Summer movie guide: Best school holiday flicks

Living Well | Megan Whitfield | Posted on 14 December 2019

What’s on at the cinema over the school holidays: eight must-see summer movies.

As work winds down for the year and the weather heats up, there’s nothing quite like escaping the heat in a cool cinema as you catch the latest blockbuster. From action to comedy, drama to family-friendly, there’s no shortage of flicks to get lost in this summer. (More: The only Christmas gift guide you'll need this year.)

To help sort through the options we’ve compiled a selection of summer’s best new movies. These crowd-pleasers are sure to keep everyone happy, so grab your popcorn, check out RACV’s great discounts on movie tickets, then sit back and enjoy the show.

Promo shot of cast from new Knives Out movie

Eight must-see summer movies

Last Christmas

Now showing

How better to kick off summer than with a movie celebrating the festive spirit? A classic rom-com flick, Last Christmas stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as a down-on-her-luck young woman working as an elf at a department store. Her life takes a turn when she meets Tom (Harry Golding, Crazy Rich Asians), the man who seems just too good to be true. Be prepared for romance, with a twist. 

Ford v Ferrari

Now showing

Based on a true story, get your adrenaline pumping with Ford v Ferrari, the movie documenting an ambitious team of Ford engineers as they try to create a brand-new racing car capable of beating Ferrari. 

Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, the film centres around car designer Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles as they prepare for the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, battling their own demons, sceptics and the laws of physics to do so.

Knives Out

Now showing

Murder on the Orient Express meets Cluedo in this witty whodunnit from Rian Johnson, paying homage to novelist Agatha Christie. Starring Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette (to name but a few), the film sets about explaining the death of a crime novelist who is found dead just after his 85th birthday. 

Whether his eccentric, dysfunctional family will be a help or hindrance in the investigation remains to be seen.

Promo shot from new Last Christmas movie
Promo shot from new Frozen 2 movie

The Good Liar

Now showing

Truth is again thrown into question in the dark, mysterious drama The Good Liar. A semi-retired con-man (Ian McKellen) finds himself ready to settle into suburban life when he meets wealthy widow Betty (Helen Mirren). However, things are not always as they first appear as a world of double-crosses and smoky facades unfurls. 

Frozen II

Now showing

Round up your kids and get ready for round two of Let it Go as Disney releases the sequel to Frozen. Favourites Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf set out for an ancient enchanted land, determined to understand the origin of Elsa’s powers. With the kingdom on the line, will they make it in time? 

Little Women 

Opens 1 January

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel is brought to life with this new adaptation of Little Women. A heartwarming tale of family, romance and growing up, the film follows sisters Mary, Jo, Beth and Meg in civil-war era Massachusetts as they stumble through relationships, sibling rivalry and self-discovery. Directed by Greta Gerwig (Ladybird) and starring Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep.


Opens 9 January

Time for another family-friendly affair with Dolittle. Robert Downey Jr stars as Dr Dolittle, a solitary physician who discovers that he can talk to animals. When Queen Victoria finds herself gravely ill, Dr Dolittle and his furry friends must embark on a wild adventure to an other-worldy island to find the cure.

Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker 

Opens 19 December

Dust off your lightsabers. The new Star Wars movie is here and, for fans of the George Lucas sci-fi series, the force is strong with this one. This latest release signals the end of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, as well as the final episode of the overarching nine-part Skywalker Saga. A year after the events of The Last Jedi, Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker sees the surviving Resistance face the First Order once more.

The film, which stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver and more, premieres in Los Angeles on 16 December and hits Aussie screens on the 19th.  

Screen savers

Whether you’re in the mood for an action-packed blockbuster or a heart-melting rom-com, RACV members can enjoy cheap movies year-round with 30 per cent off ticket prices when you pre-purchase your movie tickets online or at participating RACV stores.