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February: Family-friendly movie reviews

Rob Lowing 4:24pm Here is everything you need to know about the movies your kids and teens will be begging you to see this month.

Meet Harley Bird, the voice of Peppa Pig

Harley Bird, the 13-year-old voice of Peppa Pig.

Rachel Clun On being Peppa Pig: "We’d be besties in real life."

Who you gonna call? Director hints at 'Ghostbusters' all-female cast

Who you gonna call? Sony hints at female cast.

Livia Gamble A 'Ghostbusters' reboot is in the works with an all-female cast but the question on everyone’s mind is who will be playing the ghost-busting foursome?


Mr Men and Little Miss characters are headed to Tinseltown

Mr Tickle was the first Mr Men character created by Roger Hargreaves.

Livia Gamble Fox Animation secured the rights for the Mr Men franchise and plan to produce a series of movies.

If Disney princesses had realistic hair


Livia Gamble Magazines aren't the only ones guilty of a photoshop fail.

'Full House' cast reunites, sings theme song


Livia Gamble The cast of 'Full House' reunited over the weekend and performed their own rendition of the theme song.

Emma Watson to star in live-action Beauty and the Beast movie

Emma is the new Belle.

Actress Emma Watson is set to receive a makeover as a Disney princess after landing the role of Belle in the upcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Why Aussie kids should watch 'Paper Planes'

Ed Oxenbould, Davd Wenham, Peter Rowsthorn, Sam Worthington, Julian Dennison and Ena Imai star in Robert Connolly's Paper Planes.

Elana Benjamin In the 48 hours since I took my kids to see Paper Planes, our home has been converted into a Reflex paper airport – without a control tower.

Book publishers give Harry Potter characters a new look


Livia Gamble In preparation for a new deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco and Hagrid have all been given a new look.

Age of Ultron

New Avengers trailer leaves us with more questions

The Hulk in <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>.

A new trailer for Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, landed overnight and it looks set to be a much darker instalment.


8 Disney movie releases in 2015

Cinderella is the first Disney film release for the year.

Rachel Clun From Cinderella to the latest Star Wars instalment, there's something for everyone among this rundown of upcoming Disney movie adventures.

Five reasons why kids can’t let 'Frozen' go


Livia Gamble Princess movies aren't new, so why is it that millions of pre-schoolers just can’t let Frozen go?

Fox release another trailer for 'The Peanuts Movie'


Livia Gamble Based on Charles Schulz comic strip, 'The Peanuts Movie' is scheduled for the big screen in November, 2016.

Disney release second 'Cinderella' trailer

Sneak Peak: Disney release second Cinderella trailer.

Livia Gamble Disney has released an official "sneak peek" trailer of their live-action Cinderella movie.

'Into the Woods': An adaptation too faithful?

Johnny Depp as the Wolf with a taste for Little Red Riding Hood in <i>Into the Woods</i>.

Stephanie Merry Fans of the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods were fairly horrified about a Disney-produced movie adaptation. Imaginations ran wild at the prospect of what might get cut from the original, an intricate fable that thumbed its nose at "happily ever after" and embraced the grimmest of Grimm's fairy tales.

Have courage, be kind, and be skinny? 'Cinderella' waist shocks

The latest <i>Cinderella</i> PR moved backfired on Disney.

Rachel Clun Oh dear, Disney. The fairytale powerhouse Disney has tried to spread some magic about its latest movie, Cinderella, but instead it managed to get the internet talking about Cinderella's waist.

10-year-old novice chosen to play heroine in classic tale, 'The BFG'

Roald Dahl's BFG is set to hit the big screen in 2016.

Livia Gamble A 10-year-old newcomer has cast in Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's BFG.

Study claims kids' movies are actually 'hotbeds of murder and mayhem'

On-screen deaths can be traumatic for children.

Livia Gamble A new study has declared kids' movies to be “rife with death and destruction”.

The Simpsons: 21 surprising facts to celebrate 25 years

Celebrating 25 years of <i>The Simpsons</i>.

As the cartoon sitcom celebrates its quarter century this week, Michael Hogan offers some surprising facts about the show.


New 'Annie' movie less about 'Tomorrow' and all about today

<i>Annie</i> remake brings the classic tale into the 21st century.

Jill Serjeant Forget the curly red hair and Depression-era orphans, the hit musical Annie moves firmly into the 21st century in a new film version.

JK Rowling regrets killing off this character in 'Harry Potter' series

JK Rowling had a character killed

Livia Gamble In a new short essay published on the Pottermore website Rowling said she feels guilty about killing off this character.

Festive films to watch on TV this Christmas

Is it really Christmas without Macaulay Culkin?

Melissa Jenkins Here is a roll call of some very different festive films to watch on television or rent out this year.

Little girl schools Gaston while visiting Disney World


Livia Gamble A little girl has made her feelings for Gaston from Beauty and the Beast very clear after a trip to Disney World.

Feast of fine flicks


Rob Lowing Great news, Australian families. Eighteen high-profile films release these holidays, which means something for nearly every age group.

Nicole Kidman joins young cinemagoers for 'Paddington' premiere

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07:  Nicole Kidman arrives for the Australian Premiere of

Sarah Thomas It was a glamorous swirl of chiffon and sequins on the red carpet at the Paddington premiere on Sunday morning - but with a difference.

Marvel announces Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange'

Benedict Cumberbatch.

He has solved cases as Sherlock Holmes, been exiled as Julian Assange and saved Britain from the Nazis as Alan Turing, but British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is not done playing the hero as Marvel announced Thursday he will star as Doctor Strange.

Family makes up to $10,000 a month making Disney cover videos

Anna from Disney's 'Frozen' (right) and nine-year-old Mia Bagley (left) in her cover of 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman?'.

Shaza Barbar As the highest grossing animated feature of all time, just about everyone has seen Disney's film Frozen, as well as every Youtube cover of the film's popular songs.  

5SOS asked parents' permission for tour

Five Seconds Of Summer.Left to right, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford.

They may be superstars, award winners and every teenage girl's dream date, yet Five Seconds of Summer had to check with their parents before they went out on tour with One Direction.

'Frozen' sequel "in the works"


For those hoards of fans whose appetite for Frozen certainly hasn't melted, there's some good news.

Watch: 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' trailer

'You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought': The Millennium Falcon is more beat-up than ever.

Michael Idato The world's first glimpse of the new Star Wars film, episode seven in the long-running saga, and the first from Star Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams, was released over the weekend.

Watch the first teaser trailer for 'Pan'


Livia Gamble The first trailer for Joe Wright’s 'Pan' has been released.

'Jurassic World' trailer arrives in all its deadly hybrid-dinosaur glory


NEHA PRAKASH It's back, and it's bigger than ever.


DreamWorks release second 'Home' trailer


Livia Gamble DreamWorks have released the second full-length trailer for their latest release Home.

'Penguins' has plenty for kids and parents


Roger Moore "Penguins of Madagascar" is as "cute and cuddly" as ever, and often downright hilarious.


Watch the teaser trailer for 'Jurassic World'


Livia Gamble A trailer for the new movie 'Jurassic World' has been released.

Listen to Jennifer Lawrence sing 'The Hanging Tree' in Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1


Livia Gamble Jennifer Lawrence said she was horrified to be singing a song for the Mockingjay – Part 1.

Town bans "half-naked" Winnie the Pooh from children's playground

Winnie the Pooh

Sarah Thomas Winnie the Pooh has been loved for generations but the bear has been banned from decorating a playground for being “half-naked”.


The third character poster from Disney/Pixar's 'Inside Out': Anger

Anger, from Pixar's 'Inside Out'.

Josh Dickey This article first appeared on Mashable.

Disney release live-action 'Cinderella' trailer

Disney's live-action 'Cinderella' remake.

Rachel Clun Disney seems to have taken a shine to live-action fairytales, and we're not complaining.

Film censors relax Paddington sex warning


Britain's film classification authority has changed its parental guidance disclaimers about new film Paddington, after producers complained about its "mild sex references" warning.

Good grief! Snoopy 'leaks' first official 'Peanuts' movie trailer

A still from the Peanuts the Movie's first trailer.

Lance Ulanoff Charlie Brown's lovable beagle, who has an inner life most of us would envy, just revealed the first official Peanuts Movie trailer on social media 10 days ahead of schedule.

The second character poster from Disney/Pixar's 'Inside Out': Disgust


Josh Dickey The second character poster for Inside Out has been released.


The first character poster from Disney/Pixar's 'Inside Out': Sadness


Josh Dickey How sad is it that it's been almost a year and a half since we had a new Pixar movie? Whether you're suffering summer-animated-movie seasonal affective disorder or just a case of the Mondays, we feel you.


Disney's next movie should have a disabled princess

Jules (left) and Delaney.

Keston Ott-Dahl Why this mum of two started a petition - that has since garnered over 50,000 signatures - to encourage Disney to make a movie with a disabled princess.


Literally, I can't: why my kids will no longer be listening to Redfoo

Stefan Kendal Gordy, better known as Redfoo.

Amber Robinson Redfoo's latest musical collaboration is not only a dreadful song, by any objective measure, but is completely and utterly offensive to women.

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Meet your new favorite Disney character: Baymax

Animated character Baymax, voiced by Scott Adsit, in Big Hero 6.

Carly Mallenbaum He's expressionless and emotionless, and the window to his electronic soul consists of two connected black dots on a blank, blobby face.


New 'Into the Woods' trailer has a lot more Meryl, and a lot more singing

Meryl Streep plays the witch in 'Into the Woods'.

Colin Gorenstein On Thursday, Disney released a new full-length trailer for the Rob Marshall directed film 'Into the Woods'.


'Doctor Who' star helps 9-year-old boy with autism through a tough time


Brian Koerber Actor Peter Capaldi, star of long-running British sci-fi series Doctor Who stayed in character as The Twelfth Doctor to help a 9-year-old boy named Thomas cope with the recent death of his nanny.


'Toy Story 4' announced for 2017

Our favourite toys will be back in 2017 with a fourth installment of <i>Toy Story</i> announced.

Rebecca Keegan Pixar Animation is returning to its most successful franchise, Toy Story, for a fourth movie, to be directed by the studio's chief creative officer, John Lasseter.

The new Star Wars film has a name


Star Wars fans have been sent into a frenzy after studio giant Disney revealed the title of the iconic franchise's seventh episode and said filming was over.

What we learnt from the Mean Girls reunion

Mean Girls

Rachel Clun Spoiler alert: They’re not making a sequel…


Will 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' live up to its predecessors?

Uneasy hero: Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence) continues to struggle with the idea of being a leader.

Aja Styles Part one of the third movie adaptation of Suzanne Collin's hit 'Hunger Games' triology is landing soon, bringing fans one movie closer to end of the series.


Watch the trailer for 'SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'

Who wants krabby pattys?

Livia Gamble The new trailer for the latest 'SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' is here.


The Minions from 'Despicable Me' have their own movie


Livia Gamble They’re cute, yellow and have been on the planet far longer than we have. They go by names like Dave, Karl and Norbet, and are in search of “the most despicable master around".


A 12-year-old Lorde covered Kings of Leon, and it was incredible


Neha Prakash If Lorde's superstar status at the age of 17 hasn't totally intimidated you as an adult, this will do it. Proof has surfaced that the singer has been a bona fide rockstar since age 12.

Celebrities redesign Paddington Bear for London streets


Blathnaid Healy Paddington Bear, the stowaway stuffed animal who charmed generations of children with his adventures in London, is being reimagined across the city from Tuesday onward.


This just in: Hogwarts Professor Umbridge is half-Muggle


Ron Charles As promised, this Halloween morning J.K. Rowling has posted new free entries on Pottermore, her Web site that offers related features and retail products to Harry Potter fans.

Final 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer: 'If we burn, you burn with us'


Anthony Hernandez Titled "Burn," the trailer is a heart-pounding teaser full of gunshots, explosions and burning buildings.

Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans join the Marvel Cinematic Universe


Josh Dickey Black Panther and Captain Marvel will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe with stand-alone movies


'I Am Big Bird' documentary will nest in theaters early 2015


Katie Sola Tribeca Film will transport Sesame Street fans back to their childhoods when it brings the heartwarming documentary I Am Big Bird to theaters in early 2015.


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