Rainy days offer the perfect opportunity to watch a movie, here are a few suggestions to help you forget about the bad weather.
One of the most cinematically beautiful offerings from Pixar, Wall-E is the heart-warming story of the last robot left on earth. He's busy tidying it up for the new generation of humans to return to, when a new, hi-tech robot stranger appears on Earth. After Wall-E becomes besotted with her, he ends up following her into outer space. Despite the fact that he doesn't really speak, you'll quickly find yourself falling for Wall-E and rooting for him all the way.
Full of fun, laughs and so pretty to look at, Wall-E is sure to lift your mood on a rainy day.
Probably one of the most unconventional families in cinema, the Hoovers all pile into a van to take their youngest member to a beauty pageant on the other side of the country.
Would-be beauty queen Olive is a little pudgy, but has her heart set on the crown. Her dad is a failed motivational speaker, her uncle is recovering from a suicide attempt, her older brother has taken a vow of silence, her grandfather is heroin-happy and her mum is the nation's number one Proust scholar. Together, they're a charming, funny family that are guaranteed to leave you smiling. This film shows that no matter how odd you all may be, a family can come together in the end.
Based on the Broadway musical, Mamma Mia is one of the most fun and uplifting musicals to be found. Set in gorgeous sun-drenched Italy, it's packed with the ABBA songs that you'll already know well. Donna runs a hotel which is falling apart at the seams. She's brought up her daughter alone, and now that it's time for her daughter to get married, she's feeling the pinch. Unbeknownst to her, her daughter is determined to find out which of three men are her father. When the three of them show up on the island, Donna's head is sent into a spin. Regardless of what the weather's like, this fun-filled flick will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
Even though he's a few sandwiches short of a picnic, Forrest Gump has found himself present at a good handful of important historical events. Even though he doesn't actively hunt for these opportunities, he's taught Elvis Presley to dance, met John F. Kennedy, opens a profitable shrimping company, is an investor in Apple Computers and even serves in Vietnam.
Despite all this, there's only one thing on his mind; his childhood, unrequited sweetheart Jenny. Full of memorable historical events and great acting, Forrest Gump is a film for all ages.
Evil mastermind Gru has big plans to become the world's number one villain, and so he's hatched a plan to steal the Moon. To do this, he's going to need a shrinking ray - unfortunately, when said ray falls into the hands of his arch nemesis Vector, he's going to have to pull out all the stops to get it back.
When he witnesses three orphan girls able to get into Vector's headquarters by selling cookies, he adopts the three of them to help him get the ray back. However, the three girls soon make it very clear that they're for life, and not just for dastardly schemes. Soon enough, Gru realises that even if he might not have what it takes to be the number one villain, he might well have what it takes to be a dad.
Set in 1899, Moulin Rouge tells the story of a young English Writer (Ewan McGregor) who comes to Paris to experience the grittier side of the French underworld. When he visits the notorious Moulin Rouge, he finds himself very quickly falling for the most expensive and famous dancer Satine. Meanwhile, a Duke covets her affections and offers the Moulin Rouge financial backing to become a proper theatre in return for her love. With plenty of sultry, toe-tapping musical numbers and some incredible Baz Luhrman cinematography, Moulin Rouge is perfect for those gloomy days.
Starring Robin Williams, Mrs. Doubtfire follows the story of eccentric voice actor Daniel Hillard and his battle to be a good father to his three kids. Even though he is an affectionate father, after a birthday party he throws goes terribly wrong, Daniel's wife files for divorce. Things take a turn for the worse when she is given sole custody of the kids.
Because he's only allowed to see his children once a week, Daniel comes up with a plan to keep in contact with them by dressing in disguise. Dealing with family life as a nanny, he's got to put up with his wife's new boyfriend and somehow keep up the ruse for as long as a he can. Often described as one of the best family films, Mrs. Doubtfire is full of laughs and heart-warming moments.
The classic summer film, Grease is the feel-good story of college kids Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson and their ragtag group of friends. Already a long-running Broadway musical, director Randal Kleiser brought this toe-tapping musical to the big screen and turned it into one of the most successful film musicals of all time. With memorable songs, great acting and everything that made the '50s great, Grease is a sure summer favourite that brings sunshine to any rainy day.
Full of beautiful animation that Studio Ghibli fans have come to expect, Ponyo is the charming story of a fish who just wants to be a little girl.
As the daughter of the king of the ocean, Ponyo isn't exactly your standard goldfish. When five-year-old Sosuke befriends her, the special connection between them sees her transforming herself into a girl so she can stay with him. Even though Ponyo and Sosuke love each other, their friendship causes a great deal of problems - not least because she happens to be a magical princess of the sea.
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