Festive films to watch at Christmas 2013
It's a Wonderful Life, The Bishop's Wife and more enjoy cinema outings this winter
This time of year, there’s always more than one outing for the gloriously sentimental It’s a Wonderful Life, in which a guardian angel tries to save a man’s life. In The Bishop’s Wife, another angel, in the form of Cary Grant, flurries down from the heavens to save Christmas Day – but not before stirring up a romantic rivalry with the bishop.
A reliable family favourite is Elf (GFT, Glasgow, Sat 14 Dec), starring Will Ferrell as a regular-sized man raised as an elf, who clatters through New York in search of his biological family. Raymond Briggs’ charming short films are also an excellent family choice: The Bear, Father Christmas and The Snowman are showing back-to-back at the GFT on Sat 21 Dec.
For dance lovers there is a screening of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet Sleeping Beauty (Cameo, Edinburgh, Sun 22 Dec), performed by the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, with new choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. And if you’re desperate for a double dose of sugar, get £2 off Mary Poppins with a Saving Mr Banks Cameo ticket stub (Cameo, Edinburgh, Sun 15 Dec).