By Jarrett Theberge
A long time ago in a galaxy of George Lucas’s imagination, a film was launched that would be the foundation for one of the most successful franchises of all time. Over four decades later, the story of the Skywalker family will finally come to a close when “Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker” opens on 19 December. Rey, Fin, Poe and the rest of the Resistance brace for one final standoff against the First Order and their nefarious leader, Kylo Ren, in what is sure to be another box office success.
Continuing with the theme of sequels, “Jumanji: The Next Level” opens on 13 December. This is the second instalment of the wildly popular franchise reboot that follows 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Ditching the board game from the original 1995 film starring Robin Williams, four teenagers are once again sucked through a video game and have to fight their way out. Veteran comedy actors Danny Glover and Danny DeVito join the cast this time around. The film premieres 13 December.
If you find yourself arguing with family and friends about whether 1988’s “Die Hard” is a Christmas film or not, break the tension with a new Bruce Willis film this December in “Trauma Center,” opening on 6 December. Much like “Die Hard,” Willis portrays a policeman, except here he must protect a wounded woman in a hospital where two men are after her life
Every generation has its favourite Christmas films from childhood and the films playing at the Kids Club this holiday season may just be some of yours.
Get your candy, candy canes, candy corn and syrup ready on 14 December as Will Ferrell plays Buddy in “Elf.” This film should not only get you in the Christmas spirit, but will also have you laughing all the way (Ha! Ha! Ha!) home. Buddy the elf knew that he was different — about four feet taller than every other elf in Santa’s workshop different. So he goes to New York City to find his long-lost father and the family he never had.
Come back the following week as “The Polar Express” rolls on into the Kids Club on 21 December. This 2004 CGI animated film has aged beautifully and has been enchanting audiences for the past 15 years. From the hot chocolate dance scene to the character’s eventual arrival in the North Pole, this movie is as Christmas as it gets.
This article originally appeared in the December 2019 print edition of Camana Bay Times in the “At the Cinema” column, with the headline “Holidays bring stars and Star Wars”.