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Five family-friendly films to see these holidays

Amanda Whitley

Keen for some ‘cool’ holiday entertainment? The HerCanberra kids (and Grandma) review five family-friendly films.

In this hot weather, there are two really easy holiday entertainment options for when all else fails: the pool and the cinema. We’ve been spending a lot of time at both, so I thought I’d pick the brains of my kids—and my mum—to give you the lowdown on five family-friendly movies that you can see in cinemas now.

There’s something for littles and teens alike (and parents will get a kick out of them, too!)

Rogue One

What it’s about

Lucasfilm says:

The first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” (is) an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

What Miss 10 thought

“I really enjoyed the movie because it’s set right before the first movie (Episode IV: A New Hope) was made and it has brand new awesome characters. I also loved seeing glimpses of old characters like Princess Leia, Darth Vader, C3PO and R2D2.”

Rating: M

Who would like it

“I recommend it to Star Wars fans. My mum and dad really loved it, and so did my sister—although she was scared in some of the bits, so I’m not sure for kids younger than 10. I think it’s one the whole family can watch together.”

Red Dog: True Blue

What it’s about

Roadshow says:

Every legend has a beginning.When eleven year old Mick is shipped off to his grandfather’s cattle station in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, he prepares himself for a life of dull hardship, but instead finds myth, adventure, and a friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind dog that will change his life forever.

Rated: PG

What Grandma thought

“I liked the Australian way of identifying characters and the very authentic setting and history (the Royal Flying Doctor Service, bushfires, everything Aussie). The rapport between the boy and dog seemed so sincere.”

Who would like it

“Kids over eight and adults alike would enjoy this movie. And maybe shed a few tears!”

Trolls

What it’s about

DreamWorks says:

TROLLS is “a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Rating: G

What Miss 10 thought

“I loved TROLLS because the whole (well nearly) movie was so bright and happy and sparkly, but also some of our favourite songs from way back were sung by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake.”

Who would like it

“I think all kids would enjoy it, but parents would think it was funny too.”

Moana

What it’s about

According to Disney:

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows why. Moana is a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Rating: PG

What Miss Eight thought

“I liked it because Moana had a really cool adventure and she had to find the demigod Maui. She was really brave and a really good swimmer, and she had a connection to the ocean.”

Who would like it

“I think girls and boys and grown ups would all like this movie.”

Sing

What it’s about

IMBD says:

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario’s attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.

Rating: G

What Miss 10 thought

“I really enjoyed Sing because the story was HILARIOUS! It’s about a really big singing comp and I loved the singing and all the characters.

Who would like it

“People who want to be a star someday.”

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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