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Our festive film recommendations Posted on 21 Dec 2020

Celebrating Christmas will be different this year… In normal times, we look forward to seeing you in our cinemas, enjoying a mince pie after watching a film.

We’ve looked back at some of our festive favourites, available to watch on TV or online, so you can still enjoy film from home.

Wishing you a Merry festive season and a Happy New Year from us all at Chapter.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life 
USA | 1946 | 130’ | U | Frank Capra 
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Gloria Grahame, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers

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As George Bailey teeters on the edge of sanity one snowy Christmas Eve, Clarence his Guardian Angel reveals to him a parallel universe in which he doesn’t exist, leaving a hole in the community. Frank Capra’s masterpiece is a call for a kinder, gentler world and a real festive treat. 

Showing on Channel 4, 18 Dec (then available on All4)

 

The Muppet Christmas Carol 
UK | 1992 | 85’ | U | Brian Henson 
Michael Caine, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

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It is Christmas Eve in 19th Century London and cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is indifferent to the struggles of those around him. Only the grim predictions of three otherworldly spirits and the goodness of those around him can get him to change his ways before it’s too late. This irresistibly sweet musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic tale stars Michael Caine as the miserly Scrooge. 

Showing on Disney+, or available to rent on YouTube 

 

The Nightmare Before Christmas  
USA | 1993 | 76’ | TBC | Henry Selick  
Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, Paul Reubens, Greg Proops, Ken Page

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Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, the Pumpkin King is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own. With beautiful stop-motion animation and memorable songs, this is a light-hearted look at an outsider’s Christmas.   

Showing on Disney+, or available to rent on YouTube 

 

Elf
USA | 2003 | 97’ | PG | Jon Favreau
Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel 

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Buddy, raised as one of Santa’s Elves, discovers he’s adopted and goes looking for his human father in New York. However, Buddy’s father Walter is a cynical businessman who doesn’t have much Christmas spirit, so Buddy works to restore joy into his life. A charming comedy considered one of the most fun Christmas films of all time.

Showing on Now TV, or available to rent on YouTube 

 

Home Alone
USA | 1990 | 103’ | PG | Chris Columbus
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara

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Busy getting ready for their trip to Paris, the McCallisters leave something very important behind - 8 year-old Kevin! When he wakes up he has fun without his family but he soon realises that two thieves are getting ready to rob his house that they think is empty, so he alone must protect the family home.

Showing on Disney+, or available to rent on YouTube 

 

Meet Me in St Louis 
USA | 1944 | 113’ | PG | Vincente Minelli 

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Alonzo Smith plans to uproot the family from St Louis to New York, disrupting his daughter’s budding romance with boy-next-door John Truett and throwing the household into disarray. Presented in glorious Technicolor, this is a warming look at rural life with unforgettable tunes The Trolley Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.   

Available to rent on YouTube 

 

Carol 
USA | 2015 | 118’ | 15 | Todd Haynes 
Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara

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In the McCarthy-era America of the 1950s, a wealthy married woman and a female department store clerk begin a forbidden affair that leads to both heartache and liberating joy. This adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt is a cinematic treat, a film fascinated with the act of looking and how desire is conveyed. A tender, visually exquisite and devastating romance. 

Showing on Amazon Prime, or available to rent on YouTube 

 

Trading Places 
USA | 1983 | 116’ | 15 | John Landis
Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Elliott 

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Randolph and Mortimer Duke are the Establishment money men who set out to discover whether broker Louis Winthorpe III owes his success to nature or nurture by placing a one-dollar bet and contriving to have him temporarily replaced by homeless black man Billy Ray at their Wall Street business. Once Louis and Billy Ray discover the plot they set to hit the brothers where it really hurts: in the wallet.  

Showing on Now TV, or available to rent on YouTube

 

When Harry Met Sally 
USA | 1989 | 95’ | 15 | Rob Reiner 
Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

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In 1977, college graduates Harry Burns and Sally Albright share a contentious car ride from Chicago to New York, during which they argue about whether men and women can ever truly be strictly platonic friends. Ten years later, Harry and Sally meet again at a bookstore and attempt to stay friends, but will sex get in the way?

Available to rent on YouTube 

 

Die Hard
USA | 1988 | 132’ | 18 | John McTiernan
Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman

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John McClane is visiting his estranged wife and daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at her Christmas party but the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the corporate high-rise, taking everyone inside hostage. McClane realises that in order to save the employees he must come bearing arms as well as gifts. 

Showing on Now TV, or available to rent on YouTube

 

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Finland | 2010 | 79’ | 15 | Jalmari Helander 
Onni Tommila

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In the depths of the Lapland mountains young Pietari thinks a secret drilling project near their home has uncovered the home of Santa Claus, but when children begin to disappear and reindeer are slaughtered it becomes clear that this is a different Saint Nick than they expected. 

Showing on Amazon Prime, BFI Player, Shudder, or available to rent on YouTube

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