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Christmas films: what to see at the cinema in December

From The Night Before and Krampus to The Danish Girl and Joy, 'tis the season for the movies

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Christmas film releases: what to see on the big screen this festive season

Christmas with the Coopers

Christmas time isn't all mistletoe and wine. It's also about eating your own weight in popcorn and watching as much as you possibly can at the cinema. Here, we've rounded-up a selection of the best festive releases, should you find yourself wanting to escape to the world of film for an hour or two this season.

TUE 1 DEC
Christmas With The Coopers
This 'bulging commercial ensemble piece' brings the Cooper family together for Christmas, but all is not right: figureheads Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) are on the brink of separation and Charlotte's sister Emma (Marisa Tomei) is arrested for shoplifting.

FRI 4 DEC
The Night Before
This Seth Rogen / Joseph Gordon-Levitt comedy is reminiscent of Superbad (but not as good). It's got all the components for a good conventional Christmas comedy, including extremely loud festive jumpers.

Krampus
Because everyone loves a good Christmas comedy-horror film featuring a punishing demonic spirit, right? 'Course they do. Happy holidays.

FRI 11 DEC
Hector
Photographer Jake Gavin's film debut is 'the best British Christmas film in years', featuring a standout performance by Peter Mullan as Hec, a homeless man making his way from Glasgow to London for the holiday.

SAT 12 DEC
Sisters
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (aka, those ladies we wish were our friends in real life) head up this comedy about two sisters.

THU 17 DEC
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lightsabers, jedis, you know the drill. One of the most anticipated films of the year, but you know, no biggie.

MON 21 DEC
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie
Charlie Brown and Snoopy go on a big screen adventure. A good option for the wee ones, and for those looking to pay memory lane a visit.

FRI 1 JAN
The Danish Girl
Copenhagen painter Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) has a loving marriage to fellow artist Gerda (Alicia Vikander). She encourages him to don women's clothes, prompting his realisation that he wants to become a woman.

Joy
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper appear in their third David O Russell film (after Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle), with Robert de Niro joining the party again. This film tells the story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty.

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