Summer Movie Guide: What to watch these school holidays!

Escaping to a dark and cool cinema for a few hours on a hot summer’s day makes an appealing option for all! There are loads of fabulous new flicks out for the holidays, and our quick guide tells you what’s worth watching for kids of all ages. 

Check the local cinema websites for screening times:

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (CTC)

Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga.
  • Release Date: 14/12/2017
  • Running Time: 152 mins
  • Director: Rian Johnson
  • Cast: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill

Wonder (PG)

A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep.

  • Release Date: 30/11/2017
  • Running Time: 113 mins
  • Director: Stephen Chbosky
  • Cast: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson

Paddington 2 (G)

Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
  • Release Date: 21/12/2017
  • Running Time: 102 mins
  • Director: Paul King
  • Cast: Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Peter Capaldi

Ferdinand (G)

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.
  • Release Date: 14/12/2017
  • Running Time: 106 mins
  • Director: Carlos Saldanha
  • Cast: Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale, John Cena

The Star(G)

A small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free, & finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a loveable sheep who has lost her flock & Dave, a dove with lofty aspirations. Along with three wisecracking camels & some eccentric stable animals, Bo & his new friends follow the Star & become unlikely heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas.
  • Release Date: 30/11/2017
  • Running Time: 86 mins
  • Director: Timothy Reckart
  • Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Kristin Chenoweth, Zachary Levi

Coco (PG)

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
  • Release Date: 26/12/2017
  • Running Time: 105 mins
  • Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
  • Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Renee Victor

Justice League (M)

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.
  • Release Date: 16/11/2017
  • Running Time: 120 mins
  • Director: Zack Snyder
  • Cast: Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG)

Mild fantasy violence, sexual references and coarse language
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the
  • Release Date: 26/12/2017
  • Running Time: 119 mins
  • Director: Jake Kasdan
  • Cast: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Bobby Cannavale

The Greatest Showman (PG)

The story of P.T Barnum, a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
  • Release Date: 26/12/2017
  • Running Time: 105 mins
  • Director: Michael Gracey
  • Cast: Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (PG)

Following the events of the first film, Surly and his friends must stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a dysfunctional amusement park.
  • Release Date: 11/01/2018
  • Running Time: 91 mins
  • Director: Cal Brunker
  • Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolp


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