Generic filters

Movie Guide: What’s in cinemas these Summer School Holidays

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
The Witches 2020
Be the first to see Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Looking for a covid-safe indoor activity these summer holidays? Whether it’s too hot or too wet, escaping to an air-conditioned cinema for a couple of hours is the perfect thing to do with kids! If you’re wondering what’s in cinemas these Summer School Holidays, our Movie Guide features everything you need to work out what’s best for your family… including ratings, duration and the trailer!

Movies: A covid-safe school holiday activity

Cinemas have had to make some important changes to ensure the healthy and safety of their guests. These include:

  • All adults over 12 years must wear a mask (children under 12 years old exempt)
  • Screening guests before they arrive, with health and safety questions
  • Limiting the number of guests on site
  • Seat separation in cinemas. When you book tickets online, seats around you will be blocked out to ensure you’re not right next to another group.
  • Increased cleaning & sanitisation in high-touch areas
  • Encouragement of pre-booking and contactless payment

If you’re going to the movies, protect others by:

  • Following distance markers throughout the venues (foyer, candy bar, cinemas)
  • Practice good hygiene and wash hands frequently
  • Place your rubbish in the bin at the conclusion of sessions
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Cover coughs/sneezes, dispose of tissues and make use of the available hand sanitiser

Get more details about what Hoyts and Event Cinemas are doing to keep you Covid-safe.

Guide to Summer Holiday Movies 2020

The War with Grandpa

Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs into the creepy attic. And though he loves his grandpa he wants his room back – so he has no choice but to declare war. With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even.

  • Release Date: 3 December
  • Running Time: 98 mins
  • Cast: Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Oakes Fegley, Jane Seymour, Cheech Marin, Laura Marano
  • Rated: PG

The Witches

Be the first to see Roald Dahl’s The Witches early on the big screen with our special advance screenings from 4 – 6 December. Reimagining Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Zemeckis’s visually innovative film tells the darkly humorous and heart-warming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her nefarious plans. Witches are real! Buy your tickets to our advance screenings today!

  • Release Date: 10 December
  • Running Time: 104 mins
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Cast: Stanley Tucci, Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock, Anne Hathaway, Charles Edwards
  • Rated: M


In this new imagining of the iconic classic, Matteo Garrone returns to the authentic roots of the Pinocchio story. With this ground-breaking live action film shot in stunning Italian locations, Garrone creates a rich fantasy world filled with luminous, funny and touching moments. Academy Award® winning actor Roberto Benigni plays Geppetto, an old woodcarver who creates a puppet. But something magical happens – the cheeky puppet begins to talk, walk and eat like any young boy. Geppetto calls him Pinocchio and brings him up as his son.

  • Release Date: 19 November
  • Running Time: 125 mins
  • Cast: Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni
  • Rated: M

Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite

It’s been 10 years since the creation of the Great Truce, an elaborate joint-species surveillance system designed and monitored by cats and dogs to keep the peace when conflicts arise. But when a tech-savvy villain hacks into wireless networks to use frequencies only heard by cats and dogs, he manipulates them into conflict, and the worldwide battle between cats and dogs is back on. Now, a team of inexperienced and untested agents will have to use their old-school animal instincts to restore order and peace between cats and dogs everywhere. Buy your tickets to our advance screenings today!

  • Release Date: 24 September
  • Running Time: 84 mins
  • Director: Sean McNamara
  • Cast: Melissa Rauch, George Lopez, Max Greenfield
  • Rated: G

Astro Kid

Following the destruction of their spaceship, ten-year-old William gets separated from his parents while traveling through the galaxy. As his rescue capsule lands on a wild and unexplored planet, he befriends the friendly robot Buck and kooky alien Flash. Together they adventure through the wild and mysterious planet, discovering its wildlife and beauty but also the dangers that lie beneath!

  • Release Date: 17 September
  • Running Time: 89 mins
  • Director: Éric Tosti
  • Rated: G

The Croods: A New Age

Prehistoric family The Croods are back to their old shenanigans in a dangerous, strange new world.

  • Release Date: 26 December
  • Running Time: 95 mins
  • Director: Joel Crawford
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Kat Dennings, Emma Stone, Cloris Leachman, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, Leslie Mann, Nicolas Cage
  • Rated: PG

Dragon Rider

Firedrake, the young silver dragon, has had enough of constantly having to hide in a wooded valley. He wants to show the older generation that he is a real dragon. When humans are about to destroy his family’s very last refuge, Firedrake secretly sets off on an adventurous journey with forest brownie Sorrel. He wants to find the “Rim of Heaven”, the dragons’ mysterious haven. On their quest, Firedrake and Sorrel encounter Ben, an orphan and stray, who claims to be a dragon rider. While Ben and Firedrake make friends quickly, Sorrel becomes increasingly distrustful and tries to get rid of the orphan at every opportunity. But the unlikely trio has to learn to pull together because they are being hunted by Nettlebrand. The evil dragon-eating monster was created by an alchemist with the aim of tracking down and destroying every dragon on Earth…

  • Release Date: 01 January
  • Running Time: 92 mins
  • Director: Tomer Eshed
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Patrick Stewart, Freddie Highmore, Meera Syal
  • Rated: PG


It centers on Minna, a young girl who misuses her newfound ability to create and control other people’s dreams to teach her bothersome stepsister a lesson.

  • Release Date: 7 January
  • Running Time: 81 mins
  • Director: Kim Hagen
  • Cast: Rasmus Botoft, Martin Buch, Mia Lerdam, Caroline Vedel, Ditte Hansen
  • Rated: PG

Maya the Bee 3: The Golden Orb

When Maya and Willy bust out of winter lock down early they are catapulted headfirst into a top-secret mission! Entrusted with the care of a sacred orb, Maya and Willy team up with their old pals, Arnie and Barney, to deliver it to its new home atop the mysterious Bonsai Peak. But when their “orb” hatches, Maya and Willy come face to face with their biggest responsibility yet – a smooshy, squishy little princess! This adventure is a LOT more than they bargained for as they must work together to take on bounty hunters and traverse treacherous terrain to return the lost princess to her mountain colony, only to find it hanging in the balance of a turf war. Willy discovers a side of himself that he never expected as he becomes protective of the tiny princess. But to save her and her colony, Maya and Willy must convince the battling insect tribes to work together in order to survive a hungry bird attack!

  • Release Date: 7 January
  • Running Time: 102 mins
  • Director: Noel Cleary
  • Cast: The voices of Coco Jack Gillies, Evie Gillies, Benson Jack Anthony, Justine Clarke, Shane Dundas and David Collins
  • Rated: G

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


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.

  • 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

Find your nearest North Shore Cinema

Want more School Holiday inspiration?

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email
Share on print

You may also like ...

Leave a Reply

What are you searching for?
Generic filters