5 Movies To Get You In The Christmas Mood

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A collective groan was heard everywhere from humbugs and Scrooge’s alike on November 1st when every major retailer and leisure venue began playing Michael Bublé and classic Christmas hits on repeat.

Christmas trees were erected and decorations placed everywhere humanly possible. It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

And as we are just almost a month away, it’s time to get in the mood.

And what better than with a set of Christmas Films to play each week before the big day?

The Night Before

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Probably not what everyone anticipates having on their Christmas movie list. But between me and my friends it’s becoming a cult classic every year.

First released in 2015 starring Anthony Mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen it follows the annual tradition of a ‘Christmas Eve’ night out between 3 friends.

As they hunt for tickets to the mythical ‘Nutcracker’ ball, the film gives us some truly absurd comedic situations, New York highlights and celebrity cameos.

At the heart of the film is the bond between friends, family and love.

We see a common sight in adult relationships, where some people move on quicker than others, have families, spouses whilst others take different paths. The film absolutely doesn’t take itself seriously and is probably best described as The Hangover at Christmas.

Home Alone

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How can we create a list without the 90’s classic starring Macaulay Culkin that even today is still played in December at cinemas worldwide?

Upon rewatching, the McAllister parents are just dreadful at parenting, and leave behind Kevin, who is left to fend for himself defending against robbers (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern who are just perfect in their roles).

It’s a perfect film to snuggle up on the couch with a partner or family alike, Hot Chocolates on the go & a few seasonal snacks along the way.

Jingle All The Way

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There are so many good family films, and I really wanted to include the Disney Tim Allen, The Santa Claus which is woefully under-rated these days compared to other 90’s films. But Arnie wins it for me as a choice here.

The 1996 family comedy focuses upon a real familiar theme throughout 90’s family films..

The Dad who works too much and misses huge events, from Karate class graduations to picking up his child’s number one toy wish for Christmas.

What ensues is a set of classic comedic set pieces (along with Sinbad) as Schwarzenegger hunts down a ‘Turbo Man’ doll for his son Jamie against all odds.

And those of you old enough to remember getting a Power Ranger for Christmas, may just some scenes remind your parents of what it felt like to get those at the time…

Die Hard

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The ultimate Christmas classic that seems to divide people down the middle.

The film that made Bruce Willis a Hollywood blockbuster star for two decades to come, as ordinary cop John McClane who battles a group of terrorists in a skyscraper.

A brilliant turn from Alan Rickman as the central villain, Hans Gruber, it will certainly get the blood pumping this Christmas once again.

Love Actually

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Credit: Universal Pictures

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For many the greatest Christmas film of all time, especially in Britain since 2003.

Following the lives of 10 characters throughout the Christmas period in this romantic comedy ensemble, it may not have been hugely popular with critics, but it was and has been with audiences ever since.

It has given us so many memorable scenes, a classic Hugh Grant performance, and a who’s who of new British talent for the decade after (Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman) it’s a pinnacle viewing for anyone’s Christmas.

Written by Richard Curtis who is responsible for film adaptations or original works such as Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones Diary, About Time)

It is guaranteed to entertain.

Do you agree with this list?

What would you replace?

Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your ideas.

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