School Holiday Kids’ Movie Guide

From Star Wars to Will Smith as a Pigeon and an Aussie Go Kart film, we rate the family fare, date by date.

Summer school holidays is a huge time for cinemas, with kids’ movies playing a leading role. With close to two months where ‘family’ movie releases dominate the box office, there’s plenty of time to spread them out to avoid the usual crush. That’s handy for exhibitors; if one movie fails to click with the holiday crowd, there’s always another one along the next week that might lure them in. But for parents, which are the films that will keep the kids happy and which are the ones that’ll have them running for the exit? Here’s the line-up, with age-related suitability warnings.

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Anthony Morris
About the Author
Anthony Morris is a freelance film and television writer. He’s been a regular contributor to The Big Issue, Empire Magazine, Junkee, Broadsheet, The Wheeler Centre and Forte Magazine, where he’s currently the film editor. Other publications he’s contributed to include Vice, The Vine, Kill Your Darlings (where he was their online film columnist), The Lifted Brow, Urban Walkabout and Spook Magazine. He’s the co-author of hit romantic comedy novel The Hot Guy, and he’s also written some short stories he’d rather you didn’t mention. You can follow him on Twitter @morrbeat and read some of his reviews on the blog It’s Better in the Dark.