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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Family
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hmv previews... 2018's Best Movies - Family

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2018's best movies. We continue today with the pick of the year's family films...


Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Mandy Moore, Kelly MacDonald, Jane Lynch and Taraji P. Henson

Director: Rich Moore & Phil Johnston

Release Date: November 30th


After grossing over $470 million at the box office back in 2012, we finally get a second helping of Wreck-It Ralph in 2018.

Set six years after the first movie, this time we follow John C. Reilly’s loveable brute Ralph as he heads into the internet when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade as he must find a replacement part to fix Sugar Rush.

Along the way, Ralph and Sarah Silverman Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, including the trendy algorithm Yesss and the Disney Princesses.



The Nutcracker

Starring: Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Miranda Hart, Jack Whitehall, Misty Copeland, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren

Director: Lasse Hallström

Release Date: October 26th


Disney’s new live-action epic is an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.

We follow Clara, a young girl who is desperate to get her hand on a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. When she discovers the key's location, it promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world.

It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger to retrieve her key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.



Early Man

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Selina Griffiths, Johnny Vegas and Mark Williams.

Director: Nick Park

Release Date: January 26th


Aardman Animations take us back to the Stone Age in their new family adventure.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, the movie tells the story of courageous caveman hero named Dug and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.


Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Keegan-Michael Key, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Asher Blinkoff and Mel Brooks.

Director: Genndy Tartakovsk

Release Date: July 27th


In this third instalment of the hit franchise, we follow Dracula, Mavis, Johnny and the rest of Dracula's friends as they take a vacation on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship, where Dracula then falls in love with the ship's captain, Ericka. Trouble is, she is secretly the descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, his great nemesis!


Peter Rabbit

Starring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley

Director: Will Gluck

Release Date: March 16th


Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s story gets dusted off for this big-budget new adventure.

We follow James Corden’s Peter, the mischievous and adventurous hero whose feud with Domhnall Gleeson’s farmer Mr McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.




Starring: Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Tom Hollander and Cate Blanchett

Director: Andy Serkis

Release Date: October 19th


It’s been heavily delayed more than once, but 2018 looks like it’ll be the year where Andy Serkis’s long-awaited take on The Jungle Book finally comes to cinemas.

In Serkis's new adaptation, Christian Bale will voice the role of Bagheera the panther, with Cate Blanchett as Kaa the Python. Peter Mullan will voice the part of Akela, leader of the Wolfpack, with Naomie Harris and Eddie Marsan voicing other wolves in the pack.

Tom Hollander is also in the cast, voicing the role of Tabaqui the jackal, while Benedict Cumberbatch will voice the film's villain, the tiger Shere Khan.

Now titled Mowgli, the film is an origin story for the book’s diminutive hero and his strange upbringing as he learns the often-harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo...



Starring: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito and Gina Rodriguez

Director: Karey Kirkpatrick

Release Date: October 5th


This big-budget animation turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist - a human.

News of this discovery of a small foot brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams, but it also makes his fellow Yetis curious to see what else they can find...


Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Starring: Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber, Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry

Director: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman

Release Date: December 14th


The Spider-Verse gets expanded with this new animated adventure, set apart from the Tom Holland-iteration of the character.

In this story, we follow Miles Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero ever since the death of Peter Parker, who was the first Spider-Man.

Shameik Moore voices Morales, working from a script from 22 Jump Street pair Phil Lord and Chris Miller.



Starring: Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renée Victor and Adrian Gonzalez

Director: Lee Unkrich

Release Date: January 19th


The latest creation from Disney’s animation hit factory Pixar arrives in the next two weeks.

The story follows 12-year-old Miguel, who has grown up in a family that has banned music. Despite the ban, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent and make a life in music, Miguel, after a series of misadventures finds himself in the Land of the Dead.

Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.


Sherlock Gnomes

Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Mary J. Blige and Johnny Depp

Director: John Stevenson

Release Date: May 11th


The sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo and Juliet arrives in 2018 and an all-star voice cast return to the garden of gnomes.

In this adventure, Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick, Gnome Watson to help investigate the mysterious disappearance of the other garden gnomes...


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