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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: December 18, 2015.

Goodness, kindness, and true love prevail in movie theaters. On December 13, Box Office Mojo reports that “The Good Dinosaur” (PG, all ages) is number one in the box office.  “The Peanuts Movie” (G, all ages) remains a popular choice in theaters. “The Letters,” (PG, older children through adults) continues in theaters. “Woodlawn” (for all ages), “The 33″ (teenagers through adults), and “My All American” (PG, teens through adults) are still in theaters. 

It has become common for movies in theaters to have good themes of redemption, courage, and serving others; although these same redemptive movies can also have intense violence and/or other less appropriate elements for families. Examples include “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (PG-13), which is more suitable for teens through adults and has a good moral worldview; although it depicts intense violence. Fortunately, it has no foul language or lewd content. Even the movies “Creed” (PG-13, teens and adults) and “Spectre”(PG-13, teens and adults) have redemptive themes; but they also have violence, profanities, and other elements that are inappropriate for for families with children.  “In the Heart of the Sea” (PG-13, teens and adults) has a Christian worldview; but it has intense action, foul language and references to cannibalism. See Movieguide.org for reviews of movies in theaters, as well as interviews, videos, and more.

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Woodlawn 2015 : photo courtesy PureFlix entertainment

The next highly anticipated family movie event coming out this month in theaters is “Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens,” on December 18. Then, for next year there are many family and redemptive movies due in theaters: “The Masked Saint,” January 8; “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.

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The Masked Saint 2016 : photo courtesy Ridgerock Entertainment

Many other movies with promising, redemptive themes are in development for theaters which include: “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,” “Wanted,” and a slate of HD Texas movies.

Also, Disney live-action remakes of classic animated movies are 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.”

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God’s Not Dead 2 2016 : photo courtesy PureFlix Entertainment

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

The top picks for redemptive and family movies in theaters the third week of December are the following: “The Letters,” (PG, older children through adults); “Woodlawn” (for all ages); “The Peanuts Movie” (G, all ages); “The Good Dinosaur” (PG, all ages);”The 33″ (teenagers through adults); and “My All American” (PG, teens through adults).

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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