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Two great new options for your next family movie night

by Tania Griffin

PUSS IN BOOTS: THE LAST WISH

A picture of the animated character puss in boots.

When Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll and he has burnt through eight of his nine lives, he sets out on an epic journey to restore them in Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.

Nominated for a 2023 Oscar (plus a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice Award) for Best Animated Feature Film, this DreamWorks animated adventure is the sixth instalment in the beloved Shrek franchise and the long-awaited sequel to the 2011 spin-off movie, Puss in Boots

AV Club calls it “easily the best film in the Shrek franchise.”

Antonio Banderas returns as the swashbuckling Puss alongside fellow Oscar nominee Salma Hayek as the voice of Kitty Softpaws.

The Last Wish was the 10th biggest box office hit of 2022 and has a 95% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “The smart, sweet and funny Puss in Boots: The Last Wish proves some franchises only get better with age.”

Common Sense Media recommends Puss in Boots: The Last Wish for ages 8+.

LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILE

A picture of the movie Lyle Lyle crocodile.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile centres on a young boy named Josh, who struggles to adjust and make friends after his family moves to New York City. All of that changes when he discovers Lyle: a singing crocodile (voiced by Grammy-nominated pop star Shawn Mendes) who loves baths, caviar and great music, and his charismatic owner, Hector P. Valenti, played by Oscar winner Javier Bardem. 

The movie is based on the best-selling children’s story by Bernard Waber, with original songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the Oscar-winning duo behind The Greatest ShowmanLa La Land and Dear Evan Hansen).

Recommending the film for ages 6+, Common Sense Media sums up the movie as “a story about found family and finding your joy, even when things seem overwhelming,” while RogerEbert.com calls it “a warm-hearted family film with great musical numbers that will make another generation of kids hopefully search the attic on the chance that they might find a singing crocodile.”

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