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

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Are you looking for some indoor air-conditioned entertainment to keep the kids amused these school holidays? Our Summer Holiday Movie Guide features everything you need to work out watch to watch at the cinemas these holidays… including ratings, duration and the trailer! There’s lots to choose from!


Guide to School Holiday Movies: Summer 2023/2024

There’s nothing better than grabbing the popcorn and heading off to the local cinema for some great school holiday movie deals. If you’re looking for some of the best movies out these Summer School Holidays, we have them for you.

Here’s a list of top school holiday movies for families! Be sure to check the ratings to check if the movie is age appropriate for your children.


Best animated movies for kids

Trolls Band Together

After two films of true friendship and relentless flirting, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) are now officially, finally, a couple (#broppy)! As they grow closer, Poppy discovers that Branch has a secret past. He was once part of her favorite boyband phenomenon, BroZone, with his four brothers: Floyd (Golden Globe nominated electropop sensation Troye Sivan), John Dory (Eric André; Sing 2), Spruce (Grammy winner Daveed Diggs; Hamilton) and Clay (Grammy winner Kid Cudi; Don’t Look Up). BroZone disbanded when Branch was still a baby, as did the family, and Branch hasn’t seen his brothers since. But when Branch’s bro Floyd is kidnapped for his musical talents by a pair of nefarious pop-star villains—Velvet (Emmy winner Amy Schumer; Trainwreck) and Veneer (Grammy winner and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells; The Book of Mormon)—Branch and Poppy embark on a harrowing and emotional journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd from a fate even worse than pop-culture obscurity. Book your tickets today.
  • Release date: 30 November 2023
  • Rated: G
  • Running time: 1h 31mins
  • Stars: Eric André, Kid Cudi, Daveed Diggs, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kunal Nayyar, Troye Sivan, Kenan Thompson, Justin Timberlake

Wish

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wish” is an all-new musical-comedy welcoming audiences to the magical kingdom of Rosas, where Asha, a sharp-witted idealist, makes a wish so powerful that it is answered by a cosmic force—a little ball of boundless energy called Star. Together, Asha and Star confront a most formidable foe—the ruler of Rosas, King Magnifico—to save her community and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.
  • Release date: 26 December 2023
  • Rated: PG
  • Stars: Angelique Cabral, Ariana DeBose, Victor Garber, Harvey Guillén, Jennifer Kumiyama, Chris Pine, Natasha Rothwell, Jon Rudnitsky, Della Saba, Alan Tudyk, Niko Vargas, Ramy Youssef

Migration

This holiday season, Illumination, creators of the blockbuster Minions, Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life of Pets comedies, invites you to take flight into the thrill of the unknown with a funny, feathered family vacation like no other in the action-packed new original comedy, Migration. The Mallard family is in a bit of rut. While dad Mack is content to keep his family safe paddling around their New England pond forever, mom Pam is eager to shake things up and show their kids—teen son Dax and duckling daughter Gwen—the whole wide world. After a migrating duck family alights on their pond with thrilling tales of far-flung places, Pam persuades Mack to embark on a family trip, via New York City, to tropical Jamaica. As the Mallards make their way South for the winter, their well-laid plans quickly go awry. The experience will inspire them to expand their horizons, open themselves up to new friends and accomplish more than they ever thought possible, while teaching them more about each other—and themselves—than they ever imagined.
  • Release date: 26 December 2023
  • Rated: G
  • Running time: 92 mins
  • Stars: Awkwafina, Elizabeth Banks, Danny DeVito, Tresi Gazal, Caspar Jennings, Carol Kane, Keegan-Michael Key, David Mitchell, Kumail Nanjiani

The Jungle Bunch World Tour

Who do you call to help when a mysterious supervillain covers the jungle with pink foam that explodes on contact with water? The Jungle Bunch! Less than a month before the rainy season, the race against time is on. From the North Pole to the Far East, crossing mountains, deserts and oceans, our heroes will have to travel the world in search of an antidote, far from their favourite jungle!
  • Release date: 18 January 2023
  • Rated: PG
  • Running time: 88 mins

The Canterville Ghost

An American family moves in to Canterville Chase, a stately countryside mansion that has been haunted by the ghost Sir Simon De Canterville for 300 years.
  • Release date: 11 January 2023
  • Rated: PG
  • Running time: 88 mins
  • Stars: Emily Carey, Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart, Freddie Highmore, Toby Jones, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton

The Boy and the Heron

A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

  • Release date: 7 December 2023
  • Rated: PG
  • Running time: 125 mins

Best Family Movies

Wonka

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today. . Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.

  • Release date: 14 December 2023
  • Rated: PG
  • Running time: 1h 56m
  • Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mathew Baynton, Jim Carter, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Sally Hawkins, Paterson Joseph, Keegan-Michael Key, Calah Lane, Matt Lucas

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Return to The Hunger Games, the landmark film franchise that has earned over $3 billion globally, with Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ #1 New York Times Bestseller The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favour. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.

  • Release date: 16 November 2023
  • Rated: M
  • Stars: Tom Blyth, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Josh Andrés Rivera, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Rachel Zegler

Next Goal Wins

Directed by Academy Award Winner Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor: Ragnarok), Next Goal Wins follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup Qualifiers approaching, the team hires down-on-his-luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender) hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team around in this heartfelt underdog comedy.

  • Release date: 1 January 2024
  • Rated: PG
  • Running time: 104 mins
  • Stars: Kaimana, Frankie Adams, Chris Alosio, Will Arnett, Rhys Darby, Lehi Falepapalangi, David Fane, Michael Fassbender, Semu Filipo, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Beulah Koale, Uli Latukefu, Elisabeth Moss, Angus Sampson

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Based on the extraordinary character at the center of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s most iconic children’s book and one of the best-selling children’s books of all time, “Wonka” tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today. . Starring Timothée Chalamet in the title role, this irresistibly vivid and inventive big screen spectacle will introduce audiences to a young Willy Wonka, chock-full of ideas and determined to change the world one delectable bite at a time—proving that the best things in life begin with a dream, and if you’re lucky enough to meet Willy Wonka, anything is possible.

  • Release date: 26 December 2023
  • Rated: CTC
  • Stars: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ben Affleck, Pilou Asbæk, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Momoa, Indya Moore, Temuera Morrison, Randall Park, Vincent Regan, Patrick Wilson

The Boys in the Boat

Based on the non-fiction novel about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympic games, this true story follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they’re thrust into the spotlight and take on elite international rivals.

  • Release date: 4 January 2024
  • Rated: PG
  • Running time: 124 mins
  • Stars: Wil Coban, Chris Diamantopoulos, Joel Edgerton, Thomas Elms, Courtney Henggeler, Bruce Herbelin-Earle, Jack Mulhern, Hadley Robinson, Luke Slattery, Sam Strike, Callum Turner, Tom Varey, James Wolk
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