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Catch a family film in Edinburgh this October half-term

Ah, the cinema - one of the more effort-free ways to keep kiddies entertained for a few hours at a time, especially when all the museums and free activities have been exhausted. There's a number of great family-friendly releases in cinemas this October half-term (Saturday October 10-Tuesday October 20 2015) - have a glance at the following and see which one suits you.

RECOMMENDED: the full guide to half-term in Edinburgh for kids


A Sudanese youngster escapes from a slave trader, and sets out on a quest with a giraffe for company.

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Hotel Transylvania 2

Halloween-themed sequel in which monstrous hotelier and sometime blood-sucker Dracula attempts to bring up his half-human grandson as a fully-fledged vampire.

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Hugh Jackman stars in the boisterous origin story of how Peter Pan came to Neverland and first encountered the yet-to-be-Captain Hook.

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Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Admirably restrained creature feature starring Richard Gere as a music professor and family man who surrenders to the charms of dog ownership. A must-see for fans of man's best friend.

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Performers from the BBC's 'Horrible Histories' star in this intelligent family-friendly comedy portraying Shakespeare, The Early Years. You'll be pleased to hear there are also plenty of grown-up jokes that'll fly over the little ones' heads.

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Scotland Loves Anime

Not every film in this Japanese animation festival is suitable for children, but there's a fair few that are kid-friendly, including 'school idol' adventure 'Love Live!' and, for slightly older kids, movie additions to the 'Naruto' and 'Dragonball Z' franchises. Check out our Scotland Loves Anime preview blog for more info.

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By: Kaleigh Watterson