Welcome to the Movies4Kids preview of the kids, family, teen and blockbuster movies coming your way this year. There’s something for everyone, from comic book bonanzas (Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse, Deadpool, Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad to name just a few) to intriguing remakes and reboots (The Jungle Book, Tarzan, Ghostbusters), movies based on games (Angry Birds, Warcraft) and animated treats (Zootropolis, The Secret Life Of Pets, Finding Dory). So get that popcorn ready, and read on…
The 5th Wave
Rick Yancey’s young adult sci-fi novel is adapted for the big screen with Chloe Grace Moretz as the teen trying to survive in a world devastated by alien invasions.
Capture The Flag
Animated adventure about a boy who stows away on a space shuttle commanded by an eccentric billionaire who wants to steal the moon’s mineral resourses and steal the American flag flying there.
One And Two
Mad Men’s talented Kiernan Shipka is one of two siblings who discover they can teleport from their rural farmland home to anywhere they can see.
Live action comedy horror based on the RL Stine books, with Jack Black as the author who captures monsters within the pages of his stories.
Marvel comic character Deadpool gets his own movie (after first appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), with Ryan Reynolds as the sarcastic superhero on a mission to track down the man who ruined his life.
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Those pop-singing rodents are back and off on a road trip to Miami to stop their human friend Dave (Jason Lee) from proposing to his girlfriend.
Also released: coming of age drama King Jack, musical fantasy Jem And The Holograms, and animal comedy drama Oddball And The Penguins…
The third Divergent movie has Tris (Shailene Woodley), Four (Theo James) and pals escaping the wall that surrounds Chicago. (The final instalment, Ascendant, will open in the summer of 2017).
Kung Fu Panda 3
Po the panda (voiced by Jack Black) is back in this animated comedy, and this time he finds his biological father and a secret panda sanctuary just as an evil spirit called Kai terrorises China.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Ben Affleck’s Batman faces off against Henry Cavill’s Superman in this dark superhero adventure from 300 director Zack Snyder.
Known as Zootopia in the US, this Disney animated comedy imagines a mammal-run metropolis where police rabbit Judy Hopps tries to solve the case of a missing otter with the help of con artist fox Nick Wilde.
Also released: a new movie for toddler fans of Clifford The Big Red Dog, 1980s-set Dublin musical drama Sing Street, and an animated comedy about a polar bear loose in New York called Norm Of The North…
The Jungle Book
A CGI/live action remake of the classic animated Disney movie (rather than the Rudyard Kipling book) with Neel Sethi starring as Mowgli and Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson providing the voices of the jungle animals.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Huntsman Chris Hemsworth has ditched Kristen Stewart’s Snow White for this fantasy sequel, and gets to take on evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt) with the help of warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain).
Captain America: Civil War
The third Captain America movie has our hero (Chris Evans) falling out with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) as to how the Avengers should be run just as they face another major world threat. Expect appearances from the other members of the team, including Paul Rudd’s new addition, Ant-Man.
The Angry Birds Movie
That annoyingly addictive game is translated into a comic animated adventure, with three grumpy avian pals (Red, Chuck and Bomb) discovering that their home is being invaded by green pigs, led by the nasty Leonard.
Our young heroes have to battle the reawakened first mutant, Apocalype (Star Wars Force Awakens’ Oscar Isaac) in this sequel to Days Of Future Past. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence all return.
Alice Through The Looking Glass
A sequel to 2010’s Alice In Wonderland, with Mia Wasikowska returning to the magical world of the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and White Queen. Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway costar.
Also released: An animated prequel to Top Cat showing how he met his feline gang, called Top Cat Begins, a cartoon comedy about Robinson Crusoe, seen from the animals’ point of view, and Kevin Spacey as the stuffy businessman who finds himself trapped inside the body of the family cat in Nine Lives…
Independence Day: Resurgence
Twenty years on from Independence Day and the earth is under attack once more in this sci-fi adventure. Liam Hemsworth joins alien-fighting veterans Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman.
The Secret Life Of Pets
You’ll find out what your beloved pets really get up to in this animated comedy set in a New York apartment building, as adandoned white bunny Snowball plots to take revenge on all the contented cats and dogs in the building.
Also released: Megan Fox and her turtle pals return in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, and get ready for an epic fantasy adventure based on the game Warcraft…
30 years on and the classic sci-fi comedy gets a reboot from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the new team who aren’t afraid of no ghosts. And they have Chris Hemsworth as their receptionist!
Ice Age: Collison Course
Another animated adventure for Manny and his pals as the bumblings of Scrat in space cause problems back on Earth. Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Simon Pegg and Jennifer Lopez provide the voices.
Roald Dahl’s story of a young girl who befriends the Big Friendly Giant has already been made into a 1989 animated movie but now gets a live action version directed by Steven Spielberg. Mark Rylance starring as the titular big guy.
The long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo has forgetful fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) off on her own adventure to find her family. Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks, Willem Dafoe and Idris Elba provide the voices.
Also released: The crew of the Enterprise are off on another adventure in Star Trek Beyond, and having seen this photo of a very muscly Alexander Skarsgard, we’re not sure how suitable The Legend Of Tarzan is going to be for younger kids!
DC Comics’ group of anti-heroes come to the big screen in this dark adventure with Will Smith as assassin Deadshot, Jared Leto as Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Viola Davis as the government agent in charge of them.
The 1977 live action/animated Disney musical gets a remake with Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Karl Urban amongst the cast.
SEPTEMBER to DECEMBER
Channing Tatum stars as Gambit, one of the superheroes from the X-Men universe…
The fashion dolls of Monster High get their own live action movie…
Animated comedy Storks tells the story of how a package delivery stork has to deliver a real baby…
A boy seeks the help of a tree monster voiced by Liam Neeson in the fantasy drama A Monster Calls…
Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick are among those providing voices for the animated adventure Trolls…
JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and is set 70 years before the adventures of Harry Potter…
Moana is Disney Animation’s South Pacific-set story of a young girl who teams up with her hero, the demi-god Maui…
Benedict Cumberbatch IS Doctor Strange in this Marvel comic adventure…
Set before the events of A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story focuses on the Rebel mission to steal the plans of the new Death Star…
A koala named Buster (Matthew McConaughey) hosts a singing competition to save a theatre in the animated comedy Sing…