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Genre of the Week: CHRISTMAS MOVIES

Updated: Dec 24, 2020


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ON THIS WEEK...



It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Friday 18th December, Film4, 3:15pm

Sky Cinema Christmas - throughout the week

Frank Capra's bittersweet, heartwarming movie IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE is about a man who comes to realize the value of his own life has been a Christmas favorite for years. At the story's center is George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), a man with big plans whose even bigger heart keeps him from leaving his hometown. When George wishes he were never born, an angel shows him the tremendous impact he has had on his community.



Nativity! (2009) & Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! (2012)

Monday 14th December, CBBC, 6:00pm & Tuesday 15th December, 6:00pm

Collection of two seasonal British comedies. In 'Nativity!' (2009), under-achieving primary school teacher Mr Maddens (Martin Freeman) works at a school that competes annually with a local private school for the best production of the Christmas nativity play.

In 'Nativity 2 - Danger in the Manger' (2012), neurotic newly-qualified teacher Mr Peterson (David Tennant) starts a new job at an under-achieving school and soon finds himself juggling his heavy workload with a wildly unconventional classroom assistant, a group of delinquent kids and his own very pregnant wife.


The Grinch (2018)

Sunday 13th December, ITV, 5:20pm

In the magical town of Whoville, a race of human-like creatures called Whos are thrilled about celebrating Christmas. However, a cantankerous, furry green loner named the Grinch, who lives in a cave north of Whoville, hatches a dastardly scheme to ruin the festive season. Animated Dr Seuss adaptation, with the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch.



On Sky Cinema Christmas This Week...


Elf (2003)

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised as one of Santa's elves who discovers at age 30 that he has a real father who lives in New York City and is on Santa's "naughty" list.






The Holiday (2006)

In this festive romcom, London-based journalist Iris (Kate Winslet) whilst trying to forget a romance gone wrong, trades her cottage for movie-trailer-editor Amanda's (Cameron Diaz) Beverly Hills mansion.





Scrooged (1988)

It's Christmas in New York City, and Frank Cross (Bill Murray), selfish, workaholic, hard-drinking, miserly, and manic president of a mythical American TV network, is overseeing, among other outlandish broadcast projects, a live Christmas Eve performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in this Ghostbusters meets Dickens style comedy.



Last Christmas (2019)

In this musically inspired romcom, we meet unlucky Londoner/aspiring singer Kate (Emilia Clarke), who's made many poor decisions, including taking a job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop.





Jingle All the Way (1996)

Ahnold takes on the Christmas spirit in this family comedy - Harold Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a workaholic dad who doesn't spend enough time with his son, Jamie. In order to win back Jamie's love, Harold offers to buy him anything he wants for Christmas.





Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (2001)

Every Disney animated character that any kid has seen in the last 30 years is present at Mickey Mouse's Christmas bash. As everyone prepares to leave, news that the House of Mouse is snowed in for the night circulates. So Mickey decides to present some stories to entertain his guests, who, at times, join in with songs and jokes between the sketches.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Based on the Christmas classic by Dr. Seuss, this is a live action take on the story of a Christmas-hating Grinch who tries to steal Christmas from the Christmas-loving Whos by taking all of their presents and decorations.





The Family Stone (2005)

In this bittersweet comedy, the liberal-leaning, proud Stones are upset when good boy Everett (Dermot Mulroney) brings home a bad fiancée. Granted, Meredith (Sarah Jessica Parker) doesn't mean to be bad. In fact, she tries very hard to be liked. But she's just tense, fretful, and sometimes ignorant, making her a target for the free-thinking Stones.



Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

A classic holiday movie, a heartwarming holiday story about the importance of childhood wonder, trust, and standing up for what you believe.






Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)

Disney fans will enjoy watching their favourite characters in these 3 festive tales.







Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

In this romantic '90s tale, young Jonah wants his widowed dad, Sam (Tom Hanks), to find a new wife. When Jonah calls up a radio talk show and starts talking to the host about how lonely his dad is, Sam eventually gets on the line and pours his heart out.




ON NETFLIX:


The Christmas Chronicles (2018) & The Christmas Chonicles 2 (2020)

Popular Christmas movies from Netflix with Kurt Russell excellent as Santa Claus!

ON AMAZON PRIME:

Nativity 3: Dude Where's My Donkey? (2014) & Nativity Rocks! (2018)

Third and fourth Nativity movie - you know what to expect if you've seen the first two :)



FILM: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1985)

Hilarious christmas comedy with Chevy Chase.




What's your favourite Christmas movie?






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