Christmas is all about spending quality time with your family and friends and what better way to spend the festive season than sharing a trip to the cinema together? Share the magic at ODEON and pick the best films because there’s something for everyone this Christmas!
21 December - Mary Poppins Returns
Britain's Got Talent magician Marc Spelmann teamed up with ODEON Cinemas to sprinkle a little bit of extra magic on the cinema-going experience this festive season.
Release date: 9 November
Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Scott Mosier
Voices: Benedict Cumberbatch, Angela Lansbury.
Plot: Staying true to Dr. Seuss’ classic 1957 storybook, this animated 3D retelling sees the green meanie on the mountainside (aka The Grinch of the title) cooks up a plot to sabotage Christmas by disguising himself as Santa Claus.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: It’s got rhymes, cute animals, Benedict Cumberbatch trying to steal Christmas and Angela Lansbury. We feel all warm and fuzzy already.
RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET
Release date: 30 November
Directed by: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Voices: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch
Plot: In this fun-filled sequel to the 2012 smash-hit, BFFs Ralph and Vanellope travel to the internet via a Wi-Fi router at their arcade in search of a replacement steering wheel. Get ready for some exciting cameos, like all the 14 Disney princesses...
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: The Christmas holidays are long and kids are easily bored, so why not take them to see an exciting adventure full of their favourite characters from across the Disney franchise? Game on.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Release date: 14 December. Previews on 8 and 9 December.
Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman.
Voices: Shameik Moore, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin
Plot: This incredible animated drama sees Miles Morales (a familiar name to fans of the Spidey comics) teaming up with Spider-People from different dimensions – including Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Gwen – to prevent an almighty threat.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: If Christmas shopping has left you feeling like escaping to another dimension, there are plenty to choose from in this dazzling and daring family adventure.
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD
Release date: 16 November
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp
Plot: Set seventy years before the Harry Potter stories, this magical sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sees Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, teaming up with Jude Law’s Hogwarts professor, Albus Dumbledore.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: It’s the time of year when we all believe in magic, and what better way to celebrate than with the biggest magical franchise of them all?
Release date: 14 December
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard
Plot: This epic DC actioner sees Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry (aka Aquaman) going trident to trident with his half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), a supervillain determined to seize the control of not just the seven aquatic kingdoms of Atlantis, but the entire surface world.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: Featuring an absolutely sensational performance from Momoa as Aquaman, this wet and wild adventure is the perfect Christmas present for comic-book devotees.
Release date: 21 November
Directed by: Otto Bathurst
Starring: Taron Egerton, Eve Hewson, Jamie Foxx
Plot: In this thrilling, all-action take on the legend of Robin Hood, Taron Egerton (Eggsy in the Kingsman series) becomes the latest big name to play the famous British outlaw.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: Christmas is a time for giving, and Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor – he’s like a gritty, anti-establishment Santa. Plus, Egerton plays the role a bit like a 12th-century Eggsy, all cheeky charm but with a lethal side.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS
Release date: 21 December
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Starring: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth
Plot: Jane and Michael Banks are now grown up and following the death of Michael’s wife, father and kids are struggling to cope. Can magical nanny Mary restore laughter to the Banks household?
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: A magical story for a magical time of year – this colourful sequel starring Emily Blunt looks practically perfect in every way. Time to feel supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS
Release date: 2 November
Directed by: Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston
Starring: Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren
Plot: In Disney’s live-action adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s beloved story, a grieving young girl named Clara travels to a magical parallel universe in search of a priceless key. There, she meets a kindly soldier named Philip who promises to help her find what she’s looking for.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: The story is steeped in Christmas tradition, and this cracking Disney adaptation is full of enough snow, sparkle and wonder to become a new festive classic.
Release date: 23 November
Directed by: Debbie Isitt
Starring: Celia Imrie, Anna Chancellor, Craig Revel Horwood
Plot: Featuring a sleighful of household names, this fun and festive comedy sees the kids of St Bernadette’s unleashing their inner rock gods for the chance to feature in a spectacular musical competition.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: It’s a festive rock ’n’ roll extravaganza that will have the entire family swaying in the aisles. All four Nativity films have been written and directed by Debbie Isitt, who has already developed a Nativity 5.
Release date: 30 November
Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone
Plot: This superb follow-up sees Adonis going fist-to-fist with the dangerous Viktor Drago (son of Ivan), while also dealing with some hefty emotional baggage.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: Christmas is about sharing things you love with the people around you, so why not share your favourite action franchise with the new generation? And with another incredible turn from Jordan as Adonis Creed, this sequel really is a knock-out.
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Release date: 6 November
Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki
Plot: Set in modern-day Chicago, the film tells the story of a group of grieving widows whose husbands’ illegal deeds have left them wanted women. Instead of meekly surrendering, however, they decide to fight back.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: In a season presided over by men – Santa, Scrooge, The Grinch – we bring you the gift of girl power in this slick action thriller.
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB
Release date: 21 November
Directed by: Fede Álvarez
Starring: Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, Mikael Persbrandt
Plot: Based on the fourth novel in the Millennium series, this riveting thriller sees misfit hacker Lisbeth Salander (aka the girl with the dragon tattoo) becoming ensnared in a deadly world of spies, lies and cybergames – all spurred by a troubling memory from her childhood.
Why it’s perfect for Christmas: Let’s face it, Christmas can either be a beautiful affair, or an explosion of Mike Leigh proportions. This twist-packed thriller will make your family seem more palatable.