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Family-Friendly Cinemas and Movies to Look Forward to in 2022

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We all love the convenience of flipping through Netflix or Disney+ Hotstar, and simply clicking on whatever movie appeals to us. But when was the last time you took the family out to the movies? We know it seems like forever (in our long distant pre-pandemic past), but as families start exploring the outside world again, perhaps a movie date might just be the ticket for a day of family-friendly fun! 

Here’s our list of our favourite cinemas and movies to look forward to this year:

Cinemas to check out 

Parents can finally complete a movie (relatively) uninterrupted – during the day and with the kids around, to boot! These cinemas are catered specifically to meet the needs of everyone in the family, with brighter lighting, lower audio, and a variety of cushy seating options. Standard cinema rules do not apply here too- kids are allowed to giggle, move about, and ask 101 questions about what’s happening in the movie! 

1. Golden Screen Cinemas PlayPlus

Source: GSC

Cosy up together with the whole family at the PlayPlus Cuddle Couch, or sink into a personal soft PlayPlus Bean Bag at this family-friendly hall. The playground within the hall will also keep any restless kids occupied, if (or more like when – when it comes to the littles!), they lose interest in the movie. If you are early, spend some time at the PlayPlus Lounge* that’s full of entertaining toys and fun equipment for the kiddos. This cinema plays close attention to hygiene (something we all appreciate in these Covid times!), as socks are required both at the PlayPlus Lounge and the PlayPlus Hall. 

SOPs: Halls are disinfected after every show, gap seating in cinemas 

Contact: 03- 7713 7888

Locations: 3 Damansara, Starling,Tropicana Gardens, IOI Mall Puchong

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[*PlayPlus Lounge is available at selected cinemas]

2. MBO Cinema Kecil 

Source: MBO Cinemas

Expect lost of fun and excitement, with your kids having the option to run free at the playground within this hall, or choosing to sit and watch the movie on-screen. A diaper-changing room is also conveniently located right outside the hall- perfect for quick dashes out, so you won’t miss too much of the movie when diaper duty calls! 

SOPs: Per government guidelines

Contact: Via Facebook

Locations: Atria Shopping Mall- Jalan SS 22/23, Damansara Jaya, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Website* I Facebook I Instagram

[*The MBO website is in the midst of being updated]

Upcoming 2022 Movies

Get excited with these upcoming movies for 2022 (for our mamas who love planning way ahead, you’re welcome!). From animation and comedy, to action and adventure, there’s something fitting for everyone in the family.

January (now showing)

Encanto

Source: Cinema Online

This Disney fantasy movie tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical place known as the Encanto. With its bright and beautiful animation, heartwarming storyline and toe-tapping songs, Encanto will soon have the whole family mesmerised!

Classification: P13 

Release Date: 25th November 2021

Genre: Adventure / Animation / Comedy

Running Time: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

Sing 2

Source: Cinema Online

Mini musical fans will be dazzled by this musical comedy (and the sequel to 2016’s charming Sing), which is currently showing in cinemas. Tuck into your popcorn, and join an all-star cast of animal performers and a reclusive rock star in the glittering entertainment capital of the animal world.

Classification: P13

Release Date: 30th December 2021

Genre: Animation / Comedy

Running Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

February

Prince’s Voyage (FIC)

Source: Cinema Online

A thoughtful French animated feature, in which a wise old monkey prince arrives in a strange new land. Forming a friendship with a young boy, the two embark on a journey of discovery about the world around them – and about themselves. 

Language: French

Subtitle: English

Classification: P13

Release Date: 7th February 2022

Genre: Animation

Running Time: 1 Hour 17 Minutes

Clifford The Big Red Dog

Source: Cinema Online

 A young girl’s love for a tiny puppy named Clifford makes the dog grow to an enormous size. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford the Dog and middle schooler Emily set out on an adventure that will keep kids and parents alike on the edge of their seats through the streets of the Big Apple!

Classification: P13 

Release Date: 10th February 2022

Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Family

Running Time: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

March 

The Batman

Source: Cinema Online

The highly anticipated Batman reboot, featuring a classic superhero, epic villains  and high-stakes action sequences, is perfect for the older kids. Book your tickets early for the first DC film of 2022- something  the whole family will look forward to!

Classification: P13 

Release Date: 3rd March 2022

Genre: Action / Superhero

Running Time: 2 Hours 55 Minutes

April

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore

Source: Cinema Online

Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you! Have a magical time watching the third instalment of the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, a spinoff of the beloved “Harry Potter”series.

Classification: NA

Release Date: 14th April 2022

Genre: Adventure / Fantasy

Running Time: NA

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Source: Cinema Online

We’d recognise those blue spikes anywhere! Catch Sonic the Hedgehog (if you can!) in this 2022 sequel, as he embarks on a globetrotting journey to find a mystical emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. 

Classification: NA

Release Date: 28th April 2022

Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy

Running Time: NA

May

DC League Of Super-Pets

Source: Cinema Online

Crime doesn’t stop while these superhero animals are on vacation!  Based on the DC Comics superhero team Legion of Super-Pets and featuring the voices of comedic duo (and real live pals Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, this animated film will have the kids cracking up and cheering on these furry superheroes.

Classification: NA

Release Date: 19th May 2022

Genre: Animation / Comedy

Running Time: NA

June

Jurassic World: Dominion

Source: Cinema Online

Dinosaurs are some of the earliest themes we introduce our kids to. Bring these giants to life for young movie-goers by catching the third instalment of the “Jurassic World” movie series. Picking up after the events of 2018`s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom“, this is bound to be an adrenaline-filled adventure! 

Classification: P13

Release Date: 9th June 2022

Genre: Action / Adventure

Running Time: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

Lightyear

Source: Cinema Online

This animated movie focuses on Buzz Lightyear from the beloved `”Toy Story” series. Buzz will be voiced by Chris Evans, as the movie centres on the man who inspired the Buzz Lightyear character. To infinity, and beyond!

Classification: NA

Release Date: 16th June 2022

Genre: Action / Adventure / Animation / Science Fiction

Running Time: NA

Minions: The Rise Of Gru

Source: Cinema Online

Bello! A prequel to the wildly popular Despicable Me series, this movie features a 12 year-old Gru, who is a fanboy of Vicious 6, a supervillain supergroup. When Vicious 6 fires their leader, Gru decides this will be his chance to finally join them. Watch little Gru and our favourite minions embark on an adventure where everything that could go wrong, does! 

Classification: PG

Release Date: 30th June 2022

Genre: Animation

Running Time: 1 Hour 30  Minutes

July

Black Adam

Source: Cinema Online

Dwayne Johnson stars as the titular antihero in this action movie, which serves as a spinoff of the 2019 superhero action flick, “Shazam!”.

Classification: NA

Release Date: 28th July 2022

Genre: Action / Science Fiction

Running Time: NA

August

Under The Boardwalk

Source: Chris Hardy on Unsplash

This animated musical comedy follows hermit crabs who live under the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore. Watch love unite, as a land crab townie and sea crab tourist embark on an epic adventure far away from home.

Language: English

Classification: NA

Release Date: 18th August 2022

Genre: Animation

Running Time: NA

Secret Headquarters

Source: Stefan Steinbauer on Unsplash

With all the superhero movies released this year, it’s nice to have one where the protagonist is a child. This family action movie is about a kid who discovers the secret headquarters of a powerful superhero hidden beneath his home, and how he defends it with his group of friends when villains attack.

Classification: NA

Release Date: 25th August 2022

Genre: Action / Superhero

Running Time: NA

September

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Source: IMDb

Uh-oh! Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for adventure has taken its toll: he has burned through eight of his nine lives. Join Puss as he sets out to find the mythical Last Wish and restore his nine lives.

Classification: NA

Release Date: 8th September 2022

Genre: Animation

Running Time: NA

October

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One)

Source: Cinema Online

Watch Brooklyn`s full-time friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man transport across the multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off against a villain more powerful than anyoe they have ever encountered before. Make sure to pre-book tickets early for good seats! 

Language: English

Classification: NA

Release Date: 6th October 2022

Genre: Animation

Running Time: NA

The Flash

Source: Cinema Online

A standalone movie part of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), that focuses on the superhero speedster The Flash. Don’t forget to catch your breath as you gear up for this upcoming film! 

Language: English

Subtitle: NA

Classification: NA

Release Date: 3rd November 2022

Genre: Action / Superhero

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Source: Cinema Online

Although the absence of the late Chadwick Boseman will be deeply felt, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and many of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film

Language: English

Classification: NA

Release Date: 10th November 2022

Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction

Running Time: NA

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Source: IMDb

Based on the famous children`s book by the same name, Lyle is a crocodile living in New York City who is beloved by everyone in his neighbourhood. Everyone, that is, except Mr Grumps, who hates Lyle and thinks he belongs in a zoo. Lyle does his best to win Mr Grumps over and befriend him in this heartwarming tale the kids are sure to love!

Language: English

Classification: NA

Release Date: 17th November 2022

Genre: Comedy / Musical

Running Time: NA

Strange World

Source: Cinema Online

You can’t get more wholesome and family-friendly than with Walt Disney movies! Enjoy this original action-adventure that will bring the whole family along in a journey deep into an uncharted and treacherous land, where fantastical creatures await.

Classification: NA

Release Date: 24th November 2022

Genre: Adventure / Animation

Running Time: NA

December

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Source: IMDb

Go deep as you watch the sequel to 2018’s Aquaman, where the half-human, half-Atlantean heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis protects their underwater world from threat. 

Classification: NA

Release Date: 15th December 2022

Genre: Action / Science Fiction

Running Time: NA

Avatar 2

Source: IMDb

Even the younger ones are bound to enjoy Avatar’s well-known vivid colours and amazing cinematography. This sequel is set a few years after the first movie left off, now seeing min characters Jake and Neytiri as parents to an 8-year-old daughter.

Classification: NA

Release Date: 15th December 2022

Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy

Running Time: NA

Super Mario Bros

Source: Cinema Online

Many of our kids have no idea who Super Mario is, so here is their chance to get acquainted with Mum or Dad’s favourite childhood Nintendo characters!  Enjoy watching Mario travel through an underground labyrinth with his brother Luigi to try and save a captured princess in this adaptation of the popular video game. 

Classification: NA

Release Date: 22nd December 2022

Genre: Animation

Running Time: NA


The information contained in this article is accurate as of the publication date of 25th January 2022. Do note that there may be changes or possible delays in the release dates of these upcoming movies.

Elaine is a mummy of two who moved from the financial world to become an early childhood educator. She loves travelling, books and her cup of tea to unwind after a long day of diapers, school runs and pretend play.