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What’s on at the cinema this festive season

This is the perfect time of year to head to the cinema and with some fantastic films out at the minute, there's really no reason not to go. Don't forget the popcorn...

Written by Chris Kingston
Published 27.12.2019

Little Women

Directed by Greta Gerwig, who also directed Ladybird in 2017. It stars Saoirse Ronan as Jo March with Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen playing her sisters Meg, Amy and Beth. It also stars Meryl Streep as Aunt March, James Norton, Laura Dern and Timothee Chalamet.

A story about raising clever, ambitious and creative girls in a society that consistently undervalued women, this film is already receiving critical acclaim. 

In cinemas Boxing Day


Directed by Tom Hopper who directed Les Miserables (2012) and The Danish Girl (2015), this film has an all-star cast including James Corden, Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Sir Ian McKellen, Rebel Willson, Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo.

It is a musical fantasy film based on the stage show by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Out 20 December

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Directed by J.J Abram’s, the third and final movie in the Skywalker saga has strong female performances from Daisy Ridley and also it is the last time we see Carrie Fisher in her iconic role as Princess Leia.

What remains of the resistance must fight the First Order. Look out for a cameo from Ed Sherran playing a stormtrooper.

Out 20 December

Spies in Disguise  

One for the kids, this is an animated movie that stars Will Smith as the voice of Lance Sterling, a secret Agent who teams up with Tom Holland’s nerdy scientist Walter Beckett who have to work together to save the world.

Out 27 December

Frozen 2

Still out in cinemas, the second Frozen film is about a journey to discover the origin of Elsa’s powers.

There are the usual songs and fantastic CGI making it a great adventure for the whole family.

Out now

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