Top 10 Movies for Families from 2010

MEGAMIND

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children and adults
MEGAMIND features the title character super villain battling his archenemy super hero Metro Man, only to find that he himself might make a good hero. A very entertaining movie with a redemptive heart, MEGAMIND has slapstick violence and some edgy elements requiring caution for young children.

LETTERS TO GOD

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
LETTERS TO GOD is an entertaining, heart-rending, and inspiring story about a boy with cancer whose letters to God change the lives of the people around him. LETTERS TO GOD is an impressive, well-written, redemptive, powerful movie that will touch the hearts of most people who see it.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is about the scrawny but brainy son of a Viking chieftain who helps the community end a 300-year feud with fire-breathing dragons. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is funny, entertaining, exciting, and heart-warming family fun, with a redemptive message, but some of the action may be too scary for very young children.

WHAT IF. . .

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
WHAT IF. . ., starring Kevin Sorbo and John Ratzenberger, is an extremely well made, funny, heartwarming, pointedly Christian movie about a man who gets a second chance from God with the help of a quirky angel. Director Dallas Jenkins exercises his considerable talent to bring out the best in each actor and tell the story in a heartwarming, interesting, hilarious, evangelistic manner.

TANGLED

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
TANGLED is Disney’s comical animated version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, wherein a thief gives Rapunzel a chance to escape the old hag who stole her from her parents, the king and queen. Despite an unresolved moral conflict, comical action violence and some Romanticism, TANGLED is beautiful, funny, exciting, delightful, and touching – with a redemptive, sacramental quality that lifts the movie, and its magical themes, into a more sublime entertainment.

SHREK FOREVER AFTER

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
SHREK FOREVER AFTER, the final chapter in the SHREK movies from DreamWorks, is absolutely delightful! In this sequel, the wicked gnome Rumpelstiltskin dupes a frazzled Shrek into signing away his new life with his beloved wife, Fiona, and their three adorable children. SHREK FOREVER AFTER is terrific, hilarious, exciting, heartfelt fun for the whole family, with a wonderful redemptive message affirming marriage and family.

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE 3D

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE features an animated tale of Owls striving to mend the weak, heal the broken, and vanquish evil no matter what. LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS is a beautifully crafted, exciting, redemptive animated fantasy of owls who do the right thing, with a rebuke of racism in the evil owls who call themselves “the Pure Ones” and a commitment to believing the truth.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
The third Narnia movie, VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, FINDS Lucy, her brother Edmund and their irritating, selfish cousin Eustace literally being swept into Narnia and aboard the Dawn Treader, the finest Narnian ship, where they embark on a journey to stop a mysterious evil green mist. VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is in every respect a four star movie, with strong redemptive themes, but some significant changes to the book diminish some of its rich Christian symbolism put there by author C.S. Lewis to save the world from evil paganism.

DESPICABLE ME

Quality:
****
Age:
Older children to adults
DESPICABLE ME is a very witty, heartfelt animated movie about an extremely sinful character transformed by the love of three little girls. The ending to DESPICABLE ME is so uplifting and redemptive that it overshadows some of the action violence, slapstick comedy and light scatological references.

TOY STORY 3

Quality:
****
Age:
All ages
In TOY STORY 3, the toys we’ve come to love are held captive in a daycare center full of rambunctious young children who literally start tearing them apart. TOY STORY 3 is another impressive, delightful, hilarious, heartwarming, and redemptive animated classic from Pixar and Disney.