Family

8.5

Great

Christopher Robin: Bring your Hankies and Balloons

I can’t claim to be any sort of Winnie the Pooh expert. As a kid, I had an unfathomable dislike for movies with clothes-wearing animals. And any brush with Winnie the Pooh always lead me to the question of wondering what a “Pooh” was in the first place. After watching Christopher Robin, I have the dis...

6.5

Good

Hotel Transylvania 3

It’s round 3 for the Hotel Transylvania franchise and boy has it returned with a fresh coat of paint. While I enjoyed both of the first movies, I never revisited them after seeing them at the cinema. So let’s have a recap shall we? The first film, Dracula’s motivation is to prevent his teenage daughte...

7.5

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Incredibles 2

  Di: Before we dive into this much-anticipated (by me, anyway) sequel, I think it’s impossible not to give a brief nod to something that’s become a bit of a Pixar tradition: the animated pre-show short film. Jaz: Ooh, yes! It’s called Bao, like the Chinese pork buns, and it’s probably one of my favour...

8

Great

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Going into this, my husband and I were musing about The Rock’s recent career in movies that we would never see. “The Rock in yet another remake,” said Husband. ” I guess they needed a stereotypical buff guy,” I replied. I have never been so glad to be wrong about Dwayne Johnson...

7

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Wonder

As I was leaving the cinema, a girl to my right turned to her friend, motioned towards her face and said “Am I good?” Her friend looked at the running mascara all over her face, laughed and said “You’re not good!” I smiled smugly to myself, for I had the foresight to not wear m...

6

Good

The Lego Ninjago Movie

I’m going to come right out and say it: I’m 23 years old and I LOVED The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie. The former, I watched 4 times by choice. So my hopes were high for The Lego Ninjago Movie. Lego Ninjago stars the voice talent of Jackie Chan (Master Wu), Dave Franco (Master Builder Ll...

8

Great

Final Portrait

There is one word all artists have used to describe their work. Whether they be musicians, film-makers, writers, painters, sculptors, or any form of creator in general, there is one word they all use. Ugh. Not even a word really. It’s more of a grunt, a non-committal exclamation expressing disgust and dista...

7

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A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose is one of those family movies that’s mission is to make you cry. Not usually the sort of flick I get amped for. I went along to see kiwi actor K.J. Apa be something other than Archie from Riverdale (yes I’m totally into Riverdale! Leave me alone!). However I didn’t ex...

8

Great

Beauty and the Beast

Being a Disney fanatic I was a little concerned when I found out that yet another classic was getting a live action face lift. Not just any classic! One of my all time favs – Beauty and the Beast. I was disappointed with many of the casting announcements and the first glimpse of the soundtrack made Em...

9

Flippin' great

The LEGO Batman Movie

I had pretty high expectations for The Lego Batman Movie as I walked into the cinema. To summarise this review in four words: I was not disappointed. As soon as I saw the first frame I knew this was going to be good. The whole film is basically a love letter to Batman and his fans while retaining that child...

6

Good

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Every Smurf has a name that relates to their unique and dominant personality trait except for Smurfette. “What is an ‘ette’?” she wonders aloud as she ponders her role in Smurf society. It’s a common movie trope for an all male cast to include one lone, female member and especially jarring in the Smurfs whe...

9

Flippin' great

Trolls

If you’re looking for a feel good, family movie that will make you want to get up and dance in the cinema, then I recommend going to see Trolls! The Trolls are living a bright and joyous existence, with hug breaks every 30 minutes, regular dance parties and general merriment. But everything changes when an ...

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