This week’s best kids movies with Into Film!

We’ve teamed up with the film and education programme, in-school club for kids, Into Film who will be helping us bring you the very latest film news, interviews and reviews every week!

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The Giver (PG)

The Giver centres on Jonas, a young man who lives in an ideal, slightly boring world, of rules and serenity. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past.

With this new-found power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes?

Divergent (12A, 2014), Transendence (PG, 2014), Logan’s Run (PG, 1976), Minority Report (12, 2002)


The Boxtrolls (PG)

Eggs is a young orphaned boy who was raised by the Boxtrolls, trash collectors who live in a cavernous realm under the streets. He must save his quirky companions from the posh town’s villain, an evil exterminator named Archibald Snatcher, requiring him to venture above ground into the light – where all kinds of false rumours are told about the Boxtrolls.

There, he teams up with the feisty Winnifred and together they hatch a daring plan to save the underground community. This charming, comedic stop-motion animated fable, from the makers of Coraline, is based on Alan Snow’s children’s novel Here Be Monsters.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes?

Coraline (PG, 2009), Corpse Bride (PG, 2005), Frankenweenie (PG, 2012), ParaNorman (PG, 2012)


A Most Wanted Man (12A)

Based on a novel by John le Carre, this coolly atmospheric, intelligent spy thriller sees late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last lead role as Gunther Bachmann, the head of an anti-terror team in the German port city of Hamburg.

Issa Karpov, a refugee from Chechnya with ties to the Islamic community there, enters the country illegally and is immediately under the close watch of both German and US security agencies, who must determine if he is a brutally oppressed victim or a dangerous terrorist. There is no moral black and white, just shades of grey, in this unhurried but ultimately gripping tale of intrigue.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes?

From Russia With Love (12A, 1963), The Terrorist (12, 1998)


Ballet Boys (12A)

Teenagers Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir share the dream of becoming professional ballet dancers. Although they have trained together since childhood, their close friendship is tested as they begin the auditions that will decide if they continue into dance college or have to start thinking about alternative careers.

This slick documentary reveals the tough physical training and long hours of rehearsal the boys endure, dispelling any notions of ballet as sissy or girlish, and the boys’ passion for their art is inspiring. Even those with little interest in ballet will be able to relate to the teens’ struggle to manage old friendships as they make difficult decisions that will shape their future.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes?

Only When I Dance (PG, 2009), The Red Shoes (U, 1948), Sounds Like Teen Spirit (N/A, 2008), Mad Hot Ballroom (PG, 2005)


The Wizard of Oz – IMAX (U)

A timeless family musical and one of cinema’s much loved productions, The Wizard of Oz sees young Dorothy Gale longing to escape black-and-white drudgery on a Kansas farm, for a life ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’. During a dramatic tornado her wish comes true as she and her dog Toto are carried off into the sky.

Suddenly in Oz, life is Technicolor bedazzlement. In a bid to return to Kansas, new friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion help her fend off the Wicked Witch to reach the Emerald City and the wonderful but never-seen Wizard of Oz.

If you like this, why not try these other great films with similar themes?

Spirited Away (PG, 2001), The Princess Bride (U, 1987), Enchanted (PG, 2007), The Neverending Story (U, 1984), The Wizard of Oz (U, 1925)

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From film clubs in schools, to interviewing the stars, to learning how to make your own films, there is lots to get involved with!

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