Must-See Family Movies in Theatres This Holiday Season

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When the weather gets cold we like to head to the movie theatre to take in a show with our family. There is no better way to while away a chilly afternoon than with a giant bucket of popcorn and a fun family-friendly film on the big screen. Here are a few new movie releases out now or coming soon to a theatre near you.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Release Date: November 2nd

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a live-action adaptation of the Christmas ballet about young Clara, who receives a magical gift from her godfather. She heads out on an adventure in the Four Realms in search of a key and meets a whole host of lively characters along the way. This film is full of spectacular scenes and gripping moments. It’s CGI-heavy, like the Alice and Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory reboots from Disney. This star-studded film (Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Kiera Knightly, oh my!) is best suited for kids 8+, according to Common Sense Media – our favourite resource for age appropriateness of everything from movies to TV shows to video games.

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Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Release Date: November 9th

A holiday classic! Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heart-warming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. The Grinch gives the classic Seuss source material a brightly animated update that’s solidly suitable for younger viewers. Like Seuss’ original, this is a story about kindness, compassion, love, and generosity being the true meaning of Christmas. Great for kids 5+.

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

Release date: November 21st

The sequel to the much-loved 2012 film Wreck it Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet features video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz. Together they navigate the vast and dynamic world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. We’ve heard great things about this sequel – funnier than the first, and more heartwarming too. The movie fully explores how the internet can be both wonderful and terrible and has strong themes of empathy, courage, perseverance, and self-control. Younger kids may find parts a little scary. It’s got some great messages for tweens and teens about the nature of online life and internet fame.

Elliot the Littlest Reindeer

Release date: November 30th

Elliot the Littlest Reindeer is an animated underdog story about a miniature horse who dreams of pulling Santa’s sleigh. When Blitzen announces his retirement, Elliot decides to try out for the open spot on Santa’s team, despite being much smaller than the other reindeer. With the help of his goat friend, Hazel, Elliot trains and enters the tryouts. But when his friends back home are in danger, Elliot is faced with a difficult choice: save his friends or follow his dreams. This film is sure to be a new heartwarming holiday classic!

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Mirai

Release date: November 30th

Mirai is an anime fantasy film about a young boy who learns to adjust to a new baby sister in a magical way. After his parents bring home new baby sister Mirai, 4-year-old Kun is overcome with jealousy and sadness. He sneaks away to the backyard, where a magical family tree turns his world upside down. He travels through time and meets his family members at different ages, including a teen version of Mirai. With her help, Kun is able to change his perspective on family and welcome the new baby into his life.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Release Date: December 14th

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated superhero adventure that adds a twist to the familiar Spidey story. Miles Morales is a prep school student from Brooklyn with web-slinging powers. But then he meets another Spider-Man named Peter Parker who claims to be from a different dimension. Miles slowly starts to trust Peter as the older man trains Miles how to reach his powers’ full potential. They team up with another “spider-person,” Gwen Stacy, to take on an inter-dimensional threat. You can likely expect some violence in this film, probably best suited for tweens and teens.

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Mary Poppins Returns

Release date: December 19th

Mary Poppins Returns is a follow-up to the classic 1964 musical about the world’s most magical nanny. It’s based on the many other Mary Poppins stories written by P.L. Travers and takes place several years after the original. By now, the Banks children have grown up and had kids of their own. But after a tragic loss, Mary Poppins returns into their lives. With her magic bag and the help of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover joy and wonder. It’s hard to follow in the footsteps of the wonderful original, but with a star-studded cast that also includes Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, and more, this looks like a kid-friendly movie the whole family can appreciate.

What film are you looking forward to the most? Mary Poppins is definitely top of our list!

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