Monthly Archives: June 2012

Summer Family Movie Preview

As I write this, most of the north of England is under water and I’m sitting here down south debating whether it’s okay to put the heating on in the middle of June. I’m beginning to think we won’t have any hot weather in the UK at all this summer, so with that in mind I thought it would be an ideal time to tell you about the family movies coming to a cinema near you from now until the beginning of September – after all, a movie is a great way as any to keep the kids amused during the summer holidays when it’s too wet to go to the park!


All these movies will be reviewed at when they are released, of course.


The Amazing Spider-Man Tuesday 3rd July

I’ll be reviewing this Spider-Man reboot on the site on Monday, so hang on until then to find out whether Andrew Garfield is a better Peter Parker than Tobey Maguire was, if Rhys Ifans’ The Lizard will scare your little ones and whether Garfield and Emma Stone (as Gwen Stacy) are as cute together on film as they are in real life…




Ice Age: Continental Drift Friday 13th July

The fourth Ice Age movie has pals Manny, Diego and Sid embarking on another adventure after their continent begins to break apart. Stranded on an iceberg, the bickering trio meet pirates and unusual sea creatures in this animated tale voiced by Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Jennifer Lopez, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.




The Dark Knight Rises Friday 20th July

The final part of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has our hero trying to protect Gotham from scary terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy). Anne Hathaway joins the cast as Catwoman, alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt as cop John Blake. Expect this to be as dark as the previous two movies, so not suitable for the under-12s…




Dr Seuss’s The Lorax Friday 27th July

Dr Seuss’s tale of a creature protecting his world from a man determined to cut down all the trees is given the animated treatment, and it’s bound to be the kiddie hit of the summer. There are jokes, songs, and it looks gorgeous – one to definitely watch out for if you have kids under 10 in the house (though over-10s will love it too).




Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Friday 3rd August

The third movie to be based on the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid stories, this one is set during the summer holidays and once again stars Zachary Gordon as cheeky sprog Greg and Devon Bostick as his annoying brother Rodrick.




The Dinosaur Project Friday 10th August

We don’t know much about this movie yet, apart from the fact it has been described as a family action adventure thriller that’s Jurassic Park crossed with Cloverfield. An expedition into the heart of the Congo jungle by a film crew reveals that creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years are very much alive. We. Are. So. There.



Brave Friday 17th August

Disney/Pixar gives us a red-headed heroine for their latest animated adventure, and the action is set in a mythical Scotland where Princess Merida has to undo a curse using just her bravery and archery skills. Will be interesting to see if this will be too dark for little girls or will give them a feisty princess they’ll all adore (and want dolls of).




In The Dark Half Friday 24th August

A British drama for teens with a supernatural edge, this is the story of 15 year old Marie, who babysits 6 year old Shaun for his dad Filthy. But when Shaun dies in Marie’s care, she becomes aware of a frightening presence. Is it the spirit of Shaun or something much worse?



Disney Classics on Blu-Ray!

No new film releases in cinemas this week for kids/families/teens – just hold your breath till July 3rd for The Amazing Spider-Man – but there are two lovely Disney classics back out on DVD and Blu-Ray today: The Aristocats and Pinocchio. Reviews, of course, can be found at movies4kids, and here are a couple of clips to remind you how cute the movies are:



Beware Bagpuss!

Empire Magazine just posted a link to this fabulous clip on YouTube, that imagines what Jurassic Park would have been like with Bagpuss as the star (he was, sadly, rejected for being ‘too woolly’ for the role of the T-Rex).

Check it out:



Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II new trailer

We go weeks with no new exciting trailers and then two come along at once. Earlier today I posted the Monsters University one, and now here’s the trailer for the final part of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn Part 2. Here’s hoping the actual movie is better than BD Part 1 (certainly the second half of the book it’s adapted from is better than the beginning).




Monsters Inc gets a sequel

Fans of Disney Pixar’s Monsters Inc – that cute animated comedy with monsters voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal – will have to wait until next summer for the sequel, Monsters University. It’s actually a prequel – showing how the two mismatched monsters met and originally hated each other – and to get you excited, here’s the first teaser trailer:





Not Live… on the radio!

STOP THE PRESSES – due to technical difficulties, interview I mention below has been postponed until July! Watch this space…

You’ve read reviews on, you browse my blog and maybe even follow my tweets. But do you want to hear what I sound like? Now’s your chance, for at noon today I’m being interviewed by the lovely Viv Oyolu for her radio show and online interview hub, Dream Corner. So, listen to me make an ass of myself on 101.4FM London in a few minutes, or visit Viv’s website here to tune in. And imagine me (pic below) going all kinds of red in the face as I try not to swear on LIVE radio!

Jo x

The Muppets on DVD!

The Muppets is out on DVD and Blu-ray today and you can read the movies4kids review here.

And, to celebrate some sort of football tournament that England is playing in tonight, here’s a photo of Kermit cheering the team on: