Top 10 Movies for Families from 2009

9

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
9 is a visually striking, exciting animated science fiction fable about a group of small, animated cloth creatures battling a large metal monster that lacks a soul. 9 is a thrilling story of courage, sacrifice and redemption with a Christian worldview and a couple overt references to Jesus, but the action violence is intense and includes scary metal machines that may frighten young children.

ASTRO BOY

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
ASTRO BOY is an animated science fiction movie about a robot boy who must battle an evil politician while trying to gain the approval of the scientist who made him. It is very exciting and action packed with strong moral themes and a redemptive, allegorical ending depicting Christian principles.

ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
In ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS, Manny the mammoth and his Ice Age buddies must retrieve their friend Sid the sloth from a dinosaur world they have discovered in the ice below. The funny jokes and exciting jeopardy hardly let up in DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS, but some intense scary moments and a couple gender-bending references require a slight caution.

DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
The new animated DISNEY’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a magnificent adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story about Ebenezer Scrooge, an old black-hearted miser, who changes his sinful ways when three spirits take him on a nightmarish, frightening, life-changing journey through scenes of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet-To-Come. A CHRISTMAS CAROL brilliantly captures this masterful tale, with redemptive references to Jesus Christ and the Bible. Even so, A CHRISTMAS CAROL is too frightening for young children and susceptible adults.

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HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE, based on the popular TV series, is the story of Miley Stewart, a young teenager with an alter ego pop star called “Hannah Montana,” who must choose whether to continue her life of fame and fortune. With no negative content and plenty of family values, this is a delightful movie for the whole family to enjoy together.

G-FORCE

Quality:
****
Age:
Children and adults
G-FORCE is the story of three guinea pigs and a mole that are trained by scientist to become FBI Special Agents called the G-Force. Though banished to a pet store, they must foil an evil plot to destroy the world. G-FORCE is a delightful, fast paced action comedy that has much to offer family audiences.

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
MONSTERS VS. ALIENS is an action-packed animated spoof of 1950s science fiction movies, about a group of monsters sent by the government to defeat a tyrannical alien out to destroy and enslave the people of Earth. The fun – and the comedy – never lets up in MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, which has a lot of cartoon action violence and witty comedy.

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
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.

UP

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
UP, the new animated feature from Pixar and Disney, is about a 78-year-old widower and a young boy scout who find the adventure of a lifetime on a jungle plateau in Venezuela full of unknown dangers. UP is another heartfelt, family-friendly, utterly delightful animated classic from the wonderful team at Pixar and Disney.