If you’ve got youngsters, from tinies to teens, to entertain over the long, hot summer, look no further than these new releases to guarantee a few hours of blissful peace.
The big summer release, this follows on from the much loved Finding Nemo (remember him?). The adorable Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a cute-as-a-button, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save her mum and dad from captivity. Remember, kids, Dory makes a great movie, not a great pet!
A remake of the 1984 movie with women in the lead roles, this is one for the older kids. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Bergman (Melissa McCarthy) write a book suggesting ghosts are real. However, the tome comes back to haunt Gilbert (pun intended) when she later lands a prestigious teaching job only to be laughed out of academia when the book resurfaces. Gilbert reunites with Bergman and others on a mission to save the world when ghosts invade Manhattan.
The Secret Life of Pets
Ever wondered what your pets get up to when you leave for work or school each day? Well, now’s your chance to find out. Set in a Manhattan apartment building, the pets hang out and trade tales about their humans. All is well until new guy, Duke, a scruffy mongrel, joins the pack. Together with the top dog he finds himself on the streets where the two meet a seemingly delightful bunny, Snowball. But it turns out Snowball leads an army of abandoned pets who are determined to get back at humanity and every owner-loving pet. The dogs must thwart this plot and make it back in time for dinner. A story with a moral, fun twists and cute animals. What more could you want?
Roald Dahl’s stories are loved by young and old alike, so this really is a movie for all the family. It tells the story of young Londoner, Sophie, who is transported to Giant Country. The Big Friendly Giant of the title takes to the young girl and they strike up a firm friendship. But some of the other giants, who have been known to eat humans, are proving troublesome. Together Sophie and The BFG travel to England to try and convince a disbelieving Queen Victoria and her maid that there is trouble in store.
Star Trek Beyond
The latest in the hugely popular franchise sees the crew of the USS Enterprise exploring the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.