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What to watch at Vue this Christmas

Your festive season sorted.

The twinkly lights are up, the Christmas tunes are pumping out – so supercharge the festive feels with a trip to Vue. Here’s what’s on.

These will get you in the festive spirit

Three of the year’s biggest films are out and you’re not too late to catch them. There’s The Grinch, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the green grouch with a Christmas grudge and a super cute dog. There’s the latest tale from the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, which sees Eddie Redmayne (good) fight Johnny Depp (bad) for the soul of the wizarding world. And there’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, a brilliantly inventive sequel to Wreck-It Ralph where he blunders around the workings of the wifi world.
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Then, things get seriously Christmassy

December sees the 40th anniversary re-release of the heart melting The Snowman as a double bill with its sequel The Snowman and The Snowdog. If your family likes a festive trip to the theatre, we’ve got a selection of magical Big Screen Events coming up, starting with the Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker, followed by a brand new stage version of A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow, which critics are calling ‘toe-wrigglingly delightful’ (The Stage). CBeebies’ panto is being broadcast to the big screen for the first time; this year it’s Thumbelina. Or, for a short break from winterland, try The King and I from the London Palladium, the super fun musical set in 1900s Thailand.
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It’s not all twinkly - there’s plenty on for teens too. Aquaman sees the trident-wielding fish boy - “Actually, it’s fish man” - from the Justice League movie (Jason Momoa) get his own submarine-punching adventure, while Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a totally new kind of superhero film: it’s animated, with a cutting-edge hip-hop soundtrack and a whole new bunch of spider-teens. Mortal Engines is set in a steampunk world where entire cities roam around like heavily armed mega-tanks. Adapted by Peter Jackson from a smash hit young adult book series, it looks like the start of something huge.

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Just before the big day, on 21 December, one of the most anticipated family films hits the big screen: Mary Poppins Returns, which sees Emily Blunt float down from the sky to help the grown-up Banks children and their kids through a difficult time with kites, cuteness, song and dance.

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Talking of dance, there’s The Nutcracker live from the Bolshoi Ballet on the 23rd. The story’s set on Christmas Eve, so viewing it the day before will be magical.

But what about Boxing Day? You’ll feel a bit overfed on Christmas magic and just in need of a laugh. Holmes & Watson can’t fail, with Will Ferrell and John C Reilly stumbling around and taking on Moriarty (Ralph Fiennes). Or there’s Bumblebee, a Transformers spin-off directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) that sees our yellow friend bonding with a pair of teens and missing his home planet.
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Say hello to 2019

By 1 January you may well be nursing a sore head and vowing to get fit, just around the time that all the juicy stuff starts to come out for awards season. First up is The Favourite. With Olivia Coleman playing a very un-queenly Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone scrapping for her affection, it’s funny, sad and unlike any costume drama you’ve ever seen.
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Then you can round off the holidays on 5 January with Andre Rieu’s 2019 New Year Concert from Sydney, which will be full of dance and show tunes as well as classical favourites. Because January doesn’t have to be serious.