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Published June 24th 2016
A handy list for what your kids want to see
Winter is upon us and a day out at the cinema is a popular winter school holiday activity. All kids love a day out at the movies and a hot chocolate delight afterwards.
Here is the list of what is hot these cold holidays:
All kids are enthralled by stories of giants. After all they are surrounded by them from when they are babies, growing up in the adult word. To little children, we adults are the giants. The BFG was a very famous book by Roald Dahl, now made into this superbly produced movie which is made with actors superimposed with animation, which produces a magical effect. A little girl meets a scary giant but she befriends him and discovers he is a good giant as he refuses to eat little children like other giants do. It looks like a good family film choice for kids from 6 years and up.
FINDING DORY With the voices of bright and bubbly Dianne Keaton and Ellen DeGeneres, this film is sure to be fun. It is a cutesy animated fish flick with bright under the sea colours and a story of the importance of family. This a sequel to Finding Nemo. Let's hope the fish numbers don't get low, as they did in Queensland after the film Finding Nemo. Seems everyone went out to find a Nemo of their own and Disney know it as there is a big save the reef message on their movie website. It's just a story kids. Same type of story, different fish. Suitable for younger viewers from 4 to 12 years.
I could say this one would be just for teens, however I think a lot of parents who grew up with 80s music will be loving the story and soundtrack here. Remember Boy George and boys wearing lipstick - ah yes, those were strange times. Lots of great 80s hits from Duran Duran, The Clash and many others. A drama from Ireland, it's a boy meets girl tale. He tries to impress her by telling a big lie such as he is in a band. So as she is now interested in him the next thing is to start a band out of nothing. It's a modern musical set in 1980s Dublin, where you have to make your own fun and on a prayer and E for effort maybe dreams do come true. Rest assured to send your teenagers alone to the movies for this one.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 These guys were really big in the late 1980s and all little boys were running around pretending to fight like them. Mums, you are warned. Boys will love it. Reviews say it is better than the original. Suitable for upper primary kids to teens.
ICE AGE: Collision Course Can you believe this is the fifth in the popular animated Ice Age series. A great family flick that even the little ones will love. Lovable characters with funny antics, so kids will enjoy this one. A must for all ages who have grown up with the previous movies.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS This has been out for a few weeks now, but should still be around at suburban and regional venues over the winter. It is a delightful film, it has a long duration. I went with a group of adults friends to see it and we liked it very much. I wish though I had seen it in 3D as the visual effects are vibrant and dazzling. Alice is now an adult and escapes people who want to lock her up in a lunatic asylum. She steps into the mirror with many adventures ahead in her and returns to Wonderland. Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter is brilliant. There are some scary scenes in this film and is not really a kid's movie, hence I recommend this one for 12 to adults.
Belle and Sebastian movie poster.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN: The Adventure Continues
I always like to include a quality film with real actors, and this holidays there is a French film with English subtitles that fits the billing. This is a sequel, but could be enjoyed without seeing the first one. It has some beautiful scenery set in France at the end of World War 2, when a young boy learns his friend is missing in a plane crash. His beautiful huge white dog Belle helps out. It sounds like a modern Lassie story. Suitable for children who have much cinema experience and would be able to read the subtitles, such as over 12s and up. A lovely one for a Nanna outing with the kids.
And thats your lot for this holidays. Have fun at the movies. Image from pixabay.com