The magical story of a girl from Hawaii is the latest massive Disney animation. Millennia ago, the greatest mariners in the world sailed the Pacific and charted its islands. But then, their voyages stopped. Now, Polynesian princess ‘Moana’ is undertaking her own adventure.
She’s a spirited, headstrong girl who yearns for adventure, descended from a long line of legendary navigators. Along with Maui, the (self-proclaimed) greatest demigod in all the Pacific islands, she sets out on an epic quest to discover the mysteries of her ancestors.
Kids will like: the idiotic chicken character, Heihei, and the catchy “Frozen” style musical numbers.
Adults will like: the female empowering storyline and feel food factor. And it’s voiced by Dwayne Johnson aka, the Rock!
K-Raters Lauren and Abi below gave Moana an average of 8.5/10.
The Caped Crusader embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns the value of both friendship and teamwork, as he sets about rescuing Gotham from the clutches of The Joker.
When ‘The Guardian’ describes you as ‘a relentlessly, funny superhero parody’, you know you’re doing something right. And the trick of assembling one of the funniest voice casts around, and giving them a cracking script, has guaranteed a sure-fire hit.
Kids Will Love: A film that works on multiple levels and so can be watched by families of all ages. Plus, a plethora of memorable lines that will be repeated in playgrounds across the UK.
Adults Will Love: The jokes…this is bursting with one liners, call backs, innuendo and intelligent word-play. Added to that a script that makes sense and this is one you’ll be happy to sit through again.
It’s hard to believe that Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for 17 years! Here he returns to his career defining role for one last time.
Years have passed on Wolverine is now known only as Logan – he is old, weary and scarred. Years have passed, the world has changed and the mutants have all but disappeared.
Charles Xavier is still alive, but only just and he’s far from the man he once was. When a mysterious mutant girl enters their world, both he and Logan are about to tested in ways they cannot imagine.
Kids Will Love: The plot, the action and the the mutant girl character who is rough, tough and sassy. be warned though – this is not for younger kids.
Adults Will Love: A very human performance from Hugh Jackman reminding us he’s a great actor and brilliant superhero.
Ready to go ape? The silver screen’s most famous silverback returns in a movie that updates the legend and will be awesome.
Skull Island is home to hordes of giant mutant creatures and ruling them all is Kong. To the humans who live there, he is a god to be worshipped. However, to a team of new explorers, who arrive looking for a missing person, he once again becomes a monster to be feared.
Stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.
Kids Will Love: Kong of course! Plus some great action set pieces with oversized insects and mutated dinosaurs. With guns, bombs, mayhem and some fruity language – this is definitely one for the teens.
Adults Will Love: The look and feel of the film, which feels and looks like ‘Apocalypse Now’ meets ‘Jurassic Park’.
Welcome to a brand new reboot of the Saturday morning super-heroes.
In this new origin story, we follow five teenage misfits, who have forged an unlikely friendship. When they stumble across some extra-terrestrial crystals, their lives are changed forever. They inherit amazing super powers and become the mighty, morphin’ Power Rangers.
Traditionally, the Power Rangers were firm favourites with younger kids, but we think all ages will enjoy this intelligent re-imagining of the popular franchise.
Kids Will Love: The witty script, the great special effects and more nail biting action set pieces that you can shake a action figure at.
Adults Will Love: An over the top, scene stealing performance from Bryan Cranston. Yeh – him off Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle – reminding us all what a comic genius he is.
The Smurfs are back in their third animated feature length adventure.
A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest, which in turn reveals to them the biggest secret in Smurf history. We always thought that was how Smurfette managed to walk in those heels, so we’re very excited.
Kids Will Love: A well produced, colourful film with lots of humour and a cracking plot stuffed to the gills with exciting set pieces. Highly recommended for younger children.
Adults Will Love: All of the above, plus some risqué jokes that will go over younger kids’ heads.
Tim had the best life ever until one day his parents came home with his new baby brother.
However, as babies go, this one is very different. He wears a suit, carries a briefcase and appears to stay up late at night making secret phone calls. Something isn’t right and Tim is determined to get to the bottom of things. Only one thing is standing in his way – The Boss Baby.
Kids Will Love: Another Dreamworks hit for all ages, that taps into all the things kids feel about brothers, sister and parents who refuse to take their side!
Adults Will Love: The fact the baby is voiced by hero of the moment, Alec Baldwin.
A young boy with a facial deformity has, up until now, avoided attending mainstream school. But all that is about to change, when Auggie Pullman is enrolled into his local fifth grade.
It’s a tough journey for Auggie as he sets up about proving that blending is hard when you’re born to stand out.
Based on a best-selling book, this boasts a great cast that includes Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
Kids Will Love: Young actor Jacob Tremblay, who wowed older viewers with his performance in the film, Room. On the surface this is a simple tale of acceptance and bravery, but some may find it quite emotional.
Adults Will Love: Being able to sit in the dark and cry in the knowledge nobody can see them!
The much anticipated sequel to one of the biggest hits of 2014, which saw Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord leading a ragtag bunch of intergalactic misfits on an accidental quest, which resulted in them saving the galaxy.
This time they’re back, and on a mission and that mission is…..to the father of Star-Lord, a.k.a. Peter Quill. All they know is he’s not human, which is not much to go on when you’ve got a whole galaxy to search.
Kids Will Love: The chemistry amongst the main actors, all of who return to reprise their roles and include Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper.
Adults Will Love: The soundtrack, which, like the first film, is a love-letter to huge tunes of the 70s and 80s.
Why have one version of a classic tale when you can film a live-action version and have two? This seems to be Disney’s new philosophy, so hot on the heels of their live-action version of ‘The Jungle Book’, comes ‘Beauty & The Beast’.
Emma ‘Hermione’ Watson and Dan “Downton Abbey’ Stevens head an all-star cast that includes Kevin Kline, Ewan Macgregor and Emma Thompson. All the familiar songs will be included and we’re promised a couple of new ones as well.
Kids Will Love: This tried and tested version of a classic story.
Adults Will Love: The look and feel of the whole film which is directed by Bill Condon – the man responsible for Chicago and Dreamgirls.
In the last film they drove their cars out of aeroplanes and skyscrapers…
Now they’re back – dodging wrecking balls and tracking down Dom, their renegade leader who appears to have turned traitor.
Loud, brash and OTT, this is the franchise that just keeps giving. It’s wide appeal could have a lot to do with the mix of strong female characters and breath-taking fight and chase scenes. Or maybe it’s down to its star-studded casts – Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are in this one. Yes Helen Mirren!
Kids Will Love: Everything about it. These films are there to be experienced, not understood or dissected.
Adults Will Love: Us! For reminding them to a) Do take ear plugs and b) Don’t take any of it seriously.
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