7 Movies to watch this December

December movies kick off with the stadium-rocking Queen biopic, two edge-of-your-seat thrillers and festive films to ring in the most wonderful time of the year.

This week we’ll find out why Freddie Mercury was the true champion, while a couple’s romantic escape leads to terror and some festive cheer to ring in the Christmas season.


1. Bohemian Rhapsody

DStv’s stellar line-up of holiday Hollywood blockbusters is one way to allow your inner superstars to live vicariously through our selection of star-laden hits. And who better to usher in the holidays than the original superstar – Freddy Mercury! In this critically-acclaimed blockbuster, Rami Malek gives a rousing Oscar-winning performance in this epic biopic that tells the story of the rock icon who dared to be different and defied all stereotypes, Freddie Mercury, and the legendary band, Queen. Walking away with two Golden Globes and four Oscars, the movie offers but a small insight into Freddie’s glamorous yet tumultuous personal life and the band’s legacy and the superbly talented Malek doesn’t disappoint. It’s no wonder his performance earned him the Best Actor Academy Award.

Sunday 1 December on M-Net (101) at 20:05


2. Welcome Home

It all went wrong for Cassie and Bryan from the moment they arrived at an Italian villa for a romantic escape. Yes, that beautiful idyllic villa was where their living nightmare began. A couple, who are struggling with their relationship, travel to Italy to reconnect on a vacation, but soon they fall victim to an evil plan by the homeowners. Emily Ratajkowski (I Feel Pretty) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) star as Cassie and Bryan.

Saturday 30 November on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 23:00


3. My Pure Land

Based on extraordinary true events, this contemporary western directed by Sarmad Masud, is set in rural Pakistan, where a mother and her two daughters arm themselves to defend their land against a gang of 200 bandits. In the words of Flick Filosopher, “behold a modern-day feminist western set in deeply patriarchal Pakistan”.

Premieres Sunday 1 December on SundanceTV (108) at 21:00


4. Once Upon A Holiday

Princess Katie “escapes” her life for the holidays because she would love some freedom from her entourage, and freedom is exactly what she gets when she evades them to explore New York over Christmas. There, she meets a young man who shows her the beautiful side of the city, the kind she’s not used to. With Briana Evigan and Paul Campbell.

Sunday 1 December on Lifetime (131) at 19:20


5. Arthur Christmas

Santa's gawky son Arthur (voiced by James McAvoy) learns that owing to a technical glitch, a little girl's Christmas gift has been misplaced. Arthur makes it his mission to deliver the present before it is too late. Voice-overs by Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy and Eva Longoria.

Sunday 1 December on Showmax


6. Elizabeth Harvest

Sebastian Gutierrez's horrifying high-tech thriller is a modern, sci-fi reimagining of the classic Bluebeard myth. Fantastically rich scientist Henry (Ciarán Hinds) whisks his new bride Elizabeth (Abbey Lee Kershaw) to his technologically enhanced mansion, only barring her from entering one single room. When her curiosity eventually gets the better of her, there are truly horrific consequences that await.

Monday 2 December on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:00


7. A Gingerbread Romance

Snuggle up for one of the festive season’s sweetest holiday surprises. Sparks fly when talented architect Taylor (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) has to team up with pastry chef Adam Dale (Duane Henry) to whip up a life-sized gingerbread house.

Wednesday 4 December on Universal TV (117) at 15:00

The festive season is upon us, and DStv has you covered with everything from Christmas movies to thrillers and romantic comedies.

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