Meet a remarkable cat as The Amazing Maurice leads December's releases

01 Dec 2022 in New Releases

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As the final month of the calendar rolls around, we have time to reflect on the last year and all the fantastic films we have seen as well as looking forward to 2022's last batch of in-cinema titles to delight audiences. December sees us introduced to a quite extraordinary animated feline, a heart-wrenching WW2 tale of artistry and also offers a biopic of one of pop music's most recognisable and engaging pop-stars. Not to mention the long-promised sequel to one of the biggest box-office films of all time. Read on to find out more...

Charlotte - in cinemas 9 December

From the creators of Loving Vincent, this animated artist biopic is inspired by the true story and vividly colorful paintings of Charlotte Salomon, a young German-Jewish woman living in Berlin before the outbreak of World War Two. This gentle yet challenging animation offers opportunities to explore personal wartime experiences, mental health issues and the intersection of visual arts and narrative storytelling.

Charlotte is a gentle and observant aspiring artist, excited to gain a place at art school but troubled by the sense that her family has dark secrets. With the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany, she escapes to the South of France under the guise of going to look after her grandparents there. Charlotte flourishes in the grounds of the sun-kissed villa where they find sanctuary, but as painful family history resurfaces and the Nazis advance, the young woman feels the desperate urge to capture her life in illustrated form.

The Amazing Maurice - in cinemas 16 December

Adapted from a Terry Pratchett children's book, this is an animation all about the importance of telling stories. Streetwise cat Maurice travels between towns, scamming unsuspecting townsfolk with his get-rich-quick scheme and his team of rats. For these are no ordinary rats they talk and wear clothes and dream of an island paradise where rats and humans live together in peace. All goes well with their ‘rat scam' until they reach the town of Bad Blintz, where they meet a book obsessed girl, Malicia, who leads them on an adventure to solve the mystery of her town.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Poignant and heartfelt, this musical biopic about iconic singer Whitney Houston contains all her greatest hits whilst touching upon themes of race in America and the price of becoming a worldwide superstar.

Known across the globe as "The Voice", Whitney Houston was for many the greatest singer of her generation. This affectionate film charts her rise to fame and the trials and tribulations that besieged her personal and professional life. Beginning her singing career in gospel choirs and nightclubs, Whitney is soon plucked from this relative obscurity by a record executive and thrust into the spotlight of musical stardom. After a string of hits, Whitney struggles with her inner demons and her newfound fame but is pushed by everyone around her to continue singing and performing.

Also in cinemas this December

Three Minutes - A Lengthening - in cinemas 2 December

This unique and truly authentic World War Two film, narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, unearths home-video footage from 1938 Poland to show a country ravaged by war and the shadow of the Holocaust.

Emancipation - in cinemas 9 December

Will Smith stars in this historical action film based on a true story about an escaped slave in the United States of America who escapes his captors and makes the perilous journey North to join the Union Army.

Avatar: The Way of Water - in cinemas 16th December

Upon release in 2009, James Cameron's Avatar broke box office records through a combination of inventive visuals and 3D technology; this sequel, Cameron's first film since then, returns to Pandora as the Na'vi face a new and unexpected threat on their Utopian planet.

Wildcat - in cinemas 23 December

A truly original wildlife documentary that centers around the relationship between an ex-soldier, a conservationist and an ocelot as they bond in the Peruvian jungle. 

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