Going to a movie is always a fun and easy way to entertain the whole family. It feels like there has been a bit of a lull in exciting new movie releases over the past couple months, so we are excited to see several fantastic new kid-friendly movies on the horizon this Spring. Here are the top 5 family films we are looking forward to in April and May:

The Super Mario Bros. MovieSuper Mario Bros. Movie

Opens April 5, 2023 | Starring Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen

Join the iconic plumbing brothers as they hit the big screen in an out-of-this-world animated adventure. Kids and adults alike will love seeing all their favourite Nintendo characters come to life as Mario travels with princess Peach through the Mushroom Kingdom in search of his brother Luigi. Can he save his brother and the world from the ruthless fire-breathing Bowser?

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret. Movie

Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret.

Release Date April 28 | Starring Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, and Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret

Judy Blume’s best-selling novel comes to life in this big screen adaptation by Lionsgate. Join 11 year old Margaret in this coming-of-age story loved by  generations. After moving to a new town, Margaret will make new discoveries about life, friendship and adolescence, while finding love and support from her mother and grandmother. This theatrical event is perfect for women of all ages who have ever struggled with the question of where they fit in.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 MovieGuardians of the Galaxy Volume 3

Release Date May 5, 2023 | Starring Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn

Everyone’s favourite group of intergalactic misfits is back in a third volume of the Marvel hit series. Still reeling from the loss of Gamora, Peter must rally the team to defend the universe once more, while protecting their own. Will they survive, or will it lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them?

The Little Mermaid Movie

The Little Mermaid

Release Date May 26, 2023 | Starring Halle Bailey, Daveed Diggs, Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Melissa McCarthy

Disney’s classic under the sea tale has been given a fresh live-action remake! Journey along with young mermaid Ariel as she makes a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula in order to explore the surface world and meet her beloved Prince Eric. Who will save her with her own life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy?

Elemental MovieElemental

Release Date June 16, 2023 | Featuring Leah Lewis as Ember and Mamoudou Athie as Wade

Disney and Pixar invite you to Element City –  where fire, water, land and air residents all live together. This animated film follows Ember, a fiery young woman who’s views are challenged by new go-with-the-flow friend Wade.

Going to a movie can be hard on the wallet so over the years our family has learned to be a little bit more picky about what we see. These 5 family films are all ones I would definitely consider to be worth the splurge to see in the theatre, which is going to make it a challenge to narrow it down to just one or two! To stretch those movie dollars a little further, we recommend taking in a Tuesday show, picking up discount movie passes from Costco or AMA, or booking a Sunday morning show during Landmark Cinemas Kids’ Day Sundays.