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Festive films at your local indie cinemas


We are a bit nutty about film here at Muddy Cornwall, and we’re practically squealing in our seats with excitement at picking our family cinema trip. Here’s our pick of the best films at your local indie cinemas.

The Nutcracker – Royal Ballet Live 8 December

Ok not strictly a film – don’t all write in and complain, but it doesn’t come more Christmassy than this and you don’t have the hassle of travelling up to the big smoke to watch it.

It is Christmas eve and Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.

Here’s a little taster to get you in the mood:

Catch it 7:30pm White River Cinema in St Austell, Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay, The Plaza in Truro and the Regal in Wadebridge.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Out Now!


We mentioned this one in our top pics for 2016 back in February and its finally out! Harry Potter fans have been waiting a long time for this. The Wizarding world has made a return in an adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (excited much?) Briefly, there’s a Wizard called Newt who accidentally lets a briefcase full of dangerous magical creatures escape, and the story follows the escapades as the American Wizarding world tries to avoid falling into chaos. The film features Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (has that boy even slept in the last year???) as Newt, and Katherine Waterston (Steve Jobs) as Porpentina.

Anyone who’s a fan of the magical, from kids (It’s a 12A, so not for the littleuns!) to adults, the whole family will enjoy this movie.

Where to see it: Newlyn Flimhouse 23-31 The Coombe, Newlyn TR18 5HS


Bad Santa 2 – Out Now


Don’t call me a perv, but I have an unnerving crush on Billy Bob in a Santa suit. Fueled by cheap whiskey, greed and hatred, Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) teams up once again with his angry little sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox), and mother (Kathy Bates) to knock off a Chicago charity on Christmas Eve. Along for the ride is the kid – chubby and cheery Thurman Merman (Brett Kelly), a 250-pound ray of sunshine who brings out Willies sliver of humanity.

This ones a 15 and will be a hit with fans of the first Bad Santa, teens and anyone with a dark sense of humour.

Where to see Lighthouse Cinema, King Street, Newquay TR7 1ND


Office Christmas Party – released Wed 7th Dec


Ok, so there was less graffiti at the Muddy Christmas party (but only just) but it was just as raunchy. I’m kidding.

When the uptight CEO of the company (Jennifer Aniston) tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he (Jason Bateman) and his colleagues (T. J Miller – that boy gets everywhere, SNL‘s Kate McKinnon)  must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. But as the office Christmas party gets out of hand, think Project X – with professionals.

Watch the trailer and cringe. Not for the easily offended. Anyone who has ever worked in an office will be able to relate to this one.

White River Cinema in St Austell have evening showings from Wed 7 Dec. River Walk, St Austell PL25 5AZ




If you take your kids to this psychodelic adventure, you’re a better person than I am (mine still havent seen Alvin and the Chipmonks – I don’t love them enough). That said, its been out since last month, and I have grown up friends who have gone (without a gun to their heads) and found it hilarious. With uplifting sugar pop music from the likes of JT, Gwen Stefani and Anna Kendrick, the challenge is not to move your feet.

Plenty of glitter, rainbow ombre hair (up) and laughs, there are worse ways to entertain the kids.

The Plaza Cinema in Truro has showings every evening, and added afternoon screenings on the weekends. The Plaza Cinema, 69 Lemon Street, Truro TR1 2PN. 


Rogue One – Star Wars – released Thurs 15 Dec


My geeky Muddy teen has the release date marked on his calendar. The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to Darth Vadar’s huge gun the Death Star, setting up the epic saga as we know it. More A list actors than you can shake a stick at, or I can mention here. The usual collection of Jedi’s rebels, warriors, freelance assassins. Rated 12a.

Prebook to see it at: Rebel Cinema (3D showing available) Treskinnick Cross, Bude EX23 0DT


Moana – out now

45_581f0decdca2fIt wouldn’t be Christmas without a Disney movie, am I right. Here’s one CG animated adventure for your little ones: In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s teenage daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the demigod to set things right. Lots of feel good music, and scenes that will have you booking your summer holiday. Pina colada?

Lots of early evening screenings for little ones at Regal Cinema, The Platt, Wadebridge PL27 7AD

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