7 movies to watch with the kids

 Here’s our pick of the best family-oriented adventure films showing at Event Cinemas this September school holiday, complete with jokes for grown-ups and life lessons for the little ones.

 

Johnny English Strikes Again, PG

Rubbery-faced Rowan Atkinson returns as England’s most clueless secret agent for a third instalment of his spy spoof franchise. This nostalgic outing sees Johnny called out of retirement by Emma Thompson’s prime minister to help defend the nation from cyber-attack, and the usual slapstick pratfalls ensue. While it will seem quaint after adult-oriented comedies like The Spy Who Dumped Me, this film has physical comedy and ridiculous gadgets aplenty to keep young viewers rapt.

 

Christopher Robin, G

Not to be confused with last year’s biographical drama Goodbye Christopher Robin, this new live-action/CGI-blended adventure story finds the grown-up Christopher on the brink of a mid-life crisis when his childhood pal Pooh calls him back to the Hundred Acre Wood of A.A. Milne’s classic books. Ewan McGregor is perfectly cast as the workaholic dad rediscovering his sense of fun but it’s the familiar voice of Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh, not to mention Eeyore’s cynical asides, that make this a real treat.


Smallfoot, G

Coming from the director responsible for 2006’s Over the Hedge, this charming computer-animated musical flips the Bigfoot legend on its head to tell of a yeti scientist called Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum) on a quest to prove that humans (or smallfeet) really exist. Danny DeVito and James Corden round out the comedic cast while popstars Zendaya and Niall Horan provide the catchy tunes.

The House with a Clock in its Walls, PG

The fun pairing of Jack Black and Cate Blanchett should be enough to tempt you to this Harry Potter meets Hocus Pocus tale of a 10-year-old who discovers his dormant supernatural powers when he is forced to move to an enchanted house with his warlock uncle. Based on a kids’ fantasy novel from the 1970s, The House with a Clock in its Walls is a family horror flick packed with unique visuals and playful humour if not an entirely memorable narrative.

 


Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, PG

Little ones will delight in the antics of the 2D superhero sidekicks but there is much for grown-ups familiar with the DC Universe to enjoy too, much like Lego Batman. Here we see the pint-sized squad of Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy trying to crack Hollywood, which first means finding their very own nemesis. Listen out for Nicolas Cage as Superman and a hilarious cameo from a certain Marvel Studios legend.

 

 

Deadly Dinosaurs, PG

Award-winning wildlife presenter Steve Backshall brings dinosaurs to the big screen with cutting-edge CGI in this special cinema event based on the 10-part BBC series. Featuring epic stunts
designed to illustrate the power and scale of the deadliest creatures to walk the Earth, this is an informative and immersive film that’s bound to wow youngsters.
Plus one for tiny tots…

 


Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups, G

The pre-school sensation that is Paw Patrol makes it to the big screen in a one-hour package this October, just in time to inspire the kids’ Halloween costumes. The cutesy extended cartoon sees our favourite puppers attain superpowers and take on a team mission to save Adventure Bay from the evil Mayor Humdinger. Remember you can brace yourself for the 1015am screening with a quality coffee from The Kitchens or brekky at Ciao Ciao.

 


Looking for more school holiday fun? Visit Meet The Senses, our interactive exhibition for kids open between 10am and 1pm near Myer on the ground level.