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I am always really excited about the end of the year movie releases - is always an exciting time because it is the biggest season for big family movie releases after the summer.
(Or maybe you want to know what's on at the cinema right now?)
There are some really exciting movie releases coming up this festive season so if you love to spend the Christmas holidays sitting in the dark with a carton of popcorn and a jumbo-sized cup of soda, you are in for a great Christmas!
Here is a round up of the great movies that you can look forward to this Autumn and Winter season, with a plehora of much-anticipated sequels and spin-offs including Wreck-it Ralph 2, Fantastic Beasts 2 (with the rather splendid Eddie Redmayne) and even a couple of genuinely new movies.
So here is your chance to be in the know - these are the movies your kids will be begging you to take them to see at the cinema this Christmas!
Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series. Once again it stars Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp along with Katherine Waterson, Zoe Kravitz and Ezra Miller.
If you remeber, at the end of the first film the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured but escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings. To stop him, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander. Lines are drawn and love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
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Rowan Atkinson returns as the hapless secret agent Johnny English, in this, his third outing Johnny English Strikes Again. When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all Britain’s secret agents, English is the Secret Service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, he dives into action to find the mastermind hacker.
With few skills and distinctly analogue methods, Johnny English must tackle the world of espionage’s modern technology. Ben Miller also returns as sidekick Angus Bough.
Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse is an animated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales - better known as Spider-Man. In the "classic Spider-Man mould", Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero, as he is introduced to the "Spider-Verse" where there can be more than one Spider-Man.
Guest voices include Nicholas Cage, Hailee Steinfeld and Lily Tomlin.
Set in 1930s London, Mary Poppins Returns continues the story of Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) who are now grown-up, with Michael still living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. He lives there with his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen, played by Julie Walters.
After Michael's wife's death, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack (Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda), and her eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep).
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Bumblebee is a Transformers prequel , set twenty years before the events of the first film, in 1987. Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town junkyard, where a teenager Charlie Watson takes him in. However, the two of them soon find themselves hunted by a government agency known as Sector 7, led by Agent Burns.
As they go on the run, the two learn that Bee isn't the only Transformer on Earth, and that the others might not be as friendly. Starring the very busy little bee Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena and Jorge Lendeborge Jr.
Based on Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Grinch, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, hatches a scheme with his trusted canine Max to ruin Christmas when the residents of Whoville. The villagers are fans of big Christmas celebrations, and they plan to make their annual holiday three times bigger that year.
Cindy Lou Who plans to seek out Santa Claus to thank him for helping her widowed mother every Christmas. But little does she know she is trying to blow the Grinch's cover.
Nativity Rocks!: This Ain’t No Silent Night is the 4th Nativity! Film, and once more the kids from St Bernadette’s Primary School in Coventry are singing as the staff and students audition for a coveted place in a spectacular rock musical competition.
Celia Imrie returns as Headmistress Mrs Keen, with Meera Syal, Anna Chancellor, Hugh Dennis and Helen George.
Ralph Breaks the Internet is the follow-up to 2012’s delightful video game tribute Wreck-It Ralph. This time Ralph ventures onto the Internet when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade and he must find a replacement for Sugar Rush’s broken steering wheel.
Along the way, Ralph and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, such as trendy algorithms and the Disney Princess line-up along with The Muppets, Star Wars, Marvel Comics and Pixar characters.
A treat for fans of Japanese anime is in store with the release of Mirai in the Future. Kun is a 4-year old boy who is coping with the arrival of a little sister, Mirai, in the family.
Things turn magical when the backyard of the boy's home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel in time and meet his new sister from the future as well as his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow Mirai to understand and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.
About eParenting: eParenting was started by Jacqui O'Brien in 2004. At the time her kids were 1 and 4 and kept her nice and busy. Now they are teenagers and still keeping her pretty busy!