Eight must-see family movies at cinemas this summer
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From action-packed space adventures to Kevin Spacey as a talking cat, there’s an awful lot of family fun to be had on the big screen this summer

As schools break up for the holidays and kids get giddy and restless, it’s good to know there are some excellent options for parents at the cinema, now and in the coming weeks.

So if you fancy a family trip to the multiplex, here’s eight great things to see.

Ghostbusters

Out now

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Purists may shudder, but the new reboot of the much-loved ’80s classic is an awful lot of fun in its own right – garnering plenty of laughs from its four eccentric leads and serving up plenty of ghoulish CGI creatures to gasp at.

Adults can smile at the knowing cameos, while kids saying hello to the franchise for the first time will likely love it.

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The BFG

Out now

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Steven Spielberg’s magical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s seminal children’s novel is full of trademark wonder and a thrilling sense of daring-do.

As young Sophie is whisked away to a fantasy realm and helps her new big friendly companion get the better of his bullying brethren, grown-ups and little ones alike will feel like they’re being whisked away too.

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Star Trek Beyond

Out now

Set phasers to fun! Kirk and co are back in a gripping blockbuster packed with suspense, action and spectacle.

Teaming up with new alien allies and facing off against formidable alien foes, the enterprise crew take on their biggest challenge yet.

Finding Dory

Out July 29

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The long-anticipated follow up to Finding Nemo has been well worth the wait. It’s a gorgeous, heartwarming film: bringing back beloved Pixar characters and adding treasured new ones into the mix.

Now focused on the memory-challenged Dory as she sets off in search of her parents, this aquatic caper is another animation triumph from the studio.

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Pete’s Dragon

Out August 12

With shades of the classic family films of the ’80s, this live-action Disney fantasy revolves around a young boy and the gentle dragon friend he lives with in the forest.

Pete is discovered by a kind park ranger – but his remarkable companion faces grave danger at the hands of an evil hunter (boo, hiss!).

Asterix and Obelix – Mansion Of The Gods

Out August 19

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Everyone’s favourite Roman-bashing Gauls are back in this brand new computer-animated adventure.

Well received on its release in France, it’s now coming to the UK – with an English voice cast including comedians Jack Whitehall, Greg Davies and Catherine Tate.

Nine Lives

Out August 19

A zany throwback to the moral, nostalgic body-swap comedies of yore, Kevin Spacey plays a work-orientated businessman who finds himself trapped inside the body of his family’s cat, Mr. Fuzzypants.

Men In Black’s Barry Sonnenfeld is at the helm, Christopher Walken co-stars, and it’s all wrapped up in a heartwarming message of prizing your loved ones over the boardroom. What’s not to like?

Swallows And Amazons

Out August 19

The classic novel about a group of children and their exciting summer adventures on a lake and its island gets a glitzy new version, starring Harry Enfield, Jessica Hynes, Kelly MacDonald and Rafe Spall as the adults of the equation.

Coming-of-age tales have never been better, and this new version is likely to delight generations old and young.

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