Best family films on Sky Cinema
Escape to one of these fictional places with the whole family – whatever the weather. From new daily premieres like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to timeless classics, here are the best family-friendly films available on Sky Cinema
1. The Secret Life of Pets (U)
The quiet life of Max, a terrier living in a Manhattan apartment, is rudely disrupted when his owner brings home Duke, a mongrel to whom Max takes an instant dislike. No longer being top dog soon becomes the least of Max's worries when the two must put their differences aside to defeat 'adorable' white bunny Snowball and his army of lost pets determined to take revenge on humans.
“Such a great film. My son watches it daily. Love the cat – she reminds me of one I had years ago who worked out how to open the fridge – kippers went missing and milk knocked over! Good vocal talent. Worth watching.”
“Had me and my husband laughing every two minutes. Yes, you will recognise your pets' behaviour and expressions, but even those who don't have pets will be charmed by the story and the amazing graphics.”Sign up to watch on demand
2. Disney's The Jungle Book (PG)
This live-action remake of the classic tale and cartoon stars newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, as well as voices from a stellar cast. It tells the story of an orphaned 'man-cub' who must strike out on his own from the wolf pack – but the jungle has other surprises for him, from the sneaky intentions of Kaa the snake (Scarlett Johansson) to Baloo the bear's (Bill Murray) musings on life.
“Absolutely brilliant! Idris Elba as Shere Khan was perfectly menacing. I can't think of a better voice match for a character in an animated film. Even though you know the story it's really gripping and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend!”
“It's wonderful – gripping, moving and visually stunning. Watched it with my son as he's reading the book at school – my 10-year-old and I were thoroughly enthralled.”Sign up to watch on demand
3. Back to the Future (PG)
When Marty McFly (Michael J Fox), a mild-mannered 80s teen, teams up with offbeat inventor Doc Brown he soon finds himself hanging out with his parents in 1955. But if movies have taught us anything, it's not to go messing with the past – or your future might be in trouble…
“Absolutely love it, and can quote it word for word. I let my eight-year-old watch it and he loved it too.”
“It's my six-year-old son's favourite film. He has even asked about having a Back to the Future party!”Sign up to watch on demand
4. Disney Pixar's Finding Dory (PG)
Thirteen years after finding Nemo, our favourite forgetful blue tang fish Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is off on another underwater adventure – this time to track down her own long-lost parents. Accompanied by her clownfish buddy Marlin and son Nemo, it's a quest full of danger and excitement, but also a host of friendly faces, from beluga whale Bailey to trusty red octopus Hank.
“My 10-year-old loved Finding Dory, and so, to be honest, did we all. My 17-year-old was Finding Nemo mad when he was three so we had a bit of a soft spot for the older characters like Dory and Mr Ray etc. A great feel good funny movie!”
“The colours in the movie are amazing – it's a sensory sensation, as is watching anything by Disney/Pixar. I also love that the story is about friendship and fun, and being brave.”Sign up to watch on demand
5. Doctor Strange (12)
Marvel's latest supehero flick follows Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant but narcissistic neurosurgeon who, by a twist of fate, finds himself on a path of reinvention, helped by a secret order of galaxy-guarding monks. On discovering a certain talent for the magical arts, Strange himself must come to the aid of others – including an all-powerful sorcerer (Tilda Swinton).
“My husband, 13-year-old daughter and I really enjoyed Doctor Strange. I expected to be able to just about tolerate it because of the 3D effects and Benedict Cumberbatch. But it was actually very good, lots of funny one-liners.”
“I thought it was fantastic and had a different vibe to it than the other Marvel films.”Sign up to watch on demand
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6. The Iron Giant (U)
A heartwarming animated adventure from Pixar mastermind Brad Bird (The Incredibles and Ratatouille), which tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a lonely nine-year-old boy in 1950s and a formidable 50-foot robot who has fallen from the sky. A timeless classic, guaranteed to make you sob.
“I think this might be one of the best children's films ever. We borrowed it from the library about five times when my son was little. It's a damned good film, and the score is lovely too.”
“The Iron Giant is my fave animated film. Contains the dreamy voice of the dreamy Harry Connick Jnr. But it's also a great realisation of a great story.”Sign up to watch on demand
7. Disney Pixar's Zootropolis (PG)
An ambitious rabbit (Ginnifer Goodwin) and a hustling fox (Jason Bateman) join forces to solve crime in a sprawling metropolis where species have learned to live together (mostly) at peace.
“Adored it. Made my daughter want to join the police. Don't diss Shakira, that song is our current family anthem.”
“Saw it with my 11-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter and we loved it as much as they did. Some very good, clever references such as one to Frozen – my favourite though had to be the nod to Breaking Bad.”Sign up to watch on demand
8. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (PG)
The classic fantasy in which four siblings are transported from wartime London into the magical land of Narnia, by way of the wardrobe. Once there, they realise their destiny to find the great lion Aslan and end the reign of the wicked White Witch. Shrek director Andrew Adamson stays faithful to C S Lewis' story to create a good, old-fashioned adventure.
“We all loved it immensely. Fantastic adaptation of the book.”
“Watched it with my four- and five-year-olds and my son was glued to the screen for the whole movie which is a sign that he enjoyed it very much! I thought the war scenes were actually done very well, without being gory. As an adult, it took me back to my childhood and I was impressed that it remained true to the book.”Sign up to watch on demand
9. Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)
Kubo is a normal village boy living a quiet life – that is, until a spirit from the past decides to re-ignite an age-old vendetta, sending gods and monsters to hunt him down. In order to survive, Kubo must find a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.
“Absolutely brilliant – we all loved it. A refreshing change from the usual princesses and blah blah blah. Five stars from me.”
“It had a unique charm and was refreshingly different – a bit like a Japanese folktale. It was appealing to the children, with some scary bits to add some edge, as well as brilliant characters which brought lots of humour, such as the monkey and the beetle. And the special effects and the stop-motion animation were incredible!”Sign up to watch on demand
10. Freaky Friday (PG)
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan star in this mother and daughter body-swapping comedy. They (both) play pre-occupied single mum and therapist and her rebellious 15-year-old daughter Anna. The duo's constant bickering comes to a head one night when a mischievous old Chinese woman uses mystical fortune cookies to teach them a lesson – literally, to try living in someone else's shoes.
“Both versions are great but the Lindsay Lohan remake one goes down best.”
“My nine- and 12-year-old love Freaky Friday.”Sign up to watch on demand
11. Trolls (U)
When the evil Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born (Anna Kendrick), accompanied by the bad-tempered Branch (Justin Timberlake), must set off on a journey to rescue her friends. From the creators of Shrek, Trolls is an irreverent new animated comedy filled with music and fun.
“My nine- and five-year-olds both enjoyed it. As did I – a feel-good film.”
“Trolls is definitely the favourite in our house this summer – the songs and characters make my little girl smile.”Sign up to watch on demand
12. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12A)
Hogwarts old boy and textbook author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) heads to Prohibition-era New York with a deceivingly-sized suitcase full of banned magical beasts – who keep escaping! Unaware of the rising animosity between American wizards and some fanatical US Muggles, Newt finds himself and his creatures caught up in the middle of a war.
“Kind of like Harry Potter but not – very enchanting and we all really loved it.”
“We recently watched Fantastic Beasts and it went down well – exciting and magical.”Sign up to watch on demand
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The Secret Life of Pets: © 2016 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED; Disney's The Jungle Book: The Jungle Book © Disney Enterprises, Inc.; Disney Pixar's Finding Dory: Finding Dory ©Disney/Pixar; Doctor Strange: © 2016 Marvel; Disney Pixar's Zootropolis: © 2016 Disney. All rights reserved; Kubo and the Two Strings: © Laika Studios/Focus Features; Freaky Friday: © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved; Trolls: © 2016 DreamWorks Animation, L.L.C. All rights reserved; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: © 2017 Warner Bros. Ent. All rights reserved. Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World TM J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.