Our Pick Of The Family Films This Summer

We love a good cinema visit, popcorn and a great film is one of our top treats in the holidays – especially if the weather lets us down. Having three very different aged children (18, 11 and 3) means some of our trips are en masse and some films are more suited to just one of them, meaning they get some special one on one time with Mum.


Family cinema trip image via shutterstock

Family cinema trip image via shutterstock


So which family films will get us checking our local Cineworld cinema listings this summer?

Films For All Ages – the ones we will all go and see.


Minions. (U)


Ever since the first Despicable Me, my lot have been Minion Mad, and this time the adorable yellow crazies get a film all to themselves. We have already seen it – and we giggled from the opening credits until the closing ones. Hilarious for all ages this one is a sure fire hit. The Minions movie is already out in cinemas nationwide.


Inside Out (U)

inside out


Pixar’s newest offering is the one my almost 4 year old is most excited about seeing this summer. He is already in love with the range of characters, who are mostly emotions living in Riley’s head. I am really intrigued by this film, as it promises to help children with expressing and understanding emotions, as the emotions in the film help Riley through her own inner turmoil after a house move. In other hands I may worry this unusual concept could go a bit awry, but this is Pixar, it is bound to be brilliant! Inside Out is out now.


For Tweens – the one me and my 11 year old son have our eyes on.


Pixels (PG)


My eleven year is a gamer, so our cinema highlight this summer will be Pixels. The premise of the story is that aliens intercepted feeds of vintage video games and attack the Earth using them as models. The President decides the only way to fight back is to recruit a team of champion retro gamers to save the planet. The trailer features a giant PacMan on the attack, being chased by a team of cars acting as the ghosts from the classic arcade game. In my sons words, it looks ‘epic’! Pixels is released on the 12th of August.

Films for Teens – suitable for older kids


Jurassic World (12A)


Now, I wasn’t quite sure where to slot this one age wise – it is a 12a, which means I could take my eleven year old to see it – but mine is a little sensitive, so I decided he wasn’t ready for it yet. Other kids under 12 may well be totally fine with it. Really it is me who wants to see it – I loved the original, and am looking forward to taking this in on the big screen this summer – but I will have to find someone to go with – my teen has already seen it and thought it was great, despite having some questions of logic about the script – ‘So there is a big scary dinosaur on the loose, and their answer was to release a bigger scarier dinosaur, do they have a never ending amount of ever bigger dinosaurs?’ was her question when she came home after seeing it. ‘Don’t think about it too much’ was my reply ‘It’s just a big, silly, glorious film packed with awesome special effects!’. Pure escapism and I am looking forward to it!

Paper Towns (12A)

paper towns

If like me you have a teenaged daughter, you cannot have escaped ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ – a much beloved book, which was made into a huge film hit. Paper Towns is another film of a book by the same author, John Green. Basically boy falls for girl, girl goes missing, boy embarks on mission to track down girl who stole his heart. Think a modern day indie, quirky Cinderella. One for teens everywhere, and anyone who wants to reminicse about their own first love. Awwwww.

So that is us – what about you – will you be visiting the cinema this Summer, and if so, what will you see?

Love Miss Cisco XXX

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  1. July 29, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    My son is really keen to see Minions and Inside Out. I’d like to see Paper Towns, but I think my daughter may see that one with friends!

  2. July 29, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Interesting that Jurassic World has a higher cert than Jurassic Park did – we have bought the 1st 3 films for our 8 year old to watch with us on holiday, but I hadn’t expected the new film to be different.
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  3. July 29, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I couldn\t bring myself to watch Minions but the kids LOVED it! Paper Towns sounds very interesting.

  4. July 29, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    We need to go and see Minions and Inside Out, It’s just so expensive so we usually wait until they are released on DVD then have a family film night at home x
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  5. July 29, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    I want to take Dylan to see the Minions movie and the bloke wants to see Jurassic park – I haven’t been to the cinema in months though!
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  6. July 30, 2015 / 7:20 am

    I would love to see all of those, Minions tops my list though, I have a slight obsession with them little yellow fellows!

  7. July 30, 2015 / 10:33 am

    Great choices. I still haven’t seen the fault on our stars, will have to change this!
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  8. July 30, 2015 / 11:59 am

    We have really enjoyed Minions and Inside Out. The boys loved Jurassic World and both want to see Pixels. I haven’t seen Fault in our Stars but I read the book ages ago
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  9. July 30, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    We are still to watch the Minions and Inside out with Emma, hope they will still be out when we return to the UK!xx
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  10. July 30, 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Good suggestions there! We love a cinema trip in our family too. We’ve all been to see Minions and both boys have seen Jurassic World with their friends. I’m looking forward to taking them all to see Inside Out.
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  11. Michelle
    July 31, 2015 / 10:55 am

    My son’s 4 now and I’d love to take him to the cinema. I’m not sure he’d manage more than 10 mins though! 🙂

  12. August 3, 2015 / 5:28 pm

    we actually watched pixel last night and loved it , minions will never be boring either seems kids love them

  13. Anne Wallwin
    August 6, 2015 / 10:05 am

    we saw two by two at the odeon on the kids deal and it was a great film. Laugh out loud film for the kids and adults.

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