Because PG13 movies, of course. While the more kid-friendly films tend to be released during June, September and closer to Christmas, March school holidays are usually bereft of G-rated movies. There’s no exception for this school holiday either – there are a couple of blockbusters and Japanese anime features showing right now; you just need to be old enough to watch them.

In case you didn’t understand Singapore’s movie classification system, here’s what they mean:

G – General. Suitable for all ages.
PG – Parental Guidance. Suitable for all, but parents should guide their young.
PG13 – Suitable for persons aged 13 and above but parental guidance is advised for children below 13.
NC16 – No children under 16. Suitable for persons aged 16 and above.
M18 – Mature 18. Suitable for persons aged 18 and above.
R21 – Restricted 21. Restricted to persons aged 21 and above.

Here’s what’s on offer right now.

The Blockbusters

1. Kong: Skull Island (PG13: Some violence and coarse language)

Kong: Skull Island. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Kong: Skull Island. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

A motley crew of intrepid explorers venture deep into an uncharted island without knowing that it is inhabited by the mythic King Kong, or any of his other equally treacherous neighbours. Stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. If you know you’re going to get scared, we suggest bringing grandma or grandpa along with you to hold your hand. After all, they are bound to know who King Kong is, with films having been made about him in 1933, 1962, 1976 and 2005.

2. Logan (M18: Contains violence and coarse language)

Wolverine's face is badly scarred in Logan. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Wolverine’s wounds don’t heal completely in Logan. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Sorry if you’re a young X-Men fan, as you have to be at least 18 to watch this. Set in a bleak future where the X-Men are no more, Wolverine is suddenly thrust with the responsibility of protecting a young mutant with abilities strikingly similar to his. Charles Xavier, now a nonagenarian and an unfortunate Alzheimer’s patient, says that she is the first mutant to be born in 25 years. But is she the only one? A very mortal, painfully aged, and reluctant Wolverine finds out.

Japanese Anime Features

3. A Silent Voice (PG)

Shoko Nishimiya is relentlessly bullied by Ishida in elementary school. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Shoko Nishimiya is relentlessly bullied by Ishida in elementary school. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Shoko Nishimiya, the new transfer student at elementary school, is an easy target for class bully Shoya Ishida as she is deaf. After graduating from elementary school, Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides that he must see Shoko once more and make amends.

4. Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale (PG: Some violence)

What happens when augmented reality spills into the real world? Credit: Odex

What happens when augmented reality spills into the real world? Credit: Odex

Based on a bestselling novel by Reki Kawahara, this movie features a new game called “Ordinal Scale,” an Augmented-Reality MMO. As the game gains popularity, strange things start to happen, and Kirito and the gang face a new danger.

5. Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-Hen (M18: Violence and gore)

Will Koyomi be able to regain his humanity? Credit: Odex

Will Koyomi be able to regain his humanity? Credit: Odex

Koyomi has successfully retrieved all of Kiss-Shot’s limbs and returned them to her. Now he must face a fully restored version of Kiss-Shot to regain his humanity. This is the last instalment in this trilogy by Nisio Isin.

The Award Winners

6. La La Land (PG13: Some coarse language)

Beautiful scenery behind Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in La La Land. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are in Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

This is the film which has broken the record for winning the most number of Golden Globes. Seven, to be precise, and it won every category it was nominated for, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Original Song. It was also nominated for 14 Academy Awards, out of which it won six, including Emma Stone for Best Actress. Betcha didn’t know she could sing and dance. She plays the part of Mia, an aspiring actress, while Ryan Gosling is Sebastian, a dedicated jazz musician. The two struggle to make ends meet in Los Angeles while chasing their dreams. Catch this musical while it’s still on at cinemas.

7. Manchester By The Sea (NC16: Coarse language and some sexual references)

It can be very trying to take care of teenagers especially if you're not a parent. Credit: Uno

The story of the Chandlers is an unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope. Credit: Uno

In the highly acclaimed Manchester by the Sea, the life of a solitary Boston janitor (Golden Globes Best Actor winner Casey Affleck) is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler is shocked to learn that he’s been made sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised.

The One Everyone Can Watch

8. A Dog’s Purpose (PG)

Bailey finds his purpose, as well as his favourite toy, in A Dog's Purpose. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Bailey finds his purpose, as well as his favourite toy, in A Dog’s Purpose. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Dog lovers are going to bawl their eyes out at this one. Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, Bailey navigates the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. After watching this, you’re bound to want a dog, so you should read this before making any rash decisions.

Happy holidays, everyone!

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