A movie in which our heroes speak an almost unintelligible language, a massive man with physical deformities befriends some kids and helps them treasure? Yep, it can only be November DVD time
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
A clever spin-off of the Despicable Me franchise, this focuses on three of the little yellow henchthings 42 years before they met their latter master Gru.
Here, they sign up to work with Scarlett Overkill (Bullock), who wants to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown amongst other things. Surprise, surprise, things don’t go according to plan.
It’s pretty daring to have three lead characters – even in a kids’ movie – who don’t speak a proper language, but the Minions unique dialogue still kind of makes sense and harks back to the more physical comedy of the past.
Witty, original and weird.
Starring: Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader
Pixar return with another classic, a poignant and vivacious film which has already wowed critics and audiences at the Cannes Film Festival.
Lots of movies try to get inside kids’ heads, but this does it in a unique way – by actually anthropomorphising a little girl’s emotions.
With spectacular voice work by Poehler, Hader and others, the result is hilarious, action-packed and will make you – and your youngsters – blub like crazy. In a totally good way.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Arnie is already in cinemas with Terminator, in this indie he’s testing his acting skills a bit more.
He’s a dad who has to stand by his daughter’s side while she slowly turns into a zombie after America is infected during a deadly outbreak.
Puts a whole new spin on the lengths parents will go to for their kids.
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker
Jakey boy puts himself in contention for an Oscar with this committed portrayal of a boxer fighting to come back from the brink.
The pugilism scenes are shot with gusto and it’s a great cast in a movie which appeared to slip by most cinemagoers, for reasons we can’t really fathom.
Love & Mercy
Starring: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti
It’s hard to convincingly portray mental illness on-screen, but the makers and cast of this Brian Wilson biopic do a pretty good job.
The movie features Dano as the Beach Boys maestro in his younger days, while Cusack takes over as the more bloated older version under the caustic spell of a dodgy psychotherapist. The music is beautiful, of course, but so are the performances.