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Summer School Holiday Movie Guide 2019/2020

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Watching a new movie on Boxing Day is an Australian tradition, but there’s also the summer holidays to fill with new flicks! As usual, there are heaps of new family-friendly movies in cinemas, just in time for the Summer School Holidays for 2019/2020. Our Movie Guide features everything you need to work out what’s best for your family… including ratings, duration and the trailer!

So take a look at the Quicklinks below, click on the title and you’ll be cracking the popcorn before you know it!


Guide to Summer Holiday Movies 2019

Four Kids and I

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about this creepy and kooky clan. You may think your family is weird but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family, will have you thinking again.

  • Release Date: 5 December
  • Running Time: 87 mins
  • Cast: Oscar Isaac, Chloë Grace Moretz, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher, Nick Kroll, Charlize Theron, Bette Midler, Finn Wolfhard, Aimee Garcia
  • Rated: PG

Frozen 2

From the Academy Award®-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, and producer Peter Del Vecho—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, and the music of Oscar®-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Frozen 2” opens in Australian cinemas November, 2019.

  • Release Date: 28 November
  • Running Time: 103 mins
  • Cast: Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown
  • Rated: PG

Last Christmas

Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

  • Release Date: 7 November
  • Running Time: 105 mins
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Yeoh, Patti Lupone, Henry Golding
  • Rated: PG

Playing with Fire

This is a good pick for the whole family for a summer holiday movie, When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson (John Cena) and his elite team of expert firefighters (Keegan-Michael Key, John Leguizamo and Tyler Mane) come to the rescue of three siblings (Brianna Hildebrand, Christian Convery and Finley Rose Slater) in the path of an encroaching wildfire, they quickly realize that no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet – babysitters. Unable to locate the children’s parents, the firefighters have their lives, jobs and even their fire depot turned upside down and quickly learn that kids – much like fires –are wild and unpredictable.

  • Release Date: 12 December
  • Running Time: 96 mins
  • Director: Andy Fickman
  • Cast: John Leguizamo, Judy Greer, John Cena, Keegan-Michael, Key Brianna Hildebrand
  • Rated: PG

Playmobil: The Movie

When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself!

  • Release Date: 12 December
  • Running Time: 99 mins
  • Director: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Anya Taylor-Joy, Kenan Thompson, Adam Lambert, Meghan Traino
  • Rated: G

The Queens Corgi

“The Queen’s Corgi” is about the adventure of Rex, the British monarch’s most beloved dog, who loses track of his mistress and stumbles across a clan with dogs of all kinds confronting and fighting each other. During his epic journey to return to the queen, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self. Whether it’s a Boxing Day movie date or school holiday movie session, it’s a fun adventure for everyone.

  • Release Date: 12 December
  • Running Time: 85 mins
  • Cast: Ray Winstone, Tom Courtenay, Julie Walters, Matt Lucas, Jack Whitehall, Nina Wadia, Sheridan Smith ,Kulvinder Ghir ,Jamal Fahim, Sarah Hadland, Colin McFarlane
  • Rated: PG

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

  • Release Date: 19 December
  • Running Time: 142 mins
  • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Ian McDiarmid, Joonas Suotamo, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran
  • Rated: M

Guide to movies out after Boxing Day 2019

Jumanji: The Next Level

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. This is a great pick for a Boxing Day movie, or a summer holiday pick if you don’t fancy the crowds!

  • Release Date: 26 December
  • Running Time: 123 mins
  • Cast: Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius William Blain, Morgan Turner
  • Rated: PG

Little Women

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms – is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbour Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

  • Release Date: 1 January
  • Running Time: 135 mins
  • Director: Greta Gerwig
  • Cast: Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh
  • Rated: G

Spies in Disguise

Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. SPIES IN DISGUISE is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage.

  • Release Date: 1 January
  • Running Time: 102 mins
  • Cast: Will Smith, Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Tom Holland, DJ Khaled, Rashida Jones, Masi Oka
  • Rated: PG

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Strange lights over the quiet town of Mossingham herald the arrival of a mystery visitor from far across the galaxy… When the intergalactic visitor – an impish and adorable alien called LU-LA – crash-lands near Mossy Bottom Farm, Shaun soon sees an opportunity for alien-powered fun and adventure and sets off on a mission to shepherd LU-LA home. Her magical alien powers, irrepressible mischief and galactic sized burps soon have the flock enchanted. Shaun takes his new extra-terrestrial friend on the road to Mossingham Forest to find her lost spaceship, unaware that a sinister alien-hunting agency is on their trail. Can Shaun and the flock avert Farmageddon on Mossy Bottom Farm before it’s too late?

  • Release Date: 9 January
  • Running Time: 87 mins
  • Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Kate Harbour
  • Rated: G

My Spy

My Spy follows JJ a hardened CIA operative who has been demoted and finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, named Sophie where he has been sent undercover begrudgingly to surveil her family. When Sophie discovers hidden cameras in her apartment she uses her tech savviness to locate where the surveillance operation is set. In exchange for not blowing JJ’s cover Sophie convinces him to spend time with her and teach her to be a spy. Despite his reluctance JJ finds he is no match for Sophie’s disarming charm and wit.

  • Release Date: 9 January
  • Running Time: 100 mins
  • Cast: Dave Bautista, Ken Jeong, Kristen Schaal, Chloe Coleman, Parisa Fitz-Henley
  • Rated: PG

The Biggest Little Farm

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester naively make the choice to move to the country to build a sustainable farm. The land they’ve chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought.

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsized idealism as they attempt to create an utopia of 10,000 orchard trees, over 200 different crops and animals of every kind – including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. As their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realise that to survive they will have to reach a far greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature, and of life itself.

Beautifully capturing the remarkable scale of the journey and featuring unforgettable characters of both the two and four-legged variety, THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM is an inspiring and educational story for the whole family.

  • Release Date: 16 January
  • Running Time: 91 mins
  • Cast: John Chester, Molly Chester
  • Rated: M

Dolittle

Maybe one for parents Boxing Day movie pick, thanks to Robert Downey Jr.! He electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante

  • Release Date: 16 January
  • Running Time: 45 mins
  • Cast: Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Jim Broadbent, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Robert Downey Jnr, John Cena, Marion Cotillard, Kumail Nanjiani, Craig Robinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Holland

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Two-time Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour.

  • Release Date: 23 January
  • Running Time: 109 mins
  • Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Tammy Blanchard, Wendy Makkena, Enrico Colantoni
  • Rated: PG

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