Christmas is always a fantastic time for big movie releases and 2018 will be no exception. Here we have the film news and releases to keep us engrossed through the festive season.

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Star Wars & Christmas

Star Wars has become a Christmas tradition. The original trilogy was already etched into the festive memories of the How to Christmas posse, with each movie making its TV premiere at Christmas – and being repeated time and again in holiday seasons that followed. Or is that just how we want to remember it, like it always raining on Good Friday, the sun always shining on Easter Day and it always snowing in the build up to Christmas? We all shared that childhood, right?

When the newest incarnation of Star Wars films returned to the big screen in winter 2015, a new Christmas tradition was born. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and the 2017 release “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” were all given mid-December release dates. Happy Star Wars Christmas everyone! Put a lightsaber in my stocking, why don’t you? And dangle Darth’s baubles from my tree while you’re at it.

Alas, the tradition is about to end with the news that “Star Wars: Episode IX” will now be released in May 2019 and not December that year. Star Wars and Christmas not so forever entwined after all.

Movie Releases 2018

“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

Release Date: November 2018

The film is “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, the release date is November 2018. Keira Knightley stars in an elaborate and visually stunning Disney reimagining of the book and ballet “The Nutcracker”. Mackenzie Foy, Dame Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman also feature. The magical story takes place on Christmas Eve, but the trailer warns there’s a dark side to this festive movie tale.


“Mary Poppins Returns”

Release date: December 25, 2018

Emily Blunt stars in the role that earned Dame Julie Andrews an Oscar as Mary Poppins returns to the big screen after more than fifty years. The film is set in 1930s London and is drawn from material in the books of P.L. Travers. Michael, played by Ben Wishaw, and Jane, portrayed by Emily Mortimer, are now adults. Michael, his three children and their housekeeper Ellen (the always brilliant Dame Julie Walters), live on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, magical nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family and uses her unique gifts to help the family rediscover joy. Mary Poppins also introduces us to her eccentric cousin Topsy, played by Meryl Streep.