Christmas is always a fantastic time for big movie releases and 2017 was no exception. Here we have the film news that had us engrossed in the 2017 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 We Saw in 2017

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”

UK Release Date: December 15, 2017

Star Wars and Christmas: together again, one last time. With the 2019 film “Star Wars: Episode IX” now due for release in May 2019 and not December of that year, Star Wars fans will have to make the most of this present and cherish its unwrapping. Rian Johnson directs the second of this latest trilogy in the blockbuster series, with British duo Daisy Ridley and John Boyega headlining again as Rey and Finn. Mark Hamill returns as Luke Skywalker and the late, great Carrie Fisher is also back as Leia. She filmed her scenes before her tragic death in 2016.

“The Man Who Invented Christmas”

UK Release Date: December 1, 2017

Dan Stevens stars as Victorian author Charles Dickens, the man commonly believed to have revived and re-established many Christmas traditions. His Christmas books lay at the heart of this revival – the most famous and beloved of which is “A Christmas Carol”. This film splendidly and humorously captures a time in 1843 when Dickens set out to write and self-publish a novel he hoped would reinvigorate his career. He spends six weeks trying to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and various ghosts to life and gets rather more than he bargained for. Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce are among the splendid cast. The US release date is expected to be November 22, just in time for Thanksgiving.

“A Bad Moms Christmas”

UK Release Date: November 3, 2017

As if the pressures of providing a perfect Christmas for their families wasn’t already stressful and demanding enough for three American mums, this festive season they will have to face their own particular challenges delivered by the visits of their respective mothers. Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn play the three “moms” and their mothers are portrayed by Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon. The most wonderful time of the year? Not exactly for this bunch, but it comes with adult laughs aplenty for the audience. This sequel follows the huge success of the 2016 “Bad Moms” movie that made around 180 million dollars worldwide. It also premieres in the USA on November 3.

“Paddington 2”

UK Release date: November 10, 2017

The sequel to 2014’s “Paddington” sees the adorable bear undertake odd jobs in order to buy a unique pop-up book from an antique shop to give Aunt Lucy for her 100th birthday. When the book is stolen, Paddington and the Browns take up the case – with comedic consequences. Ben Whishaw voices Paddington and brilliantly brings him to life, while Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins return as Henry and Mary Brown. British treasure Dame Julie Walters is also back as Mrs. Bird, while Hugh Grant is Phoenix Buchanan, a faded, narcissistic actor. “Paddington” was a huge hit and we have long recommended it make your festive movie collection. Hopefully, the sequel will maintain the high standard. There’s already a third instalment in the pipeline.

“Daddy’s Home 2”

UK Release Date: November 22, 2017

Brad and Dusty are back – and this time they have their own fathers to contend with over the Christmas holidays. In “Daddy’s Home” – a big box office hit in 2015 – Will Ferrell’s character Brad had to overcome his inferiority complex and the macho posturing of his wife’s ex-husband Dusty, as splendidly portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, to win over his step-children. Having reached some level of harmony – “Daddy’s Home 2” sees Dusty’s old-school father (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s gentle, loving dad (John Lithgow) arrive to deliver contrasting ingredients to the festivities.

“The Star”

Bo the donkey, Ruth the sheep and Dave the dove are at the heart of this animated film that tells how they follow the star and become the accidental heroes of the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. There are three camels and a stable-full of eccentric animals to add to the mix, with voice talent provided by such stars as singer Kelly Clarkson, Oprah Winfrey, Patricia Heaton, Christopher Plummer, Kris Kristofferson, Ving Rhames and Tyler Perry.