Coming soon to a cinema near you this month are many high quality productions.

Tom Hanks (Big) portrays American television personality Fred Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’, released on 6 December 2019.  Matthew Rhys (The Americans television series) plays journalist Lloyd Vogel, with the film focusing on his experience profiling Rogers and the effect it has on his life.

Brace for impact on 19 December 2019 as ‘Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker’ is released to conclude the nine-part “Skywalker saga”, that started with ‘A New Hope’ in 1977, with this third instalment in the sequel trilogy following ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi’ from 2015 and 2017, respectively.  Mark Hamill (Kingsman: The Secret Service) heads an ensemble cast that includes Carrie Fisher in unreleased footage.

Directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), ‘Cats’ will be released on 20 December 2019.  James Corden (Into the Woods), Judi Dench (Mrs Brown), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Ian McKellen (X-Men) and Taylor Swift (Valentine’s Day) feature in Hooper’s second musical film following ‘Les Misérables’ in 2012.

On 26 December 2019 ‘Little Women’ will mark the eighth film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name.  Directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird), Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones), Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Laura Dern (Rambling Rose), Timothée Chalamet (Beautiful Boy) and Meryl Streep (Out of Africa) will feature in this classic story.