With the school hol­i­days upon us, it pays to have a cou­ple of rainy day op­tions to keep the chil­dren amused. lists the best ones.

Kylie Klein-Nixon

Kapi-Mana News - - MOVIES -

It’s jolly old Easter and that means the first school hol­i­days of the year. It also means a high chance of rain. For my money, there’s no bet­ter wet weather shel­ter than your lo­cal cinema, with op­tions for chil­dren of all ages on of­fer at Read­ing and Event this month.

Tin­ker Bell and her merry band of winged pals are back this school hol­i­days with Tin­ker Bell and the Leg­end of the Ne­ver­Beast.

The sixth movie in this sac­cha­rine sweet se­ries, Ne­ver­Beast fo­cuses on an­i­mal- lov­ing fairy Fawn, who be­friends the afore­men­tioned many- fanged mon­stros­ity.

Com­ing from Dis­ney there’ll be more than a spoon­ful of sugar to help the moral medicine go down, but at just over an hour long Tink might not be the best value for money.

If your kids are of a more wacky bent there’s also the zany un­der­wa­ter an­tics of SpongeBob Square Pants in his sec­ond film, The SpongeBob Movie: A Sponge Out Of Wa­ter.

The film pits SpongeBob, Pa­trick and the rest of the gang against the greedy machi­na­tions Burger Beard the Pirate with arch weird­ness, oceanic puns and the kind of salty jokes that will de­light any 8-year-old.

If you have kids of var­i­ous ages, a good bet th­ese hol­i­days could be The Book Of Life.

With a voice cast that in­cludes Chan­ning Ta­tum, Zoe Sal­dana and Danny Trejo ( of Ma­chete fame), and hav­ing been pro­duced by hor­ror and weird­ness mae­stro Guillermo Del Torro, The Book of Life is likely to be some­thing spe­cial.

Vi­brant colours, talk­ing skulls and te­len­ov­ela emo­tion tell this story about two best friends who fall in love with the same girl, drawing the danger­ous at­ten­tions of La Muerta (Death) and Xibalba, ruler of the shady land of the forgotten. There is a real gap in the hol­i­day mar­ket here.

Un­less it’s a young adults’ adap­ta­tion, teens are just not be­ing catered to at the cinema.

So maybe it’s time to bust out a few clas­sics – The Break­fast Club, Fer­ris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty In Pink and Six­teen Can­dles are all avail­able on Net­flix, iTunes and DVD.

John Hughes’ 80s odes to teen angst still stand up, though they might seem a lit­tle quaint – noone has mo­bile phones or Face­book.

Al­ter­na­tively, if your teen is still ter­mi­nally bored, why not get them to put their phones to good use and shoot a movie of their own?

There are lots of apps to help them shoot, edit and down­load video for You Tube and Vimeo.

Your lit­tle dar­ling could be the next Spiel­berg.

Also play­ing:


sci- fi an­i­ma­tion Dream­Works.

More stop-mo­tion mas­tery from Aard­man Stu­dios, the mak­ers of


from Wal­lace and Gromit, in Shaun the Sheep. Live ac­tion films Cin­derella and In­sur­gent are both still in cine­mas.

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