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Erica Galindo
Celebrating Food, Faith and Family
Last edited on: January 6, 2016.

Family movies remain strong in theaters, according to Box Office Mojo on December 27. Even the top box office hit “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13, teens and adults) is essentially about family, although it has a mixture of philosophies that parents are wise to discuss with kids.  Number two at the box office, “Daddy’s Home”( PG-13) is not recommended for families due to obscenities, profanities, crude and crass behavior. Number three at the box office, “Joy” (PG-13, teens and adults) with Jennifer Lawrence, is a better pick than “Daddy’s Home.” says, “…JOY is one of the best holiday movies to hit the box office in recent years.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (PG-13, for teens through adults) is currently number nine at the box office. It has a good moral worldview; although it has intense violence. Fortunately, it has no foul, crude, or lewd content. “The Good Dinosaur” (PG, all ages) is now number eleven at the box office. It is a good pick as an intergenerational family movie. “In the Heart of the Sea” (PG-13, teens and adults) is still in theaters. It has a Christian worldview, but it also has intense action and foul language. “The Peanuts Movie” (G, all ages) is also still in theaters and remains the top pick family movie.

The Good Dinosary 2015 : Photo Courtesy Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Many family and redemptive movies due in theaters in the new year include: “The Masked Saint,” January 8; “Risen,” January 22; “Kung Fu Panda 3,” January 29; “Race,” February 19; “Providence,” February 12; “Young Messiah,” March 11; “Miracles from Heaven,” March 23; “God’s not Dead 2,” April 1; “The Jungle Book,” April 15; “Same Kind of Different as Me,” April 29; “Finding Dory,” June 17; “BFG,” July 1; “Captain America: Civil War,” May 6; “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” June 3; “Star Trek Beyond,” July 22 ; “Ben-Hur,” August 12, “Pete’s Dragon,” August 12; and “Star Wars: Rogue One,” December 16.

Many other promising family and redemptive movies are in development for theaters:  “Left Behind 2,” “Full of Grace,” “Race,” “Do You Believe 2,” “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew,” “Ten Commandments,” “King David,” “Apostle Paul'”(with Hugh Jackman), “Pontius Pilate,” “Butterfly Circus,” “The Adventures of Tintin 2,” “Touchdown on the Tundra,” “Wanted,” and a slate of HD Texas movies.

finding dory poster

Finding Dory 2016 : Photo courtesy Disney Pixar

Furthermore, Disney live-action remakes of classic animated movies continue in development: “Aladdin,” “The Jungle Book,” “Mulan,” “Dumbo,” Winnie the Pooh,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia,” “Tinker Bell,” and “Chip ‘n’ Dale.”

It is always wise to check out good reviews of movies as to current suitability, even for reboots of classic titles. It is also always important to choose a theater that is the most safe and secure.

Family and friends are common themes in movies in theaters at the end of 2015; however some of the films with these themes have crude, inappropriate content for families to view. The top picks for family movies in theaters the last week of December are the following: “The Peanuts Movie” (all ages),”The Good Dinosaur” (all ages), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (with viewer discretion for teens and adults), and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” ( teens and adults),  To select movies most appropriate for those in your group,  read good reviews, see trailers, listen to interviews and more on Sonoma Christian

Have fun at movie theaters with your families and friends! Keep safe! Happy Holidays!

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