5 Movies to watch with your kids

Movie time is magical when they can share it with you! Make a bowl of popcorn and cuddle up with your kids.

1. Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

This film is perfect for those who love a good screen adaptation of their favourite books, and especially if you liked the recent retelling of Annie. It’s an inspiring tale with an all-star cast that’ll be a hit with tween and inbetweener girls who love all things magic, as the plucky heroine is a determined young orphan named Molly.

Why they’ll love it

Based on Georgia Byng’s 2002 novel, Molly discovers her natural knack for hypnotism from a book in the orphanage library, just in time to set off on a thrilling journey to reunite with her best friend and put herself on an exciting path to fame and fortune.

Watch it on Showmax »

2. The Steam Engines of Oz

This Saturday kids’ movie is perfect for parents who want to indulge in a bit of nostalgia with a familiar story from their childhood while introducing their kids to the magical world of Oz. The unusual 3D animation will also appeal to those who appreciate the more offbeat types of animation, and this particular steampunk style is seldom seen outside of PC games. The story will appeal to boys and girls of all ages, but we’d especially recommend it for all those girls who don’t necessarily dream of being princesses.

Why they’ll love it

Based on a graphic novel, the story takes place 100 years after Dorothy set Oz free. Our once-beloved Tin Man has become the heartless villain in this tale, and while fans might miss Dorothy, there are more than enough nods to the original tale to delight existing fans without confusing new or younger viewers. Victoria, the spunky young engineer who keeps all the machines in working order, is a welcome role-model for girls who might themselves dream of tinkering with machines one day.

Watch The Steam Engines of Oz on M-Net (101) on Saturday 18 May at 15:30
Also available on Catch Up and to stream with DStv Now »

3. A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits

Parents who loved musical teen shows like Hannah Montana and the High School Musical movies franchise will definitely love this film, and get to share a retelling of a classic fairy tale, with modern singing and dancing.

Why they’ll love it

With plenty of singing and dancing – not to mention romance – If the Shoe Fits is the story of Tessa, a young girl whose dreams of performing on stage are dashed by her evil stepmother. The whole family will be humming in tune and tapping their feet as Tessa sings and dances her way to the top against all odds.

Watch A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits on M-Net Movies Smile (105) on Monday 20 May at 14:10 and Friday 24 May at 17:25
Also available on Catch Up and to stream with DStv Now »

4. Sherlock Gnomes

Fans of the animated movie Gnomeo and Juliet are in for a treat with the latest adventure from these cute lawn ornaments. Young children will be howling with laughter at the tons of hilarious puns and silly jokes, while there’s plenty for adults to appreciate in the performances of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, who lead a star-studded voice cast.

Why they’ll love it

The loveable cast of garden figurines are back, and this time they must solve the mystery of the disappearing gnomes in the city of London. With more Elton John songs and even more laughter, the case takes our heroes to the streets of London in search of the villain behind it all.

Watch Sherlock Gnomes on Sunday 19 May on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 10:15
Also available on Catch Up and to stream with DStv Now »

5. Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

Parents of little ones will secretly not mind sitting down with the kids to enjoy more of the rambunctious Rugrats crowd’s antics. Many a parent might remember the characters from the 90s show, making this a fun, nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Why they’ll love it

From jokes about boogers to side-splitting oblique references to famous movies like The Godfather and King Kong, it offers something for everyone. An accidental invitation sees the gang head to Paris, where they’ll have to come to the aid of a friend in EuroReptarland.

Watch Rugrats in Paris: The Movie on Sunday 19 May on M-Net Movies All Stars (111) at 13:50
Also available on Catch Up and to stream with DStv Now »