Family Holiday Movie Survival Guide 2017

Movie Survival Guide

Movie Survival Guide for the holidays

Oh, the holidays! The fun! The food! The family feuds and stressful traveling and blown budgets and. . . food.  Feeling overwhelmed and quite possibly a bit bloated yet?  Well have no fear! We are here to help you ride it all out.

We bring you the Ultimate Movie Survival Guide!!!

From super-powered adventures to book-based favorites to amazing true stories, these movies offer the best to ensure a happy household for kids, teens, tweens and families. They entertained us, made us think, and gave us plenty to talk about. At the same time, they offered worthwhile messages, modeled important character strengths, and left us oohing and aahing at their big-screen spectacle.  So what movies should you as a super parent, have in your arsenal this holiday season?

 

Born in China posterBorn in China, age 6+
This is a beautiful, and fascinating documentary — Venturing into the wilds of China, “Born in China” captures intimate moments with a panda and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

 

Coco Movie Poster
Coming Soon!

Coco, age 7+
“Coco” is the sprightly story of a young boy who wants to be a musician and somehow finds himself communing with talking skeletons in the land of the dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3“) and veteran Pixar animator Adrian Molina, and drawing heavily on Mexican folklore and traditional designs, it has catchy music, a complex but comprehensible plot, and bits of domestic comedy and media satire says MMatt Seitz, movie critic.

 

The Lego Batman Movie PosterThe Lego Batman Movie, age 7+
The Lego Batman Movie offers a PG dollop of the same self-mocking humor that made Deadpool so successful.  It is peppered with funny and clever nonstop action, this big-screen Lego movie has strong takeaways about teamwork and humility, but you never feel hit over the head by them because you’re too busy marveling at the movie’s technical achievements and laughing at the snappy humor.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast, age 8+The Beauty and the Beast Poster

One upon a time, before the world of VHS and DVD’s Disney would carfully hold on to precious animated classics like Bambi or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs like revered jewels.  But now with the insurgence of streaming networks like Netflix and Hulu, Disney saw an opportunity for a 21st century makeover on an old classic. This gloriously old-fashioned musical with gee-whiz trappings is a dazzling beauty to behold and is anything but a beastly re-interpretation of a fairy tale as old as time.

 

Jane, age 8+Jane Poster

Jane Goodall is unequivocally a pioneer in her field, fearless, and epitomizes the values of perseverance, hard work, determination, curiosity, and compassion.  This family friendly movie showcases her renowned work on primatology, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

 

 

Kedi, age 8+Kedi Poster
A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.

 

 

 

The Red Turtle, age 8+The Red Turtle Poster
You are over taken by beauty in this animated film that rids itself free from dialog.  The red sea turtle emerges right about the time you have had enough of our troublesome hero that has washes ashore a desert island.  This movie warrants a smile and deepens those emotional ties towards life, and friendship without somehow feeling overdone.

 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming PosterSpider-Man: Homecoming, age 10+
Marvel returns to the screen with everyone’s favorite web-slinging adolescent Spiderman.  This movie follows the life of Peter Parker, a high school student trying to live his life in Queens while coming to grips with his superpowers.  Giving way to awe-inspiring CGI and stunts, you won’t be sitting very long before you are injected with laughter from that gritty sense humor that Marvel delivers right at to your funny bone.

 

 

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Movie Poster
In theaters now

Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, age 10+
The epic middle installment of the current Star Wars trilogy Rey joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

 

 

 

Wonder, age 10+
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.  This is a touching movie about not judging a book by its cover.

 

 

My Life as a Zucchini, age 11+

If you and your family are ready for big themes and stop motion animation with an aching melancholy story about childhood tragedy, abandonment and the malleable nature of family, My Life as a Zucchini tears at the heartstrings and brilliantly rewrites the rule book on children’s cinema.

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, age 12+
Marvel’s favorite motley crew of reformed outlaws is back for another space adventure full of classic tunes, epic battles, and charming comedy. Things definitely get violent, but underlying the action are clear messages about teamwork, friendship, and unconditional chosen-family bonds.

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok, age 12+
It has lots of explosive action, but this is also the funniest movie to date about the hammer-wielding hero. Packed with wild, bold choices and tons of cinematic style, it deals with themes, including courage and perseverance.

 

 

Coming Soon at the Grand Ledge Sun Theater

The Star

The Star

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Playing: 12/15 – 12/21

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rated: PG

1h 26min

Coco

Coco

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

Playing: 12/22 – 1/4

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rated: PG

1h 45min

Boss Baby

The Boss Baby

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

Playing: 12/26 – 12/26

Genre: Action, Comedy, Family

Rated: PG

1h 37m

Trolls

Trolls

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

Playing: 12/27 – 12/27

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rated: PG

1h 32m

Windstorm

Windstorm

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

A girl who thinks is not good at doing anything has to stay for the holidays with her grandmother at a riding stable. There she discovers her interest in horses, riding and more and what she is good in.

Playing: 12/28 – 12/28

Genre: Adventure, Family, Drama

Rated: NR

1h 41min

A Dog's Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Playing: 12/29 – 12/29

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Rated: PG

1h 40min

Emoji Movie

The Emoji Movie

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

Playing: 1/2 – 1/2

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Rated: PG

1h 26 Min

Diary Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Playing: 1/3 – 1/3

Genre: Comedy, Family

Rated: PG

1h 31m

Oddball

Oddball

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

An eccentric chicken farmer, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a penguin sanctuary from fox attacks in an attempt to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

Playing: 1/4 – 1/4

Genre: Adventure, Family

Rated: PG

1h 35min

Camp Cool Kids

Camp Cool Kids

Special One Time Matinee 1:00pm

Encouraged by his quirky grandfather, a young boy faces his fears at summer camp

Playing: 1/5 – 1/5

Genre: Family

Rated: TV-PG

1h 44min

What’s your favorite movie to watch as a family?

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