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Christmas is nearly here! It’s the busiest time of the year for cinema releases with many of the year’s most anticipated movies released in time for the Christmas holidays.
There is the second Fantastic Beasts film, Ralph Breaks the Internet – the long awaited sequel to Wreck-it Ralph and the much anticipated Mary Poppins Returns.
Here goes – which one are you most excited about?
It is not often that a big screen movie is based on a ballet, but with music inspired by Tchaikovsky and a plot based on stories by E.T. A Hoffman, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms (PG) tells the tale of about a young girl, Clara who is gifted a locked egg from her deceased mother and sets out in a magical land to retrieve the key.
Released on 2nd November it stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman.
Based on the much loved book How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, The Grinch (PG), out on 9th November, is an animated version of the Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.
It features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones and Angela Lansbury and is narrated by Pharrell Williams.
At the end of the first Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald escaped from the clutches of the Magical Congress of the United States of America. In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (12A), has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald's plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.
Released on 16th November the film stars Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Katherine Waterston.
Just when you thought they could not get any more mileage out of the Nativity franchise, up pops Nativity Rocks! (U).
We’re back with the kids from St Bernadette’s Primary School in Coventry as the staff and students audition for a coveted place in a spectacular rock musical competition.
It stars a host of top British comedy actors including Celia Imrie, Craig Revel Horwood, Ruth Jones, Meera Syal, Hugh Dennis and Anna Chancellor. It is out on 23rd November.
There have been dozens of film versions of the legend of Robin Hood (12A) and in this latest version, Robin of Loxley has returned home from the Crusades to an England undergoing its own conflict. Disguising himself he joins the fight against the corrupt crown.
But everyone in England is curious to know who’s under the hood, and how long can he keep his secret?
Released on 23rd November it stars Taron Egerton, Ben Mendelsohn, Jamie Dornan, Paul Anderson, Jamie Foxx and Eve Hewson.
Pokémon The Movie: The Power of Us (PG) is an event cinema showing so you’ll need to check your local cinema for dates and timings but most are on Saturday 24th November and Saturday 1st December.
Once a year, a "wind festival" is held in Fura City. While they're participating in the festival, Ash and Pikachu meets five companions, each of whom have their own worries and are unable to take a step forward together with their partner Pokémon. But when they meet each other, the cogs of destiny start turning......
The 30th November sees the release of Ralph Breaks The Internet - Wreck-It Ralph 2 (PG), the long-awaited sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. The well-meaning but clumsy computer generated hero, with friend Vanellope von Schweetz go on a new adventure when their arcade gets connected to the World Wide Web.
It’s like nothing they’ve ever seen before, and they’re off on an amazing journey of discovery. Travelling through this virtual metropolis on a quest to save Vanellope’s game, how can these two misfits hope to succeed in this huge, strange world?
The film features the voices of Alan Tudyk, Jack McBrayer, James Corden, Jane Lynch, John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman.
The Spiderverse is a new universe, where more than one person can wear the mantle and mask of Spider-Man on their journey towards becoming a hero.
In Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (TBC), teenage student Miles Morales must juggle his school life with his status and responsibilities as a superhero, but he’s not the only Spider-Man in this world, and things are about to get complicated…
Out on 14th December it stars Hailee Steinfeld (busy girl), Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin.
Disney’s other live action musical offering for Christmas 2018 is Mary Poppins Returns (TBA) It follows the story of the now grown-up Michael Banks, who needs a nanny when a personal tragedy leaves him with his three children to look after alone. Mary Poppins to the rescue!
The film has and all-star cast which includes Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins as well as Angela Lansbury, Ben Whishaw, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and the return of Dick Van Dyke, the only cast member to have appeared in the original Mary Poppins film.
It is on release on 21st December 2018.
Out on 28th December is the latest Transformers movie, Bumblebee (TBA) On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie is on the cusp of turning 18 and is trying to find her place in the world. She discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
Starring Glynn Turman, Hailee Steinfeld, Jason Drucker, John Cena, John Ortiz, Jorge Lendeborg Jr and Kenneth Choi, it will be out in 2D and 3D.
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