Is there anything better (or easier) to do on a cold winter’s day than escape to the cinema? Mouths full of popcorn mean that no one will be nagging you for at least a little while and you can kill an easy two hours with the kids on what might otherwise feel like a long day stuck inside.
During this school holidays, there are plenty of films to choose from for little kids and teens. And if you still have some unused Discover NSW vouchers, you can scan one to save $25 off your total spend before the vouchers expire on July 31st.
Here are the details to help you decide what to watch at the movies this Winter holidays.
In cinemas this winter holidays…
In this spin-off of Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron a young girl’s life is changed forever when she moves from her home in the city to a small frontier town and befriends a wild mustang named Spirit. The animated kids flick features the voices of Isabela Merced, Jake Gyllenhaal and Julianne Moore.
Based on the French comic book series Petit Vampire, Little Vampire is a kid’s film about the friendship forms between a never-aging 10-year-old vampire and an orphan schoolboy, but a moon-headed monster throws obstacles in their paths.
Cranston Academy: Monster Zone
Ruby Rose and Jamie Bell lend their voices to Liz and Danny in this animated horror-comedy about an intelligent 15-year-old high school student is unexpectedly transferred to a boarding school where he opens a portal of monsters from another dimension.
One of Germany’s most popular children’s books has given risen to Moon Bound, a film about Peter, a young boy who embarks on an enchanting journey together to the moon to rescue his little sister, with the help of some friends, from the evil Moon Man.
Starring two of our favourite Emma’s- Emma Stone and Emma Thompson- Cruella tells the origin story of puppy-snatching Cruella de Vil. Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, the film follows a young grifter named Estella (Stone), a girl with a dream to make a name for herself through fashion design. When Estella catches the attention of fashion legend and Baroness von Hellman (Thompson), their relationship sparks a course of events and revelations that will ignite Estella’s wicked side and birth revenge-bent Cruella.
Australia’s darling Toni Collette and Homeland’s Damian Lewis co-star in Dream Horse, the true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by a small-town bartender, Jan Vokes. With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbours to chip in their meagre earnings to help raise Dream and compete alongside racing elites.
In the Heights
In the Heights is the cinematic version of the Broadway hit musical from the Creators of Hamilton. Directed by Jon M Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), this modern musical drama about the community of Washington Heights, centres on the New York bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos) and how he and his friends will achieve their dreams. This one is infectious and fun and not to be missed if you’re a musical fan.
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish!
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish! is a Japanese anime feature about Tsuneo, a university student and Josee, a young girl who has rarely left the house by herself due to physical disability. The two meet when Tsuneo finds Josee’s grandmother taking her out for a morning walk. Tsuneo unexpectedly becomes Josee’s caretaker, but as the two get to know each other, their professional relationship grows into something more.
Fans of Marvel Cinematic Universe can catch the much-awaited release of the spy-thriller Black Widow just prior to the end of the school holidays! Slated for release on July 8th, Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson in the titular role on her quest that occurs between the films Civil War and Infinity War.
Check your local cinema for times, and whatever you pick, we hope you enjoy your movie!
Movies not your thing? Browse our Winter School Holidays Activity Guide and school holiday activity listings, “A day out in…” series for more inspiration. Or check out our calendar of events to find out what’s on near you.