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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: December 11, 2015.

Redemptive themes are becoming increasingly popular in movies, but there is still a range of acceptability in redemptive, family movies with G, PG, and PG 13 ratings especially as to language, violence, and other inappropriate elements. On November 29, Box Office Mojo reports what movies are still in theaters and which are at the top of the box office.  “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (PG-13) that is number one at the box office displays good moral views but has intense violence. Fortunately, it has no foul language or lewd content, but due to violence is not appropriate for children. Number two at the box office, “The Good Dinosaur” (PG) is more appropriate for children and the whole family. The best pick for the whole family is “The Peanuts Movie,” which is currently number five in the box office after many weeks in theaters.

My All American

My All American 2015 : photo courtesy Clarius Entertainment

Movies with redemptive themes in theaters with less appropriate content for children are “Creed,” (PG-13), “Spectre,” (PG-13), and “My All American,” (PG). The least egregious with inappropriate elements, especially for children is “My All American.” See Sonoma Christian Home for movie recommendations, reviews, interviews, as well as trailers.

Further, on November 29, Fathom Events presents the classic movie “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck on the big screen in select cinemas. Fathom Events has further scheduled for this week for cinema screens from the London stage Judi Dench in Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” on November 30. Again, Fathom Events reprises “Roman Holiday” on the big screen on December 1. Then, on December 5, Fathom Events presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker™” in select theaters. More information about these events can be found on the Fathom Events Web site.

Roman Holiday poster

Roman Holiday 1953: photo courtesy Paramount Productions

The next big family movie due out in theaters is “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens,” on December 18. Then, next year promises many family and redemptive movies in theaters: “Risen,” January 22; “Kung Fu Panda 3,” January 29; “Race,” February 19; “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.

Furthermore. the list of hopeful, redemptive, family films keep growing for the future with movies in development due for cinemas such as the following: “Providence,” “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,” and “Wanted,” as well as Disney live-action “Aladdin,” “The Jungle Book,” “Mulan,” “Dumbo,” Winnie the Pooh,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pinocchio,” “Fantasia,” “Tinker Bell,” and “Chip ‘n’ Dale.”


Kung Fu Panda 3 : photo courtesy DreamWorks Animation

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

For the first week of December top family, redemptive, inspirational picks for films in theaters, based on screenings and reviews, are the following: “The Peanuts Movie” (G, all ages); “The Good Dinosaur,” (PG, all ages); “The Nutcracker™,” (all ages); and “My All American” (PG, teens through adults).

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