What's on at the cinema in the next few weeks?
As Easter approaches there is a bumper set of new releases coming up. The most anticipated film for Easter has to be the live action version of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, but there is also lots of animated movies coming up for kids as well as the return of some retro 90's favourites.
Beauty and the Beast (PG) is sure to be the must-see family movie this Easter. Based on Disney’s 1991 animated movie, is a live-action re-telling of the story, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. Belle is a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Starring Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Ian McKellen
The Boss Baby (PG) is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.
Tim is jealous of his fast-talking, briefcase-carrying baby brother named the "Boss Baby" He goes on a mission to win back the affection of his parents, he finds out about a secret plot by Puppy Co.'s CEO Francis E. Francis which revolves around his baby brother and threatens to destabilize the balance of love in the world. With the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow.
Smurfs: The Lost Village (U) In the latest film for Smurf fans, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.
Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! With the voices of Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, Mandy Patinkin and Bill Hader.
Kong: Skull Island (12A) A prequel to King Kong, this film is a set in 1971 when a secretive organization known as Monarch finds an island that is identified as the origin for a new species.
The resulting expedition to the island reveals that a giant ape named Kong is at the centre of a battle for dominion over the island, against the Skullcrawlers who are responsible for wiping out the rest of his kind. As the expedition crew makes plans to fight for survival against Kong and the other monsters on the island, some of them begin to see that Kong is worth saving.
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson and Toby Kebbell.
Power Rangers (12A) follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.
Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers. Starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Naomi Scott.
All the family DVDs that are going to be released in the next few weeks.
The Lego Batman Movie (U) is the follow up to The LEGO® Movie, which was as popular with adults as it was kids. In this movie the self-described leading man of the Lego Movie ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.
But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. With the voices of Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes and Zach Galifianakis.
Sing (U) Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing is the story of Buster Moon, a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist - okay, maybe a bit of a scoundrel - who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it.
Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. With the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson.
Hidden Figures (U) is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.
The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst and Kevin Costner.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.