Christmas is one of the best times of the year to sit down, grab some popcorn and cosy up to a movie.

It's a great way to relax and have some down time with your family and loved ones during the busy festive period.

This year there are plenty of new cinema releases to keep you occupied with comedies, dramas and sci-fi all vying for your attention.

The big December release is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - fans have been waiting to see the first spin-off movie since the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, Will Smith leads an all star cast in his seasonal film Collateral Beauty which deals with grief and the love and support mankind is capable of.

Jennifer Aniston and Trumbo's Bryan Cranston will be providing the laughs this year with their comedy movies.

Here are the films you need to see before the end of 2016.

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Office Christmas Party

Release date December 7

Horrible Bosses duo Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman team up once again for the feel-good film.

When Carol (played by Jennifer) tries to shut down her brother's hard-partying team, he and his co-worker Josh (played by Jason) host an epic Christmas do in a bid to impress a new client and close a sale that will save their jobs.

Cloverfield's TJ Miller plays Carol's reckless brother Clay.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Release date December 14

The first spin-off in the Star Wars franchise goes back in time and is set between episodes Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

The official synopsis says: "In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal plans to the Death Star - the Empire's ultimate weapon of destruction."

English actress Felicity Jones, who shot to fame in The Theory of Everything, plays the lead Jyn Erso - a young troubled girl who was separated from her parents at fifteen. She is recruited as part of the team tasked with retrieving the Death Star plans, in a bid to destroy the space station.


Release date December 21

A spacecraft carrying thousands of people is travelling to a new planet so humans can find a new home. The journey is expected to take 120 years but on the way there is a malfunction with one of the sleep chambers and two passengers awake 90 years too early.

The sci-fi suspense stars Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence as writer Aurora and Jurassic World's Chris Pratt.

Why Him

Release date December 26

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston plays Ned, a devoted but over-protective father. On a family trip to visit his daughter in Stanford he faces his biggest nightmare - meeting her boyfriend. The billionaire, socially awkward Laird (James Franco) is wildly inappropriate for his little girl.

Collateral Beauty

Release date December 30

Will Smith plays a successful New York advertising executive who goes through turmoil after his child dies. Unable to cope he retreats from life until his friends devise a plan, forcing him to confront his grief.

The poignant drama features an all star cast with Hollywood heavyweights Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton and Keira Knightly all playing central characters.