What’s on at the Movies during the School Holidays

A trip to the movies during the school holidays is a great outing for families and with many cinemas now offering cheaper tickets it can be an outing you can afford to do once (or even twice) during the holidays.

The great news is there are so many awesome movies for kids out these school holidays that appeal to the big kids just as much as the little ones!  

We have made a complete guide of movie release dates over the school holidays, so you and your Brisbane Kids know what is coming up so you don’t miss a thing and you can check them out for yourself below.

Spring 2019 Movie Releases

Angry Birds 2

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Release Date: 12 September 2019

Red, Chuck, Bomb and the rest of their feathered friends are surprised when a green pig suggests that they put aside their differences and unite to fight a common threat. Aggressive birds from an island covered in ice are planning to use an elaborate weapon to destroy the fowl and swine way of life. After picking their best and brightest, the birds and pigs come up with a scheme to infiltrate the island, deactivate the device and return to their respective paradises intact.

The Review: We were very fortunate to attend the premiere of The Angry Birds Movie 2 at Garden City over the weekend – we are BIG Angry Birds fans, so everyone was thrilled to get a sneak peek! This is another franchise where the sequel is better than the original (must be the year for it!). It had more action and more laughs (despite the original being pretty funny itself!). The hatchlings and Silver provided lots of laughs – in fact, there was laughter through almost the entire movie. The new characters complimented the old perfectly, although my 12 yo daughter was the only one to appreciate the cameos by Nicki Minaj, JoJo Siwa and Colleen Ballinger (I had to google that last one!). The Pigs and the Birds prove to be a great team against the mutual threat of Eagles and the superweapon threatening their homes. The story was quite predictable, but still entertaining and children of all ages enjoyed themselves—from toddlers to teenagers and their parents—making it a great movie to book in for the upcoming holidays! WARNING: There is some mild coarse language from the hatchlings that parents might have to be wary of, but it’s quite mild.

You can check out the official trailer for  Angry Birds 2 below:


Abominable, movie yeti

Release Date: 19 September 2019

Dreamworks’ Abominable follows the epic adventures of teenage friends Yi, Jin, and Peng, and their new ‘friend’ Everest, a magical yeti who’s a long way from home. Embarking on a quest to reunite him with his family, they are each forced to face their fears. 

The Review: We were so lucky to be invited along yesterday to Event Cinemas Garden City to see the premiere screening of Abominable! With Everest choc tops and melted snow drinks we watched the most beautiful we have ever seen! DreamWorks and Universal have a hit on their hands which has the perfect mix of breathtaking animation, laughs, tears, adventure and a message about the importance of family and home. We gave it a 9/10 as it is the perfect family movie for the spring school holidays! Make sure you check it out when it hits cinemas and we dare you not to fall in love with Everest! 

You can check out the official trailer for Abominable below:

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

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Release Date: 19 September 2019

Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever — High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

You can check out the official trailer for Dora and the Lost City of Gold below:

Ugly Dolls

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Release Date: 19 September 2019

In the adorably different town of Uglyville, weirdness is celebrated, strangeness is special and beauty is embraced as more than meets the eye. After traveling to the other side of a mountain, Moxy and her UglyDoll friends discover Perfection — a town where more conventional dolls receive training before entering the real world to find the love of a child. Soon, the UglyDolls learn what it means to be different — ultimately realizing that they don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.

You can check out the official trailer for Ugly Dolls below:

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Release Date: 17 October 2019

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a fantasy adventure that picks up several years after “Maleficent,” in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney’s most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within.

You can check out the official trailer for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil below:

Winter 2019 Movie Releases

The theme for Winter seems to be sequels and remakes which is great new for fans of Toy Story, Secret Life of Pets and the Lion King. Of course, there is a new Marvel movie release too.

Toy Story 4

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Release Date: 20 June 2019

Enjoy the final installment of Toy Story where Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.

The Review: After 9 years holding our collective breath, the next Toy Story installment, Toy Story 4, comes out in cinemas this Thursday! We had a sneak peek at a preview screening last night and let’s just say it was well worth the wait! Having grown up watching the first three Toy Story movies repeatedly, our Brisbane Kids were joyful at re-discovering some well-known friends, but also told us how much they loved the new characters in the fourth installment. We have to say that we developed a soft spot for the slightly insecure stuntman Duke Caboom (voiced by Keanu Reeves), and laughed out loud many times at the antics of sideshow prize toys Ducky and Bunny.

We’re pleased to say that Toy Story 4 lived up to all of our expectations. The movie tugs at the heartstrings and appeals to parents as much as kids (as has come to be expected with Disney Pixar films) and is not to be missed!

You can check out the official trailer for Toy Story 4 below:

To find out more about the upcoming movie, Toy Story 4 ,  click here 

The Secret Life of Pets 2

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Release Date: 20 June 2019 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 sees everyone’s favourite pets return, however there are a few changes since last time we saw them! Max the terrier and Duke must cope with some major life changes when their owner gets married and has a baby. When the family takes a trip to the countryside, nervous Max has numerous run-ins with canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Meanwhile,  Snowball and his new friend Daisy are trying to rescue a tiger cub who is trapped against his will in a circus. 

The Review: We were lucky enough to catch a sneak preview of the Secret Life Of Pets 2 along with 10 other lucky Brisbane Kids families! We have to start off by saying that this is one sequel that is better than the original movie and I loved it more than I thought I would! So many more laughs, so many great characters and a much better story line! In the Secret Life of Pets 2, Max and Duke provide the heart warming moments and story line as they show the lovely bond that develops between child and their pet. Snowball by far provides the most laughs as the lovable bunny that thinks he is a superhero,  and proves his value when, along with his new friends Daisy, he takes on the evil circus owner to free a tiger cub. The cinema erupted in laughter at various points throughout the movie and our Brisbane Kids gave it the big thumbs up! It’s a great movie the whole family can watch together these school holidays that will make you want to go home and give your pets a big hug….and question what they have been doing at home while you were all out watching the movie!

You can check out the official trailer for The Secret Life of Pets 2 below:

To find out more about the upcoming movie, The Secret Life of Pets 2: , click here

Spiderman: Far From Home

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Release Date: 30 June 2019

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man must step up to take on new threats in a world that has changed forever. The only problem is that Peter Parker decided to join his friends on a European vacation and doesn’t take his suit.  However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!

You can check out the official trailer for Spiderman: Far From Home below:

To find out more about the upcoming movie, Spiderman: Homecoming  click here

The Lion King

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Release Date: 17 July 2019

Everyone will be feeling the love as the beloved Disney movie, The Lion King, comes back to the big screen in an amazing new format thanks to pioneering film-making techniques and the voices of an all-star cast including Beyoncé and James Earl Jones. For those who have not seen the original, the movie follows the lion cub Simba, who after his father is killed, flees into exile. Though his journey with new found friends will lead him back to the land he should rightfully rule.

You can check out the official trailer for The Lion King below:

To find out more about the upcoming movie, The Lion King,  click here

To find some old movie favourites to watch on DVD or Netflicks over the school holidays or for the best cinema experiences, check out our Movies We Love section. For more fun school holiday ideas make sure you check out our Brisbane Kids Event Calendar or sign up for our newsletter here 

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