‘Tis the season to tuck into your favourite festive films, and Strand Arts Centre in East Belfast has lined up a selection box of some of the best.
Will Ferrell stars in the 2003 comedy Elf as Buddy, accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.
The Muppets perform the classic Dickens holiday tale in The Muppet Christmas Carol, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge. There’s also a special Sing-A-Long version of the film on Christmas Eve at 3pm, when a very special guest, the Ghost of Christmas Present, will be the host with the most dishing out a few surprises on the day. Dressing up is encouraged with prizes for best dressed!
Tim Burton’s Christmas in Gotham is not exactly the season of goodwill in Batman Returns. The monstrous Penguin (Danny de Vito) joins up with wicked shock-headed businessman Max Shreck to topple Batman (Michael Keaton) once and for all. But when Shreck’s timid assistant, Selina Kyle, finds out, and Shreck tries to kill her, she is transformed into Michelle Pfeiffer’s sexy Catwoman. She teams up with the Penguin and Shreck to destroy Batman, but sparks fly unexpectedly when she confronts the caped crusader.
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Frank Capra directs and James Stewart stars in the classic tearjerker It’s a Wonderful Life.
And for all you Frozen fans out there, you’ll be pleased to hear that Strand Arts Centre just can’t let it go!
On Wednesday 28th December, the now ludicrously popular Disney animation gets another Sing-A-Long screening. Activities start at 12pm with a meet and greet (including selfies) with Elsa and Anna, followed by face painting, colouring-in and songs before the film at 1.30pm.
More info and booking online at www.strandartscentre.com or by phoning (028) 9065 5830.