5 films about the Nativity

Christmas may still be a whole month away, but this Friday sees the UK release of yet another Christmas film, following on from A Bad Moms Christmas and Daddy’s Home.

Unlike the two comedies, The Star is an animation aimed squarely at younger audiences, telling the biblical story of Christ’s Nativity from the perspective of animals – voiced here by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Kristen Chenoweth and Mariah Carey.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Nativity has received the big screen treatment but it’s a tale told surprisingly few times in cinema.

We’ve rounded up five (very eclectic) picks but which is your favourite?

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Everything you need to know about The Man Who Invented Christmas

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has the – ever so slightly dubious – honour of being the most adapted novel of all time (more than Pride and Prejudice!!) so goodness knows why it’s taken so long for the origin story…?

Spoilers may follow.

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Wonder | Review

★★★

‘Choose kind’ might sound like an awkwardly cut line from everyone’s favourite Trainspotting quote but it is, in fact, the fundamental precept of R. J. Palacio’s bestselling book – and now Stephen Chbosky’s film – Wonder. Cinema’s answer to positive-affirmation woodblocks (‘You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out’), the new film might not live up to the promise of its name and premise but no one could ever deny that its heart is in absolutely the right place.

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Happy Death Day | Review

★★★

Those under the impression that the meta hip-horror genre had finally crawled back beneath the soil with Scream 4 might find themselves experiencing quite pronounced déjà vu in watching Christopher B. Landon’s Happy Death Day. Mind, they won’t be alone in the feeling. If you’ve ever watched: Groundhog Day, Mean Girls, Halloween, Scooby-Doo, Clue, American Pie, A Nightmare on Elm Street, or, indeed, Screams 1 to 4, this one’ll resurrect familiarity. A chirpy take on the slasher genre – more playful than the Wes Craven send-ups – whilst there’s a lot of fun to be had here, a feature of slightly less eclectic genre pickings would have been very welcome.

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Cut and paste casting: replacing Kevin Spacey

Just one in the latest batch of names in the entertainment industry to be felled by their hitherto unknown depravities is the two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey. Horrific that it is to find an actor you’ve admired has ruined the lives of others – and, to a much lesser extent, tainted the memory of some terrific films – it is best to leave analysis to the opinion columns in such matters.

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Call Me By Your Name | Review

★★★★

If watching A Bigger Splash was like climbing into a jacuzzi and discovering that it may contain a crab, Luca Guadagnino’s third chapter in his so-called trilogy of desire, Call Me By Your Name (which follows the former and I am Love before it), might be considered akin to climbing into said jacuzzi, finding it crab free, being handed a cornucopia of cool, Sicilian lemonade, and then having to remain as the water drains away. It may be la dolce vita, but love stings.

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