Family Movies For Christmas 2017

Christmas is coming – so what’s on at the cinema to keep the kids entertained over the holiday season?

The some of the years biggest releases are coming out in November and December 2017 and the lead up to Christmas, including the next installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, the reboot of massive 90's hit movie Jumanji, and the return of Peru's greatest export - an adorable bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches.

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Paddington 2

Paddington 2 Movie

Paddington, having settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, has become popular in his community. He sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber's antique shop and buys it as a present for his aunt Lucy's 100th birthday. When the book is stolen, it is up to him and the Browns to apprehend the thief.

Ben Wishaw voices Paddington again, and the film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin. Out on 10th November.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The second of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be released on 15th December 2017. It stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong'o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Gwendoline Christie all return in their roles from The Force Awakens. Out on 15th December.

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Wonder Movie

Based on the New York Times bestselling book by R. J. Palacio, Wonder (PG) is going to be this year's Christmas weepie. It tells the incredibly inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Here he suffers bullying due to his looks, but strives to teach others that beauty is not just on the outside. The film stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Jacob Tremblay and Crystal Lowe. In cinemas from 17th November.

The Star

The Star (U) is an animated version of the Christmas story, told from the point of view of the animals involved. A small but brave Donkey Bo finds himself having the adventure of his dreams when he follows a star to Bethlehem. The voice cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Clarkson, Ving Rhames and Tyler Perry.

It will be out on the UK on 24th November.

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Ferdinand Movie

Ferdinand (PG) is actually an original movie  -  not a remake or sequel. It tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. it is out on December 15th.

Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can’t judge a bull by its cover. With the voices of  David Tennant, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Canavale, David Diggs and Miguel Angel Silvestre.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

This new version of Jumanji (TBA)  is an updated-for-the-21st-century reboot of the original movie which starred Robin Williams.

Jumanji has evolved from a board game into a computer game  and four high school kids are ucked into the game they become their avatars inside the game and the only way out is to play along and finish it. The movie stars  Dr. Who's Karen Gillan, along with Dwayne Johnson, Missi Pyle, Bobby Canavale  and Jack Black. It is out on 20th December.

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Pitch Perfect 3

In Pitch Perfect 3 (TBA), now out of college, the Bardon Bellas are trying to make their way in the world, until an opportunity to perform on an overseas USO tour brings the a cappella team together, one last time.

Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld all return to their roles for this third and final Pitch Perfect movie, which is out on 20th December.

Son of Bigfoot

Son of Bigfoot Movie

Son of Bigfoot (PG) is an animated comedy tells the story of teenage outsider Adam Harrison, who sets out on an epic and daring quest to uncover the mystery behind his long-lost dad, only to find out that he is none other than the legendary Bigfoot!  As father and son start making up for lost time after the boy's initial disbelief, Adam soon discovers that he too is gifted with superpowers beyond his imagination.

Out on 3rd November it features the voices of Cinda Adams, Bob Barlen, Cal Brunker and Joey Camen.

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Justice League

Justice League (12A) is going to be the big superhero movie for Christmas 2017. Fuelled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Out on 17th November the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.

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Pony Club

My Little Pony: The Movie (TBC) A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.  

The film has an all-star voice cast including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Liev Schreiber, Michael Peña, Sia, Taye Diggs, Uzo Aduba and Zoe Saldana.

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie - Out in cinemas September 2017

The LEGO Ninjago Movie (PG) is set to be the must see-movie for half term. The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power. With the voices of Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux and Jackie Chan.

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!

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