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Last edited on: June 2, 2016.

Top family, redemptive picks in theaters Memorial Day Weekend through first week of June. Join SCH Editor at Large, Diane Howard as she takes us to the theater with the top movie picks this week.

Memorial Day Weekend through the first weekend of June offers a whirlwind of options in family movies in theaters. Here is some guidance to calm down the whirlwind in order to take stock of the best of the options. On May 28, Box Office Mojo reports that “Jungle Book” (PG-older children-adults) and “Zootopia” (PG-older children-adults) are still strong in theaters. Fandango reports that “Ratchet and Clank” (PG- all ages), “Miracles From Heaven” (PG- all ages), “God’s Not Dead 2” (PG- all ages), “Risen” (PG-13, teens-adults) and “The Young Messiah” (PG 13- all ages) are still in theaters. These movies continue as top family and redemptive picks for quality and content in theaters for Memorial Day Weekend through the first week of June.

This weekend through the first week of June is full of whirling, twirling exploding family films full of mayhem for older children, teens, and adults: “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” (PG, older children-adults); ” X-Men: Apocalypse” ( PG-13, teens-adults), “Angry Birds” (PG- older children-adults); “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (PG-13), “Captain America: Civil War” (PG-13, older teens-adults), and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (PG 13, teens-adults).  Most of these movies have moral and redemptive themes, but some have crass behavior and profanity. These movies reflect the violent mayhem and divisive conflict of in our world today. provides invaluable reviews of movies in theaters that rate quality and content of these movies, as well as covering language and behaviors.

There is much to anticipate that is coming to theaters. The most outstanding movie due in cinemas this summer is “Ben-Hur.” The history of Union, Civil War, General Lew Wallace and his writing “Ben-Hur” is intriguing. YouTube presents an overview of this fascinating history. This epic movie is timely in its themes of violence and vengeance in contrast with the overcoming, sovereign love of Christ.

There are many other promising family and redemptive movies for various ages due out in months ahead: “I’m Not Ashamed,” “BFG,” “Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Star Trek Beyond,” and more. Many other promising family and redemptive movies in development for theaters include: “Left Behind 2,” “Full of Grace,” “Do You Believe 2,” “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,” a slate of HD Texas movies and more.

Disney, which has demonstrated the top box office draw for family movies (especially when they are based on classics that have already stood the test of time and are morally clear), has promising family, live-action remakes in development that include “Beauty and the Beast,” “Dumbo,” and “Mary Poppins.” Further, there are many promising live theater and other special events scheduled for streaming in theaters.

Have a wonderful summer full of memorable activities with friends and family. There are many special movie events available this summer but they have a wide range of suitability. Good stories and movies not only provide escape and entertainment, but can release oxytocin that helps us positively connect with others. Taking time to study good family and redemptive reviews pays off in finding the best movies that are entertaining but also edifying and enriching.  The top family and redemptive picks for quality and content in movies out in theaters Memorial Day weekend through the first week of June are the following: “Jungle Book” (PG-older children-adults), “Zootopia,””Ratchet and Clank,” “Miracles From Heaven,” “God’s Not Dead 2,” “Risen,” and “The Young Messiah.”


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

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