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If your household isn’t wall-to-wall Elf for the entirety of this month, then a) that must be nice and quiet. Can I come and stay? and b) you must be on the look-out for some alternative film options. Find them below in our handy guide to what’s premiering daily on Sky Cinema in the UK in December. Yes, there’s Christmas fare, including something about an animated cow, Mel Gibson playing a gun-toting Santa Claus, and two Sky Original festive films Last Train to Christmas and A Christmas Number One, but there’s much more besides.
Our highlights include monster mash-up Godzilla vs. Kong, Lin-Manuel Miranda musical In the Heights, excellent Thomas Vinterberg drinking drama Another Round (Mads Mikkelsen’s closing scene is worth the price of admission alone), and The Suicide Squad, which needs no introduction round these parts. There’s also the Peter Rabbit sequel for anybody with young kids/a burning passion for James Corden. Read on!
Movie Premieres & Sky Originals
Nowhere Special – 1st December
James Norton plays the terminally ill father of a young boy and spends his last months searching for the right family to care for his son.
Sound of Violence – 2nd December
A Finnish-American slasher horror about a formerly deaf girl who goes on a killing spree.
Godzilla vs. Kong – 3rd December
Monster mash-up action movie from V/H/S and Death Note director Adam Wingard.
8-Bit Christmas – 4th December
A festive 80s nostalgia trip starring Neil Patrick Harris remembering his childhood quest to source a brand new Nintendo Entertainment System.
Vanquish – 5th December
Starring Morgan Freeman, Ruby Rose and Patrick Muldoon, action thriller about a former Russian drug courier whose past catches up with her.
Miss Marx – 6th December
Period biopic in which Romola Garai plays Karl Marx’s daughter Eleanor.
Notorious Nick – 7th December
True-life sports drama about MMA fighter Nick Newell.
The Last Bus – 8th December
Timothy Spall plays a widower who travels the length of the UK on local buses to scatter his wife’s ashes.
Playing God – 9th December
Comedy-drama starring Alan Tudyk about a billionaire who’s conned into thinking he can meet God.
A Christmas Number One – 10th December
Sky Original starring Freida Pinto and Iwan Rheon about a musician whose seriously ill niece wishes for him to get a Christmas number one.
The Unholy – 11th December
Horror starring The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan about what seem to be religious miracles.
Another Round – 12th December
Danish drinking drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg starring Mads Mikkelsen.
Christmas at Cattle Hill – 13th December
Festive farm-based animation.
No Man of God – 14th December
Ted Bundy serial killer drama starring Elijah Wood.
The Champion – 15th December
Polish true-life drama about a champion boxer transported to Auschwitz concentration camp.
The Stand In – 16th December
Drew Barrymore comedy-drama about a movie star who uses her on-screen stand-in to do the bits of her life she doesn’t want to.
In the Heights – 17th December
Lin-Manuel Miranda musical set in Washington Heights.
Last Train to Christmas – 18th December
Original Sky comedy starring Michael Sheen as an 80s local celeb travelling home for Christmas on a train that takes him through his past.
Hide and Seek – 19th December
Dark thriller starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.
C.I.Ape – 20th December
The CIA. A chimpanzee agent. What more could you ask for?
The Obscure Life of the Grand Old Duke of Corsica – 21st December
Timothy Spall-starring comedy drama about an architect working for a wealthy eccentric.
Pups Alone – 22nd December
Home Alone, but with dogs setting the traps and saving Christmas.
Think Like a Dog – 23rd December
A boy creates a telepathic connection with his dog and together, they fix his family’s problems.
Fatman – 24th December
Mel Gibson plays Santa Claus in this violent action-comedy.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – 25th December
James Corden and co. return in this animated version of Beatrix Potter’s characters.
The Suicide Squad – 26th December
2021 James Gunn comic-book action-adventure film starring Idris Elba, Margot Robbie and more.
Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal – 27th December
Animated family feature with the voice of Sam Neill.
Plan A – 28th December
Thriller about a group of Holocaust survivors plotting revenge.
Young Hearts – 29th December
Coming-of-age romance about young love.
The Colony – 30th December
Sci-fi thriller about the search to return to an Earth made uninhabitable by disaster.
Boogie – 31st December
Coming-of-age sports drama about a basketball prodigy.
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