Family movies you may have missed in 2018

Did 2018 pass in a blur? Check out our picks for some of the best family-friendly films that hit the movie theatres in 2018.

NB Please note that expected release dates may change. Check with your local cinema for the audience ratings for these movies at the time of release. For more information on ratings and classifications click here. Parental discretion is always advised.

Early Man

Can one little caveman possibly stop the Bronze Age in its tracks and unite his tribe against the enemy? Eddie Redmayne is the voice of Stone Age caveman, Dug, in this stop-frame animation. It’s feel-good slapstick comedy that Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park, does so well.

Release date: 29th March 2018

For more, visit the Early Man movie website

Peter Rabbit

The voice of Peter Rabbit will be well familiar to all Carpool Karaoke fans. James Corden stars in this cinema release of Beatrix’s Potter’s classic tale of wascally wabbits (no wait, wrong rabbit!). A combination of live action and CGI brings the story to life.

Release date: 29th March 2018

For more, visit the Peter Rabbit movie website.

A Wrinkle in Time

Disney dabbles in sci-fi in this tale of a sister, brother and friend who are sent into space to find their scientist father. The movie is causing waves in the entertainment industry due to its strong female lead characters and was filmed in New Zealand. The cast include Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey.

Release date: 12th April 2018

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Sherlock Gnomes

In this sequel to the adorable Gnomeo & Juliet film, the gnomes recruit Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.

Release date: 12th April 2018

For more, visit Sherlock Gnomes movie website.

Isle of Dogs

When Wes Anderson is involved in a movie, you know it’s going to be, shall we say, a little different. Voiceovers by Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Ed Norton tell the adventure of a Japanese boy searching for his dog.

Release date: 3rd May 2018

For more, visit the Isle of Dogs movie website.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Contrary to the way these things are supposed to go, Han Solo really is everyone’s favourite hero in the Star Wars franchise (sorry Luke!). This standalone Star Wars film follows a young Han along with his trusty sidekick, Chewbacca, before they joined the good guys and took on Darth Vader. With Ron Howard directing, we’re betting on a box office hit.

Release date: 24th May 2018

For more, visit the Star Wars website.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The outrageous success of Jurassic World as a follow-up to the original Jurassic Park movies meant that a sequel was inevitable. Jeff Goldblum returns to reprise his role, along with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. There will be big dinosaurs, lots of action and scary moments aplenty!

Release date: 21st June 2018

For more, visit the Jurassic World website.

The Incredibles 2

Fourteen years! Fourteen!! That’s how long we have had to wait for the sequel to what turned out to be a very popular CGI super hero movie from Pixar. This time Mr Incredible is the house-husband while Elastigirl is out saving the world. Expect Jack-Jack (the baby) to steal all the best scenes!

Release date: 28th June 2018

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Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation

The Hotel Transylvania movies have been quietly raking in the big dollars from ticket sales alongside other more publicised movie franchises. The creators seems to have struck on a winning combination and the third installment sees the same cast and director return for what’s sure to be another hit. This time the fanged family are off on a family holiday aboard a Monster Cruise Ship.

Release date: 5th July 2018

For more, visit the Hotel Transylvania 3 movie website.

Christopher Robin

I defy any Winnie-the-Pooh fan not to smile and sigh just a little when Pooh makes his entrance into this live action tale of a grown-up Christopher Robin. Ewan McGregor stars but we all just want to give Pooh a hug!

Release date: 20th September 2018

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James Corden (again!) along with Channing Tatum, Zendaya and Gina Rodriguez star an animated film about yetis – not one, but a whole community of them. There’s a twist in this monster tale with the yetis being deathly afraid of the creature known as “smallfoot” (ie humans).

Release date: 27th September 2018

For more, visit the SMALLFOOT Facebook page.

Show Dogs

A hip-hop loving rottweiler police dog goes undercover at a dog show to save a kidnapped baby panda. Yeah, OK … just take my money!

Release date: 1st October 2018

For more, visit the Show Dogs movie Facebook page.



  1. SarahBlair 31/03/2018 at 10:00 pm

    There are so many good movies coming out! We will have trouble choosing which ones to see! My little boy is now 4 and I will be taking him to his first movie at a cinema these holidays!

  2. kymmage 31/03/2018 at 12:18 am

    So many great movies coming, and we really can’t wait to see most of them. The one we most want to see though, is A Wrinkle in Time. We have read the book, so the movie is a must.

  3. felicity beets 29/03/2018 at 6:50 pm

    would love to see sherlock gnomes and the special effects for a wrinkle in time look amazing – great actors in both as well. I think my son would enjoy peter rabbit.

  4. Bevik1971 29/03/2018 at 9:48 am

    I haven’t actually taken my 5 year old daughter to the movies yet!! She has been with her Dad twice, the first time she was only 3.5 and she hated it – it was too dark and too loud for her haha. But she went to Captain Underpants not long after she turned 5 and liked it 🙂 I’d like to take her for a Mummy-Daughter day. Smallfoot looks really cool I think she would enjoy that but I’m looking forward to Solo!!!

  5. Kjgee 28/03/2018 at 9:32 pm

    My son is extremely excited about Star Wars Solo, but I’m really excited about seeing Christopher Robin! We are a family of 6 and there is definitely something for all of us this year, which is great because although we don’t get to the movies much, we do enjoy watching dvds at home all together.

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