Boxing Day movie blockbusters

The summer break is a great opportunity to head to the cinemas and make the most of the huge new releases.

But there’s always so many to choose from – which will be the right choice?

Luckily, your friends at the Leader have broken down some of the biggest releases coming this festive season.

Check out the upcoming releases below!

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG), released December 26

Kids and adults alike will love Disney’s latest release – Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet

The titular lovable video game character escapes the confines of his arcade and enters the vast world of the internet in the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2012 film.

One of the biggest drawcards is the appearance of every official Disney princess. That’s right, Cinderella, Snow White, Mulan, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Merida, Tiana, Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel and Pocahontas all appear in the ambitious film.

John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman return to voice the main characters, while Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, also provides a voice.



Aquaman (M), released December 26

The DC Extended Universe has had far less success than their Marvel counterparts, but early critic reviews are hailing the latest offering, Aquaman, as a fun ride.

Jason Momoa (best known as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones) stars as the Justice League member in his first big screen solo outing.

The film also stars Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman and Patrick Wilson and was filmed in Australia.

Time will tell if this film turns out to be more like the fantastic Wonder Woman or the disappointing Man of Steel.

The Favourite

The Favourite

The Favourite (MA15+), released December 26

This dark comedy has been a hit with the critics and has already scored a host of nominations at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Starring Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman, the black comedy follows the impressionable Queen Anne and two of her trusted confidantes as they try to mould her to suit their own ends.

The Favourite is directed by the divisive yet critically-adored Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and all reports suggest this is not a movie for everyone.

Holmes and Watson

Holmes and Watson

Holmes and Watson (TBC), released December 26

We’ve had Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, the BBC’s Sherlock and even this year’s animated Sherlock Gnomes. Now, the latest film to adapt the classic Arthur Conan Doyle detective is Etan Cohen’s Holmes and Watson.

The new film is decidedly a comedy, and stars frequent on-screen collaborators Will Ferrell and John C Reilly as the investigator and his offsider.

For what appears to be a rather unintelligent, ridiculous comedy, Holmes and Watson has attracted a good supporting cast, including Rebecca Hall, Pam Ferris, Hugh Laurie, Ralph Fiennes and Kelly MacDonald, among others.

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns (G), released January 1

It’s always a risk to revamp a much-loved piece of pop culture history, but all indications suggest Mary Poppins Returns is going to be a winner.

The sequel to the classic Julie Andrews movie – itself based on the beloved P.L. Travers book – sees Emily Blunt take on the original supernanny’s umbrella and visit the now all-grown-up Banks children in their new time of need.

Emily Blunt has already score a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination for her performance.

With new music from Lin-Manuel Miranda (who created the Hamilton musical and worked on songs for Moana) and direction from Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods), there’s little doubt Mary Poppins Returns is going to delight audiences of all ages.

Instant Family

Instant Family

Instant Family (M), released January 10

The title and the premise don’t scream ‘great movie’ but given Instant Family is based on a true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Australia’s own Rose Byrne, it might have a chance.

The film follows a married couple as they foster three siblings at once – their first time raising children.

The film co-stars Octavia Spencer, Margo Martindale and Sicario: Day of the Soldado star Isabela Moner.



Glass (TBC), released January 17

Audiences across the globe were shocked when M. Night Shyamalan’s 2016 film Split turned out to be a long-delayed sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable, but we’ve only had to wait three years for the third film, Glass, to arrive.

Bringing together Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson from the first film and the truly transformative James McAvoy from Split, Glass finds all three characters being observed in a mental facility.

Shyamalan is well-known for his reliance on twist endings in his films, and the same can be expected for the new film.

Co-stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson and Spencer Treat Clark.