6 family films to watch in the cinema for half term October 2021, plus drive-in cinemas in and around Cardiff showing spooky films for all ages
Are you planning a trip to the cinema this half term? There are a few big new releases you might like to check out, including Ron’s Gone Wrong and The Boss Baby 2, as well as James Bond for older children. Many cinemas will also be showing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary, giving youngsters their first chance to see the classic film on the big screen.
Plus, here in Cardiff, there are several drive-in cinemas running over half term and Halloween plus spooky films being shown at Cardiff Castle. Everyman Cinema in Mermaid Quay is offering special screenings of How To Train Your Dragon to celebrate the arrival in Cardiff of the UK’s largest animatronic dragon. It’s also worth knowing that many of the bigger chains offer cheaper early morning screenings of slightly older films at around £2-£3 per person at weekends and during local school holidays.
See my October half term events listings for more ideas for family events happening in and around Cardiff.
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No Time To Die (12A)
Release date 30 September
Daniel Craig’s last Bond film sees Bond having left active service and enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. However, his peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
The Addams Family 2 (PG)
Release date 8 October
The spooky, kooky family are back in this animated comedy sequel which sees Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.” To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Their adventure across America takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, It, as well as many new kooky characters. What could possibly go wrong?
Ron’s Gone Wrong (PG)
Release date 15 October
The new title from Twentieth Century Studios and Locksmith Animation, Ron’s Gone Wrong is the story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device. Ron is supposed to be his ‘Best Friend out of the Box’ however something’s gone a little wrong and Ron’s hilarious malfunctions, set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship.
The Boss Baby 2 (PG)
Release date 22 October
In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar®-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers – Tim (James Marsden, X-Men franchise) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin) – have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again … and inspire a new family business.
Release date 21 October
This epic science fiction film is the first of a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. It’s set in the far future and follows Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet to ensure the future of his family and people. The all-star cast includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (PG) 20th anniversary
Release date 29 October
The first film in the epic eight-part Harry Potter series celebrates its 20th anniversary this year by coming back to then big screen in time for Halloween. A great chance for younger fans of the film to be introduced to the wizarding world on the big screen for the first time. The film is an adaptation of the first of JK Rowling’s children’s novels about Harry Potter, who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own.
Cinema events in and around Cardiff for half term October 20201
How to Train Your Dragon
Everyman Cinema Cardiff, Mermaid Quay
Sunday 24-Thursday 28 October, with screenings starting between 10am and 10.30am, with more dates to be confirmed
To celebrate the giant animatronic dragon, which will be at Mermaid Quay for the next two weeks, Everyman Cinema Cardiff is hosting special screenings of the Dreamworks classic, How to Train Your Dragon, based on Cressida Cowell’s books.
Streetfood Cinema Cardiff
Splott Market, Cardiff
Monday 25-Sunday 31 October
From £25 per car
Films suitable for families include Corpse Bride (PG), Coco (U), The Witches (PG), Casper (PG), Cruella (PG), The Craft – Legacy (PG), Jaws (12A), Wallace and Gromit Case of The Were Rabbit (PG), Hotel Transylvania (PG), Addams Family Values (PG), Rocky Horror Picture Show (12), Edward Scissorhands (PG), BeetleJuice (12A), Coraline (PG), Ghostbusters (PG). Food is available to order via your mobile phone from a range of vendors, and delivered by roller skating zombies.
Friday 29-Sunday 31 October
Adults £8.25, children £5.25
Films for families include Young Frankenstein (PG), Addams Family Values (PG), The Silence of the Lambs (18), Hocus Pocus (PG), The Lost Boys (15), Donnie Darko (15), Paranorman (PG), The Goonies (12A), The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG), Batman Mask of the Phantasm (PG), Beetlejuice (12A).
Margam Park, Port Talbot
From £25 per car
Wednesday 27-Saturday 30 October
Family films include Goosebumps, Little Shop of Horrors, The Addams Family and Monsters Inc, while for those 15+ there’s Beetlejuice, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, V for Vendetta and La Cha Cha.
Halloween Spooktacular films
St Donat’s Castle, Llantwit Major
Scoob Saturday October 30
Hocus Pocus, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October
The Lost Boys (15) Saturday 30 October
Films on the big screen in Bradenstoke Hall in the eerie St Donat’s Medieval Castle. The dimmed glowing lights and vaulted wooden ceilings are the perfect setting to get your hair raising this Halloween. Dress for the occasion in your spookiest Halloween costumes if you wish.
Family ‘film club’ cheaper screenings of older films
Odeon Cinema, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay
The 10am weekend and school holiday showings are £2.50 per person. Films to be announced; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.
Movies for Juniors
Cineworld, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff
The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2.50 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.
Vue Cinema, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff
The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2.49 per person when booked online or £3.49 on the door. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.
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