Movies Guide: April School Holidays

Movies Guide: April School HolidaysMovies Guide: April School Holidays

The latest films reviewed by the Herald Sun's Leigh Paatsch.

This handy guide to the best films for kids and kidults over Easter includes RATING and age groups.

Movie Guide


WONDER PARK (PG)

WHO Brianna Denski Jennifer Garner John Oliver WHAT Animated fantasy. The secret story of June an optimistic imaginative girl who discovers an incredible amusement park called Wonderland hidden in the woods.

This underwhelming cartoon could have been done so much better. However with no other valid options available for preschoolers it is a serviceable pick for toddlers who just want some bright colours broad jokes and happy-go-lucky high jinks.

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MISSING LINK (PG)

WHO Zoe Saldana Hugh Jackman Zach Galifianakis WHAT Animated adventure. Tired of living a solitary life in the forest a giant creature recruits a fearless explorer to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La .

This spectacular stopmotion adventure is the work of Laika Animation a studio whose track record (ParaNorman Coraline) suggests they just don't know how to do a dud. The trend continues with innovative visual designs here. Hugh Jackman and the voice cast bring it in fine style as well. An emphatic yes for this one.

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BACK OF THE NET (G)

WHO Sofia Wylie Christopher Kirby Melissa Bonne WHAT Teen sports adventure. An ambitious American science student accidentally finds herself enrolled at an Australian youth soccer academy preparing for an intense national tournament.

Remember last year's local teen sports dud Going for Gold? Sadly this Australian movie isn't much better. Slavishly panders to an American audience that won't be giving it the time of day. Only young ladies familiar with US Disney TV star Sofia Wylie may find something salvageable here.

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DUMBO (PG)

WHO Colin Farrell Eva Green Michael Keaton WHAT Adventure fantasy. A young elephant whose oversized ears enable him to fly helps save a struggling circus but when the circus plans a new venture Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Over coming years Disney will be releasing a series of live-action movies based on its classic animation library. This visually dazzling and quietly thoughtful expansion of the Dumbo fable is a simple pure delight that will strike a chord with young and old alike. A few scenes are too dark for preschoolers.

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THE LEGO MOVIE 2 (PG)

WHO Chris Pratt Elizabeth Banks Will Arnett WHAT Animated comedy adventure. It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

There is now a lot of Lego screen content out there and not all of it is up to standard. So if you sense your kids have come down with a case of Lego fatigue no need to be here. This is however a welcome return to form for the franchise telling a story about hanging in there for your friends.

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LITTLE (PG)

WHO Regina Hall Marsai Martin Issa Rae WHAT Comedy fantasy. A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.

This movie remains unscreened to media at the time of writing. However it is worth pointing out that - if the trailer and advance clips are any indication - it may be a bit too "adult" in nature for younger viewers. Age ratings below reflect this observation.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL (M)

WHO Brie Larson Samuel L. Jackson Ben Mendelsohn WHAT Superhero action adventure. Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

Older primary schoolers and above are always well catered for by the Marvel superhero stable. This breaks the stranglehold the Marvel males have held on top billing for way too long. A bit of substance to the story too. A sure thing for teens who wouldn't be caught dead at anything resembling a "kids movie" .

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SHAZAM! (M)

WHO Zachary Levi Mark Strong Asher Angel WHAT Superhero action comedy. By shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - streetwise 14-year-old foster kid Billy Batson can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

There's a very satisfying wow factor to Shazam! that guarantees it will be sitting at the top of the must-see list for most youngsters these holidays. Anyone aged above mid-primary school level is in for a high old time with this clever and very entertaining superhero spin on the Tom Hanks chestnut Big. Stands up well to repeat viewings.

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