Reel Reviewer Column: Christmas crackers

Jason Day previews the mix of new and classic festive films being screened at selected cinemas in December.

Surviving Christmas with the Relatives (Out Nov 30):

British comedy about two sisters who spend Christmas at their late parents’ dilapidated house in the country (above). A who’s who of British Equity appears, including Joely Richardson, James Fox and Patricia Hodge.

Die Hard (30th Anniversary) (December 5):

This festive season-set blockbuster has an accent on family values, goodwill to all men… and sensational action as a high-rise building is overrun by terrorists. Bruce Willis became a star thanks to his grubby-vest heroics and sense of humour. For more, read my full review:

Home Alone (December 5):

About as Christmas as presents around the tree is this absolute cracker of a comedy. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are two inept burglars who stumble across a huge house that is rich pickings. Unbeknownst to them, little Kevin (Macauley Culkin) has been accidentally left ‘home alone’ and will do anything to defend his property.

Once Upon a Deadpool (December 11):

A festive, wise-cracking, anti-hero? It seems so, as Ryan Reynolds returns as the motormouth mercenary character forced to think about friendship, family and what it really means to be a hero, when another hard as nails soldier arrives on a murderous mission.

It’s a Wonderful Life (December 14):

Perennial Christmas classic. James Stewart is the suicidal family man who contemplates his achievements with an angel (Henry Travers). If you haven’t seen it, catching it on the big screen will be a treat.

Mary Poppins Returns (December 21):

Highly anticipated sequel to the Julie Andrews version so frequently shown on TV during Christmas. Emily Blunt steps into Andrews’ practically perfect shoes as the magical Nanny.

Mary revisits her charges from years before, now grown-ups (played by Ben Wishaw and Emily Mortimer). Dick van Dyke, who played multiple roles in the first film, returns.

You can read more in-depth reviews from Jason by following him on Twitter: @Reelreviewer

This feature was published in the December 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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