Top 10 Movies For Families From 2012

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

Quality:
***
Age:
All ages
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is an inspiring look at the work and career of a famed, real-life Tokyo sushi chef. With no objectionable content, this subtitled documentary inspires the pursuit of excellence and dedication.

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is a Japanese animated movie dubbed into English about tiny people living under the floorboards of an old country house. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is a visually engaging film with a compelling story of friendship, family, and the importance of human life. It’s marred, however, by a Romantic, environmentalist message

CHIMPANZEE

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
Filmed in the jungles of Africa, CHIMPANZEE follows a baby chimp, Oscar, who learns daily from his mother until tragedy strikes. Just as Oscar learns, the audience also learns just how important family is. CHIMPANZEE is one of the better nature documentaries.

WON’T BACK DOWN

Quality:
***
Age:
Older children and adults
WON’T BACK DOWN is about a loving mother and a passionate teacher fighting to change their failing public school. WON’T BACK DOWN has a great free market message about fighting for perfection when the government allows for mediocrity, but the script could be more entertaining and dramatic.

HERE COMES THE BOOM

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
HERE COMES THE BOOM is a hilarious tale about an unmotivated teacher who ends up sacrificing himself and becoming a Mixed Martial Arts fighter to save the music department. Highly entertaining, HERE COMES THE BOOM has a Christian worldview with prayer, Scripture, and sacrifice, but there is some fighting and slapstick violence.

WRECK-IT RALPH

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
WRECK-IT RALPH is an animated movie about Ralph, a character in an arcade game who doesn’t want to be the “Bad Guy” anymore. WRECK-IT RALPH is an extremely funny, entertaining movie with a strong moral message that’s also redemptive, but caution is advised for some scatological humor and light action violence.

JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND finds teenager Sean Anderson and his stepfather going to the island made famous by Jules Verne to help Sean’s missing grandfather. JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is a fun-filled adventure for the whole family with a positive message celebrating family bonds and full of action, suspense, and playful humor.

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
In THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, a childless young couple finds their dreams come to life in a strange, miraculous way. THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN is entertaining, charming, and wholesome from the beginning, with a very clear plot line.

MADAGASCAR 3

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
In MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED, Alex the lion and his zoo friends get back together for another adventure, this time hiding in a circus to avoid the animal police. MADAGASCAR 3 is hilarious entertainment with some redemptive content, but the plot may not always make sense because it’s moving so fast, and there’s some lying and brief scatological humor, so discuss this with younger children.

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT finds Manny the mammoth and his friends, Sid and Diego, having to rescue Manny’s family from pirates. ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT is a delightful animated movie with a positive message about the importance of family.