While TV broadcasters are always geared up for the holidays by playing familiar favourites like Home Alone, Elf and Jingle All the Way, we will also be spoiled for choice on cinema screens, we look at some must-see family movies this festive season.
Frozen 2 – Releasing in Cinemas on 6 December 2019
Ask any parent with a young daughter to recite a song from a movie that their child loves and they will most likely burst into a rendition of “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen. The hugely popular movie, which was released in 2013, caused an avalanche at the box office, becoming one of the highest-grossing animated films of all times. This December the moment that children and parents alike have been waiting for has arrived. With the release of Frozen 2, Anna and Elsa are back in this sequel and their songs will definitely be remembered well after the holiday season.
Jumanji The Next Level – Releasing in Cinemas on 13 December 2019
The original 1995 Jumanji film which starred Robin Williams will always be a favourite among parents raising children in this generation. The 2017 version, Welcome to the Jungle, gave fans of the original film a sense of nostalgia and a sense of excitement among younger viewers. The next installment of the franchise, The Next Level, boasts a star-studded cast including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Heart and Jack Black, and will surely offer more thrills, adventure and excitement for parents and children alike.
Playing with Fire – Releasing in Cinemas on 29 November 2019
If you’re looking for a touching, live action family adventure, then Playing with Fire will hit you right in the feels. Starring tough guy wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, this film promises to tug at the heart strings, with the premise revolving around firefighters (Cena and co.) rescuing young siblings from an approaching wildfire and being forced to babysit, in what promises to be a fish-out-of-water scenario for all ages to enjoy.
Spies in Disguise – Releasing in Cinemas on 25 December 2019
As long-time Will Smith fans, we’ve been waiting for a long time for Spies in Disguise, an animated action film about Super Spy (Smith) being turned into a pigeon. It’s James Bond meets Angry Birds, with an impressive voice cast including Will Smith, Tom Holland, Rashida Jones and DJ Khaled mixed with sleek and fluid animation. From the same studio that brought you Ice Age, this movie promises to bring some whimsicalness into our holiday season.
Dolittle – Releasing in Cinemas on 10 January 2019
Robert Downey Jr., better known for playing the Avenger Iron Man, moves to a more family-friendly role as the beloved character Dr. Dolittle, a man who can communicate with animals. The film is based on Hugh Lofting’s book The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle and is set in Victorian times. The film promises to be an epic adventure filled with family fun, adventure and unforgettable characters.