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We’re looking ahead to the family movies that will be on release in March and April 2018 in the lead up to the Easter holidays, here are the family - friendly movies that you can see in the next few weeks.
Catch up on last year's favourite movies including Paddington 2, Wonder and Pitch Perfect 2 and more which are out in March and April on DVD, Blu-ray and to download.
If you are looking forward to a great summer of movies here are The 10 Must See Kids Movies Coming to Cinemas for Summer 2018
The 2nd March sees the release of Monster Family (PG). After a go to a family to a costume party on Halloween night, they are cursed by an evil witch and transformed into a Vampire, a Mummy, a Werewolf, and Frankenstein’s monster. Now Mum Emma will fight to keep her Monster Family together and uncover the secret of their curse… eventually leading them to the Prince of Darkness himself, Dracula!
The film features the voices of Emily Watson, Jason Issacs, Nick Frost, Celia Imrie and Catherine Tate.
In spite of the kerfuffle about one particular scene, Peter Rabbit (PG) is set to be the must-watch movie for Easter this year.
Released on 16th March and loosely based on Beatrix Potter’s ever-popular Peter Rabbit book, Peter now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter's feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.
With the voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daisy Ridley and Sia.
Also out on 16th March is Tomb Raider (12A), a reboot of the original Tomb Raider films which starred Angelina Jolie. Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.
Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes in search of her dad's last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn't be higher for Lara. Against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit she must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.
Starring Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The 23rd of March sees the release of another literary-inspired book, this time the classic A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. The story follows the incredible adventures of Meg Murry, who sets out on a time and space-bending journey through the cosmos to try and rescue her missing father.
With the help of three powerful beings called Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit, Meg tries to overcome the ancient evil force that’s holding her father prisoner. And the only way to defeat this darkness is to become the light.
A Wrinkle In Time (PG) stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine.
The follow-up to 2013's cinematic epic of monsters and mechs, Pacific Rim: Uprising (12A) is the story of Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, who reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
Out on 23rd March it stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood and Charlie Day.
Ready Player One (12A) is the latest film from Steven Spielberg and is set in 2045. It is in cinemas on 30th March 2018.
With the world on the brink of chaos and collapse, the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.
Also opening on 30th March is Duck Duck Goose (PG) in which a high-flying but irresponsible goose named Peng get injured in flight, causing him to crash-land next to a pair of recently hatched ducklings.
They don't have anyone else to look after them, so he's stuck with them. With no other option but to bring them with him on his journey south, Peng is in for an incredible adventure that will see him truly become part of a family for the first time.
With the voices of Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Stephen Fry.
Isle of Dogs (PG) is the latest film from Wes Anderson, and is a stop motion film set 20 years in the future. An outbreak of dog flu in Japan causes Mayor Kobayashi to banish all dogs to a rubbish dump called Trash Island - the ‘Isle Of Dogs’.
Desperate to bring his missing pet back home, Atari hijacks a plane and ventures forth on a perilous mission to the island. Teaming up with a pack of other exiled dogs, he searches for his old friend on an adventure that will decide the future of the country. The film opens on 30th March and stars the voices of Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton and Bill Murray.
Released on 10th April is Mary And The Witch's Flower, (PG) a Japanese film based on the best-selling British children's book The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart. An all-ages fantasy adventure, it features ingenious characters in a heartfelt story of a young girl trying to figure her place in the world.
While spending the last weeks of summer with her Great-Aunt Charlotte in the countryside, Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby woods. There she stumbles upon a flower that has magical powers and transforms a little broomstick into one that flies. Mary is whisked away, high above the clouds, and transported to Endor College – a school of magic!
Mary and the Witch's Flower is one of our choice of The 10 Best Animated Family Movies of 2018 - do you agree?
Avengers: Infinity War (12A) is the next instalment in an unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe - the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Starring too many big name stars to list, the film comes out on 27th April 2018.
The family movies released for Half Term that can still be seen at many cinemas across the country.
We’ve waited a long time for it in the UK, but Disney Pixar’s latest release Coco will finally be released on 19th January 2018.
The movie follows the adventures of a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, who finds himself in the Land of the Dead while on a quest to prove his talent as a musician. His family has banned music for generations, but Miguel is determined to defy them and follow in the footsteps of his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. But when he’s magically transported to the vibrant and colourful Land of the Dead, he sets out to discover the true story of his family’s history.
With the voices of Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Benjamin Bratt and Renée Victor.
Coco is one of our choice of The 10 Best Animated Family Movies of 2018 - do you agree?
History fans will love this true life WWII drama in which Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.
As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
Starring Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Samuel West and Ronald Pickup, it is out on 12th January.
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