I don't know about you but there's nothing likes heading out to the cinema over the festive period... but which movies are you looking forward to watching?

In The Heart of the Sea

In The Heart of the Sea

There are a whole host of movies due out or on the horizon during the festive period or have hit the big screen in recent years. We take a look at some of the films that you cannot miss.

- In The Heart of the Sea - released 26th December

In The Heart of the Sea is set to be the big Boxing Day film as Ron Howard returns to the director's chair for the first time since the success of Rush back in 2013.

We are big fans of Howard here at FemaleFirst as he always delivers wonderful character driven movies... In The Heart of the Sea really is promising to be much of the same.

The film sees Howard reunite with Chris Hemsworth as he takes on the film's central role. A terrific cast has been assembled for the movie as Hemsworth is joined by Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, and Tom Holland.

Set in 1820, the movie follows the story of whaling ship the Essex, which becomes the hunted when a whale turns on them and starts to hunt them. This incredibly true story would go on to inspire Herman Melville to go on and write the iconic and well-known tale of Moby Dick.

In The Heart of the Sea marks the second feature film collaboration between Hemsworth and Howard, as they team up for the first time since Rush two years ago.

In The Heart of the Sea looks set to be a great adventure that will see man try to tame to nature... that tends not to end well. I am looking forward to the adventure.

In The Heart of the Sea

- Daddy's Home - released 26th December

If you are looking for a comedy to enjoy on the big screen this December, then Daddy's Home could be the movie that you are looking for as Sean Anders is back in the director's chair.

Anders has already brought us Sex Drive and That's My Boy and Daddy's Home will be the first feature film for him since the release of Horrible Bosses 2. As well as being in the director's chair, Anders has teamed up with Brian Burns and John Morris to pen the screenplay.

Daddy's Home also sees Mark Wahlberg reunite with funnyman Will Ferrell for their second film project together - they first teamed up five years ago for The Other Guys. This time around, they are playing a father and stepfather who are at war.

The duo is joined on the cast list by Linda Cardellini, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Thomas Haden Church.

Daddy's Home follows a mild-mannered radio executive (Ferrell) who strives to become the best stepdad to his wife's two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling and freeloading real father (Wahlberg) arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the kids.

So, if you are looking for something daft to just kick back and enjoy this Boxing Day, Daddy's Home is the one for you.

Daddy's Home

- Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out now

You may have heard that this small film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally hit the big screen over the weekend and is doing quite well at the box office.

If, like me, you have decided not to go and see the film until the madness calms down a little bit, then The Force Awakens should be a movie that you go and check out over the next week or so... the critics are raving and it looks like it is a real triumph.

The Force Awakens is the first Star Wars movie for a decade and is set thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which was released back in 1983.

The movie sees J.J. Abrams direct a Star Wars film for the first time and he has brought together a great mix of new stars and familiar franchise faces as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher are back as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Leia.

Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are on board in the central roles of Rey and Finn and are joined by Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, and Andy Serkis.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already been a box office smash and has grossed $517 million in just four days on global release.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

- Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie - is out now

If you are an animation film fan, there is only one movie to catch this Christmas... and it comes in the form of Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie.

Of all of the animation films that have hit the big screen this year, The Peanuts Movie is the one that I have been looking forward to the most as I was such a huge fan of the Snoopy cartoon as a child.

This is the first film that we will see Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and co on the big screen and it really is a beautiful looking film. Of course, the animation is just beautiful - it really is a delight - but it keeps the charm of the original comic strip and cartoon.

The Peanuts Movie marks the return of Steve Martino to the director's chair, who has brought us animation movies such as Ice Age: Continental Drift and Horton Hears a Who! in recent years.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved 'Peanuts' gang make their big-screen debut, like they've never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation.

Snoopy, the world's most lovable beagle - and flying ace - embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.

The movie has picked up nominations at the Golden Globes and Annie Awards and could well be in the mix for the Oscars.

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

- The Good Dinosaur - is out now

The Good Dinosaur is a movie that has been out for a few weeks but will be a some great family friendly fun not to miss on the big screen this Christmas.

The Good Dinosaur is the second of two Pixar movies that we have been treated to this year; this is the first time we have had two Pixar movies to kick back and enjoy in a year.

The movie will mark the feature film directorial debut of Peter Sohn. However, he is no stranger to the Pixar world having been behind short film Partly Cloudy.

Raymond Ochoa has lent his voice to the central role of Arlo and is joined on the cast list by Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, and Sam Elliott.

The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While travelling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

So far, the movie has picked up seven Annie Awards and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globe Awards, alongside Anomalisa, Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie and Shaun the Sheep Movie.

The Good Dinosaur

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