek refuge in the safe warmth of our favourite indoor activity – the cinema! Here I take a look at the best films to watch out for this winter.

Firstly, the compulsory Christmas film. Sadly, this year the choice of movies for Christmas fanatics is rather scarce. Office Christmas Party, out December 9th, looks to be the best bet. There’s nothing outstanding about the plot, a bunch of employees on the edge of being sacked indulge in an O.T.T. Christmas Party, but I will nonetheless be paying to watch the film. Everyone loves a Christmas Party and the fun ‘n’ frolic shenanigans which fill the film will be sure to leave viewers in a jovial mood. Furthermore, it features Jennifer Aniston who never disappoints!

“Christmas is the perfect excuse to go to the safe warmth of our favourite indoor activity - the cinema!”

Disney’s Moana has already been released this month but will continue to pull in crowds right into deep December. If Alessia Cara’s theme-track ‘How Far I’ll Go’ wasn’t enough to convince you that the film was worth watching then the trailer, full of the infectious joy that Disney have perfected over the years, certainly is. Moana definitely looks to be one for the family this month!

For those wanting something a little more serious, The Founder is set to be a good watch. The film documents the story of Ray Kroc and the rise of the chain McDonald’s in a biographical drama format. The film’s release date has been pushed back all year but is now set as a limited release on December 16th with a wide release following on January 20th 2017. The movie features Michael Keaton as Kroc and Laura Dern as his wife Ethel Fleming.

Another film out next month is Damien Chazelle’s musical comedy-drama La La Land which has a star studded cast including heartthrob Ryan Gosling, The Amazing Spider-man’s Emma Stone and even pop-star John Legend. The plot follows a musician and aspiring actress who fall in love in Los Angeles. The on-screen chemistry between Gosling and Stone should be second to none as it is, after all, the third time the duo appears as lovers after both acting in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad. Indeed, the film has had rave review from critics who praise the main actors’ performances.

Before the year runs out there’s still time for another of those big money, extravagant sci-fi films. Passengers follows the story of two astronauts, played by Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, who wake up on a spaceship 90 years early from an induced hibernation. It is set for release December 21st and will, without doubt, generate attention given the calibre of the actors in it. I tend to be dubious with far-fetched sci-fi films such as Passengers but, watching the trailer, director Morten Tyldum could well have pulled it off.

“In La La Land, Gosling and Stone’s on-screen chemistry should be electric after their rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love

Finally, I couldn’t leave out the hotly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film is a move away from the classic Star Wars films as it is the first anthology of the series and a standalone story which takes placed before the original events in the infamous Star Wars saga. Felicity Jones and Diego Luna top the bill in a movie which follows a group of Rebel spies in their endeavour to steal designs for the Galactic Empire’s Death Star.

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