3 films worth your hard-earned cash this school holiday

School holidays are a time when the movie studios throw out anything and everything and hope that it sticks. But let’s look past the clever marketing and find out what you SHOULD be heading to see this month.

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The Lego Movie (trailer)

You stopped playing with Lego years and years ago, didn’t you? So why would a studio adaptation featuring the small, interlocking bricks be of any interest? We understand you might have a few doubts, but if you take your chances and buy a ticket you will find the kind of animated magic that makes a kid’s film a great experience for adults, too. It is shamelessly good fun with razor-sharp wit.

It also doesn’t hurt that the voices behind many of the voice actors have popped up in some of the past year’s best TV shows and videogames – Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Keith Ferguson (Final Fantasy XIII), along with other big names such as Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill.

Our verdict? A spectacle of pure, freewheeling joy.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (trailer)

The last film trod on old ground, so we’re hoping that this one can pull it out of the bag. We like Andrew Garfield (probably because he really held his own in The Social Network) and think he is more of a believable geek than the whiney Tobey Macguire. But then the film has come under fire for trying to include way too many villains – with the likes of Jamie Foxx’s Electro, The Green Goblin and The Rhino – to name the ones we actually know about.

Yes, this is a real cash cow for the studios but, like the current Hobbit trilogy, we will be marching to the box office to see the next instalment of the Peter Parker/Spider-Man story.

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Transcendence (trailer)

All you need to know is that it’s by Christopher Nolan. He made the Batman Trilogy, Inception, The Prestige and Momento. It stars Johnny Depp, Cillian Murphy, Morgan Freeman (he’s getting around isn’t he?), and Paul Bettany (the voice of Iron Man’s Jarvis). You don’t need any other information.

And what’s the best way to head into a Christopher Nolan film? Blind. Don’t watch the trailer, don’t read a synopsis. And if you can avoid the movie poster then you won’t have any expectations – meaning you can enjoy a rollercoaster ride that’s full of surprises.