Amarni, Kade and Indie Taylor of North Ipswich check out the Sherlock Gnomes photo spot.

Family friendly line-up makes movies a popular choice these school holidays

The school holidays have only just begun but already one movie has proved a runaway – or perhaps that should be hop-away – success.

BCC Cinemas Ipswich manager Alexis Poulsen said the live action/computer-animated movie Peter Rabbit was proving a major drawcard not just for children but also the young at heart.

Peter Rabbit has absolutely proven to be our best all-rounder these school holidays; it’s popular not only with children but also adults and a lot of seniors,” she said.

“I think there is a bit of nostalgia around it, everyone knows Peter Rabbit. James Corden as the voice of Peter Rabbit is just perfect. He really gets his sass on quite a lot, which is just perfect. It’s very funny.”

For those with older children, Ms Poulsen recommends giving Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time a go.

It is billed as an epic adventure which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love.

“It’s not your typical big, bright Disney film but it is very entertaining and has a positive message about being yourself. I recommend it,” she said.

It is not just all about the children these school holidays. For the teenagers and adults, Blockers promises to have you rolling in the aisles.

It is about three parents trying to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night and stars American professional wrestler John Cena alongside Leslie Mann.

“It is thoroughly entertaining and completely hilarious. Teens will enjoy it because they know parents meddle in their lives and parents will absolutely love it too,” Ms Poulsen said.

To coincide with movies showing these school holidays, BCC Cinemas Ipswich has several activity spaces set up. There is a Peter Rabbit activity area with photo wall, Sherlock Gnomes photo spot and red carpet for A Wrinkle in Time.

To find out more about activities on offer visit here.

“I want to remind people that parking is still available via Bell Street, despite the construction taking place in the mall. Don’t be put off,” Ms Poulsen said.

There are four cinemas in Ipswich. They are:

  • BCC Cinemas Ipswich: 3281 8887
  • Limelight Cinemas at Riverlink: 1300 792 579
  • Event Cinemas at Orion, Springfield Central: 3470 6600
  • Cineplex Redbank Plaza: 3128 0355
What to watch these school holidays

Peter Rabbit – PG

Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

In cinemas: Now

Running time: 95 mins

Cast: Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki

A Wrinkle in Time – PG

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

In cinemas: Now

Running time: 109 mins

Cast: Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Blockers – MA 15+

Three parents try to stop their daughters from having sex on Prom night.

In cinemas: Now

Running time: 102 mins

Cast: John Cena, Leslie Mann, Kathryn Newton

Sherlock Gnomes – G

The beloved garden gnomes from Gnomeo and Juliet are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. There’s only one gnome to call… Sherlock Gnomes.

In cinemas: Now

Running time: 86 mins

Cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejofor, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas, Stephen Merchant, Mary J. Blige and Johnny Depp

Ready Player One – M

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

In cinemas: Now

Running time: 140 mins

Cast: Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn

Love, Simon – M

Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.

In cinemas: Now

Running time: 110 mins

Cast: Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Katherine Langford

Pacific Rim: Uprising – M

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

In cinemas: Now

Running time: 111 mins

Cast: John Boyega, Tian Jing, Scott Eastwood

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