Disney Pixar to release The Good Dinosaur for Christmas while Star Wars fans eagerly await opening of The Force Awaken

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Credit: Archant

The cold of the winter months is the perfect excuse to snuggle up in the cinema with a bucket of popcorn and your loved ones to enjoy a great film.

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur - Credit: PA

Here are some of the releases to look out for this season.

Family films

The Good Dinosaur - release date November 27

A twist on the classic ‘man’s best friend’ story from Pixar. This is a wonderful animation about family, bonding, friendship and overcoming adversity. The tale is set in an alternative time in which earth never had a collision with an asteroid. A young, scared dinosaur called Arlo loses his dad in a freak flood and finds himself lost, lonely and far from home. While trying to find his way back to the Clawed-Tooth Mountains, Arlo meets a curious little caveboy, who he takes as a ‘pet’ and names Spot. Funny and at times heartfelt, this is sure to be a hit with all ages.


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The Peanuts Movie - release date December 21

Anyone over 30 will remember Charlie Brown and Snoopy. This animation – the first for the characters in 35 years – brings the duo to the big screen and to a whole new audience. Snoopy faces his enemy The Red Baron, and Charlie? Well, he’s just trying to win the love of the little red-haired girl in the neighbourhood.

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The blockbuster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - release date December 18

This epic Star Wars sequel has been teased and teased for months and finally comes out on general release in mid-December with a stellar cast including Harrison Ford, Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher. Advance ticket bookings are highly recommended as this will sell out for days on end. The story is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and sees the galaxy still at war with our heroes in the resistance teaming up with new allies to face powerful forces.

For grown-ups

The Dressmaker - release date November 20

A beautifully shot period drama set in the Australian bush. Kate Winslet is a couturier with a haunted past in which she’s accused of killing a boy. She returns, following a life lived on the vibrant streets of Milan and Paris, to find herself a villain in the place she grew up, but reaches out to her family and community through the power of fashion. A gorgeous turn from Kate and one not to be missed.

Christmas with the Coopers - release date December 4

In this ensemble film, Charlotte Cooper (Diane Keaton) is utterly obsessed with making Christmas perfect down to the tiniest detail – after all, it’s the only chance she has to get her whole family (John Goodman, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei) together. But with one daughter thieving, a son struggling with single parenthood and another daughter propositioning a military man into pretending to be her fiancée, things were never going to run smoothly. This is family in all its food-flinging, mood-swinging glory.

The Night Before - release date TBC

If Christmas movies aren’t really your thing, check out Jonathan Levine’s (Bad Neighours) naughty romp through New York city, starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie. Ethan’s (Levitt) parents died 14 years ago on Christmas Eve, and his best buddies promised to be with him on the night before Christmas every year. But with one pal becoming ever-famous, and the other expecting a baby, they decide to call it quits and have a final fling of debauchery in the city. Madcap humour! What is your favourite Christmas movie? Share you recommendations below or tweet us using @IpswichStar24 or @EADT24

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