Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, our bewildered ursine friend is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins).
Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman).
This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans old and new of the perennially popular children’s books by Michael Bond.
Ava DuVernay (Selma) takes us on a fantastical adventure in her vibrant adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s most famous children’s novel, A Wrinkle In Time. Meg Murry (Reid) is an awkward teen with a penchant for all things physics. When her scientist father vanishes without a trace, Meg, her heartthrob Calvin (Miller) and genius little brother Charles (Deric McCabe) must travel through space and time to get him back. Luckily, three cosmic guides – Mrs Which (Winfrey), Mrs Whatsit (Witherspoon) and Mrs Who (Kaling) – are there to lend a helping hand. Together, they embark on an intergalactic quest to far-flung destinations, battling magical beings, beastly creatures and great forces of evil along the way.
Based on Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name, Wonderstruck is about two children, both with hearing impairments, who live in eras 50 years apart and set off in search of the bright lights of New York City. Todd Haynes masterfully flits between a black-and-white 1927, where 12-year-old urchin Rose (Millicent Simmonds) lives a cosseted life in New Jersey, and 1977, where an unkempt Ben (Pete’s Dragon star Fegley) lives in a quiet, rural town in Minnesota. While Rose dreams of crossing paths with film star idol Lillian Mayhew (Moore), Ben longs for his deceased mother (Williams) and his father whom he never knew. In a whimsical mirroring of one another, both children trade in their lonely lives for the hustle and bustle of the big city in a quest to find themselves.
An animal rights group stages a daring infiltration into the New York Central Park Zoo, freeing four best friends (a giraffe, a hippopotamus, a lion, and a zebra) from captivation. When the ship capsizes, however, they end up in Madagascar, where they are free to live in the wild... but these New Yorkers, raised in captivity, have absolutely no clue about how to fend for themselves without human care (and even if they did, they"re not native to Madagascar anyway).
The beloved garden gnomes from GNOMEO AND JULIET are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there's only one gnome to call...SHERLOCK GNOMES. The famous detective and sworn protector of London's garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city. This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.
Four long years after The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs brings another welcome dose of Wes Anderson’s whimsical charm and offbeat direction to capture audiences’ hearts. Set in a dystopian future Japan, the paw-some stop-motion animation follows 12-year-old Atari (Koyu Rankin) on his noble quest to find his adored pet dog, Spots (Liev Schreiber). After a mysterious outbreak of ‘canine flu’, all the hounds of Megasaki City are exiled by the authorities to a colossal rubbish dump known as Trash Island. Atari sets out solo to rescue his beloved pooch, meeting a few new mongrel friends along the way. Together, they end up on a journey that will decide the fate of the entire prefecture.