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All crackers and no turkeys: 11 of the best films to watch over the Christmas holidays



Christmas is obviously a time for family, presents and celebration but it’s also the perfect time to watch the year’s biggest movies.

There’s something special about getting together as a family and talking over the latest film while munching mince pies or sipping on a mulled wine. And arguing over what film to watch at Christmas is practically a seasonal tradition at this stage.

Luckily, you no longer need to wait for the year’s most-anticipated films to be screened on TV. A NOW TV Sky Cinema Pass lets you stream all the latest and best movies on all your devices and it gives you access to over a thousand new and old films. So even the fussiest family member can find something they’ll want to watch.

If you want to avoid the usual arguments over the remote control, here are a few seasonal recommendations streaming this Christmas on NOW TV. We’ve included some of the year’s biggest blockbusters, some festive classics and some critical hits to keep everyone happy.

1. Die Hard

For many people, this 1988 thriller is the ultimate Christmas film. It’s got Bruce Willis, his vest, explosions, plenty of one-liners and the late, great Alan Rickman as one of cinema’s best villains. It’s even got some family arguments and a botched Christmas party to make everyone feel better about their own seasonal experience. Yippee-ki-yay!

2. Black Panther

Ryan Coogler’s Afrofuturist blockbuster has broken box office records, generated Oscar buzz and been a hit with fans and critics alike. It boasts a memorable cast of characters, one of Marvel’s best villains, great action scenes and a more nuanced approach than many of its MCU stablemates. It’s big, bold and a perfect show to keep the whole family entertained.

3. Dunkirk

If comic book movies don’t float your boat, you might prefer a WWII epic by a director at the height of his powers. Christopher Nolan’s wartime thriller cranks up the tension with a powerful take on the Dunkirk evacuation. It’s an intense film that features impressive performances by our own Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan.

4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars is arguably the world’s biggest franchise and this type of event filmmaking is perfect festive fodder when you just want to be entertained. You know the story – Jedis, lightsabers and a galaxy far, far away. This latest instalment is the perfect blockbuster to stick on after you’ve dusted off your Christmas dinner.

5. Fast & Furious 8

Christmas is all about family and, if you’re familiar with this franchise, you’ll know that they love to talk about “family.” But mostly it’s about fast cars, ridiculous set pieces and turning big, dumb fun into an artform. The latest instalment is bubblegum for the eyes if you just want to kick back and not think too much.

6. Baby Driver

Director Edgar Wright has inverted genres before, but Baby Driver is unique in that it’s a heist-come-musical where the bank-robbing action is perfectly synched with the soundtrack. That may sound strange, but the result is a romantic heist comedy with a killer soundtrack that oozes style and originality.

7. The Greatest Showman

Speaking of musicals, this film about PT Barnum is an all-singing, all-dancing affair that isn’t afraid to blow its own trumpet. Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, it’s a blast of old-fashioned fun to amuse any family members who can’t stand comic book movies or action flicks.

8. Coco

Christmas is all about the kids, of course, and they’ll love this animated film about a young musician who goes into the Land of the Dead in search of his great-great-grandfather. As with any Pixar movie, it combines a clever script with an emotional punch and adults will enjoy it as much as the little ones.

9. The Muppet Christmas Carol

Another seasonal favourite that the kids will love is this anarchic take on Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Michael Caine stars alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and the other muppets as they reimagine this famous festive tale in their own inimitable way.

10. Avengers: Infinity War

Comic book movies are everywhere these days, but the sheer scale and ambition of Avengers: Infinity War makes it the ultimate in blockbuster viewing this Christmas. The culmination of a decade’s work, it crams all the MCU characters into a massive superhero cocktail. The result is a funny, action-packed spectacle with more stars than there are lights on your Christmas tree.

11. It’s a Wonderful Life

What can you say about this timeless classic? No Christmas is complete without watching it at least once. It’s a Wonderful Life remains a magical tale that appeals to everyone from the smallest child to your oldest relative and it’s one that can be watched year after year. If this film doesn’t get you in the festive mood, nothing will!

Make it a Christmas to remember with NOW TV

If you want to have access to all the best films on demand this Christmas, sign up now for NOW TV. You can watch all the above films and more on your smart TV, laptop, tablet or phone. There’s no contract, you can register up to four devices, and you can watch it on two devices at the same time.

Whether you want classic Christmas movies (The Santa Clause, Die Hard, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, The Muppet Christmas Carol or Bad Santa) or the year’s biggest blockbusters (Avengers: Infinity War, Rampage, Ready Player One and The Greatest Showman), the NOW TV  Sky Cinema Pass has you sorted this Christmas.

Treat yourself to a free 14-day trial here.

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