Family films

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The Railway Children review – kids’ adventure has lost none of its limpid charm
Rereleased as a curtain-raiser for a sequel, Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins and co continue to exert their grip over the national imagination

Peter Bradshaw

29, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Minions: The Rise of Gru review – feeble origin story hopefully lays franchise to rest
This fifth instalment in the Despicable Me animation series spirals back to 1976 and a stolen mega-powerful amulet but the plot is perfunctory and it runs on the faintest of fumes

Peter Bradshaw

22, Jun, 2022 @6:00 PM

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The Sea Beast review – feisty stowaway hunts monsters in lavish fantasy epic
There are rollicking action scenes and family-friendly humour in this visually sumptuous work from the director of Big Hero 6

Leslie Felperin

22, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Lightyear review – Toy Story spinoff boldly going beyond with a treat from Pixar
This cracking origin story for Toy Story’s spaceman hero is fun and clever and reminds us why we loved Pixar in the first place

Peter Bradshaw

13, Jun, 2022 @9:00 PM

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Boonie Bears: Back to Earth review – Chinese animated blockbuster is messy but fun
Pixar beware: Huida Lin’s film is an entertaining hodgepodge of styles and ideas that could one day turn the animation tide east

Phil Hoad

23, May, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore review – Jude Law and Mads Mikkelsen crackle
Despite the chemistry between Law’s Dumbledore and Mikkelsen’s Grindelwald, this third prequel is a lumbering creature

Wendy Ide

10, Apr, 2022 @11:30 AM

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The Bad Guys review – Looney Tunes meets the Oceans in animated crime caper
Animal villains get a taste of being good in this sharp, snappy family film

Wendy Ide

03, Apr, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Rabbit Academy review – frantic Easter-timed animation gets eggy with it
Sickly songs and a poor script lead to an awkwardly unconvincing rabbit hole

Phil Hoad

01, Apr, 2022 @8:56 AM

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The Bad Guys review – Tarantino-style kids’ crime caper is amiable animated fun
Sam Rockwell and Awkwafina are among the voices of a ragtag bunch of animal thieves in a derivative yet enjoyable Ocean’s 11-lite

Cath Clarke

30, Mar, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The Adam Project review – big-hearted family time-travel adventure
Ryan Reynolds stars as a pilot who crash-lands in 2022 and meets his 12-year-old self in this engaging Netflix film

Wendy Ide

13, Mar, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Turning Red review – Pixar’s fizzing journey through female adolescence
A 13-year-old girl’s emotions take the form of a large red panda in this uplifting tale of menstruation, friendship and embracing change

Wendy Ide

13, Mar, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Can Fantastic Beasts 3’s return to Hogwarts save JK Rowling’s Wizarding World?
A new trailer reveals that Secrets of Dumbledore, the third Harry Potter prequel, is heading back to the wizarding school once again

Ben Child

04, Mar, 2022 @9:28 AM

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