The Sky Cinema Christmas collection is the perfect way to celebrate this December with a selection of charming family favourites, riotously funny comedies and action-packed movies offering a more explosive take on the most wonderful time of the year, here’s our pick of the very best.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
This sweet Christmas comedy is timeless thanks to the nostalgic sense of glee which comes with seeing Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) live out everyone’s childhood fantasy, inventively outwitting the adults around him, a spending spree in a huge toy store and no one to say he can’t order pizza and ice cream room service.
The New York city setting is the other huge part of the film’s appeal with the stunning snow covered cityscape, lavish window displays and beautifully decorated christmas trees really giving you that warm winter feeling. Look out for the jarring Donald Trump cameo too.
Die Hard is seen by some as the ultimate Christmas film and even if it doesn’t technically embody the spirit of giving and kindness of the festive season like the others on this list, it’s still an incredibly entertaining, iconic action movie.
The whole venture is an absolute blast from start to finish with meticulously crafted action sequences which are just as thrilling today as there were upon its release in 1988, instantly quotable cheesy quips and the magnetic pairing of Bruce Willis’s vest-clad hero John McClane and Alan Rickman’s icy cool villain Hans Gruber.
Another excellent choice for those who don’t generally enjoy Christmas films, Bad Santa manages to be gloriously offensive, foul-mouthed and hilariously funny as Billy Bob Thornton is fully committed to the craziness of the titular alcoholic figure
He’s saved from being totally abhorrent by the sweet father/son friendship he slowly starts to build with the overweight, naive Thurman (Brett Kelly) which thankfully never strays into being overly sickly or sentimental.
Muppet Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’s classic festive tale about cruel miser Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts which visit him on Christmas Eve is one of the finest stories ever written and there’s only way it could be improved, by adding muppets as Brian Henson manages to perfectly capture the spirit of his late father’s work.
The catchy songs, clever sight gags and witty meta remarks about the storytelling courtesy of narrators Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat add an extra layer of charm to the already heartwarming tale and Kermit’s tiny nephew Robin is absolutely adorable as the ailing but ever optimistic Tiny Tim.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
One to many sub-par collaborations with Johnny Depp and former wife Helena Bonham Carter might turn you off the thought of Tim Burton’s dark, quirky style but this brilliantly original, magical fairytale like film is an excellent example of it done right.
Even after 25 years it still looks stunning with a wonderfully unique style of animation and a lovely score by Danny Elfman which perfectly accentuates the macabre offbeat humor and trashing of schmaltzy Christmas conventions.
How do I get Sky Cinema?
For new or existing Sky TV customers, it’s simply a matter of contacting them to get Sky Cinema added onto your Entertainment package.
Thankfully, you don’t just have to be a Sky customer to enjoy Sky Cinema. The vast majority of UK providers including Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk all enable you to purchase a Sky Cinema attachment for your TV package.
There’s also Sky’s on-demand platform NOW TV’s Sky Cinema pass that allows you to stream its content through the NOW TV app on compatible devices like smart TVs, games consoles, smartphones, tablets and laptops.
What’s included with Sky Cinema?
Customers will receive access to the 11 Sky Cinema channels in both SD and HD for no extra cost, 10 of which are dedicated to a particular genre like action, thriller and comedy and one with a revolving theme that in the past has been Superheroes and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Over 1,000 movies are available to enjoy on-demand with a brand-new premiere every single day and the free Sky Cinema app, available on both iOS and Android, allows you to download any film for offline viewing to watch anywhere you like.
How much is Sky Cinema?
Both Sky and NOW TV customers will be looking at paying around £10 a month for the Sky Cinema add-on but the other providers tend to charge nearer to £20.