(PG, 101 min) Who?: The voices of Dave Franco, Justin Th­er­oux, Jackie Chan. What?: An­i­mated ad­ven­ture. Six young nin­jas are tasked with de­fend­ing their is­land home of Nin­jago. With the aid of a mys­ti­cal Sen­sei, they must over­come their great­est foe: the dreaded war lord Gar­madon. Well...?: It’s only been six months since The Lego Bat­man Movie, and now we have an­other cartoon ad­ven­ture based on the smash hit toy line. This one marks a fair drop in stan­dards, and will only re­ally ap­peal to kids (boys, in par­tic­u­lar) who know their Nin­jago (which has al­ready spawned a TV se­ries) in­side out. Which age group?: Un­der 5yo : 1/2 5yo - 8yo : 1/2 9yo - 12yo : 13yo+ : (G, 88 min)

The voices of Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Mid­dled­itch. What?: An­i­mated com­edy. Two overly imag­i­na­tive pranksters hyp­no­tise their prin­ci­pal into think­ing he’s a ridicu­lously en­thu­si­as­tic, in­cred­i­bly dimwit­ted su­per­hero named Cap­tain Un­der­pants. Well...?: Don’t be put off by the un­promis­ing ti­tle, par­ents. This fast-paced frolic is eas­ily the best an­i­mated op­tion out there for kids th­ese hol­i­days. The movie is at its best when it drops its story al­to­gether and presses for­ward with mad­cap pranks and crazy di­ver­sions aplenty. Re­ally hits the spot for pri­mary school­ers. Which age group?: Un­der 5yo : 5yo - 8yo : 9yo - 12yo : 13yo+ : 1/2


(G, 86 min) Who?: The voices of T.J. Miller, Pa­trick Ste­wart, Anna Faris. What?: An­i­mated com­edy. Gene, an emoji de­signed to ex­press in­dif­fer­ence, longs to be­come a “nor­mal” emoji that can be as happy-go-lucky as the most pop­u­lar pic­tograms on chil­dren’s phone. Well...?: If you’re look­ing for redeeming fea­tures in this dire, zest­less af­fair, you’d bet­ter bring along a mighty pow­er­ful mi­cro­scope. Roundly re­garded all over the world as one of the worst movies of 2017, its crass combo of stealth ad­ver­tis­ing and flat gags should be avoided at all costs. Which age group?: Un­der 5yo : 5yo - 8yo : 9yo - 12yo : 13yo+ :


(PG, 111 min) Who?: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Ed­die Iz­zard, Olivia Wil­liams. What?: His­tor­i­cal drama. In her twi­light years, Bri­tain’s long­est-reign­ing monarch Queen Vic­to­ria is re­vi­talised by the friend­ship and ad­vice of an ev­ery­day In­dian cit­i­zen who drifts in­side her royal cir­cle by chance. Well...?: There’s not a lot of op­tions about th­ese hol­i­days for high school­ers, sadly. Though, this well-made Bri­tish cos­tume drama looks a bit staid and stuffy on first im­pres­sions, it is any­thing but. Well-read teens with the pa­tience for a lit­tle sub­stance will be sur­prised and richly re­warded. Which age group?: Un­der 5yo : 5yo - 8yo : 9yo - 12yo : 13yo+ : 1/2 1/2

(PG, 73 min) Who?: Willem Dafoe (nar­ra­tor) and the Aus­tralian Cham­ber Orches­tra. What?: Mu­si­cal spec­ta­cle. An epic odyssey through the Earth’s most awesome land­scapes, show­ing the spell­bind­ing force of high places – and their on­go­ing power to shape our lives and our dreams. Well...?: This im­pres­sive Aus­tralian-made pro­duc­tion gen­uinely de­liv­ers a unique cin­e­matic ex­pe­ri­ence. This vis­ually stun­ning por­trait of daily life on moun­tains all over the world is set to a soar­ing mu­sic per­for­mance by the ACO. The pic­tures, how­ever, re­ally say it all here, and young­sters will “get it” just as much as adults. Which age group?: Un­der 5yo : 5yo - 8yo : 9yo - 12yo : 13yo+ : 1/2 1/2

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