There’s something special about a Christmas movie. You know you’ll watch the good ones over and over again with family and friends. They remind us of good times during the holidays and set the stage for new memories. So, naturally, we love them.
Some of the year’s Christmas movies actually arrive in November — perhaps because December is staked out for movies like STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER and the new JUMANJI film. No matter — November is a fine time to get into the holiday spirit. Here are the new Christmas movies coming to theatres in 2019.
Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Henry Golding (CRAZY RICH ASIANS, above) star as an unlikely couple that gets together in London during the holidays. Paul Feig (A SIMPLE FAVOR) directs from a script by Emma Thompson (LATE NIGHT), who also co-stars. The film is inspired by the song “Last Christmas” by Wham!, and the soundtrack will feature other George Michael music, including at least one unreleased song from the late singer. (November 8)
Melissa McCarthy and her writer/director husband, Ben Falcone, team up once again for a new comedy-musical about what happens when Santa goes missing while delivering presents on Christmas Eve. His wife, Margie (McCarthy, above in LIFE OF THE PARTY), has to pull together a rescue team and — for the first time in many years — leave the North Pole in order to save Christmas. Did we mention that this will be a musical? (November 15)
OK, yes, technically this is a horror movie. It’s also a remake of the great and very weird 1974 movie — which the horror community has turned into their own Christmas tradition — which starred Margot Kidder and Keir Dullea. This year, Imogen Poots (THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, I KILL GIANTS, above) and Cary Elwes (SAW, THE PRINCESS BRIDE) star in the story about a group of students being stalked while on Christmas Break. Sophia Takal directs this version, which she co-wrote with film critic April Wolfe. (December 13)