Six of the Best: Festive films to feast on

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Christmas is a time of giving, of charity, of singing carols and also finding some time to unwind. We all like a festive flick, so here are six of the best to sit down and relax to this Christmas

The Nutcracker (Live)

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Home Alone'Macaulay Culkin''� 20th Century Fox

Showcase, Birstall

The Royal Ballet will be returning to Showcase Cinemas with a live broadcast of The Nutcracker. The festive family favourite will be streamed live via satellite from the Royal Opera House.

The traditional Christmas performance includes Tchaikovsky’s mesmerizing score, a Christmas tree that magically grows, and the famous dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, performed by Royal Ballet Principal, Lauren Cuthbertson. The screening, presented by Darcey Bussell, is not to be missed.

December 16 at 7.15pm, with a repeat screening on Sunday December 27 at 2pm. See: www.showcasecinemas.co.uk

The Snowman

Leeds Town Hall

The 1982 animated version of Raymond Briggs’s book still has the power to move grown adults to tears.

Author Raymond Briggs said: ““I remember that winter because it had brought the heaviest snow I had ever seen. Snow had fallen steadily all night long and in the morning I woke in a room filled with light and silence, the whole world seemed to be held in a dream-like stillness. It was a magical day... and it was on that day I made the Snowman.”

It will be screened at Leeds Town Hall on December 20 0113 376 0318, leeds.gov.uk

It’s a Wonderful Life

Cottage Road Cinema, Headingley, Leeds

A traditional Christmas treat. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available during the showing.

Bill Murray in Scrooged

Bill Murray in Scrooged

The 1946 film is one of the most popular and heartwarming films ever made. Director Frank Capra regarded this film as his personal favorite. It was a box-office flop and only became the Christmas movie classic in the 1970s due to repeated television showings at Christmas-time when its copyright protection slipped.

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Scrooged

York

There have been countless retellings of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, but

this one starring Bill Murray as the sadistic TV network boss who is forced to confront his past, present and future is one of the very best.

Murray deadpans his way through this excellent telling of the classic Dickens tale, giving it a modern twist in the process. It’s Murray at his best - he barely has to raise an eyebrow to make fellow actors whince and cringe. Perfect Christmas Eve fodder.

York City Screen, December 14. 0871 902 5726, picturehouses.com

Home Alone

Hyde Park Picture House

The four sequels may not have been much to write home about, but the original, starring Macaulay Culkin as little Kevin, who is mistakenly left behind when his family fly to Paris for Christmas, has stood the test of time.

It’s a classic Christmas story in every sense, mixing the melodramatic with adolescent mischievousness with some great comic moment and melting our hearts in the end.

Showing at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, December 19. 0113 275 2045, hydeparkpicturehouse.com.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Everyman Cinema, Leeds

Resistance is futile. Or is that Star Trek? Sci-fi faux pas aside, it would be easier to avoid the rain this Christmas than it would to avoid seeing - or at the very least hearing from someone who has seen - the first in what will innevitably be a never ending series of Star Wars films.

Disney has to make its money back after all, although experts anticipate they will recoup half their £4bn outlay from the film and another £5bn in merchandising.

Showing, well, everywhere but why not try the Everyman in Leeds, where you can ‘search your feelings’ while having a drink and eating pizza.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens..Ph: Film Frame..�Lucasfilm 2015

Looking out towards Arkengarthdale in the Yorkshire Dales. PIC: Simon Hulme

Fighting for the future of communities in the Yorkshire Dales