Monthly Archives: December 2014

Movies4Kids preview: The 20 Movies You’ll Want To See with the kids in 2015


2015 is upon us, and while you may want to reminisce about the best kids, teen and  family movies of the past year (if so, click here for the Movies4Kids best of), why not take a look at some of the most exciting movies that will be coming your way in 2015?

Here are just 20 movies that you and the kids will want to see in 2015, including that science fiction blockbuster set in a galaxy far, far away, and scroll down to the end for 10 movies for grown-ups coming to cinemas in 2015, too…

The Movies4Kids 20 Movies to see in 2015

Big Hero 6


Opens in the UK on 30 January

A Disney animated story about the bond between young boy Hiro and inflatable robot Baymax and the adventures they have when their city of San Fransokyo is under threat.


Trash Movie

Opens in the UK on 30 January

Andy Mulligan’s young adult novel about three Brazilian street kids who find a wallet that sets them against the local police force stars Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen alongside newcomers Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein.

Shaun The Sheep

Shaun The Sheep Movie First Look Still

Opens in the UK on 6 February

Everyone’s favourite cheeky sheep gets his first big movie courtesy of Aardman Animation, in which Shaun and his pals have to rescue the farmer when he ends up in the Big City without them.



Opens in the UK on 20 March

The sequel to young adult sci-fi hit Divergent returns to continue the story of Tris (Shailene Woodley), who is now on the run with Four (Theo James) and hunted by evil leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet).



Opens in the UK on 20 March

The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons voices Oh, an alien who teams up with human girl Tip (Rihanna) when his race, the Boov, threaten to overtake the earth in this animated adventure that also features the voices of Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez.

Spongebob Movie: The Sponge Out Of Water


Opens in the UK on 27 March

As you can see from the photo, in this spin-off from the cartoon TV series, Spongebob and his pals get to leave their animated world of Bikini Bottom behind for a part live action adventure.



Opens in the UK on 27 March

The trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s telling of the classic fairy tale seems to show us everything (at least we all know the plot already) but it’ll still be worth checking out for Lily James as Ella (aka Cinders), Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmum and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron


Opens in the UK on 24 April

A sequel to the huge hit Avengers Assemble and the latest movie to feature Marvel’s action heroes, this has Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and pals teaming up to stop twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimate baddie Ultron (James Spader).



Opens in the UK on 22 May

We’ve had a movie based on a Disney park ride (Pirates Of The Caribbean) and now here’s a film based on a whole Disney park land – Tomorrowland. The plot’s pretty secret but we do know inventor George Clooney and teen Britt Robertson travel in time and space in this family adventure.

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

Opens in the UK on 12 June

Oops! It seems that no one learnt anything from the disasters at Jurassic Park, and now the theme park John Hammond dreamed about is a reality. Trouble is, it contains a hybrid dinosaur that ends up running wild and chasing cast members including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and various other monster munchies on legs.



Opens in the UK on 26 June

Finally, the cute yellow guys from the Despicable Me movies get their own film. Set years before they met Gru, the movie follows the generations of minions as they set about serving the world’s most despicable masters – a journey that leads them to New York and villainess Scarley Overkill (Sandra Bullock).



Opens in the UK on 17 July

Another Marvel comic book movie, this one stars comic actor Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a petty thief who acquires a substance that allows him to shrink to the size of… you guessed it, an ant. Evangeline Lily and Michael Douglas costar.



Opens in the UK on 17 July

Hugh Jackman is almost unrecognisable as Blackbeard in this reworking of the Peter Pan story that stars Levi Miller as Peter, Garret Hedlung as James Hook and Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily.

Inside Out


Opens in the UK on 24 July

The first of two animated Pixar movies in 2015 (the second, The Good Dinosaur, opens in November), this is the story of young Riley and her emotions, who live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind. Amy Poehler (Joy), Lewis Black (Anger), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Bill Hader (Fear) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness) provide the voices.



Opens in the UK on 14 August

When aliens misinterpret video clips of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, the president calls upon his childhood friend, video game champion Sam (Adam Sandler) to help him save the world in this adventure. Peter Dinklage and Brian Cox also star.

B.O.O: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations


Opens in the UK on 16 October

A computer animated adventure from DreamWorks, BOO is a top secret government agency that employs ghosts to protect humans from evil hauntings. Seth Rogen, Bill Murray, and Melissa McCarthy are among those providing the voices.

The Jungle Book


Opens in the UK on 16 October

Jon Favreau directs this Disney adaptation of the classic book, with Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa and, best of all, Christopher Walken as King Louie.



Opens in the UK on 23 October

We know it is a grown-up film, but most boys of over the age of eight love James Bond and will be excited to learn he (Daniel Craig) is on the trail of that sinister organisation SPECTRE in this new adventure. Christoph Waltz is rumoured to be playing a baddie while Ralph Fiennes returns as the new M.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2


Opens in the UK on 20 November

The final Hunger Games movie will be more action packed than Mockingjay Part 1, as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and District 13 start a revolution to topple the corrupt Capitol. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson costar.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens


Opens in the UK on 18 December

We know Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Leia all appear in this movie, set sometime after the events of Return Of The Jedi. We know that the cast also includes Game Of Thrones Gwendoline Christie, Inside Llewelyn Davis’s Oscar Isaac, Girls’ Adam Driver and Attack The Block’s John Boyega. We’re thrilled the madly talented JJ Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Star Trek) is directing. We are excited. And we are just praying it doesn’t crushingly disappoint like Phantom Menace did.

18cert100by100And 10 movies grown-ups will want to watch out for…

Selma                        British actor David Oyelowo is stunning as Martin Luther King in this drama about the 1965 Civil Rights protest in Selma, Alabama. Opens February 6.


Fifty Shades Of Grey            EL James’ S&M bonkbuster gets the movie treatment with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and Ana. Opens February 13.

Shameless plug: my biography of Jamie Dornan is available from January 29 and you can purchase it on Amazon here.

Focus                        Will Smith stars as a con man who teaches beautiful Margot Robbie the tricks of his trade in this comedy thriller. Opens February 27.

Mad Max: Fury Road                        Tom Hardy takes over the role of Max in this post-apocalyptic action drama that also stars Charlize Theron. Opens May 15.

Pitch Perfect 2            Fans of the a capella singers get a second helping as the girls – Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson et al – take to the stage again in this sequel. Opens May 15

San Andreas                         As in San Andreas Fault, the crack in the earth in California that opens up to dramatic effect in this action blockbuster starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and a host of earthquakey special effects. Opens May 29.

Terminator: Genisys                        Arnie’s back for this reboot of the Terminator movies, with Game Of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor. Opens July 3.

Magic Mike XXL            Channing Tatum returns as the kindly stripper in this sequel to huge hit Magic Mike. Joe Manganiello also returns (Matthew McConaughey doesn’t, alas), and is joined by Andie MacDowell, Elizabeth Banks and Amber Heard. Opens July 31.

The Walk            Philippe Petit’s jaw-dropping walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 1974 is fictionalised with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the leading role. Opens October 2.

The Martian            Ridley Scott directs this adaptation of the bestselling book about an astronaut stranded on Mars when his crew leaves, believing he is dead. Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor star. Opens November 27.

Have a Merry Movie Christmas!


Adorable Night At The Museum stars’ prom invitation

NATM3Skyler Gisondo, who plays Ben Stiller’s teenage son in the latest Night At The Museum movie, Secret Of The Tomb, enlisted his two very famous costars, Stiller and the late Robin Williams, to help him ask a classmate to be his date to the prom. And here is what they came up with:



Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is in cinemas now and reviewed at Movies4Kids here.

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out – new trailer!

image005One of the most eagerly anticipated animated movies of next year has to be the latest movie from Disney Pixar – Inside Out. The movie doesn’t open until July 2015, but we have the trailer right now!

The adventure is set inside the mind of young Riley, who is uprooted from her life when her dad starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley is guided by her emotion – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) – who all live in Headqurters, the control centre in Riley’s mind.


Take a look:





Movies4Kids Top 10 Movies Of 2014!



So what was your favourite kids movie, family blockbuster or teen flick of 2014? Here at Movies4Kids we’ve seen them all, and here, in reverse order of course, are the best, funniest, saddest, most exciting movies that graced cinema screens during the year. Have we included your favourite film? Let us know by commenting below!


#10: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Movies-xmen-days-of-future-past-postersThe sixth X-Men movie, this is the one that zaps between 1973 and 2023 so we get the cast of our dreams: James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto, as well as Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Halle Berry and Peter Dinklage. Read our review here.



#9: Maleficent

maleficentAngelina Jolie is the witch who cursed Sleeping Beauty but in this luscious reworking of the classic fairy tale we get to find out why. Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning costar. You can read our review here.




#8: The Book Of Life

THE BOOK OF LIFEGorgeous animation produced by Guillermo Del Toro, with Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Channing Tatum providing the voices in a story of love, life and the afterlife. Click here for our review.



#7: The Fault In Our Stars

gus-hazel-fault-in-our-stars-movieThere were other hit teen movies this year, but this one is certainly the weepiest as 16-year-old Hazel battles terminal cancer while finding love with fellow patient Augustus. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are superb as the lovestruck teens, while terrific support comes from Laura Dern, Sam Trammell and Willem Dafoe. Click here for the review.



#6: How To Train Your Dragon 2

how-to-train-your-dragon-2-watch-now-139844-a-1373624768-470-75A sequel just as good as the original, this animated adventure rejoins Hiccup, his friends and their dragons as they face a new foe on their homeland of Berk. Beautifully animated and very funny, you can read our review here.



#5: Earth To Echo

0144 Earth To Echo_UK Quad_AW_Final_30Fans of eighties movies such as ET and The Goonies will love this sci-fi adventure about three best friends who find something very special out in the desert near their home. Click here for our review.



#4: TS Spivet

TS-SpivetA lovely story from Delicatessen director Jean Pierre Jeunet, based on the quirky book The Selected Works Of TS Spivet. Kyle Catlett stars as the 10-year-old prodigy who sets off on an adventure all alone, while support comes from Helena Bonham Carter and Judy Davis. Our review is here.





#3: The Lego Movie

lego_aA funny, clever animated adventure featuring ordinary Lego guy Emmett (Chris Pratt) as he becomes a chosen one destined to save all the other Lego characters. Utterly adorable, and you won’t be able to get the theme song out of your head. Click here for our review.



#2: Guardians Of The Galaxy

NCP0020_B_comp_v055.1189One of the best ever Marvel comic adaptations, and the first one to be set in space as a rag-tag group led by Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) try to stop an orb that could destroy galaxies from falling into the wrong hands. Brilliant soundtrack, great performances, wit and action all add up to one of the best movies of the year. Catch our review here.






#1: Paddington

031_LF_0650_v177.1097Everyone’s favourite marmalade-loving bear from Peru finally got his own feature film this year, and what a lovely, funny, heart-warming adventure it is. With support from Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters, it’s as adorable as the bear himself, and a classic movie for every age. Our review is here.




Big Hero 6 – Meet Baymax

image004It’s already been a hit in the States, and on January 30th 2015 UK cinemagoers can meet Baymax, the cuddly character from Disney’s animated adventure Big Hero 6. Check out a clip below, and watch this space for a preview of all the other family friendly movies coming out in the UK next year…






New Frozen short in cinemas next year!



When Disney’s live action Cinderella opens in cinemas next year, on March 27, Frozen fans will get an extra special treat before the movie starts – a short animated story featuring the  much loved characters from Frozen. Titled Frozen Fever, the short is set on Anna’s birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are planning a grand celebration – but Elsa’s icy powers may cause drama before the birthday party has even started.


We’ll feature more details on the Frozen short – and Cinderella – nearer the release date, but in the meantime, here are some Cinderella posters to get you ready for the movie next March (and doesn’t Helena Bonham Carter, as the fairy godmother, look gorgeous).


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