Summer’s coming – so what’s on at the cinema to keep the kids entertained?
As always there is a bumper bundle of great kid’s movies coming to coincide with the school holidays – so here is our round-up of the best films coming this summer.
Despicable Me 3 (U) Set to be THE must-see movie of the summer, it continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters - Margo, Edith and Agnes – and, of course, the Minions. Balthazar Bratt is a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.
With the voices of Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell and Trey Parker.
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The Emoji Movie (Cert TBA) The Emoji Movie goes inside your phone to Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live. Each emoji has only one facial expression - except for Gene, an exuberant emoji who is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak.
But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it is deleted forever.
With the voices of T.J. Miller, James Corden, Ilana Glazer, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, and Maya Rudolph.
Cars 3 (Cert U) Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns.
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Favourites Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, John Ratzenburger and Bonnie Hunt return to provide the voices of your favourite characters.
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Cert TBA) Surly and his friends, Buddy, Andie and Precious discover that the mayor of Oakton City is planning to build a giant yet quite-shabby amusement park, which in turn will bulldoze their home, which is the city park.
It's up to them and the rest of the park animals to stop the mayor, along with his daughter and a mad animal control officer from getting away with his scheme, and take back the park.
With the voices of Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph and Jackie Chan.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Cert TBA) Two fourth-graders hypnotize their principal in order to transform him into Captain Underpants, the superhero from their homemade comic book. The trio soon battle a new teacher at their school, who's secretly a mad scientist.
With the voices of Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Kristen Schaal.
Rock Dog (PG) A Tibetan mastiff, Bodi, must defy the naysayers in his remote mountain community when he dicides he wants to follow his dream - of becoming a rock star like his idol, Angus Scattergood. However, there's no one left to guard the sheep when he goes away to seek his fortune in the big city, rendering his flock vulnerable to a hungry wolf.
With the voices of Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, Matt Dillon, Kenan Thompson and Sam Elliott.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A) Peter Parker begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero Spider-Man. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. When the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton and Marisa Tomei.
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Transformers: The Last Knight (12A) Humans and Transformers are at war and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance; Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English Lord and an Oxford Professor.
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock.
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Wonder Woman (12A) is based on the DC Comics character which also spawned the popular 1970’s TV series. In the early 20th century, the Amazon princess Diana, who is living on the island of Themyscira, meets American military pilot Steve Trevor when he is washed ashore.
After learning from him about the events of World War I, she leaves her home for London to bring an early end to the war. Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis and Lucy Davies.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A) (Known as ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ in the US) is the 5th instalment of the POTC franchise. Captain Jack Sparrow is being pursued by an old rival, Armando Salazar, who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil's Triangle. Jack has to search for the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, which will help him defeat Salazar.
Stars returning for this instalment include Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Kevin McNally with Javier Bardem as Salazar and a cameo appearance from Paul McCartney.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.