Everyone’s favourite talking bear is back – and he’s a window cleaner Everyone’s favourite talking bear is back – and he’s a window cleaner
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Everyone’s favourite talking bear is back – and he’s a window cleaner

The newly released Paddington 2 trailer has got both kids and adults excited for November – so it’s time to stop pretending, says Stefan Pape; these films are for us too.

One of the great joys in having younger family members (or kids of your own) is that you get to watch all of the biggest, most playful and adventurous films of the year without a shred of guilt. Paddington 2 follows on from a film I enjoyed a lot more than I probably should've done. The trailer dropped last week – and I dare you not to feel warm and fuzzy inside after watching.

Paddington (again voiced by Ben Whishaw) is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Garden. He’s now a window cleaner, but given his accident-prone nature, soapy water is likely to end up everywhere except on the windows he's been paid to clean. This time around, he’s on a mission to find the thief who’s stolen his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday present.

Paddington 2 features the returning cast of Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Hugh Bonneville. New to the scene are Brendan Gleeson, who brings a touch of brutish physicality to the role of 'Knuckles', and Hugh Grant as thief Phoenix Buchanan. Let's just hope he keeps his grubby hands off Paddington's homemade marmalade...

The film hits Vue this November, but if you're impatient like me, there's plenty more family-friendly features to book up in the meantime.

Wonder Woman, out now, is a remarkable return for DC. It’s one of the most engaging superhero movies I’ve seen in a long while, and presents young girls (and boys) with a great model in its eponymous hero brought to life by Gal Gadot. Get times and tickets here.

Johnny Depp returns as captain Jack Sparrow in the latest instalment in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Salazar’s Revenge – and he’s up against his most terrifying adversary yet: infamous Hollywood baddie Javier Bardem. Get times and tickets here.

It’s not long until we dive back into the world of another villain – albeit a less intimidating one – when Gru returns in Despicable Me 3, out 30th June. Steve Carell is joined by Trey Parker of South Park and Book of Mormon fame; tickets are out now.

And a family road trip goes more than a little bit wrong in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, out now, when wimpy kid Greg hijacks the sat nav so he can go to a videogame convention instead of Grandma’s house. Get times and tickets here.

So stop feeling guilty, adults – I won’t judge you if you book a ticket to one (or more) of the above.