Books & Films

Film releases for July and August 2016

Last updated 3rd January 2017


The most hotly anticipated film of the summer, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved BFG finally hits our screens this July. Mark Rylance is a perfectly gentle and charming soul, as the 24ft Big Friendly Giant, who captures 10-year-old Sophie to help him on a mission to rid of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other bad giants. This magical Spielberg-Dahl creation is pure fantastical escapism for all ages.

Certificate: PG
Released: 22 July

Swallows & Amazons

This right-rollicking boys’- (and girls’-) own adventure, set in the 1935 Lake District, oozes nostalgia and reveals the timeless splendour of its setting. Arthur Ransome’s treasured classic is handsomely brought to life by British filmmaker Philippa Lowthorpe, successfully adding in another layer of Russian spy plot and cleverly juxtaposing kids’ adventures with the adult world. It also reminds us of a bygone era when kids were allowed to roam free. A must-see film for summer.

Certificate: PG
Released: 19 August


Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and rebooted for the new generation. Parents who loved it first time round won’t be disappointed – the new team are a sassy all-female bunch, who provide plenty of belly-laughs as they try to rid New York of ghosts and ghouls. Kids will enjoy this supernatural comedy, played out by the likes of Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and adults will enjoy a trip down memory lane. Who you gonna call…?

Certificate: PG
Release date: 15 July

Ice Age: Collision Course

The loveable group of ice-age beasts are back for a fifth time this summer, with a film that is as warm, funny and family-friendly as its predecessors. Scrat’s pursuit of his elusive acorn sees him catapulted off earth, where he accidentally sets off a planet-threatening series of cosmic events – can he, with the help of his trusty crew, Manny, Sid and Diego, save the day? Guaranteed laughs and thrills for little ones.

Certificate: U
Release date: 15 July