Netflix - 1/15/2021
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS - 1/1/2021
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS is a very clever, funny and exciting animated tale about an inventor whose new machine changing water into food almost destroys his town. It is a delicious feast for the eyes and the funny bone as well as the heart and mind with a very strong moral worldview that speaks out strongly against gluttony and extols positive family relationships, courage, temperance or self-control, discipline, hard work, and sacrifice.
JULIE & JULIA - 1/1/2021
JULIE & JULIA is a savory cinematic dish about a young woman who is inspired by famous American cook and TV pioneer Julia Child to spend one year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s book on French cuisine and writing a blog about it. The movie deftly goes back and forth between the woman’s experience and Julia Child’s early career, but it contains some foul language, some light sexual references and some brief politically correct content.
SHERLOCK HOLMES - 1/1/2021
SHERLOCK HOLMES stars Robert Downey, Jr., as the world’s most famous detective in an exciting, rousing story about Holmes and Dr. Watson up against an evil practitioner of black magic who wants to rule the world. It contains a couple of double entendres, a scary villain, and action violence, so caution is advised. Even so, SHELOCK HOLMES is a rousing, exuberant movie with a very strong moral worldview with strong, positive Christian values and content.
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR - 1/15/2021
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is a delightful, often hilarious animated feature where the lovable team of spy-crazy flightless birds must stop a mad purple octopus bent on the humiliation and destruction of all penguins everywhere. PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is an excellent piece of family entertainment that’s fairly wholesome and contains really strong, heartwarming moral, redemptive lessons for everyone.
Amazon Prime - 1/1/2021
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS - 1/1/2021
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS comes across full of action, drama, conflict, and romance. The film, set in 1757 in upstate New York, is freely adapted from the classic novel by James Fenimore Cooper and deals with the French and British struggle for supremacy in the New World. The movie is a visual delight, and, despite considerable violence, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS achieves a cinematic success even though it forsakes the Protestant perspective of the book and leans slightly toward politically correct paganism. Even so, biblical virtues triumph in this visual masterpiece.
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD - 1/1/2021
MASTER AND COMMANDER, which is subtitled THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, is a rousing sea adventure set in 1805, starring Russell Crowe in another fine action role as the captain of a British fighting ship crossing cannons with a French ship serving Napoleon. Except for some foul language, violence, and minor negative elements, the movie contains great period detail, excellent direction, fine performances, wonderful effects, and strong, positive Christian references.
STAR TREK BEYOND - 1/1/2021
STAR TREK BEYOND finds Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock thinking about leaving the Starship Enterprise for good when they and their crew encounter a vicious alien who wrecks the Enterprise to obtain a powerful, mysterious weapon that can destroy the Federation’s planets one by one. STAR TREK BEYOND is a thrilling space adventure with a cohesive plot and story structure, and a solid moral, redemptive worldview, but some bad staging and cinematography sometimes diminish the movie, which also contains many gratuitous obscenities and profanities and politically correct cultural claptrap.
THE TRUMAN SHOW - 1/1/2021
In Jim Carrey’s new movie THE TRUMAN SHOW, he turns his funny bone into a panic button as he plays a man trying to escape a 24 hour a day TV broadcast program that always focuses on him. Very moral, without sex, nudity, violence, and only a few obscenities, this brilliant but imperfect fable tells about the dangers of trying to control and manipulate others.
Disney+ - 1/15/2021
HORTON HEARS A WHO - 1/1/2021
HORTON HEARS A WHO is an uneven adaptation of the famous story by Dr. Seuss about the elephant who hears a tiny voice crying in the wilderness and declares, “A person’s a person, no matter how small!” HORTON HEARS A WHO is sometimes entertaining and humorous movie and sometimes dull and annoying when it dilutes its message of faithfulness, compassion, self-sacrifice, and looking out for others with some Romantic, politically correct messages.
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS - 1/1/2021
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS stars Jim Carrey as a fast-talking but talented real estate salesman in New York City who inherits six live penguins and becomes the family man he should have been all along. MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS is laugh-out-loud hilarious, with a clever plot and an excellent comic turn from Jim Carrey, marred by some bathroom humor and light foul language. Even so, MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS is one of the year’s best movies.
FERDINAND - 1/8/2021
FERDINAND is an animated movie based on the classic short story about a large bull with a loving nature who wants to get out of bull fighting, but is mistaken for a dangerous beast. FERDINAND is a funny, entertaining, well-made movie with some moral, redemptive content but does have some Romantic elements of following your heart.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS - 1/15/2021
MARY POPPINS RETURNS, set years after the original Disney movie musical, finds Michael Banks (and his sister Jane) all grown up, and Michael has his own children who are in desperate need of a Nanny. MARY POPPINS RETURNS has a strong moral worldview, with more imagination and less magical thinking, about supporting each other as a family. Adorable and enjoyable, MARY POPPINS RETURNS will entertain the entire family.
Hulu - 1/1/2021
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID - 1/1/2021
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, based on the popular graphic novel, is the story of Greg learning to navigate the first year of middle school with his best friend Rowley. With some minor foul language and bathroom humor, caution needs to be exercised for younger children concerning this funny movie, which teaches some positive lessons about true friendship.
FROZEN (2013) - 1/1/2021
FROZEN is an animated comic fantasy from Disney about a princess who must convince her sister, the queen, to bring summer back after she uses magic powers to freeze the kingdom. FROZEN is not only a funny, entertaining movie, with incredible animation, its highly redemptive, moral premise shows that true love is sacrifice.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM - 1/1/2021
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM stars Ben Stiller as Larry Daley, a dreamer who takes a job as a night guard at the local museum of natural history, where, to his surprise and consternation, the exhibits come to life and cause problems. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM is exciting, charming, tender, and amusing entertainment that teaches responsibility, self-control and the need for fathers being good role models, but some jokes about humanist evolution require a slight caution.
SHREK - 1/1/2021
Mike Myers plays the title role in SHREK, a fractured fairy tale about a smelly ogre who finds that it takes a princess with a punch to finally soften his heart. SHREK is a delightful computer animated comedy with only a few minor elements to take the bloom off its family-friendly rose.
HBO Max - 1/1/2021
BATMAN BEGINS - 1/1/2021
BATMAN BEGINS follows Bruce Wayne as he gradually becomes Batman and begins his war against the criminals in Gotham City. Expertly made and acted, there is little foul language and no sex, and a very positive noblesse oblige view of Christian responsibility that rebukes false religious notions, but its bleak vision of Gotham City and some action violence make it too intense for children.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - 1/1/2021
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is a wondrously quirky and heartwarming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book about poor Charlie Bucket’s fantastic, life-changing visit to Willy Wonka’s amazing candy factory. The movie imparts many positive moral messages, not the least of which is the fact that having a loving family is the best reward of all.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND - 1/1/2021
KONG: SKULL ISLAND is a very entertaining monster movie about a large group of scientists and soldiers in 1973 trying to explore the giant gorilla King Kong’s isolated Pacific island, but who disturb the big fella and make him violently angry when they use some bombs on his home. KONG: SKULL ISLAND delivers constant fun and monster excitement, including some delightful humor and strong positive messages celebrating sacrifice, doing the right thing, family, and American servicemen, but there are some scary monster battles, obscenities and a reference to pagan worship.
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS - 1/1/2021
MARCH OF THE PENGUINS is an incredible dramatic story of survival, love and new life about the trials and tribulations of Emperor Penguins and their mates and children in the frozen Antarctic wilderness. This is a wonderful movie for families, but parents should prepare their children to deal with some opening comments about millions of years of evolution.