New movies to look forward to

Want something to distract you from the start of school? Here are some movies that are coming out in the next few months to look forward to.

Saving Mr Banks (releases on 6th February)

This is the story of how Walt Disney convinced the author P. L. Travers to allow him to turn her novel Mary Poppins into a movie.


The Seventh Son 2D and 3D (releases on 20th February)

This movie is based on the first book in the Wardstone Chronicles series written by Joseph Delaney. It is the story of a mystical knight and his 14 year old apprentice as they battle a powerful witch called Mother Malkin


Mr Peabody and Sherman 2D and 3D (releases on 27th March)

Mr Peabody takes his adopted son Sherman back through history in an attempt to fix changes made to history when Sherman and his classmate, Penny, tampered with the WABAC machine.


Muppets: Most Wanted (releases on 10th April)

The Muppets are back! Featuring celebrities like Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Christopher Waltz, the muppets are on a world tour and find themselves caught up in a jewelry heist lead by a Kermit look-alike.


Rio 2 2D and 3D (releases on 17th April)

The sequel to Rio – Jewel and Blu and their three children leave their domesticated life in the city and return to the Amazon jungle.


The LEGO movie (releases on 17th April)

LEGO comes to life in this comedy movie about an ordinary LEGO guy who everything believes is the chosen one to fulfill a prophesy and save the LEGO world. Lots of familiar LEGO character make an appearance.


The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (releases on 24th April)

Based on Reif Larsen’s children’s book. A 12 year old child genius secretly leaves his family’s country home in Montana to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute, who think that he is an adult.


Tarzan 2D and 3D (releases on 12th June)

An animated movie of the classic story of an boy who survives a plane crash in the jungle and is raised by apes.


Maleficent 2D and 3D (releases on 19th June)

A dark retelling of Disney’s tale of Sleeping Beauty. The story is from the view of  the witch Maleficient, and the eevnts that harden her heart and cause her to curse princess Aurora


How to Train your Dragon 2 2D and 3D (releases on 3rd July)

This story starts 5 years after the first movie. Hiccup and Toothless set out to discover new worlds and unmapped lands. They come across a land that’s home to hundreds of new dragons, and find them selves caught in the middle trying to keep the peace.


Kids’ Club Review by Nathaniel: The hobbit : or, There and back again

The hobbit : or, There and back again, by J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

It is a scary book with spiders and a dragon. the spiders find them in mirkwood and wrap the dwarves up but Bilbo cuts himself out with a knife in his pocket.And he meets a dragon called Smaug. Bilbo tries to get the Arkenstone but he can’t and he escapes.
I think this book would be good for boys and girls who are 8 or 9 because it is a chapter book. It’s quite scary and it’s long because it takes a long time for them to get there. My favourite part was when the dwarves first went into Mirkwood because it felt like a sudden change. it was dark and scary.

5 stars

Reviewed by Nathaniel from Khandallah, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Nico: The Hobbit : or There and back again

The Hobbit : or There and back againThe Hobbit : or There and back again, by J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973,)

In my opinion, this book is adventurous, exciting and nerve wracking. My favourite character is Bilbo because he is funny and unique. The king of the orcs is my least favourite character because he is selfish, ugly and scary – a very bad person.
I wouldn’t change the ending because it was perfect. If I was to give it a new title, I would call it “A Hobbit’s Adventure.”

4 stars

Reviewed by Nico from Karori, 8 years old

The Hobbit production video #2

A couple of weeks ago we posted the first in the new series of The Hobbit: The desolation of Smaug production videos on this blog.

It’s time for video number 2! Enjoy.


The Hobbit official website is really cool – check it out now! (Best viewed in Chrome) You can find out all about the story behind the movie, the cast and crew, and watch heaps of cool and funny videos. There are also posters and wallpapers you can download.

The movie is released in New Zealand on December 12th.

Kids’ Club Review by Mia: Pippi Longstocking

Pippi LongstockingPippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002)

Do you get sick of getting told what to do by your parents? Well Pippi Longstockings doesn’t. She doesn’t have parents. Pippi is hilarious and is very different she is very rich and confident. Pippi goes to a lot of places and gets into lot’s of trouble!

Great book

3 stars

Reviewed by Mia from Wadestown, 10 years old