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Last edited on: November 25, 2015.

Americans can be thankful for much, during this Thanksgiving season, including the continuing and growing Renaissance of artistry and Reformation of content in media entertainment across all platforms of delivery. This Thanksgiving week we have many top family movies available in theaters. On November 23, Box Office Mojo shows that The Peanuts Movie, a wonderful, intergenerational family movie is still running strong in theaters. Another good intergenerational family movie comes to theaters this week, The Good Dinosaur.

Further, another excellent choice for all ages is Woodlawn, which is still in theaters. The 33 and My All American are also redemptive, inspiring family movies in cinemas. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 out now in theaters has a good moral worldview with its strong heroine, but it has intense violence. Fortunately, it promotes Moral values with no foul language or lewd content.

For those planning to see The Good Dinosaur, which comes out in theaters Thanksgiving Day, November 25, Pixar has said that its animated movie (PG) will feature twice as many special effects as any Pixar film that has come before. It is about Arlo, a young dinosaur who is swept down a river and then has to make his way back home to his family. On his way he encounters a human boy named Spot, who becomes his companion. As Arlo faces nature, as an imposing antagonist, Pixar uses its impressive array of special effects to bring the changing landscape surrounding Arlo to life. This is an inspirational movie about a young dinosaur who confronts his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of being and doing.

The Good Dinosaur movie poster

For the rest of this year into the next, the future is bright with family and redemptive movies, although it is always wise to check reviews on reputable family movie sites to select the most suitable movies. These promising movies include:  Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens, Dec. 18; Risen, January 22; Kung Fu Panda 3, January 29; Race, February 19; Young Messiah, March 11; and Miracles from Heaven, March 23.

It is always important before seeing these movies to check out good reviews as to current suitability, even for reboots of familiar titles, such as Disney’s live action remakes of their classic animated movies, (Further, choose a theater that is the most secure and safe.)

For the Thanksgiving week the top redemptive, inspirational, family picks for movies, based on screenings and reviews, in theaters are the following: The Peanuts Movie (G, all ages); Woodlawn (PG, for older children through adults);  The Good Dinosaur, (PG, all ages); The 33 (unrated, teens through adults), My All American (PG, teens through adults).

Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Friends and Family!

 

Written by Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies), dianehoward.com

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