Everyone looks forward to the latest Pixar, which is why we’re excited to bring you our review of Inside Out, while the rest of the month sees some epic action flicks, a new, slightly different Marvel (only slightly) and a old kids favourite on the cinema screen…
Starring: (voices of) 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: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly
Far funnier than most Marvel pics thanks to the presence of Rudd as the titular hero, a thief who comes under the guidance of a father figure scientist, played by Douglas. There have been some pretty epic machinations behind-the-scenes (directors leaving, etc.), but the comic book company knows what it’s doing and has an effective formula at play. In case you don’t agree – Rudd is already signed up to appear in the third Captain America movie.
Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure
Starring: Mark Moraghan, John Hasler, Keith Wickham Thomas the Tank Engine gets the big-screen treatment in this CGI-animated movie, which also features the voices of Eddie Redmayne and Olivia Colman. The former will play a new engine called Ryan. Not exactly Pixar, but hands up whose kids love Thomas?!
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.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Starring: Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson
The fifth M:I instalment is just as bombastic as you might think, as Ethan Hunt and his team take on a sinister group intent on wiping out IMF. This series has always been a kind of stealth success behind more lauded franchises like Bond and Bourne, but all the movies have plenty to enjoy and Cruise (we’re fans, okay?) is brilliant as Hunt. And the stunts…wow.
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
Starring: Eilif Hellum Noraker, Emily Glaister, Marian Saastad Ottesen
This Norwegian family adventure gets a UK release and well, it’s not hard to guess what it’s about. In an alternatively, slightly Dahl-ian world, two kids help a kooky scientist who has invented the eponymous medicine and if your little ones (and you) think toots are funny, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. And would you believe it, it’s adapted from a series of children’s books by crime writer Jo Nesbø.