6 family films to kick off the school holidays

2017-09-29 14:00

Cape Town - Showmax, Netflix and Amazon Prime are serving up family-friendly fare for kids of all ages and the young at heart this weekend. Now’s the time to shotgun the best seat in the house and settle in for a kickass movie marathon.

1. LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu movies (Showmax)

The Lego Ninjago movie opens in South African cinemas today, and we’re going LEGO crazy! Get an extra dose of Lego Ninjago action on Showmax, with Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu - Way of the Ninja and Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu - King of Shadows having launched earlier this week. Plus, there’s six seasons of the Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu TV series AND a series of 20 Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu short snippets for you to binge on!

Find out what it's like to have ninja abilities, courtesy of the Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja movie:

2. Bandslam (Showmax)

Vanessa Hudgens plays Sa5m (“the 5 is silent”), a rebellious guitarist who’s enlisted by Charlotte, the most popular girl at school to help her start a band. Charlotte wants to get revenge against her ex by beating his band at the national Bandslam contest, but she needs someone with talent. Someone with fire. Someone just like Sa5m.

3. Jersey Girl (Showmax)

Ollie (Ben Affleck) is a music promoter at the top of his game, but then he loses everything, including his beautiful wife. Who knew it would be the little girl he never wanted who'd really change his life? Also starring Jennifer Lopez as his baby-momma and Liv Tyler as Maya, a video store clerk who turns Ollie’s world upside down.

4. Happily N’Ever After movies (Showmax)

These fairytales don’t go by the book. In Happily N’Ever After and Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White, the scales that balance good and evil get tipped by a pair of troublemakers who don’t care for happy endings. The first film is about Cinderella trying to save the kingdom when her wicked stepmother (voiced by Sigourney Weaver) joins forces with other evildoers, and in Happily N’Ever After 2: Snow White, our heroine’s father is in love … with an evil witch. Can Snow White and her friends stop the wedding? 

5. Inside Out (Netflix)

This is the charming story of a little girl called Riley and the voices in her head. Or, to be more specific, her emotions. Until her family moved to San Francisco, Riley felt mostly Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), but now that she’s been uprooted and has to start a new life away from everything she knows, Sadness, Anger, Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Fear (Bill Hader) get more airtime than they’ve ever had before. Anyone who’s ever had to move to a new city - actually, anyone who’s ever been a kid - will love this sweet animation.

6. Hugo (Amazon Prime)

With Hollywood heavy-hitters Jude Law, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley, this beautiful family adventure movie, directed by Martin Scorsese, is about an orphan called Hugo and his quest through 1930s Paris for clues to help him solve a mystery left by his late father. It involves a broken robot, the heart-shaped key that can bring it to life, a former magician turned toy store owner, and hidden messages contained in a book about the history of cinema.

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