Christmas Films

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ABOUT A BOY (12)

In this adaptation of Nick Hornbys bestseller, Will (Hugh Grant) drifts through life, moving from one relationship to the next with little lasting effect. One Christmas he hits upon the idea of dating single mothers but soon finds himself entangled with the suicidal Fiona (Toni Colette) and her 12 year old son Marcus (Nicholas Hoult). As he and Marcus gradually develop a friendship, Will begins to reassess the selfish life he has been living. (98 mins)

THE APARTMENT (PG)

Acclaimed, Oscar winning satire from director Billy Wilder with Jack Lemmon as C.C Baxter, an ambitious insurance clerk who hopes to win a promotion by letting his superiors use his apartment as a secret love nest. Things go awry one Christmas when Baxters boss (Fred MacMurray) uses the apartment for a rendevous with Fran (Shirley Maclaine), an elevator operator whom the young clerk already holds a candle for. (119 mins)

BAD SANTA (15)

A miserable, foul mouthed conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. Profane but very funny festive tale. (91 mins)
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (PG)
This spectacular and critically acclaimed live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast is a stunning, cinematic event. Belle is a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The sumptuous set designs, memorable musical score and compelling story are complemented by an all star cast recreating the well loved characters, headed by Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and Luke Evans as the handsome but villainous Gaston ably supported by Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. This is perfect entertainment for any audience. (129 mins)
THE BELLS OF ST MARY’S (U)
Father Chuck O’Malley (Bing Crosby) is dispatched to fix up an inner-city parochial school on its last legs and his easygoing, unconventional demeanour instantly clashes with that of the no-nonsense Sister Superior Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman), who is keeping the school open through sheer will and faith alone. The pair ultimately bond over their differing visions on how to save the school. A blockbuster crowd-pleaser on its release, stunningly restored in HD, the film remains just as affecting today, thanks to Leo McCarey s directorial light touch, Crosby’s laidback charisma and iconic singing voice and Bergman’s radiant charm, all of which earned them Oscar nominations. (126 mins)

THE BISHOPS WIFE (U)

A Bishop (David Niven) is losing sight of his family and of why he became a churchman in the first place. Enter Dudley (Cary Grant), an angel sent to help him. Dudley does help everyone he meets, but not necessarily in the way they would have preferred. Everyone loves him, but as Christmas approaches, Henry begins to believe that Dudley is there to replace him at work, and in his families affection. Charming Christmas classic. (109 mins)

BLACK CHRISTMAS (15)

An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. Gruesome 2006 horror thriller that is most definitely not full of good cheer. (84 mins)
THE CHRISTMAS CANDLE (U)
This family tale, set in 1890, is adapted from the novel by Max Lucado. According to legend, every 25 years an angel arrives in the English village of Gladbury and blesses one of the candlemaker’s candles, meaning that whoever lights it will be granted a miracle. When progressive minister David comes to the village, a rivalry strikes up between him and the old-fashioned candlemaker, especially when he tries to bring electric light to the church. However, when the special candle goes missing the villagers experience a Christmas they will never forget. This enchanting Seasonal tale stars Samantha Barks, Lesley Manville, Hans Matheson, Sylvester McCoy, James Cosmo, Barbara Flynn and Susan Boyle in her feature debut. (100 mins)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (15)

A modern-day update of Charles Dickens's festive classic replete with inspired celebrity casting. Tori Spelling stars as Carol Cartman, a ruthless and self-absorbed TV talk-show host who finds herself changed for the better by a quartet of otherworldly visitors, including the Ghost of Christmas Past (Gary Coleman) and the Ghost of Christmas Present (William Shatner). (85 mins)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (PG)

Outstanding 1999 adaptation of Dickens classic with Patrick Stewart bringing real depth to Scrooge. That doesnt mean he's any less heartless with his hapless employee Bob Cratchit (Richard E. Grant). Joel Grey is excellent as the ghost of Christmas past and a superb cast ably fill the remaining roles. Director David Jones, has achieved a perfect balance of science and sentiment. (93 mins)

CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT (U)

In her newspaper column, Elizabeth Lane (Barbara StanwIck) offers advice as the perfect housewife. However, in reality, she has no cooking skills, no Connecticut farm & no adoring hubby as suggested in her column. Something her boss doesn't know when he decides to invite himself and a recently returned war hero to her home for a traditional family Christmas. Funny, heart warming festive classic. (102 mins)

COOL RUNNINGS (PG)

Based on a real scenario at the 1988 Olympics, this comedy focuses on the trials and tribulations of the first ever Jamaican bob-sled team and their coach (John Candy) who puts together a team that has never sat in a bob-sled let alone seen snow. (95 mins)

DECK THE HALLS (PG)
Chaotic family comedy starring Matthew Broderick & Danny Devito. Steve leads a well-organized life. His new neighbor, Danny is Steve's polar opposite & his intention to create the biggest holiday light display in the world, visible from outer space is turning Steve's disciplined world into a chaotic nightmare. At any cost, he will thwart Danny - or top him. (89 mins)

DIE HARD (18)
On Christmas Eve, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia) in Los Angeles, where she works. They are attending a party at Hollys high-rise office block when terrorists, led by the suave Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) break in, taking everyone hostage. McClane manages to evade capture, however, and sets out to rescue his wife and the other prisoners. (126 mins)

THE FAMILY MAN (15)
Wall Street banker, Jack Campbell (Nicholas Cage) has a luxurious lifestyle but everything changes one Christmas Eve night when Jack unwittingly stumbles into the middle of a grocery store hold-up. On Christmas morning, Jack awakes to find his old life no longer exists & he now lives with his childhood sweetheart in suburbia. Heart warming, what if? Comedy drama.

FOUR CHRISTMASES (12)

Romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn as a couple whose exotic Christmas holiday plans are scuppered by fog. Owing to the divorces of both their sets of parents, the couple are obliged to attend no less than four festive gatherings – leading them to examine both the past and the future in more detail than either of them finds comfortable. (84 mins)

GREMLINS (15)

A loveable but mysterious exotic pet brought home from Chinatown becomes the source of a slew of miseries for an American suburb when the new owners disobey a few basic precautions and help spawn a host of evil creatures. Director Robert Zemeckiss 1984 festive favourite is both hilarious and spooky. (106 mins)

THE HOLIDAY (12)
Amanda (Cameron Diaz) meets Iris (Kate Winslet) on the internet where they agree to swap their homes for the holidays. Amanda lives in Los Angles and Iris lives in England. Iris brother Graham (Jude Law) drops by Iris house and meets Amanda. On the other side of the world, Iris meets Miles (Jack Black) a film composer. Romance is in the air and sparks are about to fly in this modern festive romantic comedy. (138 mins)

HOLIDAY INN (U)

Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire team up for the definitive festive film about a song & dance team who run a country inn that only opens for national holidays. A magnificent Irving Berlin score includes the immortal White Christmas. (100 mins)

ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE (U)

Perennial & heart warming Christmas favourite with James Stewart as the troubled family man who believes his life is a failure and contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve. However, an angel is sent down from Heaven to show him how much his life has positively influenced those around him. With Lionel Barrymore, Donna Mills & Henry Travers. Your audience can now experience this Festive masterpiece in a painstakingly restored High Definiton print(129 mins)
JOYEUX NOEL (12)
This moving film tells the true-life story of the spontaneous 1914 Christmas Eve truce declared by Scottish, French and German troops in the trenches of World War I. Enemies leave their weapons behind for one night as they band together in brotherhood and forget about the brutalities of war. Against all odds, four unlikely individuals from opposing sides gain insight into each other's way of life and bond during this bloodless respite to experience the hope and goodness in humanity. Oscar & BAFTA nominated with a first rate international cast, this is a truly powerful & poignant film. (116 mins)

KRAMPUS (15)
This darkly festive 2015 tale of a yuletide ghoul reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday. When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max 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. In the spirit of Gremlins, this fun filled Seasonal chiller effectively combines scary thrills with tongue in cheek comedy. (98 mins)

LOVE ACTUALLY (15)

This firm modern favourite follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London. A starry cast includes Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth & Liam Neeson. (135 mins)
THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS (PG)
Starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast) as Charles Dickens, the film tells the true story of how the iconic author came to write the seminal yuletide novel A Christmas Carol in only six weeks. Set in 1840s London, Dickens was struggling with fresh ideas. However, when he's inspired by the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, he set out to write and self-publish a book that would reignite his career. As the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer) and The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future start coming to life in his head, Dickens creates a masterpiece, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today. This charming Festive family delight also stars Jonathon Pryce, Simon callow, Morfydd Clark, Miriam Margolyes & Bill Paterson. (104 mins)

MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (U)

Stunningly restored in a beautiful HD print this is arguably Judy Garlands finest film - A warm hearted family saga set at the turn of the century about the lives & loves of the Smith family- sentimental, funny, sad & uplifting. Sparkling performances from Judy, Margaret OBrien, Mary Astor combine with classic songs like The Trolley song and Have yourself a merry little Christmas. (113 mins)

MILLIONS (12)

Two young brothers mysteriously acquire a bag full of sterling on the eve of Britain's conversion to the euro. Believing in the good of mankind, they are determined to help those around them, unaware the money is the proceeds of a robbery. An unusual & affecting Christmas fairy tale directed by Danny Boyle and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce (94 mins)

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (U)
Doris, an executive at Macys New York department store, believes in being forever practical and has raised her daughter Susan not to believe in Santa Claus. However, the convictions of both mother and child are challenged when the kindly old man hired as the store Santa insists that he is in fact the real thing. This perennial 1947 Festive classic, beautifully restored in high definition, is guaranteed to warm the hearts of any audience.
Starring Maureen OHara, Edmund Gwen & Natalie Wood. (92 mins)

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (PG)

Smash hit 1994 remake of the seasonal classic. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhoods most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. However after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. Starring Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott and Mara Wilson (114 mins)

OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY (15)
When a company CEO (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother's branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. The latest comedy from directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck (Blades of Glory), co-starring Jason Bateman, T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn and Randall Park, is a raucous, bawdy over the top Seasonal extravaganza that benefits from excellent performances and a sheer sense of outrageous fun. (105 mins)
PADDINGTON (PG)
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville star in this enchanting and ingenious family comedy based on the popular childrens books by Michael Bond. A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. However, Paddington is soon in danger when a taxidermist attempts to get her hands on him for her museum collection. With Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon & Imelda Staunton. (95mins)

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES (15)

Very funny & ultimately touching modern seasonal comedy with Steve Martin & John Candy as two businessmen who find themselves saddled with each others company on a hilarious trip across America to get back home for Thanksgiving. Everything that can go wrong does hilariously in this sentimental & appealing festive comedy. (93 mins)

ROAD TO UTOPIA (U)

Bob Hope and Bing Crosby star in the 1946 entry in the popular Road comedy series, set in the chilly Alaskan Yukon as a couple of gold prospectors up against bandits and fighting over gorgeous Dorothy Lamour. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay, the witty script is coupled with delightful songs by Johnny Burke & James Van Heusen  (90 mins)

SCROOGE (U)

The definitive version of Charles Dickens Christmas Classic. The great Alastair Sim is the Victorian miser who, on Christmas eve, is taught a valuable lesson about charity and kindness. The star cast includes Kathleen Harrison, Jack Warner, Mervyn Johns, George Cole & Patrick Macnee. Traditionally this film has suffered from second rate poor quality prints but now, through digital High Definition remastering, it has been fully restored to its vibrant best for a satisfying audience experience. (83 mins)

SCROOGE: THE MUSICAL (U)

This is a delightful 1970 musical adaptation of Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol, in a stunningly restored High Definition print. Miserable miser Ebenezer Scrooge has a change of heart after spirit visitations on Christmas Eve. Folks might not have had much to sing about in England in 1860, but this musical will make you believe otherwise in the great Oliver! tradition. Starring Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Kenneth Moore, Alec Guinness & Gordon Jackson (115 mins)

SERENDIPITY (PG)

Can once in a lifetime happen twice? At Christmas a young couple share an immediate attraction but theyre both attached. Sara (Kate Beckinsale) believes in fate and when she gives Jonathan (John Cusack) her phone number only to have the wind blow it from his hand, she sees this as a sign that the two of them are not meant to be together - at least not right now. Enchanting romantic comedy (90 mins)

SINGLE SANTA SEEKS MRS CLAUS (15)

Heartwarming comedy of festive magic and unexpected romance. Single mother Beth has given up on love since the death of her husband, choosing to devote herself to her advertising job and young son. But when a man (Steve Guttenberg) claiming to be the son of Santa Claus appears, can Beth overcome her disbelief and fall for the otherwise charming oddball? (85 mins)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC (U)
The immortal family favourite with Julie Andrews as the trainee nun who becomes governess to the seven children of a retired naval captain (Christopher Plummer) in pre war Saltzburg against the backdrop of the Nazi rise to power. Timeless songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein with stunning photography in a gorgeous new HD print that can only truly be appreciated on the Big Screen (165 mins)

SURVIVING CHRISTMAS (12)
Drew Latham (Ben Affleck)) is a successful business executive who is tired of spending Christmas alone & decides to rent a typical All-American family to brighten up the festive season. Making the Valco family an offer they can't refuse, Drew moves in for Christmas. Before long, his spoiled antics and outrageous demands turn a happy holiday into a nightmare. (91 mins)

TRADING PLACES (15)
As the result of a bet between two wealthy commodities traders, the lifestyles of a street hustler (Eddie Murphy) and a corporate employee (Dan Akroyd) are reversed. They scramble to make it in their new foreign environments with hysterical results. Once they discover the switch played on them, they set out to exact their comic revenge with the aid of a prostitute (Jamie Lee Curtis). Excellent festive comedy with Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche & Denholm Elliot. (111 mins)

WHITE CHRISTMAS (U)

The perfect Christmas musical with Bing Crosby & Danny Kaye as two song & dance men who team up with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Ellen) & trek to Vermont to help out an old army buddy. Unbeatable Festive entertainment with memorable songs including Sisters, Blue skies & the immortal title song are complemented by an absolutely stunning, fully restored HIGH DEFINITION print. (115 mins)

THE WIZARD OF OZ (U)

The Evergreen musical favourite with Judy Garland as the little girl lost in the fabulous land of Oz and finding that there really is no place like home. Memorable characters & timeless songs complement a true classic. This newly restored HIGH DEFINITION print ensures audiences enjoy an even more immersive experience. (98 mins)
This film is also available to screen in a special SINGALONG version.

 

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