Trailer wrap-up: what to see at the movies this Boxing Day

Published on 26 December 2017

December is an exciting time for film buffs and popcorn chompers alike, with not only some of the year’s most anticipated Hollywood franchises set to hit the cinema, but also the films vying for awards recognition.

Come December 26, moviegoers are spoilt for choice. Our trailer wrap-up will help you sort what to see after the Christmas bustle. Make sure you book tickets for Boxing Day screenings before they sell-out via HOYTS – you won’t want to be left waiting for a Netflix release.

FOR THE KIDS

Forget ‘Let it go’, prepare to know all of the words to ‘The world es mi familia’ and ‘Un poco loco’ by the end of the summer thanks to Disney-Pixar’s latest adventure. Perfect for inspiring any budding musicians in the family, Coco tells the story of Miguel, a 12-year-old boy who harbours secret musical ambitions. After Miguel accidentally enters the Land of the Dead on his quest to meet his hero, he must find his way back before sunrise or turn into a skeleton.

Looking for a feel-good animation for the littlest ones in your brood? The studio behind Ice Age and Rio, present Ferdinand: the story a Spanish bull who’d rather stop and smell the flowers than fight with matadors in the arena. A good one for bookworms, this one is based on the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. It also promises to feature some silly dance routines from cute and cuddly sidekicks.

London’s favourite furry resident returns to the big screen in a sequel to 2014’s Paddington, with new co-stars Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. This time, Paddington and the Brown family are on the tail of a thief. The first film was a hit, and the sequel is looking like it will follow suit (or should we say duffle coat?) with a current rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics.

FOR GROWN-UPS

Honey, I shrunk Matt Damon. If you loved Damon in The Martian, you’re in for a treat with Downsizing where he revisits a light-hearted role. If you’re tired of being told to ‘live your best life’, this may be the social satire you’re in need of laughing along to. In Downsizing, Damon and Kristen Wiig (who plays his wife) decide to take advantage of a new scientific procedure to shrink themselves and live in a new community of tiny humans, where the stresses of life are also meant to reduce in scale.

If you love a British feel-good comedy, this one’s for you. The ensemble cast for Finding Your Feet features a cast of British screen legends and is directed by Richard Loncraine (best known for Wimbledon and 1995’s Richard III). If you want a reminder than 60 is the new 40, this film finds fun in the peculiarities of later life, from divorce and dating to retirement and death.

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

It’s been 22 years since we were first pulled into the world of Jumanji with Robin Williams. It seems the dice has finally rolled five or eight for audiences! For parents, ready to rekindle memories from a favourite childhood movie, this time around, you’ll need to be ready for a new spin on the story and some updates to the game itself. Rather than summoning terrors from the boardgame into our world, four kids are sucked into a Jumanji videogame and are turned into their avators – played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. How times have changed! It looks like there are plenty of laughs for parents and (brave) kids alike.

Hugh Jackman is back doing what he does best – singing, dancing and putting on a show. And it’s a particular kind of show this time. Our Hugh plays the great American showman and circus founder P.T. Barnum alongside an all-star cast including Michelle Williams, Zac Efron and Zandaya. If you’re looking to transported and experience the magic of cinema, look no further.

Episode VIII of the iconic Star Wars saga is here this December, and we don’t even have to wait until Boxing Day. Rey (Daisy Ridley) is set to train under the guidance of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but will she able to use her powers for good? It’s also our last chance to say a fond farewell to Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa.

There’s something to enjoy for cinema fans of all ages this Boxing Day. Make it a family outing this December by booking your seats with HOYTS.