The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in December

  • The 5 cinema releases that you need to watch in December

Now we're entering December, we're in that weird bit that sees Oscar bait movies beginning to arrive, the kids films that will see stressed parents seeking a moment's rest in the confines of the cinema, and the expected Christmas films to arrive.

This isn't a bad thing though, as we shall see, some of 2016's best films may have been saved for the last month of the year... 

Moana - 2nd December

Moana, the daughter of the chief of a French Polynesian tribe, sets sail for a fabled island, joined by a demigod, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.

The latest effort from Walt Disney Animation Studios which attempts to combine The Little Mermaid and Frozen with an exciting and addictive tale, to help secure another massive box office payout.

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Sully: Miracle on the Hudson - 2nd December

Tom Hanks - two-time Best Actor Oscar winner - teams up with two-time Best Director Oscar winner Clint Eastwood to deliver an Oscar-bait movie of the highest order.

Recounting the story of Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, the pilot who successfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River after both engines failed, without any casualties.

Using his creative licence to spice up the already fascinating story, Eastwood directs Hanks in what could be the best dramatic performances of the year.

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Office Christmas Party - 9th December

With their branch on the verge of closure by the CEO (Jennifer Aniston), her hard-partying brother Clay (T. J. Miller) plans the Christmas blow-out in order to impress a potential client and save their jobs.

Expect toilet humour, debauchery, and a heck of a good time when this non-stop party rolls into town.

With a stellar cast, including Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon and Olivia Munn, it won't be the most family friendly Christmas movie, but it might just be the most fun.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - 16th December

Thanks to Disney's purchase of LucasFilm in 2012, we're being promised films in the Star Wars universe each year, with Rogue One being the first in a spin-off series that are expected to see origins films for Han Solo and Boba Fett.

In between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rogue One sees the Rebel Alliance attempt to steal the plans for the Death Star.

While not expected to be as big as last year's The Force Awakens, you can be sure that Star Wars fans will be queueing around the block to see it, and it could surprise everyone by being one of the best Star Wars films yet.

Click here to watch the trailer

Passengers - 23rd December

Hollywood perfect people Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are thrown together in this romantic sci-fi thriller aboard a spaceship headed for a distant colony planet.

Something malfunctions in two of its sleep chambers and a woman and man are awoken from their hibernation 90 years from their destination.

As the only two people that they may ever see again, the pair begin a romantic relationship, but soon discover that the sleep chamber malfunction isn't the only problem on the spaceship, in this tense and ambitious thriller.

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Also out in December

The Edge of Seventeen - 2nd December

Hailee Steinfeld plays a geeky schoolgirl whose best friend starts dating her older brother, cue teenage angst, heartbreak and perhaps some laughs. [Watch the trailer]

Snowden - 9th December

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the infamous whistleblower who revealed the illegal surveillance practices by America's National Security Agency to the world. [Watch the trailer]

Why Him? - 30th December

A doting dad discovers his daughter has started dating a free-spirited Silicon Valley billionaire and the two go head-to-head in hilarious fashion. [Watch the trailer]

The Birth of a Nation - 9th December

The true story of Nat Turner, a former slave who leads a violent and bloody rebellion against Virginian slave-owners. [Watch the trailer]

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