2016 at the Cinema, highlighting the biggest film releases.

All the films shown in our trailer highlighting the great family entertainment opening throughout the year are listed below. Experience as many as you can at your local cinema. Please note that the opening dates given below are subject to change ? always check the show times before you set off!


  • Capture the Flag – blast off for the moon in this animated adventure, in UK cinemas from 29 January



  • Dad’s Army – the British Empire strikes back, stars Toby Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones, from 5 February



  • Goosebumps – Jack Black stars as a writer whose imaginary demons are set free in his local town, from 5 February



  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip – stars Jason Lee and the voice of Justin Long, from 12 February
  • Oddball and the Penguins – stars Alan Tudyk and Sarah Snook, from 12 February
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 – animated fun with the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, from 11 March
  • Zootropolis – animated mystery adventure set in a city of animals, with the voices of Idris Elba and Alan Tudyk, from 25 March
  • Eddie the Eagle – the (true) story of Britain’s first ski jumper in the Winter Olympics, stars BAFTA-nominated Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, from 1 April



  • The Jungle Book – 3D spectacular stars the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson, from 15 April



  • Angry Birds – animated comedy with the voices of Jason Sudeikis and Peter Dinklage, from 13 May
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass – return to Wonderland with Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, from 27 May
  • Robinson Crusoe – exotic new animated version of the great adventure story, from 27 May
  • The Secret Life of Pets – animated comedy from the ‘Minions’ studio, with the voices of Kevin Hart, Lake Bell and Steve Coogan, from 24 June



  • Ice Age: Collision Course – latest out-of-this-world comedy adventure for Sid and Scrat and friends, from 15 July
  • The BFG – Steven Spielberg directs Roald Dahl’s wonderful fantasy about a girl called Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant, from 22 July
  • Finding Dory – Pixar’s animated follow-up to Finding Nemo, from 29 July



  • Storks – see the stork delivery service come to animated life, from 14 October



  • A Monster Calls – visionary fantasy drama with Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson as the tree monster, from 21 October
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – JK Rowling’s adventures of writer Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York’s secret witches and wizards community, from 18 November
  • Phantom Boy – animated fantasy about a super-powered boy who helps to tackle a criminal kingpin, with the voice of Audrey Tautou, in cinemas in 2016
  • Calamity Jane – digital revival of this 1953 musical comedy western, back in cinemas in 2016
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark – digital revival  of Harrison Ford’s first Indiana Jones adventure, directed by Steven Spielberg, back in cinemas in 2016


What were UK cinemagoers favourite family films of last year?
Here are a dozen of the biggest hits, mostly animated adventures:


Minions (certificate U)
Inside Out (U)
Home (U)
Cinderella – starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter (U)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (U)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (U)
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (U)
Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (U)
Big Hero 6 (PG)
The Good Dinosaur (PG)
Into the Woods – Oscar-nominated fantasy starring Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt, James Corden and Meryl Streep (PG)
Pan – starring Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and rising star Levi Miller as Peter (PG)


How many of these have you seen?