Secrets Of The Movies – August family event in London

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If you are in London over the summer, pop along to the Strand Gallery where the Film Distributors Association will be holding a free family exhibition from 10th to 24th August. Secrets Of The Movies is an exhibition of more than 75 film posters and behind the scenes images, and also boasts a model cinema built for the exhibition out of 25,000 LEGO bricks.

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There will be daily activities including live stunt performances, a video booth, games and quizzes, as well as presentations on film animation and designing film posters, and the gallery of artwork that includes both classic and new movie images, including artwork from upcoming British films like Paddington 2, Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On the Orient Express, Goodbye Christopher Robin and Andy Serkis’ Breathe.

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The exhibition is at the Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6BP from Thursday 10 August until Thursday 24 August. Opening hours are 11am-6pm. More information can be found at the FDA website.

 

 

 

 

 

New trailers for The LEGO Ninjago Movie and The Jungle Bunch!

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Lots of new trailers for family movies and action blockbusters are being released this week – watch this space for more later today! – and here are two animated adventure previews for movies coming your way this autumn.

 

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First, there is French animated movie The Jungle Bunch, which is in UK cinemas from September 15th, and follows a gang of animals on a mission to protect their jungle home.

 

And then we have the trailer for one of the most anticipated kids movies of the autumn – The LEGO Ninjago Movie, first revealed at Comic-Con last week. Featuring the voices of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco and Justin Theroux, it’s the story of how young Lloyd (aka the Green Ninja) and his secret warrior friends must defeat evil Garmadon (aka The Worst Guy Ever and, erm, Lloyd’s dad). The movie opens in UK cinemas on October 13th and September 22nd in the US. Here’s the trailer, and don’t forget to check back to http://www.movies4kids.co.uk for more news, trailers and reviews…

 

 

 

Captain Underpants breaks a world record!

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie opened in UK cinemas on Monday (and is also on general release worldwide), and as well as being one of the funniest kids films of the year, it has also just broken a Guinness World Record!

 

To celebrate the movie’s release, DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox broke the Guinness World Record title for Largest Underpants yesterday. Displayed in London’s Coram Fields, the pants measured 23.44m across by 13.81m from waistband to crotch, which beats a previous world record set in 2010. Check out the pants below! And read the Movies4Kids review at http://www.movies4kids.co.uk…

 

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New Thor: Ragnarok trailer and poster!

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Thor: Ragnarok is in cinemas from October 27th this year, but in the meantime a new trailer and poster were unveiled at the weekend at Comic Con in San Diego.

 

Check out the trailer and poster below for the latest Thor movie starring Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and new cast members Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum, plus some images of the cast chatting about the movie at the convention:

 

 

 

 

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Monster Island clips

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Monster Island is currently in UK cinemas, and we have two clips to share with you from the movie. It’s the story of a boy who discovers he’s actually a monster, and you can read the review at http://www.movies4kids.co.uk.

 

 

 

The Best War Movies For Kids – including Dunkirk

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As Christopher Nolan’s superb Dunkirk is released in cinemas – a movie we recommend for older (12+) children, it’s reviewed here – Movies4Kids lists some of the best war movies set during World War I and World War II to watch with kids.

Do read our recommendations and full reviews at www.movies4kids.co.uk, as some films are only suitable for older children and may contain scenes and situations that will upset sensitive viewers. Click on the movie’s title to go to the Movies4Kids review.

 

For all ages

Don’t expect historical accuracy in these cute children’s movies, but as an introduction to the wars – and some terrific entertainment – they can’t be beaten and are all suitable for younger viewers.

Bedknobs And Broomsticks (U)

Based on the books by Mary Norton, this adorable mix of live action, animation and songs is set during the Blitz, when the Rawlins children (Charlie, Carrie and Paul) are evacuated to Dorset. They end up living with apprentice witch Eglantine Price (Angela Lansbury), who hopes to use her magical powers to bring the war to an end.

 

 

 

Five Children And It (U)

In 1914, Robert, Cyril, Jane, Anthea and baby The Lamb say goodbye to their father who is heading off to the war. Sent to live with their uncle by the sea, the children find a creature called It (voiced by Eddie Izzard), a pesky sand fairy who creates havoc in their lives.

 

 

 

Nanny Mc Phee And The Big Bang (U)

The second Nanny McPhee movie is set in a village during the Second World War, where Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is trying to raise her three children and their two cousins while her husband is away at war. Help comes in the form of Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), while the supporting cast includes Rhys Ifans, Ralph Fiennes, and Ewan McGregor.

 

 

Valiant (U)

A cute animated kids movie about a group of war pigeons carrying vital messages across the Channel during World War Two and the gutsy little pigeon named Valiant who wants to join them. Cute stuff, with voices by Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais and John Cleese.

 

 

 

For the over-8s

Do note that these movies have more realistic depictions of the two World Wars, so may be upsetting for sensitive viewers.

War Horse (12A)

Michael Morpurgo’s novel has been adapted into a stunning stage play (still on in London, you can click for tickets here) and this Steven Spielberg wee pie. In 1912, young Albert (Jeremy Irvine) befriends horse Joey, and the movie follows both their adventures during the war as Joey is sent to France as a cavalry horse.

 

 

The Book Thief (12A)

The Second World War as seen through the eyes of young Liesel, who is sent to live with foster parents in Germany after her mother flees the country. Based on the Marcus Zusak book of the same name, the film stars Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

 

 

The Diary Of Anne Frank (U)

Young diarist Anne Frank was hidden during the German occupation of Amsterdam during World War II and her Diary Of A Young Girl was adapted in 1959 into a film starring Millie Perkins. It’s a heartbreaking tale, beautifully performed by the cast, which also included Shelley Winters (who won an Oscar for her role) as Petra Van Daan, who shared a hiding place with Anne’s family.

 

 

A Little Princess (U)

A lovely adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1905 novel, with the story now moved to the First World War as young Sara is sent from her childhood home in India to a boarding school in New York when her father goes to fight in the war. Eleanor Bron stars as the mean Miss Minchin, while Liesel Matthews is young Sara.

 

 

The Railway Children (U)

The classic story of three children sent from their London home to a cottage in Yorkshire with their mother after their father ‘goes away’, this is set before the First World War but touches on the events that were to follow as the children befriend a Russian dissident who is travelling on one of the trains. It’s a true weepie.

 

 

 

 

 

For teenagers

These movies are the grittiest of all, and are really aimed at older children and adults. If you are unsure whether they are suitable for your children, read the ratings descriptions at the British Board Of Film Classification website here.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (12)

After his father receives a promotion, young Bruno (Asa Butterfield) and his family go to live on what Bruno thinks is a farm, where he is forbidden from playing in the back garden. When he does explore, he discovers barbed wire fence surrounding a camp and befriends a boy named Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) who asks for food and is wearing a striped uniform that Bruno thinks is pyjamas. A moving look at the Holocaust, this will upset younger viewers.

 

 

Empire Of The Sun (PG)

JG Ballard’s award-winning novel was adapted for the screen by Steven Spielberg in 1987. Christian Bale, in one of his earliest roles, stars as Jamie, a British schoolboy in Shanghai at the beginning of the Second World War. Separated from his family, he tries to survive when the Japanese occupy the city, and becomes a prisoner of war when they capture him. A superb drama with a cast that also includes John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Nigel Havers.

 

 

Private Peaceful (12A)

Another Michael Morpurgo adaptation, set during World War I. George Mackay stars as Tommo, who lies about his age to enlist while his brother Charlie follows to protect him. A story about the futility of war.

 

 

Hope And Glory (15)

John Boorman’s enjoyable 1987 comedy drama is based on his own experiences growing up in London during World War Two. The movie tells the story of the Rowan family – 10-year-old Bill (Sebastian Rice Edwards), his parents, and sisters Sue and Dawn. There are some adult themes here (sister Dawn becomes pregnant by a Canadian soldier) and strong language so this is one for older viewers.

 

For older teenagers, there are many movies to recommend that, due to realistic depictions of war, aren’t suitable for younger viewers. If they’ve seen all the movies mentioned above and want to learn more, here’s the Movies4Kids’ pick of just a few of the great war movies. Those marked with a * are 15 certificate films.

WORLD WAR I

Gallipoli, A Farewell To Arms (1932), Lawrence Of Arabia, A Very Long Engagement*, All Quiet On The Western Front (1930), Grand Illusion, Paths Of Glory, Oh What A Lovely War, Regeneration*, The Blue Max, Wings (1927), The African Queen, Sergeant York, Testament Of Youth

WORLD WAR II

Schindler’s List*, Saving Private Ryan*, The Longest Day, The Great Escape, The Thin Red Line*, Flags Of Our Fathers*, Stalingrad (1994)*, The Pianist*, Memphis Belle, Enigma (2001)*, The Dam Busters, Hell In The Pacific, Sands Of Iwo Jima, The Dirty Dozen, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence*, The Bridge On The River Kwai, A Bridge Too Far*, The Imitation Game

 

 

Exclusive Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie activity sheet

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Fans of David Pilkey’s Captain Underpants books will be thrilled to hear that the first movie based on his comic characters is due in cinemas on July 24th in the UK (it’s already on general release in the US). It’s the story of best friends George and Harold, and how they turn their mean school principal Mr Krupp into superhero Captain Underpants, and it’s a blast especially for younger kids.

 

Movies4Kids has an exclusive activity sheet for fans (click on the image for a printable one) and you can check out the trailer below, too. And don’t forget to check back next week for our Captain Underpants movie review!

 

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