TV & Movie Reviews

Kid’s Easter Holiday Cinema Guide

April 14, 2022

It’s that time again. The Easter school holidays are almost upon us. Time to think of ways to keep the little buggers quiet devise a schedule of educational and entertaining activities. 

What better place to spend some time together than a family trip to the cinema?  Here’s a round-up of kids’ movies hitting cinema screens this April. 

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – 1st April

Rating: PG

For those of us old enough to remember Sega Mega Drives, this movie will either bring waves of nostalgia or the shame of how bad you were at console games. 

Either way, like most aspects of your childhood, it’s being made into a movie. Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and Knuckles (Idris Elba – unfortunately, voice only) team up to take on the evil Doctor Robotnik played by Jim Carrey as he tries to take over the world. It’s a mix of animation and live-action that’s sure to keep them entertained. 

The Bad Guys – 1st April 

Rating: U 

DreamWorks has adapted this popular book series for the big screen. When a group of infamous criminals get caught, their only chance of staying out of prison is by becoming law-abiding citizens (not the Gerard Butler kind). Can the team go straight?  Featuring the voices of Sam Rockwell, Richard Ayoade, Craig Robinson, Awkwafina and Alex Borstein. 

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore – 8th April

Rating: 12A 

The third instalment of the Harry Potter prequel/spin-off sees Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald perform his greatest magic to date, transforming from Johnny Depp into Mads Mikkelson. 

In order to thwart his evil plans, Dumbledore (Jude Law) teams up with Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and a bunch of witches and wizards. A must watch for Potter universe fans. 

Streaming platforms

Let’s face it, taking a family of four to the cinema practically needs a remortgage these days. So why not get some snacks in and have a family film night at home with these new streaming platform releases. 

Better Nate Than Never – Disney+ (1st April)

Rating: PG

Nate Foster wants to make it big on Broadway, but things aren’t looking good. With his parents out of town. Nate and his friend Libby head off to the Big Apple to make his dreams come true. Filled with some toe-tapping numbers, I dare you not to be charmed by this one. 

Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood – Netflix (1st April)

Rating: 12 

10-year old Stan is obsessed with space, especially the Apollo Moon Missions. He invents a fantasy world where he is selected by Nasa for a top-secret mission to the moon to test out their lunar module which they’ve somehow made only big enough for a child to fly. The mission is codenamed Apollo 10 ½. Using the rotoscoping animation technique, this is a tale of nostalgia and fantasy about one boy’s dream of reaching the stars. Voices by Milo Coy, Jack Black and Zachary Levi. 

Hopefully, there’s something here to float your cinematic boat and give your a break from endless episodes of PJ Mask and Blippi. Now grab that popcorn and relax. 

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