Movie Advent

Movie Advent #18: The Snowman

Christmas

Movie Advent #18: The Snowman

by Harriet Marsden

Dianne Jackson’s animated version of the hugely successful children’s book will make you nostalgic for a simpler time.
Movie Advent #17: Black Christmas

Christmas

Movie Advent #17: Black Christmas

by James Oliver

A film for when the festive season finally makes you ho-ho-ho-micidal.
Movie Advent #16: Trading Places

Christmas

Movie Advent #16: Trading Places

by Matthew d'Ancona

John Landis’s 1983 comedy might just be the funniest Christmas fairy tale ever told.
Movie Advent #15: The Box of Delights

Christmas

Movie Advent #15: The Box of Delights

by James Oliver

A festive TV series that doesn’t need CGI effects to keep its magic alive.
Movie Advent #14: A Christmas Carol

Christmas

Movie Advent #14: A Christmas Carol

by Pamela Hutchinson

In many ways this adaptation of Dickens’s novel is the Tiny Tim of ‘A Christmas Carol’ movies.
Movie Advent #13: It's A Wonderful Life

Christmas

Movie Advent #13: It's A Wonderful Life

by James Oliver

It’s the ultimate Christmas movie staple.
Movie Advent #12: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Christmas

Movie Advent #12: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

by Alexander Larman

Is this one of the most demented festive movies imaginable?
Movie Advent #11: Die Hard

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Movie Advent #11: Die Hard

by Harriet Marsden

What is it about this wildly popular action movie that so captures people’s Yuletide mindsets?
Movie Advent #10: Three Wishes for Cinderella

Christmas

Movie Advent #10: Three Wishes for Cinderella

by James Oliver

A festive favourite across mainland Europe, this film deserves a chance to shine as a classic in the UK.
Movie Advent #9: Three Godfathers

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Movie Advent #9: Three Godfathers

by Peter Hoskin

This story of death and family in the American West is actually more Christmassy than most other Christmas movies.
Movie Advent #8: The Bishop’s Wife

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Movie Advent #8: The Bishop’s Wife

by Lucy Scholes

Henry Koster’s 1947 film might in the shadow of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, but it’s still worth a watch.
Advent Movie #7: Nativity!

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Advent Movie #7: Nativity!

by Olive Pometsey

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a slightly naff but brilliant staging of the nativity story.
Movie Advent #6: Edward Scissorhands

Christmas

Movie Advent #6: Edward Scissorhands

by Harriet Marsden

‘This gothic fairy tale about an artificial human with scissors for hands is, to me, one of the most honest and beautiful of all the festive films.’
Movie Advent #5: Gremlins

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Movie Advent #5: Gremlins

by Simon Doherty

It's a true Christmas classic.
Movie Advent #4: Love Actually

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Movie Advent #4: Love Actually

by Matthew d'Ancona

Yes, ‘Love Actually’ can be annoying, but it’s also an excellent Christmas film.
Movie Advent #3: Arthur Christmas

Christmas

Movie Advent #3: Arthur Christmas

by Olive Pometsey

A movie that doesn't lose sight of the meaning of Christmas.
Movie Advent #2: The Holly and the Ivy

Christmas

Movie Advent #2: The Holly and the Ivy

by Lucy Scholes

George More O’Ferrall’s lesser-known Christmas film is full of heartwarming, festive cheer for the deep midwinter.
Movie Advent #1: The Apartment

Christmas

Movie Advent #1: The Apartment

by Pamela Hutchinson

The movie that reminds us of what’s really important during the festive season.