Get your 2017 started with a look ahead to these awesome family movies headed your way over the next couple of months.
A Monster Calls
Released: Out now
What's the story? A troubled boy is mentored by a tree monster in this emotionally powerful fantasy-drama.
Life is tough for 12-year-old Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall). His mum (Felicity Jones) is battling a terminal illness, while his distant, divorced dad (Toby Kebbell) has started a new life in the US. He's bullied at school and beset by nightmares. And his only adult companion is his severe, brittle maternal grandmother (Sigourney Weaver).
Then something fantastic happens. A giant yew tree (Liam Neeson in performance-capture mode) springs to life, stomps over to Conor's window and begins to tell him astonishing fairytales.
Adapted by Patrick Ness from his own acclaimed young adult novel, this intimate, ultimately heart-warming fable about a boy coming to terms with the messiness of real life is all the more moving for being rooted in genuine fears. Director J.A. Bayona, of 'The Impossible' fame, delivers a stunning spectacle, blending beautiful animation and incredible special effects with amazing sets.
Released: 27th January 2017
What's the story? An enterprising koala puts on the world’s greatest singing show in this hilarious animated comedy.
Buster Moon is a koala whose pride and joy is his theatre. But the once grand building has fallen on hard times and looks set to close its doors forever unless Buster can find a way to revive its fortunes. The one idea he has is to put on the world’s greatest singing competition – but will he find the next Leona Lewis or the next Honey G?
From acclaimed director Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Son of Rambow) comes this charming and hilariously funny animated comedy featuring the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly and Taron Egerton.
The LEGO Batman Movie
Released: 10th February 2017
What's the story? LEGO Movie's scene-stealing Dark Knight gets his hilarious solo movie in this brick-tacular animated adventure.
Bruce Wayne/Batman (Will Arnett) is Gotham's greatest saviour. However he's also seriously lonely and consumed by memories of his late parents. Luckily he has loyal butler Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) for company and, unexpectedly, young Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), an orphan Wayne has unwittingly taken under his bat-wing. When the Joker (Zack Galifianakis) threatens the city, Batman must team up with the fledgling Robin to save the day.
Since his first appearance in 2014's superb The LEGO Movie, fans have been calling for Will Arnett's gravelly voiced, hilariously grouchy Batman to get his own movie. Now is that time, the movie promising more of the wonderfully intricate animation, offbeat humour and all-star vocal work.