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2019 Christmas movies: the trailers are starting to drop

From feel-good family favourites to festive rom-coms and frosty horrors, here are all the movies to look forward to this Christmas

Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding star in 'Last Christmas'. Courtesy Calamity Films
Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding star in 'Last Christmas'. Courtesy Calamity Films

Christmas may feel like a million miles away, but December 25 is just four month away today. So it makes perfect sense that the trailers for 2019's line-up of festive flicks have started to drop.

Here, we have gathered all of the trailers for the films you have to look forward to later later this year ...

'Noelle'

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Bill Hader, Billy Eichner, Shirley MacLaine

Expected release: Tuesday, November 12

Noelle Kringle (Kendrick) is the daughter of Kris Kringle, Santa Claus, who seems to have passed on, leaving the family business of delivering gifts to children each Christmas to his son, Nick (Hader). He isn't sure he is up to the task, however, and Noelle sets to trying to train him up, before he takes a badly timed holiday in the real world just days before December 25. Cue Noelle stepping in to save Christmas. It looks set to have plenty of laughs and heart-warming moments, in true Disney style.

'Lady and the Tramp'

Starring: Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Sam Elliott

Expected release: Tuesday, November 12

OK, so Lady and the Tramp is not entirely a Christmas film, but it does begin during the festive season, when Lady (Thompson), our American cocker spaniel heroine, is given to Darling Dear as a lovely Christmas gift. And although we all know that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, it starts the flick with a thoroughly festive feel. We defy you not to feel warm and fuzzy as Lady and Tramp (Theroux), her rough-and-ready schnauzer mix canine beau, take on the big, bad world together. The film is set to be released on Tuesday, November 12 exclusively on Disney+, ready to be played and replayed all winter long.

'The Lodge'

Starring: Riley Keough, Richard Armitage, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh

Expected release: Friday, November 15

A Christmas horror movie about a family who visits their remote lodge for the holidays. The father (Armitage) finds that he has to go away for a few days, leaving future-step-mum, Grace (Keough) with his two children who aren't too sure about their father's wife-to-be. Naturally, as relations start to thaw, frightening events start to occur at the snowed-in lodge.

'Frozen II'

Starring: Jonathan Groff, Kristen Bell, Evan Rachel Wood, Idina Menzel

Expected release: Thursday, November 21

Anna (Bell), Elsa (Menzel), Kristoff (Groff), Olaf (Josh Gad) and Sven are back, just in time for Christmas to ensure that every under-six-year-old in your life wants a new batch of Frozen merch in their stockings this year. Moving through the seasons, this time around we have a more autumnal feel, and the gang leaves Arendelle to travel to an ancient, enchanted, autumnal forest to find the origin of Elsa's powers in a bid to to save their kingdom.

'Last Christmas'

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh

Expected release: Thursday, November 21

It isn't entirely clear if George Michael and Wham!'s festive back-catalogue or Emilia Clarke is the real star of this Christmas classic-to-be, but I am happy for them to both share the limelight. The movie, set in London, stars Clarke as Kate, a who works as an elf in a Christmas decoration shop. Following ye olde festive movie trope, she is down on her luck, but everything seems to turn around when she meets a mysterious handsome stranger (Golding) who takes her ice skating (see, Christmas classic) and gets her to volunteer, a sure-fire way to get on Santa's nice list. The movie was co-written by Emma Thompson and her husband, Greg Wise, so based on that alone, I will be watching.

'Arctic Dogs'

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Heidi Klum, James Franco, John Cleese

Expected release: Thursday, December 5

Not an all-out Christmas movie, animation Arctic Dogs is about Swifty (Renner), an Arctic fox, who works in the mail room of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service and has big dreams of becoming a Top Dog courier husky. In the process, Swifty accidentally comes face to face with Otto Von Walrus (Cleese), an evil genius who has a plan to drill beneath Arctic surface to unleash enough ancient gas to melt the Arctic. Naturally, Swifty and pals get to work to save the world.

'Black Christmas'

Starring: Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots, Brittany O'Grady

Expected release: Thursday, December 12

Not a Christmas movie in the tinsel, elves and Santa sense of the term. It is, however, a horror film set during the holiday. A remake of the 1974 cult classic, a group of students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. Based on the bloody candy cane on the poster, it looks set to be a gruesome.

More 2019 festive releases

November and December releases aren't limited to festive-themed flicks. Here is a round up of more movies to look out for over the holidays:

Charlie's Angels (expected Thursday November 14)

Jumanji: The Next Level (expected Thursday December 12)

Cats (expected Thursday December 19)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (expected Thursday December 19)

Little Women (expected Thursday December 26)

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Updated: September 3, 2019 10:52 AM

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